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>Grand Island

Nickname: Vikings (3-6)

Coach: Dean Santorio, 11th season

Outlook: The Vikings look to their defense as a strength with eight starters back. A veteran D-line includes Sam Oursler, Mark Lydle, Chuck Grunzweig and Kameron McFarland. Returning LBs are seniors Glenn Skelly and Elliott Busch. There's experience in the secondary as well with Eddie Krecisz and Ryan Hughes. Krecisz also had 30 catches last year at WR. Santorio said the backfield is a question mark with several competing for starting job. "It's not that we don't have kids who can compete. It's a matter of who comes out on top," said Santorio. Hughes will likely get the nod at TE and seniors Drew Chorey and Jon McGinty will likely also earn spots.

Schedule

Sept. 3 at Bennett, 4 p.m.

Sept. 10 at Starpoint, 2 p.m.

Sept. 17 vs. North Tonawanda, 2

Sept. 24 vs. Wmsv. East, 2 p.m.

Oct. 1 at Wmsv. North, 2 p.m.

Oct. 8 at Sweet Home, 2 p.m.

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

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>Kenmore East

Nickname: Bulldogs (1-8)

Coach: Matt Chimera, 12th season

Outlook: The Bulldogs enter the season with a lot of unanswered questions. One thing they are certain of is a nice core of returning two-way linemen with junior Jared Dolan (6-3, 280), senior Zach Williams (6-3, 300) and Russ Williams, an all-league kicker who can also play LB. Williams and FB/LB Tom Comfort will serve as team captains. Senior Jordan Wainwight will be the featured back. He can run between the tackles and has some speed. Six return on both sides of the ball. The lineup should get a good lift from five new players, who are either out for the first time or did not play last year.

Schedule

Sept. 3 vs. Wmsv. North, 2 p.m.

Sept. 10 at Wmsv. East, 2 p.m.

Sept. 17 at Starpoint, 2 p.m.

Sept. 24 vs. No. Tonawanda, 2 p.m.

Oct. 1 vs. Sweet Home, 2 p.m.

Oct. 7 at McKinley, 7 p.m.

Oct. 15 at Kenmore West, 2 p.m.

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>McKinley

Nickname: Macks (6-3)

Coach: Edward Wilson, 3rd season

Outlook: Wilson said he's strong at DE, WR and has a young, exciting QB. Sophomore Jamar Rutledge, last year's backup at QB, is ready to take over. The Macks return their leading rusher, junior Kwame Duah. McKinley has a strong junior class with mainstays DE Clifton Braun, CB Darius Alford and WR Stephen Johnson. Senior Jonathan Flanagan leads a deep core of WRs.

Schedule

Sept. 3 vs. No. Tonawanda, 1 p.m.

Sept. 9 vs. Sweet Home, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16 at Iroquois, 7 p.m.

Sept. 24 at Wmsv. North, 2 p.m.

Oct. 1 at Starpoint, 2 p.m.

Oct. 7 vs. Kenmore East, 7 p.m.

Oct. 15 at Grand Island, 2 p.m.

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>North Tonawanda

Nickname: Jacks (6-3)

Coach: Rick Tomm, 1st season

Outlook: Big changes for the Jacks as they join a new league and welcome a new coach. The Jacks will be young at critical positions. Anchoring the O-line will be 6-3, 257 senior Mike Grimaldi and 6-3, 250 junior Jake Clare. Tomm is counting on senior Evan Volmrich for stellar play at DE and leadership. Two juniors who started last year are FB/LB Tyler Durham and RB/DB Ian Gilhousen. Jed Jastrzemski returns at LB. Returning QB Pat Angelhow won games last year versus Niagara Falls and Riverside. Last year's coach Eric Jantzi is the volunteer JV assistant at Orchard Park. NT moves down from Class AA North. Tough opener at McKinley. Game versus Tonawanda will be part of the Great American Rivalry series.

Schedule

Sept. 3 vs. McKinley, 1 p.m. (at Riverside)

Sept. 9 vs. Wmsv. North, 7 p.m.

Sept. 17 at Grand Island, 2 p.m.

Sept. 24 at Kenmore East, 2 p.m.

Sept. 30 vs. Wmsv. East, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7 vs. Starpoint, 7 p.m.

Oct. 14 vs. Tonawanda, 6 p.m.

