20 Questions

With Season Opener Only Days Away, Test Your Local Gridiron Acumen

Many former high school football players and coaches from the western Southern Tier find their names in the New York State record book. Among them are Jamestown’s Jake Sisson, above. P-J file photo

The 2018 high school football season opens Friday night.

With that in mind, here’s a quiz to test your Southern Tier gridiron acumen and where the area greats — both players and coaches — stand amongst their peers in New York State.

A special shout-out goes to the New York State Sportswriters Association, and member Paul Hutzler, in particular, for his exhaustive research in putting the state records together.

The answers appear at the bottom of this story. For a complete list of state records, go to www.roadtosyracuse.com and then click on the “records and reference” icon.

1. Name the coaches from Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties — active and retired — who have at least 150 career coaching victories.

Many former high school football players and coaches from the western Southern Tier find their names in the New York State record book. Among them are and Randolph’s Chris Doubek (43). P-J file photo

2. This quarterback threw for more than 400 yards four times during the 2013 season, including a career-high 508 yards against Kenmore West, which is ninth on the state’s all-time list.

3. This quarterback completed 178 of 275 passes for 3,184 yards, which is fifth in state history.

4. This running back from northern Chautauqua County rushed for 458 yards on 24 carries in a single game in 1997.

5. Name the other area running backs to rush for more than 400 yards in a game.

6. This Cattaraugus County running back holds the Section VI record for most rushing yards in a season with 2,536, which places him him 25th in state history. He did it in 2013.

It will 20 years this fall since this individual hauled in 20 touchdown passes that helped the Maple Grove Red Dragons win a state championship. P-J file photo

7. This former Maple Grove quarterback is 20th on the state’s all-time career passing yards list with 5,915 from 1996-1999.

8. These two running backs find themselves in the state’s all-time top 15 in rushing yards. Name them.

9. This Maple Grove wideout had 300 receiving yards in a single game, one of just four players in state history to accomplish that feat. Name him.

10. This Frewsburg graduate finds himself 20th on the state’s all-time receiving yardage list, three spots ahead of a Jamestown grad. Name them.

11. Five area running backs have scored seven touchdowns in a single game. Can you name them?

12. This Jamestown High School running back is tied for fifth on the state list for touchdowns scored in a season with 47. Name him.

13. This current area high school coach is No. 7 on the state’s all-time touchdowns scored list. Name him.

14. This area quarterback is tied for 12th in state history for career touchdown passes with 71. Name him.

15. In 2011, this Jamestown kicker booted four field goals in a single game, which is good for third on the state’s all-time list. Can you name him?

16. Two area kickers made nine field goals in a season, good for sixth-best in state history. Name them.

17. Name the kickers who are tied for ninth with 16 career field goals made.

18. This area kicker is second on the state’s all-time single-season extra points made list with 73. Name him.

19. This Maple Grove graduate is 10th in all-time extra points kicked with 147. Name him.

20. This area graduate and current high school principal is tied for third in receiving touchdowns in a single season with 20. Can you name him?


1. Gene Masters, Brocton and Grand Island (248); Curt Fischer, Maple Grove and MG/Chautauqua Lake (221); Pat Slater, Randolph (213); Mike Foster, Olean and Canandaigua (199); Joe Sanfilippo, Jamestown (195); Bob Krenzer, Gowanda, Pine Valley, Sherman (192); Bill Race, Falconer (174); George Whitcher, Salamanca (167); Tim Bergan, Ellicottville (161); Wally Huckno, Jamestown (159); Jack Keeney, Panama (154); Howard McMullin, Clymer (152); 2. Jake Sisson, Jamestown; 3. Jake Sisson, Jamestown; 4. Larry Croft, Forestville; 5. Ryan Gernatt, Gowanda/Pine Valley, 41 carries, 428 yards (2017); Dustin Bowser, Southwestern, 31 carries, 408 yards (2003); 6. Chris Doubek, Randolph; 7. Randall Secky, Maple Grove; 8. Jehuu Caulcrick, Clymer, 6,559 (1999-2002); and Dustin Bowser, Southwestern, 5,883 (2001-03); 9. Joe Belforti in 1982 season; 10. Cordell O’Brien, 2,086 yards (2013-2016) and Stephen Carlson, 2,076 (2012-13); 11. Jason Parker, Falconer (1991); Nick Waldron, Franklinville (1995); Larry Croft, Forestville (1997); Carl Althans, Ellicottville (2001); Mike McCarthy, Fredonia (2013); 12. Aaron Leeper (2000); 13. Jehuu Caulcrick, Clymer, 101 (1999-02); 14. Randall Secky, Maple Grove (1996-99); 15. Spencer DeCinque; 16. Ryan Rambacher, Maple Grove (1996); and Tanner Hoose, Southwestern (2011); 17. Ryan Rambacher, Maple Grove (1996); and Tanner Hoose, Southwestern (2011); 18. Chris Secky, Maple Grove (2008); 19. Jordan Rambacher (1997-01); 20. Josh Liddell, Maple Grove (1998).