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Williamsville North surprised everyone with its run to the Class A Championship game. Spartans are loaded defensively and on the line. The key to the season will be the play of the QB.

Kenmore West returns the quality players from last year’s 6-3 team, led by Terrell Ford and Jayson Taylor, who was All-League as a Sophomore.

Lockport will compete for the League Title with Tyler Frass at QB and Nick Hamilton at RB.

Niagara Falls could struggle again this year, with only two starters returning on both sides of the ball.

Niagara Wheatfield looks to break their lack of success in recent years, with Brent Tylec in his second year.

FORECAST:
Class AA North
1. Williamsville North
2. Lockport
3. Kenmore West
4. Niagara Falls
5. Niagara Wheatfield

Williamsville North: Spartans have the total package, but must find a quarterback.

Lockport: Key to their season will be the play of the line.

Kenmore West: Have solid players in Terrell Ford, Jayson Taylor and Trent White.

Niagara Falls: Don Bass needs to replace 9 starters on both sides of the ball.

Niagara Wheatfield: Falcons could struggle again this season.

TOP PLAYERS:
Lockport: Nick Hamilton
Kenmore West: Jayson Taylor
Niagara Falls: Shaolin McCray
Niagara Wheatfield: Nate Williams
Williamsville North: Nick Ames

WILLIAMSVILLE NORTH SPARTANS

Spartans improved from a 3-6 record in 2012 to a 9-4 mark and a berth in the Class A State Championship game. Key players for Mike Mammoliti’s squad are All-WNY Candidates Nick Ames, George Attea and Duke Hwang. Other key players include Jake Ames, Zak Kelly and Jon Becht. Line will be solid, anchored by Attea and Becht. The key to the season will be the play of the QB and to put points on the board. They open with a non-league encounter with Grand Island; they’ll compete for the Title. If the Spartans get quality play from the QB, they could return to the Stadium in the Class AA Championship game. They also moved up a class for this season.

Head Coach: Mike Mammolitti (50-66-0, 13 years)
Assistant Coaches: Derek Swader, Ron Luders, Brandon Sanders, Paul Polizay and Dan Kelly.
2013 Varsity Record: 9-4-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 5, Defense is 8.
Key Players: George Attea, Jon Becht, Nick Ames, Jake Ames, Zak Kelly, Duke Hwang, Dean Thompson, Nick Pilon, Anthony Maniscalco, Chad Steinwachs
Key Losses: Derick Isler, Ryan Majewski
2013 JV Record: 6-1-0

LOCKPORT LIONS

Lions look to rebound after last year’s 3-win season. Key players will be Tyler Fraas, Nick Hamilton, Dante Mount and D’Andre Jenkins. JV squad was winless in 2013. The key to the season will be the play of the line. Key League games will be at Kenmore in week 3, and at Williamsville North in week 7. They should compete for the Title; Hamilton is a potential 1,000 yard rusher. They open against Lancaster at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Head Coach: Greg Bronson (31-32-0, 7 years)
Assistant Coaches: Matt Vermette, Brendan Brady, Greg Wilson, Trent Smith, Mles Paterson, Dan Barrancotta.
2013 Varsity Record: 3-6-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 5, Defense is 5.
Key Players: Tyler Fraass, A.J. Rivera, Davis DiTullio, Nick Hamilton, Dante Mount, D’Andre Jenkins, Andrew Bronson, Brandon Few, Dominic Ball, James MacFarlane, Zach Myles, Javon Ford.
Key Losses: Dan Bronson, Moziah Townsend, Marcellus Hinton, Marshall Taylor
2013 JV Record: 0-8-0

KENMORE WEST BLUE DEVILS

Blue Devils were 6-3 in 2013. They lost several quality starters to graduation, but they return All-WNY Candidates in Terrell Ford, who will provide an offensive spark, and Jayson Taylor and Trent White, who will anchor the defense. They open at Williamsville South and have a tough matchup with Orchard Park in week 2. They should compete for the Title. Deangelo Walker Johnson will take over for Adam Fron at QB. They need to replace all 5 starters on the offensive line and 3 starters on the defensive line. Skill players have speed to burn. The key to the season will be the play of the line.

