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All-WNY selections

It is impossible to please everyone when it comes to picking all-star
teams, and the All-WNY football team is no exception.  There are a lot
of very good high school football players out there, and some,
unfortunately will go unrecognized. We do not have a "No Player Left
Behind Act."

It's not an easy task picking this 25-player
first team.  There's no set standard to follow. How do you honestly
judge one offensive linemen from, say, Section VI champ Orchard Park
against a senior linemen from say, Albion, which lost a first-round
Consolation Bowl game?  Both are good teams and play good competition.  All-star linemen (football
players in general) come in all shapes and sizes.

Coaches keep
statistics for all positions, including grading out linemen, but that's
not an exact science. It can be very subjective.

It's also
easy to look at quarterback and running back numbers, but is it a fair
assessment of talent?  I know a lot of good football players who don't
put up the big numbers or they "share" numbers with teammates because
of the type of offense the team runs.

Looking at players who
are on winning teams over players on losing teams doesn't always cut
it, either. There are some darn good backs who would excel running
behind offensive lines like the ones at Sweet Home and St. Francis. 

line is we need input. Let's hear from coaches, athletic directors and
fans because it's impossible for us to see every school play football
in Western New York.  It's nice to hear from coaches about other
players, athletes from other teams who they coached against. Let's hear
about payers who you had to game plan against. Players who had a major
impact on your game, whether it was a lineman, quarterback,
linebacker or kicker.

---Dennis Danheiser, Assistant Sports Editor      

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