East Panthers (3-6)
Coach: Starling Bryant, ninth season
Home field: No home field
Program founded: 1933
Outlook: A City Honors athlete who Bryant said should be, “a head-turner” is Pasqual Scarf, a 6-3, 220 pound LB. RB/LB Daquan Sylvester is coming off a big junior year. Myron Harden and Dionte Heath are two-way linemen. Sophomore Alfred Geary is looking to contribute at LB/TE. Four-year starter Daquan Slyvester has earned the QB job in camp after showing his speed and ability to run from the pocket.
Sept. 6 Wmsv. South at J.B. Wiley, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 at St. Mary’s, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 McKinley at Riverside, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 Wmsv. North at Riverside, 4 p.m.
Oct. 5 Riverside at Riverside, 1 p.m.
Oct. 11 Wmsv. East at Riverside, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 19 Burgard at Riverside, 1 p.m.
McKinley Macks (6-3)
Coach: Ed Wilson, fifth season
Home field: No home field
Program founded: circa 1937
Outlook: The undeniable leader of the Macks is senior QB Jamar Rutledge, who can throw out of the pocket, but is also a threat to tuck and run. He threw for more than 1,500 yards last year. This year’s receivers, Jeremy Kelley and Dante Thompson, had the good fortune to play alongside all-star Stephen Johnson, and the Macks hope they learned their lessons well. Thompson and Chris Smith are returning LBs. The O-line welcomes back Earl Rainey and Nathan Burnett. The only player returning to the defensive backfield is Tyrell Wilson.
Sept. 6 Wmsv. North at Riverside, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13 at Riverside, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 East at Riverside, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 at Williamsville East, 2 p.m.
Oct. 4 Nia. Falls at Riverside, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 at Williamsville South, 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 at Sweet Home, 2 p.m.
Riverside Frontiers (1-8)
Coach: Jose Rodriguez, second season
Home field: Dingboom Field
Program founded: 1931
Outlook: Rodriguez is excited about two players who came over from I-Prep Grover Cleveland, TE/DE Xavier Maye and FB Rob Johnson. “Maye is like 6-2, 240, he’s got great speed, great hands, he’s not afraid to lay out for the ball,” said Rodriguez. “Johnson has classic fullback size and he’s got some speed too.” Returning linemen are Dyrell Harris and Manuel Castillo. Damone McNamee gets the call at quarterback after a solid year on JV.
Sept. 7 at Williamsville East, 2 p.m.
Sept. 13 vs. McKinley, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 at Williamsville South, 7 p.m.
Sept. 27 at Timon-St. Jude, Tifft, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 vs. East, 1 p.m.
Oct. 12 at Williamsville North, 2 p.m.
Oct. 18 vs. Lake Shore, 7 p.m.
Williamsville East Flames (4-4)
Coach: Chris McDuffie, fourth season
Home field: Williamsville East Field
Program founded: 1975
Outlook: The Flames graduated 19, but they do return QB Jaleel Battle, last year’s Class A South Player of the Year and an All-NYS honorable mention at LB. Isiah Perrin should be on the receiving end of many of Battle’s passes. He’s a big target at 6-2 and has good hands. McDuffie said Battle will have a big line in front of him, led by senior Pat Kelly. “He’s been active the whole offseason, doing things on his own and gathering the guys and it just shows his leadership ability.” Chris Tideswell is a junior lineman who checks in at 300 pounds. The Flames play on back-to-back Thursdays.
Sept. 7 vs. Riverside Institute, 2 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Amherst, 6 p.m.
Sept. 19 vs. North at South, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 vs. McKinley, 2 p.m.
Oct. 5 vs. South at East, 2 p.m.
Oct. 11 vs. East High at Wiley, 6 p.m.
Oct. 19 Niagara-Wheatfield, 2 p.m.
Williamsville North Spartans (3-6)
Coach: Mike Mammoliti, 13th season
Homefield: Wmsv. North Field
Program founded: 1968
Outlook: WR Kolbe Hughes was last year’s Section VI co-recipient of the Jerry Butler Award. The Spartans have experience at the skill positions. Senior Ryan Majewski brings two seasons of varsity experience with him to the quarterback spot. Junior two-way tackle George Attea has been with the varsity since the end of his freshman year. Last year, the Spartans played with six sophomores and a freshman. Of their six losses, they were winning four of them in the fourth quarter.
Sept. 6 McKinley at Riverside, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Williamsville South, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 vs. Wmsv. East at South, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 East at Riverside, 4 p.m.
Oct. 5 vs. Lackawanna, 2 p.m.
Oct. 12 vs. Riverside, 2 p.m.
Oct. 19 at Grand Island, 2 p.m.
Williamsville South Billies (5-4)
Coach: Kraig Kurzanski, Seventh season
Home field: District Field
Program founded: 1897
Outlook: The Billies’ only returning starters are RB Ben Clement and DE Erik Jacobs, but they will be able to fill many spots from a talented 9-1 JV. Junior QB Sam Castronova is back after he threw for 1,300 yards after taking over for the injured Trent Ferguson in Week 5. Castronova beat McKinley in the playoffs and lost to West Seneca East. His main targets will be WRs Kevin Mason Jr. and Kam Varner. Continuing to develop is sophomore LB/OT Jack Fuzak (6-4, 255), the only freshman to ever start for Kurzanski. Promising junior lineman Austin Gallagher will miss the first few weeks with a broken forearm.
Sept. 6 East at JBW, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 vs. Williamsville North, 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 vs. Riverside, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 at Orchard Park, 1 p.m.
Oct. 5 at Williamsville East, 2 p.m.
Oct. 11 vs. McKinley, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 at Timon-St. Jude, Tifft, 7 p.m.