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>Burgard

Nickname: Bulldogs (6-3)

Coach: Jason Kolb, 10th season

Outlook: RB/LB Corvonte Jones is the "real deal," according to Kolb. FB/LB Robert Sanders (225 pounds) will use the additional weight he put on in the offseason to block for Jones and he'll also get some carries. Returning on the O-line are: Maleek Price, Terrell Hunter, Dexter Gill and Dante Overton. The fifth starter is Damar Dansler, a 300-pounder. "We're hoping a tough, physical line and returning backfield will be a good recipe for us," said Kolb. Joseph Goodman, Deshawn Harmon, Joseph Reeves and James Tubbins are among 11 returning starters. Jesse Foster moves from DE to LB and will be a defensive captain.

Schedule

Sept. 3 Pioneer, 1 p.m.

Sept. 10 Lackawanna, 2 p.m.

Sept. 16 at Tonawanda, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 at Lew-Port, 7 p.m.

Oct. 1 Maryvale, 2 p.m.

Oct. 8 at Cheektowaga, 2 p.m.

Oct. 15 St. Mary's/Lanc., 2:30 p.m.

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>Cheektowaga

Nickname: Warriors (6-3)

Coach: Scott Zipp, 10th season

Outlook: Hoping to lead his team into the playoffs is senior Michael Morganstern, a league all-star on the DL. Senior QB Corey Dewald has looked solid in the offseason camps. He'll look to connect with WR Dante Burnett and WR Rashad Thomas. Senior RB/DB Denzel Floyd is a key to the backfield. Eric Morganstern and Matt Fleck look to shore up the line. Sharron Johnson returns at TE/LB.

Schedule

Sept. 2 at Depew, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 9 Lew-Port, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16 at Lackawanna, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 Tonawanda, 7 p.m.

Oct. 1 at St. Mary's/Lanc., 1 p.m.

Oct. 8 Burgard, 2 p.m.

Oct. 14 at Maryvale, 7 p.m.

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>Lackawanna

Nickname: Steelers: (8-2)

Coach: Adam Tardif, 1st season

Outlook: The Steelers are deep at the skill positions and return a solid core of seniors. Senior Sean Dechent looks to lock up the QB position and play DE. Senior RB/LB Keith Taggart returns to the backfield and OL/DL Larry Wright brings senior leadership to both sides of the ball. The top WR is Shaquille Brooks (6-3, 205), who has been to UB's camp for juniors. Two sophomores who will get plenty of snaps are FB/LB Joe Linares and QB/RB Cameron Smith. Smith is the younger brother of Christian and Capone Smith.

Schedule

Sept. 2 at Lake Shore, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 10 at Burgard, 2 p.m.

Sept. 16 Cheektowaga, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 at Maryvale, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 East Aurora, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 7 at Tonawanda, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 14 Lew-Port, 7:30 p.m.

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>Lewiston-Porter

Nickname: Lancers (4-5)

Coach: Dick Lindamer, 5th season

Outlook: It's an all underclassman backfield for the Lancers. Junior Josh Daul returns as the full-time starter at QB. He threw for 700 yards last season with five TDs. Junior RB/WR Billy Schiavitti and sophomore FB Dan Hogan will get plenty of touches. The Lancers only return one player on the O-line, but it's senior Kevin McMurray, who was named a league all-star.

Schedule

Sept. 3 Newfane, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9 at Cheektowaga, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16 South Park, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23 Burgard, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 at Tonawanda, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 7 Maryvale, 7 p.m.

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

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>Maryvale

Nickname: Flyers (2-6)

Coach: Jeff Buccieri, 1st season

Outlook: Senior RB/LB Sean Barr will be the workhorse on both sides of the ball. Buccieri is looking for C Taylor Pyc, DT Jake Klahn to play more expanded roles. Trei Hall has been a passing league standout at CB. Junior Mike Wawrzyniak will compete at QB and play FS. Brian Klein and John Dipasquale will shore up the LB position. JV was 7-1 last year.

Schedule

Sept. 3 at Cleveland Hill, 2 p.m.

Sept. 9 Tonawanda, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16 Hutch-Tech, 7 p.m.

Sept. 23 Lackawanna, 7 p.m.

Oct. 1 at Burgard, 2 p.m.

Oct. 7 at Lew-Port, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14 Cheektowaga, 7 p.m.

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>Tonawanda

Nickname: Warriors (0-9)

Coach: Rob Gross, 2nd season

Outlook: Numbers are up (36) and so is the enthusiasm at Tonawanda. The Warriors are deep in the skill positions with senior Kyle Gallivan, last year's leading WR. Tyler Hughes led the team in rushing last year as a sophomore. RB/LB Justin Bacon has transferred back from North Tonawanda. RB/DB Corey Law will earn his share of carries. Junior QB Clayton Hess (6-4, 235) has exceptional arm strength and WR/DB Jesse Lalka has put the work in to have a big senior year. Steven Warthling and Chad Willis will anchor the line as returning starters. Gross has been impressed with the offseason work ethic of the senior class.

Schedule

Sept. 2 at Hutch-Tech, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9 at Maryvale, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16 Burgard, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 at Cheektowaga, 7 p.m.

Sept. 30 Lew-Port, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 7 Lackawanna, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 14 at North Tonawanda, 6 p.m.