ENDWELL – The Maine-Endwell victory train reached 30 Saturday afternoon, and it doesn’t appear anyone in Section IV is ready to derail the two-time defending state champions.
All-State quarterback Kyle Gallagher threw for two scores, ran for another, and senior fullback Darnell “The Bus” Woolfolk rushed for 132 yards and had two more TDs in a 49-7 romp over Norwich.
M-E (5-0) racked up 475 yards of total offense in halting the Purple Tornado’s three-game winning streak. Norwich (3-2), who was averaging over 30 points a game during the winning streak, had less than 50 yards of total offense through three quarters of play, and didn’t come close to the endzone until a late fourth-quarter drive that ended in Mike Sutton’s seven-yard score.
“They’re number one in the state for a reason,” said Norwich coach Mike Chrystie. “They do all of the little things right.”
And that attention to detail has served the Spartans well for 2 1/2 seasons. M-E tackled well in the open field, capitalized on two Norwich turnovers, partially blocked a punt, and converted on third- and fourth-and-long situations that usually lead to a turnover of downs.
After forcing Norwich to punt on its first series, the Spartans marched 83 yards on 13 plays for their first score. Inside Norwich’s 20, M-E committed a penalty, and that was chased by Jaden MacRabie’s 12-yard sack of Gallagher. Not to worry, Woolfolk came to the rescue with a 28-yard first-down run. Two plays later, Woolfolk ran it in from three yards out.