Nickname: Timberwolves (6-3)
Coach: Dan Greco, 3rd season
Outlook: It was a busy offseason for the Timberwolves. QB Jason McMahon, who won the starting job after Week Two last year, went to the Sirianni brothers camp this offseason at Southwestern. Twenty-six players went to a camp at Alfred University. Center Derek Rolfe will be the rock of both lines. All-star OT/DT Nick Fisher checks in at 6-foot-3, 285. OT/DE Troy Cooper got a lot of snaps last year and now stands at 6-3, 240. Twins on the O-line Anthony and Pezzulo Andrews are three-year starters as juniors.
Sept. 2 at Ellicottville, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 vs. Franklinville, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 at Forestville, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 vs. Clymer, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 30 at Pine Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 8 at Panama, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 vs. Sherman, 7:30 p.m.
Nickname: Pirates (2-6)
Coach: Marc Heiser, 4th season
Outlook: The Pirates are excited to return senior QB Justin White, a late-season starter last year. He likes to throw on the run or scramble for extra yards. Clymer hopes to get the ball more to senior WR Adam Walker, who looked good working with White in the summer passing leagues. The expectations are high for senior RB/LB Ryan Phelps, who is coming off an injury-plaqued season. Junior OL/DL Dan Lictus goes about 270 pounds and has good leverage and hand placement.
Sept. 3 at Forestville, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 at Panama, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 vs. Pine Valley, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 at Chautauqua Lake, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 1 vs. Sherman, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 at Ellicottville, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 vs. Franklinville, 1:30 p.m.
Nickname: Eagles (2-6)
Coach: Tim Bergan, 27th season
Outlook: The Eagles return last year's leading tackler, senior FB/LB Jeff Brennan. Senior TB Zak Fisher looks to surpass 1,000 yards after gaining 920 last year. Storm Wilson has earned the starting spot at TE/DE while brother Cam gets the nod at QB as a freshman. Greg Knier moves to LB from DE. WR/DB Jake Rinko is a returning two-way starter. Freshman Cory Tomblin starts at center. Senior OL/DL Shawn Durandetto is among the contributors from West Valley. Junior Cole Stanbro is nursing a sore knee.
Sept. 2 vs. Chautauqua Lake, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 at Sherman, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 16 vs. Panama, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 at Franklinville, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 1 at Forestville, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 vs. Clymer, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 at Pine Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Nickname: Hornets (1-6)
Coach: Scot Greenough, 16th season
Outlook: A solid core returns for the Hornets following last year's injury-plagued season. Senior FB/LB Joe Caccamise was second on the team in tackles. Senior WR/CB Nate Stott is the quickest player on the team and runs a 4. 7/4 0. Junior RB/LB Nate Maines is a returning two-way starter. Senior OG/DL Dakota Griewisch is back after suffering a season-ending wrist injury during Week Three last year. TE/FS Adam Pleva is another solid player in the secondary. Sophomore QB Jake Nosbisch is up from the JV.
Sept. 3 vs. Clymer, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 at Pine Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 vs. Chautauqua Lake, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 24 at Sherman, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 1 vs. Ellicottville, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 8 vs. Franklinville, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 at Panama, 1:30 p.m.
Nickname: Panthers (0-8)
Coach: Mark Blecha, 12th season
Outlook: The Panthers are hoping to move the ball better this year led by senior RB/LB Don Kopp, a three-year starter, two-time team MVP and team leader in rushing and tackles. His brother, sophomore QB/DB Peter Kopp, started last year as a freshman and is one of the team's best all-around athletes. Junior WR/DE Brandon Dutton will move to RB/DE. RB/LB Jamie Greiner looks for a big sophomore season. The OL returns: senior Robert Irwin, junior OL/DL Adam Rix and junior OL/DL Carl Ratzel. OL/DE Mike Lembicz tore his ACL during wrestling and is doubtful for the season.
Sept. 2 vs. Pine Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 at Chautauqua Lake, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 16 vs. Sherman, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 vs. Ellicottville, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 30 vs. Panama, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 8 at Forestville, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 at Clymer, 1:30 p.m.
Nickname: Wildcats (5-3)
Coach: Bob Krenzer, 1st season
Outlook: Senior OL/DL Cody Graczyk (6-4, 225) will be a key two-way player. Power runner Kyle Keith will be the feature back. The Wildcats will utilize the running ability of QB Andy Graham. Nick Alday brings good speed to the secondary and Keith will lead the linebackers. On the D-line, John Spacht will be among the leaders along with Trever Enterline, who is coming off a season-ending collarbone injury. Krenzer, who was 156-64 in 25 seasons at Pine Valley, takes over as head coach.
Sept. 3 vs. Panama, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 vs. Ellicottville, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 16 at Franklinville, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 24 vs. Forestville, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 1 at Clymer, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 8 vs. Pine Valley, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 at Chautauqua Lake, 7:30 p.m.
Nickname: Panthers (4-4)
Coach: Chris Buczek, 5th season
Outlook: Zack Fancher brings three years experience to the QB position. Junior RB Josh Kilburn, up from JV, is ready to answer every challenge, according to Buczek. All-star senior C/LB Robert McKeever is the voice of the team and brings a strong work ethic. Senior OL/DL Luke Wright brings size and works well alongside McKeever. Senior TE/DL Conner Smith leads by example and takes pride in his blocking. Senior Joey Gierszewski can play several positions but excels at FB/WR.
Sept. 2 at Franklinville, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 vs. Forestville, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 at Clymer, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 24 at Panama, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 30 vs. Chautauqua Lake, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 8 at Sherman, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 vs. Ellicottville, 7:30 p.m.
Nickname: Panthers (2-6)
Coach: Chris Payne, 16th season
Outlook: The Panthers look for a big year from three-year starting QB Nick Lenart. Another three-year starter is Logan Larson, a speedy WR. Other seniors among 12 returning starters are DE/TE Dylan Stow, CB Andrea Marsh, DE Nathan Gleason and RB Tyler Marsh. Stow, who carries a 99 academic average, will serve as captain, along with Andrea Marsh.
Sept. 3 at Sherman, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 vs. Clymer, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 16 at Ellicottville, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 24 vs. Pine Valley, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 30 at Franklinville, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 8 vs. Chautauqua Lake, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 vs. Forestville, 1:30 p.m.