“Canisius favored to repeat”
2. St. Francis
3. St. Joes
4. Timon/St. Jude
5. St. Mary’s
6. Cardinal O’Hara
Canisius: T.J. Wheatley, Jr.
Cardinal O’Hara: Tyler Jansen
St. Francis: Jerry Hickson
St. Joes: Austin Greenwood
St. Mary’s: Tony Robinson
Timon/St. Jude: Derick Simpson
Crusaders look to repeat as champions. Have All-WNY candidates in Brad Zaffram and Josh Hoffman. One of the top defensive backs in NYS, Jerome Brundidle, Michael Tarbutt and T.J. Wheatley, Jr. , who is WNY’s most recruited football player with 18 scholarship offers. Need to replace RB Qadree Ollison who rushes for 1465 yards and 22 TD’s last season. Solomon Renfro is one of the candidates to replace Ollison. Jacob Louckes returns at QB but faces competition at the position. Line to be anchored by Wheatley, 6’6 260 lbs; Mike Kenefick, 6’4 250 lbs and Chris Ganagarossa, 6’5 290 lbs. Justin Jones transferred to St. Joe’s and will be a welcome addition to the Crusaders.
Head Coach: Rich Robbins (24-9-0)
Assistant Coaches: Tom Coppola, Clinton Hawkins, Bryce Hopkins, Matt Glose, Brendon Barthel, Alejandro Overton, Martin Glose
2013 Varsity Record: 9-2-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 6, Defense is 6.
Key Players: Josh Huffman, T.J. Wheatley Jr., Michael Tarbutts, Mitchell Thomas, Timothy Pringle, Chris Gangarussa, James Thomas, Jerome Brundice, Jacob Loucks, Mike Kenefick, Solomen Renfro, James Thomas, Justin Jones
Key Losses: Mike Sharpe, David Koeppel, Qadree Ollison
2013 JV Record: 7-1-0
St. Francis Red Raiders
Jerry Smith returns 8 starters on both sides of the ball. Offense will be sparked by Sophomore QB Jerry Hickson, Immanuel Williams, Jamal Johanson and Kordol Holmes- Lightbody. Defense to be led by Brian Pacholec and Tavrean Davis while line will be anchored by Nick Weikle, Pacholec, Tim Smith and Jack Hayes. Red Raiders are 8-14-0 past 2 seasons. Schedule this season includes Alden, Hutch Tech and South Park from Section VI. Should compete for title. Will miss John Scibetta, Assistant Coach, who is not coaching with Red Raiders after 20 years. He will be missed big time.
Head Coach: Jerry Smith (136-115-4)
Assistant Coaches: Steve Otrembo, Jack King, Kevin Murphy, Kevin Haggerty, Nick Suchyna, Lou Rossi, Frank Rossi, Kevin Haggerty, Joe Gauron
2013 Varsity Record: 5-6-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 8, Defense is 8.
Key Players: Francisco Guzman, Nick Stahowski, Jerry Hickson, Immanuel Williams, Jamil Johnson, Nick Weikle, Brian Pacholac, Tavrean Davis, Mike William, Matt Woodarek, Tim Smith, Jack Hayes, Jacob Braunscheidel, Jarrod Taylor, garth Pinnock, Jake Tasker, Justin Anderson
Key Losses: Adam Valenti, Brendon Misterman
St. Joes Marauders
Marauders had solid 7-4 record last season. They have All-WNY candidates in Dan Carr, 6’5 290lb lineman, Cordell Owens, and Ryan Conschafter, Other key players include David Archer who takes over at QB after Mike McCarthy suffered an ACl injury, Darren Thompson, Anthony Spina, and Josh Jackson. They lost junior Justin Jones who transferred to Canisius. They will miss Nigel Davis and Rod Payne. Marauders have a tough match up in the opener at St. Anthony’s. They play a tough schedule and host Canisius in week 5. They will be competitive. Thompson is a candidate for 1000 yards rushing. Marauders will compete for a title.
