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Sunday, November 29, 2015
He's the Man-uel
Forks Seniors go out with a bang
Friday, November 27, 2015
Back-to-Back-to-Back for the Blue Devils
Tony Silvanic was named Finals MVP.
Highlights and Reaction below. We'll have continuing coverage in the days to come.
Tigers finally bring home well deserved state title
Jesse Manuel took home Finals MVP.
Highlights and reaction below. We'll have continuing coverage in the days to come.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Blue Devils and Tigers prepare for State Finals
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
CF's Layton and M-E's Finch prove girls are just as tough as guys
Gallagher reflects on the last five years
The sting can still be felt by the players and even Head Coach Matt Gallagher, but even so, he's focused on week one next year and took some time to reflect on the last five years.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Blue Devils back into state finals
Forks plays Greenwich on Friday at 6:00 at the Carrier Dome.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Maine-Endwell's historic streak ends at 62 and in state semis
The Spartans got off to a quick 14-0 lead and looked to be in control early in the first quarter, but the Sparks rallied and tied the game at 14 just before the half thanks to three turnovers, one which was a 55 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.
The second half, perhaps a continuation of the most uncharacteristic version of M-E football we've seen in years, saw five more Spartan turnovers and another South Park defensive TD.
All good things must come to and end, and as everyone has been saying for years, "it could end next year." Unfortunately for M-E, the streak ends this year, two wins shy of where their previous four have ended.
What may take a while to process and get over will give way to a reflection on what an accomplishment this was for a program to turn a 7-3 season in 2010 into a 62-1 run over the next five years.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Tioga finally crests the hill and clinches state finals berth
Tioga will play Ticonderoga next Friday at 12:00.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Tioga breathing easy with Randolph not in future
"I think it might a little bit, losing to them three straight times and not playing them this year will be a little different," said Jesse Manuel. "I don't think the guys will be worrying as much going into the game and I think it'll help us out a lot."
"You get to this point in the season and everyone's good," said Head Coach Nick Aiello. "It really comes down to how you play and execute. If we've learned anything in the last four years that's what it boils down to. You have to execute in big games, you have to block and tackle. You're playing against top notch competition and you have to take that mentality into the week, and your preparation and your focus and we have to get after it next Friday."
Tioga plays Bishop Kearney Friday at 5:00 at Cicero-North Syracuse.
Silvanic growing as quarterback
Still, Silvanic is naturally a tight end, so the adjustment to QB might have taken some getting used to, but he's growing into the role at a pretty convenient time.
"He seems to be getting week after week," said Head Coach Dave Hogan. "He's definitely a lot more comfortable back there. With his reads, running the ball as well. He's getting better on both sides of the ball and it's just in time for the playoffs, right?"
Forks plays Bath on Saturday at noon at Cicero-North Syracuse.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Spartans, Blue Devils, Tigers all tops in the state
With only four teams left in each class, it stands to reason that their state semi-finals opponents would be in the top four. M-E will play 3rd ranked Buffalo South Park on Friday at 8:00, Forks will play 3rd ranked Bath on Saturday at noon, and Tioga will play 2nd ranked Bishop Kearney at 5:00 on Friday.
Several other teams in Section IV remain ranked despite their seasons ending as recently as this past weekend:
Elmira - 12th (AA)
Binghamton - Honorable Mention (AA)
Waverly - 17th (B)
Chenango Valley, Owego - Honorable Mentions (B)
Newark Valley - 9 (C)
Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour - 19 (C)
Deposit/Hancock - 5 (D)
Walton - 12 (D)
Harpursville/Afton - 15 (D)
Elmira Notre Dame - Honorable Mention (D)
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Spartans keep level heads during frustrating times
Yet, throughout all of that, the Spartans kept a level head and stayed discipline which will help them achieve their end goal of a fifth straight state title.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Blue Devils cruise past Utica Notre Dame in State Regionals
The Blue Devils improved their state-record for playoff wins to 24 and return to the State Semis.
They will play either Maple Grove/Chataqua Lake or Bath next weekend in Syracuse.
Wolverines season ends in OT loss to Cazenovia
In overtime, the Wolverines held the Lakers on their first possession forcing the field goal attempt which made it 17-14. Then, after the Lakers did the same, a bad snap forced the Wolverines to improvise a pass play which got intercepted ending the contest.
The Wolverines finish the season 8-3.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Spartans Cruise to Fifth Straight Regional Title and 62nd Win
The Spartans continue their New York State Record 62-game win streak and avenge the 2010 loss to Whitesboro which was the last time that M-E lost a game.
