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>Hutch-Tech

Nickname: Engineers (3-5)

Coach: Chris Gelsomino, third season

Outlook: The Engineers graduated 17 of 22 starters. Juniors Josh Koester and Phillip Washington are QB candidates. RB/CB Emmanuel Cott is a legit 4.5 guy and the sprinter on the track team. Noah Jenkins is a junior who will play RB and is a hard-hitting inside LB. Senior Xavier Boney is a two-way threat at WR/CB.

Schedule

Sept. 4 vs. Wmsv. North 2 p.m. at Riverside

Sept. 10 at Pioneer 7 p.m.

Sept. 18 vs. Riverside 1 p.m. at All High

Sept. 25 at Lockport 2 p.m.

Oct. 1 Kenmore West 7 p.m. at Riverside

Oct. 8 at North Tonawanda 7 p.m.

Oct. 15 Niagara Falls 7 p.m. at All High

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>Kenmore West

Nickname: Blue Devils (3-6)

Coach: Rich Harris, 10th season

Outlook: The Blue Devils return seven two-way starters. Junior QB/DB Marcus Lobdell was 3-2 as a starter last year with 1,217 all-purpose yards. OG/LB Ryan Meldrum and OT/DE Alex Fumerelle are three-year starters. Martin Bailey returns to the backfield. Christian Feickert and Stephen Guetti are the top WRs. SS Bobby Blackman is a big hitter.

Schedule

Sept. 3 at North Tonawanda, 7 p.m.

Sept. 11 at Niagara Falls, 2 p.m.

Sept. 18 Lockport, 2 p.m.

Sept. 25 Wmsv. North, 2 p.m.

Oct. 1 vs. Hutch-Tech, 7 p.m. at Riverside

Oct. 9 at Kenmore East, 3 p.m.

Oct. 16 Riverside, 2 p.m.

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>Lockport

Nickname: Lions (6-4)

Coach: Greg Bronson, fourth season

Outlook: The Lions have the daunting task of replacing David Fluellen and Luke Rankie. The Lions do return QB Kevin Bronson. The core of the team is returning two-way starters: James Renford (FB/LB), Tom DiCarlo (FB/DT) and Dorian Polk (RB/DB). "We're hoping those folks will carry us to a competitive season," said Greg Bronson.

Schedule

Sept. 4 at Starpoint, 2 p.m.

Sept. 11 North Tonawanda, 2 p.m.

Sept. 18 at Kenmore West, 2 p.m.

Sept. 25 Hutch-Tech, 2 p.m.

Oct. 1 at Niagara Falls, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 8 at Riverside, 7 p.m.

Oct. 16 Wmsv. North, 2 p.m.

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>Niagara Falls

Nickname: Wolverines (4-4)

Coach: Don Bass, fourth season

Outlook: The Wolverines need to replace their entire O-line. Bass said he likes his skill position players: QB Dale Stewart, who got three starts last year, and RB Quandry Gray. Expecting to lead the defense are Michael McCartney and Jermaine Fryling. The Falls' schedule starts and stops with City schools as they open at Riverside and end at Hutch-Tech.

Schedule

Sept. 3 at Riverside, 7 p.m.

Sept. 11 Kenmore West, 2 p.m.

Sept. 17 at North Tonawanda 7 p.m.

Sept. 25 Jamestown, 2 p.m.

Oct. 1 Lockport, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 9 at Wmsv. North, 2 p.m.

Oct. 15 vs. Hutch-Tech at All High, 7 p.m.

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>North Tonawanda

Nickname: Jacks (13-0)

Coach: Eric Jantzi, 11th season

Outlook: The defending state champs are on a 13-game winning streak. All-NYS/WNY RB Joe Montesanti moves to QB. His brother Dan, one of the top athletes on the team, moves from LB to DL and will play TE/FB. LB Travis Charsley was fifth team All-NYS. NT has won Class AA North eight of the last nine years. Back on the O-Line are Charsley, Jordan Marrs and Collin O'Donnell.

Schedule

Sept. 3 Kenmore West, 7 p.m.

Sept. 11 at Lockport, 2 p.m.

Sept. 17 Niagara Falls, 7 p.m.

Sept. 24 vs. Riverside, 7 p.m. at All-High Stadium

Oct. 2 at Wmsv. North, 2 p.m.

Oct. 8 Hutch-Tech, 7 p.m.

Oct. 15 at Tonawanda, 6 p.m.

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>Riverside

Nickname: Frontiers: (9-1)

Coach: Tony Truilizio, ninth season

Outlook: Riverside graduated 22 players, but there is still plenty of talent. LB Willie Jefferson, who thought he might be in Texas this season, is back. Jefferson and LB Jordan Morris are the only returning starters on defense. Senior Harold Millender and junior Dan Doty will work out of the backfield. Junior Jeremiah Cormack, last year's JV starter, has some skills at QB. The team includes players from City Honors, OTC Middle College and Buffalo Arts. Junior RT Ed Slowinski hails from City Honors while NG Ken Roberson is from Arts.

Schedule

Sept. 3 Niagara Falls 7 p.m.

Sept. 11 at Wmsv. North 2 p.m.

Sept. 18 vs. Hutch-Tech 1 p.m. at All High

Sept. 24 North Tonawanda 7 p.m.

Oct. 1 Orchard Park* 7 p.m. at All High

Oct. 8 Lockport 7 p.m.

Oct. 16 at Kenmore West 2 p.m.

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>Williamsville North

Nickname: Spartans (4-5)

Coach: Mike Mammoliti, 10th season

Outlook: WR/DB Glenn Gronkowski is up to 6-3, 215 and spent the offseason doing speed work. Kevin Hall moves from WR to QB. Jesse Clarkson and Andy Contino are returning linemen. WR/LB Edwin Young got in the weight room right after basketball ended. TB/CB Dan Teal and WR/DB Dylan Constantino have good speed.

Schedule

Sept. 4 vs. Hutch-Tech, 2 p.m. at Riverside

Sept. 11 Riverside, 2 p.m.

Sept. 16 Williamsville East, 7:30 p.m. at Williamsville South

Sept. 25 at Kenmore West, 2 p.m.

Oct. 2 North Tonawanda, 2 p.m.

Oct. 9 Niagara Falls, 2 p.m.

Oct. 16 at Lockport, 2 p.m.