The Buffalo Bills are once again proudly partnering with ADPRO Sports in 2018, to recognize some of the best high school football coaches Western New York has to offer, through the High School Coach of the Week program. Throughout the 2018 high school football season, the Bills and ADPRO Sports will recognize 11 coaches from both the Buffalo and Rochester regions on buffalobills.com. The winners will be selected by a committee of high school football experts from each region.
Winning coaches will receive a $1,000 grant for their school's football program, a framed certificate recognizing their accomplishment and an invitation to join the Bills on-field Dec. 16, for a pregame ceremony prior to kickoff against the Detroit Lions. At the game, a High School Coach of the Year will be honored from each region, with those winners receiving an additional $1,000 for their football program.
The Buffalo region Coach of the Week for Week 7 is Jehuu Caulcrick, head coach of the Southwestern Trojans. Caulcrick, who spent time in the NFL, including a brief stint in 2010 with the Bills, recently led his team to a 47-26 win over rival Cassadaga Valley/Falconer. With the victory, the Trojans clinched the C South Division Title, advancing to 7-0 on the campaign.
Although the final score doesn't reflect it, the Trojans fell behind 12-0 in the first quarter. However, the team rallied to overcome the deficit and go into the second quarter with a 14-12 lead. The Trojans extended the score before the half when senior quarterback Cole Synder connected with sophomore running back Zishan Munir on a 40-yard touchdown pass. Cole finished the contest 16-of-24 for 224 yards and give touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Alex Card also helped on offense, managing seven receptions for 125 yards and a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown.
The Trojans will host Gowanda/Pine Valley Central for the first round of the Class C playoffs on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
The Rochester region Coach of the Week for Week 7 is Brian Touranjoe, head coach of the East Rochester-Gananda Bombers. On Friday, Oct. 12, Touranjoe, who has been coaching for 31 years but is in his first year as head coach for the Bombers, led his team to a big 43-14 win over Palmyra-Macedon. With the victory, the Bombers advanced to 6-1 on the season and are ranked as the top seed in the upcoming Class C playoffs.
The Bombers came out strong in the game and found themselves with a healthy 30-0 lead at the half. Paving the way for East Rochester-Gananda on offense was running back Jayden Castrechini, who rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. On defense, Corwyn Cleveland led the unit with eight tackles and three for a loss.
Next up, East Rochester-Gananda will host Waterloo in the first round of the playoffs. The matchup is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m.
Check back on Buffalobills.com each week for the announcement of the Coach of the Week winners and tune in to One Bills Live each Tuesday afternoon to hear the winners announced on the show. Good luck to all of the high school football coaches this season from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports!