Southwestern: Trojans are back
Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake: Red Dragons will move up a class. Hulton and Baker will be key defense.
Salamanca: Warriors always competitive. Tyler Sipperer is a player.
Falconer/Cass Valley: Falcons and Cougars will be ready for new venture.
Allegany- Limestone: Gators will be competitive and vie for playoffs.
Gowanda: Panthers look to improve this season.
1. Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake
4. Allegany- Limestone
5. Falconer/Cassadaga Valley
Sweet Home: Title goes through the Panthers
Williamsville South: Key to season will be ability to run ball
Grand Island: Vikings have new complex including turf and lights. Play of QB will be key this season.
North Tonawanda: As Woodard goes Lumberjacks follow.
Williamsville East: Line should be strength. Tideswell is a solid player.
Starpoint: Offense needs to put points on board.
Kenmore East: Rymarczyk and McGowan will be defensive impact players
Riverside: Frontiers has a 15 game losing streak. They will be more competitive this season.
Allegany- Limestone: Roman Greco
Falconer/Cassadaga Valley: LJ Spangenburg
Gowanda: Kenny Brant
Salamanca: Tyler Siperek
Southwestern: Hunt Peterson
MAPLE GROVE/CHAUTAUQUA RED DRAGONS
Red Dragons are always competitive. Curt Fischer has an amazing record of 179-41-0 in 22 years as Head Coach. Defense will be strength with A.J. Hulton and Chandler Baker. Ryan Miller will provide the offensive spark. Other key players will be Jonah Tanner and Mitch Sandberg will compete for league and sectional titles. Have tough matchup with Randolph in opener in a non league matchup.
Head Coach: Curt Fischer (179-41-0, 22 years)
Assistant Coaches: Ed Hulton, Marcus Clark, Aaron Emley, Ken Rowe
2013 Varsity Record: 7-2-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 5, Defense is 6.
Key Players: Mitch Sandberg, AJ Hulton, Chandler Baker, Ryan Miller, Tyler Fortune, Josh Bradford, Dustin Graziano, Jed Micek, Jonah Tanner, Brody Nolan, Dom Rammelt, David Applegarth
Key Losses: Gram Nelson, Tyler Furlow
Trojans return 8 strarters on offense and 7 on defense, offense to be smarked by Hunter Peterson, Mike Sandbloom and Niko Pannes. Defense to be led by Peterson, Jordan Breyrton and Brendan Kennedy. Line will be anchored by John Todd. Will compete for league title. Jay Sirianni needs 6 wins to reach coveted 100 career win marks open with Gowanda.
Head Coach: Jay Sirianni (94-23-0, 11 years)
Assistant Coaches: Kevin Salisbury, Aaron Rounds, Zach Agett, Pat Johnson
2013 Varsity Record: 4-4-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 8, Defense is 7.
Key Players: Hunter Peterson, Noah Weinstein, Jordan Breyton, Mike Sandbloom, John Todd, Brendan Kennedy, Niko Pannes, Matt Johnson, Nick Johnson, Nick Swanson, Peter Page, Mason House
Key Losses: Kevin Bellardo, Tanner Hoose, Kyle Moran
2013 JV Record: 2-5-0
Warriors recorded a 6-2 mark in 2013 and will compete for league title this season. Have all-WNY candidate in Tyler Siperek, other key players for Jason Marsh include Jared Fish, Malanchi Ficek, Jordan Johnson and Marquee Peters. Host Falconer and play at Lackawanna in first 2 weeks.
Head Coach: Jason Marsh (37-34-0)
Assistant Coaches: Travis Happoldt, Aaron Hill, Paul Haley
2013 Varsity Record: 6-2-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 4, Defense is 5.
Key Players: Tyler Siperek, Jared Fish, Malachi Ficek, Marcus Zaprowski, Jimmy Nye, Marquee Peters, Derek McClure, Jordan Johnson
Key Losses: Sean Connell, Tadd Beattie
ALLEGANY- LIMESTONE GATORS
Gators are 10-9 past 2 seasons. Key players include All-WNY candidate Roman “Rocky” Greco, 6’4 290 lbs SR.; Chris Sayles, Kyle McGraw and Tyler Hines. Josh Lippert and Greco will anchor line. Will be competitive. Talent from 6-3 JV squad will help Paul Furlong. Squad opens with Silver Creek and Southwestern.
