Cal-Mum/B-B wins Section V title 5 days after tragedy

First Section V title for Red Raiders since 2010

ALFRED - Class C Championship: (6)Caledonia-Mumford/Byron-Bergen 27, (1)East Rochester/Gananda 26

Tragedy struck the Red Raider family on Monday when Kristina Maye, older sister of quarterback AJ Maye, died in car accident on I-390 in Rochester.

Five days later, her younger brother helped Cal-Mum/Byron-Bergen to it's first Section V title since 2010. 

As a 6-seed, Cal-Mum was the lowest seed remaining at the start of championship weekend, but the Red Raiders kept their biggest surprise for the Class C Final.

With nine minutes remaining in the game, East Rochester/Gananda quarterback Pat Shanley connected with Tanner Swagler for a touchdown pass to put the Bombers in front 26-13.

Three minutes later, Cal-Mum led 27-26.

After the Swagler touchdown, Cal-Mum's Joe Butler returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a score to keep the deficit within one possession.

ER/Gananda then lost a fumble on the following kickoff return, setting the Red Raiders up with terrific field position.

With six minutes remaining, Maye handed the ball to Bryce Yockel, before unleashing a perfect halfback pass to Lucas Stuccio in the endzone for the go-ahead score.

The teams traded possessions over the final minutes, until Cal-Mum ran out the clock.

The Red Raiders have repeatedly said they were a family and they needed to support one of their own. With heavy hearts and minds, they did that as they lifted not only a Section V trophy along, but the spirits of Red Raiders everywhere.


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