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Section VI Releases 2020 Football Schedule
Clymer/Sherman/Panama will begin its title defense Friday, Sept. 11.
It won’t be easy.
The Wolfpack — New York State Public High School Athletic Association back-to-back Class D champions — have been moved up to Class C for the upcoming season and they’ll play in the South Division.
They’ll open their season in Mayville against Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Brocton without graduating senior quarterback Gerrit Hinsdale and wide receiver/defensive end Cameron Bamore, who were co-New York State Sportswriters Association Players of the Year.
Clymer/Sherman/Panama head coach Ty Harper’s cupboard is by no means bare, he’ll return all-state selections John Swabik, Jordan Svetz, Brendon Ramsey, Alex Dunnewold, Connor Cooper and Zach Chase.
Southwestern, a new league foe of Clymer/Sherman/Panama and the defending Section VI Class C champion, will open at home against Fredonia. The Trojans return Second-Team all-state quarterback Aidan Kennedy; Second-Team all-state Zishan Munir linebacker; and Honorable-Mention all-state lineman Drew Wigren, but lose running back Tywon Wright — 2019’s Post-Journal Player of the Year — defensive end/tight end Conrad Thomas, lineman Cooper Pannes and wide receiver/defensive back Dom Certo to graduation.
Franklinville/Ellicottville, which handed Clymer/Sherman/Panama its only loss during the regular season before the Wolfpack flipped the script at New Era Field, will open its season Saturday, Sept. 12 at Allegany-Limestone. The Titans return First-Team all-state quarterback Logan Frank.
After returning to Class AA following a 2018 season in Class A, Jamestown is back in Class A1 and will open its season Friday, Sept. 11 at Strider Field against Kenmore West. The Red Raiders return Sixth-Team all-state running back Savon VanSickle.
Chad Bartoszek will open his second season at the helm in Salamanca with a Friday night road matchup in Randolph, Dunkirk will host WNY Maritime/Health Sciences, Gowanda/Pine Valley will host Springville and Silver Creek/Forestville will travel to Portville. On opening Saturday, Dan Greco and Curt Fischer will take their Cassadaga Valley/Falconer team to Cattaraugus-Little Valley.
The final weekend of the season will once again feature several rivalry matchups. Although a nonleague battle this season, Jamestown will travel to Orchard Park on Friday, Oct. 23. Southwestern will take on Cassadaga Valley/Falconer under the lights at Bill Race Field, Silver Creek/Forestville will travel to Salamanca and Franklinville/Ellicottville will host Cattaraugus-Little Valley in Ellicottville. Clymer/Sherman/Panama will close its season Saturday, Oct. 24 with a matchup against Fredonia in Clymer.
Several interesting matchups dot the calendar throughout the regular season.
In Week 2, Jamestown will play its first road game at Grand Island and Randolph will host nonleague Springville on Friday night before a Saturday afternoon showdown between Franklinville/Ellicottville and Clymer/Sherman/Panama in Clymer.
Week 3 will feature a Jamestown-McKinley matchup at Riverside Field on Friday night as well as defending sectional champions Southwestern and Clymer/Sherman/Panama meeting Saturday afternoon in Panama.
Dunkirk and Fredonia will renew their rivalry in Week 4 with a Friday, Oct. 2 date at the Orange Bowl.
In Week 5, Southwestern will host Wilson in a playoff rematch from the past two seasons. Both times, the Trojans needed overtime before knocking off the Lakemen in dramatic fashion.
Jamestown will play its lone Saturday game of the season in Week 6 on Oct. 17 when it travels to Lockport. That same afternoon, Greco, Fischer and the Golden Cougars will travel to Sherman to take on Clymer/Sherman/Panama.
No local teams will play in Class AA while Jamestown will be joined by Lockport, Niagara-Wheatfield, West Seneca West, Hamburg, Kenmore West, McKinley and Grand Island in Class A1.
Dunkirk is the lone local Class B school, playing in Class B2 against Lake Shore, Western New York Maritime/Health Sciences, Olean, Maryvale, Albion and Depew.
