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All-WNY First Team: Offense features its share of playmakers, record-setters

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Eric Bartnik

School: Cheektowaga  Position: QB

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 170 Year: Senior

Connolly Cup finalist led Warriors to third straight sectional final and 20-2 mark in his two seasons. Dual-threat playmaker rose to the occasion in big games – finishing with 523 total yards and five TDs in comeback win over Maryvale that clinched division title. Accounted for five TDs, 443 yards in semifinal win over unbeaten Olean. Two-time division player of the year passed for 2,245 yards – 12 shy of his school single-season record – and 22 TDs; rushed for 638 yards and 10 TDs.

Isaiah McDuffie

School: Bennett Position: RB

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 209 Year: Senior

Earns first-team honors for third straight season but first time at running back. Boston College commit runs with power and speed as he finished with 1,531 yards and 21 TDs on just 145 carries. McDuffie, also a hard-hitting linebacker, finishes career with over 400 tackles. Holds school records for career touchdowns (70) and rushing yards (5,529), tackles in a season (161) and in a game (29).

Alton Ingram

School: Dunkirk Position: RB

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 182 Year: Senior

Ingram helped the Marauders not only win their first Section VI championship but also make a run to the state semifinals. The second-year starter finished with 1,474 yards and 20 touchdowns. He thrived with an increased workload during the playoffs, rushing for 224 yards on 28 carries in the sectional final. In state quarters, he capped a 240-yard, four-touchdown effort on 33 carries by rushing for the go-ahead score and decisive two-point conversion in overtime.

Bradley Benson

School: Maple Grove Position: RB

Ht: 5-8 Wt: 175 Year: Senior

Third-year starter fueled the Red Dragons’ run to the state final, rushing for 1,694 yards and 30 of his 32 touchdowns. Fast, punishing runner earned offensive player of game honors in the sectional final as well as state quarterfinal and semifinal contests. He rushed for his team’s first three scores and game-high 140 yards before leaving state semifinal with second-quarter injury. Ran for game-high 139 yards on bum ankle in state final.

Stephan Parker

School: Cheektowaga Position: WR

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 205 Year: Senior

The other half of the Warriors’ dangerous big-play combination through the air, Parker set the Western New York record for receptions in a season (73) en route to amassing 1,013 yards and 10 TDs. Set school marks for career receiving yards (2,344) and touchdowns (25). He made 167 receptions in his career, which ranks second all-time in WNY. He had 223 receiving yards and a touchdown in comeback overtime win over Maryvale in Week Seven.

Leugim Castillo

School: Lancaster Position: WR

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 225 Year: Senior

Castillo’s speed and power aren’t confined to the ball diamond. The tough-to-tackle Oklahoma baseball commit finished with a school-record 850 yards on 39 catches in helping the Legends win their first Section VI title since 1999. Also set program receiving records for career catches (84), receiving yards (1,852) and touchdowns (17). He finished with 234 yards , including touchdown catches of 76 and 79 yards, in Week Five win at Orchard Park.

Jeremiah Sanders

School: Bishop Timon-St. Jude Position: OL

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 295 Year: Junior

Repeat first-team selection helped anchor a Tigers rushing attack that amassed more than 2,000 yards. Considered by many as the top lineman in the area, Sanders was a unanimous pick for All-Catholic first-team honors following a season in which he didn’t yield a single sack. Considers 7-0 Week Eight triumph over Canisius as his favorite game of the season. On defense, he finished with 63 tackles, including 14 for losses and three sacks.

Tyler White

School: Kenmore West Position: OL

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 205 Year: Senior

Strong three-year starter is a finalist for the Trench Trophy – which is awarded to the area’s top senior lineman. The Blue Devils ran 80 percent of their rushing plays toward his side. White considers his team’s Week Six win at Class AA North champion Clarence as his top memory of season. Also a solid defensive end, he made 97 of his 207 career tackles this season and is a two-time pick as division defensive MVP.

Daniel Kubik

School: Orchard Park Position: OL

Ht: 6-7 Wt: 305 Year: Senior

Trench Trophy finalist is a repeat first-team All-WNY selection following a junior season in which he earned the Trench’s top underclassman lineman honor. Kubik played a role in helping the Quakers reach their third straight Section VI Class AA final. He paved the way for big rushing days in a late-season win over eventual Class A champion Bennett as well as playoff victories over Williamsville North and Class AA North Division champion Clarence.

Tyler Grisolia

School: St. Francis Position: OL

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 295 Year: Senior

Trench Trophy finalist and first-team All-Catholic provided solid protection for WNY all-time passing leader Jerry Hickson during his three seasons as a starter. The first-team All-Catholic selection also helped pave the way for a fine rushing season by Connolly Cup finalist Dylan McDuffie. Grisolia also flaunted his athleticism by returning an interception 43 yards for a touchdown in the Monsignor Martin final. Several Division I programs are among his college suitors.

Joseph Ramunno

School: W. Seneca East Position: OL

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 275 Year: Senior

Though he didn’t carry the ball, Ramunno was a vital cog to the Trojans’ running game during his three seasons as a starter. He opened holes so that WSE could ground and pound foes into submission as team averaged 268 rushing yards per game. Ramunno, also a standout wrestler, was the first student to earn a spot in the school weight room’s 1,200 Pound Club (sum of squad and deadlift), and has offers from Division II Edinboro and New Haven.

Garrett Boldt

School: Olean Position: Utility

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 180 Year: Senior

Boldt is the perfect fit for this position as the quarterback, safety and return specialist did it all for the Huskies in helping them snap a four-year playoff drought. The Division I baseball commit (Campbell University) scored via rush, pass and special-teams return in amassing a school single-season record 23 touchdowns. He finished with 1,748 yards of offense, averaged 35.8 yards on punts and recorded 23 tackles and two interceptions on defense.

Blake Haubeil

School: Canisius Position: Kicker

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 225 Year: Senior

The USA Today and MaxPreps Preseason All-American and Ohio State commit set Monsignor Martin records for extra points in a season (50) and career (83). The repeat first-team All-WNY pick is 50 for 50 on PATs and booted a season-long 47-yard field goal in the MMHSAA playoff final. Also has recorded 48 touchbacks on 68 kickoffs and averaged 39.2 yards per punt. Set WNY record for longest field goal (61 yards) in 2015.

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