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Dick Gallagher gives his observations of Section VI and the Msgr. Martin Association after Week 1.

Msgr. Martin Association

St. Joe's recorded a most impressive victory in week 1 in WNY defeating St. Anthony's. The Marauders came to play and Nigel Davis's performance was outstanding. Canisius had a solid win over McQuaid but has a huge game against Aquinas Friday. The Red Raiders lost a tough one to Holy Trinity for the second consecutive year. Aquinas was too much for Timon, particularly with Tigers without DiMillo. The Hawks recorded a win in the opener, have good numbers and are able to field a JV team this year.

Power Poll:

  1. Canisius
  2. St. Joe's
  3. Timon/St. Jude
  4. St. Francis
  5. St. Mary's
  6. Cardinal O'Hara

Note: Looks like St. Joe's and Canisius are the top teams for the title game in November.

Section VI

Class AA

Jamestown, Frontier, Orchard Park, and Lancaster won in convincing fashion. Clarence needs to rebound in a tough matchup with St. Joe's Saturday. Kenmore West has to host Jamestown which scored 52 points in one half against Niagara Falls. Frontier is the real deal and could go undefeated in the regular season. West Seneca West played well limiting Orchard Park to 18 points. Quakers don't appear to be as explosive as in past years.

Power Poll

  1. Orchard Park
  2. Jamestown
  3. Frontier
  4. Lancaster
  5. Lockport
  6. Kenmore West
  7. Clarence
  8. West Seneca West
  9. Niagara Falls

Note: 8 f 9 teams will make the playoffs.

Class A North

Sweet Home struggled against Iroquois but John Faller coached teams and gets better every game. Grand Island dominated defensively but needs to get their offense in sync. Week 5 matchup between Vikings and Panthers should determine the league title. Kenmore East had a nice victory in opener against East Aurora/Holland. Connor McMahon and Preston Smith can be explosive. Lumberjacks rout of Lake Shore can't be season barometer as the Eagles will struggle this season. The Spartans did not display offense against the Lions as Evan Majewski only gained 120 yards on 36 carries. Falcons continue losing streak but were competitive against Lew-port.

Power Poll:

  1. Sweet Home
  2. Grand Island
  3. North Tonawanda
  4. Kenmore East
  5. Starpoint
  6. Niagara Wheatfield

Note: Panthers and Vikings should be locks for playoffs.

Class A Central

This league is young and not very strong. Williamsville north gave the game to the Macks with penalties and turnovers. The Macks did not display any offensive explosiveness. Kolbe Hughes is the real deal for the Spartans. The Billies are young and will get better as the season progresses. They had a tough matchup with East. The Flames rout of Riverside can't be used as a season barometer since Frontier is one of the worst teams in WNY. The Flames however have an excellent line and explosive runners in Battle and Green

Power Poll:

  1. Williamsville South
  2. McKinley
  3. Williamsville North
  4. Williamsville East
  5. East
  6. Riverside

Note: Playoff spots are up for grabs.

Class A South

West Seneca East has a solid win at the Carrier Dome led by the jitterbug Mike Waterman. South Park played a solid defensive game but their offense needs to put points on the board. The Chiefs battled Sweet Home and will vie for a playoff spot this season. The Bulldogs need to give PJ his first win against Hutch Tech this week. Engineers are more competitive in Class A. The Eagles appear to be in for the long season. Losing Mascio to the Sparks didn't help.

Power Poll:

  1. West Seneca East
  2. South Park
  3. Iroquois
  4. Hamburg
  5. Hutch Tech
  6. Lake Shore

Note: West Seneca East and South Park should be locks for playoffs.

