Bishop Timon-St. Jude Tigers (8-4)
Coach: Charlie Comerford, fourth season
Home field: Tifft Farms
Program founded: 1948
Outlook: Tyler Ringwood looks to build on a season in which he averaged 16.5 yards per catch. The senior receiver has size (6-2), speed (4.5/40) and is strong (275-pound bench press). UB is reportedly keeping tabs on him after he performed well at its summer camp. He’ll catch passes from the newest Tiger – Matt Myers, a 6-4 sophomore quarterback who transferred from West Seneca West. Freshmen Hakeem Humphrey (6-foot, 200) and LeMorris Jones (5-11, 180) look to fill the void of the graduated Arenzo Thomas, who rushed for a school-record of more than 1,500 yards last season. Seniors Desmond Stephens (12 sacks) and Cade Kennedy (three fumble recoveries) lead a defense that showed flashes of brilliance last year. Kennedy, Hunter Lancaster and 6-3, 315-pound lineman Andrew Stoltman are captains.
Sept. 4 at Riverside, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Rochester Edison Tech, 1 p.m.
Sept. 19 at St. Mary’s, 1 p.m.
Sept. 25 at Jamestown, 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 vs. Aquinas, 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 vs. Cardinal O’Hara, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 at St. Joe’s, 1 p.m.
Oct. 24 at Canisius, 1 p.m.
Oct. 30 vs. St. Francis, 7 p.m.
Canisius Crusaders (12-0)
Coach: Rich Robbins, fifth season
Home field: Stransky Complex
Program founded: 1913
Outlook: The defending state Catholic champions will rely heavily on senior linebacker Justin Jones, one of just three returning starters from a defense that yielded less than 10 points per game last season. Robbins said a group of seniors who had to wait their turn to start are determined to extend the Crusaders’ championship run to four in a row in the league. They include defensive backs Jordan Fears and Alaan Montgomery, who’s 6-4, 200 pounds, and linebacker Tim Pringle. Canisius’ lineup has been bolstered by the addition of linebacker/fullback Mason Hoose, a 6-2, 220-pound junior who transferred from Southwestern. North Tonawanda transfer junior Colby Moultrie also will line up at linebacker and running back. Canadian transfers Zeke Margaritis (6-3) and Cole Burniston (6-2) are big bodies who can play multiple skilled positions. Junior Blake Haubeil transferred from Amherst and will replace All-American kicker Michael Tarbutt.
Sept. 5 vs. Shenendehowa*, 5 p.m.
Sept. 12 at St. Mary’s/Lancaster, 1 p.m.
Sept. 19 vs. South Park, 1 p.m.
Sept. 26 vs. DePaul Catholic (N.J.), 1 p.m.
Oct. 2 at St. Francis, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 vs. St. Joe’s, 1 p.m.
Oct. 17 at Aquinas, 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 vs. Timon, 1 p.m.
Oct. 31 vs. Cathedral Prep (Pa.), 1 p.m.
*-At Carrier Dome in Syracuse
Cardinal O’Hara Hawks (2-8)
Coach: Angelo Sciandra, 16th season
Home field: No name
Program founded: 1963
Outlook: The Hawks have five returnees on both sides of the ball, but the most important piece is sophomore Myshawn Dudley. The 6-4, 220-pound defensive end/tight end was perhaps O’Hara’s best player last season, according to Sciandra. He’s already on the radar of Division I schools after fine showings at the Penn State and Pitt camps. Was top sophomore lineman at Jim McNally’s camp. Senior running back Charles DeBose III, who rushed for nearly 1,000 yards last year, is back along with juniors Will Willis and Cliff Ziegler. Sophomore Tony Maple returns at quarterback and is a pretty smart player, Sciandra said. O’Hara will either be a No. 5 or 6 seed for playoffs as the only league teams it faces during the regular season are Timon and St. Mary’s.
Sept. 5 at Nichols, noon
Sept. 11 at Batavia, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 vs. Rochester Leadership, 1 p.m.
Sept. 26 vs. Rochester East, 1 p.m.
Oct. 3 vs. Rochester U-Prep, 1 p.m.
Oct. 9 at Timon-St. Jude, 7 p.m.
ct. 17 at Rochester Wilson Magnet, 3 p.m.
Oct. 23 at Steubenville (Ohio), 7 p.m.
