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>Bishop Timon-St. Jude

Nickname: Tigers (3-7)

Coach: Charlie Comerford, first season

Outlook: The Tigers' strength is having pure athletes at the skill positions. Look for Timon to showcase speedy WR Jordan Williams. Ryan Dougherty, who started last year at QB as a sophomore, returns. RB Mike Griffin is back after missing last season with a broken collarbone. Sophomore Adam DiMillo, one of the top lacrosse players in WNY, will use his speed out of the backfield along with Zach Hayes. Multi-talent TE Tyler Conroy is considering the Air Force for lacrosse. Coach Comerford was a two-time All-WNY pick for the Tigers in 1999-2000.

Schedule

Sept. 2 vs. Cardinal O'Hara, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9 at St. John Baptist, TBA

Sept. 17 at St. Mary's, 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 vs. Wilson Magnet, 7 p.m.

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

Oct. 7 vs. St. Francis, 7 p.m.

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

Oct. 22 at Canisius, 2 p.m.

Oct. 29 at St. Joe's, 2 p.m.

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>Canisius

Nickname: Crusaders (7-3)

Coach: Rich Robbins, 1st season

Outlook: The Crusaders will have a formidable ground game led by All-WNY third team RB Mercer Timmis, coming off a 1,500-yard season. He put on 25 pounds in the offseason. Clearing a path for Timmis will be senior Jack Plunkett (6-4, 290), a three-year starter who is weighing offers from Navy and UConn, as well as Canadian transfer Ryan Hunter (6-4, 320), who was sold on Canisius after meeting Timmis at a college combine. Senior QB Chris Jugovich is a nice pocket passer and can read defenses. Denzell Benton has legit 4.4 speed and was named Best Receiver at the local Mike Williams camp. One of the leaders on defense is Max D'Andrea, who has worked his way back at LB. All-WNY first team OL/DL Corey Madlock transferred to Cleveland Hill.

Schedule

Sept. 2 at V-McQuaid, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 10 vs. IV-Maine-Endwell, 1 p.m.

Sept. 17 vs. St. Joe's, 1 p.m.

Sept. 23 at Cathedral Prep (Pa.), 7 p.m.

Oct. 1 Walsh Jesuit (Ohio), 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 7 at V-Aquinas, 7 p.m.

Oct. 15 at Cardinal O'Hara, 2 p.m.

Oct. 22 vs. Timon-St. Jude, 2 p.m.

Oct. 29 at St. Francis, 7 p.m.

Home games at Stransky Complex, Clinton St., West Seneca

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>Cardinal O'Hara

Nickname: Hawks (7-4)

Coach: Angelo Sciandra, 10th season

Outlook: The Hawks plunge headfirst into the area's roughest schedule with 15 returning starters. The Hawks' last four games are St. Joe's, Canisius, St. Francis and Steubenville (Ohio). Senior RB/DT Kyree Carter was All-Catholic last year after he led the Hawks in tackles with 73 and scored seven rushing TDs. Senior G/LB Chris Driver and senior C/DE Larry Middlebrooks are also coming off All-Catholic seasons. One of the top athletes on the team is junior QB/CB Anthony DiFrancesco, who started last year. Also keeping the Hawks competitive this season will be OL/DE Matt Meadows, G/LB Devon Rose and two juniors, TE/S Khari Wright and RB/CB Patrick Castile.

Schedule

Sept. 2 at Timon/St. Jude, 7 p.m.

Sept. 9 at V-Batavia, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 16 at I-Prep/Grover, 7 p.m.

(at Johnnie B. Wiley)

Sept. 24 vs. St. Mary's, 1 p.m.

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

Oct. 8 at St. Joe's, 1 p.m.

Oct. 15 vs. Canisius, 2 p.m.

Oct. 22 vs. St. Francis, 2 p.m.

Oct. 29 at Steubenville, Ohio, 7 p.m.

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>St. Francis

Nickname: Red Raiders (4-7)

Coach: Jerry Smith, 23rd season

Outlook: The Red Raiders like their chances with Boston College-bound RB Akeel Lynch, who missed most of last season with a hand injury. Opening holes for him will be All-Catholic OL Joe Smith and Miles Bartholomew, who both bench press over 300 pounds. QB Brian Melisz looks to get the ball to Tap Tasker, son of ex-Bill Steve Tasker, Dave Call and Alex Minsterman. Raudric Parks is coming off an All-Catholic season at LB and will play some FB. The secondary has plenty of speed with Lynch, Tasker, Cody Tehan and Jarrett Dolegala, the grandson of former Bills center Al Bemiller. Red Raiders open in the Syracuse Carrier Dome versus Liverpool. On the Sept. 23 homecoming game vs. Fairview (Pa.), the Red Raiders will recognize their only undefeated teams in the school's football history, players from 1961 and 1991.