Class B North

The Warriors lost by 1 point to state power Jamesville DeWitt. They should get their first win against Bennett which was shut out by Burgard. Kevon Perry had a monster defensive game. The Bulldogs will be tough to beat particularly if their offense gets going. Barna, Brown, and Hellwig rocked on Friday and demonstrated Mustangs will be a force this season. Albion's total domination over Barker was a statement win. The Purple Eagles are back and will contend for the playoffs and title. Lew-port edged Niagara Wheatfield. The Lancers need to get better with offensive production this week against Barker. The Flyers played the Eagles tough. The Panthers will improve this season.

Power Poll:

  1. Cheektowaga
  2. Burgard
  3. Medina
  4. Albion
  5. Lew-port
  6. Barker/Roy-Hart
  7. Bennett
  8. Maryvale
  9. Newfane

Class B South

Alden recorded an impressive win over Dunkirk as Brian Stoldt and company displayed an explosive offense and a good defense. Wildcats turner and Buono lit up the Huskies in the first game. Eden came back to defeat the Griffiths behind Smythe and a defense that recorded sacks. Will Bathurst excelled at WR for Olean. Panthers were one dimensional against Oneida and couldn't get any offense going. East Aurora/Holland lost a tough one to Kenmore East as the Dutchmen played football for the first time. The Blue Devils will compete for a playoff berth.

Power Poll:

  1. Alden
  2. Depew
  3. Eden
  4. Olean
  5. Springville
  6. Pioneer
  7. East Aurora/Holland
  8. Dunkirk

Class C North

Cleveland Hill had a shutout win. Lackawanna recorded excellent win against Newfane. The Steelers have multiple weapons in Keith Gregoire, Brandon Sieika, and Cameron Smith. The Tigers dominated Wilson and are explosive offensively with Lauricella, Szlapek, and Longwell. They have a huge game at Eagles in Week 2. Tonawanda had a nice win at JFK. The Warriors play their first game in new complex against Lackawanna. Barker disappointed against Albion.

Power Poll:

  1. Cleveland Hill
  2. Lackawanna
  3. Akron
  4. Tonawanda
  5. Barker/Roy-Hart
  6. JFK
  7. Wilson

Class C South

Fredonia made a statement win giving Mike Marshall his first win as a head coach. Weston Ley is a tremendous athlete and put on a show Friday. Salamanca earned a tough victory over Falconer with the Warriors defense shutting down the Falcons. The Trojans came back to defeat Gowanda who has improved big time since last season behind Brennan Geiger. The Trojans are a work in progress. Silver Creek lost key players to injuries which hurt the Black Knights. The Falcons are an improved team but have to face the Hillbillies this week. The Gators were shut out by the Timberwolves which was a surprise.

Power Poll:

  1. Fredonia
  2. Salamanca
  3. Southwestern
  4. Silver Creek/Forestville
  5. Falconer
  6. Allegany/Limestone
  7. Gowanda

Class D

Randolph used its powerful defense and rushing game to win their 11th consecutive game. Thunder Dragons sputtered offensively but dominated defensively with Tanner, Baker, and Hulton. Clad Bartoszek earned his first win as head coach at Ellicottville behind Phalla Musal, 4 touchdowns. Portville needs to put some points on the board against Westfield/Brocton. Coughers should get their first win against Pine Valley.

Power Poll:

  1. Randolph
  2. Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake
  3. Ellicottville/West Valley
  4. Portville
  5. Cassadaga Valley
  6. Westfield Brocton

Class DD

Pine Valley, Clymer, and Franklinville all lost their first games. Panama looked good against the Pirates and will be in the playoffs. The Bears dominated the Panthers. Transfer Austin Spicer is the real deal and will lead Terry Gray's squad to the playoffs. Sherman's defense was outstanding in their victory over Franklinville. The Timberwolves totally dominated Gators and will contend for the title behind Justin Forester. The move from "D" to "DD" helped Tim Miller's squad.

Power Poll:

  1. Sherman
  2. Panama
  3. Frewsburg
  4. Cattaraugus/Little Valley
  5. Clymer
  6. Franklinville
  7. Pine Valley


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