Franklinville/Ellicottville already boldly announced it's a contender for the Section VI Class D title when it handed last year's state runner-up Maple Grove its first loss to a Western New York team in four years two weeks ago.
The Titans reminded folks just how tough they'll be during the postseason Saturday afternoon by marching into John F. Kennedy's den and defeating the Bears, 52-14.
F/E scored the opening 28 points of the game against its Class C-sized foe, finding the end zone on its first offensive play. That's was a 50-yard touchdown run by quarterback Brock Blecha.
Blecha, the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder senior, rushed for three touchdowns and passed for another as the Titans remained perfect through five weeks of the season. Griffin Chudy rushed for 98 yards and touchdowns of 1 and 23 yards, while Titans teammate Austin Grinols had a 57-yard touchdown catch.
Player of the game: Blecha, the third-year starter, who rushed 10 times for 125 yards and TDs of 50, 1 and 2 yards. He also completed 10-of-13 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown. He completed his first six pass attempts of the game.
Stopped in their tracks: The Bears came into Saturday on a three-game winning streak but experienced some tough sledding against F/E's stout line. Self-inflicted mistakes (penalties, dropped passes) also prevented them from generating much.
James Bailey completed nine passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns to inch closer to the JFK career records in both those categories. He came in needing around 600 yards and nine TDs to take hold of the two school quarterback records he doesn't own.
Rankings: F/E came into the contest ranked sixth in the Buffalo News' small schools poll and eighth in the state sportswriters' poll. JFK was unranked.
Records: F/E is 5-0, JFK 3-2.
What's this mean: For the Bears, the outcome means nothing, as they still have two league games left and are in contention to potentially host a playoff game. But coach Jeff Sabatino said his team will be better because of the caliber of foe it faced Saturday. For F/E, it left its comfort zone – leaving Chautauqua County for game, stepping up to face a bigger school and playing on a Saturday afternoon instead of Friday night – and for the most part didn't miss a beat in exceeding their points-per-game average (41) for the season.
Next: F/E visits Chautauqua Lake at 7 p.m. Friday, while at the same time JFK will be on the road to face division foe Wilson.