BEMUS POINT - The Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake Thunder Dragons' defense proved to be the difference Friday night in a 13-0 shutout of the Portville Panthers in Class D high school football.
Tyler Furlow led the stingy defense with eight tackles and a crucial interception in the second quarter. With Portville driving and inside the Thunder Dragons' 20 yard line with less than two minutes left in the half, Furlow intercepted a pass and returned it 54 yards before being tackled to keep the game scoreless going into halftime.
"That was a huge game changer," MG/CL coach Curt Fischer said.
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Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake’s Mitchell Sandberg makes a hit on Portville’s Ben Waugh during Friday’s Class D football game. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
The Thunder Dragons' defense yielded just 108 yards of offense and held Portville to -5 yards in the fourth quarter. It also forced four fumbles and recovered all four.
The defense received 12 tackles from Jonah Tanner and 10 from Chandler Baker.
"Our line was getting great pressure," Fischer noted. "We had some great tackling."
With the score tied at 0-0 heading into the final quarter, MG/CL got on the scoreboard as Ryan Miller found the end zone on a 26-yard run. Kyle Mayer capped off the scoring later in the frame with a 2-yard plunge into the end zone.
Miller finished with 130 yards on 22 carries while the team rushed for 298 on the night.