Head Coach: Dennis Gilbert (29-15-0, 4 years)
Assistant Coaches: Dave Carlon, Peter Hudecki, Tony Formato, Mike Stillwell, Mike McCarthy, Earl Perrin, Carmen Zagarrio
2013 Varsity Record: 7-4-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 5, Defense is 4.
Key Players: Cordell Owens, Ryan Conschafter, Michael Meyer, Cordell Owens, Josh Jackson, Anthony Spina, Tyler Stranahan, Darren Thompson, Louis Surace, David Archer, Connor McKenna, Grant Beyers, Jacob Bomberski
Key Losses: Rod Payne, Nigel Davis, Anthony Casteilani
Timon- St. Jude Tigers
Tigers look to rebound from last years 4-7 record. Key players will be Derick Simpson, Desmond Stephens, Tyler Ringwood, Gavin Caufield and Tyree Coble. Have lost several quality starters to graduation in the past 2 years, could struggle this season. Have tough matchup in opener against Aquinas. Key players will be Arenzo Thomas and Brandon May.
Head Coach: Charlie Comerford (15-15-0)
Assistant Coaches: Dave Comerford
2013 Varsity Record: 4-7-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 5, Defense is 6.
Key Players: Derick Simpson, Desmond Stephens, Tyler Ringwood, Gavin Caufield, Tyree Coble, Brandon May, Arenzo Thomas
Key Losses: Ryan Byrne, Adam Dimicco, Brandon Donahue
St. Mary’s Lancers
Lancers will look to improve on last years 4-4 record. Chris Glenn takes over the helm from Dave Hensey as Head Coach. Key players will be Tony Robinson, Zachary Penska, Marc O’Neill, Jacob Shepard and Anthony Stitt will miss Nick Vallone who rushes for over 1000 yards in 2013. Lancers don’t play Canisius this season. Will also miss plays of Justin Hersey who transferred to Lancaster.
Head Coach: Chris Glenn (1st year)
Assistant Coaches: Paul Pignatoro
2013 Varsity Record: 4-4-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 5, Defense is 5.
Key Players: Tony Robinson, Zachary Penska, Marc O’Neill, Jacob Shepard, Anthony Stitt, Dehlen Jones, Sean Wilson, Takal Molson
Key Losses: Nick Vallone, Deone Strong, Nathaniel Keith
Hawks look to rebound from last years one win season. Returning 6 starters and 5 on defense. Key players will be Donel Cathcart, Cliff Zeigler, Charles DeBose III, Michael Spagna and Tyler Jansen. Hawks play only Timon/ St. Jude of Big Four teams. Should be competitive this season. Ziegler recorded 83 tackles as a freshman LB to lead the Hawks defense.
Head Coach: Angelo Sciandra (125-107-6, 28 years)
Assistant Coaches: Steve Kasmore, Doug Buczak, Jared Falconrath
2013 Varsity Record: 1-7-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 6, Defense is 5.
Key Players: Tyler Jansen, Charles DeDose III, Gino Latuca, Michael Spagna, Cliff Zeigler, Donel Cathcart
Key Losses: Michael Spagna
QB – Jerry Hickson, St. Francis
QB – Jacob Loucks, Canisius
RB – Immanuel Williams, St. Francis
RB – Cordell Owens, St. Joe’s
RB – Solomon Renfro, Canisius
TE – TJ Wheatley Jr., Canisius
WR – Tyler Ringwood, Timon/St. Jude
WR – Kordol Holmes- Lightbody, St. Francis
WR – Justin Jones, Canisius
OL – Nick Stachowski, St. Francis
OL – Tyree Coble, Timon/ St. Jude
OL – Austin Greenwood, St. Joe’s
OL – Chris Gangarossa, Canisius
OL – Tyler Jansen, Cardinal O’Hara
OL – Brian Pacholee, St. Francis
K – Michael Tarbut, Canisius
RS – Francesco Guzman, St. Francis
RS – Arenzo Thomas, Timon/St. Jude
DL – Desmond Stephens, Timon/ St. Jude
DL – Nick Weikle, St. Francis
DL – Mike Kenefick, Canisius
DL – TJ Wheatley, Jr., Canisius
LB – Jerome Brundidge, Canisius
LB – Brad Zaffram, Canisius
LB – Gavin Caufield, Timon/ St. Jude
LB – Taurean Davis, St. Francis
LB – James Thomas, Canisius
DB – Anthony Stitt, St. Mary’s
DB – Mitch Thomas, Canisius
DB – Derick Simpson, Timon/St. Jude
DB – Jaml Johnson, St. Francis
DB – Josh Huffman, Canisius
P – Louis Surace, St. Joe’s
RS – Donel Cathcart, Cardinal O’Hara
Courtesy: Dick Gallagher 2014 Team Previews Monsignor Martin