Lancaster Legends History

Lancaster Legends Football History

On Friday Night the Lancaster Football Team will travel to Clarence High School to play the Red Devils.

They will begin the night by meeting at Foyle-Kling Field. They will throw the ball around, talk, chat, meet with the coaches and gather their equipment. They will picture how the game will play out in their heads.

All the while there will be the presence of those who have come before who have done the same routines, run the same routes, put on the equipment and faced another opponent.

Here are a few of those who have been recognized as some of the best to play the game at Lancaster High School.

All-WNY, 1st Team All Conference


Lancaser Football turns 100 years this year. Alumni from all the different eras came out last week to walk the field once more.


2018 Posts

Lancaster is playing Aquinas Saturday afternoon in the Far West Regional in a rematch of last years game played in College at Brockport. This will only be the 2nd time these two schools have met. There have been many teams that Lancaster have played only a handful of times. Here is a small list of some of those schools:

Notable Teams Lancaster has played a few times.

School Record Last Played
McKinley Lancaster 1-0 1931
Batavia Lancaster 1-0 1929
Fredonia Lancaster 1-0-1 1937
Grand Island Lancaster 2004
Rush Henrietta RH 1-0 1989
Niagara U. Frosh NU 1-0 1933

A look back at the last time the Legends played at New Era Field against Williamsville North.

Lancaster vs WN

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lancaster 8 7 14 6 35
WN 0 0 0 6 6

In 1988 the squad from Lancaster would host the North Tonawanda Lumberjacks in Week 6, a team that was undefeated coming into the game. The 1st quarter would see the home team get on the board with a touchdown when Andy Girardi would scamper for an 80 yard run. NT would would answer but with only a FG, LHS up 7-3. A FG was added by Lancaster in both the 2nd and 3rd quarters before the Lumberjacks could answer again but it would not be enough, Lancaster 13 NT 9.

Just weeks later these same schools would meet up at Rich Stadium for the right to be called Section VI Champs. Lancaster would score 2 TD's in the 1st quarter and NT would only score a FG. The team would earn the honor of being #1 in WNY in 1988.


In week 3 of last season the Quakers would travel to Foyle-Kling Field for a meeting with the Legends. The game would start slow as the 1st quarter would see a 0-0 score on the scoreboard. The first oppurtunity to score would come to OP but a FG attempt was blocked and after that Lancaster would march down the field. The end of the drive would see Lancaster go up by a TD. More on the game here...

Lancaster vs OP 2017 10.18.18

The 2016 Lancaster-Depew game was held at Foyle-Kling Field on Oct. 14th, 2017. The Legends were lead by a group of seniors who were also undefeated coming into the game. Depew was 2-4, looking to play spoiler to an undefeated Lancaster team. The Legends would jump out to an early lead when Zach Samborski raced to an 87 yard TD on the game's second play from scrimmage. More on the game here...

Lancaster/Depew Game 2016

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lancaster 22 22 7 0 51
Depew 0 14 0 0 14

Lancaster vs Niagara Falls

Week 1

Week 1 of the 2012 season the team from Lancaster would start against the Wolverines of Niagara Falls at Foyle-Kling Field. The home team would find themselves down at the half 10-0 before they would score 16 unanswered points to pull ahead and win the game.

Kevin Colafranceshi found Mitch Fuller for a 45 yard TD and later in the 3rd quarter Alex Juhasz kicked a 35 yard field goal and tied the game.

In the 4th, Connor Asposto found the goal line from 18 yards out with 2:14 left to put Lancaster up for good.


Lancaster and Clarence have played in some close games over the years, none closer than in 2002 when the game went into Overtime.

Lancaster scored twice in the second quarter as Mike Moran caught a pair of touchdown passes from Andy Garwon. Clarence would also score 2 of their own TD's in that second quarter as the half would see a 14-14 ballgame.

Lancaster would add two more scores in the fourth quarter on short runs by Aaron Kosek. The game would be tied at the end of regulation and would go to OT.

