Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake (7-1) came alive in the fourth quarter and defeated visiting Portville (4-4), 21-3, in a semifinal game.
The Thunder Dragons were behind, 6-3, but rallied in the final quarter with three touchdowns to set UP another meeting with undefeated Randolph (9-0) in the title game at 6 p.m. on Friday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Mitchell Sandberg put the winners ahead with a 3-yard run followed by Graham Nelson scoring from the 5- and 47-yard lines.
Photo by Scott Reagle
Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake’s Graham Nelson turns the corner on his way to the end zone for a fourth quarter touchdown against Portville Friday night during their Section 6 Class D semifinal at Maple Grove.
The go-ahead touchdown was set up when Kyle Mayer completed a 37-yard pass to Jed Micek on third-and-eight to put the Thunder Dragons inside the 10. Later, Sandberg went over from the 3.
Portville had taken the lead in the first quarter at 6-3 when Ben Waugh went 9 yards into the end zone.
Earlier in the quarter, Riley Beaten hit a 29-yard field goal to give the Thunder Dragons a 3-0 edge.
Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake had 159 yards rushing with Ryan Miller gaining 110 yards in 22 attempts before coming out with a leg injury. Nelson finished with 55 yards on six attempts.
The linebacking crew for the Thunder Dragons did the defensive job with Sandberg making 15 tackles, Chandler Baker 12 s and A.J. Hulton eight.