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Class D football Far West Regional at a glance

Who: Maple Grove Red Dragons (9-1) vs. Clyde-Savannah Golden Eagles (10-0)

When: 5 p.m. Friday

Where: Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium at SUNY Brockport

Tickets: $10

Web cast: myspectrumsports.com

Rankings: Maple Grove is ranked No. 8 in the News Small Schools Poll and No. 9 in the state poll. Clyde-Savannah is ranked first in the state.

Regional records: Maple Grove as a solo outfit is 3-3 with wins in 1998 over Red Jacket (35-20), 2008 over Dundee (57-12) and 2016 over Alexander (28-0), and losses in 1996 to Cal-Mum (30-28 in OT), 1997 to Clyde-Savannah (38-20) and 2011 to Letchworth (30-14). During its time as a merged outfit with Chautauqua Lake, the Dragons are 1-1 with a win over LeRoy in 2014 (32-0) and a loss to Bath in 2015 (16-8).

This is Clyde-Savannah's fourth appearance – its first since 2000. The Golden Eagles are 2-1.

Coaches: Maple Grove, Curt Fischer, 27th season (220-46); Nick Dercola, 12th season.

Maple Grove key players and statistics: Sr. RB/DB Nick Fabrizio (156-1022 rushing-14 TDs; 9-117-2 receiving; 60 tackles), Jr. QB/DB Easton Tanner (45-74-568-11 TDs passing; 85-490-7 TDs rushing; 34 tackles), Sr. RB/DB Nash Nelson (60-450-4 rushing; 47 tackles), Jr. WR/DB Zach Fischer (16-227-8 TDs receiving; 40 tackles, 2 INT), Jr. DB Zach Hendrick (51 tackles, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery).

Clyde-Savannah key players and statistics: Sr. QB Dru Carnevale (76-100-1492-20 TDs passing; 29-93-1 TD rushing), Sr. RB/DB Derrick Chance (159-1582-14 TDs rushing; 6-189-4 TDs receiving; 92 tackles), Sr. WR Jaydon Rattray (27-510), Sr. WR Austin Diver (16-338-3 TDs), Sr. LB Nick Ramos (136 tackles), Sr. LB Nick Fowler (105 tackles).

How they got here: Maple Grove handed Franklinville/Ellicottville its only loss of the season, 26-15, scoring the final 20 points of the game to reach this round for the fourth year in a row.

Clyde-Savannah broke through in its fifth straight title-game appearance by defeating defending Section V champion Alexander, 17-13.

Pre-snap read: The Red Dragons are back again looking to reach the state semifinals for the third time in four years.

This Maple Grove team lost several key contributors from last year's state runner-up team to graduation but is playing its best football when it matters most. The Red Dragons like to run with Fabrizio serving as the workhorse. That shouldn't change, but the past two weeks they've been more willing to take to the air and the passing game helped them rally for the victory last week over the only Section VI team that's beaten them the past four years. Tanner got his feet wet filling in at quarterback during last year's state run and was solid in sectional final.

Clyde operates out of the spread and likes to spread the ball around via the pass as five receivers have at least 171 yards or better. Its top weapon is returning first team all-state running back Derrick Chance, who hardly comes off the field and is a threat to take it to the house whenever he touches the ball. He averages 10 yards per carry and 18.2 per catch. Nick Ramos is in his fourth season. He's been playing through a gimpy ankle the past two weeks after sitting out the sectional quarterfinal.

What’s next: Winner advances to the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association semifinals, where it will face the Central Region champion at 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at Union-Endicott High School.

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