Maple Grove advances to Class D championship with 32-27 win over Tioga

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Leading 32-27 and with Tioga marching down the field on a potential game-winning drive, the Maple Grove defense stood tall, forced a fumble and recovered to secure a 32-27 win to advance to the Class D championship on Friday.

The Red Dragons are now a win away from capturing their first state title since 2008.  They also won a championship in 1998.

Leading 20-14 after three quarters, Maple Grove’s Nick Fabrizio scored on a 10-yard run run on the first play of the fourth quarter to open up a 26-14 lead.

However, after Tioga pulled within 26-21 the Red Dragons fumbled on the ensuing possession, which the Tigers turned into points to take a 27-26 lead with eight minutes to play.

As they have all year, Maple Grove answered the bell and scoring with less than three minutes remaining to take a six point lead and advance to the state championship.

The Red Dragons will play Cambridge, which defeated Millbrook 55-8 in the other semifinal, on Nov. 24 at noon at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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