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Maple Grove vs. Clymer Game Buzz on Blogs
November 4, 2008
The Buffalo News 'Prep Talk' Blog has everybody talking about Maple
Grove. Hear what some had to say:
"OK, most of us have a team that we "follow", but if you choose just
one of the games at the Ralph this week that doesn't involve your
team, which would it be? .................I'm actually interested in seeing
Secky and the Maple Grove show" -- posted by Milt Latimer
"If you haven't seen little school Maple Grove make sure you get a
seat Friday. Secky is fun to watch..............I would give the edge to
MG for team play, very unselfish. Clymer is a surprise team. Big fast
and well coached. They are good. Outstanding defense."
-- posted by Coach
"I've heard very good things about Chris Secky(QB) ...From kids
who play against him!!" -- posted by Matt
"A little stroll down Memory Lane MG v. Clymer can MG finally beat
them?" -- posted by Chaut_Co
"Maple Grove will beat them, badly. Portville is one-dimensional (run),
making them easier to stop...M.G. can do anything they want....."
-- posted by bbalfan1
There's even a challenge..........
"nobody gives clymer a chance. maple grove is a very good team but
they do not have the horses clymer has. everyone talks about maple
groves offense, i bet we keep them under 21 points. my prediction is
clymer 28 maple grove 14. we are way too big and athletic to be
stopped.we stymied Portville and will do it again at the ralph."
-- posted by mwigg
Caporale Named to Week 9 Connolly Cup Honor Roll
November 2, 2008
For 6 weeks in the 9-week high school football season to date, a Red
Dragon has been recognized as a Top Performer of the Week in Western
New York and listed in the Connolly Cup Honor Roll. Junior quarterback
Chris Secky was honored in weeks 1, 2, & 3, and senior runningback Jake
Larson in weeks 6 and 8.
In week 9, senior wide-receiver Joe Caporale takes a turn, recognized for
his outstanding performance in the semifinal game against the Randolph
Cardinals. It is his second nomination of the season, having also been
honored in week 2.
Caporale had 7 receptions for 191 yards in the game, averaging 27.3 yards
per carry. His longest reception was for 51 yards. He scored 2
On the season, he is second in team scoring with 84 points, via 8 catches, 3
runs, and 3 kick returns. He's had 29 receptions for 656 yards, averaging
22.6 yards per catch. His longest reception was 74 yards for a touchdown.
Win Puts Dragons Into a November to Remember
November 1, 2008
Randolph. Rivalry. Remember. Revenge. Redemption. Ralph.
R's were the theme of the night and Ours was the mindset the Dragons
used for victory: Our House. Our Night. Our Time.
It's a mindset the Red Dragons have adopted for every step of the '08
season as they dominate opponent after opponent . . . and their semifinal
victory on Halloween night over the Randolph Cardinals would be no
While some may say this victory was all about the R's, players will tell you it
was more about the Ours -- and Randolph was just another step on their
journey to a November to Remember.
The 49-14 win puts them back at the Ralph where they'll face the Clymer
Pirates for a shot at the Section 6 Class D Title that has alluded Maple
Grove for 10 years, despite six more trips to the Ralph to claim it.
We're convinced the '08 Dragons will have OURS on their mind.
Read Post-Journal game coverage.
Maple Grove vs. Randolph Game Buzz on Blogs and
October 30, 2008
The Maple Grove vs. Randolph semifinal matchup has brought a buzz to
blogs and sports' pages.
Here's what Buffalo News reporter Keith McShea had to say on his
How huge is this Randolph-Maple Grove game? With last year
looming over the Red Dragons' heads, this makes for just a
tremendous matchup and a great atmosphere. Could the Cardinals
pull off a win in Bemus Point again? I just can't see it happening. The
pick is Maple Grove, and if the Dragons can get past this game, they
could go a long way. On the other side, I think Class DD's Portville
will have too much for Clymer.
Visit his blog to vote for a Dragon's win or to post a comment on his
The Jamestown Post-Journal had this to say:
One of the finest rivalries anywhere, the two teams meet again on
the Dutch Hollow Road. Earlier this season, the Red Dragons rolled to
a 37-6 victory, but they don't have to be reminded that the
Cardinals knocked them out the playoffs in last year's semifinals.
The Cardinals, the defending sectional champs,have won six straight
games since, are in a tie for No. 15 in the latest Class D state rankings
and have outscored their opponents, 247-16.
But continuing that hot streak against Maple Grove, the second-
ranked team in the state, will be a true challenge.
The Red Dragons are averaging 50 points per game, yielding just a
shade over six and can score from virtually anywhere on the field.
