Fredonia and Pioneer are class of the league.
Fredonia: Matt McCarthy could rush for 2000 yards this season.
Pioneer: The Panthers return 9 starters on defense led by Foster Delc.
Eden: The Red Raiders are always competitive with Chuck Tilley.
Olean: Huskies will be competitive.
Springville: The Griffiths need to develop chemistry for this season to be successful under new head coach Rob Valenti.
East Aurora/Holland: The Blue Devils need to put points on the board.
Dunkirk: The Maurauders need to get back in the win column.
6. East Aurora/Holland
Dunkirk: Kyle Matteson
East Aurora/Holland: Tom Volpe
Eden/North Colins: Ryan Shaw
Fredonia: Matt McCarthy
Olean: Chuckie Martin
Pioneer: Foster Fell
Springville: Pat O’Brien
Hillbillies finished 9-1 losing to Cleveland Hill at the stadium. Key players include All-WNY candidate, senior RB Matt McCarthy who rushed for 1600 yards and scored 33 touchdowns last season. The team also consists of Steve Mignoli, Tony Swierk, Jake Rinus, and John Piper who is an excellent athlete. They will miss Weston Ley. The key to the season will be the play of the quarterback. They will compete for the league and sectional titles. They move up a class for this season. They play Burgard and Pioneer in weeks 2 and 3.
Head Coach: Mike Marshall (9-1-0, 1 year)
Assistant Coaches: Greg Betts, Kyle Yelich
2013 Varsity Record: 9-1-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 6, Defense is 6.
Key Players: Matt McCarthy, Steve Mignoli, Tony Swierk, John Piper, Cameron Voss, Dakota Gardner, Tyler DiRusso, Jake Rinus, William Burns, Anhel Epps
Key Losses: Weston Ley, Nick Johnson, Cody Smith
Jim Duprey returns 6 on offense and 9 on defense from last years 5-4 team. Key players will be Bryce Little, Tyler Mummery, Ian Moran, Kris Riordan, and Foster Dell who recorded 47 tackles as a sophomore, including 18 for losses. They will compete for league and sectional titles. They host Dunkirk in the opener and Fredonia in week 3.
Head Coach: Jim Duprey (52-54-0, 12 years)
Assistant Coaches: Chris Edwards, Pat Suder, Dave Buncy, Bill Pukalo, Frank Miga, Ian Wienclawski
2013 Varsity Record: 5-4-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 6, Defense is 9.
Key Players: Bryce Little, Tyler Mummery, Ian Moran, Kris Riordan, Foster Dell, Brad Chislet, Jake Cycon, Ken Smith, Austin Eoodring, Andrew Hyman, Matt Hagerty, Mason Merlau, Nate Tackentein
Key Losses: Ryan Merlau, Justin Bliss
2013 JV Record: 2-5-1
EAST AURORA/HOLLAND BLUE DEVILS
The Blue Devils will compete for the league title. They return 7 on both sides of the ball and Tim Wade will add talent from 6-2 JV squad. The line will be anchored by Tyler Hall, Ben Nemec, and Dan McCarthy. The offense will be sparked by Tim Volpe, Mike Coatsworth, and Nick Potter. The key to the season will be the play of the quarterback. Clay Lewis, a transfer from Holland, will be a player to watch. They open with Amherst and Pioneer.
Head Coach: Tim Wade (52-38-0, 10 years)
Assistant Coaches: Jeremy Ling, John Swiniuch, Gary Vara
2013 Varsity Record: 4-6-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 7, Defense is 7.
Key Players: Mike Coatsworth, Connor Allen, Max Heimburg, Nick Potter, Tommy Volpe, Ben Nemec, Tyler Hall, Don McCarthy, Cole Schleucare, Clay Lewis, Brady Tehau, Briggar Rogers
Key Losses: Tyler Norcia, Joe Gugino, Grant Heffenden
2013 JV Record: 6-2-0
NORTH COLLINS RAIDERS
Raiders are 11-7 in the past 2 seasons. They will miss Alex Smythe. Chuck Tilley’s squad will be led by Ryan Shaw, Anthony Cummings, Jacob Egrig, and Eamon Crowley. The Raiders are always competitive. They host Albion in the opener.
Head Coach: Chuck Tilley (104-58-0, 19 years)
Assistant Coaches: Mike Alessi
2013 Varsity Record: 5-4-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 4, Defense is 4.
Key Players: Ryan Shaw, Anthony Cummings, Jacob Ehrig, Eamon Crowley, Frank Barnack
Key Losses: Alex Smythe, Devin Shaw
Huskies lost several quality players to graduation, particularly Will Bathurst, Chance Anzivine, and Luke Hennessey. Key players for Mike Kane include Chuckie Martin, Jared Plaud, who are All-WNY candidates, David Lee, Keefer Williams and Julio Roulo. They will compete for a playoff berth.
