UNION (WBNG) — The Maine-Endwell football team is off to a 2-0 start and are ranked No. 5 in the state. The Spartans look to keep the momentum going in 12 Sports’ Game of the Week when they host unbeaten Chenango Valley Friday night.
The Maine-Endwell Spartans are back.
"We’re excited," said Maine-Endwell head coach Matt Gallagher. "We’re excited, but we know we have a lot of work to do still. We think that we are a pretty good team, but to get to where we want to go, we have to be a great team with a little luck."
Two games, two victories, two dominating performances for Maine-Endwell, scoring nearly 60 points a game.
"We’re playing well," said Maine-Endwell senior fullback Matt Raleigh. "We get together as a team and when things go bad, we still stick together as a team to keep things going good. (We) always stay positive on the field."
From Joseph Mancini to Josh Chandler to Ryan Brozovic, the Spartans have weapons for days offensively, making head coach Matt Gallagher smile while he’s calling plays.
"They want the ball, but they don’t ask for it and there’s a big difference between that," said Gallagher. "I know that anybody I call, they want it, but they’re not going to say, ‘give it to me.’"
"Just blocking downfield, sometimes, it’s hard not to look at them because they are just all over the place," said Maine-Endwell senior lineman Gregg Davis. "(They are) running everywhere, running people over, making people miss, it’s just great."
The Spartans can even score when they don’t have the football, like Friday night, when Brozovic started a rally with a pick-six.
"It’s a momentum-changer," said Gallagher. "It kind of deflates the other team and it gets us pumped up a little bit too."
Now, Maine-Endwell turns its attention to Chenango Valley, a very familiar foe.
"A lot of the stuff we have, I actually went over and talked to Coach Hope about it," said Gallagher. "So, we got a lot of our stuff from him. So, I know that he knows it and I know that he knows it well and the kids run it well."
"It should be a tough week defensively and they do also have a very good defense," said Raleigh. "They have some big kids and it should be a tough week offensively too."
So with all the familiarity, Coach Gallagher may have a hidden gem he’s been waiting to call.
"Because of the fact that we play each other every year and like I said, Coach Hope and the rest of the coaches over there do a fantastic job, we have to make sure we have a couple things up the sleeve," said Gallagher. "But, we feel if we do the things that we do consistently and we do those well, we should be in pretty good shape."
Maine-Endwell hosts Chenango Valley Friday night at 7 p.m.