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>Amherst

Nickname: Tigers (6-3)

Coach: Pat Murphy, 5th season

Outlook: The Tigers are built around speed led by QB Justin Twarog, who started last year as a sophomore. He'll be joined in the backfield by transfer Justin Burke, a 1,000-yard rusher from St. Mary's. Senior WR/S Brandon Borden is a three-year starter. The LB core will be led by senior Marquis Artis, the Class A defensive player of the year, and senior Matt Gallineau. Nine return on defense, seven on offense.

Schedule

Sept. 2 at Iroquois, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9 vs. Lake Shore, 6 p.m.

Sept. 16 vs. W.S. East, 6 p.m.

Sept. 23 at South Park, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 vs. Hamburg, 6:30 p.m

Oct. 6 vs. Wmsv. North, 6 p.m.

Oct. 14 at Wmsv. South, 7 p.m.

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>Bennett

Nickname: Tigers (3-6)

Coach: Steve McDuffie, 1st season

Outlook: Senior Javon Fogan, a league all-star last year at WR, is among seven starters back on both sides of the ball. McDuffie predicts his O-line will be strong with four starters back led by seniors Marquel Foster, Justin Davis and Malik Hendrick and junior Kahalil Summerville. Tigers move down from Class AA South. Junior Shawn Wilson checks in at TE. The Tigers also draw players from Olmsted.

Schedule

Sept. 3 vs. Grand Island, 4 p.m.

Sept. 9 at Wmsv. South, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16 at Hamburg, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23 at W.S. East, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 at Iroquois, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7 vs. Lake Shore, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14 vs. South Park, 7 p.m.

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>Hamburg

Nickname: Bulldogs (1-8)

Coach: Mike McFadden, 5th season

Outlook: McFadden said junior OG/NT Wes Riley has progressed in weight room and has a natural edge to playing the interior. LT Jeremiah Bill is 6-4, 245, started every game last year as a freshman, has a 97 academic average and a solid work ethic. McFadden said three-year starter Aaron Derby works hard and is all about the team. TB/S Jake Fiore, who also excels in lacrosse, has had a big impact in the short time he's played football. el,3

Schedule

Sept. 2 at W.S. East, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9 vs. South Park, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16 vs. Bennett, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23 at Lake Shore, 6:30

Sept. 30 at Amherst, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 7 vs. Iroquois, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14 at Frontier, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 22 at St. Mary's, 1:30

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>Iroquois

Nickname: Chiefs (5-4)

Coach: Keith Marshall, 1st season

Outlook: Marshall, last year's JV coach, begins his 11th season with the program. He inherits three starters on both sides of the ball. Young team with only eight seniors on the roster. The Chiefs will count on WR Madison Wesolowski, OT Casey Erhardt and LB Brandon Vernon, all seniors. Junior QB Matt Keating, 6-1 on JV last year, will take the snaps. Former Buffalo State head coach Paul Shaffner joins the staff as an assistant. The Chiefs hope to have Jim Kloc in the backfield.

Schedule

Sept. 2 vs. Amherst, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9 vs. W.S. East, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16 vs. McKinley, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23 at Wmsv. South, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 vs. Bennett, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7 at Hamburg, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14 at Lake Shore, 6:30 p.m.

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>Lake Shore

Nickname: Eagles (3-6)

Coach: Chuck Kowalski, 2nd season

Outlook: The Eagles will be led by senior RB Pat Gilman, a league all-star, who rushed for 1,300 yards and had 14 TDs. Tyler Mascio looks to win the QB job as a sophomore. OT Joe Abrams will be a tough matchup at 6-1, 235. The defense, which kept the Eagles in plenty of games last year, returns LB Joe Catalano.

Schedule

Sept. 2 vs. Lackawanna, 6:30

Sept. 9 at Amherst, 6 p.m.

Sept. 16 vs. Wmsv. South, 6:30

Sept. 23 vs. Hamburg, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 30 at South Park, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7 at Bennett, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14 vs. Iroquois, 6:30 p.m

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>South Park

Nickname: Sparks (3-6)

Coach: Tim Delaney, 4th season

Outlook: The talented Sparks build around two league all-stars, WR Chaq Nettles and last year's leader in tackles, safety Nick Woodard. QB Maurice Howie threw for over 1,000 yards last year as a freshman. Dylan Vanvalkenberg will be a key two-way player at RB/LB. LT/DE Carlton Hall is back after tearing his ACL in the first quarter of the first game last year. He looked good at the Buffalo State camp. St. Francis transfer Edgardo Berrios will start at WR/CB. Look for Jacob Weber, a transfer from Clarence, at RT.

Schedule

Sept. 2 vs. Wmsv. South, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9 at Hamburg, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16 at Lew-Port, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23 vs. Amherst, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 vs. Lake Shore, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7 at West Sen. East, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14 at Bennett, 7 p.m.

*-Home games at Riverside

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>West Seneca East

Nickname: Trojans (3-6)

Coach: Jim Maurino, 9th season

Outlook: Trojans have one of the top sprinters in Section VI in their backfield with junior QB Andy Smigiera (11.09 in 100 meters). East returns six on both sides of the ball with many having started last year as sophs. Other talented juniors include RB Scott Ackerman (nine TDs) and LB Ryan Johnson. Maurino expects senior Dakota Michels to set the emotional tone at TE/LB.

Schedule

Sept. 2 vs. Hamburg, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9 at Iroquois, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16 at Amherst, 6 p.m.

Sept. 23 vs. Bennett, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 at Wmsv. South, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7 vs. South Park, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14 at W.S. West, 7 p.m.

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>Williamsville South

Nickname: Billies (9-1)

Coach: Kraig Kurzanski, 5th season

Outlook: With plenty of big holes to fill, the Class A finalists look to senior WR/DB Billy Jacobbi, who had nine catches in the championship game against Sweet Home. Up front, four out of five return including senior center T.J. Scamura, a league all-star. Jon Castronova, who tore his ACL in week three last year, is healthy. Senior kicker/punter Josh Neuss can be counted on. Three players will compete for the QB position, including senior Cody Stumpf, who was a backup last year.

Schedule

Sept. 2 at South Park, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9 vs. Bennett, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16 at Lake Shore, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 vs. Iroquois, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 vs. W. Seneca East, 7 p.m.

Oct. 6 at Wmsv. East, 4 p.m.

Oct. 14 vs. Amherst, 7 p.m.