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Class A-1: Talented West Seneca West has tough act to follow

Frontier | Hamburg | Jamestown | Kenmore West | Niagara-Wheatfield | West Seneca West

Frontier Falcons (1-7)

Coach: Chuck Tilley, first season

Home field: Joe Dietz Field

Program founded: 1952

Outlook: Frontier is under new leadership after three consecutive 1-7 seasons. The new coaching staff brings revamped offensive and defensive schemes. Senior Brendan Kilcoyne and junior Alex Lippert should both get time at quarterback, with the latter also working with the running backs. Senior running back Tyler Bailey is the biggest offensive returner. Senior middle linebacker Max Fleming and defensive lineman Jacob Stambolis are the focal points in the front seven. The secondary is young, but first-year coach Tilley said he has been happy with what he has seen.

Schedule

Sat., Sept. 8 at Niagara-Wheatfield, 2 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 14 vs. West Seneca West, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 21 vs. Kenmore West, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 28 vs. Amherst, 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 5 at Jamestown, 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 12 at Hamburg, 7 p.m.

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Hamburg Bulldogs (1-7)

Coach: Jeff Tripp, third season

Home field: Howe Field

Program founded: 1915

Outlook: The Bulldogs had expected growing pains in 2017, as the team only returned three offensive and four defensive starters. Now, the goal is to build on that experience. Nick Hafner, who Tripp said he wishes got more touches last year, leads the running back group. Spencer Dix will clear the way at fullback. Senior Josh Skelli is starting at quarterback after missing last season with an injury. Logan Garza and Dix start at defensive end. Hamburg expects to use a lot of kids both ways because of decreased roster size.

Schedule

Fri., Aug. 31 vs. Alden, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 7 at Jamestown, 7 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 13 vs. Niagara-Wheatfield, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 21 vs. West Seneca West, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 28 at Dunkirk, 7:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 6 at Kenmore West, 2 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 12 vs. Frontier, 7 p.m.

Jamestown football players Drew Boggs coach Tom Langworthy, Taige White and Peyton Olson (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

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Jamestown Red Raiders (5-4)

Coach: Tom Langworthy, tenth season

Home field: Strider Field

Program founded: 1893

Outlook: The Red Raiders got back on the right side of .500 last year after a 1-7 season in 2016. Only five starters return on each side of the ball, but that includes a pair of All-Western New York candidates in linebacker Taige White and running back Savon VanSickle as well as quarterback Drew Boggs. VanSickle became only the second player in Langworthy's 11 years to jump right in as a freshman. The core of the defense is the linebackers, featuring White, Peyton Olson, Grant Moore and VanSickle.

Schedule

Fri., Aug. 31 vs. West Seneca East, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 7 vs. Hamburg, 7 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 15 at Kenmore West, 2 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 21 vs. Niagara-Wheatfield, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 28 at West Seneca West, 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 5 vs. Frontier, 7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 13 at McKinley, at All High, 1 p.m.

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Kenmore West Blue Devils (5-4)

Coach: John Haynes, third season

Home field: Crosby Field

Program founded: 1924

Outlook: Kenmore West has already lost a pair of starters in cornerback Mark Marreli and linebacker Dom Brown to broken ankles. Two starting offensive linemen also decided not to come out this year, adding to worries about depth. Running back Joe Stewart ran for 1,000 yards in 2017. There's a competition at quarterback between Zach Boyes, the son of Buffalo State football coach Jerry Boyes, and senior Ramon Hill. Noah Dibello leads the O-line at left tackle. Cam Crosier and Stewart command a speedy defense from the safety positions.

Schedule

Sat., Sept. 1 vs. Clarence, 2 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 7 at West Seneca West, 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 15 vs. Jamestown, 2 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 21 at Frontier, 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 28 at Niagara-Wheatfield, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 6 vs. Hamburg, 2 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 12 at Kenmore East, 7 p.m.

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Niagara-Wheatfield Falcons (3-6)

Coach: Russ Nixon, third season

Home field: Terry Harvey Field

Program founded: 1958

Outlook: Nixon called last year "a trial by fire" with all the young players forced on to the field. He's already seeing that pay off in senior leaders holding everyone accountable. The staff is excited about the defensive unit, which features linebacker Noah Mixon, safety Jake DeWolf and defensive end Kevin Cannon. The biggest surprise thus far has been 6-foot-5 senior nose tackle James McVay, who comes from the basketball team. Quarterback Jordan Parks is a dynamic dual-threat weapon. Senior Nick Stott starts in the backfield.

Schedule

Sat., Sept. 1 vs. North Tonawanda, 2 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 8 vs. Frontier, 2 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 13 at Hamburg, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 21 at Jamestown, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 28 vs. Kenmore West, 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 5 at West Seneca West, 7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 13 vs. Grand Island, 2 p.m.

West Seneca West Football players Josh Wilson, John Speyer, coach Mike Vastola, Juston Johnson and Kyle Haettich (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

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West Seneca West Indians (13-0)

Coach: Mike Vastola, fourth season

Home field: Trojan Field

Program founded: 1969

Outlook: Six offensive and seven defensive starters return from the team that won a state title, but Vastola said he's not talking about last year unless it's something the team needs to improve on. Junior Liam Scheuer was expected to take over at QB after the graduation of Matt Myers, but Maurice Robertson's transfer from Sweet Home has spurred a competition. Whoever wins the battle will have first-team All-WNY wide receiver Juston Johnson and running back Bryan Ball to work with. Linebacker Mike Glinski was a first-team All-WNYer as well.

Schedule

Fri., Aug. 31 vs. Sweet Home, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 7 vs. Kenmore West, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 14 at Frontier, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 21 at Hamburg, 7 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 28 vs. Jamestown, 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 5 vs. Niagara-Wheatfield, 7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 12 at West Seneca East, 7 p.m.

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