Schedule

Sept. 3 vs. Liverpool, 6:30 p.m.

(at Syracuse Carrier Dome)

Sept. 10 at Holy Trinity (L.I.), 1 p.m.

Sept. 17 at V-Aquinas, 2 p.m.

Sept. 23 vs. Fairview (Pa.), 7 p.m.

Oct. 1 St. Joe's, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7 at Timon-St. Jude, 7 p.m.

Oct. 15 vs. St. Ignatius (Ohio), 7 p.m.

Oct. 22 at Cardinal O'Hara, 2 p.m.

Oct. 29 vs. Canisius, 7 p.m.

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>St. Joe's

Nickname: Marauders (6-5)

Coach: Dennis Gilbert, 2nd season

Outlook: The defending League AA champs look to QB Chad Kelly, who has given a verbal to Clemson, to repeat. A talented receiving corps includes WR Kyle Briggs, who put on almost 30 pounds in the offseason, WR/RB Nigel Davis, and RB Ilo Noble. Davis and Noble are also returning corners and Briggs is back at safety. Senior Jordan Sanders and junior Franklin Spina will be among the linemen who have Kelly's back. Competing for LB spots are Nate O'Brien, Garrett Stephens and Joe Comer. The Marauders' new locker room facilities are among the best in WNY.

Schedule

Sept. 3 vs. V-Aquinas, 2 p.m.

Sept. 10 at Msgr. Farrell (NYC), 1 p.m.

Sept. 17 at Canisius, 1 p.m.

Sept. 24 at Central Mountain (Pa.), 2 p.m.

Oct. 1 at St. Francis, 7 p.m.

Oct. 8 vs. Cardinal O'Hara, 1 p.m.

Oct. 14 at Steubenville (Ohio), 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 22 vs. Don Wilson (Ont.), 2 p.m.

Oct. 29 vs. Timon-St. Jude, 2 p.m.

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>St. Mary's

Nickname: Lancers (8-3)

Coach: Dave Hersey, 2nd season

Outlook: LT/DE Kyle DiPirro, All-Catholic last year, brings a solid work ethic into his senior year. Last year's backup QB, Gabe Watts, has improved his decision-making. Senior RB/SS Erik O'Neill, a returning All-Catholic RB, is a three-sport athlete who gives the Lancers plenty of flexibility. Sophomore RB Nick Vallone looked impressive at summer camps. Korry Wirth (6-3, 265) returns at TE and is co-captain with DiPirro. Senior C/DT Al Kelly is coming off an All-Catholic season on the DL. Junior OL/DL Andrew Hoffman carries one of the top academic averages on the team and participated in all offseason activities. The Lancers will be an independent in the regular season and then join the MMA as the No. 6 seed in the playoffs.

Schedule

Sept. 3 I-Prep/Grover, 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 9 at Alden, 7 p.m.

Sept. 17 Timon/St. Jude, 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 24 at Cardinal O'Hara, 1 p.m.

Oct. 1 vs. Cheektowaga, 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 7 at Silver Creek, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 15 vs. Burgard, 3 p.m.

(at All High Stadium)

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>Nichols

Nickname: Vikings (4-5)

Coach: Colin Brinson, 4th season

Outlook: Junior QB Liam Ryan returns after an All-Catholic season last year at DB. Tom Noonan (6-1, 230) is primed to have a big senior year at TE/DL. His brother, Adam, a RB/LB, put on some size and returns after an All-Catholic season last year at WR. Ryan and the Noonan brothers are three-sport athletes. Guard James Lees returns to the line, will also play LB and will serve as a captain along with Tom Noonan. The Vikings will lean on RB/LB Will Zacher for leadership. "Hopefully, it's his time to shine this year," said Brinson. "I like what I've seen out of him so far." Nichols will also have many new faces on its roster of 21.

Schedule

Sept. 9 at Frewsburg, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 16 at Maple Grove, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 at V-Finney, 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 1 vs. JFK, 1 p.m.

Oct. 8 vs. Albion, 1 p.m.

Oct. 21 vs. V-Finney, 4 p.m.