NORWICH – When heaping superlatives upon a ballclub, sometimes hyperbole overstates a team’s ability. The assessment on defending New York state champion Maine-Endwell: Good as advertised.
The Spartans stretched their winning streak to 18 games, and gave no indication that the streak will come to a close anytime soon in a 49-7 romp over Norwich Friday night at Norwich High School.
The Spartans were able to turn the potential gaffe into a huge positive, and in spite of three first-half turnovers, led 28-0 at the halftime break. Yes, the lofty praise surrounding this outstanding 42-man collective is warranted. “We said before this game that they were physical and fast, and they really opened it up with the option,” said Norwich coach John Martinson. “At the point of attack, we were just outphysicaled by that team. We knew they were good up front, we just made too many mistakes when we had some opportunities.”
Norwich was forced to punt on its first five possessions, but the first of those boots yielded a slim opportunity to cash in on an M-E mistake. Spartans returner Luis Uceta was unable to hand the kick from Norwich’s Kyle Edwards. The ball hit Uceta on the upper part of his chest, and bounced forward toward the NHS cover team. Uceta dashed forward and gathered a high bounce in stride returning the ball 39 yards to the Norwich 44. On the first play from scrimmage, M-E quarterback Kyle Gallagher kept the ball on the midline option, and dashed 44 yards for the score.