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All-WNY First Team Offense: Speed and power define this talented unit

Matt Myers

School: West Seneca West Position: QB

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 215 Year: Senior

Repeat Connolly Cup finalist earns his second straight All-WNY first team honor this time as quarterback. University at Buffalo commit passed for nearly 2,400 yards and rushed for 1,037 to finish with 3,434 all-purpose yards and 46 total touchdowns, including 24 passing. He totaled five touchdowns to go with 222 yards passing and 203 rushing in 40-22 quarterfinal win over Section V champion Wilson Magnet and accounted for 264 of the team's 290 yards in 14-6 win in state final over I-Yorktown.

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Aaron Wahler

School: Cleveland Hill Position: RB

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 215 Year: Junior

Powerful and fast back fueled the Golden Eagles' run to the state Class C semifinals where they lost by 7 to eventual state champion Skaneateles. Wahler averaged 9.1 yards per carry and finished with 1,670 yards rushing. He ran for 24 of his 27 total touchdowns with the other three coming on defense via pick six – including a 70-yard return in the state semifinal. He ran for 212 yards and three touchdowns in state quarterfinal win over Caledonia-Mumford/Byron- Bergen. Also made 60 tackles at linebacker.

C.J. Perillo

School: Iroquois Position: RB

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 188 Year: Senior

The Connolly Cup finalist and workhorse tailback finished with 1,601 yards as he set school records for rushing attempts in a season (298) and a game (49 in playoff win at Starpoint). Perillo rushed for 200 yards or more in a game six times. He scored 20 touchdowns and considers the Chiefs' playoff win at Starpoint and playing on same team as his little brother as the most memorable moments of his season and career.

Andrew Hersey

School: Lancaster Position: RB

Ht: 5-6 Wt: 165 Year: Senior

St. Bonaventure lacrosse commit with a 97 average thrived as the primary ball carrier for the Legends after serving as Zach Samborski's apprentice last year. Hersey tied the program record for touchdowns in a season with 25. He rushed for 21 of them as he finished with 1,226 yards on 211 carries. Since the Legends crushed most opponents during a 12-1 season, he and the rest of the starters rarely played in the fourth quarter of their games. Hersey also averaged 10.9 yards per catch.

Paul Woods

School: Canisius Position: WR

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 185 Year: Senior

Rutgers commit battled through a balky ankle and shined for the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association champions, who played their usual tough nonleague schedule that included teams from Ohio and Pennsylvania. Woods finished with 652 yards receiving and nine touchdowns while commanding double coverage. He also contributed to the defense, finishing with two interceptions. Woods, who received 13 Division I offers, considers the Crusaders' 2016 state Catholic championship win and 3-0 mark versus St. Joe's during his career as his top memories.

Juston Johnson

School: West Seneca West Position: WR

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 160 Year: Junior

Johnson, a third-team pick last year at defensive back, moved up two spots after having a sensational season for the state champion Indians. A player blessed with game-breaking speed, Johnson caught 53 passes for 907 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also made three interceptions, returning one of them for a touchdown. He caught nine passes for 86 yards in the state final against Yorktown. He also returned a punt for a touchdown during the Indians' state semifinal victory over Whitesboro.

Will McGennis

School: Canisius Position: OL

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 250 Year: Senior

Trench Trophy finalist and third-year Crusader earned first team All-Catholic honors. Ferocious blocker helped pave the way for a running game that averaged nearly 190 yards per game and totaled 41 rushing touchdowns. Second straight year the left tackle with a 3.9 grade-point average started for an offense that set the league record for points in a season. On defense, he finished with 32 tackles, including 14 for losses, and recovered two fumbles. He plans to major in business in college.

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Tariq Whitaker

School: Cheektowaga Position: OL

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 302 Year: Senior

What a career as Whitaker went from earning a starting job two years ago in his first season playing the sport to developing into a Trench Trophy finalist. Whitaker proved  a solid anchor on a line for an offense that rushed for more than 2,700 yards and passed for nearly 2,000. Whitaker plans to study nursing in college, and he considers winning the sectional title this season after losing in the final last year as his top memory.

Jeremiah Sanders

School: South Park Position: OL

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 285 Year: Senior

Trench Trophy finalist earns his third straight first-team All-WNY selection, a rarity for any position player. Solid anchor helped fuel an offensive attack that averaged more than 31 points per game and reached the Section VI Class A final for the second time in three seasons. He notched 31 pancake blocks and for the second year in a row did not yield a sack. On defense, he took down the quarterback 13 times and finished with 117 tackles, three fumble recoveries and forced three fumbles.

Kyle Schreader

School: Starpoint Position: OL

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 270 Year: Senior

A finalist for the Trench Trophy which is awarded to the area's top senior two-way lineman, Schreader played left tackle for an offense that had 42 touchdowns and averaged 35 points per game. Spartans rushed for 1,746 yards in eight games. On defense, the future accounting major tallied 60 tackles to go with three sacks. Schreader counts reaching the Section VI Class A final as a junior among his top memories during his three seasons with the team.

Bradley Claycomb

School: West Seneca West Position: OL

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 235 Year: Senior

A finalist for the Trench Trophy, Claycomb capped his career in a way only a select few players get to go out: as a state champion. The guard contributed to an offense that finished with a total of 71 touchdowns and 5,155 yards with his work in the trenches. On the defensive side of the ball, he made 66 tackles, including eight for losses, and five sacks. He considers title run after the program ended 12-year playoff drought as his most memorable moment.

Brock Blecha

School: Franklinville/Ellicottville Position: Utility

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 195 Year: Senior

Blecha capped his three-year career helping the Titans reach their third straight Section VI Class D final. The Connolly Cup finalist set the team record for passing touchdowns in a season (16) by a quarterback. He also rushed for 16 scores. On defense from his linebacker position, he made a team-high 52.5 tackles. Helped Titans become first Section VI team in four years to beat Maple Grove back in Week 3. He considers that and 7-0 regular season as top memories.

Brian Strybel

School: Orchard Park Position: K

Ht: 5-11 Wt: 165 Year: Senior

The strong-legged Strybel, who has an offer from Wagner, led all of Class AA in kickoff yards (2,592) and touchbacks (31). He was also perfect on all 27 of his extra-point kicks. He averaged 42.0 yards per punt, one of four 2017 first-team picks to average 39.1 yards or better per boot. Considers being named team captain by coach Gene Tundo and having the honor to represent the Quakers in such a manner as the most memorable moment of his career.

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