Head Coach: Paul Furlong (21-15-0, 4 years)
Assistant Coaches: Glenn Anderson, Rick Owen, Dave McCulley
2013 Varsity Record: 5-5-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 4, Defense is 5.
Key Players: Roman Greco, Josh Lippert, Kyle McGraw, Tyler Hines, Chris Sayles, Holden Farr, Josh McGraw, Zach Hemphill
Key Losses: Todd Mason, Pete Harris, Mackenzie Zemak
2013 JV Record: 6-3-0
FALCONER/CASSADAGA VALLEY FALCONS
Falcons look to improve in 2014. Key players will be All-WNY candidates Jacob Penhollow, Dawshaw Jackson and L.J. Spangenburg. Open with Salamanca and host Franklinville in Week 2. Falcons haven’t had a winning season since 2007. Have merged with Cassadaga Valley for football this season.
Head Coach: Mark Peterson
Assistant Coaches: Aaron Erikson
2013 Varsity Record: 2-6-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 5, Defense is 5.
Key Players: Jacob Penhollow, L.J. Spangenburg, Dashawn Jackson, Ryan Dustin, Tareek Hannold, Drew Beckerink, Nick Peterson, Zach Mower
Key Losses: Jacob Stimson, Jacob Youngberg
GOWANDA/PINE VALLEY PANTHERS
Panthers look to improve on last season’s 2 wins. Talent from 6-2 Jayvee team will help Sean Gabel in his 6th year as head coach. Have All-WNY candidates in Ken Brant, Devon Clark and Chris Hammond. Other key players include Bryan Brawdy, Joe McCarthy and Seth Halftoan. Panthers have only won 7 games in 5 years, will improve. Open season with Southwestern and Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake. Gowanda has merged with Pine Valley for football.
Head Coach: Sean Gabel (7-41-0, 5 years)
Assistant Coaches: Rob Fetterick, Tony Pontillo
2013 Varsity Record: 2-7-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 4, Defense is 4.
Key Players: Ken Brant, Devon Clark, Chris Hammond, Jon McCarthy, Jordan Young, Lucas Brawdy, Seth Halftown, Jordan Young, Jon Kennedy
Key Losses: Zach Stevens, Brennan Geiger
2013 JV Record: 6-2-0
QB – Jared Fish, Salamanca
QB – Kyle McGraw, Allegany-Limestone
RB – Hunter Peterson, Southwestern
RB – Seth Halftown, Gowanda
RB – Ryan Miller, Maple Grove/Chat. Lake
WR – Mike Sandbloom, Southwestern
WR – Tyler Hines, Allegany- Limestone
WR – Brandon Smiley, Sweet Home
OL – Ken Brant, Gowanda
OL – Mitch Sandberg, Maple Grove/Chat. Lake
OL – Jordan Johnson, Salamanca
OL – Devon Clark, Gowanda
DL – Roman Greco, Allegany- Limestone
DL – John Todd, Southwestern
DL – Chris Hammond, Gowanda
LB – Jordan Breyerton, Southwestern
LB – AJ Hulton, Maple Grove/Chat. Lake
LB – Josh McGraw, Allegany- Limestone
LB – Brendan Kennedy, Southwestern
LB – Mitchell Sandberg, Maple Grove/Chat. Lake
DB – Brian Brawdy, Gowanda
DB – Tyler Siperek, Salamanca
DB – Niko Pannes, Southwestern
DB – Derek McClure, Salamanca
DB – Jonah Tanner, Maple Grove/Chat.Lake
RS – Mason Hoose, Southwestern
RS – Mitchell Sandberg, Maple Grove
NEWS AND NOTES
Coach with the Most Wins: Jay Srianni, Southwestern- 94 wins
Top Academic Achievers: Roman Greco, Allegany- Limestone
Strongest: Roman Greco, Allegany- Limestone
Fastest: Hunter Peterson, Southwestern
Biggest: Roman Greco, Allegany- Limestone
Best Cheerleaders: Southwestern
Top Complexes: Southwestern
Best Rushers: Hunter Peterson, Southwestern; Ryan Miller, Maple Grove/Chat. Lake
Top Wide Receivers: Mike Sandbloom, Southwestern
Top Defensive Players: Jacob Penhallow, Falconer
Top Linemen: Roman Greco, Allegany- Limestone
Major Impact Player: Tyler Siperek, Salamanca
Team with the Most Section Titles: Salamanca
Must-See Game: Maple Grove/ Chat. Lake at Southwestern, October 10th
Most Loquacious: Curt Fischer, Maple Grove/Chat. Lake
Unsung Player: A.J. Hulton, Maple Grove/ Chat. Lake
Player You Will Get to Know: Hunter Peterson, Southwestern
Courtesy Dick Gallagher 2014 Team Previews C South