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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.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Last year's thriller fuel for thought for M-E
Now, a year later, the Spartans find themselves heading to the dome looking for a 4th straight state title, and who should be standing in their way but the Schalmont Sabers. This time, it's safe to assume those Sabers returning from last year are making the trip with a bit of a chip on their shoulders ready to dethrone the Spartans. Luckily for M-E, Gallagher has faith in his team after, as he says, "they've been through it all." Close games, blow outs, come from behind wins, the M-E Spartans have done it all this year and as far as he's concerned, that only bodes well for Sunday.
M-E and Schalmont kick off at noon on Sunday.
Playing for the seniors
Forks takes on Hoosick Falls on Saturday at 3:00.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Making History is not a daunting task for M-E
M-E takes on Schalmont on Sunday at noon at the Carrier Dome. It's a rematch of last year's epic state title game, which, if you don't remember, the highlights are below.
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