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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.
Blue Devils handling the targets on their back
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
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
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
Friday, November 21, 2014
Tigers fall in fourth straight State Semifinal, third to Randolph
Understandably the Tigers are upset at calling it an early end to the season, but Head Coach Nick Aiello said after the loss that in a few days he'll be able to look back on the season and take it for all of it's spectacular accomplishments rather than just Friday's defeat.
Spartans! Prepared for Glory!
The Spartans found themselves down early to Homer 7-0 and entered the half tied at 7. The Trojans made it 10-7 with a field goal in the third before M-E took over for good. At this point, you can't call it luck. It's hard coached, well disciplined, smart football, not to mention a great deal of experience.
M-E takes on Cheektowaga on Sunday in Rochester at 3:00. That game originally scheduled for Saturday, but pushed to Sunday to accommodate Cheektowaga which was affected by the massive blizzard in Western New York.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Spartans state semifinal pushed back to Sunday
Class A - Indian River vs Irondequoit NOW scheduled for Sunday, November 23rd at Noon (originally Friday at 8 pm)
Class B - Maine Endwell vs Cheektowaga NOW scheduled for Sunday, November 23rd at 3 pm (originally Saturday at 3 pm)
The Class AA (11/22, 6 pm), Class C (11/22 Noon) and Class D (11/21, 5 pm) west football semifinals will remain as originally scheduled.
Due to teams traveling to Ithaca College for the NYSPHSAA Swimming & Diving State Championships on November 20-22, the NYSPHSAA has delayed the start of the event by two hours. On Friday, November 21st the NYSPHSAA Swimming & Diving State Championships will begin at 11 am with warm ups, then start its Parade of Seniors at 1:05 pm followed by competition at 1:15 pm. Saturday’s competition will remain as scheduled with the meet kicking off at 10:15 am.
"Anytime our schools and students are impacted by a weather event of this magnitude, we must consider all aspects of the situation and make accommodations where possible,” said NYSPHSAA Executive Director Robert Zayas. “We have adjusted our State Championship schedules to allow for teams to travel to our events and it is my hope that the communities and families who are impacted by the storm travel safely this weekend. We keep them in our thoughts and prayers."
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Blue Devils balancing the attack with passing game
Forks plays in the state semis Saturday at noon at Rochester's Sahlen's Stadium.
Highlights: Maine-Endwell and Chenango Forks advance to Class B and C Semifinals next week
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Tigers ready for Randolph rematch
For the third straight year, Tioga and Randolph will square off at Rochester's Sahlen's Stadium and this time around the Tigers are confident that this is their year. While they rank third in the state and Randolph first, the Tigers have their opponent well scouted just from the experience in the last two years alone.
Tioga vs. Randolph, Friday, 5:00.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Highlights from Class A and D State Quaterfinals in Syracuse
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Blue Devils playing with targets on their backs
Chenango Forks kicks off Saturday at noon against Utica Notre Dame at Cicero-North Syracuse.
Spartans not satisfied yet
M-E and Homer kick off Saturday at 6:00 at Cicero-North Syracuse.
Tioga taking the pressure off for Regional
Tioga kicks off Friday at 5:00 against Dolgeville at Cicerno-North Syracuse.
Section IV matches up well with Section III in State Rankings
Regional: Corning (Honorable Mention) vs. Heninger (5)
Regional: Union-Endicott (NR) vs. Indian River (5)
Regional: Maine-Endwell (1) vs. Homer (3)
Susquehanna Valley (22)
Regional: Chenango Forks (1) vs. Utica Notre Dame (5)
Newark Valley (15)
Watkins Glen (NR)
Regional: Tioga (3) vs. Dolgeville (5)
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Tigers need big effort to pull out upset
But, the Tigers think they're up to the task. Sometimes all you need to win is to believe in yourself.
U-E and Indian River kick off on Friday night from Cicero-North Syracuse at 8:00.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Class B and Class C Section IV Championship Games
Friday, November 7, 2014
Tigers (x2) take home Section IV Titles
In the nightcap, the Union-Endicott Tigers upset rival Vestal 28-7 to claim a third straight Section IV Title. The Tigers, entering the night with two wins on the season have now claimed 10 straight victories over the Golden Bears. Still not as lopsided as the 21 game win streak for Chenango Forks over Chenango Valley, but it seems to be on its way. U-E draws Section III's Indian River next weekend at C-NS.
Spartans ready for 4th straight Section Title appearance
They know their next opponent well, however, the Norwich Purple Tornado have come a long way since the week 3 42-7 loss to M-E. Since then, the Tornado have not lost a game, that's 6-straight if you're counting. After starting the season 0-3 with a -52 point differential, the Tornado have since then gone 6-0 outscoring opponents by 130 during that win streak.
While M-E is still confident in it's own ability and the scouting report compiled on Norwich, Matt Gallagher and the Spartans coaching staff expect just a tough a game against the Tornado as against the Sabers last Saturday.
Kick off scheduled for 3:00 Saturday at U-E's Ty Cobb Stadium.
Fourth times the charm for Newark Valley?
The Chenango Forks Blue Devils are the gold standard in when it comes to Section IV playoffs, 11 section titles in the last 13 years, the last four in five years coming in Class C, the other 7 coming in Class B. The Cardinals know first hand the kind of effort it will take to dance with the Devils in the pale moon light. Tim Burton Batman references aside, NV has not had too much luck when it comes to games against Forks lately. In their last three meetings, all in the regular season, Forks has won all three by a combined score of 113-24.
Come Saturday, the Cardinals are obviously hoping for an upset and are looking to ride the emotional high of last Saturday's win, the teams first in the postseason since 1985.
Kick off scheduled for Saturday at 12:00 from U-E's Ty Cobb Stadium.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Class D Title Game shaping up to be a doozy
Meanwhile, for the Tigers, their advantage is in their discipline and execution, primarily on the running game. If, and that's a big if, you can stop Section IV's all-time leading rusher Jesse Manuel... and yes, he is only a junior, you then have to deal with running back 1A Brad Jump. No one has ever been able to get one without the other. They've been sharing a backfield since they were kids. Head Coach Nick Aiello has no problem with how close they are, especially when they put up the kind of numbers they do, both surpassing 2,000 yards a season regularly. Not to mention, they're close relationship brings the rest of the team closer together.
The Tigers and the Spartans clash on Friday night at U-E's Ty Cobb Stadium at 5:00.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Spartans have "it"
Last year, the Spartans went relatively untested all year, their closes margin of victory, 35-15 in the Section Finals. That is, until they survived with a one point win over Cazenovia in the regionals and a one point, come from behind win in the state finals against Schalmont. This year, they've gotten at least one of those nailbiters out of the way, proving most importantly to themselves that they have what it takes.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
High School Football Sunday Recap: Class C Semifinal Games
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Section Semi Saturday
Horseheads 16 - Elmira 52
Binghamton 24 - Corning 58
Corning @ Elmira, Saturday, 11/8, 3:00 at U-E (for now)
Susquehanna Valley 6 - Maine-Endwell 13
Norwich @ M-E, Saturday, 11/8, 6:00 at U-E
Waverly 6 - Chenango Forks 13
Newark Valley 17 - Lansing 14 (OT)
NV @ Forks, Saturday, 11/8, 12:00 at U-E
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