All-WNY first-teamers Chase, Wahler announce their college choices
QB will walk on at UB; RB to Mount Union
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.
Starpoint quarterback Aaron Chase will be a preferred walk on at University at Buffalo and will be on the summer training camp roster.