ENDICOTT – Maine-Endwell’s winning streak keeps going, and going, and going… .
For this year at least, the task of halting the Spartans’ 48-game victory skein will rest with some team outside of Section IV as M-E rolled to a 48-20 victory over Norwich, Saturday at Ty Cobb Field in the Class B championship game.
A summary of the Spartans’ accomplishments over the past five seasons: Five section titles – two in Class A, three in Class B – three state championships, and five victories over Norwich, all by at least four touchdowns.
“It's really nothing we're doing,” said M-E head coach Matt Gallagher, speaking for his entire staff. “The kids before have set the stage, and these guys want to be a part of it.”
Junior Michael Palmer scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter with sensational individual plays, and was named the game's most outstanding player. Adam Gallagher had two touchdowns – one rushing, one receiving – and sophomore fullback Cordell Woolfolk rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
The Spartans built a comfortable 34-0 lead before Norwich put its first points on the board midway through the third quarter. NHS came into the contest with six straight victories, but its streak was snapped decisively, while the Spartans' remarkable run will live on another week.
“I’m not going to say it was one of those days,” said Norwich coach Mike Chrystie. “We needed to play better. You play a team that is number one in the state and has won three state titles, you need to play fundamentally sound football to beat them.”