Gowanda/Pine Valley will play in Class C Central against Lackawanna, Springville, Alden, Eden/North Collins and JFK while Class C South will be made up of Fredonia, Cassadaga Valley/Falconer, Southwestern, Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Brocton, Allegany-Limestone and Clymer/Sherman/Panama.
Portville, Salamanca, Silver Creek/Forestville, Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Franklinville/Ellicottville and Randolph will comprise the Class D league.
Eight-man football will return to Frewsburg and Maple Grove this fall, but this year they will be joined by Royalton-Hartland/Barker/Lyndonville. The three will still play a Section-V heavy schedule that has yet to be released.
SECTION VI FOOTBALL ALIGNMENTS
Hutch-Tech/Buffalo Public Schools, Bennett/Buffalo Public Schools, Niagara Falls, Lancaster, Orchard Park, Clarence, Frontier, Williamsville North
Jamestown, Lockport, Niagara-Wheatfield, West Seneca West, Hamburg, Kenmore West, McKinley, Grand Island
Sweet Home, North Tonawanda, South Park, Williamsville East, Kenmore East, Starpoint, Amherst, Williamsville South
West Seneca East, Burgard/Buffalo Arts, East Aurora/Holland, Iroquois, Pioneer, Cheektowaga, Lewiston-Porter
Lake Shore, Western New York Maritime/Health Sciences, Olean, Maryvale, Dunkirk, Albion, Depew
CLASS C NORTH
Tonawanda, Newfane, Medina, Akron, Wilson, Cleveland Hill
CLASS C CENTRAL
Lackawanna, Springville, Alden, Eden/North Collins, JFK, Gowanda/Pine Valley
CLASS C SOUTH
Fredonia, Cassadaga Valley/Falconer, Southwestern, Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Brocton, Allegany-Limestone, Clymer/Sherman/Panama
Portville, Salamanca, Silver Creek/Forestville, Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Franklinville/Ellicottville, Randolph
Maple Grove, Frewsburg, Royalton-Hartland/Barker/Lyndonville
2020 SECTION VI FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
All Thursday and Friday games at 7 p.m. unless noted
All Saturday games at 2 p.m. unless noted
Thursday, Sept. 10
Lockport at Hamburg
JFK at Alden, 6 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 11
Canisius vs. Bennett/Buffalo Public Schools at All-High Stadium
Niagara-Wheatfield at Grand Island
Hutch-Tech/Buffalo Public Schools at Clarence
Orchard Park at Williamsville North
Frontier at Lancaster
Sweet Home at Starpoint
North Tonawanda at Williamsville South
Kenmore West at Jamestown
West Seneca West vs. McKinley at Riverside Field
Williamsville East at Medina
East Aurora/Holland at West Seneca East
Burgard/Buffalo Arts at Iroquois
Pioneer at Cheektowaga
Newfane at Lewiston-Porter
Lake Shore at Eden/North Collins
Western New York Maritime/Health Sciences at Dunkirk, 7:30 p.m.
Maryvale at Olean
Depew at Albion
Fredonia at Southwestern
Clymer/Sherman/Panama vs. Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Brocton at Chautauqua Lake
Springville at Gowanda/Pine Valley
Silver Creek/Forestville at Portville
Salamanca at Randolph
Saturday, Sept. 12
South Park at Niagara Falls
Akron at St. Mary’s, 1 p.m.
Tonawanda at Lackawanna, 1 p.m.
Cassadaga Valley/Falconer at Cattaraugus-Little Valley, 6 p.m.
Wilson at Cleveland Hill
Amherst at Kenmore East, 7 p.m.
Franklinville/Ellicottville at Allegany-Limestone, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 17
Williamsville South at Sweet Home
Williamsville North at Frontier
Starpoint at Williamsville East
Bennett/Buffalo Public Schools at Clarence
Kenmore East vs. South Park at All-High Stadium
Friday, Sept. 18
Silver Creek/Forestville at East Aurora/Holland
West Seneca West at Hamburg
Burgard/Buffalo Arts at West Seneca East
Lancaster at Orchard Park
Amherst at North Tonawanda
Jamestown at Grand Island
Iroquois at Cheektowaga
Lewiston-Porter at Pioneer
Dunkirk at Lake Shore
Western New York Maritime/Health Sciences at Depew
Olean at Southwestern
Albion at Maryvale
Fredonia at Portville
Cassadaga Valley/Falconer at Allegany-Limestone
Salamanca at Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Brocton
Lackawanna at Eden/North Collins
Springville at Randolph
JFK at Wilson
Gowanda/Pine Valley at Cattaraugus-Little Valley
Newfane at Medina
Tonawanda at Akron
Saturday, Sept. 19
Hutch-Tech/Buffalo Public Schools at Niagara Falls, 4 p.m.
