Forecast: Class C Sectional Championship

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Forecast: Class C Sectional Championship

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Forecast: Class C Sectional Championship

Southwestern (7-2) vs. Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake (9-0)

Friday, November 7th at 6:30pm at Ralph Wilson Stadium

Key Players for Southwestern:

Corey Bryerton, LB/OL
Noah Weinstein, QB
Jordan Bryerton, LB/OL
Hunter Peterson, RB
Jared Drocy, L
mason Hoose, RB/K
Brendan Kenneay, RB
Nick Swanson, DB
Niko Pannes, WR

Key Players for Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake:

Ryan Miller, RB
A.J. Hulton, LB
Mitch Sandberg, LB
Chandler Baker, L
David Applegarth, L
Trevor Micek, WR
Jed Micek, WR
Michael Welsh, QB
Bradley Benson, DB

Southwestern Poll Rankings:

Local – #6
State – #14
WGRZ – #7

Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake Poll Rankings:

Local – #2
State – #3
WGRZ – #3

Southwestern Team Stats:

Offense Points average – 28
Defense points allowed – 147

Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake Team Stats:

Offense Points average – 41.1
Defense points allowed – 30

Summary:

Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake at 9-0 have dominated opponents averaging 41 points, while only allowing 30 points in 9 games. Offense has been one dimensional as the Thunder Dragons have passed the ball 59 times compared to rushing the ball 35 times for 2897 yards, averaging 8.65 yards per carry. Ryan Miller, senior quarterback, has rushed for 1721 yards and scored 25 points. Defense has been a strength, posting 6 shutouts, led by A.J. Hulton, Mitch Sandber, Chandler Baker, Jonah Tanner, and Trevor Micek. The record for Maple Grove under Curt Fischer in title games is 5-10. This game is a rematch from the win over the Trojans in week 6.

The Trojans are coming off a strong comeback victory over Cleveland Hill. The offense has been diversified with Weinstein passing for 715 yards and 4 touchdowns but their strength is with the rushing by Peterson, Hoose, and Swanson, who have rushed for 1451 yards. Their top receiver is Niko Pannes. Hoose has booted 5 field goals and is one of the most versatile players in Western New York, being only a sophomore. Defensively the Trojans are led by a strong line backing crew with the Bryertons, Hoose, Swanson, and Kennedy. In order for the Trojans to be competitive, they must shut down Miller. Their passing game needs to have an impact and they can’t make mistakes such as turnovers or penalties. Each team has 2 state titles.

Keys to Victory for Southwestern:

Win the battle in the trenches.
Avoid turnovers.
Hoose and Peterson need to have solid games.
Weinstein needs to manage the game well.
Limit Miller’s yardage.
Win the special teams battle.

Keys to Victory for Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake:

Need a big game from Miller.
Hulton, Sandberg, Tanner, and Baker ned to limit the Trojans rushing yardage.
Control the clock.
Move the chains.
Limit penalties.
Passing game needs to have a positive impact.

Edge:

QB – Southwestern
RB –Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake
WR – Even
Offense– Southwestern
Defense – Southwestern

Dick Gallagher’s Prediction:

Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake – 27, Southwestern – 17

Courtesy Dick Gallagher 2014 Regular Season Week 9

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