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By Indrek Kongats

It was a perfect evening for football— the temperature was milder than forecast and the wind held at bay. Playing on the Buffalo Bills’ home turf was an exciting moment for both teams, the Ellicottville-Franklinville Titans and the Red Dragons from Maple Grove.

The Dragons were the heavy favorite going into the Section VI Class D Championship game last Friday, Nov. 4 on New Era Field. The game started at 5 p.m., so the sun was still in the sky, and was the only bright spot for the Titans.

It didn’t take long for the Dragons to score their first two touchdowns, having both a strong air and ground attack that the Titans defense wasn’t able to consistently stop. The Titans offense came up against a solid wall in the Dragon defense that shut them out of the first half scoring.

After the teams ran off the field and down the tunnel, the few hundred fans enjoyed performances by both cheerleader groups at center field during half time.

By Indrek Kongats

It was a perfect evening for football— the temperature was milder than forecast and the wind held at bay. Playing on the Buffalo Bills’ home turf was an exciting moment for both teams, the Ellicottville-Franklinville Titans and the Red Dragons from Maple Grove.

The Dragons were the heavy favorite going into the Section VI Class D Championship game last Friday, Nov. 4 on New Era Field. The game started at 5 p.m., so the sun was still in the sky, and was the only bright spot for the Titans.

It didn’t take long for the Dragons to score their first two touchdowns, having both a strong air and ground attack that the Titans defense wasn’t able to consistently stop. The Titans offense came up against a solid wall in the Dragon defense that shut them out of the first half scoring.

After the teams ran off the field and down the tunnel, the few hundred fans enjoyed performances by both cheerleader groups at center field during half time.

The third quarter was more of the same, and the relentless Red Dragon attack put more points onto the board and it looked like curtains for the Titans. It wasn’t that the Titans didn’t play well; they just didn’t play well enough.

No. 42  junior quarterback Brock Blecha, moved the team down the field with some great first down plays to his favorite targets, No. 31 senior Austin Whitmer, No. 14 senior Dooley Brennan, No. 33 junior Griffin Chudy and No. 37 junior Austin Grinols, but never got into scoring position as they were forced to punt time and time again.

The Dragons seemed to score at will. Just as the quarter ended, the Titans made a great drive down the field and scored on a QB sneak for six points. The failed two- point conversion left the score at the end the third quarter 20 – 6 in favor of Maple Grove.

The final quarter didn’t fare well for the combined team of Ellicottville and Franklinville student- athletes, as Maple Grove put more points on the board and kept the Titans scoreless once again. The game ended with Maple Grove as the victors, 33-6.

A highlight of the evening was when No. 62 senior Preston Hutchinson was honored with the Good Character Award. Coach Chad Bartoszek’s team played well all season and are sure to be top contenders come next season, even with the loss of 12 seniors. Blecha, Chudy and Grinols will be returning to lead the offense and anchor the Titans defense.

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