NORWICH – For over three years, all Maine-Endwell has done is win football games.
After encountering some early resistance from Norwich Friday night, the Spartans took complete control of the game winning their 41st straight game, 42-7.
Maine-Endwell’s Drew Gallagher snatched the Tornado’s early momentum away scoring on a 74-yard TD run in the first quarter. That run came two plays removed from Norwich’s biggest offensive bright spot – a 26-yard Cole Rifanburg TD run that tied the game at 7-7.
Gallagher’s run started on the left side of the line, then he cut it back to the right where he found a clear path to the endzone. Gallagher outraced the Norwich defense for the score, and M-E as a whole outraced the Tornado.
Norwich turned the ball over four times – two interceptions and two fumbles – that directly led to two M-E touchdowns.
“The turnovers killed us,” said Norwich coach Mike Chrystie. “We gave up the interception deep into the red zone, and then that 74-yard run put a damper on how well we were playing early in the game. “They hit us with the big play, and they took advantage of our mistakes,” said Norwich coach Mike Chrystie. “We knew we didn’t have to play a perfect game, but we needed to play a great game, and we made too many mistakes to compete with a team like Maine-Endwell.”