SECTION 5 CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP 2014
NY WESTERN REGIONAL 2014
Quarterfinals
Wayland-Cohocton
Semifinals
Dansville
Finals
Bath


LR
Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake
blanks the Oatkan Knights 32-0 to
capture state Far West Regional


MG-CL's Ryan Miller rushes for 208 yards and 4 TDs to lead his Thunder Dragons into
NY State Semifinals. Potent LeRoy offense is held to just 101 yards of total offense in
Brian Moran's final game as LeRoy head coach.

Game recap by Nate Rider - Batavia Daily News Sports

BUFFALO - Section 5 Class C champion Le Roy knew exactly what it was getting into with Section 6 champion Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake Saturday afternoon in the Class C Far West Regional final as the Thunder Dragons featured a dynamic running back in Ryan Miller and a defense that had surrendered just 37 points all season. And unfortunately for the Oatkan Knights, they were unable to do anything to counteract either of those aspects at Robert E. Rich All High Stadium and needless to say this wasn't the way either head coach Brian Moran or this talented group of seniors expected to go out.

Miller, the game MVP, rushed for 208 yards and four touchdowns, while the Maple Grove defense used an impressive outing to shut out a talented Le Roy offense 32-0.

"We had five days of really hard practice and we just came in really focused" said Miller.

The Thunder Dragons set the tone on the very first play of the game when Jonah Tanner returned the opening kickoff 85 yards to the Le Roy 2-yard line to set up a short Miller TD run and the Maple Grove running game and stifling defense did the rest.

Le Roy averaged more than 400 yards per game during the regular season but was held to just 101 on Saturday as the Thunder Dragons consistently pressured Oatkan Knights quarterback Mike McMullen and never allowed the normally dominating Le Roy running game to get going.

Miller needed just 23 carries as he eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark for the season and Maple Grove rushed for 369 yards as a team on the day on just 46 carries. The Thunder Dragons didn't complete a single pass but they never needed to as they finished with 17 first downs to just seven for the Oatkan Knights.

"Mike Hart was very special but I thought this kid played extremely well" said Moran of Miller in comparison to the great Onondaga running back, who went on to be the career rushing leader at the University of Michigan and then played three seasons in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts. "I thought he ran the ball really well today and I thought overall their team speed was outstanding. As I said to my kids a second ago, that is one of the best Class C teams that I've seen in 26 years."

"We have a strong offensive line" added Miller. "They may not look the biggest but they're in the weight room all offseason. They have a lot of power behind them, they make holes and I just bust through them."

Mitch Sandberg added 66 yards rushing and a touchdown and quarterback A.J. Hulton added 47 yards on the ground; meanwhile, the Maple Grove defense held Le Roy to just 29 yards rushing on 21 carries with leading rusher Nick Egeling netting just 21 yards on 6 totes.

McMullen was never able to find any sort of a rhythm as he finished just 10-of-27 for 72 yards and game-breaking wide receiver Ryan McQuillen was held without a catch and had just one rush for zero yards.

"All year long we have seen defensive players that couldn't cover him in that situation" said Moran. "If you watched them over the top, I thought they did a great job. You don't realize that they doubled him all day. They pressed him on the front and then they rolled over on the top."

Yet despite the apparent domination, the Oatkan Knights still had the game well within reach into the third quarter.
After Tanner's long kick return to start the game and Miller's short score, the Thunder Dragons were up 6-0 just 22 seconds into the contest and had previously undefeated Le Roy stunned like it hadn't been all season long.

The Oatkan Knights moved the ball on their first possession of the game but the drive stalled when a fake-punt pass on a fourth-and-10 from Jon Pierce was incomplete and Le Roy turned the ball over at the Maple Grove 37. Unbelievably, that was the deepest Le Roy would drive into Maple Grove territory all afternoon.

The Oatkan Knights were able to force a punt on Maple Grove's next possession and forced a fumble on the Thunder Dragons' third drive of the game but the offense was unable to take advantage.

The Maple Grove offense then began to heat up midway through the second quarter when it embarked on a 10-play, 52-yard drive that took almost five minutes off of the clock and capped it with a 1-yard Miller run to take a 12-0 lead with just under five minutes to play in the half.

The Oatkan Knights would get to midfield on their next drive but were again forced to punt and would go into the half losing for the first time this season. Miller had 112 yards on the ground in the opening half while Le Roy managed just five first downs.

"The defense is just amazing" said Miller. "Those guys, they're animals. They all attack the ball at the same time. It's an amazing sight, honestly, I love watching them."

And unfortunately for Le Roy, things would not get any better from there.

The Oatkan Knights managed a first down on their next possession but were forced to punt and the next Thunder Dragons drive was all Miller. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior back had a 10-yard carry and another for 24 before he took a handoff up the middle and bounced out of a pack of Le Roy tacklers and down the right side for a 46-yard touchdown run to make it 18-0 after the run attempt failed with 8:37 left in the third quarter.