M-E will next play the winner of Saturday's Section V/Section VI matchup between Brockport and South Park. That semifinal game will be at Cicero-North Syracuse at 5:00 on Friday the 20th.
Tigers wallop Sandy Creek for fifth straight State Semis berth
Tioga will play the Section V/Section VI winner Bishop Kearney or Franklinville/Ellicotville/West Valley on Friday the 20th at Cicero-North Syracuse at 8:00.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Forks sticking to the gameplan that got them to Regionals
"Definitely that smash mouth football," said Section Finals MVP Tony Silvanic. "Our line played awesome and we want to continue to do that all the way to the Dome"
"We talked about blocking and tackling," said Head Coach Dave Hogan. "We're going to keep working on that. It's not rocket science. We're going to keep doing the things that got us here, we just try to elevate it and do it that much better the following week."
Forks and Utica Notre Dame kick-off on Saturday at noon at Alumni Stadium.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Does Whitesboro provide motivation and added pressure to Spartans?
Kevin Barrett, now a senior QB/S for the Spartans, was in the stands for that loss watching his brother Sean's season come to an end.
"It was hard to watch," Barrett said.
Now, five years and four state titles later, the Spartans are on the best run of any high school football team in New York State History. Friday night they play that sixth straight Regional Final looking for a fifth straight berth in the State Semis. Standing in their way? Whitesboro.
Getting a chance to beat the last team to beat them could add pressure to the Spartans, but also provide motivation. Barrett's older brothers have all been talking to him about getting back at Whitesboro for that 2010 loss. It's rare to see one of Head Coach Matt Gallagher's players disagree with him, but he says that it's no more pressure or extra motivation, but Barrett says otherwise.
"It's definitely a little bit of both," Barrett said. "Pressure wise, just because we don't want the last team to beat us to beat us again and end it. But it adds motivation, we want to keep the streak going and we just come out here and practice and do what we do every single day."
"It's actually neither, I don't think," Gallagher said. "We're just trying to focus on it's the next game and it's Whitesboro, so they're the most important and our guys are approaching it that way. So I don't think it really matters to be honest with you."
M-E plays Whitesboro at 5:00 on Friday at Alumni Stadium.
All Section IV and Section III Champions are ranked heading into Regionals
All five Section IV Champions are ranked. Elmira ranks 12th in Class AA, Maine-Endwell 1st in Class A, Waverly 18th in B, Chenango Forks 1st in C, and Tioga 2nd in D. Their Section III opponents are all also ranked. Liverpool is ranked 10th in Class AA, Whiteboro 12th in Class A, Cazenovia 1st in B, Utica Notre Dame 7th in C, and Sandy Creek 7th in D.
Other Section IV teams in the state rankings are: Newark Valley 10th and Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour 19th in Class C; and Deposit/Hancock 6th, Walton 12th, and Harpursville/Afton 15th in Class D.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Spartans maintain tradition of winning with 6th straight Section Title
Now, in 2015, the Spartans have once again earned the title of Section IV Champions beating Johnson City 40-16 on Friday night. It's an accomplishment to be enjoyed by this team, but to be celebrated by all those that have been involved in this record breaking era of high school football.
"It's just awesome, said RB/DB Kevin Barrett. "The legacy that everyone behind me has left behind is just crazy. To fill in for this and to get to six straight is awesome."
"That's great, that's tradition," Gallagher said. "We've been consistent and that's what we try to do.
We have our alumni come back all the time, they're on our sidelines, they come to practice, which is a great feeling. They're welcome anytime and they know that. The kids on the team now want them there, and it just seems to be one big family and we want them there."
Back in Class A for the first time since winning the State Title in 2011, Maine-Endwell next plays Whitesboro in the State Regionals. Whitesboro was the last team to beat M-E back in Regionals in 2010. Kick-off scheduled for 8:00 Friday night at Binghamton Alumni Stadium.
Blue Devils celebrate Section Title as piece of a bigger pie
That mindset of not being done is what has helped not only propel Forks to 13 Section Titles in the last 15 years, but to back-to-back State Titles with a third in the cross hairs. It's a fine line to walk, celebrating a Section Title while staying humble knowing that the ultimate goal is still three weeks away.
"We know it takes a lot of hard work to get to where we have been so we just got to keep going week in and week out, grinding so we can be ready for that," said Tony Silvanic, Finals Defensive MVP.
"It's challenging at times but again, we have great leadership this year and that helps out," Hogan said. "The seniors, they're veterans. I think if anyone is getting off task they help us get back on task and I think we'll be ready for next week too."
Forks gets a Regional rematch with Utica Notre Dame next Saturday at 3:00 at Alumni Stadium. The Blue Devils beat the Jugglers 57-14 one year ago.
