By PAUL GOTHAM
Spots in the New York State semi-finals will be up for grabs when Section V squads travel west to face Section VI. The 2021 Far West Regionals open Friday and continue Saturday with a triple-header at Williamsville South High School. Here is the breakdown…
CLASS D REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
OAKFIELD-ALABAMA/ELBA AGGIES (11-0, No. 3 NYSSWA Class D) vs. RANDOLPH CARDINALS (10-0, No. 2 NYSSWA Class D)
How they arrived here: Oakfield-Alabama/Elba (No. 3 NYSSWA Class D) opened sectionals with a 68-8 win over No. 8 seed Clyde-Savannah in the quarterfinals before beating No. 5 seed Caledonia-Mumford/Byron-Bergen, 54-20, in the semifinals and Avon, 26-21 in the finals. Randolph (No. 2 NYSSWA Class D) opened the post-season with a 46-0 win over Portville and reached regionals with a 26-0 victory over FEville.
Players to Watch for Oakfield-Alabama/Elba: Gaige Armbrewster Sr. RB/DB 127 carries, 1,424 rushing yards, 18 rushing touchdowns; Noah Currier Jr. RB/DB 49 carries, 695 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns, eight receptions, 216 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns, two kickoff return touchdowns, one punt return touchdown; CJ Gottler Sr. OL/DL 96 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, four sacks, three fumble recoveries; Bodie Hyde So. QB/LB 69 carries, 592 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns, 33-52 passing, 605 passing yards, nine passing touchdowns, 77 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, one forced fumble; Kameron Cusmano Sr. WR/LB six catches, 86 yards, two touchdowns, 77 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one blocked punt; Connor Scott Jr. RB/LB 25 carries, 217 yards, three touchdowns, 49 tackles, two tackles for a loss, two sacks, four fumble recoveries (two returned for touchdowns), two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), one blocked punt returned for a touchdown.
Players to Watch for Randolph: Christian Burch Sr. RB 30 carries, 183 yards, five touchdowns; Ryan Carpenter Jr. OL/DL 37 tackles, three sacks; Carson Conley Jr. QB 13-27 passing, 214 yards, four touchdowns; Xander Hind Jr. RB/LB 212 carries, 1,745 yards (longest run 77 yards), 24 touchdowns two receptions, 59 yards, two touchdowns; Jaiden Huntington Jr. TE/MLB seven receptions, 125 yards, two touchdowns, 83 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions; Luke Pagett Sr. RB/DB 84 carries, 660 yards (longest run 75 yards), 10 touchdowns, 65 tackles, one sack; Payton Slade Jr. LB 57 tackles, one fumble recovery.
Coaches: Tyler Winter (Oakfield-Alabama/Elba), Brent Brown (Randolph)
A 5 p.m. kickoff is scheduled Friday at Strider Field, Jamestown High School
CLASS A REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
CANANDAIGUA BRAVES (11-0, No. 3 NYSSWA Class A) vs. JAMESTOWN RED RAIDERS (11-0, No. 2 NYSSWA Class A)
How they arrived here: Canandaigua (No. 3 NYSSWA Class A) defeated No. 4 seed Greece Arcadia, 34-6 in the Class A2 semi-finals before beating No. 2 seed Spencerport, 41-14 for its third straight sectional title. The Braves advanced to regionals with a 16-14 win over UPrep. Jamestown (No. 2 NYSSWA Class A) started the post-season with a 54-8 win over Lockport and then defeated Williamsville-South, 49-14 and Frontier, 41-0 to reach Saturday’s matchup.
Players to Watch for Canandaigua: Bryan Boldrin Sr. QB/DB 74-109 passing, 1,571 passing yards (longest 88 yards), 20 passing touchdowns, 27 carries, 92 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, one reception, three receiving yards, one receiving touchdown, four interceptions, one interception returned for a touchdown; Brady Comella Sr. RB/LB 56 carries, 400 rushing yards, 10 touchdowns, 10 receptions, 180 receiving yards (longest 80 yard), three touchdowns; Ryan Gavette Sr. RB/LB 84 carries, 784 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, three receptions, 123 receiving yards (longest 70 yards), two receiving touchdowns, one kickoff return touchdown; Jaxon Grant Sr. WR/LB 25 catches, 566 receiving yards (longest 64 yards), seven receiving touchdowns, 14 carries, 186 rushing yards, 4-4 passing, 103 yards, two touchdowns, one interception.