In OT, the Red and Black were unable to score during its set of downs. Clarence scored on a 23-yard pass to win the game and with that win, they elminated Lancaster from the playoffs but would continue to play in the Class AA Bowl Games. Lancaster had been in the playoffs for the past 4 years prior to 2002.


In 1924 there would be no football played at Lancaster High School. It was determined that the school did not have enough heavyweights to play the sport.

1925 rolled around and a new coach came to Lancaster and a need was sent out for football players. The number of players needed that first time was small so a second appeal was given. The coach would proclaim, "No Response, No Football." That second request would see more young people come out and practices would start.

The new coach was from the Syracuse area and he told his wife not to move to WNY as he would not be in Lancaster for very long.

On Oct. 7th, 1960, that new coach would have the field named after him in which Lancaster plays its home games, Bill Kling Field. Coach Kling would compile a 71-40-14 record while the HC at Lancaster High.


2017 Posts

Lancaster kicks off the Summer with their Youth Camp

This past June the Lancaster football team hosted youth from the community in a camp for football. A little bit about the camp:

This non-contact football camp is designed for players 7-15 years of age. The goal of the camp is to introduce young players to the fundamentals of the game of football.

The importance of good sportsmanship, hard work and have FUN will be stressed and each camper will receive a Lancaster Legends Football T-shirt. There will be a punt, pass and run competition with daily prizes.

Talks each day will be centered around the core values of Lancaster Football which include hard work, discipline and the power of doing everything with high energy and a positive attitude.

Below is a short video of that week where it started, not just for the team that will be on the field on Sunday but for the future Legends that wish to one day play the game of football.



Lancaster is in the Playoffs

Up until 1992, the farthest any WNY football team could go was the Section Championship. That all changed in 1993 when a State Playoff was introduced and teams would begin the quest for a State Championship.

In 1993 Lancaster would be in the hunt for the playoffs but would have to win the last game of the season to even have a shot at the post-season. Enter the Depew Wildcats, a team that was undefeated at 7-0 and looking to finish with an unblemished record. Lancaster would travel to Frank Constantino Sports Complex for this showdown.

Junior RB Andre Cook would get Lancaster on the board first with a 56 yard run around the right sideline in the 1st quarter. He would finish the game with 140 yards and 26 carries on the night. Depew would answer with a score of their own before the end of the first half with a 1 yard run and convert the extra point, Depew up 7-6.

The 2nd half would see only one team score. Late in the 4th quarter Lancaster would get the ball and move it down the field. Inside the Red Zone QB Jason Mangone would be flushed from the pocket and scramble before finding TE Eric Betz just inside the endzone who would bobble the ball before hauling in the winning score.

1993 Record

Lancaster 6 North Tonawanda 0
Lancaster 12 West Seneca East 6
Lancaster 27 LaSalle 6
Lancaster 14 Frontier 7
Lancaster 0 Jamestown 6
Lancaster 8 Orchard Park 23
Lancaster 15 Lockport 6
Lancaster 12 Depew 7
Class A Semi-Final
Lancaster 6 Orchard Park 14