Le Roy would go three-and-out on its next two possessions and Maple Grove would then put the game away.
In a drive that spanned the end of the third quarter and into the fourth, the Thunder Dragons would drive 50 yards on just five plays and a Hulton 39-yard keeper would set up a Miller 1-yard scamper early in the fourth quarter that put them up an insurmountable 25-0.

Shockingly, the Oatkan Knights would manage just one first down in the second half and just 35 yards of total offense after the break; the usually explosive Le Roy offense could only muster up 95 total yards all game against a Maple Grove defense that has surrendered just seven points in the entire 2014 postseason.

"To be honest, we couldn't match up in our preparation with their speed on the corners and their outside linebackers and that's a credit to them" said Moran.

Sandberg would add a 43-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to put a cap on the dominating performance from the Thunder Dragons.

For Moran, he ends his illustrious career with 203 victories, which is currently good for third on the all-time Section 5 list.

"I talk about it all the time, with wins and losses and sectional titles but the thing I'll miss the most is the kids" said an emotional Moran. "They used to tell you that the only thing in life that is guaranteed is death and I am getting pretty close to the age, I am 55, I hope I have a few years left. But time is changing and you get to the point where you have to step back and it's to that point."

Nick Egeling had 43 yards receiving on the day but Le Roy would finish just 4-of-13 on third down conversions, while Maple Grove was 5-of-8 in such situations and scored touchdowns all three times it reached the red zone.

Le Roy ends its successful season 10-1. The previous week the Oatkan Knights had captured the program's 15th sectional title, the most of any Section 5 school.

Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake (11-0) will play Chenango Forks of Section 4 (Binghamton area) this Saturday at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester in the state semifinals.

 

LeRoy Knights Stats courtesy of the accounting firm,
B. Mase Associates LLC


Sunday, November 15, 2014 (12:00 PM)
Playoff game at All High Stadium Bennett HS, Buffalo NY (Neutral site)
Western Regional (State Quarterfinal)

Maple Grove/ Chautauqua Lake Thunderdragons 32, LeRoy Oatkan Knights 0

Score by quarter

1

2

3

4

Total

Maple Grove / Chautauqua Lake Thunder Dragons

6

6

6

14

32

LeRoy Oatkan Knights

0

0

0

0

0

 

Scoring summary

Qtr

Time

Scoring play

MG
LR

Maple Grove / Chat. Lake

1

11:38

#35 Ryan Miller 1 yd run (run failed)

6
0

Maple Grove / Chat. Lake

2

4:47

#35 Ryan Miller 1 yd run (run failed)

12
0

Maple Grove / Chat. Lake

3

8:37

#35 Ryan Miller 46 yd run (run failed)

18
0

Maple Grove / Chat. Lake

4

11:21

#35 Ryan Miller 1 yd run (#11 Dustin McCasslin kick)

25
0

Maple Grove / Chat. Lake

4

8:59

#38 Mitch Sandberg 43 yd run (#11 Dustin McCasslin kick)

32
0

 

Team stats

Maple Grove / CL ake

LeRoy

First downs

17

7

Rushing yardage

369

29

Pass completions - attempts

0-1

10-28

Passing yardage

0

72

Pass touchdowns - interceptions

0-0

0-0

Total plays

48

49

Total offense

369

101

Fumbles - lost

1-1

3-2

Penalties - yards

4-25

1-5

Defensive sacks - yards lost

1-7

1-3

Time of possession

26:50

21:10

3rd down efficiency

5 for 8

4 for 13

4th down efficiency

0 for 0

0 for 2

Punts - average

4-27.3

7-30.1

 

Maple Grove / CL

Rushing

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#35 Ryan Miller

23

208

9.0

46

4

#38 Mitch Sandberg

5

66

13.2

43

1

#3 A.J. Hulton

4

47

11.8

39

0

#27 Jed Micek

1

20

20.0

20

0

#31 Brian Westerdahl

2

14

7.0

14

0

#18 Nick Hudson

2

13

6.5

7

0

#81 Nicholas Fabrizio

3

11

3.7

8

0

#43 Bryce Rowe

1

3

3.0

3

0

#51 Kyle Hall

1

3

3.0

3

0

#20 Avery Webb

1

-2

-2.0

0

0

#4 Aaron Wilcox

1

-6

-6.0

0

0

#32 Jonah Tanner

3

-8

-2.7

0

0

Total:

47

369

7.9

46

5

 

LeRoy

Rushing

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#30 Nick Egeling

6

21

3.5

7

0

#22 Tom Kelso

11

13

1.2

6

0

#2 Nate Flint

1

2

2.0

2

0

#41 Anthony Natrigo

1

0

0.0

0

0

#23 Ryan McQuillen

1

0

0.0

0

0

#1 Mike McMullen

1

-7

-7.0

0

0

Total:

21

29

1.4

7

0

 