Players to watch for Jamestown: Ben Anderson Sr. RB/LB 57 carries, 591 yards (longest 62 yards), six rushing touchdowns, 135 tackles (31 tackles for loss), nine sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries; Caleb Bane Sr. OL/DL 58 tackles (16 tackles for a loss), three sacks; Jaylen Butera Sr. RB/DB 208 carries, 1,915 yards (longest 84 yards) 32 touchdowns, 18 catches, 373 yards (longest 76 yards), six touchdowns; Trey Drake Jr. QB 75-122 passing, 1,237 yards (longest 76 yards), 13 touchdowns; Jarel Farmer Jr. WR/DB 52 tackles (14 tackles for loss), 10 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery; Sincere Green Sr. DB 56 tackles (one for loss), five interceptions, one forced fumble; Colin Melendez Jr. WR/LB 17 catches, 250 yards (longest 43 yards), one touchdown; Sean O’Brien Jr. DE 109 tackles (15 tackles for a loss), four sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries; Radon Wright Jr. RB 45 carries, 417 yards (longest 53 yards), four touchdowns.
Coaches: Jeff Welch (Canandaigua), Thomas Langworthy (Jamestown)
An 8 p.m. kickoff is scheduled Friday at Strider Field, Jamestown, New York.
CLASS C REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
EAST ROCHESTER/GANANDA BOMBERS (11-0, No. 5 NYSSWA Class C) vs. MEDINA MUSTANGS (11-0, No. 1 NYSSWA Class C)
How they arrived here: East Rochester/Gananda (No. 5 NYSSWA Class C) opened with a 46-8 win over No. 8 seed Marcus Whitman/Bloomfield in the quarterfinals and advanced past No. 5 seed Letchworth/Warsaw/Perry, 28-13, in the semifinals. Medina (No.1 NYSSWA Class C) started sectionals with a 30-14 victory over Eden/North Collins. The Mustangs went on to beat Lackawanna (32-0) and Fredonia (58-6) to reach Saturday’s state quarter-final.
Players to Watch for East Rochester/Gananda: Jeremy Blanchard Jr. TE/DE 41 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks; Caleb Carpenter So. RB/DE 40 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack; Miles Caviness So. WR/LB 19 receptions, 349 receiving yards, six receiving touchdowns; Mike Daniels Jr. RB/LB 50 tackles, five tackles for loss; Chaunsey Gilbert Sr. RB/DB 1,062 rushing yards, 17 rushing touchdowns, 148 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns, 32 tackles, two interceptions; Carter Lathrop Sr. QB/DB 1,522 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, 268 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns; Cole Ricci Sr. OL/DL 71 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception returned for a touchdown; Manny Sepulveda Jr. WR/DB 49 receptions, 913 receiving yards, 14 receiving touchdowns, 18 tackles, five interceptions.
Players to Watch for Medina: Robert Arnold So. RB/DE 42 carries, 302 yards (longest-34), four touchdowns; Joe Cecchini Sr. DE 53 tackles, six tackles for loss, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles; Xander Payne Sr. QB 89-159 passing, 1,386 yards (longest-65 yards), 21 touchdowns, 44 carries, 394 yards (longest-72), seven touchdowns; Iverson Poole Sr. RB/DB 67 carries, 576 yards (longest- 66), 10 touchdowns, 10 receptions, 177 yards (longest-48), four touchdowns, 39 tackles (six for loss), four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown); Jarin Rhim Sr. WR/DE 32 receptions, 421 yards (longest-40), seven touchdowns; Noah Skinner Jr. FB/LB 73 carries, 669 yards (longest-55), eight touchdowns, 68 tackles, six sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries; Greg Thompson Sr. WR/DB 35 carries, 536 yards (longest-82), five touchdowns, 17 receptions, 370 yards (longest-65); Hayden Woodroe Sr. DB 54 tackles (two for loss), one sack three interceptions.
Coaches: Brian Touranjoe (East Rochester/Gananda), Eric Valley (Medina)
A 12 p.m. kickoff is scheduled Saturday at Williamsville-South High School.
CLASS B REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
BATAVIA BLUE DEVILS (10-1, No. 2 NYSSWA Class B) vs. WESTERN NEW YORK MARITIME CHARTER/HEALTH SCIENCES FALCONS ( 9-2, No. 8 NYSSWA Class B)
How they arrived here: Batavia (No. 2 NYSSWA Class B) started the post-season with a 35-0 victory over No. 7 seed Newark/Marion in the quarterfinals, then beat No. 3 seed Wayne, 60-21, in the semifinals and top-seeded Honeoye Falls-Lima (22-14) in the finals. WNY Maritime/Health Sciences (No. 8 NYSWWA Class B) defeated Pioneer (36-0) to open sectionals, advanced vis forfeit in the semi-finals and beat Iroquois (62-12) to reach regionals.
Players to Watch for Batavia: Aidan Anderson Jr. RB/LB 138 carries, 995 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns, 13 receptions, 181 receiving yards, one receiving touchdown; Kaden Marucci Sr. TE/LB 88 tackles (12 for loss), three interceptions, one defensive touchdown; Cam McClinic Jr. ATH/DB 46 carries, 445 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns; Carter McFollins Jr. WR/LB 23 receptions, 330 receiving yards, seven receiving touchdowns, 20 carries, 196 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, four interceptions; Ja’Vin McFollins Jr. WR/DB 16 receptions, 449 receiving yards, eight receiving touchdowns, 10-15 passing, 129 yards, two passing touchdowns; Matthew McWethy Jr. OL/LB 46 tackles (14 for loss), one interception, one forced fumble; Jesse Reinhart Sr. QB/DB 85-130 passing, 1,445 passing yards, 22 passing touchdowns, 33 carries, 247 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns.