[Runningback Jake] Larson, quarterback Chris Secky, wideout Joe
Caporale and company make this Maple Grove team arguably
The Post-Journal's 12-member"Smack-Talk" team all predict a Maple
The Olean Times Herald said:
For those of you who are still wondering just how good Maple
Grove’s football team is this year, you’re about to find out. The
undefeated Red Dragons (8-0) host 6-2 Randolph in a rematch of a
Week 3 contest which Maple Grove won in convincing fashion, 37-6.
Here’s what makes the rematch interesting. Since that setback,
coach Pat Slater’s Cardinals have held their next six opponents to 16
points ... TOTAL.
According to Slater, one of the reasons that his team has turned its
season around is that some of his players have risen to the challenge.
Daniel Shaw has led the charge. After playing the first two games at
linebacker, Slater moved the 6-1, 175-pound senior to safety.
“He’s been a great leader for us all year,” said Slater after his team’s
50-7 rout of Forestville in a Section 6 Class D quarterfinal round win
on Saturday. “It seems like everyone else feeds off his leadership.
Plus, some other guys have come on strong.”
If that’s the case, perhaps the confidence and momentum that
Randolph has gained over the last six weeks can slow down and
perhaps even stop Maple Grove, which has been led by Chris Secky,
a Division I prospect at quarterback.
The Maple Grove vs. Randolph rematch is must-see football -- don't miss it!
Larson Named to Connolly Cup Honor Roll for Second
Time This Season
October 27, 2008
Senior running back Jake Larson's 5 TD performance in quarterfinal action
against the Brocton Bulldogs last Friday night earned him his second
nomination to the WNY Connolly Cup Honor Roll.
Larson leads the Dragons' team scoring with 118 points via 19
touchdowns and two 2-point conversions. He is 3 touchdowns shy of the
single season record of 22 set in 2002 by Kyle Swanson and matched in
2004 by Devin Raynor and trails by 37 the single season record of points,
set at 155 in eight games by Kim Wefing in 1971.
Larson was also selected to the Connolly Cup Honor Roll in Week 6 and
joins teammates junior quarterback Chris Secky, honored in Weeks 1, 2 &
3, and senior wide receiver Joe Caporale, honored in Week 2.
October 29, 2008
Larson's Week 8 performance against the Brocton Bulldogs also brought
him recognition as Class DD Player of the Week and as a Top Running Back
of the Week. He was also the Top Scorer in WNY High School Football.
Overall, the Red Dragons continue to be the #1 Top Team Offense in WNY,
averaging 50.3 points per game and are now the #4 Top Team Defense,
with just 6.7 average points per game given up.
Dragons Will Take On Randolph In Playoff Semifinals
October 26, 2008
It's official. The Red Dragons will host rival Randolph Cardinals in semifinal
action Friday, October 31st at 7:30 pm at Maple Grove.
The Dragons dominated the season's earlier match-up with the Cardinals
in a 37-6 victory on Randolph home turf. It was the second straight loss
for the Cardinals who began their season 0-2. It would also be their last.
The Cardinals have gone on to win 6 games straight, outscoring
opponents 247-16, including a 50-7 pounding of Forestville in Saturday's
quarterfinal action, putting them back at Maple Grove this Friday night.
If the story sounds familiar, it is. Last season, the 0-2 Cardinals won out
their remaining regular season and quarterfinal game and found
themselves on Dragon turf in semifinal action. And as Dragon fans
remember all too well, the Cardinals were victors in the '07 Red Rivalry
Whether the '08 Dragons will be seeking to avenge last year's loss, or
simply continue the domination they've demonstrated all season long,
there is no doubt they will come hungry for victory on Friday night -- just
as those pesky Cardinals will.
So ditch the door to door tradition this Halloween and join us for some
frightening good football with lots of hootin' & howlin' on Dutch Hollow in
the Biggest Little Game of the Section 6 season to date.
Candy could never be this sweet.
WOW! Maple Grove Lunges Into The Record Books Again
October 25, 2008
Wow. That's it. One small word to describe one powerful team.
After stalling on their opening drive, the Red Dragons scored touchdowns
on 10 straight possessions in a record-setting 70-0 victory over the
Brocton Bulldogs in a Section 6 Class D quarterfinal in front of a home
crowd on Dutch Hollow Road. Guess you could say this team of talented
young men hallowed the Hollow -- as the Red and Black launched a
performance on home turf that will be remembered for a long time to
''We executed after our first series pretty well,'' Maple Grove coach Curt
Fischer understated. ''We were getting a body on a body and that's
important that we just keep doing the right things. I wasn't disappointed
with that at all. I thought we did a good job.''
Maple Grove (8-0) did better than good, as it has all season.
