Frontier Falcons (1-8)
Coach: Mark Privateer, third season
Home field: Joe Dietz Field
Program founded: 1954
Outlook: No more spread offense for the Falcons, who plan to take an old-school approach by utilizing an offense based on a triple-option and power-running game. Ground and pound could work with three experienced offensive linemen in the fold. Senior Jeremy Crafts transfers in from St. Francis after earning second-team All-WNY and first-team All-Catholic honors. He’s 6-1, 260 pounds. Second-year starters include 250-pound Patrick Sargent and 5-9, 230-pounder Ryan Button. Sophomore running back Tyler Bailey is up from junior varsity and the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder could be the workhorse. Privateer said “he’s a big boost.” The coach also said there’s a good quarterback competition going on between juniors Dylan Kmitch and Desmond Carroll.
Sept. 2 vs. Clarence, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 at Springville, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 vs. Lancaster, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 vs. Orchard Park, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 at Hutch-Tech (R), 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 at Jamestown, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 at Hamburg, 7 p.m.
Hutch-Tech Engineers (2-6)
Coach: Chris Gelsomino, ninth season
Home field: All High Stadium
Program founded: 1954
Outlook: The Engineers have high expectations after playing well for a half only to see Kenmore West pull away in last year’s sectional quarterfinals. Aiding Hutch-Tech’s quest is the return of 6-foot senior receiver Duane Robertson. He scored six touchdowns in the first two games last year before suffering a season-ending injury in Tech’s third contest. He’ll catch passes from Waulik Jeter, who returns after moving out of state. The 6-1 senior started on junior varsity as a sophomore. Third-year starting lineman Michael Carr-Johnson will be joined by fellow senior two-way lineman Markieth Adams. Senior Shaun Faulk will start at running back/inside linebacker, while senior receiver Demtrius Simmons will start at linebacker and play some receiver.
Sept. 2 vs. St. Mary’s of Lancaster (AH), 4 p.m.
Sept. 9 at Orchard Park, 7 p.m.
Sept. 17 vs. East Aurora/Holland (AH), 1 p.m.
Sept. 23 at Jamestown, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 vs. Frontier (R), 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 at Lancaster, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 at Clarence, 7 p.m.
Lancaster Legends (6-3)
Coach: Eric Rupp, first season
Home field: Foyle/Kling Field
Program founded: 1919
Outlook: The Legends went from 3-6 to 6-3 with a semifinal loss at Kenmore West. It is now ex-offensive coordinator Rupp’s job to improve upon those results. He’ll look to do it with a mix of key returnees and rookies who helped the junior varsity to an 8-1 mark. Of the six returning offensive starters who helped the unit average 36.3 points last year, two are coming off second-team All-WNY efforts. Running back Zach Samborski is back after rushing for a Lancaster single-season record 1,339 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior. Classmate Leguim Castillo finished with a single-season program-record 692 receiving yards. Junior Max Giordano averaged 14 yards per catch last year.
Sept. 2 at Wmsv. South, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 vs. Jamestown, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 at Frontier, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 vs. Wmsv. North, 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 at Orchard Park, 1 p.m.
Oct. 7 vs. Hutch-Tech, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 vs. Depew, 7:30 p.m.
Jamestown Red Raiders (5-4)
Coach: Tom Langworthy, eighth season
Home field: Strider Field
Program founded: 1893
Outlook: Senior lineman Jeremy Bush is coming off a first-team All-WNY campaign and looks to become the second Red Raider in three seasons to win the Trench Trophy as the area’s top lineman. The 6-1, 280-pounder has increased his school-record bench press to 460 pounds. Another holdover from Jamestown’s 2014 state title-winning team is running back/linebacker Devan Jackson, who rushed for 11 TDs and more than 1,000 yards. Jordan Olds and Andrew Pumford each caught 20 passes last year. They along with Noah Larson should ease transition for 6-2 junior quarterback Matt Hill, who moves to the command post from receiver. Returning linemen include Noah Turzillo and Andrew Sisson.
Sept. 2 vs. Wmsv. North, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 at Lancaster, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 vs. Orchard Park, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 vs. Hutch-Tech, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 at Springville, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 vs. Frontier, 7 p.m.
Oct. 15 at Niagara-Wheatfield, 2 p.m.
Orchard Park Quakers (9-2)
Coach: Gene Tundo, 23rd season
Home field: Quaker Field
Program founded: Circa 1947
Outlook: The Quakers snapped a two-year championship drought by capturing their 14th Section VI title last season and look to return to their home away from home, the former Ralph Wilson Stadium, to add to that total. While the task won’t be easy, OP has a key returnee leading the charge in senior quarterback Dillon Janca. The third-year starter is coming off a season in which he passed (23) and rushed for a combined 32 touchdowns. He has thrown for a school record 4,533 yards. Senior running back Josh Dahl rushed for 11 TDs and more than 700 yards, with 157 of them coming in state quarterfinal loss to Aquinas. First-team All-WNY tackle and three-year starter Dan Kubik returns to protect Janca’s blind side. Other key players include RB/LB Nico Rapini and linemen Tim Darling and Bret Morseon.
Sept. 2 vs. V-Pittsford, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 vs. Hutch-Tech, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 at Jamestown, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 at Frontier, 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 vs. Lancaster, 1 p.m.
Oct. 7 at Bennett (AH), 7 p.m.
Oct. 15 at Niagara Falls, 2 p.m.