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All-WNY First Team Defense: Unit features hard hitters, shutdown corners and game breakers

Rodney Bailey

School: Hutch-Tech  Position: DL

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 150 Year: Senior

Solid athlete with a great work ethic got after ball carriers for an Engineers team that yielded the third-fewest points in Class AA and sixth-fewest among all large schools in Section VI. Bailey finished with 86 tackles, including 25 for losses, and ranked second in WNY in sacks with 13.5. He also forced two fumbles and blocked a punt. Favorite memory was beating Niagara Falls in playoffs as a junior for the Engineers' first Section VI playoff victory.

Jakwon Ingram

School: Lackawanna  Position: DL

Ht: 6-1 Wt:  205 Year: Senior

Ingram's ability to fire off the snap of the ball lightning-fast made him an invaluable member of a tough-to-score-on unit that pitched three straight shutouts late in the season. He led the section in sacks with 15, which was one short of matching the program record for most in a season. He also chipped in with 64 tackles, several of them for losses. He averaged a section-leading 42.8 yards per punt and played some running back on an offense that averaged 31 ppg.

Jemelle Jones

School: Williamsville South  Position: DL

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 210 Year: Junior

Billies coach Kraig Kurzanski calls Jones, the Class A North co-defensive player of the year, the best defensive lineman he's ever coached. Jones has shown to be a special player during his three seasons. He finished this year with 68 tackles, including 20 for losses. He made 8.5 sacks, forced four fumbles and recovered two. He also blocked three extra points and two punts. On offense, he rushed for 1,010 yards and eight touchdowns.

Ryan Majerowski

School: Cleveland Hill Position: LB

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 215 Year: Senior

Three-year starter capped his scholastic career with quite a season in helping Golden Eagles reach state semifinals. Majerowski finished with a team-high 92 tackles, including 58 solo stops. He returned two of his three interceptions for touchdowns and also returned a kickoff for a score. Offensively, the fullback rushed for 699 yards and nine touchdowns, including a Section VI title-game record 99-yard TD. He also averaged 40.9 yards per punt with his longest traveling 65 yards.

Joseph Andreessen

School: Lancaster Position: LB

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 220 Year: Senior

Perhaps the most versatile and solid all-around player in the area, Andreessen proved a nightmare for all opponents at linebacker, tackle, wildcat quarterback and running back. He led the Legends in tackles (118), tackles for a loss (18) and sacks (5.5). Trench Trophy finalist finished second on team in rushing yards (525) and touchdowns (15) and passed for two touchdowns. He made 15 tackles, rushed for 149 yards and two TDs and passed for a score to spark comeback win in state semifinal.

Ben Damiani

School: Lancaster Position: LB

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 225 Year: Senior

Like his teammate, No. 62 Andreessen, Damiani was another versatile, athletic linebacker who caused opponents problems on game days. No. 52 finished second on the Legends in tackles (106) and tackles for a loss (15). Damiani also returned two interceptions for touchdowns and blocked three punts, including one in the state final at the Carrier Dome. He also shifted around on offense, lining up at tight end and on the line. Damiani's also a first-team All-WNY pick in baseball.

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Mike Glinski

School: West Seneca West Position: LB

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 200 Year: Sophomore

The sophomore proved to be quite the tackling machine in his first season with the Indians. He led West with 159 tackles, including 14 for losses, and forced two fumbles. He made a team-high 14 tackles and nine solo stops in state final victory over Yorktown. He considers being pulled up to varsity and helping the program end a lengthy playoff drought en route to a historic season as his top moments of the season.

Khalil Horton

School: Lackawanna Position: DB

Ht: 5-8 Wt: 205 Year: Senior

Three-year varsity starter ends standout career with a selection to the first team for the first time. Versatile talent helped Steelers win a division title and earn the top seed in Class B. Horton provided shutdown coverage against the pass, making three interceptions, and also was terrific against the run for a defense that yielded the fewest points in Class B. Horton finished with 40 tackles and recovered three fumbles. He also rushed 127 times for 1,289 yards and 19 touchdowns on offense.

Max Giordano

School: Lancaster Position: DB

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 165 Year: Senior

Repeat first-team selection, the Niagara baseball commit's coverage skills made Lancaster's defense all that more formidable. He finished with 25 tackles, three passes defensed and a sack. His only interception was a pick-six in the state semifinals. That was one of six return TDs for Giordano, who took three kickoffs and two punts to the house. Giordano, who considers playing at Carrier Dome as his most memorable moment, added 60 catches for 842 yards and six TDs. Holds program record for career receptions (123).

Dylan Casey

School: Maryvale Position: DB

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 155 Year: Senior

Casey tended to do his best work in big games. He set the school record for interceptions in a season with nine, making two of them in the Class B semifinal win that punched the Flyers' ticket to New Era Field. He also caught a touchdown and returned a kickoff for a score in that game. He returned a kick for a touchdown to spark comeback win in season opener versus Cleveland Hill. Casey finished with 40 tackles and 10 total touchdowns.

Rashad Law

School: Maryvale Position: DB

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 175 Year: Junior

Third-year varsity starter did lots of things very well for the Class B runner-up Flyers. The speedy strong safety finished with 90 tackles, forced two fumbles, recovered three fumbles and made an interception. Recorded 16 tackles and sack in playoff win over Newfane. On offense, he rushed for 950 yards and 12 touchdowns, had 300 yards receiving and a score and also passed for a TD. A three-sport athlete, Law also runs track and plays basketball.

Cole Snyder

School: Southwestern Position: Punter

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 200 Year: Junior

A four-sport athlete who also plays baseball, hockey and basketball, the potential Division I recruit at quarterback averaged 39.1 yards on 21 punts. He had five boots downed inside the opponent's 5. On offense, the third-year starting quarterback had another fine season. He threw for 1,587 yards with 18 touchdowns. He attempted 211 passes, completing 113 of them with just three interceptions. He has thrown 36 touchdowns and just four interceptions the past two seasons.

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