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Zac Boyes of Kenmore West has been selected as The Buffalo News Football Player of the Week for Week 5. Boyes broke a 50-year-old Ken West record for passing yards in a game. Boyes completed 20-of-29 passes for 424 yards, with four touchdowns and he also rushed for a score for the Blue Devils in a 54-28 win over Niagara Wheatfield. The Buffalo News Player of the Week…

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Nick O’Neil of Amherst has been selected as the Buffalo News Football Player of the Week for Week 4. O’Neil accounted for all six touchdowns by Amherst in its 41-34 triumph over Kenmore East. O’Neil rushed for touchdowns of 13, 4 and 20 yards, caught a 25-yard TD and passed for scores of 4 and 44 yards – the latter the game-winner to Anthony McCarley. O’Neil also made…

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Carson Marcus of Starpoint has been selected as the Buffalo News Football Player of the Week for Week Three. Marcus completed 10 passes for 171 yards and five touchdowns for the Spartans during their 41-15 victory Friday against defending Section VI Class A champion West Seneca East. He passed for TDs of 2, 20, 47, 25 and 21 yards. The Buffalo News Player of the Week…

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Cory Schemm is perhaps the best athlete to come out of Maryvale High School. The proof: -- He’s the only football player to have his number retired by the school. He amassed 50 touchdowns, including 31 rushing, during a three-year career, gained more than 4,000 yards total yards and garnered two All-Western New York first team selections. -- He will always hold th…

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When Pioneer football coach Jim Duprey asked Mike Rigerman to move from tight end to running back, he did so for the good of the Panthers — hoping a steady dose of his best athlete toting the rock would just make them a tough out. The move achieved that, and some history. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Rigerman captured the 47th Connolly Cup Award, an honor bestowed upon th…

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The 10 finalists for the Connolly Cup have been announced. They are: Keshone Beal, Cheektowaga; Aaron Wahler, Cleveland Hill; Mike Rigerman, Pioneer; Alex Card and Cole Snyder, Southwestern; Jacob Ritts, St. Francis; Aaron Chase, Starpoint; Shaun Dolac, West Seneca East; John Speyer, West Seneca West; and Dylan Kelly, Williamsville North. Beal, Wahler and Snyder also…

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Shaun Dolac of West Seneca East has been selected as the Buffalo News Football Player of the Week for Week 10. Dolac scored two touchdowns, including the go-ahead one with 2 minutes, 29 seconds left, rushed for a game-high 135 yards and made 20 tackles on defense to lead the Trojans to their first Section VI Class A title since 1981 with a 20-13 win over defending state…

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Cameron Crosier of Kenmore West has been selected as the Buffalo News Football Player of the Week for Week Seven. Crosier more than filled in once starter Joe Stewart left the game with an injury. Crosier set school records for rushing touchdowns (six), total touchdowns (seven) and total points (42) in a game during the Blue Devils’ 49-14 win over rival Kenmore East. He…

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Mike Rigerman of Pioneer has been selected as the Buffalo News Player of the Week for Week Four. The Panthers’ senior had a sensational contest in No. 2 small-school Pioneer’s 33-14 win over top-ranked Cheektowaga. He rushed 29 times for 250 yards, scoring each of his four touchdowns during the second half to help Pioneer pull away for the division road win. He also mad…

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Alex Weakfall of Olean has been selected as the Buffalo News Player of the Week for Week Three. The Huskies’ senior scored on touchdown runs of 58, 53 and 63 yards during a 42-14 win over Springville. Weakfall’s scores came in the first quarter to stake Olean to a 21-0 lead. Weakfall finished with 201 yards on 14 carries and also returned a kickoff 80 yards for another …

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Cleveland Hill senior Javon Thomas has been selected as the Buffalo News Player of the Week for Week Two. Thomas rushed for 170 yards on 17 carries, scoring three touchdowns for the Golden Eagles in a 36-28 win over Wilson. He also recorded two sacks and made an interception as the Eagles bounced back from a season-opening nonleague loss to win their division opener. …

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The Prep Talk Football Player of the Week is D'Jae Perry of St. Mary's of Lancaster. The running back/linebacker had a big day during the Lancers' 27-7 triumph over reigning Section V Class C champion Bishop Kearney. He rushed 10 times for 243 yards and four touchdowns and on defense made eight tackles. In order to be considered for the honor, candidates must be amon…