Now that the 2014 football season is officially in the books following the North’s 26-10 win over the South Wednesday night in the 40th Kensington Lions All-Star Classic, let’s shift our focus to 2015. The new season kicks off with the first day of practice for all programs in the state on Aug. 17 – a mere 18 days from now.
So who are some of the talents to keep an eye out for this season?
Here’s a sampling from Prep Talk Awards Hall of Famer Dick Gallagher, as here’s his 2015 Pre-Season All-Western New York list. The list may be familiar to those who attended his football awards banquet last December as the list was published in the program.
For those who didn’t see the program, though, here’s Gallagher’s list.
Please note these picks were made back in December, and a lot has happened the past seven months (transfers, etc.).
Offense: QB Jerry Hickson (St. Francis), QB Dillon Janca (Orchard Park), QB Nikk Holland (Jamestown), RB Terrell Ford (Kenmore West), RB Andrew Hwang (Williamsville North), RB Terius Wheatley (Orchard Park), WR Matt Foster (Williamsville South), WR Daryl Moore (South Park), OL Daniel Kubik (Orchard Park), OL Jake Fuzak (Williamsville South), OL Jeremy Bush (Jamestown), OL Austin Wilson (Sweet Home), OL Jakob Grant (Depew), K Blake Haubeil (Canisius), RS Miguel Alicea (Dunkirk), RS Devan Jackson (Jamestown).
Defense: DL Matt Eldridge (Cleveland Hill), DL Mitch Sanberg (Maple Grove/Cha. Lake), DL A.J. Perlino (East Aurora/Holland), LB Ron Shul (Orchard Park), LB John Dolac III (West Seneca East), LB Connor Kelly (Williamsville North), LB Isaiah McDuffie (Bennett), LB Desmond Stevens (Timon-St. Jude), LB Justin Jones (Canisius), DB Marcus Ford (Maryvale), DB Takal Molson (St. Mary’s of Lancaster), RS Tyron Lawson (Cheektowaga), P Brandon Few (Lockport), U Tyree Brown (South Park).
In addition to Mr. Gallagher’s selections, here are some other players to keep an eye on during the season:
RB Lyle Grant (Alden), RB Tony Robinson (St. Mary’s of Lancaster), RB Devyn Nelson (Randolph), QB Tyree Brown (South Park), WR Tyler Ringwood (Timon), OL Chris Aronica (Grand Island), OL/DL Dan Carr (St. Joe’s), OL/DL Foster Dell (Pioneer), LB Shamar McDuffie (Bennett), LB/FB Mason Hoose (Canisius), WR/LB Jason Hwang (Williamsville North), LB Trevor Micek (Maple Grove/Cha. Lake), LB Mitch Sandberg (Maple Grove/Cha. Lake), DB Darren Thompson (St. Joe’s), K Jason Shuttleworth (Hamburg), P Louis Surace Jr. (St. Joe’s).
Here's the entire 2015 All-Western New York football team: