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The guest of honor glanced around the James Ernle Auditorium at South Park High School and reminisced about the the last time he was here on graduation day six years ago. Could he have envisioned then, one of his former teachers asked, how far his passion and perseverance would take him before returning to his alma mater? “Yes I did,” Jody Fortson Jr. said with a smile. “…

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Zak Ciezki threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns but Buffalo State was unable to overcome an early defecit and lost to No. 25 Union, 28-14, at Coyer Field on Saturday. Kyle Schreader and Jordan Evert each caught a touchdown for the Bengals (1-6, 1-2). Evert led the team in receptions with 10 for 81 yards. Freshman Joe Stewart, a recent Kenmore West graduate, had a c…

Despite 177 penalty yards, Buffalo State earned its first victory under interim head coach Christian Ozolins, a 13-7 win over the University of Rochester on Friday at Coyer Field. Former Kenmore West star Martin Bailey led the Bengals’ offense with 16 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Evert, a former Sweet Home Panther, had 63 yards and a touchdown receiv…

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Sam Castronova has thrived in his first season commanding the run-pass option offense, evaluating the opportunities opposing defenses present and making the most of them. It’s similar to the way he handled his college recruitment. Castronova had ambitions to play Division I football coming out of Williamsville South High School four years ago. He spent another two years …

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Erie Community College football lost more players to graduation and transfer than it has returning to the program, leaving the Kats with a youthful team in coach Scott Pilkey's fourth year. "We're real freshmen-laden this year," Pilkey said. "But they're exciting young players. I'm excited to see what they do. ... We're probably as athletic as we've been here." 2017 …