Nickname: Engineers (2-7)
Coach: Chris Gelsomino, fifth season
Outlook: Tech welcomes back three-year starters OG William Gwynn, OL/DL Nars Abdullah and TE Marquis Dowell. The first-year QB is Lenny Dowell, who's 6-3 with 4.7 speed and a live arm. The defense will be led by returning league all-star DL Jamal Collins. Wakim Ladkins (6-3, 270) returns to his LT spot. Also back are Desean Stroy at LB and Robert Graves at CB.
Aug. 31 vs. Iroquois, 4 p.m.
Sept. 8 vs. Kenmore West, 1 p.m.
Sept. 15 at Lockport, 2 p.m.
Sept. 21 vs. Grand Island, 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 at Niagara Falls, noon
Oct. 6 vs. Riverside, 3 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Pioneer, 7 p.m.
* Home games at All High Stadium
> Kenmore West
Nickname: Blue Devils (7-2)
Coach: Rich Harris, 12th season
Outlook: C/LB Joe Fumerelle, team captain and a league all-star, "is as tough as they come," said Harris. T Steve Kulick and TE Greg Howell shore up the left side of the O-line. West ran their way on the final play in last year's overtime playoff win over Lancaster. Fumerelle, Kulick and Howell are all big-time rugby players in Kenmore. Josh Roe returns at FB/LB. All-Star DL Mike Harris and OG Jon Szurczynski are two solid linemen. The Blue Devils are Class AA North defending champions (5-0) and have been a Section VI Class AA final four team in four of the last five years. "We've been right there, who knows. We've got a lot of good skill players, not proven, a lot of team speed," Harris said.
Aug. 31 at Jamestown, 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 vs. Hutch-Tech, 1 p.m.
Sept. 15 vs. Sweet Home, 2 p.m.
Sept. 22 vs. Riverside, 2 p.m.
Sept. 29 vs. Lockport, 2 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Niagara Falls, 2 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Kenmore East, 2 p.m?
Nickname: Lions (4-4)
Coach: Greg Bronson, sixth season
Outlook: Khari Demos returns as a three-year starter at tackle. Bronson said he looks to be in excellent shape. DE Marshall Taylor, one of the school's top wrestlers, has the potential to be a game-changer. RB/LB Mitchell Evans has been with the varsity since a midseason call-up in ninth grade. RB James Chambers was the Lions' leading rusher and point scorer last year. Eight on offense and five on defense return. "We're hopeful that experience is going to pay off for us, but that's more a function of how hard the kids work and how prepared they are," said Bronson.
Sept. 1 vs. Orchard Park, 2 p.m.
Sept. 8 at Starpoint, 2 p.m.
Sept. 15 vs. Hutch-Tech, 2 p.m.
Sept. 22 vs. Niagara Falls, 2 p.m.
Sept. 29 at Kenmore West, 2 p.m.
Oct. 6 vs. St. Joe's, 2 p.m.
Oct. 12 at Riverside, 7 p.m.?
> Niagara Falls
Nickname: Wolverines (5-4)
Coach: Don Bass, sixth season
Outlook: QB Ricky Bailey and RB/DB K'Shawn Sistrunk are two solid returners in the backfield. The Wolverines need to replace all five starters on the O-line. Transferring back into the district from Canisius is TE/DL Imani Davis. Other senior prospects are DE/TE Tikere Ralands, C/NG Keyon Handley, T/T Treston Hutchinson and K/P Kyle Deween. The Wolverines have their usual speed, but lack Class AA size.
Aug. 31 at Lancaster, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 8 vs. Jamestown, 2 p.m.
Sept. 14 at Riverside, 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 at Lockport, 2 p.m.
Sept. 29 vs. Hutch-Tech, noon
Oct. 6 vs. Kenmore West, 2 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Orchard Park, 7 p.m.?
Nickname: Frontiers: (0-9)
Coach: Jose Rodriguez, first season
Outlook: The Frontiers will utilize Justice Feggans' athleticism and leadership skills at QB. The 6-foot-4 senior is an All-High basketball player. Pasquale Scaif will be asked to play a variety of positions. "We're trying to get him out there in space, maybe play him at some safety and as a wide receiver," said Rodriguez. Tim Austin is coming out this year and will help at WR. Rodriguez said junior Julius Cathcart is quick with great acceleration and should have a big year.
Sept. 2 vs. III Auburn, 12:30 p.m.?at Carrier Dome, Syracuse
Sept. 8 vs. Frontier, 2 p.m.
Sept. 14 vs. Niagara Falls, 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 at Kenmore West, 2 p.m.
Sept. 28 vs. Clarence, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 vs. Hutch-Tech, 3 p.m.Oct. 12 vs. Lockport, 7 p.m.