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Friday, January 16, 2015

 

M-E's Coach Gallagher named MAX Preps Coach of the Year

One of his sons was named new york state class b player of the year last year, another took home that award this year, and today it's his turn.


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

While one could say Section IV cleaned up in the All-State selections in Classes B, C, and D, the selections for Classes AA and A are a little slimmer.

Elmira's Jerry McPeak and Allah Sessions were named to the AA Fourth Team Offense and Fourth Team Defense respectively.  Corning's Gabe Enicks named to the Fifth Team Defense.  Making AA Honorable Mentions, Binghamton Offensive End Bryan Morrison, Elmira Lineman Dom Clark, and Corning Lineman Bobby Shepard.

For the full Class AA listing, click here

In Class A, only U-E Defensive Back Heze Morgan earns an Honorable Mention.

For the full Class A listing, click here.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

 

Gallagher, Bronson headline All-State Selections

For the second straight year the NYS Class B Player of the Year comes from Maine-Endwell and the Class C Player of the Year comes from Chenango Forks.  Last year, it was M-E's Kyle Gallagher and Forks Isaiah Zimmer, this year it's M-E's Adam Gallagher and Forks Ryan Bronson.  Both Adam Gallagher and Bronson led their teams to yet another state title, M-E's (and Gallagher's) fourth straight, Forks fourth ever and second straight.  Section IV not only took home two player of the year awards, but was well represented in the rest of 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:

Class B
Player of the Year: Adam Gallagher, M-E.
First Team:
DL: Jake Felice, M-E
DB: Michael Palmer, M-E
Second Team:
QB: Kyle Balmer, M-E
OL: Tommy Panella, M-E
DL: Bruce Canady, SV
LB: Hunter Hazen, M-E
Third Team:
RB: Michael Oralls, Norwich
OE: Will Gladney, OFA
Honorable Mention:
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.

Class C
Player of the Year: Ryan Bronson, Forks
First Team:
OL: John Hardy, Forks
LB: Vinnie Darpino, NV
       Hunter Luybli, Forks
DB: Jack Sherwood, Forks
Second Team:
RB: L.J. Watson, Forks
OL: Jeff Klossner, Waverly
Third Team:
QB: Peyton Miller, Waverly
RB: Jon Brown, Watkins Glen
OL: Kieran Goodwin, Edison
LB: Brandon Davis, Lansing
Honorable Mention:
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.

Class D:
First Team:
RB: Jesse Manuel, Tioga
OE: Tanner Winchester, Unatego/Franklin
OL: Dylan Babcock, Tioga
P: Devon Dean, Harpursville/Afton
DB: Sam Burns, Tioga
Second Team:
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
Honorable Mention:
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"

The Maine-Endwell Spartans have set the bar for excellence in high school football across New York State.  After securing the school's fourth straight state title, a state record, and 51st win in a row, tying a state record, there's little doubt that M-E has one of the best programs in NYSPHSAA history.  Looking ahead, the Spartans have to wait the better part of nine months waiting for a chance to surpass Hornell's record and set their own record of 52 straight wins, which could come in Week 1 of 2015.

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"

As the Maine-Endwell Spartans set a NYSPHSAA Record with four straight state titles and tie a state record of 51 straight wins, the final game of the 2014 season came in a 27-19 win over Schalmont in the Class B State Title Game.  For that last one, they had some special guests on the sidelines Kyle Gallagher and Alec Wisniewski.  Kyle, the older brother of this year's MVP Adam and Drew, and son of Head Coach Matt wasn't going to miss this one if he could help it.  "Wiz," nearly inseparable from Kyle since growing up together was there to watch his younger brother Brady make big play after big play on the state's biggest stage.  After this year's Spartans made history, we caught up with two of last year's state finals heroes who certainly played a part big part in this M-E Dynasty.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

 

Maine-Endwell state champs for 4th straight season with 27-19 win over Schalmont

Maine-Endwell football was looking to do something no high school football team in the state has done up to this point, win 4 straight state titles. The Spartans only had one  team in their way, the Schalmont Sabres.

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

It certainly wasn't the prettiest of State Title wins, but it doesn't matter how you got there, only that you did in fact get there.  The Chenango Forks Blue Devils are your 2014 NYSPHSAA Class C State Champions after coming from behind twice to beat Hoosick Falls 20-14 on Saturday.

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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