Cleveland Hill favored to repeat.
Cleveland Hill: Golden Eagles continue to fly with Glen Graham and company.
Lackawanna: Steelers lost several quality starters and will be young.
Akron: As Weierheiser and Hill go, other Tigers will follow.
JFK: Bears should improve this season.
Silver Creek/Forestville: Black Knights looks to rebound with Williams after one win season in 2013.
Wilson: Lakemen look to get back in the win column after a 0-9 record.
1. Cleveland Hill
5. Silver Creek/ Forestville
Akron: Brandon Weierheiser
Cleveland Hill: Keyshawn Crawford
JFK: Lexus Polland
Wilson: Jarred Held
Lackawanna: Damone Sylvers
Silver Creek/Forestville: Sherman Williams
CLEVELAND HILL GOLDEN EAGLES
The Golden Eagles made it to the state classic semi-finals finishing with an 11-1 record. Glen Graham has averaged seven wins in 10 years as head coach. They will compete for league and sectional titles. The season could depend on the play of the quarterback. The line will be anchored by Keyshawn Crawford. Key players are junior RB Grayson Taylor, who is a candidate for 1000 yards rushing. Aaron Wesley and Jermaine Hairston. They play at town rival Maryvale in week 1 and will will host Lackawanna in week 7.
Head Coach: Glen Graham (71-26-0, 10 years)
Assistant Coaches: Chad Kuras, Dennis Mason
2013 Varsity Record: 11-1-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 4, Defense is 4.
Key Players: Keyshawn Crawford, Aaron Wesley, Jermaine Hairston, Grayson Taylor, Aaron Urbanczak, Anthony Sullivan
Key Losses: Steve McIllwain, Josh White, Brandon Thomas, Jared Watkins
2013 JV Record: 4-3-0
Steelers look to improve on last season’s 5-4 record. They should compete for the league title. Key players are Damone Sylvers, Mike Hall, Quinton Robinson, Manny Ramirez, Aseel Albaneh, and Roosevelt Jones. Key to the season will be the play of the QB. They host Wilson, Salamanca, and play at Cheektowaga in week 3. They will be in the playoffs. They will miss Dylan Gregoire and Cameron Smith.
Adam Tardiff (14-13-0, 3 years)
Assistant Coaches: Jeff Otremba, Kevin Shadle, Nick Stepien
2013 Varsity Record: 5-4-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 5, Defense is 5.
Key Players: Damone Sylvers, Mike Hall, Quinton Robinson, Aseel Albaneh, Roosevelt Jones, Jamal Cooley, Marquez Lofton, Manny Ramirez, Alazar Amos, Malik Taylor
Key Losses: Marcus Webb, Cameron Smith, Dylan Gregoire
Tigers are 12-6 in the past 2 seasons. They return 5 starters on offense and 7 on defense. Lost 2 All-WNY candidates to injuries for the season, QB Brendan Weierheiser and Chaunce Hill. Other key players include Caleb Martin, Aaron Siskn, Larson Sundown, and Doug Bighorn. They will miss Austen Lauricella who is playing at St. Lawrence University. They open with JFK and Silver Creek/Forestville. They could struggle this season.
Head Coach: Mike Dean (18-18-0, 4 years)
Assistant Coaches: Andrew Clouse
2013 Varsity Record:6-3-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 5, Defense is 7.
Key Players: Larson Sundown, Aaron Siska, Doug Bighorn, Ethan Pequeen, Preston Kellkinberg
Key Losses: Austin Lauricella, Joe Sarrow, Tommy James
The Bears return 6 starters on offense and 7 on defense. They should improve on last years 2 win season. Key players will be Lexus Polland, Kenai Jordan, Shawn McPhail, and Reggie Goodemote. Key to the season will be to put points on the board. They have a tough matchup with Akron in the opener.
Head Coaches: Mark Ostempowski (35-45-0, 9 years), Jeff Sabatino
2013 Varsity Record 2-7-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 6, Defense is 7.
Key Players: Lexus Polland, Kenai Jordan, Shawn McPhail, Reggie Goodemote, Tyler Bethin, Dalton Fischer, Matt Lancala
Key Losses: Brian Rudnick, Jeff Retzer
SILVER CREEK/FORESTVILLE BLACK KNIGHTS
The Black Knights look to improve on last year’s 1 win season. Key players will be Dylan Robinson, Sherman Williams, Jake Lewis, and Nate Jones. They will improve and open Allegany-Limestone.
Head Coach: Sean Helmer (46-28-0, 9 years)
Assistant Coaches: Wayne Greim, Greg Greenough
2013 Varsity Record: 1-7-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 4, Defense is 5.
Key Players: Dylan Robinson, Sherman Williams, Jake Lewis, Nate Jones, Mike Priest, Devon Curry, Logan Youngberg, Kraig Gilbert
Key Losses: Tim Manning, Jake Nosbisch
Bill Atlas looks to improve on a winless season. Key players are Jarred Held, Tyler Murray, Zach Ganshaw, and Jacob Rice.
Head Coach: Bills Atlas (26-37-7, 7 years)
Assistant Coaches: Scott Ullery
2013 Varsity Record: 0-9-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 8, Defense is 8.
Key Players: Justin Dow, Jacob Rice, Hunter Holland
Key Losses: Justin Westmoreland, Tim Walch, Kevin Daunce
QB – Brendon Weierheiser, Akron
RB – Kenai Jordan, JFK
RB – Preston Kellkinberg, Akron
RB – Grayson Taylor, Cleveland Hill
TE – Mike Hall, Lackawanna
WR – Chaunce Hill, Akron
WR – Shawn McPhail, JFK
OL – Dylan Robinson, Silver Creek/Forestville
OL – Reggie Goodemote, JFK
OL – Keyshawn Crawford, Cleveland Hill
OL – Nate Jones, Silver Creek/Forestville
OL – Aseel Albaneh, Lackawanna
RS – Matt Ball, Silver Creek/Forestville
DL – Matt Eldridge, Cleveland Hill
DL – Lexus Polland, JFK
DL – Jermaine Hariston, Cleveland Hill
LB – Doug Bighorn, Akron
LB – Chuckie Martin, Olean
LB – Sherman Williams, Silver Creek/Forestville
LB – Jake Lewis, Silver Creek/Forestville
LB – Preston Kellkinberg, Akron
LB – Aaron Siskin, Akron
DB – Aaron Wesley, Cleveland Hill
DB – Larson Sundown, Akron
DB – Ethan Pequeen, Akron
DB – Damone Sylvers, Lackawanna
RS – Manny Ramirez – Lackawanna
Courtesy: Dick Gallagher 2014 Team Previews C North