Chad Bartoszek has been stressing to his Franklinville/ Ellicottville football team the importance of remaining focused on its “big-picture goals.” On Friday night, the Titans, in workmanlike fashion, took their first postseason step toward seeing their desired destination.
Top-seeded Franklinville/Ellicottville, as expected, dominated severely outmatched No. 8 seed Portville, 54-13, in a Section 6 Class D quarterfinal at Ray Gray Field.
The unbeaten Titans (8-0) surged to a 41-0 lead by the end of the first quarter as Brock Blecha threw for three touchdowns and ran for another. He was 5-of-5 passing for 102 yards.
Austin Grinols, Deric Leiper and Sam Erickson caught TD passes for F/E, which had four one-play scoring drives. Griffin Chudy ran for a 55-yard score, while Jacob Peters finished with 123 yards on four carries and sprinted for a 40-yard TD.
The Titans will host a semifinal game next week against fourth-seeded Chautauqua Lake (3-4). The Thunderbirds, who won 40-0 over Salamanca on Friday, lost to F/E 46-6 two weeks ago.
Ranked No. 8 in the state, the Titans entered the weekend as one of seven remaining unbeatens in Class D. They have outscored opponents by a combined 342-92 (43-12 average).
Portville (1-7) was outgained 389-58 and held to 4 yards rushing. Brendan Tobola caught two passes for 54 yards.
The Panthers scored two touchdowns in the second quarter, one a fumble recovery in the end zone and the other a 5-yard DJ Hlasnick run after a blocked punt.
Maple Grove 40, Randolph/Frewsburg 21
After leading 14-7 at halftime, second-seeded Maple Grove used big plays to put away No. 7 Randolph/Frewsburg.
Nash Nelson and Carson Crist scored on runs of 68 and 59 yards, respectively, as the Red Dragons (7-1) scored 26 unanswered points after intermission.
Nick Fabrizio led MG’s 309-yard rushing performance with 113 yards on the ground and two touchdowns, the first a 61-yarder.
The Cardinals (3-5) scored three passing touchdowns from quarterback Trent Gray, two to Tyler Marchincin and one to Dakota Donaldson. Wyatt Sluga made seven tackles and Devin Foster had a fumble recovery.