Frontier Falcons (3-6)
Coach: Mark Privateer, second season
Home field: Joe Dietz Field
Program founded: 1954
Outlook: The Falcons plan to do a better job of utilizing the skills of senior returning quarterback Zack Kmitch, who is tall (6-6) with a big arm. He runs the read-option well but Privateer wants to take advantage of his passing skills. Frontier will try to get receiver Justin Smith a lot of touches. The 6-1 senior, who squats 400 pounds, bulked up to 180 pounds but still has breakaway speed, Privateer said. Senior Dillon Barrett saw some time at running back and averaged 4.5 yards per carry. Senior Jake Coon returns to start at safety but also figures to get some time at running back. David Davis earned some carries before suffering a season-ending injury in Week Five. Senior outside linebacker Alex Sawulak returns after making 65 tackles last season.
Sept. 4 vs. W. Seneca East, 7 p.m.
Sept. 11 at Orchard Park, 7 p.m.
Sept. 18 vs. Hutch-Tech, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 at Lancaster, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 2 vs. Jamestown, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Lockport, 2 p.m.
Oct. 16 Hamburg, 7:30 p.m.
Hutch-Tech Engineers (3-6)
Coach: Chris Gelsomino, eighth season
Home field: All High Stadium
Program founded: 1954
Outlook: A team with six returnees on offense and five on defense, the Engineers’ ranks have been bolstered by the addition of Al Geary, a 6-2, 210-pound senior inside linebacker/H-back who played for East last year. Junior offensive tackle/defensive end Michael Carr-Johnson (6-3, 260) performed well at the Ohio State camp over the summer. Quarterback Jason Dowell returns after throwing for seven TDs and more than 1,000 yards as a junior. His top target figures to be Jibreel Abdul-Nafi. Both opened some eyes at the University at Buffalo Camp. Sophomore Shawn Faulk moves up after scoring 22 touchdowns on junior varsity last year. He’ll split time at running back with junior Lawrence Spencer-Watson, who rushed for 500 yards last year while sharing backfield duties. Tech has four of its five starting linemen back in Johnson, Jeremy Kopac, Anthony Rozek and Tristan Bullock.
Sept. 4 at Lake Shore, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 vs. Niagara Falls, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 18 at Frontier, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 vs. Orchard Park, 4 p.m.
Oct. 3 vs. Lancaster, 1 p.m.
Oct. 9 at Jamestown, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 at Clarence, 7 p.m.
Lancaster Legends (3-6)
Coach: Chris Dickson, fourth season
Home field: Foyle/Kling Field
Program founded: 1919
Outlook: Third-year linebacker/tight end Alex Damiani, the son of Lancaster Athletics Hall of Famer Dave, has been selected as a captain. Alex made 79 tackles and caught three TDs last season. Senior quarterback Dan Speyer, also a captain, is coming off a season in which he passed for 1,800 yards and 16 TDs. While team has eight returnees on offense and four on defense, it gained reinforcement with the addition of transfer Kyle Monterro (Cheektowaga). He’s in the mix to see regular time at running back and corner. Skilled position threats include junior receiver LG Castillo and running back Zach Samborski. Seniors Jake Valley (WR), Michael Scarpello (RB/DB), and linemen Kyle Belcher, Zach Strasser and Joe Biniaszewski are other top players. Austin Kuznik returns to start at left tackle. Seniors JJ Pesany (kicker) and Devin Suarez (punter) are the specialists.
Sept. 4 vs. Clarence, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 11 at Central Catholic (Ohio), 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 18 at Jamestown, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 vs. Frontier, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 3 at Hutch-Tech, 1 p.m.
Oct. 9 vs. Orchard Park, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 16 at Depew, 7:30 p.m.
Jamestown Red Raiders (12-1)
Coach: Tom Langworthy, seventh season
Home field: Strider Field
Program founded: 1893
Outlook: The Red Raiders achieved their goal of winning the state championship last season. Will there be an encore? While they graduated four first-team All-Western New York picks, they do return one at the most vital position in Nikk Holland. The 6-foot senior quarterback, who proved he could absorb tough hits to make plays, finished with 38 touchdowns (22 passing) and was at his best in the state final, when he threw for 246 yards and rushed for 138. Two-way lineman Jeremy Bush, a 6-foot, 260-pound junior, is another key returnee who recently broke the school record with a 405-pound bench press. Junior Devan Jackson and senior Zacc Kinsey split time last year and both averaged 7.0 yards per carry. Senior Jack Breen will be busy at linebacker and offensive line.
Sept. 5 at Niagara Falls, 2 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Williamsville North, 2 p.m.
Sept. 18 vs. Lancaster, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 vs. Timon-St. Jude, 7 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Frontier, 7 p.m.
Oct. 9 vs. Hutch-Tech, 7 p.m.
Oct. 16 at Orchard Park, 7 p.m.
Orchard Park Quakers (8-2)
Coach: Gene Tundo, 22nd season
Home field: Quaker Field
Program founded: Circa 1947
Outlook: Orchard Park resumes its quest for its 14th Section VI title with a crew that features five returnees on offense, including junior quarterback Dillon Janca. He passed for more than 2,100 yards and 25 TDs as OP attempted 309 passes. With Terius Wheatley, an All-WNY third-team pick, transferring to a Michigan school, the Quakers will employ a running-by-committee approach. Those expected to get carries include Ryan Paolinio, Ronnie Shul and Josh Dahl. Shul, Paolini and receiver/defensive back Kevin Koziol have been named captains. Senior defensive end Nate Burnard (6-3, 240 pounds) is receiving interest from Division I and II schools. Other Quakers to keep an eye on include senior receiver Joe Losardo and juniors Ethan Wood (LB), Bret Morsean (DL) and Nico Rapini (RB/LB).
Sept. 4 vs. Kenmore West, 7 p.m.
Sept. 11 vs. Frontier, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 vs. Bennett, 1 p.m.
Sept. 26 at Hutch-Tech, 4 p.m.
Oct. 2 at Pittsford-Mendon, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 9 at Lancaster, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 16 vs. Jamestown, 7 p.m.
– Miguel Rodriguez