Nickname: Gators (4-5)
Coach: Chad Lyter, third season
Outlook: The Gators are counting on two senior linemen to have big years, LT Dakota Woodgie, who played guard the last two years, and RT Jordan Giardini. Senior QB Kyle Stover threw for 843 yards, eight TDs and completed 45 percent of his passes out of the spread option. Look for senior RB Josh Harrington to line up at WR as well. WR/RB/CB Trevin Barber qualified for the state track meet last spring in the small school pentathlon. Junior Todd Mason joins Barber as a WR/CB.
Aug. 31 at Westfield/Brocton, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 vs. Fredonia, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 vs. Salamanca, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 at Cassadaga Valley, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 vs. Southwestern, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 vs. V-Finney, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 at Falconer, 7:30 p.m.
> Cassadaga Valley
Nickname: Cougars (2-6)
Coach: Nick Spitzer, third season
Outlook: Senior RB/S Jordan Boughton is a three-year starter who rushed for 600 yards in five games last season. Junior QB Jordan Crabtree is up from the JV. Other JV players who have make an immediate impact are OT/DE Tyson Gugino and sophomore RB Nick Peterson. Both earned a couple of spot starts last year. Three-year starters on the line are OG/DE Brady Simpson and OT/NG David Carlson. LB Zack Kubera averaged in double figures for tackles and recovered four fumbles. Senior Justin Peck provides run support at CB.
Sept. 1 vs. Pine Valley, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 at Salamanca, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 vs. Falconer, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 vs. All.-Limestone, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 vs. Westfield/Brocton, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Southwestern, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Clymer, 1:30 p.m.
Nickname: Falcons (1-7)?
Coach: Dan Krenzer, first season?
Outlook: QB/CB Devin Cameron is a well-rounded athlete who brings eight games of varsity experience. Junior RB/LB Jacob Youngberg has started since he was a freshman and last year averaged in double figures for tackles. OG/DT Dan Williamson (5-foot-10, 210) is a three-year starter on the line. Junior WR/DB Kyle Petersen returns as a two-way starter. The Falcons will be young with only six seniors on the roster.
Aug. 31 vs. Southwestern, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 vs. Panama, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 at Cassadaga Valley, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 at Westfield/Brocton, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 at Franklinville, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 at Salamanca, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 vs. Allegany-Limestone, 7:30 p.m.
Nickname: Warriors (6-2)
Coach: Paul Furlong, first season
Outlook: Despite returning just three players — QB Tanner John, FB/LB Cameron Caputi and OG/DE Dustin Lewis — the Warriors should be balanced. Expected to contribute right away from the JV are RBs Damien Taylor and Cyrus Spruce. Senior Dakota John, who didn't play last year because of hockey, will shore up the line, along with Lewis. Taking over as coach is Furlong, a 1988 Salamanca graduate who twice led the Warriors to the Ralph in his three varsity seasons.
Aug. 31 vs. Springville, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 8 vs. Cassadaga Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 at Allegany-Limestone, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 at Southwestern, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 at Gowanda, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 vs. Falconer, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 at Westfield/Brocton, 7:30 p.m.
Nickname: Trojans (11-2)
Coach: Jay Sirianni, 10th season
Outlook: The Class C state finalists return two first-team All-NYS players. Lineman Peter Trathen is a three-year, two-way starter. "It's his year to lead," said Sirianni. The other first teamer is kicker Tanner Hoose, who kicked nine field goals, an impressive seven in the postseason. Jake Pilling, named the Offensive Player of the Game against Waverly last year, returns at QB. The backfield returns junior RB Kevin Bellardo. Ryan Schutte was the Trojans' second-leading receiver last year. Junior Kyle Moran is a solid lineman.
Aug. 31 at Falconer, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 vs. Westfield/Brocton, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 at Olean, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 vs. Salamanca, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 at Alle.-Limestone, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 vs. Cassadaga Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Eden, 2 p.m.
Nickname: Wolverines (4-4)
Coach: Bob North, third season
Outlook: Senior TB Mike Okerlund is at his best out of the I-formation or the power game. He's one of the fastest players on the team, along with WR Jon Coe, a first-team all-league pick. Coe will provide a nice 6-1 target for QB Dylan MacCubbein, last year's backup, who throws a nice ball and can also play safety. FB/LB Cameron Wright has come back after a strong summer. The line returns Bill Nowell, Jordan Ellis and Caleb Genthner. Returning LB Dan Ferguson is among 3 to 4 players from Brocton.
Aug. 31 vs. Allegany-Limestone, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 at Southwestern, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 at Sherman/Ripley, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 vs. Falconer, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 at Cassadaga Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 vs. Forestville, 7:30 p.m.Oct. 12 vs. Salamanca, 7:30 p.m.