Preview: Class D Championship

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Maple Grove/ Chatauqua Lake 8-1 vs Randolph 9-0
Friday 6:00pm @ Ralph Wilson Stadium

Head Coaches
Thunder Dragons- Curt Fischer 180-40-0 22yrs
Cardinals- Brent Brown 9-0, 1 yr

Key Players
Thunder Dragons
Chandler Baker LB
AJ Hulton LB
Jonah Tanner L
Graham Nelson WR
Jed Micek L
Mitchell Sandberg RB

Cardinals
Chris Doubek RB/LB
Mitch Maycock QB
Lucas Brown LB
Cody Oldro LB
Mike Bowers L
Bryce Morrison DB
Nick Hettenbaugh DB

Major Impact Player
Chris Doubek, Randolph

Thunder Dragons strength is their defense allowing only 24 pts for opponents but allowing Cardinals to score 35 in their only loss. Tanner, Hulton, Baker and Nelson anchor the defense offense is sparked by Ryan Miller.

Keys for victory for Maple Grove/ Chautauqua Lake

  • Control ball and clock
  • minimize Doubek impact
  • avoid turnovers
  • Miller needs to come up big

Keys for victory for Randolph

  • win turnover battle
  • win battle in trenches
  • minimize Miller impact

Stats
Maple Grove/ Chat offense scored 242 pts with and average of 26.9 pts. The defense allowed 59 pts with an average of 6.6 pts.

Randolph's offense scored 390 pts with an average of 43.3. The defense allowed 72 pts with an average of 8 points per game.

Polls
Maple Grove/ Chat is ranked #9 in the WGRZ poll, #10 in the Buffalo News and #4 in the state.

Randolph is ranked #2 by WGRZ poll, #2 in the Buffalo News and #1 in the State.

Matchup 
Randolph has won 19 consecutive games including a 35-7 win over the Thunder Dragons in week 4. Cardinals are ranked number one in the Class D State Poll. Chris Doubek is the main offensive threat rushing for over 1800 yds on route to a 2000 yd rush season and 28 tds. Cardinals have dominated opponents averaging 43pts a game while allowing only 8. Defense is anchored by Oldro, Brown and Hettenbaugh.

Summary
This will be the 14th title game for the Cardinals with a record of 8 wins and 5 losses, while the Thunder Dragons will be playing in their 15th championship game including a third consecutive title contest with an over record of 5 wins and 9 losses.
Note: This will be the 20th consecutive year that one or both of these teams will be in the title game.

Predicition
Randolph has all the components to win a 9th sectional title and a 4th state championship. Doubek is awesome behind an outstanding line led by Oldro, Andrew, Bowers, Senn and Kibbe
Randolph 35, Maple Grove/ Chatt Lake 14

Randolph vs Maple Grove Championship Teams
1996. Maple Grove 17, Randolph 7
1997. Maple Grove 22, Randolph 13
2009. Randolph 21, Maple Grove 20
2012. Randolph 21, Maple Grove 0

Series tied 2-2 

 

 

 

 

 

Randolphs Record in Championship Games
1979. Clymer 6, Randolph 0
1992. Randolph 30, Falconer 0
1984. Randolph 34, Frewsburg 0
1993. Randolph 33, Cleveland Hill 12
1995. Eden 22, Randolph0
1996. Maple Grove 17, Randolph 7
1997. Maple Grove 22, Randolph 13
2003. Randolph 14, Ellicottville 6
2005. Randolph 20, Ellicottville 0
2007. Randolph 30, Portville 0
2009. Randolph 21, Maple Grove 20
2010. Silver Creek 21, Randolph 18
2012. Randolph 21, Maple Grove 0

Summary 8 wins, 5 wins

Maple Groves Record in Championship Games
1993. Frewsburg 21, Maple Grove 6
1996. Maple Grove 17, Randolph 7
1997. Maple Grove 22, Randolph 13
1998. Maple Grove 19, Pine Valley 13
1999. Clymer 22, Maple Grove 14
2000. Clymer 6, Maple Grove 3
2001. Clymer 34, Maple Grove 21
2002. Clymer 27, Maple Grove 12
2004. Ellicottville 14, Maple Grove 0
2006. Cattaraugus 26, Maple Grove 22
2008. Maple Grove 48, Clymer 13
2009. Randolph 21, Maple Grove 20
2011. Maple Grove 34, Frewsburg 26
2012. Randolph 21, Maple Grove 0

Summary 5 wins, 9 losses

 

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