All-WNY first-team­ers Chase, Wahler an­nounce their col­lege choices

QB will walk on at UB; RB to Mount Union

The Buffalo News - - FOOTBALL -

All-West­ern New York first-team foot­ball play­ers Aaron Chase and Aaron Wahler an­nounced over the week­end that they will con­tinue their play­ing ca­reers in col­lege.

Chase, a quar­ter­back from Star­point, will con­tinue his foot­ball ca­reer at the Uni­ver­sity at Buf­falo, he an­nounced on Twit­ter.

Chase will be a pre­ferred walk on with the Bulls and be part of the sum­mer train­ing camp ros­ter.

Chase threw 36 touch­down passes, which tied Joe Li­cata for sec­ond place on the all-time West­ern New York list, and di­rected an of­fense that av­er­aged 45.7 points and 490 yards per game, both school records. He set seven school records dur­ing his ca­reer, in­clud­ing sin­gle-sea­son marks for pass­ing yards (3,053), to­tal TDs (40) and com­ple­tions in 2018.

He also kicked 42 ex­tra points and av­er­age 35 yards per punt.

Chase will be joined on the UB cam­pus as a pre­ferred walk-on by Star­point team­mate Max Bow­den, a wide re­ceiver who av­er­aged 24.9 yards per catch and had nine touch­downs as a se­nior.

Star­point tight end/out­side lien­backer Rob Roet­zer an­nounced he would be con­tin­u­ing his foot­ball ca­reer at Al­fred Uni­ver­sity.

Wahler, a run­ning back for Cleve­land Hill, an­nounced his in­ten­tion to play foot­ball at the Uni­ver­sity of Mount Union in Ohio.

Wahler, a two-time All-West­ern New York first-team se­lec­tion, tweeted his de­ci­sion Sun­day.

Mount Union has won 13 Di­vi­sion III na­tional ti­tles, with the most re­cent com­ing in 2017.

Wahler fu­eled Cleve­land Hill’s run to its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive state Class C semi­fi­nal ap­pear­ance by scor­ing a school-record 33 touch­downs and av­er­ag­ing 11.6 yards per carry. He fin­ished with 1,929 yards, in­clud­ing 330 along with three TDs, in the Sec­tion VI fi­nal against South­west­ern.

He holds school records for ca­reer rush­ing yards (4,907) and touch­downs (78) and is a two-time Con­nolly Cup fi­nal­ist.

In other col­lege foot­ball news, UB run­ning back Jaret Pat­ter­son was hon­ored by the 64th Touch­down Club of Colum­bus Awards on Satur­day night as one of the Mid-Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence play­ers to watch in 2019. The sopho­more run­ning back was one of eight play­ers from the MAC named to the an­nual list.

Pat­ter­son rushed for 1,013 yards and 14 touch­downs last sea­son, the most by a fresh­man in school his­tory. His 14 rush­ing touch­downs were two shy of the UB record. Pat­ter­son was named the MAC Fresh­man of the Year.

James P. McCoy/Buf­falo News file photo

Star­point quar­ter­back Aaron Chase will be a pre­ferred walk on at Uni­ver­sity at Buf­falo and will be on the sum­mer train­ing camp ros­ter.

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