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Friday, January 16, 2015
M-E's Coach Gallagher named MAX Preps Coach of the Year
Maine-Endwell's head coach Matt Gallagher has been named MaxPreps small school coach of the year. Maxpreps designates small schools as those that play in state enrollment divisions of less than 1,000 students.
Gallagher's spartans set a new york state record with four straight state titles and have won 51 straight games. that ties a new york state record and entering the 2015 season is the third longest active win streak in the country.
Class AA, A All-State selections announced
For the full Class AA listing, click here.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Gallagher, Bronson headline All-State Selections
Wednesday, the New York State Sports Writers Association announced the All-State Selections for Classes B, C, and D, with Class AA and A coming in the near future.
Here are Section IV's representatives:
Player of the Year: Adam Gallagher, M-E.
DL: Jake Felice, M-E
DB: Michael Palmer, M-E
QB: Kyle Balmer, M-E
OL: Tommy Panella, M-E
DL: Bruce Canady, SV
LB: Hunter Hazen, M-E
RB: Michael Oralls, Norwich
OE: Will Gladney, OFA
Line: Adam Korutz, JC
Jamison Luke, Norwich
LB: Brady Wisniewski, M-E
Lane Zembek: SV
For the full state listing for Class B, click here.
Player of the Year: Ryan Bronson, Forks
OL: John Hardy, Forks
LB: Vinnie Darpino, NV
Hunter Luybli, Forks
DB: Jack Sherwood, Forks
RB: L.J. Watson, Forks
OL: Jeff Klossner, Waverly
QB: Peyton Miller, Waverly
RB: Jon Brown, Watkins Glen
OL: Kieran Goodwin, Edison
LB: Brandon Davis, Lansing
RB: Keith Rekczis, WG
Line: Caleb Gould, Forks
Shawn Potter, NV
Tony Silvanic, Forks
LB: Dexter Hamilton, NV
DB: Cody Lamond, Forks
Tristan Rifanburg, Norwich
For full state listing for Class C, click here.
RB: Jesse Manuel, Tioga
OE: Tanner Winchester, Unatego/Franklin
OL: Dylan Babcock, Tioga
P: Devon Dean, Harpursville/Afton
DB: Sam Burns, Tioga
QB: Josh Feyerabend, Una/Fr
RB: Brad Jump, Tioga
OL: Tyler Griffin, Walton
DL: Josh Kithcart, Tioga
LB: Sam Crowley, Seton
DB: Ryan Marszal, Una/Fr
RB: Dawson Briggs, Walton
Line: Ethan Barber, Una/Fr
LB: Quinn Harby, Walton
Nate Wilsey, Una/Fr
All-Purpose: Nick Neer, Oxford
For full state listing for Class D, click here.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Spartans set goals higher than "52"
After four straight titles you'd think that win number 52 would be a big enough goal for the Spartans. But, you'd be wrong. Michael Palmer will return to the team next year as a senior and says that the goal will remain the same "13-0 and a fifth straight state title." It may sound like a lofty goal, but it hasn't stopped them yet.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL BLOG EXCLUSIVE: Catching up with "KG" and "Wiz"
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Maine-Endwell state champs for 4th straight season with 27-19 win over Schalmont
A nice crowd of Spartans, definitely over 300 made the trip to support the blue and gold in the championship contest.
M-E jumped out to a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter after Adam Gallagher brought back and interception 25 yards for a score and Kyle Balmer found Michael Palmer for a 35 yard touchdown pass.
In the second, Adam Gallagher rushed for a 5 yard score to take a 21-0 lead into the break. Last year, the Spartans were down 14-0.
In the third quarter with the Sabres driving, Adam Gallagher picked up a bad snap and went 95 yards to the end zone for the score to take a 27-0 lead and M-E never looked back.
Maine-Endwell forced 5 turnovers which was the key to getting their 51st straight win and fourth straight title.
If the Spartans win week one in 2015 they will surpass Hornell's 51 game win streak set a few years back.
Steve Pham was named MVP Offensive Lineman, Offensive MVP was Kyle Balmer. Defensive MVP was Brady Wisniewski and game MVP was Adam Gallagher.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Blue Devils come from behind for back-to-back titles
The Blue Devils only took the lead for the final time late in the 4th quarter thanks to a 42 yard Ryan Bronson touchdown. They kept the lead thanks to a Trevor Borchardt punt block and a Tony Silvanic sack on the Panthers final two drives. But, the road to that point was not typical of Chenango Forks Football.
The first two Forks drives of the game ended in fumbles, one resulted in a touchdown. The first two drives of the second half ended on fumbles, fortunately with no points resulting. Six total fumbles, one recovered by Jack Sherwood, the other five going to Hoosick Falls. Based on casual observation, those fumbles probably beat Forks entire season total. Down 14-12 at the half, but not out. The Blue Devils rallied behind each other, rather than a speech from the coaching staff.
Head Coach Dave Hogan said that even after being down on the scoreboard and on the wrong end of a few fumbles, his players were still confident they would win. Bronson, who took home Finals MVP Honors with 192 yards rushing and 2 TD's, said that they knew they were going to win, they just had to prove it and that started with the eliminating the turnovers.
While winning a state title is a dream come true for any student-athlete, this year is extra special because it's two in a row. It's the second time Chenango Forks has won back-to-back state titles, the first time coming in 2003 and 2004. The seniors on this year's team were 10 years old when that group put it's mark on the history books, and to this year's team, the players on those teams are role models, folk heroes, and legends. Now, their names are in the record books right next to those 2003, 2004 teams.
"Words don't describe what that really means to us, it's just amazing," Bronson said.
"It's an amazing feeling. Those guys are so good, we looked up to them so much," Jack Sherwood added. Sherwood took home Finals Offensive MVP Honors.
While Hogan says he knows how big it is to win back-to-back titles, and how difficult it is, when asked about next year and the chance of three-peating, he laughs and says "I'll have to get back to on that tomorrow, tonight I just want to enjoy this one." And who can blame him.
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