Players to Watch for WNY Maritime/Health Sciences: Braylen Boyd Sr. RB/LB 54 carries, 630 yards (longest – 25 yards), four touchdowns, 39 tackles, two sacks; Addison Copeland Sr. WR/DB 22 carries, 319 yards, four rushing touchdowns, seven receptions, 240 yards, three touchdowns, 45 tackles, three sacks; Jameer Thomas So. WR/RB/DB 35 carries, 461 yards (longest – 85 yards), three rushing touchdowns, two receptions, 75 yards, one touchdown; Damien Littleton Sr. RB/DE 108 carries, 1,157 yards (longest-30 yards), 13 touchdowns; Nyjuan Littlejohn Jr. RB/LB 38 tackles, one interception; Montrice Webster So. QB/DE 15-27 passing, 381 yards (longest – 28 yards), five touchdowns, 32 tackles, seven sacks; David Wright Sr. OL/DT 86 tackles, eight sacks.
Coaches: Brennan Briggs (Batavia), Ty Parker (Western New York Maritime Charter/Health Sciences)
A 3:15 p.m. kickoff is scheduled Saturday at Williamsville-South High School.
CLASS AA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
MCQUAID JESUIT KNIGHTS (9-1, No. 4 NYSSWA Class AA) vs. BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL TIGERS (9-1, No. 11 NYSSWA Class AA)
How they arrived here: McQuaid (No. 4 NYSSWA Class AA) earned a quarterfinals bye and opened sectionals with a 27-6 win over No. 5 seed Victor in the semifinals before beating Aquinas for a third straight title. Bennett started the post-season with a 70-20 win over Orchard Park before beating Lancaster in the finals 14-10.
Players to Watch for McQuaid: Kendal Burno Sr. RB/LB 128 tackles (15 for loss/103 solo), four pass break-ups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery; Xaye Collier Jr. WR/DB 29 receptions, 415 receiving yards, four receiving touchdowns, 250 return yards, one return touchdown, 20 tackles, 10 pass break-ups, seven interceptions, one forced fumble; Joey Leuzzi Sr. WR/CB 25 receptions, 400 receiving yards, nine receiving touchdowns, 270 return yards, two return touchdowns; John Mahar Sr. QB 2,000 passing yards, 16 yards/per completion, 60 percent completion rate 25 passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns; Sean Oberlies Sr. RB/R 115 carries, 660 rushing yards, seven rushing touchdowns; Parris Smiley Sr. WR/R 35 receptions, 790 receiving yards, nine receiving touchdowns, 90 tackles (five for loss0, three sacks, six pass break-ups, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery.
Players to Watch for Bennett: Dominac Allen Sr. RB/DB 151 carries, 1,954 rushing yards (longest-95), 20 rushing touchdowns; Torey Anderson Sr. RB/LB 83 carries, 814 rushing yards (longest – 62 yards), seven touchdowns; Ahmad Bradberry Sr. WR/DB seven receptions, 197 yards (longest – 77 yards), one touchdown; Antonio Davis III Jr. QB 35-86 passing, 760 yards (longest – 77 yards), nine touchdowns; Jayden Lewis Jr. WR/OLB 11 receptions, 346 yards (longest – 71 yards), four touchdowns, 57 tackles (five for loss) nine interceptions, four fumble recoveries, six defensive touhcdowns; Rashard Perry Jr. OL/DL 88 tackles (nine for loss), 17 sacks; Delshon Taylor So. OL/DL 39 tackles (three for loss), 18 sacks; Jamario Toliver So FB/LB 50 carries, 377 yards (longest – 45 yards), four touchdowns;
Coaches: Bobby Bates (McQuaid), Steve McDuffie (Bennett)
A 6:30 p.m. kickoff is scheduled Saturday at Williamsville-South High School.
RED JACKET INDIANS (9-0, No. 1 NYSSWA Class 8-Man) vs. WEST CANADA VALLEY (8-1)
Players to Watch for Red Jacket: Kyle DaMore Sr. QB/DB 714 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, 1,095 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns; Daltyn Hanline Sr. WR/DB 416 receiving yards, nine receiving touchdowns; Parker Moore Sr. RB/LB 614 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns; Mason Pollot Sr. RB/LB 420 rushing yards, five rushing touchdowns; James Sibeto Jr. WR/DB 120 receiving yards, four receiving touchdowns.
A 6 p.m. kickoff is scheduled Friday at Westhill High School in Syracuse.