Head Coach: Rich Harris (52-61-0, 13 years)
Assistant Coaches: John Haynes, Matt O’Malley
2013 Varsity Record: 6-3-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 5, Defense is 6.
Key Players: Terrell Ford, Jayson Taylor, Trent White, DeAngelo Walker-Johnson, Jahlel St. John.
Key Losses: James Stewart, Adam Fron, Alex Price

NIAGARA FALLS WOLVERINES

Wolverines won one game in 2013 and will rely on the play of All-WNY Candidates Shaolin McCray and Anthony Vargas. They open with the Falcons and Warriors. The key to the season will be to put points on the board. They could struggle again this season, but talent from the 6-1-1 squad should help Don Bass’s squad.

Head Coach: Don Bass (21-36-0, 7 years)
Assistant Coaches: TBD
2013 Varsity Record: 1-8-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 2, Defense is 2.
Key Players: Anthony Vargas, Shaolin McCray, Joe Welch, Erik Santiago, Isaac Howard, Scott Colangelo, Drew Spurback, Jaylin Smith.
Key Losses: Da’Quire Simmons
2013 JV Record: 6-1-0

NIAGARA WHEATFIELD FALCONS

Falcons are 2 and 15 over the past two years. They host Niagara Falls in the opener. Key players will be Nate Williams, Billy Black and Andrew Doricko. They will miss the play of Jayson Vranic, who will play at the University at Buffalo. The Falcons should hopefully improve.

Head Coach: Brent Tylec (2-7-0, 1 year)
Assistant Coaches: unknown
2013 Varsity Record: 2-7-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 5, Defense is 6.
Key Players: Nate Williams, Billy Black, Andrew Doricko
Key Losses: Jason Vranic, Jak Scholles

PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE

Offense
QB – Tyler Fraas, Lockport
QB – DeAngelo Walker-Johnson, Kenmore West
RB – Nick Hamilton, Lockport
RB – Terrell Ford, Kenmore West
RB – Shaolin McCray, Niagara Falls
TE – Nick Pilon, Williamsville North
WR – Zac Kelly, Williamsville North
WR – Dante Mount, Lockport
OL – George Attea, Williamsville North
OL – Anthony Vargas, Niagara Falls
OL – Jon Becht, Williamsville North
OL – James MacFarlane, Lockport
K – Brandon Few, Lockport
RS – Terrell Ford, Kenmore West

Defense
DL – Jake Ames, Williamsville North
DL – Duke Hwang, Williamsville North
DL – D’Andre Jenkins, Lockport
LB – David DiTullio, Lockport
LB – Jayson Taylor, Kenmore West
LB – Connor Kelly, Williamsville North
LB – Nick Ames, Williamsville North
LB – Andrew Bronson, Lockport
DB – Dante Mount, Lockport
DB – Dean Thompson, Williamsville North
DB – Trent White, Kenmore West
DB – DeAngelo Walker-Johnson, Kenmore West
P – Chad Steinwachs, Williamsville North

NEWS AND NOTES

Coach with the Most Wins: Rich Harris, Kenmore West

Top Academic Achievers: George Attea, Duke Hwang, Jon Brecht, Jake Ames, Williamsville North

Strongest: Duke Hwang, Williamsville North

Fastest: Shaolin McCray, Niagara Falls; Nick Hamilton, Lockport; Terrell Ford, Kenmore West.

Biggest: George Attea, Williamsville North

Best Nickname: Duke “Rocky” Hwang, Williamsville North

Best Cheerleaders: Lockport

Top Complex: Niagara Falls

Best Rushers: Nick Hamilton, Lockport; Terrell Ford, Kenmore West

Top Wide Receiver: Zac Kelly, Williamsville North

Top Defensive Players: Nick Ames, Williamsville North; Jayson Taylor, Kenmore West

Top Lineman: George Attea, Williamsville North

Major Impact Player: Terrell Ford, Kenmore West

Team with the Most Section Titles: Lockport

Best Dressed: Dante Mount, Lockport

Most Photogenic: D’Andre Jenkins, Lockport

Best Dancer: Jon Becht, Williamsville North

Best Comedian: A.J. Rivera, Lockport

Game Changer: Jayson Taylor, Kenmore West

Must-See Game: Kenmore West @ Williamsville North

Most Loquacious: Dan Kelly, Williamsville North

Unsung Player: Zac Kelly, Williamsville North

Players You Will Get to Know: Connor Kelly, Williamsville North; Terrell Ford, Kenmore West.

Biggest Question Mark: Who will play QB for Williamsville North?

Top Sophomores: Jason Hwang & Connor Kelly, Williamsville North

Top Juniors: Terrell Ford & Jayson Taylor, Kenmore West

Top Seniors: Nick Ames & Duke Hwang, Williamsville North

Courtesy Dick Gallagher 2014 Team Previews AA North

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