The 70 points scored set a new school mark for points scored in a game,
bettering the mark set just two weeks ago in a 64-9 victory over
The Red Dragons also stand just two points shy of the school mark for
scoring in a season with 403 points. The record of 405 was set by the
1998 state champion, a remarkable team that, it should be noted, needed
13 games to break the 400-point barrier.
Maple Grove will likely set the new mark next Friday night, when it hosts
the winner of today's quarterfinal between Randolph and Forestville.
Read the Post-Journal's game day coverage.
Dragons Advance In Playoffs With
70-0 Victory Over Brocton
October 24, 2008
Congratulations to our Red Dragons who advance to Round 2 Playoff
action with yet another dominant performance on home field.
The Dragons' win broke their own record for most points scored in one
game, previously set at 64 in an earlier win against Frewsburg. In
tonight's shutout victory over the Brocton Bulldogs, the Dragons
established a new one game points total of 70 . . . putting them at 403
total points scored this season -- just 3 points away from surpassing the
all-season points record of 405, set by the 1998 State Champ Dragons.
The win places the Red Dragons back on home field next Friday, October
31st at 7:30 pm and they'll play tomorrow afternoon's winner of the
Randolph vs. Forestville game.
Way to go Dragons!
"Second Season" Begins for Dominant Dragons
October 22, 2008
They rank #1 in Western New York in team offense --scoring 333 points in
just 7 games -- 72 points away from the season record of 405 set by the
'98 State Champ Red Dragons. They've held opponents to just under 8
points per game. They've gone unbeaten in 3 consecutive regular
seasons. They rank #2 in New York State Class D. They indeed can be
called a house of power.
But to the 2008 Red Dragons, none of this matters now. Sure they can
celebrate a phenomenal season to date, but ask any Dragon and they'll tell
you their job isn't finished. In fact, it's far from it. On Monday afternoon,
their second season began . . . and they've got just one thing on their
mind: a victory over the Brocton Bulldogs.
While the first round of playoffs pits the Class DD Champs against the
fourth place finisher in Class D -- Brocton (4-3) -- history has taught every
Red Dragon player and fan alike that no opponent can be taken lightly.
The super-stats slate has been wiped clean and the Red Dragons know
that the 2008 Season: Part II can begin or end on Friday night.
''We feel good,'' Coach Curt Fischer said. ''We're probably the healthiest
we've been in years, knock on wood. Barring anything crazy happening,
''This team's different,'' he said. ''Not much bothers them. They're a
different bunch than I've ever coached. I never know how to read them.
But, man, when the kickoff goes, they're just a bunch of kids who want to
play. That's a good thing to have.''
Junior quarterback Chris Secky has completed better than 63 percent of
his passes and thrown for 14 touchdowns, booted 33-of-41 extra points
and 2-of-4 field goals. Seniors Jake Larson (730 rushing yards) and Adam
Hover (495 yards on the ground) have scored 13 and four touchdowns
respectively and are both averaging better than 10 yards per carry.
Seniors Joe Caporale (20 receptions) and Josh Micek (nine catches) both
have six touchdown receptions to round out a potent offense.
Defensively, linebackers Matt Fox, a junior, and Micek are the top tacklers,
while senior tackle Corey Gens has 3 sacks.
Make no doubt about it, this outstanding team of young men want to
extend their season into a "November to Remember." And surely they've
got the proven talent to do so. Jump on board their fantastic journey --
come cheer them on Friday night, October 24th at Maple Grove.
Kickoff is 7:30 pm.
Larson and Secky Noted for Top Performances in Week 7
October 22, 2008
For the second week in a row, senior running back Jake Larson is turning
heads in Section 6. Larson was recognized as a Top Running Back, Top
Scorer (with 18 points), and a Top Player in Class DD.
Junior quarterback/kicker Chris Secky was one of six Top Quarterbacks
noted for performances in Week 7 and was also a Top Player in Class DD.
Together, the Maple Grove Red Dragons continue to lead the points board
with total team points of 333, averaging 47.5 per game. They rank 6th in
total team defense with 7.7 points per game scored by opponents.
Congratulations Red Dragons!
Dragons Defeat Pine Valley Panthers For Third
Consecutive Perfect Regular Season
October 19, 2008
For the third straight year, powerful Maple Grove has completed an
unbeaten regular season and has raised its winning streak to 25 in a row
over a four-year period. Guess it's fitting then that the final tally of points
scored in the '08 regular season by Maple Grove is 333.
Senior running back Jake Larson scored three times while junior
quarterback Chris Secky passed for a score, ran for another and was
perfect in setting a school record with eight placements as the Red
Dragons scored the first 56 points en route to a 56-6 win at Pine Valley.
The school record for extra points in a game was set seven by Jordan
Senior running back Adam Hover didn't score a touchdown but did lead
the 404-yard ground assault with 113 yards on nine carries.