Millers share Waverly's Section Title
Through the air and on the ground, Peyton picked apart the Warriors defense for 236 yards rushing on 24 carries and five touchdowns as well as 143 yards passing completing 10 of 18 passes.
It was a special performance and a special moment for his father Jason to enjoy from the sidelines.
"It's been awesome. From the beginning of the year and all the hard work you put in, this is his third year starting at quarterback on varsity, we spend a lot of time together, sometimes too much time together, said the elder Miller. "But, it's always nice, I'm very blessed to have a son that has that kind of athletic ability but a son that works at it too. He's a great leader, he's a quiet leader. I've never seen him become over confident and cocky to the point no one wants to follow his lead, so he's been very reserved. It's a special moment, special for his mother for sure, so it's pretty cool."
Waverly draws a tough matchup for Regionals in Cazenovia, the top ranked team in Class B in the State. Kickoff scheduled for 3:00 Saturday at Alumni Stadium.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Express take down Patriots to regain Class AA Crown
Taking a 34-28 lead into the locker room, the Express jumped out to a 64-36 lead with 8:58 remaining in the game before the Patriots put up a few last minute scores.
The Express will play next Saturday at 6:00 at Alumni Stadium against Liverpool which knocked off top seeded CBA.
Wolverines outlast Warriors in tight Class C Finals
The Wolverines and Warriors were scoreless after one quarter and Waverly was the first to strike in the second. Tied at 7 with 2:06 left in the half, Brendyn Stillman intercepted a Mark Mullins pass and took it back 55 yards to go up 14-7. But, the Warriors ran an effective two-minute drill to drive the length of the field to score but missed the two-point conversion allowing the Wolverines to take a 14-13 lead into the break.
The Warriors took a brief lead in the third, scoring first in the half to go up 20-14 but the Wolverines and QB Peyton Miller answered right back to regain the lead. Mark Mullins then found Matt Slezak for their third touchdown connection of the evening to regain the lead briefly. That would be the last score and the last lead for the Warriors.
Miller earned his Finals MVP Honors on the next Waverly scoring drive. Three times the Wolverines scored only to have it called back by penalties, two of those scores Miller's, before Miller punched it in for what would be the go-ahead score.
Dan Blackman sealed the victory with a key interception of Mullins, Miller promptly followed with a 36 yard TD and the Wolverines cruised from there to win the school's first Section Title in four years.
Waverly will play the Cazenovia, the top ranked team in Class B, next Saturday at Alumni Stadium, at 3:00.
Blue Devils win 4th straight Section IV Title in blowout of Newark Valley
Watson was named Finals MVP, Tony Silvanic Finals Defensive MVP.
The Blue Devils will advance to the Regionals next Saturday at noon, again at Alumni Stadium. They will play the Utica Notre Dame Jugglers for the second straight year. Last year Forks won that contest 57-14.
Friday, November 6, 2015
Tioga wins 5th straight Section IV Title
Tioga next plays the winner of Class D in Section III in the State Regionals at Alumni Stadium next weekend.
Spartans win 6th straight Section IV Title and 61st straight game
The Spartans defeated the Johnson City Wildcats 40-16 at Binghamton's Alumni Stadium. M-E got off to a quick start thanks to a big 39 yard run by John Cerra and a 60 yard pick 6 by Andrew Grassi in the first quarter and never looked back from that early 12-0 lead.
Quarterback Kyle Balmer was named Finals MVP with two rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown to Michael Palmer.
The Spartans will play the Section III Champ Whitesboro next weekend at Alumni Stadium for the Regional Championship. Whitesboro was the last team to beat Maine-Endwell at the end of the 2010 season.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
What to watch for as Forks and NV battle for Class C Title
This time around, the Blue Devils are looking to make it 13 Section Titles in 15 years. They've won every title game in which they've played, missing out on the finals in 2008 and 2011.
For the Cardinals, they're post game mantra has been "Road to the Dome" all year, and as far as they're concerned, there's no reason this isn't the team to be playing in Syracuse after Thanskgiving.
CORRECTION: Forks and Newark Valley battle for the Section crown on Saturday at 12:00 at Binghamton's Alumni Stadium.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Section IV Teams enter Section Finals ranked statewide
Elmira - 14
Binghamton (Honorable Mention)
Maine-Endwell - 1
Waverly - 21
Chenango Valley, Owego (Honorable Mention)
Chenango Forks - 1
Newark Valley - 8
Watkins Glen/Odessa Montour - 19
Deposit/Hancock - 2
Tioga - 3
Walton - 12
Elmira Notre Dame (Honorable Mention)
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