Allegany-Limestone Gators (5-5)
Coach: Paul Furlong, fifth season
Home field: Fred Grace Field
Program founded: 1952
Outlook: Two-way tackle Roman Greco will be a tough matchup at 6-foot-3, 305 pounds. He won the sectional title in the discus and shot put for last spring. “We’re going to be behind him most of the year; he’s one of our veteran kids,” said Furlong. “He’s been in the program since eighth grade.” The Gators graduated 16 seniors, including the entire backfield. Sr. Kyle McGraw steps into the starting role at QB. The Gators lack game experience and will simplify things a bit.
Sept. 5 vs. Silver Creek/Forestville, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Southwestern, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Falconer/CV, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 26 vs. Gowanda, 7 p.m,
Oct. 3 vs. Salamanca, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Portville, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 vs. MG/Chaut. Lake, 7:30 p.m.
Falconer/ Cassadaga Valley (2-6)
Coach: Mark Petersen, 19th season
Home field: Bill Race Field
Program founded: 2014
Outlook: There was a lot of uncertainty during the two weeks of practice as many starting jobs were open. Ryan Dustin and Anthony Miller will battle it out for QB. Strong line candidates were: Jake Penhollow and L.J. Spangenburg. Cody Johnson looks like he’ll be at TE. Shane Parsons should get his share of carries at RB. Tareek Hannold, one of the top sprinters in the Southern Tier last spring in track, looks to shine at TB. Nick Peterson checks in at FB/LB.
Sept. 5 at Salamanca, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 vs. Frank/Ell/West Valley, 7:30 (Falc)
Sept. 19 vs. Allegany-Limestone, 7:30 (CV)
Sept. 26 at MG/Chaut. Lake, 7 p.m.
Oct. 3 at Gowanda, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 at JFK, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 17 vs. Souhwestern, 7:30 p.m. (Falc)
Gowanda Panthers (2-7)
Coach: Sean Gabel, sixth season
Home field: Hillis Field
Program founded: Unknown
Outlook: The Panthers looks for big years from two-way linemen Devon Clark and Ken Brant. Clark has made great strides in the weight room, Brant is a three-sport athlete and goes about 6-3, 280. Senior RB/LB Jon McCarthy will have additional responsibilities this season. DE Chris Hammond is back after starting last year as a sophomore. Hammond has earned the reputation as a workhorse. The roster includes six varsity and four JV players from Pine Valley after they were forced to fold their program. Gabel said he sees a lot of potential in the Pine Valley players and some of them could very well earn starting jobs.
Sept. 5 at Southwestern, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 vs. Maple Grove/Chaut. Lake, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 vs. Westfield/Brocton, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 at Allegany-Limestone, 7 p.m.
Oct. 3 vs. Falconer/CV, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Salamanca, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 at Akron, 7 p.m.
Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake Thunder Dragons (7-2)
Coach: Curt Fischer, 24th season
Home field: Not named
Program founded: circa 1930
Outlook: The Thunder Dragons were Class D finalists a year ago and ranked No. 2 in the state in Class D. Jonah Tanner can play anywhere in the backfield on offense and excels at SS on defense. FB/LB Mitch Sandberg looks to have another big year. Look for sophomore Brad Benson to earn a starting spot on defense. OL/LB Chandler Baker and QB/LB A.J. Hulton are four-year players. RB Ryan Miller is a three-year player. The team is looking for big things from returning lineman David Applegarth.
Sept. 5 vs. Randolph, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Gowanda, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Salamanca, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 vs. Falconer/CV, 7 p.m.
Oct. 3 vs. Cardinal O’Hara, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Southwestern, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 at Allegany-Limestone, 7:30 p.m.
Salamanca Warriors (6-2)
Coach: Jason Marsh, ninth season
Home field: Vets’ Park
Program founded: 1915
Outlook: Jared Fish is a 6-7 QB. “It’s nice to have that height at quarterback,” said Marsh, “and he’s got some nice targets.” The Warriors also welcome their leading rusher from a year ago, Sr. Tyler Siperek. Two of the four returning starters on offense are linemen – guard Mitch Gilbert and center Josh Dowdy. Just three are back on defense: Siperek, DT Malachi Ficek and LB Marcus Zaprowski. James Nye and Andy Crandall are solid at WR. Crandall is coming off a broken leg last season.
Sept. 5 vs. Falconer/CV, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Lackawanna, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 vs. Maple Grove/Chaut. Lake, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 at Southwestern, 7 p.m.
Oct. 3 at Allegany-Limestone, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 vs. Gowanda, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 vs. Springville, 7 p.m.
Southwestern Trojans (4-4)
Coach: Jay Sirianni, 12th season
Home field: Charles A. Lawson
Program founded: 1949
Outlook: The Trojans return seven on both sides of the ball. G/LB Jordan Breyerton is coming off an all-star season. RB/DB Nick Swanson has been the leader in the weight room. Hunter Peterson led the team in rushing last year. The top two WRs are back in Niko Pannes and Mike Sandbloom. Noah Weinstein returns at QB. Three starters are back on the OL: Breyerton, John Todd and Pete Page. Sirianni is six wins shy of 100 in his career.
Sept. 5 vs. Gowanda, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Allegany-Limestone, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 vs. Cleveland Hill, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 vs. Salamanca, 7 p.m.
Oct. 3 at Pioneer, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 vs. Maple Grove/Chaut. Lake, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 at Falconer/CV, 7:30 p.m.