Msgr. Martin Association:
Dennis Gilbert had the Marauders ready to play the opening game; Offense and Defense are clicking on all cylinders as starters only played one half in the past two contests. Davis is the "real deal". The matchup with Aquinas will be physical. The Crusades have moved Ollison to the Wildcat and they only put 14 points on the board against Walsh. They need more players (i.e. Wheatley) to be involved offensively. St. Mary's gets a bye this week after defeating Timon/St. Jude. Vallone looks like he will run for 1,000 yards for the 3rd consecutive year. St. Francis receivers need to stop dropping the ball. Tigers graduated most of their players from last year's team and it shows. The return of DiMillo will spark the offense. Hawks are overmatched against the League's Big Three. Looks like the November 2nd contest between Canisius and St. Joe's will deternine the League Champion.
1. St. Joe's
3. St. Mary's
4. St. Francis
5. Timon/St. Jude
6. Cardinal O'Hara
MVP on Offense: Nigel Davis, St. Joe's
MVP on Defense: Mike Sharpe, Canisius; Anthony Castellani, St. Joe's
Red Raiders offense is explosive led by Sisson, Panebianco, Carlson and Hollingsworth, but they need to tighten up on their defense. They're averaging 53 points, but defense wins in the playoffs. The Falcons defense is awesome, led by Licata and Hamilton. They can't afford to lose Coon for any length of time, as Cam is a playmaker. The Quakers are strugling offensively, but Walker is an impact transfer. I wonder why Falsone is not getting more carries. The Redskins are playing excellent defense, but the test will come this Friday at Jamestown. Lions will have trouble balancing the season if they don't get better play from QB spot. Red Devils had WNY's toughest opening schedule against Frontier, St. Joe's and Orchard Park. They need Williams to get on track. The Blue Devils have talent and could be a sleeper in the playoffs. The Indians and Wolverines will battle for the last playoff spot, but don't play each other in the regular season.
3. Orchard Park
7. Kenmore West
8. West Seneca West
9. Niagara Falls
MVP on Offense: Jake Sisson of Jamestown
MVP on Defense: A.J. Licata, Frontier
Class A North:
Panthers look again to be the Class of the League, with Smiley, Evert, and Torrillo leading the way. Vikings have had tough games with the Lumberjacks and the Falcons. If Quinn isn't back, they could be upset by the Bulldogs (who are on a roll with Smith, McMahon, and a strong defense). They could make the playoffs. Lumberjacks, Starpoint and Niagara Wheatfield should be playing for Bowl Games. Falcons have improved defensively, while Starpoint had no offense without Majewski. Lumberjacks have been inconsistent, but Woodard is a player.
1. Sweet Home
2. Grand Island
3. Kenmore East
4. North Tonawanda
6. Niagara Wheatfield
MVP on Offense: Jordan Evert, Kevin Torrillo, Sweet Home
MVP on Defense: Bradon Smiley, Sweet Home
Class AA Central:
Macks and Billies are heading for a showdown in week 6. McKinley's strength has been their defense, while offense is led by Castronova -- he is the Billlies' best weapon, accounting for 8 TDs in the past two games. The Spartans came to life, winning the first game, led by Hughes, Isler, and Attea. The Flames couldn't crank offense on the soggy field. East and Riverside are winless. If the Billies defeat the Flames in week 6, it looks like the Macks and South will make the playoffs. The battles needs to be on his game for the Flames to compete.
1. Williamsville South
3. Williamsville East
4. Williamsville North
5. Buffalo East
MVP on Offense: Sam Castronova, Williamsville South
MVP on Defense: Antonio Zendaro, Williamsville South
Class A South:
The Trojans are the Class of the League and will be the tream to beat in the playoffs, along with Sweet Home. The line is tremendous and Lindner is an All-WNY player. The Sparks can light it up, led by Mascio, Scott and Jefferson. The matchup in week 5 between Jim Maurino and Tim Delaney's squads should decide the Title. Both teams are locks for playoff berths. Engineers with Roman West could be a sleeper. Chiefs are winless, but played three excellent teams. The Bulldogs have a new star in Mark Myles, while the Eagles have given up 138 points in 3 games.
