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Tuesday, November 24, 2015


CF's Layton and M-E's Finch prove girls are just as tough as guys

Don't tell Hanna Layton and Jaden Finch that they "play ball like a girl."  Although, if you did, it'd be a compliment.  Layton is a fullback and linebacker for Chenango Forks and Finch a lineman for Maine-Endwell and both are just as tough as their male teammates and opponents.  Here's their story:


Gallagher reflects on the last five years

Friday in the New York State Semis the Maine-Endwell Spartans season came to an end.  More importantly, so did the longest win streak in New York State History - 62 straight wins.  The previous record for win streak in the state was set by Hornell at 51 in 2012, but the state unbeaten streak was Massena's 54-0-1 mark set back in 1957.  If 62 is ever matched or passed in New York, chances are it will be in the distant future.

The sting can still be felt by the players and even Head Coach Matt Gallagher, but even so, he's focused on week one next year and took some time to reflect on the last five years.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Blue Devils back into state finals

The Chenango Forks Blue Devils all but coasted into a third straight state finals Saturday with a 44-22 win over Bath.  For Forks, it's also a chance to clinch a third straight state title, a feat not yet accomplished in school history.

Forks plays Greenwich on Friday at 6:00 at the Carrier Dome.

Saturday, November 21, 2015


Maine-Endwell's historic streak ends at 62 and in state semis

The streak is over.  After five years, a state record 62 wins, and four straight state titles, the Maine-Endwell Spartans have suffered their first loss and it came in a season ending 43-26 defeat in the state semis at the hands of Buffalo South Park.

The Spartans got off to a quick 14-0 lead and looked to be in control early in the first quarter, but the Sparks rallied and tied the game at 14 just before the half thanks to three turnovers, one which was a 55 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.

The second half, perhaps a continuation of the most uncharacteristic version of M-E football we've seen in years, saw five more Spartan turnovers and another South Park defensive TD.

All good things must come to and end, and as everyone has been saying for years, "it could end next year." Unfortunately for M-E, the streak ends this year, two wins shy of where their previous four have ended.

What may take a while to process and get over will give way to a reflection on what an accomplishment this was for a program to turn a 7-3 season in 2010 into a 62-1 run over the next five years.

Friday, November 20, 2015


Tioga finally crests the hill and clinches state finals berth

After falling in the Class D State Semis each of the last three years the Tioga Tigers are finally headed to the Carrier Dome with a 38-36 win over Bishop Kearney.  The Tigers got off to a quick 21-6 lead in the second quarter but that lead evaporated late in the 4th.  Adam Zweirlein got the clinching tackle to stop the Kings on 4th down to seal the victory.

Tioga will play Ticonderoga next Friday at 12:00.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Tioga breathing easy with Randolph not in future

The last three seasons for Tioga have all ended in the state semis, all three in losses to Randolph.  The Tigers are once again in the state semis, but the Cardinals are not.  While no game is easy this late in the season, mentally it's a sigh of relief for the Tigers to not have to face the team that's caused to many problems the last few years.

"I think it might a little bit, losing to them three straight times and not playing them this year will be a little different," said Jesse Manuel.  "I don't think the guys will be worrying as much going into the game and I think it'll help us out a lot."

"You get to this point in the season and everyone's good," said Head Coach Nick Aiello.  "It really comes down to how you play and execute.  If we've learned anything in the last four years that's what it boils down to.  You have to execute in big games, you have to block and tackle.  You're playing against top notch competition and you have to take that mentality into the week, and your preparation and your focus and we have to get after it next Friday."

Tioga plays Bishop Kearney Friday at 5:00 at Cicero-North Syracuse.


Silvanic growing as quarterback

At the start of the year LJ Watson was calling the plays for Chenango Forks but in recent weeks that job has fallen to Tony Silvanic.  Having Silvanic under center frees up the faster Watson to run the ball and makes him harder to defend.  Silvanic is now slouch on the ground either and might have the stronger arm of the two, so really, it's a no lose situation.

Still, Silvanic is naturally a tight end, so the adjustment to QB might have taken some getting used to, but he's growing into the role at a pretty convenient time.

"He seems to be getting week after week," said Head Coach Dave Hogan.  "He's definitely a lot more comfortable back there.  With his reads, running the ball as well.   He's getting better on both sides of the ball and it's just in time for the playoffs, right?"

Forks plays Bath on Saturday at noon at Cicero-North Syracuse.

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