Grand Island Vikings (7-2)
Coach: Dean Santorio, 13th season
Home field: Gene Masters Field
Program founded: 1962
Outlook: The Vikings will contend for the title led by an offensive and defensive line with plenty of size and experience. Three starters return on the O-line, two-way tackle Tom Doctor, G/DT Nick Paolini and Dominic Petrilli, who is 6-4, 305. RB/LB Paul Sukmanowski is back after missing the first four games last year with a broken collarbone. He had a stronger second half of the season rushing for 500 yards. QB Quinn Corrao showed plenty of athleticism coming off a 1,200-yard season throwing. WR/S Ben Goc was second last year in receptions with 30.
Sept. 6 at Hamburg, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13 at North Tonawanda, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 vs. Niagara-Wheatfield, 2 p.m.
Sept. 28 vs. Kenmore East, 2 p.m.
Oct. 5 vs. Sweet Home, 2 p.m.
Oct. 12 at Starpoint, 2 p.m.
Oct. 19 vs. Williamsville North, 2 p.m.
Kenmore East Bulldogs (4-5)
Coach: Matt Chimera, 14th season
Home field: Sparky Adams Field
Program founded: 1959
Outlook: RB Preston Smith and QB Connor McMahon are coming off all-star seasons in Class A North and are expected to lead the Bulldogs’ offense. Junior Matt Rymarczyk, senior Nick Bluff and senior Nick Jurewicz return to the O-line. Junior FB/LB Kurt McGowan made great gains in the offseason. Seniors Adam Geib, Jarett Kowalski and Aaron Cannon and juniors Steve Nadrowski and Joe Vasi have all looked good in camp.
Sept. 6 at East Aurora, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 Starpoint, 2 p.m.
Sept. 21 North Tonawanda, 2 p.m.
Sept. 28 at Grand Island, 2 p.m.
Oct. 5 at Niagara-Wheatfield, 2 p.m.
Oct. 12 Sweet Home, 2 p.m.
Oct. 19 at Kenmore West, 2 p.m.
Niagara-Wheatfield Falcons (2-6)
Coach: Brent Tylec, first season
Home field: Terry Harvey Field
Program founded: 1958
Outlook: The Falcons like their two DE, Caleb Kish and Dan Peltier. “Caleb is a big, strong, no-nonsense kid,” said Tylec. “We don’t even want to go against him. He’s just a football player.” Look for Kish coming from the weakside. Another hard-nosed player is returning LB Jason Vranic, who will also play FB. Look for speedy TB Joe Ayers to get a lot of work. A somewhat under-sized line includes three returners Peltier, Jake Schoelles and Nate Williams. Junior QB Andrew Doricko is a pocket passer with a decent understanding of the Falcons’ running offense.
Sept. 7 vs. Lew-Port, 2 p.m.
Sept. 14 vs. Sweet Home, 2 p.m.
Sept. 21 at Grand Island, 2 p.m.
Sept. 28 at Starpoint, 2 p.m.
Oct. 5 vs. Kenmore East, 2 p.m.
Oct. 12 vs. North Tonawanda, 2 p.m.
Oct. 19 at Williamsville East, 2 p.m.
North Tonawanda Jacks (4-5)
Coach: Tony Truilizio, second season
Home field: George Vetter Stadium
Program founded: 1896
Outlook: Junior QB Chris Woodard returns after starting as a sophomore. He’s got a 98 average in the classroom. Truilizio expects big things from RB Nehemiah Stone. “He’s just a great athlete, a great runner for us. He was our leading scorer last year, great hands . . .” The O-line, which has good size, is anchored by returners Ryan Osbourn and Alex Molik. Look for Taylor Mollett to make a number of tackles at LB. 12 of 22 starters return. The Jacks will host this year’s T-NT game.
Sept. 6 at Lake Shore 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 Grand Island, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 at Kenmore East, 2 p.m.
Sept. 28 at Sweet Home. 2 p.m.
Oct. 4 Starpoint, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 at Niagara-Wheatfield 2 p.m.
Oct. 18 Tonawanda, 6 p.m.
Starpoint Spartans (3-5)
Coach: Al Cavagnaro, 14th season
Home field: Tudor Stadium
Program founded: 1958
Outlook: Cavagnaro described Evan Majewski as “the real deal. He got 1,400 yards last year on a bad leg. We’ve been to a couple contact camps and he’s done very well,” he said. Majewski was an All-NYS honorable mention pick last year at RB. He will be joined in the backfield by Austin Bratek, the younger brother of Brandon. Quarterback Sam Terrazzino participated in the Red Penguin Academy out of Rochester this offseason. Junior Richard Duermeyer is a promising two-way lineman. The Spartans have been in the weight room since the Monday after Thanksgiving.
Sept. 7 at Lockport, 2 p.m.
Sept. 14 at Kenmore East, 2 p.m.
Sept. 21 at Sweet Home, 2 p.m.
Sept. 28 Niagara Wheatfield, 2 p.m.
Oct. 4 at North Tonawanda, 7 p.m.
Oct. 12 Grand Island, 2 p.m.
Oct. 19 Iroquois, 2 p.m.
Sweet Home Panthers (12-1)
Coach: John Faller, 28th season
Home field: Bob Barczak Stadium
Program founded: 1958
Outlook: The Panthers, winners of the past six Section VI Class A titles, have to fill more starting positions than usual with only four players back on both sides of the ball. John Navarro and Kevin Gault are a pair of senior linemen who will be counted on heavily. Executing out of Sweet Home’s different backfield formations will be QB Jordan Evert, QB Kevin Torrillo, RB Jordan Heine and RB Mark Walker. Defensively, the Panthers are looking to replace two LBs, two DEs and its entire defensive backfield. “We’re looking pretty good even though we lost some of our key players,” said Evert. “We have to stay focused, not be cocky, and do what we gotta do and do good in practice.” Two targets at WR will be Brandon Smiley and Tyler Barone. The Panthers are 22-2 the last two years. The JVs are 17-0. Faller is nine wins away from 200.
Sept. 6 at Iroquois, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 at Niagara-Wheatfield, 2 p.m.
Sept. 21 vs. Starpoint, 2 p.m.
Sept. 28 vs. North Tonawanda, 2 p.m.
Oct. 5 at Grand Island, 2 p.m.
Oct. 12 at Kenmore East, 2 p.m.
Oct. 19 vs. McKinley, 2 p.m.