1. West Seneca East
2. South Park
6. Lake Shore
MVP on Offense: Mike Waterman, West Seneca East
MVP on Defense: T.J. Scott, South Park; Devin Lindner, West Seneca East
Class B North:
The Bulldogs are the top defensive team in the past three consecutive shutouts. Kevon Perry is the real deal. The team has tremendous agility and athleticism. The Mustangs have explosive offense, led by Jason Hellwig, and they play the Bulldogs this Saturday. Both teams should make the playoffs. The Warriors have excellent rushing team led by Preston Summers, and Marshawn Gibson. The Lancers were dominated by Burgard, but Hogan and Nalbone will be ready for the Tigers who ressurrected their offense by scoring 62 points against Maryvale. Nagy lit up for Amherst with 5 TDs, but the Tigers will have a tough time with the Warriors on the turf. Barker & Maryvale are struggling. The Panthers have improved from last year and beat Wilson in week 2.
MVP on Offense: Jason Hellwig, Medina
MVP on Defense: Devon Perry, Burgard
Class B South:
The Bulldogs will travel to Depew Friday night with the winner being the favorite to win the regular season. The Bulldogs have close games with Eden and Hutch-Tech, but they must play better against Depew (who they have beaten 6 consecutive times). The Bulldog's Brian Stoldt and Wilcat's Rodney Turner are key players for their teams. The Panthers should make the playoffs behind Merlau, Mummery and Bliss. The Blue Devils are a sleeper team behind Joe Gugino and Grant Haffenden. Griffiths need better offensive output. The Huskies need Anzivine and Bathurst to keep clicking. Dunkirk has been its own worst enemy with penalties and turnovers.
4. East Aurora/Holland
MVP on Offense: Rodney Turner, Depew
MVP on Defense: Justin Bliss, Pioneer
Class C North:
The Golden Eagles are flying high with an explosive offense, keyed by Brandon Thomas and a strong defense with John "Mighty Mite" White. The travel to Steelerland Friday for a key matchup with the winner being the favorite to win the League Title. Steelers, with Gregoire Smith and Sirieka, will be competitive, but need to avoid turnovers. Tiger's Austin Lauricella is the "real deal". Tonawanda can be a sleeper team in the new complex. The Panthers are competitive this season. The Lakemen and Bears are struggling. 3rd and 4th playoff spots are up for grabs.
1. Cleveland Hill
MVP on Offense: Brandon Thomas, Cleveland Hill
MVP on Defense: Josh White, Cleveland Hill
Class C South:
Hillbillies are exploding on both sides of the ball with Ley, Smith, Piper and McCarthy. The Warriors, behind Beattie & Spruce will always be competitive and should be in the playoffs. The Trojans are young and will be better as the season progresses. The Black Knights had a good win vs. Gowanda. They need the offense to start clicking. Cody Dustin lit up the Gators with 376 yards and 5 TDs.
4. Silver Creek/Forestville
MVP on Offense: Weston Ley, Fredonia
MVP on Defense: Cody Smith, Fredonia
Randolph and Maple Grove are locks for playoffs and have a big game this week at the Thunder Dragons. The winner will be a regular season champion as they are playing at a different level than other teams in the League. Portville is led by Ben Waugh and Ellicottville, led by Phalla Musall, look to other teams in the semi-finals. Cougars and Wolverines are struggling this season, even with Nick Spitzer's squad dropping down a class.
2. Maple Grove/Chaut. Lake
4. Ellicottville/West Valley
5. Cassadaga Valley
MVP on Offense: Chris Doubek, Randolph
MVP on Defense: Jonah Tanner, Maple Grove/Chaut. Lake; Lucas Brown, Randolph
Wildcats have dominated the Timberwolves and with Graham and Moorhead are the Class of the League. The Bears were dominated by the Cardinals, but then again, who hasn't been? Forester is key to Tim Miller's squad's playoff hunt, while Panthers' Kopp and Panama's Enlow are key players for their respective team's.
3. Cattaraugus/Little Valley
7. Pine Valley
MVP on Offense: Andrew Graham, Sherman
MVP on Defense: Dylan Scoutan, Sherman