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Class B North: Cheektowaga’s backfield features familiar faces; Burgard has 14 returning starters

Albion Purple Eagles (2-6)

Coach: Tony Osburn, fifth season

Home field: Spierdowis Field

Program founded: 1898

Outlook: A pair of senior linemen look to help the Purple Eagles get back on track. The 6-5, 298-pound Steven Stauss has been an all-league player since he was a sophomore. Jon Trembly (6-1, 250) can not only move people, he’s got an 99 GPA taking AP classes. “To have those two kids playing next to each other the past three years has been an absolute blessing,” said Osburn. “I can coach 20 more years and not have two more kids like them.” Sophomore SE/FS Trey Hart averaged 20 yards per catch as a freshman and was named the team’s MVP on offense. Senior Ed Wolfe moves from TE to TB. Battling for QB is sophomore Kyle Smith and John Warne. Junior WR/CB Desmond Blackmon will also return punts and kickoffs. JVs were 8-1.


Sept. 7 at Barker/Roy-Hart, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13 Burgard, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 at Cheektowaga, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 vs Newfane, 2 p.m.

Oct. 4 vs. Maryvale, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 11 at Lew-Port, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 vs. Medina, 7:30 p.m

Amherst Tigers (1-8)

Coach: Jason Beckman, second season

Home field: Dimp Wagner Alumni

Program founded: 1932

Outlook: Beckman said the core of his team includes senior RB Juwan Baker, WR Tadriek Johnson, FB/LB Brian Posner and LB Jon Yang. “Those are the four guys who had pretty good offseasons and worked really hard in the weightroom and we’re expecting big things out of them,” said Beckman. The Tigers are looking to fill the void following the graduation of three-year starting quarterback Justin Twarog (John Carroll). Four different players are vying for the spot. “That will be one of the big preseason competitions,” he said. “We’re going to run the ball a little bit more than in the past.”


Sept. 6 at Medina/Lyndonville, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 12 vs. Wmsv. East, 6 p.m.

Sept. 20 vs. Barker/Roy-Hart, 6 p.m.

Sept. 27 vs. Cheektowaga, 6 p.m.

Oct. 4 vs. Burgard, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11 at Maryvale, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 vs. Lew-Port, 6 p.m.

Barker/Roy-Hart Raiders (6-3)

Coach: Bill Bruning, third season

Home field: Bruno Pacani Field

Program founded: 2011

Outlook: The Raiders are 15-5 in their first two seasons as a combined team. Senior Jacob Haight had an impressive eight interceptions last season at free sefety. He’ll also play QB. Protecting Haight will be a couple of experienced linemen: seniors Tim Flint returns at center and will play LB and James Brady will start on both sides of the line. Other seniors who will dictate the team’s success are: Tyler Childs, Amos Andrews and Dareon Woods. The team will play two games at Roy-Hart and one a Barker.


Sept. 6 Albion at R-H, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13 at Lew-Port, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20 at Amherst, 6 p.m.

Sept. 27 Maryvale at R-H, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4 at Cheektowaga, 7 p.m.

Oct. 11 at Wilson, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 Bennett at Barker, 1:30 p.m.

Bennett Tigers (1-8)

Coach: Steve McDuffie, third season

Home field: Robert E. Rich All High Stadium

Program founded: unknown

Outlook: The Tigers are looking for Paul Dixon, who has 4.37 speed, to be an impact player. “If we have a great season this year, it will be on his shoulders,” said McDuffie, who is looking for 1,000 yards and 100 tackles from his senior RB/DB. Bennett is deep enough that McDuffie said he expects to have fewer two-way players. Three-year starter Willie Adams will be the only senior on the line. The line will also include eighth-grader Jeremiah Sanders, who is 6-2, 303-pounds. Eric Thomas returns at quarterback. Look for St. Mary’s transfer, Tryree Brown, at WR/DB. RBs Isiah McDuffie and Alexander Lofton will be explosive.


Sept. 6 vs. Burgard at All High, 7 p.m.

Sept. 14 vs. Cheektowaga, 2 p.m.

Sept. 20 at Maryvale, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27 vs. Lew-Port, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4 at V-Attica, cancelled

Oct. 12 vs. Medina/Lyndonville, 2 p.m.

Oct. 19 at Barker, 1:30 p.m.

Burgard Bulldogs (6-3)

Coach: Jason Kolb, 12th season

Home field: All High Stadium

Program founded: 1933

Outlook: The Bulldogs’ roster will be bolstered by a pair of transfers from Riverside: OL/DL Kevon Perry and QB/DB Rayshawn Jones. Roderick Morrow, who recorded over 100 tackles last year, joins Perry as another key two-way starter on the line. WR/DB Jamar Holmes will be a team captain. He had over 1,000 all-purpose yards last year. “We have a balanced attack,” said Kolb. “We don’t have one stud running back that gets 1,000-2,000 yards, we spread it out amongst five guys who are going to get 300-500 yards roughly.” Among the 14 returning starters, eight were sophomores a year ago. Burgard was one student above the cutoff to be a Class C team.