Lancaster All-Time Playoff Results 1985-2017

1985 Rich Stadium Division 1 Final Lancaster 7 Maryvale 14
1988 Division 1 Wildcard Game Lancaster 35 Lockport 14
1988 Rich Stadium Division 1 Final Lancaster 14 North Tonawanda 3
1993 Class A Semi-Final Lancaster 6 Orchard Park 14
1994 Class A Semi-Final Lancaster 35 Hamburg 8
1994 Rich Stadium Class A Final Lancaster 7 Jamestown 9
1995 Class A Semi-Final Lancaster 17 North Tonawanda 14
1995 Rich Stadium Class A Final Lancaster 0 Jamestown 27
1998 Class AA Semi-Final Lancaster 13 Jamestown 28
1999 Class AA Semi-Final Lancaster 16 Jamestown 12
1999 Rich Stadium Class AA Final Lancaster 21 Lockport 14
1999 New York State Far West Regional Lancaster 13 Webster 39
2000 Class AA Semi-Final Lancaster 50 Kenmore 21
2000 Ralph Wilson Stadium Class AA Final Lancaster 0 Jamestown 23
2001 Class AA Semi-Final Lancaster 24 Jamestown 21
2001 Ralph Wilson Stadium Class AA Final Lancaster 6 Orchard Park 30
2007 Class AA Semi-Final Lancaster 10 North Tonawanda 7
2007 Ralph Wilson Stadium Class AA Final Lancaster 0 Orchard Park 35
2008 Class AA Quarter-Final Lancaster 42 Lockport 0
2008 Class AA Semi-Final Lancaster 28 North Tonawanda 38
2009 Class AA Quarter-Final Lancaster 12 Niagara Falls 0
2009 Class AA Semi-Final Lancaster 40 Lockport 7
2009 Ralph Wilson Stadium Class AA Final Lancaster 7 North Tonawanda 54
2011 Class AA Quarter-Final Lancaster 28 Kenmore West 29
2013 Class AA Quarter-Final Lancaster 15 Kenmore West 28
2014 Class AA Quarter-Final Lancaster 21 Kenmore West 41
2015 Class AA Quarter-Final Lancaster 42 Lockport 34
2015 Class AA Semi-Final Lancaster 21 Kenmore West 44
2016 Class AA Quarter-Final Lancaster 27 Kenmore West 8
2016 Class AA Semi-Final Lancaster 35 Hutch-Tech 12
2016 New Era Field Class AA Final Lancaster 27 Orchard Park 7
2016 New York State Far West Regional Lancaster 27 Victor 33
2017 Class AA Quarter-Final Lancaster 35 Hutch-Tech 0
2017 Class AA Semi-Final Lancaster 61 Jamestown 12
2017 New Era Field Class AA Final Lancaster 35 Williamsville North 6
2017 New York State Far West Regional Lancaster 9 Aquinas Institute 0
2017 New York State Semi-Final Lancaster 35 Cicero-North Syracuse 21
2017 New York State Class AA Championship Lancaster 26 Troy 41
21 Wins 17 Losses


Lancaster vs Williamsville

In 1923, Lancaster football was only in its 5th year of existence. Only 20 young men came out to play this year for the squad. They would play 8 games with 2 of them against Williamsville.

Week 4 would see the boys from Lancaster score a TD in the 4th quarter after a blocked kick. An interception would lead to the next touchdown and helped secure the victory.

Williamsville would turn the tables in week 7 as the 2 teams met once again. This time Williamsville was able to get an early TD and hang on to win the game. Lancasters season would continue and finish the year at 3-4-1.

1923 Record

Lancaster 0 Kenmore 6
Lancaster 0 Nichols 20
Lancaster 26 DeVeaux 0
Lancaster 12 Williamsville 0
Lancaster 0 East Aurora 0
Lancaster 20 DeVeaux 0
Lancaster 0 Williamsville 6
Lancaster 0 Silver Creek 19


Lancaster vs Jamestown

Lancaster had a 7-0 lead at the half in the first ever meeting between Lancaster and Jamestown. With 9:23 left in the game, Lancaster would put up another TD but would miss the PAT, 13-0. Jamestown would get a score late in the game and go for an onsides kick and recover. With 33 seconds left in the game, the Red Raiders would score and convert the extra point to come away with a win, 14-13.

Section VI had formed in 1971 where the team was placed in Division III. In '73 and '74 they jumped up and played in Divison II. In 1975 the team was moved up to Division I. With the move to Division I, this would be the first year Lancaster and Jamestown would meet and they have played each other every year since. Friday nights game will mark the 50th time these 2 schools will face off.

