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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Last year's thriller fuel for thought for M-E
A year ago, the Maine-Endwell Spartans were down by one score against Schalmont with under two minutes to play. From there, then senior QB Kyle Gallagher led the Spartans on what became known in the months following as "The Drive" - a 75 yard excursion down the field, scoring a touchdown with seconds to spare, lining up to kick only for Schalmont to call a timeout prompting Head Coach Matt Gallagher to tell his son Kyle to line up and go for two, fullback Darnell Woolfolk missing his blocking assignment only to be wide open in the endzone to make the game winning reception on the two point conversion and securing a 22-21 win. Got all that? Because I'm certainly not going over it again.
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
While it would be a bit of an obvious statement to say that every high school athlete wants to win a state championship, it's understandable that it would mean a bit more coming in your senior year. For that reason, Chenango Forks Head Coach Dave Hogan says that every member of his team is playing for each other, but even more so for the seniors. For him, it's all about how they end their careers, and you can't argue with going out on top. For one senior, running back Ryan Bronson, this whole season for him is about trying to play as much football as possible, and you can't play much later into the year than the state finals.
Forks takes on Hoosick Falls on Saturday at 3:00.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Making History is not a daunting task for M-E
As impressive as the Maine-Endwell Spartans program has been over the last four years, they haven't done anything that hasn't been done before. Four other schools in the state have won three straight state titles and Hornell won 51 games in a row. Hornell's win streak came with three straight state titles as well. That being said, the Spartans have a shot at history on Sunday. Maine-Endwell heads to the dome for a fourth straight year. A win means two things: 1) an unprecedented four straight state titles and 2) 51 straight wins, tying Hornell's state record and four shy of the state unbeaten record held by Massena (54-0-1) which ended in 1957. With all that on the line, you would think that even though they don't like to talk about and dwell on the streak, it's got to start to weigh on their minds and feel like a lot of pressure. But for the Spartans, the only pressure they feel, is the pressure of a playoff game, which they've dealt with for the last four weeks.
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.
Blue Devils handling the targets on their back
Last year the Chenango Forks Blue Devils set out to prove that Forks Football was back. Well, they did, in a 28-27 thriller over Rye Neck in the State Finals. After a decisive 27-0 win over Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake in this year's state semis, Forks is headed back to the Dome in search of back-to-back state titles. When trying to repeat, the target on your back gets bigger and the Blue Devils next opponent, Hoosick Falls would make their season to upset the reigning champs. For that reason alone, you would think that the Blue Devils would be feeling a little bit of pressure. But, you'd be wrong.
Chenango Forks vs. Hoosick Falls, Saturday, 3:00, Carrier Dome.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Maine-Endwell advances to 4th straight Class B State Final with a 54-28 win over Cheektowaga
The Spartans rushed for 6 touchdowns as Kyle Balmer rushed for 199 yards and 3 scores while Adam Gallagher gained 127 yards on the ground with 2 scores in the 54-28 win. The defense also forced 5 turnovers and only allowed a powerful Warriors offense to score 28 point while the offense did score on six of seven drives to take an early lead.
Now M-E's win streak is at the big number 50 but 51 is a rematch of the state final against Schalmont. That game will be played on Sunday at 3pm in the Dome.
Blue Devils fast start, key to semifinals victory
Blink and you missed the Chenango Forks Blue Devils get off to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter against Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake on Saturday, in what would finish a 27-0 rout. The Thunder Dragons had previously not allowed more than 12 points in a game since Week one, but the Blue Devils needed less than five minutes to fix that. As Forks prepares for a second straight State Finals trip, they take some time to reflect on how important that quick start was to Saturday's win.
Forks plays Hoosick Falls on Saturday at 3:00 in the Carrier Dome.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Chenango Forks will go back to the Dome after 27-0 win over Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake
Chenango Forks got off to a fast start scoring on the first drive, a 61 yard run from LJ Watson. Then after a Hunter Luybli interception, Jack Sherwood found Ryan Bronson for 20 yards to take a 13-0 lead. After several turnovers, the Blue Devils ended up shutting out the Thunder Dragons who came into the game averaging 39 points a game. Next week, Forks will take on Hoosick Falls in the State Final next Saturday at 3 pm.
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