Oct. 31 vs. St. Mary’s, 1 p.m.
St. Francis Red Raiders (5-6)
Coach: Jerry Smith, 26th season
Home field: Fr. Rufinus Complex
Program founded: 1947
Outlook: The Red Raiders have seven returnees on offense and seven on defense who are determined to post a winning season for the first time since 2011, the last time it won the playoff title. Jerry Hickson enters his third season as starting quarterback, coming off a year in which he passed for more than 2,600 yards. He and lineman John Strawbrich are captains. Senior all-purpose threat Brandon Metz is a strong, powerful runner (4.5/40, 215 pounds on bench press) with nice hands. Senior Jacob Tasker is among the downfield receiving options for Hickson. The offensive line welcomes two big transfers in junior Tyler Grisiolia (6-3, 298) from Toronto and classmate Jeremy Crafts (6-1, 295), who was born in the area but grew up in Florida. Robert Dempsey, Mike Williams and Devin Delmont are fast linebackers.
Sept. 4 at Williamsville South, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Holy Trinity, L.I., 1 p.m.
Sept. 18 at Walsh Jesuit (Ohio), 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 at Aquinas, 1 p.m.
Oct. 2 vs. Canisius, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 vs. St. Mary’s, 1 p.m.
Oct. 16 at Cathedral Prep (Pa.), 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 vs. St. Joe’s, 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 at Bishop Timon, 7 p.m.
St. Joe’s Marauders (4-6)
Coach: Dennis Gilbert, sixth season
Home field: Robert T. Scott Complex
Program founded: 1897
Outlook: The Marauders reached the semifinals as a No. 2 seed last season despite playing the entire season without top quarterback Mike McCarthy. That’s a testament to the determination of the coaching staff and players. With the big-armed senior recovered from that knee injury, that should keep opposing defenses from stacking the box like last season. Three-year starters looking to lead St. Joe’s back to the top of league include seniors Austin Greenwood (6-6, 290), Dan Carr (6-5, 305), Darren Thompson and Ryan Conschafter. Greenwood and Carr anchor an offensive line that includes center David Lauer (6-foot, 255) and junior guards Nick Kelsch (6-1, 230) and Fred Nixon (5-10, 230). Thompson, who has 4.5/40 speed, plays corner, running back and slot. Classmate Grant Buyer also brings speed to the receiver and free safety spots. Conschafter is a linebacker/running back.
Sept. 5 vs. Lockport, 1 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Monsignor Farrell, L.I., 1 p.m.
Sept. 19 vs. Aquinas, 1 p.m.
Sept. 26 at St. Mary’s/Lancaster, 1 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Cathedral Prep (Pa.), 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Canisius, 1 p.m.
Oct. 17 vs. Timon-St. Jude, 1 p.m.
Oct. 23 at St. Francis, 7 p.m.
Oct. 30 at McDowell (Pa.), 7 p.m.
St. Mary’s Lancers (7-3)
Coach: Nicholas Todaro, first season
Home field: Fr. Columbian Brady Field
Program founded: 1941
Outlook: After spending years as a junior varsity coach and assistant at Canisius, Timon and most recently South Park, the 30-year-old Todaro is in charge for the first time. The 32-player squad features six returnees on offense and four on defense. Senior quarterback Takal Molson looks to follow up an outstanding season with an even better one. Molson, who has a great arm and can run, has college suitors, including FCS Maine. The second-team All-WNYer also earned third-team All-WNY in basketball. His top targets will be seniors Cam Dunning, a second-team All-Catholic, and Kayson Hill. Senior Mitch DiPirro is back to play center. Senior linebacker Jon Rowe leads a defense that includes classmates Tom Desiderio (linebacker) and Isaiah Hinton at safety. Lancers have tough opening schedule and close with five straight on road.
Sept. 5 vs. Bishop Kearney, 1 p.m.
Sept. 12 vs. Canisius, 1 p.m.
Sept. 19 vs. Timon-St. Jude, 1 p.m.
Sept. 26 vs. St. Joe’s, 1 p.m.
Oct. 3 at Oil City (Pa.), TBA
Oct. 10 at St. Francis, 1 p.m.
Oct. 17 at Gilmore (Ohio) Academy, TBA
Oct. 31 at Cardinal O’Hara, 1 p.m.
– Miguel Rodriguez