Larson finished with 102 yards in seven attempts and scored on runs of 4,
10 and 11.
Meanwhile, Secky was 3-for-5 for 29 yards, including the first score of
eight yards to senior receiver Joe Caporale that started off a 21-point first
quarter. Later on in the period, Secky bolted 15 yards for another score.
Senior Josh Micek went over from the 11, junior Kraig Meekins went in
from the 3 and freshman quarterback Alex Grace hit sophomore receiver
Brett Tordoff with a 35-yard touchdown pass to account for the rest of
the Maple Grove scores.
Grace, before suffering a leg injury on the final play, was 4-for-5 for 71
Senior Travis Leburg made 10 tackles and recovered a fumble, senior
Brandon Fain made six tackles, blocked two punts and recovered a fumble,
sophomore Jordan Saxton and junior Charlie Glenn both had five tackles,
and Micek added five tackles and a blocked punt for the Red Dragons.
Secky Sets New Maple Grove Points Record
October 19, 2008
A second record has been broken by the 2008 Red Dragons team. In the
final game of the regular season, junior kicker Chris Secky went a perfect 8
for 8, setting a new school record for point after kicks. The previous
record was 7, established by outstanding Dragon alum Jordan Rambacher
in 2000 and later matched by Tom Secky in 2000.
We congratulate Chris Secky for his outstanding achievement and applaud
the entire point-after sqaud, including place holder Josh Micek, for their
talent in assisting Secky with setting the record.
In week 6 against the Frewsurg Bears, the Maple Grove Red Dragons
broke another school record with most points scored in one game, now
established at 64.
Larson, Fox, and Fischer Make Week 6 Headlines
October 15, 2008
Congratulations to senior running back Jake Larson, junior lineman Matt
Fox and Coach Fischer for outstanding performance in week 6.
Coach Fischer was named Section 6 Class D Coach of the Week while Fox
and Larson were named Class DD Top Players of the Week. Larson was
also named a WNY top running back and a top points scorer with the 24
points he put on the board against Frewsburg. Fox was named a WNY
Defensive Player of the Week.
We congratulate the ENTIRE Red Dragon team for being NUMBER ONE in
all of WNY high school football for most points scored so far this season,
with 277, and for being #6 in WNY defensively!
Way to go Dragons!
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|Senior Jake Larson, junior Matt Fox and Coach Fischer were
recognized by Section VI Football for their outstanding
performances in the Dragon's victory over Frewsburg.
|Senior Josh Micek holds the ball for junior kicker Chris Secky as
the Dragons' special teams protects. The point-after sqaud
would go on to make perfect on all attempts
and set a new school record of 8 point-after kicks.
|The Red Dragons exit their final regular season game of 2008
with a perfect record and a hunger for
continuing their winning streak into the playoffs.
|Senior running back Jake Larson and junior
quarterback Chris Secky were noted by Section
6 for powerful performances in Week 7.
|The phenomenal 2008 regular season is over . . . and
the 'second season' begins with playoffs:
Friday, October 24th
Maple Grove takes on the Brocton Bulldogs
at Maple Grove; kickoff is 7:30 pm
|Sophomore Zach Proctor, in his rookie season
as a Red Dragon, put the 2008 team into the
record books again with a fourth quarter
4-yard touchdown run that tallied 70 points
on the scoreboard, the highest one game
total ever for a Maple Grove football team.
Contributing to the record-breaking total
were seniors Jake Larson with 5 TDs,
Josh Micek with 1, Adam Hover with 1,
Joe Caporale with 1, and sophomore Brett Tordoff
with 1 and a 2-point conversion. Junior Chris Secky
would match his previously set point-after
record with 8 perfect kicks.
|Jake Larson is named to the
Week 8 Connolly Cup Honor
Roll for his excellence in
quarterfinal action against
|The Maple Grove vs. Randolph
semifinal game kicks off on
Halloween night at 7:30 pm at
Maple Grove. Dragon Fans know to
come early to get a seat -- this
game always draws a big crowd.
|Travis Leburg, Brandon Fain, Adam Hover, and Randy Aponte
celebrate the Red Dragons' semifinal victory
over the Randolph Cardinals that puts them back at
Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 7th in pursuit of the
Section 6 Class D Championship Title.
Vince Caporale (far right) flew in from California just to
watch his nephew Joe Caporale play his final home game
as a Dragon. Caporale, senior wide receiver for Maple
Grove, gave his uncle quite a show -- a performance so
outstanding he was recognized by the Connolly Cup as a
Top Performer in WNY for Week 9.
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Back in 2002, the last time MG played Clymer at the Ralph,
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But then again, maybe it wasn't an error at all........merely
a prediction of things to come in 2008! GO DRAGONS!!
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