Sept. 6 vs. Bennett, 7 p.m.

Sept. 13 at Albion, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 at Lew-Port, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 vs. Medina/Lyndonville, 4 p.m.

Oct. 4 vs. Amherst, 7 p.m.

Oct. 12 at Cheektowaga, 2 p.m.

Oct. 19 at East, 1 p.m.

Cheektowaga Warriors (8-1)

Coach: Mike Fatta, second season

Home field: No name

Program founded: 1934

Outlook: Last year’s winners of Class B West, return seven players on both sides of the ball. The backfield features familiar faces with RB Preston Summers and QB Tim Whelan. Summers was an honorable mention All-NYS pick at DB a year ago. Three of five are back on the OL: center Robert Wilson, RG John Loncher and RT Chris Dawson. Kenny Dillenburg is a top wideout. Louis Hyatt will line up in the slot. Top defenders are DT Trevon Harrell and LB Kobe Walenka (defensive captain). Members of an 8-1 JV team will also compete for spots.


Sept. 7 III-Jamesville-Dewitt, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 at Bennett, 2 p.m.

Sept. 20 vs. Albion, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27 at Amherst, 6 p.m.

Oct. 4 vs. Barker/Roy-Hart, 7 p.m.

Oct. 12 vs. Burgard, 2 p.m.

Oct. 18 at Maryvale, 7 p.m.

Lewiston-Porter Lancers (6-3)

Coach: Jon Hoover, second season

Home field: Blakeslee Stadium

Program founded: unknown

Outlook: The Lancers will count heavily on junior Jake Eoute and senior RB Dan Hogan. Eoute just played defense last year, but this year he’s the QB. He’s a threat to run and he makes good decisions. Hogan rushed for more than 600 yards as a junior. The line will be experienced with four seniors and a junior. Twins Chet and and Jon Bondi make a formidable duo on both sides of the line. The Lancers are deep with fast wide receivers. WR Zak Nalbone looks to have another big year.


Sept. 7 at Niagara-Wheatfield, 2 p.m.

Sept. 13 vs. Barker, 7 p.m.

Sept. 20 vs. Burgard, 7 p.m.

Sept. 27 at Bennett, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4 at Medina/Lyndonville

at Veterans Park, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 11 vs. Albion, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 at Amherst, 6 p.m.

Maryvale Flyers (3-5)

Coach: Jeff Buccieri, third season

Home field: Maryvale Stadium

Program founded: 1953

Outlook: The Flyers only return one starter on both sides of the ball, junior Mike Kelleher, who will move to FB/LB. “He’s a real big kid, goes about 6-0, 240, strong kid, tested out in the bench at 300, squated 460, so we’re hoping that’s he’s going to be a load for people to bring down,” said Buccieri. Senior captain John Hewitt got some time last season at QB and threw for 100 yards against Cheektowaga. The Warriors’ strength will be their lines with Mike Cammarano, Ron Ponholzer, Austin Oquendo and Amarri Brown. A young player to watch is freshman RB Austin Reamsnyder.


Sept. 7 at Cleveland Hill, 2 p.m.

Sept. 13 at Medina/Lyndonville

at Veterans Park, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 vs. Bennett, 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 at Barker/Roy-Hart, 7 p.m.

Oct. 4 at Albion, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 11 vs. Amherst, 7 p.m.

Oct. 18 vs. Cheektowaga, 7 p.m.

Medina/Lyndonville Mustangs (6-3)

Coach: Eric Valley, sixth season

Home field: Veterans Park

Program founded: circa 1898

Outlook: The Mustangs have the luxury of returning a young and experienced quarterback in junior Jason Hellwig, who started last year as a sophomore an threw for over 1,400 yards, 16 TDs and was only sacked twice. Senior LB/RB Kyle Barna had over 1,000 all-purpose yards and recorded 89 tackles. He’s a four-year varsity player. Three of the five Lyndonville players will start including WR/DB Ty Rhovat, OL/LB Brandon Schoolcraft and LB Tom Follman, up from the JV and only a sophomore. S/RB Dan Brown, who only played half of last season, stands 6-5 and runs with a lot of power. The Mustangs’ first three games are home.


Sept. 6 vs. Amherst, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 13 vs. Maryvale, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 vs. Akron, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 28 Burgard at All High, 4 p.m.

Oct. 4 vs. Lew-Port, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 12 at Bennett, 2 p.m.

Oct. 18 at Albion, 7:30 p.m.

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