Niagara-Wheatfield at Lockport
McKinley at Kenmore West
Franklinville/Ellicottville vs. Clymer/Sherman/Panama at Clymer, 1:30 p.m.
Alden at St. Mary’s
Timon at Cleveland Hill
Thursday, Sept. 24
Frontier vs. Bennett/Buffalo Public Schools at All-High Stadium
Cheektowaga vs. Burgard/Buffalo Arts at Riverside Field
Lackawanna at JFK, 5 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 25
Clarence at Lancaster
Starpoint at Williamsville South
North Tonawanda at Kenmore East
Williamsville East at Amherst
Niagara-Wheatfield at West Seneca West
Jamestown vs. McKinley at Riverside Field
Pioneer at East Aurora/Holland
West Seneca East at Lewiston-Porter
Iroquois at Timon
Maryvale at Lake Shore
Albion at Olean
Depew at Dunkirk, 7:30 p.m.
Allegany-Limestone at Fredonia
Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Brocton vs. Cassadaga Valley/Falconer at Falconer
Alden at Springville
Eden/North Collins at Gowanda/Pine Valley
Medina at Tonawanda
Wilson at Akron
Portville at Salamanca
Cattaraugus-Little Valley at Silver Creek/Forestville
Randolph vs. Franklinville/Ellicottville at Ellicottville
Saturday, Sept. 26
Niagara Falls at Orchard Park, 1 p.m.
Grand Island at Lockport
Hamburg at Kenmore West
Western New York Maritime/Health Sciences at Canisius, 1 p.m.
Southwestern vs. Clymer/Sherman/Panama at Panama, 1:30 p.m.
Williamsville North vs. Hutch-Tech/Buffalo Public Schools at Riverside Field
Cleveland Hill at Newfane
South Park at Sweet Home
Thursday, Oct. 1
Bennett/Buffalo Public Schools at Niagara Falls, 4:30 p.m.
South Park at North Tonawanda
Amherst vs. McKinley at Riverside Field
Friday, Oct. 2
Orchard Park at Frontier
Lancaster at Williamsville North
Lockport at Clarence
Kenmore East at Starpoint
Sweet Home at Williamsville East
St. Francis at Williamsville South
Hamburg at Jamestown
Kenmore West at Niagara-Wheatfield
West Seneca West at Grand Island
West Seneca East at Iroquois
Lewiston-Porter vs. Burgard/Buffalo Arts at Riverside Field
East Aurora/Holland at Cheektowaga
Pioneer at Springville
Lake Shore at Albion
Clymer/Sherman/Panama at Allegany-Limestone
Olean at Depew
Dunkirk at Fredonia
Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Brocton at Southwestern
Lackawanna at Alden
Eden/North Collins at Silver Creek/Forestville
Tonawanda at Wilson
Portville at Randolph
Timon vs. Franklinville/Ellicottville at Franklinville
Cardinal O’Hara at Cattaraugus-Little Valley
Saturday, Oct. 3
St. Mary’s vs. Hutch-Tech/Buffalo Public Schools at Riverside Field
Maryvale vs. Western New York Maritime/Health Sciences at TBA
Akron at Newfane
Medina at Cleveland Hill
Gowanda/Pine Valley at JFK, 1:30 p.m.
Salamanca vs. Cassadaga Valley/Falconer at Cassadaga Valley, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8
Depew at Maryvale
Alden at Eden/North Collins
Friday, Oct. 9
Williamsville North vs. Bennett/Buffalo Public Schools at All-High Stadium
Hutch-Tech/Buffalo Public Schools at Frontier
Clarence at Orchard Park
North Tonawanda at Starpoint
Williamsville South vs. South Park at Riverside Field
Williamsville East at Kenmore East
Niagara-Wheatfield at Jamestown
Lockport at West Seneca West
McKinley at Hamburg
Amherst at Sweet Home
Cheektowaga at West Seneca East
Lewiston-Porter at East Aurora/Holland
Iroquois at Pioneer
Western New York Maritime/Health Sciences at Lake Shore
Olean at Dunkirk, 7:30 p.m.
