John Czech

School: Jamestown Position: DL

Height: 6-4 Weight: 215 Year: 12

Trench Trophy finalist. Class AA South Defensive Player of the Year. Versatile DE who can make tackles all the way down the line of scrimmage. Led Red Raiders with 112 tackles, 15 for loss, and 10 sacks. Led Jamestown to the Class AA title game, a share of the Class AA South title and an 8-2 record. Blocked a field goal against West Seneca West. Three-year starter.

Sean Murphy

School: Timon-St. Jude Position: DL

Height: 6-1 Weight: 285 Year: 12

Trench Trophy finalist. Had nine tackles in semifinal win vs. St. Joe’s. Described as “unblockable” by coach Charlie Comerford. Took on numerous double teams and still finished with 68 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles. Carried an OL that amassed 2,400 offensive yards. Considering Alfred. Three-year starter.

Tyler Studd

School: Springville Position: DL

Height: 6-3 Weight: 231 Year: 12

Trench Trophy finalist. DE with 13 sacks among his 68 tackles. Class B South Defensive Player of the Year. Three-year starter who finished with 20 career sacks in 24 games. Led Springville to its first appearance at The Ralph since 1997. Considering UB and Edinboro. Started both ways in three varsity seasons.

Alec Dietsch

School: Clarence Position: LB

Height: 6-0 Weight: 185 Year: 12

Led Red Devils with 105 tackles with interceptions vs. Lockport and Kenmore East. Had 115 yards receiving against West Genesee in season opener at the Carrier Dome. Had 22 catches for 361 yards. Was second team All-WNY LB last season. Also a lacrosse all-star. Considering Binghamton and Hobart. Two-year starter and captain. Carries a 96 average.

Ryan Johnson

School: W.S. East Position: LB

Height: 6-0 Weight: 205 Year: 12

Broke school record for tackles in a season (113) and in a career (238). Averaged approximately 10 tackles per game. Had 17 tackles at The Ralph against Alden and 12 more with an interception in playoff win over Williamsville South. Had four interceptions, returning one for a score. Three-year starter. Rushed for seven TDs and 260 yards. Played four games on a sprained ACL.

Rod Payne

School: St. Joe’s Position: LB

Height: 5-10 Weight: 205 Year: 11

Tenacious LB who finished with 108 tackles, 14 for loss. Had 17 tackles against rival Canisius and a fumble recovery. Against Aquinas had 12 tackles and added 118 yards rushing. “He’s a throwback kid, who plays non-stop. He plays like that in practice on Monday, he has one speed,” said coach Dennis Gilbert. At RB, finished with 841 yards on 106 carries and 11 TDs.

James Chambers

School: Lockport Position: LB

Height: 5-11 Weight: 185 Year: 12

Connolly Cup finalist. Exceptional all-around player with great instincts and one of the Lions’ hardest hitters. Class AA North Offensive Player of the Year. Holds school record for most points in a season (188), TDs in a season (31) and kickoff return average (39.5). At RB used his vision, patience and burst of speed to finish with 1,356 yards on 172 carries and 21 TDs. Had a seven-TD game against Niagara Falls.

Jackson Brown

School: Timon/St. Jude Position: LB

Height: 5-10 Weight: 215 Year: 12

Monsignor Martin Association Defensive Player of the Year. Tireless worker with 132 tackles at LB and 795 yards and 11 TDs at FB. Had 11 tackles and two forced fumbles in semifinal victory over St. Joe’s. Set the tone for his All-Western New York season with 124 yards rushing and 14 tackles in season-opening win at Williamsville South. Will attend Hobart and play Division I lacrosse.

Sean Marshall

School: Burgard Position: DB

Height: 6-2 Weight: 190 Year: 12

Class B West co-Defensive Player of the Year. Known for his big-play capability. Returned an interception a school record 99 yards against Depew in the playoffs and returned another 94 yards against Amherst. Caught a 35-yard Hail Mary over three defenders in a 16-12 win over Springville. On special teams had a 96-yard kickoff return and an 80-yard punt return, also threw a TD pass out of the Wildcat. Had 66 tackles.

Austin Mietz

School: Akron Position: DB

Height: 6-1 Weight: 190 Year: 12

Connolly Cup finalist. Had 51 tackles, two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. At QB, had 1,000 passing and 1,000 rushing yards. Rushed for 1,136 yards and 11 TDs and was 82 of 144 for 1,232 yards and 19 TDs. Led Tigers to homecoming win over Class C runner-up Fredonia. Carries 89 average. Three-year starter. Also played LB.

Andy Smigiera

School: W.S. East Position: DB

Height: 6-1 Weight: 190 Year: 12

Connolly Cup finalist. Had a school record 99-yard interception return vs. Williamsville South. Had 42 solo tackles, three interceptions in Trojans’ historic season. At QB, was 79 of 128 for a school record 1,192 yards, nine TDs. Rushed for 754 yards and nine TDs. Averaged 40.7 yards per punt with 10 of his 20 punts downed inside the 10-yard line. Finished with a career 2,388 yards passing.

Brad Zaffram

School: Sweet Home Position: U

Height: 6-0 Weight: 205 Year: 10

Made All-WNY in his first varsity season. Excelled at WR/LB/SS and on special teams. Scored receiving TD in state championship game. Was all over the field in state semifinal (INT, rushing TD, receiving TD, nine tackles). Helped rally Panthers to 28-21 overtime win over Eastridge making key tackles during Eastridge’s only OT possession.