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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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