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Maine-Endwell – Preseason Playbook

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TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) -- The Maine-Endwell football team has a simple motto this season.

The team is rallying behind the phrase "all we got," even writing it on shirts to be worn through the preseason.

The seniors said they came up with it together, and added it's been their motto since they started playing together.

"Give everything for the man next to you, the brothers you're out there playing with," said senior Michael Smith.

"That's just to represent that we're going to give our all," said senior Dan George. "We've given our all this offseason and when we're on the field we know that all we got is our teammates next to us."

The preseason message doesn't end there.

"Thank you" is written across the front of the Spartans' shirts. Coach Matt Gallagher said he wanted to remind his team what it took for them to be on the field this season.

"As a coaching staff, we want them to realize they have a lot to be thankful for, that we actually have this opportunity," he said.

Players had the opportunity to write personalized messages, thanking whoever they felt made the season possible.

Among those written on shirts were family, friends, coaches and the Maine-Endwell community.

As Smith, George, and fellow senior Lance Gulliver take the football field for the last time in a Spartan uniform, they're looking to make a statement.

"We're going in there with a game plan, and that game plan is to win so no doubt, we're going to go out there trying our best," said Gulliver.

"We work hard every day, every practice," said Smith. "We're going to go out there give it our best every game every week."

Gallagher said even before the season was delayed, his plan was to simplify the playbook. While a condensed preseason would typically make things more difficult, in this instance it doesn't hurt.

"Our plan was to simplify our playbook anyway," said Gallagher. "I think this will actually help us that we did simplify it. These kids are going to know about eight plays, but they're going to know them."

With a team made up of multi-sport athletes and skilled position players, Gallagher said he's excited to see what the offense brings.

"Every year we don't necessarily have a 1,000-yard rusher, we have four guys that have 7 or 800 yards," he said. "In all honesty, we have seven or eight guys that could have that many."

The Spartans open the season against Vestal, a school they will likely face again next season after the classes realigned.

They'll also face Binghamton and Union-Endicott, a challenge Gallagher is embracing because it will prepare the underclassmen for the fall season.

"Each and every week that we have, our six games are competitive and that's the beauty of it. Whether it's a class C, a class B or a class A team, we know we'll have to bring our best every game," said Gallagher.

With no state or section championships this season, the Spartans are grateful for the chance to play six games.

"Rain, shine, hail, snow, we're happy to be out here," said George. "It's almost like a miracle we got a season, so we're going to give it our all."

"They're playing these six games because they love the game of football," said Gallagher.

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