Passing

Name

Cmp

Att

Yds

TD

Int

#3 A.J. Hulton

0

1

0

0

0

 

Passing

Name

Cmp

Att

Yds

TD

Int

#1 Mike McMullen

10

27

72

0

0

#16 Jon Pierce

0

1

0

0

0

Total:

10

28

72

0

0

 

Receiving

Name

Rec

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

 

Receiving

Name

Rec

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#30 Nick Egeling

5

43

8.6

16

0

#16 Jon Pierce

2

16

8.0

10

0

#22 Tom Kelso

2

14

7.0

18

0

#21 Jake Henry

1

-1

-1.0

0

0

Total:

10

72

7.2

18

0

 

Fumbles

Name

Fum

FL

FR

Yds

#32 Jonah Tanner

1

1

0

0

#25 Dylan Kramer

0

0

1

6

#51 Kyle Hall

0

0

1

0

Total:

1

1

2

6

 

Fumbles

Name

Fum

FL

FR

Yds

#1 Mike McMullen

1

0

0

0

#22 Tom Kelso

1

1

0

0

#41 Anthony Natrigo

1

1

0

0

#72 Reed Kacur

0

0

1

0

Total:

3

2

2

0

 

Kicking

Name

FG

FGA

Lng

XP

Pts

#11 Dustin McCasslin

0

0

0

2

2

 

Kicking

Name

FG

FGA

Lng

XP

Pts

 

Punting

Name

Num

Yds

Avg

Lng

I20

#42 Trevor Micek

2

52

26.0

27

1

#80 Patrick Nelson

1

29

29.0

29

0

#3 A.J. Hulton

1

28

28.0

28

0

Total:

4

109

27.3

29

1

 

Punting

Name

Num

Yds

Avg

Lng

I20

#16 Jon Pierce

7

211

30.1

39

3

 

Kickoffs

Name

Num

Yds

Avg

Lng

#11 Dustin McCasslin

6

204

34.0

44

 

Kickoffs

Name

Num

Yds

Avg

Lng

#16 Jon Pierce

1

47

47.0

47

 

Kickoff returns

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#32 Jonah Tanner

1

86

86.0

86

0

 

Kickoff returns

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#22 Tom Kelso

3

33

11.0

18

0

#21 Jake Henry

2

29

14.5

22

0

#30 Nick Egeling

1

8

8.0

8

0

Total:

6

70

11.7

22

0

 

Punt returns

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#32 Jonah Tanner

1

8

8.0

8

0

 

Punt returns

Name

Att

Yds

Avg

Lng

TD

#22 Tom Kelso

1

10

10.0

10

0

#27 Josh Laurie

1

8

8.0

8

0

Total:

2

18

9.0

10

0

 

Defense

Name

Tkl

Ast

Sac

TFL

Int

#38 Mitch Sandberg

9

5

0.0

1.5

0

#57 Dustin Graziano

5

2

0.0

2.0

0

#3 A.J. Hulton

5

3

1.0

1.5

0

#42 Trevor Micek

5

4

0.0

0.0

0

#32 Jonah Tanner

4

1

0.0

0.0

0

#31 Brian Westerdahl

4

0

0.0

0.0

0

#75 David Applegarth

3

1

0.0

0.5

0

#17 Bradley Benson

2

2

0.0

0.0

0

#27 Jed Micek

2

0

0.0

1.0

0

#44

2

1

0.0

0.5

0

#25 Dylan Kramer

2

0

0.0

0.0

0

#53 Chandler Baker

1

1

0.0

0.0

0

#59 Keenan Smith

1

0

0.0

0.0

0

#56 Brody Nolan

1

0

0.0

0.0

0

Total:

46

20

1.0

7.0

0

 

Defense

Name

Tkl

Ast

Sac

TFL

Int

#23 Ryan McQuillen

6

1

0.0

1.0

0

#48 Tyler Prinz

6

1

1.0

1.0

0

#51 Kody Lamkin

5

1

0.0

0.5

0

#16 Jon Pierce

4

0

0.0

0.0

0

#21 Jake Henry

4

1

0.0

0.0

0

#22 Tom Kelso

4

1

0.0

0.0

0

#1 Mike McMullen

3

1

0.0

0.0

0

#72 Reed Kacur

3

1

0.0

1.0

0

#27 Josh Laurie

3

0

0.0

0.0

0

#77 Mike Shepard

2

0

0.0

0.0

0

#68 Nick Shepard

2

0

0.0

0.0

0

#75 Luke Hogle

1

1

0.0

0.5

0

#30 Nick Egeling

1

0

0.0

0.0

0

#67 Dave Englerth

1

0

0.0

0.0

0

#40 Dom Filio

1

0

0.0

0.0

0

#43 Ben Piazza

1

1

0.0

0.0

0

#57 Cody Resch

1

1

0.0

0.0

0

#41 Anthony Natrigo

1

0

0.0

1.0

0

Total:

49

10

1.0

5.0

0