Federation Division I 1975

Team League Overall
Sweet Home 6-1 6-2
West Seneca West 6-1 6-2
Niagara Falls 4-2 5-2
North Tonawanda 4-2 5-3
Kenmore East 4-3 4-4
Lancaster 2-5 3-5
Jamestown 1-6 1-8
Kenmore West 1-6 1-7


Playoffs Lancaster vs Kenmore

It was a year ago that Lancaster entered the playoffs against Kenmore West on a windy, rainy night at Foyle-Kling Field. Kenmore entered the game 5-2 on the year and with a 4 game winning streak to add to their resume.

The Legends would get on the board first with a Zach Samborski run of 9 yards. The Blue Devils would not go away easily as after an interception they were able to cross the goal line but fail on a 2-point conversion, Lancaster up 7-6.

More on this game here.

Lancaster/Kenmore West Playoff Game 2016

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lancaster 7 7 6 7 27
Kenmore 6 0 0 0 6


Week 7 Lancaster vs Depew

In 2013 the Lancaster football team came into the Depew game on a 3 game losing streak. Depew had won 2 games in a row and also had won 3 straight Lancaster/Depew games. The LHS Seniors had never seen the Varsity team win a game against Depew. The Wildcats looked to have all the momentum coming into the game.

Lancaster would have none of it. The team went to Depew HS and were able to walk away with a big 36-0 win.

The visiting team got on the board first when a RB from Depew fumbled the ball and M. Szymanski picked it up and ran for a 75 yard TD. They went for 2 and were able to convert it, up 8-0.

Lancaster would score again at the start of the 2nd quarter on a long run by Mitch Fuller, 68 yards. More on this game here.

Lancaster/Depew Games 2010-2013

Year Lancaster Depew
2013 Lacaster 36 Depew 0
2012 Lacaster 13 Depew 21
2011 Lacaster 13 Depew 20
2010 Lacaster 16 Depew 19


Week 4 Lancaster vs Jamestown

In 1988 Lancaster would travel to Jamestown to take on the Red Raiders and a team that was ranked No. 1 in the state. Lancaster would have a 14-0 lead at halftime, a 35 yard interception and a 9 yard pass would both earn touchdowns for LHS. With a little over 3 minutes left to play, Jamestown was stopped on a 2 point conversion to help earn the victory for Lancaster.

The team would go on and earn the right to play in Rich Stadium against N.T.

1988 Standings

Division I League Overall
Lancaster 5-0-1 9-0-1
N.T. 5-1 8-2
W.S.W. 3-2-1 4-3-1
Jamestown 3-3 5-3
Sweet Home 2-4 2-6
Frontier 1-5 1-7
Kenmore West 1-5 3-5


Lancaster makes a run to the Playoffs

Coming off an 8-2 season the 1995 Lancaster football team started the year at 2-2 and faced an uphill climb to the playoffs. They had lost their all-time leading rusher in Andre Cook to graduation along with Bryan Lorenz on defense. Starting QB Andy Kufel starts the year with a stress fracture in his leg and shoulder tendonitis to add to the drama.

In 1980, Hamburg had beaten Lancaster 3-0, they would not beat them again until week 4 in 95. A 89 yard interception and a 2 point conversion pulled out a win for the Bulldogs and sets Lancaster back to 2-2.

With 4 games remaining, the team had OP, West Seneca East, St. Joe's and Depew on the schedule. Whatever Coach Jankiewicz did seemed to work. The offense scored a total of 88 points in those 4 games while the defense only gave up 13.

The team would move onto the playoffs for a 3rd year in a row in 95.

1995 Lancaster Football Season

Division I
Lancaster 33 Niagara-Wheatfield 7
Lancaster 0 Jamestown 14
Lancaster 14 Frontier 0
Lancaster 7 Hamburg 8
Lancaster 21 Orchard Park 7
Lancaster 39 West Seneca East 0
Lancaster 14 St. Joe's 0
Lancaster 14 Depew 6
Lancaster 17 North Tonawanda 14
Rich Stadium
Lancaster 0 Jamestown 27


The 1976 season was the 25th for Coach Foyle. The season started with Sweet Home at a wet and rainy Bill Kling Field. The team would have the ball deep in the opposing team's end but would be unable to put 6 points on the board. Sweet Home won 13-7.

