Akron Tigers (2-6)
Coach: Andrew Clouse, third season
Home field: Unnamed
Program founded: Unknown
Outlook: Akron’s offense will once again revolve around senior running back Jake Sarow, who rushed for 1,289 yards on 194 carries (6.6 yards/rush) and 11 touchdowns on his way to honorable mention All-Western New York honors. As a linebacker, Sarow made 50 tackles, recovered four fumbles and had one interception. All-league receiver Robbie PeQueen caught 29 passes for 312 yards and two scores his junior season. WR/DB Derek Holtz, OL/DT Dillon Adamczak, DT Grant Sundown and OL/LB Moe Smith were all named to the all-league second team as juniors. QB/DB Brandon Orr and WR/DB Jacob Siska are juniors to keep an eye on.
Sept. 1 at Roy-Hart/Barker, 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 vs. JFK, 7 p.m.
Sept. 15 vs. Wilson, 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 at Silver Creek/Forestville, 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 vs. Cleveland Hill, 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 vs. Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Eden/North Collins, 7 p.m.
Cleveland Hill Golden Eagles (9-2)
Coach: Glen Graham, 14th season
Home field: Carl J. Kuras Field
Program founded: 1953
Outlook: Lofty goals are set for the defending sectional champs as they return six starters on both sides. Six-foot, 230-pound junior Aaron Wahler rushed for 1,000 yards on only 99 carries as the 1B to All-WNY first-teamer Matt Eldridge’s 1A last year. Senior Ryan Majerowski is a tackling machine at linebacker and explosive offensively at RB. Four of the five on the offensive line, which is anchored by seniors James Purpura (C/LB) and Sam Arrington (RT/DL), have starting experience. All-league defensive lineman Manny Al-Hemyari is converting to tight end on offense after starting at guard as a junior. Senior Brett Kochanski has the inside track at QB. With a 93-34 record, Graham has a chance to reach the 100-win plateau.
Sept. 2 vs. Maryvale, 2 p.m.
Sept. 8 at Wilson, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 vs. V-University Prep, 2 p.m.
Sept. 23 vs. Southwestern, 2 p.m.
Sept. 29 at Akron, 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Eden/North Collins, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 vs. JFK, 2 p.m.
Eden/North Collins Raiders (2-6)
Coach: Mike Alessi, second season
Home field: William Bos Field
Program founded: circa 1930
Outlook: Running back/linebacker Jarrett Eck is “the focal point on everything,” according to Alessi, who thinks the 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior is at least a Division II college player. Junior Colton Stetz was last year’s leading receiver but is moving to quarterback on offense and will also play free safety. Senior Jon Mark Emel was an all-league defensive back and will be the top option at receiver. Junior twins Zachory and Louis Decarolis started on the line as sophomores. Tight end Elyott Stappenback (6-4, 275) and RT/NT Jacob Schultz (5-11, 350) have good size as juniors. The Raiders start the first four weeks on the road to allow for the completion of new turf and lights to their field dubbed “The Farm.”
Sept. 1 at Lake Shore, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 at Lackawanna, 1 p.m.
Sept. 16 at JFK, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 at Falconer/Cassadaga Valley (Falconer), 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 vs. Wilson, 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 vs. Cleveland Hill, 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 vs. Akron, 7 p.m.
JFK Bears (5-4)
Coach: Jeff Sabatino, third season
Home field: Unnamed
Program founded: 1931
Outlook: After setting four season passing records as a junior, quarterback James Bailey is on pace to set every career passing mark at the school as a senior. He returns his top receiver in 6-foot-3 senior Jordan Snyder, an all-league defensive back, and also welcomes some new athletic weapons in first-year seniors Shevaughn Allen, Jake Braniecki and Nick Baker. The 6-3 Allen is the reigning state champ in the triple jump, and Braniecki (6-2) and Baker (6-0) are both basketball standouts. Senior lineman Sean McGee and senior defensive back Justin Bohrer join Bailey and Snyder as captains. Junior running back Zach Manzella performed well on JV. The biggest question mark is the offensive line.
Sept. 2 vs. Pioneer, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 8 at Akron, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 vs. Eden/North Collins, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 vs. Gowanda/Pine Valley, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 30 vs. Franklinville/Ellicottville, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Wilson, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 at Cleveland Hill, 2 p.m.
Wilson Lakemen (4-5)
Coach: William Atlas, 11th season
Home field: Hutchinson Field
Program founded: 1946
Outlook: Atlas doesn’t know if the school has ever returned nine starters on both sides of the ball like the Lakemen do this season. Quarterback Justin Daul graduated at the most important position, but junior Steve Frerichs is in after starting three years on JV. Frerichs isn’t quite the passer but is a better runner. He’ll form a two-pronged ground attack with fourth-year running back Wade Rick, a senior. Senior Tanner Feeley and junior Marcel Wilson are back as starting wide receivers and cornerbacks. Senior Matthew Lange and junior Frank Dispenza are three-year starters on the line. Drew Westmoreland was an all-league linebacker as a freshman and never leaves the field on defense.
Sept. 1 at Silver Creek/Forestville, 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 vs. Cleveland Hill, 7 p.m.
Sept. 15 at Akron, 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 vs. Lew-Port, 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 at Eden/North Collins, 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 vs. JFK, 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 vs. Newfane, 7 p.m.