Thunder Dragons hold off Panthers
ELLICOTTVILLE – A third-quarter touchdown proved to be the difference for Maple Grove-Chautauqua Lake on Friday night.
A.J. Hulton’s 6-yard scoring run and Riley Beaton’s placement in the third period gave the Thunder Dragons a 14-6 lead over Ellicottville-West Valley and it held up for a Class D football victory.
Maple Grove-Chautauqua Lake took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter when Ryan Miller raced 44 yards to paydirt and Beaton kicked the extra point.
The Thunder Dragons were driving for more points in the first half as Beaton set up for a field goal on the last play of the first half, but Cam Wilson of Ellicottville-West Valley blocked the kick and raced 95 yards into the end zone for the touchdown. The two-point conversion pass failed.
Maple Grove-Chautauqua Lake had several chances to pull away, but Ellicottville-West Valley was stellar on defense, led by Wilson with 11 tackles and Dylan Paprocki with nine.
Miller finished with 95 yards on 20 carries for the winners.
Phalla Musall saw limited action for the hosts and rushed for 45 yards on 11 carries. He has been bothered by sprained ankle suffered in the Franklinville game on Sept. 27.
Cattaraugus-Little Valley 29, Pine Valley 8
SOUTH DAYTON – The Cattaraugus-Little Valley Timberwolves defeated the Pine Valley Panthers, 29-8, Friday in Class D high school football.
Mike Isula led Pine Valley’s rushing attack with 42 yards on seven carries.
The Panthers’ Dan Weaver returned a kickoff 66 yards to help set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Isula in the second quarter to cut the lead 15-8.
Dylan Granger threw for 61 yards and was 5 of 17 for Pine Valley. Raiport was the recipient of 46-yards receiving.
Defensively, Weaver made nine tackles while Bryce Jay, Isula and Talon Snyder had six tackles apiece. Raiport also had an interception.
“From an effort standpoint, the scoreboard doesn’t reflect how well we played,” Pine Valley coach Ehrich Zollinger said. “It was the best game we have played all year. They made big plays and that was the difference.”