The Lancaster Redskins will play host to the Depew Wildcats on Friday night in Lancaster, New York in a non-league rivalry match-up. This rivalry is one of the most passionate and oldest rivalries in New York, with the first game being played in 1919. The Wildcats have won 2 straight in the series, including last season’s 20-13 win. However, the Redskins hold the advantage in the all-time series, 47-30-7. There will be some new faces in this year’s edition of the rivalry as both teams have new head coaches. Chris Dickson steps in to replace longtime Coach Len Jankiewicz, who coached for 26 years at Lancaster. Brian Wilson takes over for Dan McGrath at Depew. Wilson has been an assistant on McGrath’s staff for 12 seasons and the school’s athletic director since 2011.
Bryan is a two-year varsity football letterman and a two-year varsity baseball letterman. Bryan is a member of the Math Honors Society. He holds a 98 GPA and plans to study mechanical engineering in college.
Brian is a 2-year letterman on the varsity football team and this year’s voted captain. He has also participated in club hockey and club lacrosse. In football he earned 1st team all-league honors as a junior and a preseason 2012 all-western New York candidate. Brian is a member of the National Honors Society, Senior Class Vice President and is active in many leadership activities within the school.
Gary played in the Lancaster/Depew game his senior year as a defensive tackle. In 1955 the 2 teams played a very physical game. Then, just as now, the game and rivalry was always a hard fought battle between the 2 cross-town rivals. After graduating from Lancaster, Gary served in the US Army for 6 months of active duty. He then served 6 years in the National Guard Reserve. Gary joined the Lancaster Police Department in 1966 and retired in 2010 as the Chief of Police.