Nickname: Pirates (5-4)
Coach: Dave Bodamer, first season
Outlook: The Pirates boast the top lineman in the league in senior Dan Lictus (6-3, 270), named first team all-state last year in Class D on the DL. Lictus led the team in tackles with 80 while Tom Heiser was close behind with 76. A pair of solid two-way players will carry the Pirates in the backfield, Tom Heiser and Jake Wiggers. Both were all-league a year ago. Seven return on both sides of the ball.
Sept. 1 at Sherman/Ripley, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 8 vs. Ell./West Valley, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 at Franklinville, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 vs. Forestville, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 vs. Panama, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 at Pine Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 vs. Cassadaga Valley, 1:30 p.m.
> Ellicottville/West Valley
Nickname: Eagles (4-4)
Coach: Tim Bergan, 28th season
Outlook: Tackle Will Murphy, end Storm Wilson and WR/LB Jake Renko are this year's captains. DL Dylan Paprocki was named a league all-star last year as a sophomore. Out-of-state transfer Lorenzo Smith brings speed to WR/S. Junior Cam Wilson gets the nod at QB. Among his targets will be Renko and Smith. Sophomore RB Phalla Musall had more than 700 yards last year.
Aug. 31 vs. Forestville, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 8 at Clymer, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 vs. Pine Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 at St. Mary's, 1 p.m.
Sept. 28 vs. Sherman/Ripley, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Panama, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 vs. Franklinville, 7:30 p.m.
Nickname: Hornets (1-7)
Coach: Scot Greenough, 16th season
Outlook: RB/LB Jake Nosbisch, WR/CB Adam Pleva and RB/S Nate Maines have been named captains. Senior Cody Jackson returns at G/DE. "Maines had a really good offseason. He's faster and much stronger than he was," said Greenough. The Hornets will start five sophomores: QB Ryan Forbes, TE/S Caleb Makuch, LB/G Mike Priest, T/T Dylan Powers and C/LB Dylan Robinson.
Aug. 31 at Ell./West Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 at Franklinville, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 Pamana, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 at Clymer, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 vs. Pine Valley, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 at Westfield/Brocton, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 vs. Sherman/Ripley, 1:30 p.m.
Nickname: Panthers (4-5)
Coach: Mark Blecha, 13th season
Outlook: Two juniors will play major roles for the Panthers, QB/DB Peter Kopp and RB/LB Jamie Greiner. Kopp was a league all-star along with senior OG Carl Retzel. Other seniors who will be counted on as two-way players are RB/DL Trent Dingman, WR/DB Christian Bigham, OL/DL Dean Cole, RB/LB Eric Michaelis and RB/DE Brandon Dutton.
Sept. 1 at Panama, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 vs. Forestville, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 vs. Clymer, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 at Pine Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 vs. Falconer, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Sherman/Ripley, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 at Ell./West Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Nickname: Panthers (5-3)
Coach: Chris Payne, 17th season
Outlook: RB Robbie Benson and TE Alec Blose are among five returning starters for the Panthers. Kelvin Eddy joins Benson in the backfield along with FB Stepen Enlow, up from a 7-1 JV squad. They'll run behind a veteran line that includes returnees Devin Ireland, Tanner Propheter, Tony Paterniti and Tyce Schneider. Dustin Smouse moves to guard after a solid year at JV. Sawyer Eggleston and Bryce Payne will battle at QB.
Sept. 1 vs. Franklinville, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 at Falconer, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 at Forestville, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 vs. Sherman/Ripley, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 at Clymer, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 vs Ell./West Valley, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Pine Valley, 7:30 p.m.
> Pine Valley
Nickname: Panthers (0-8)
Coach: Chris Buczek, 6th season
Outlook: The Panthers are thin on experience, with only two starters returning and two seniors. Pine Valley looks to get back on the winning track with returnees G/DT Lucas Trombley and RB/LB/PR Josh Kilburn.
G/DT Jake Wilcox is a 6-3, 300 junior. Pine Valley will count heavily on other returning players from last year's competitive JV team, including QB/LB Dan Weaver, TE/DE Bryce Jay, FB/LB Talon Snyder and WR/CB Mike Isula.
Sept. 1 at Cassadaga Valley, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 vs. Sherman/Ripley, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 at Ell./West Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 vs. Franklinville, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 at Forestville, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 vs. Clymer, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 vs. Panama, 7:30 p.m.
Nickname: Wildcats (7-3)
Coach: Bob Krenzer, 2nd season
Outlook: The Wildcats will count heavily on returning league all-star Trevor Enterline, a 5-9, 230-pound nose tackle. He had 95 tackles and three forced fumbles a year ago. Another strong lineman is senior Jacob Toy. Two key juniors are QB/DB Andrew Graham and RB/WR Devin Morehead. Seven return on both sides of the ball.
Sept. 1 vs. Clymer, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 at Pine Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 vs. Westfield/Brocton, 1:30
Sept. 22 at Panama, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 at Ell./West Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 vs. Franklinville, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Forestville, 1:30 p.m.