Albion at Medina
Cassadaga Valley/Falconer at Fredonia
Wilson at Southwestern
Clymer/Sherman/Panama at Salamanca
JFK at Springville
Silver Creek/Forestville at Gowanda/Pine Valley
Cleveland Hill at Tonawanda
Timon at Akron, 7:30 p.m.
Franklinville/Ellicottville at Portville
Randolph at Cattaraugus-Little Valley
Saturday, Oct. 10
Grand Island at Kenmore West
Burgard/Buffalo Arts at St. Mary’s
Newfane at Lackawanna, 1 p.m.
Allegany-Limestone vs. Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Brocton at Chautauqua Lake, 7 p.m.
Niagara Falls at Lancaster, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 15
Iroquois at Lewiston-Porter
Newfane at Tonawanda
Lake Shore at Depew
Williamsville East vs. South Park at All-High Stadium
Friday, Oct. 16
Orchard Park vs. Bennett/Buffalo Public Schools at All-High Stadium
Frontier at Clarence
Niagara Falls at Williamsville North
Hamburg at Grand Island
Sweet Home at North Tonawanda
Kenmore East at Williamsville South
Starpoint at Amherst
McKinley at Niagara-Wheatfield
Kenmore West at West Seneca West
West Seneca East at Pioneer
Burgard/Buffalo Arts at East Aurora/Holland
Maryvale at Cheektowaga
Dunkirk at Albion
Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Brocton at Fredonia
Southwestern at Allegany-Limestone
Gowanda/Pine Valley at Alden
JFK at Eden/North Collins
Medina at Wilson
Cattaraugus-Little Valley at Salamanca
Franklinville/Ellicottville at Silver Creek/Forestville
Randolph at Timon
Saturday, Oct. 17
Jamestown at Lockport
Olean at Western New York Maritime/Health Sciences at TBA
Springville at Lackawanna, 1 p.m.
Akron at Cleveland Hill
Portville at St. Mary’s, 1 p.m.
Lancaster vs. Hutch-Tech/Buffalo Public Schools at Riverside Field
Cassadaga Valley/Falconer vs. Clymer/Sherman/Panama at Sherman, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 22
Bennett/Buffalo Public Schools vs. Hutch-Tech/Buffalo Public Schools at Riverside Field, 6 p.m.
Williamsville North at Starpoint
Akron at Medina
Pioneer vs. Burgard/Buffalo Arts at All-High Stadium
Friday, Oct. 23
Jamestown at Orchard Park
Depew at Lancaster
Frontier at Hamburg
Grand Island at Sweet Home
North Tonawanda at Tonawanda, 6 p.m.
Clarence at Niagara Falls
South Park at Amherst
Williamsville South at Williamsville East
Kenmore West at Kenmore East
Alden at Niagara-Wheatfield
West Seneca West at West Seneca East
East Aurora/Holland at Iroquois
Cheektowaga at Lewiston-Porter
Lake Shore at Olean
Western New York Maritime/Health Sciences at Albion
Dunkirk at Maryvale
Chautauqua Lake/Westfield/Brocton at Randolph
Allegany-Limestone at Portville
Southwestern vs. Cassadaga Valley/Falconer at Falconer
Silver Creek/Forestville at Salamanca
Cattaraugus-Little Valley vs. Franklinville/Ellicottville at Ellicottville
Saturday, Oct. 24
Lockport vs. McKinley at Riverside Field
Fredonia vs. Clymer/Sherman/Panama at Clymer, 1:30 p.m.
Gowanda/Pine Valley at Lackawanna, 1 p.m.
Cleveland Hill at JFK, 1:30 p.m.
Wilson at Newfane
Eden/North Collins at Springville, 11 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 30
Portville at Cattaraugus-Little Valley
Salamanca vs. Franklinville/Ellicottville at Franklinville
Randolph at Silver Creek/Forestville