Week 2 Lancaster would travel to Niagara Falls and take on the Wolverines but the outcome would be different this time. Lancaster had a 6-0 lead in the 2nd quarter but it was short lived as NF would tie it up before the half. The boys from Lancaster would go ahead with 7:01 left in the game and earn the win 12-6.

Lancasters season would continue and the 1976 team would end up at 4-3-1.

Three players from the team earned the right to be called All-Stars

Senior Tackle Mike Wheeler

Senior Linebacker Ed Damiani- more about Ed here

Senior DB Ken Kieliszek

1976 Lancaster Football Season

Division I
Lancaster 7 Sweet Home 13
Lancaster 12 Niagara Falls 6
Lancaster 28 Jamestown 7
Lancaster 0 Kenmore East 0
Lancaster 8 North Tonawanda 20
Lancaster 12 West Seneca West 20
Lancaster 22 Kenmore West 0
Lancaster 14 Depew 0


An 11 year assistant for Lancaster has taken over the Head coaching duties as long time coach Joe Foyle has retired.

In week 3 of the season, a 2-0 Lancaster team met Kenmore East. Down 6-0, Lancaster would score 4 touchdowns, 2 in the second quarter and another 2 in the 4th.

The squad would continue its winning ways for much of the season, only having one blemish on the year. Their final record, 7-1.

New Head Coach Len Jankiewicz would continue coaching at Lancaster until 2011. He finished with the most wins for a Lancaster Head Coach, a record of 143-90-2.

1986 Lancaster Football Season

Division I
Lancaster 21 Hamburg 0
Lancaster 14 Sweet Home 6
Lancaster 26 Kenmore East 6
Lancaster 34 West Seneca West 0
Lancaster 28 North Tonawanda 7
Lancaster 21 Kemmore West 0
Lancaster 13 Jamestown 35
Lancaster 24 Depew 19


Lancaster becomes charter members of the ECIC

Starting in 1934 Lancaster would play in WNYIC or the Western New York Intermediate Conference.

That changed at the end of the 1952 season. Lancaster and a number of others schools would become charter members of the ECIC, Erie County Interscholastic Conference.

1952 would be the last in WNYIC for Lancaster. Two of the five officers for the newly formed conference are:

John Java and Bill Kling

ECIC Charter Members in 1952

Division I Division II Division III
East Aurora Clarence Lake Shore
Amherst Akron Frontier
Cleveland Hill Depew Holland
Hamburg Lancaster North Collins
West Seneca Pine Hill Orchard Park
Williamsville Sloan Springville


Lancaster hires a Rookie Head Coach

A Rookie head coach would be brought in to lead the squad in Lancaster in 1961. He had a stellar JV coaching career at Lancaster, going 43-2-2 with a 36-game winning streak thrown in there. He would be asked to lead a team who a season before would go 1-7.

The team would make the jump up from ECIC Division II to Division I for 1961 as well to make the situation that much more challenging.

The first game of the season Lancaster would face Frontier. The Falcons would jump out to a 25-0 lead before LHS would be able to answer with a score of their own bringing the final score to 25-7.

The season would not go as well as fans would like as the squad would end up with a record of 1-6.

That head coach would continue at Lancaster for a few more years before his last game coaching for Lancaster in 1985. His overall coaching record at Lancaster sits at 160-83-9.

The rookie head coach's name was Joe Foyle.

1961 Lancaster Schedule

1 6
Frontier 25 Lancaster 7
Williamsville 21 Lancaster 20
Lancaster 7 Orchard Park 0
Amherst 19 Lancaster 6
Depew 30 Lancaster 14
Hamburg 18 Lancaster 0
West Seneca 7 Lancaster 0

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