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Bishop Timon-St. Jude Tigers (2-9) Coach: Joe Licata, third season. Home field: Tifft Farm. Program founded: 1948. Outlook: With 24 returnees, this could be the most experienced team Joe Licata has fielded. Timon returns its best player in first-team All-Catholic lineman Alex Reinhardt. He’s 6-4, 270 with explosive speed. He’ll be part of an all-senior offensiv…

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Canisius Crusaders (5-5) Coach: Rich Robbins, ninth season. Home field: Stransky Complex. Program founded: 1913. Outlook: The Crusaders figure to run behind a strong line anchored by senior and returning All-Catholic Donovan Cornelius. Nigel Dabney and Joe Dixon are among a host of running backs who look to explode through the holes the line opens. Dixon is a j…

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Clymer/Sherman/Panama Wolfpack (13-0) Coach: Ty Harper, fifth season. Home field: Varies. Program founded: Merged in 2014. Outlook: The NYSPHSAA Class D champions are returning many of the same skill players that carried them to an undefeated finish. That includes senior wideout Cameron Barmore, named to the all-state first team in Class D after he totaled 1,021 …

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Allegany/Limestone (2-6) Coach: Tom Callen, first year. Home field: Fred Grace Field. Program founded: 1952. Outlook: After two years as an assistant, Tom Callen takes over for Paul Furlong. His son, Thomas, is one of 16 seniors and will play quarterback. Callen missed four games after suffering a broken wrist early in last year’s opener, but still threw for 10…

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Akron Tigers (4-4) Coach: Andrew Clouse, fifth season. Home field: Unnamed. Program founded: Unknown. Outlook: The Tigers are coming off their third consecutive playoff appearance following back-to-back 4-4 season. Dual-threat QB Brandon Orr has graduated, but they return five starters on offense and seven on defense. Junior Adam Mietz moves from running back t…

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Amherst Tigers (4-4) Coach: Jason Beckman, eighth season. Home field: Dimp Wagner Alumni. Program founded: 1932. Outlook: Making the playoffs is the goal for the Tigers, Beckman said. While it will be difficult to replace graduated quarterback Ja’Kaye Womack and running back D’Shawn Barefield, the team’s depth was bolstered by the addition of St. Joe's transfers …

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Hamburg Bulldogs (3-5) Coach: Jeff Tripp, fourth season. Home field: Howe Field. Program founded: 1915. Outlook: Hamburg will find out if the growing pains of the past two years pay off. Five returning senior starters, including four on the offensive line, look to fuel the ground-and-pound attack with Logan Garza, Spencer Dix, John Haberman and Alan Beyer opening…

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Bennett Tigers (7-3) Coach: Stevenson McDuffie, eighth season. Home field: All High Stadium. Program founded: Unknown. Outlook: The Class AA runner-up returns seven starters on each side of the ball, including first team All-Western New York running back D’Jae Perry. He’s part of a talented backfield that includes classmate Justin Campbell, who averaged 8.9 yar…

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Cheektowaga  |  East Aurora/Holland  |  Iroquois  |  Lake Shore | Lewiston-Porter | Maryvale | Pioneer  Cheektowaga Warriors (10-2) Coach: Mike Fatta, seventh season Home field: No name Program founded: 1934 Outlook: The Warriors have reached the state semifinals three times in the past four years – including last season. Second-team All-WNY quarterback KeShone …

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Bishop Timon-St. Jude | Cardinal O’Hara | St. Mary’s Bishop Timon-St. Jude Tigers (0-9) Coach: Joe Licata, second year Home field: Tifft Farm Program founded: 1948 Outlook: The roster of 35 has been bolstered by the addition of athletes who did not come out for the team last year. That includes hockey players Michael Sands and Trai Jenkins. Linebacker Ethyn Ell…