A look at the 2017 LeRoy Oatkan
Football Knights

The 2017 LeRoy Oatkan Knights football team is looking to make changes this year. First on the list is consistency. In the games they won last year the Knights outscored their opponents 121-20, but in the games that they lost it was by an average of 38 points. If the Knights are to have any chance at making a sectional title run, consistency on both sides of the ball is a must this season.

This fact was not overlooked by the program during the off-season. A commitment to resistance training was made by the players at the school and at various lifting establishments throughout the village. It started in November, shortly after Thanksgiving, and continued throughout the spring and summer. The results will be apparent as the program looks to view 2016 far back in the rear view mirror.

The 2017 campaign starts with a home opener at Hartwood Park against the Dansville Mustangs. Game 2 sees the Knights make the long trip southward to battle an always game Wayland Cohocton squad. The Knights return on Friday, September 15th, for the annual rival battle with the Cal-Mum/Byron Bergen Red Raiders at home. The three weeks following the CM-BB clash will see the Knights take on the likes of Avon, Notre Dame of Batavia, and Livonia, all on the road. The final regular season game with see the Knights hosting Letchworth/Warsaw at Hartwood on Friday the 13th in October. The Knights have their work cut out for them this season as Class C in Section 5 has 17 teams battling for the top 8 positions in the season-ending sectional playoffs.

The Knights return seven starters from last year's squad. Seniors Bryce Bordonaro, Tyler Rider, Luke Stella, Gaven Cassidy, Cole Biggins, along with juniors Reece Tresco and Bobby Locke will form the nucleus of the team. Sophomore Jake Hill has worked diligently in the off season and will start at quarterback.

Look for strong interior line play from seniors Jose Mendez, Tom Mellon, Steve Lyness, and Zach Boneberg. Seniors TY Williams, Gavin Luckey, Jake Gale, Ethan Roy, and Marcus Jackson will all be playing at a variety of positions.

Moving up from the JV squad and adding much to the team will be Kyler LaCarte, Jack Dempsey, Anthony Leitten, Kris McCowan, and Cody LaPaglia.

The coaching staff remains intact with head coach Brian Herdlein being assisted by Pete Greene, Jim Bonacquisti, John Whiting, and John Mangefrida. The JV Knights will be headed up by Ieon Koukides and Mike Humphrey. The Modified team will be led by newcomer and former Hornell and Alfred U star Austin Dwyer. Assisting Austin will be Travis Fenstermaker and John Piazza.


Luke Stella (22), Cole Biggins (2), Bryce Bordonaro (58), Tyler Rider (54)


Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator - Brian Herdlein

Pete Greene - Defensive Coordinator
Jim Bonacquisti - Special Teams

2017 LeRoy Oatkan Knights Varsity Football

Front Row 1: Jacob Gale, Gaven Cassidy, Jake Hill, Ethan Roy, Kyler LaCarte. Row 2: Jose Mendez, Kris McCowen, Gavin Luckey, TY Williams, Anthony Leitten, Bryce Bordonaro. Row 3: Marcus Jackson, Jack Dempsey, Steve Lyness, Tom Mellon, Cody LaPaglia. Row 4: Cole Biggins, Zach Boneberg, Reece Tresco, Bob Locke, Luke Stella, Tyler Rider.