Who’s who: The seven-team B North Division consists of the Albion Purple Eagles, Barker/Roy-Hart Raiders, Bennett Tigers, Burgard Bulldogs, Lew-Port Lancers, Medina Mustangs and Newfane Panthers.
The six-team B Central Division consists of the Alden Bulldogs, Amherst Tigers, Cheektowaga Warriors, Depew Wildcats, Maryvale Flyers and Tonawanda Warriors.
The seven-team B South Division consists of the Dunkirk Marauders, East Aurora Blue Devils, Eden Raiders, Fredonia Hillbillies, Olean Huskies, Pioneer Panthers and Springville Griffins.
This year’s alignment shift: Class B increases by three schools and expands from two divisions to three. Newfane moves up from C North to B North; Tonawanda moves up from C Central to B Central; Fredonia moves up from C South to B South.
Last year’s champion: Depew, which had lost to Alden seven straight times including once in the regular season, beat the Bulldogs, 28-26, after stopping a two-point conversion with 1:32 left in the B final. The Wildcats won their second Section VI title and went on to the state semifinals for the first time.
Last year’s records: B North – Cheektowaga 6-2, 6-0; Burgard 7-2, 5-1; Bennett 4-4, 4-2; Medina 5-4, 3-3; Albion 4-4, 3-3; Amherst 3-6, 3-3; Lew-Port 4-5, 2-4; Maryvale 2-7, 1-5; Barker/Roy-Hart 2-7, 0-6. B South – Alden 9-1, 6-0; Depew 9-3, 5-1; Pioneer 5-4, 4-2; Eden 5-4, 3-3; East Aurora 3-6, 2-4; Olean 5-4, 2-4; Springville 4-5, 2-4; Dunkirk 0-8, 0-6. Newfane 2-7, 2-4 in Class C North; Tonawanda 4-5, 3-3 in Class C Central; Fredonia 9-0, 6-1 in Class C South.
2013 All-Western New York underclassmen: Fredonia RB Matt McCarthy-11 (second team), Burgard DL Roderick Morrow-11 (third team), Burgard LB Darlell Sanders-11 (third team), Alden DB Lyle Grant-10 (third team), Medina QB Jason Hellwig-11 (HM), Depew RB Rodney Turner-11 (HM).
2013 all-league first-team underclassmen: Medina QB Jake Hellwig-11, Cheektowaga RB Marshawn Gibson-11, Cheektowaga OL Robert Wilson-11, Bennett FB Andrew White-11, Burgard OL Roderick Morrow-11, Amherst OL Byron Fowler-11, Amherst K Blake Haubeil-9. Burgard LB Darlell Sanders-11, Maryvale DE Marcus Ford-10, Alden RB Lyle Grant-10, Depew RB Rodney Turner-11, East Aurora K Mike Coatsworth-11, Springville LB Pat O’Brien-11, Pioneer DL Foster Dell-10; Tonawanda DB Tristan Boling-11, Fredonia RB Matt McCarthy-11, Fredonia OL Steve Mignoli-11, Fredonia DL Jake Rinus-11, Fredonia LB Tony Swierk-11.
Week One must-see games: Can’t get much better than this: Depew is at Alden Friday night at 7 in one of the best opening night kickoffs. There are seven other league games on the weekend, as well as two nice nonleaguers at 7 Friday when Maryvale hosts rival and two-time defending Class C champion Cleveland Hill and the brother-vs.-brother coaching matchup as Bennett and Steve McDuffie hosts Williamsville East and Chris McDuffie at Robert E. Rich All High Stadium.
Scrimmage Saturday: Saturday was the first day teams could scrimmage other schools. See photo galleries and video at BuffaloNews.com.
At BuffaloNews.com: Go to the high school home page to watch exclusive video of South Park coach Tim Delaney’s initial address to his team and look over the entire 2014 week-by-week schedule. The PrepTalkTV and live chat schedule will be released soon.
The countdown continues: Class A (Monday), Class AA (Tuesday) and the Monsignor Martin Association (Wednesday); Class C was Saturday and D was Friday. You can review them all at the high school sports home page at buffalonews.com.
Season preview coming Thursday: Our 12-page annual preview issue will have capsules and schedules for all 74 teams in Western New York, along with feature stories, photos, a must-see cover and everything else one needs to know about the 2014 season.
Attention coaches & ADs: As soon as they are determined, Section VI coaches need to send a roster – in spreadsheet form – to email@example.com. Monsignor Martin coaches should email rosters to firstname.lastname@example.org.
#PrepTalkLive at buffalonews.com: Every weekend, the place to monitor all of the Friday night and Saturday afternoon action is buffalonews.com and the Prep Talk blog. We will have video reports, photos, live updates from several top games and you will again be a part of the team via Twitter: Tweet game updates with the #PrepTalkLive hashtag and those will appear in our live blog.
– Keith McShea