Head Coach: Mike Kane (120-98-3, 25 years)
Assistant Coaches: Phil Vecchio, Les DeGolver, Ken Wright, Jesse Turner
2013 Varsity Record: 5-4-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 5, Defense is 5.
Key Players: David Lee, Jared Plaud, Chuckie Martin, David Lee, Keefer Williams, Julio Roulo
Key Losses: Will Bathurst, Luke Hennessy, Chance Anzivine
2013 JV Record: 5-2-1
The Griffiths have a new head coach in Rob Valenti and assistant coach in Eric Jantzi who previously was assistant at Orchard Park and head coach at North Tonawanda. Key players will be All-WNY candidate junior LB Pat O’Brien, Devin White-Kearn, Chuck Foor, Devin Pazzuti, Bryce Stedman, and Tom Schweickert. They open with Fredonia and Olean. They will be competitive. Griffiths will have to get used to intensity and expectations from new coaching staff which will not accept anything less than 100 percent effort at every practive and game.
Head Coach: Rob Valenti (2-0-0, 1 year)
Assistant Coaches: Eric Jantz, Sean Bruso
2013 Varsity Record: 4-5-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 6, Defense is 3.
Key Players: Pat O’Brien, Devin White, Chuck Foer, Devin Pazzuti, Bryce Stedman, Tom Schweickert, Paul Fallon, Jobe Fleming, Kyle Schultz, Noah Snyder
Key Losses: Brandon Ball, Ethan Benz, Justin Dewitt
2013 JV Record: 3-5-0
Mike Sarrotori returns as head coach replacing Tim Majka after last season’s winless team. They could struggle again. Key players will include Josh Goodwin, Kevin Lidlow, Nick Jones, and Victor Echevarria. They have tough matchups in the first two weeks facing Pioneer and Eden/North Collins. They will improve this season.
Head Coach: Mike Sarratori
Assistant Coaches: Bob Krenzer, Pat Wheeler, Gerry Auts
2013 Varsity Record: 0-8-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 3, Defense is 4.
Key Players: Kyle matteson, Nick Jones, Victor Echevarria, Josh Goodwin, Kevin Lidlow, Tristen Peck, Elwin Gomez
Key Losses: Lucas Lugen, Sam Pepe, Dominick Hitchcock
2013 JV Record: 3-5-0
QB – Bryce Little, Pioneer
RB – Jared Plaud, Olean
RB – Matt McCarthy, Fredonia
RB – Tyler Mummery, Pioneer
TE – Colby Cummings, Olean
WR – Andrew Hyman, Pioneer
WR – Victor Echevarria, Eden
OL – David Lee, Olean
OL – Kevin Lidlow, Dunkirk
OL – Jake Cycon, Pioneer
OL – Bryce Stedman, Springville
OL – Keefer Williams, Olean
K – Mike Coatswork, East Aurora
RS – Clay Lewis, East Aurora/Holland
DL – Ryan Shaw, Eden/North Collins
DL – Ian Moran, Pioneer
DL – Tyler Hall, East Aurora/Holland
DL – Foster Dell, Pioneer
LB – Chuckie Martin, Olean
LB – Anthony Cummings, Eden/North Collins
LB – Pat O’Brien, Springville
LB – Jacob Ehrig, Eden/North Collins
LB – Devin Pazzuti, Springville
DB – Brad Chislett, Pioneer
DB – Tom Volpe, East Aurora/Holland
DB – Julian Roulo, Olean
DB – Josh Goodwin, Dunkirk
DB – Tom Schweickert, Springville
DB – John Piper, Fredonia
U – Conner Allen, East Aurora/Holland
RS – Kris Riordan, Pioneer
NEWS AND NOTES
Coach with the Most Wins: Mike Kane, Olean
Top Academic Achievers: Bryce Little, Pioneer; Chuckie Martin, Olean
Strongest: Jake Cycon, Pioneer
Fastest: Clay Lewis, East Aurora/Holland
Biggest: Ryan Shaw, Eden/North Collins
Best Nickname: Chuckie “Prime time” Martin, Olean
Best Cheerleaders: Springville
Top Complex: Dunkirk
Best Rushers: Tyler Mummery, Pioneer; Jared Plaud, Olean
Top Wide Receivers: Devin Pazzuti, Springville
Top Defensive Players: Pat O’Brien, Springville; Foster Dell, Pioneer
Top Linemen: Ian Moran, Pioneer; Tyler Hall, East Aurora/Holland
Major Impact Player: Tyler Mummery, Pioneer
Team with the Most Section Titles: Springville
Best Dressed: Bryce Little, Pioneer
Most Photogenic: Anthony Cummings, Eden/North Collins
Best Dancer: Kris Riordan, Pioneer
Game Changer: Chuckie Martin, Olean
Must-See Game: Fredonia at Pioneer, September 19th
Unsung Player: Victor Echevarria, Dunkirk
Players You Will Get to Know: Foster Dell, Pioneer; Clay Lewis, East Aurora/Holland
Courtesy Dick Gallagher 2014 Team Previews B South