Observations from Week 2

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Canisius came back down to earth after all the hype. They host Walsh Jesuit this week. Ollison needs to have monster games. St. Joe's is the number one team with one of the top players in the state: Nigel Davis. Davis is lighting it up for the Marauders. Frannies will be competitive behind Jake Dolegala. Lancers will have Vallone to rush and Keith to tackle. They have a tough schedule. Tigers expect DiMillo back soon, and that should spark their offense big time. Ryan Byrne is the real deal. O'Hara has numbers, but plays a tough schedule. Looks like the Marauders and Crusaders in the Title Game at the Stadium.

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




Class AA:
Jamestown is averaging 51 points per game with explosive offense led by Jake Sisson. Falcons dominated 1st 2 opponents with Coon and A.J. Licata. Leading the way on both sides of the ball. They travel to Lockport for a big game against the Lions. The Quakers are not as strong as usual. They have to get better play from QB position. The Redskins should be 3-0 before travelling to Red Raider country in week 4. Red Devils schedule doesn't get any easier playing OP on Friday. The Blue Devils Adam Fron is getting better every week. Battle for final playoff berth appears to be Niagara Falls or West Seneca West, who was dominated by Redskins. Matchup in week 7 with Jamestown @ Orchard Park will have tremendous seeding implications for the playoffs.

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


Class A North:
Sweet Home continues to roll behind Torrillo, Smiley and Evert. Tough matchups for Panthers will be in weeks 4 and 5. Grand Island's Quinn Corrao (Sr. QB) has only played one-half due to injury. The Vikings need him for a run at the playoffs. Should be 4-0 going into the game against the Panthers. North Tonawanda played "Vikings tough". Chris Woodard (Jr. QB) is versatile and an excellent athlete; will keep Lumberjacks competitive. Ken-East has had impressive wins the 1st two games behind McMahon and Smith. They have tough games in NT and against the Vikings over the next 2 weeks. Spartans are scoreless after 2 games and the future is not bright with Majewski being able to carry the rock. Falcons are more competitive this season, but will face the Vikings this week.

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


Class A Central:
The Billies dominated North to remain unbeaten. Defense is better than expected and Billies can light it up with Clement, Castronova and Varner. Game @ Williamsville East in week 5 will have playoff implications. Macks are 2-0 but are hard to predict. Shutout over Riverside doesn't tell much since the Frontiers are one of the worst teams in the section. They aren't as explosive as in past years, although Rutledge is an excellent athlete. Flames are explosive with Battle, Mack, Green and Kelly. The next 3 games are key for the Flames. East and Riverside continue to struggle. The Spartans are a huge disappointment, losing their first two games. Kolbe Hughes was a major factor in the first game, but no factor against South.

Power Poll:
1. Williamsville South
2. McKinley
3. Williamsville East
4. Williamsville North
5. East
5. Riverside


Class A South:
The Trojans have dominated their first two opponents behind the leadership and play of Lindner and the line. The game against South Park will be huge. Sparks are unbeaten and host explosive Jamestown Friday; will be in the playoffs. Chiefs play another tough team in the Trojans; they will get better as the season progresses. Engineers have been competitive, but lost the 1st two games. Roman West is the real deal. Bulldogs have been struggling offensively. Jeremiah Bill is a tough lineman. Should win against the Eagles, who will struggle this season.

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


Class B North:
Bulldogs defense is awesome, posting 2 consecutive shutouts. Jason Kolb will have his team in the playoffs with a high seed. Warriors defense has played well; waiting for Summers to explode on offense. John Loncher is an excellent lineman. Mustangs are explosive and will be a tough matchup for Bulldogs and Warriors. Hellwig, Brown and Barna make it happen for Eric Valley's squad. Lancers are unbeaten behind Nalbone calling in scores and advocating for their players. Purple Eagles got hammered by the Bulldogs. Now, they have to travel to Warrior Land. Flyers, Raiders, Tigers and Bennett are all winless and all may find themselves playing for Bowl Titles, not making playoffs.

Power Poll:
1. Burgard
2. Cheektowaga
3. Medina
4. Lew-Port
5. Albion
6. Maryvale
7. Barker/Roy-Hart
8. Amherst
9. Bennett


Class B South:
The Bulldogs continue to win behind Zobrest, Stoldt, Grant and Feitshans. They recorded a comeback win over Eden. Better be ready for Engineers and Roman West. Wildcats remain unbeaten but lost QB Buono to injury, which is huge. Turner is lighting it up in his last season of eligibility. They have a tough matchup at Springville this week, before hosting the Bulldogs in week 4. Eden almost upset the Bulldogs and will be in the playoffs. Smythe and Shaw are the real deal. Panthers are struggling offensively, but Bliss and Dell are leading the defense. Matchup in week 6 against Springville could determine if Panthers make the playoffs. Mummery and Merlau are Jim Duprey's dynamic duo. Olean is winless. They need to get better production from the QB. Blue Devils have a tough game with Eden Friday, while the Marauders have to play the Panthers at home.

Power Poll:
1. Alden
2. Depew
3. Eden
4. Pioneer
5. Springville
6. Olean
7. East Aurora
8. Dunkirk


Class C North:
Golden Eagles had a nice win over Akron behind the rushing of Brandon "The Jet" Thomas. They will have the toughest matchup in week 4 @ Lackawanna. The Steelers are unbeaten, but have not played well. Cameren Smith needs to step up his game. Tigers lost quality player from the team. Austin Lauricella is All-WNY Candidates at WR. Should make the playoffs. The League is not as strong this year. Warriors are in their new complex and are improving every game. They play at Akron in week 4. Panthers have recorded a comeback win over Wilson. Need Tim Walch to be healthy if Lakemen will compete for playoffs. JFK will struggle this season after winning the Title last year.

Power Poll:
1. Cleveland Hill
2. Lackawanna
3. Akron
4. Tonawanda
5. Newfane
6. Wilson
8. JFK


Class C South:
Hillbillies are lighting it behind play of Ley, McCarthy and Smith. Warriors behind play of Beattie are unbeaten. Winner of the game this Friday between the Warriors and Hillbillies should determine the League winner. Jay Sirianni has Trojans on the rebound, but are not firing on all cylinders. Panthers, Falcons, and Black Knights will battle for the final playoff berth. Gowanda is much improved this year.

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


Class D:
Randolph has 7 starters returning on both sides of the ball -- they have their eyes on Sectional and State Titles. Only opponent to be competitive is Maple Grove/Chaut. Lake, who they meet in week 4. Hulton, Hannah and Baker have Thunder Dragons strong defensively, but Cardinal defense will stop offense. Doubek, Brown, Hettenbaugh and company are simply the best Class D team in the State.

Power Poll:
1. Randolph
2. Maple Grove/Chaut. Lake
3. Portville
4. Ellicottville/West Valley
5. Cassadaga Valley
6. Westfield/Brocton


Class DD:
Top three teams are the Timberwolves, Frewsburg, and Sherman, who should be locks for playoffs. Panthers, Pirates, Pine Valley and Franklinville will compete for seeding and lost playoff spot during the regular season. Playoff championship at the Stadium in November could find Frewsburg and Timberwolves (both teams that moved down in Class this season) playing also in week 7 and in November.

Power Poll:
1. Catt./Little Valley
2. Frewsburg
3. Sherman
4. Panama
5. Clymer
6. Franklinville
7. Pine Valley



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