Hanft Wins First Game At Maple Grove; Fischer Victorious In Thunderbirds’ Debut
First-year head coach Justin Hanft’s career at Maple Grove got off to a promising start, as the Red Dragons’ offense lit up visiting Springville on the way to a 51-8 victory on Dutch Hollow Road on Friday night.
Maple Grove broke out for four scores in the opening quarter, including runs of 5 yards from both Easton Tanner and Zach Hendrick.
Carson Crist added the second score of the night with a 28-yard scamper while Taige Jones added the final score of the opening period with a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Springville was held to just 96 yards of offense as Jones finished with five tackles and Ayden Reagle had four for the Red Dragons. Jake Tomlinson, Kyle Trim, DJ Brown and Alex Duncanson each had a sack.
Crist finished his day with nine completions for 163 yards, launching touchdowns of 10 yards to Daren Vaillancourt and 30 yards to Hendrick.
Of the 228 rushing yards by the Red Dragons, Crist finished with 77, Hendrick 56, Jones 55 and Tanner 40.
SPRINGVILLE 0 0 0 8 — 8
MAPLE GROVE 27 0 12 12 — 51
MG–Tanner run 5 (Hendrick kick)
MG–Crist run 28 (Hendrick kick)
MG–Hendrick 5 run (Hendrick kick)
MG–Jones 25 interception return
MG–Vaillancourt 10 pass from Crist
MG–Jones 1 run
MG–Hendrick 30 pass from Crist
MG–Hendrick 13 run
Spr–11 pass (run)
RANDOLPH — Randolph/Frewsburg expected to see a physical game in Week 1 against visiting Cassadaga Valley/Falconer, and the Cardinals got exactly that on Friday night.
The hosts used a trio of rushers to push through the adversity on their way to a 41-12 Class C South win, holding off a late charge by the Golden Cougars in the process.
Cassadaga Valley/Falconer would pick up a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter after trailing much of the night, as Robbie Penhollow ripped off runs of 45 and 20 yards, but the Cardinals would respond with a late turnover to seal up the win.
“I thought we played hard,” Randolph/Frewsburg coach Brent Brown said. “I thought that Falconer/Cassadaga (Valley) was extremely physical. The Penhollow kid ran the ball really hard, but we also did some good things and moved the ball on the ground. One turnover and that kind of swings the game.”
It was defensive lineman Andrew Bernard who was able to pounce on a fumbled snap on that turnover, finishing his night with eight tackles, four assists and two sacks for good measure.
In the backfield, Nick Marsh racked up 113 yards on 16 carries, scampering home from 11 yards for the opening score of the game.
Skyler Wright took advantage of his 12 carries, finishing with 95 yards while Deter Miinte totaled 82 yards on 11 carries, scoring on runs of both 1 and 7 yards.
In addition to the dominance of the Cardinals’ rushing attack, Tyler Hind made the most of his opportunities under center, throwing for 11 completions, 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Hind found Wright with a 24-yard throw to paydirt and dealt another ball to Marsh on a 45-yard catch-and-run for the penultimate score.
“Ty threw the ball well. We don’t throw it that much — 11 might be a record — but he completed passes and we got some yards,” Brown said.
Marsh added seven tackles and five assists on defense while Penhollow racked up 222 yards on 16 carries for the Golden Cougars.
CASSADAGA VALLEY/FALCONER 0 0 12 0 — 12
RANDOLPH/FREWSBURG 8 0 12 21 — 41
R/F–Marsh 11 run (Brink pass from Hind)
R/F–Miinte 1 run (run failed)
CV/F–Penhollow 45 run (pass failed)
R/F–Hind 1 run (run failed)
CV/F–Penhollow 20 run (run failed)
R/F–Wright 24 pass from Hind (Hind run)
R/F–Marsh 45 from Hind (kick failed)
R/F–Miinte 7 run (Boyer kick)
FIRST IN MAYVILLE
MAYVILLE — Chautauqua Lake/Westfield started out on the right foot Friday evening, grabbing a pair of touchdowns in the opening quarter of play, and was able to rely on stout defensive play the rest of the way en route to a 18-7 Class C South win over Allegany-Limestone.
Ryan Jafarjian banged his way home from 5 yards out for the opening score of the night as the Thunderbirds had their rushing attack going early.
“We were moving the ball,” head coach Curt Fischer said of his first game with Chautauqua/Lake Westfield. “We’re just still working our kinks out obviously. We set up some good things. The pass was set up off the run.”
Following Jafarjian’s finish, the Thunderbirds were able to use some misdirection later in the opening quarter, as Kyler Majka found Zach Fisher on a fade route for a 37-yard score.
On both of the early touchdowns, Chautauqua/Lake Westfield failed to add points after the play, missing an extra-point try on the first before getting stopped on a rushing attempt after Fischer’s catch-and-run.
“That’s something we’re going to have to work on,” Coach Fischer said.
The Gators responded with a third-quarter touchdown, but at that point the Thunderbirds let Trey Sauerland take over in the backfield and run down the clock.
“Sauerland just had an unbelievable third quarter. I believe 11 of his 15 carries were in the third quarter,” Coach Fischer said. “We tried to run the ball and move the clock, just wanted to get out of there with a win and did a decent job of that.”
Sauerland scored from 25 yards out for the final touchdown of the night, finishing with 136 yards while Jafarjian also broke triple-digits with 108 yards on 20 carries.
Nate Adams finished with five tackles for a loss and two sacks for Chautauqua Lake/Westfield.
“Honestly it doesn’t get much better than that for a defensive lineman,” Coach Fischer said.
ALLEGANY-LIMESTONE 0 0 7 0 — 7
CHAUTAUQUA LAKE/WESTFIELD 12 0 6 0 — 18
CL/W–Jafarjian run 5 (kick failed)
CL/W–Fischer 37 pass from Majka (run failed)
CL/W–Sauerland 25 run (run failed)