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>Starpoint

Nickname: Spartans (5-4)

Coach: Al Cavagnaro, 12th season

Outlook: WR/DB and return man Cory Regnet brings 3 1/2 years of varsity experience as a two-way starter. Senior QB Branden Wehrmeyer, another veteran of three seasons, holds nearly all the Spartans' single-season passing records. At 6-1, 215, he can throw all the passes and has a TD to interception ratio of 10:1. Regnet will be his main target along with senior WR/DB Jordan Stromberg. Two veterans on the line are junior Zach Penman, who can bench 345, and junior Alex Cavney, who is only 5-6, 185, but can bench 399. "When he pulls they can't see him and he's not afraid of anything," said Cavagnaro. Linebacker R.J. Hernandez is a transfer from Texas who Cavagnaro hopes is a "gem."

Schedule

Sept. 3 at Lockport, 2 p.m.

Sept. 10 vs. Grand Island, 2 p.m.

Sept. 17 vs. Kenmore East, 2

Sept. 24 at Sweet Home, 2 p.m.

Oct. 1 vs. McKinley, 2 p.m.

Oct. 7 at No. Tonawanda, 7 p.m.

Oct. 15 at Wmsv. East, 2 p.m.

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>Sweet Home

Nickname: Panthers (10-1)

Coach: John Faller, 26th season

Outlook: The Panthers look to build on their impressive string of four consecutive Class A titles. QB/DE Jordan Johnson is eager to show what he can do, having committed to UB. He's 6-1, 190 with 4.5 speed. Faller said more players may be counted on to go both ways. The core includes senior WR/RB-LB Tim Oaks, RB/LB Juwan Douglas and senior HB/LB Rashaad Rogers. A pair of juniors, Luca Chimento and Bill Attea (6-3, 305), lead a young line. JVs have been undefeated the last five years.

Schedule

Sept. 3 vs. Wmsv. East, 2 p.m.

Sept. 9 at McKinley, 7 p.m.

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

Sept. 24 vs. Starpoint, 2 p.m.

Oct. 1 at Kenmore East, 2 p.m.

Oct. 8 vs. Grand Island, 2 p.m.

Oct. 15 at Wmsv. North, 2 p.m.

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>Williamsville East

Nickname: Flames (5-4)

Coach: Chris McDuffie, 2nd season

Outlook: One of the team's best pure athletes is junior WR/DB Mitch Wagner, who had seven interceptions last year. One of 10 seniors on the roster, LB Mike Wheeler is back after leading the team in tackles with 81. Another LB looking to have a big year is senior John White. McDuffie described senior DL Austin Crist as strong and powerful and said he has a 335 bench. The only returner on the OL is Joe Naples. Shifty RB Matt Schulenberg was the MVP of last season's 6-1-1 JV. DE Ryan Lange was second on the team in sacks with 4.5. Junior TE/LB Nick Swayne earned a late-season callup from JV last year. Junior DE/WR Hank Ransom has been a quick study.

Schedule

Sept. 3 at Sweet Home, 2 p.m.

Sept. 10 vs. Ken-East, 2 p.m.

Sept. 17 vs. Wmsv. North, 2 p.m.

Sept. 24 at Grand Island, 2 p.m.

Sept. 30 at No. Tonawanda, 7 p.m.

Oct. 6 vs. Wmsv. South, 4 p.m.

Oct. 15 vs. Starpoint, 2 p.m

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>Williamsville North

Nickname: Spartans (6-3)

Coach: Mike Mammoliti, 11th season

Outlook: The Spartans, division co-champs the last two years in Class AA, pick up with two-way starter G/NT Andrew Berg. Junior OT Tyler Green (6-6, 250) is coming off a year-long injury. The Spartans will go with sophomore Ryan Majewski at QB. Seniors WR/CB Trevor McDaniel and OL/DE Rob Stuewe are returning two-way starters. North looks for a big year from senior TE Brett Butler. Four starters return on both sides of the ball.

Schedule

Sept. 3 at Kenmore East, 2 p.m.

Sept. 9 at No. Tonawanda, 7 p.m.

Sept. 17 at Wmsv. East, 2 p.m.

Sept. 24 vs. McKinley, 2 p.m.

Oct. 1 vs. Grand Island, 2 p.m.

Oct. 6 at Amherst, 6 p.m.

Oct. 15 vs. Sweet Home, 2 p.m.