Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Maine-Endwell enters this high school football season riding the longest active winning streak in New York State. The Spartans have won 38 straight games and three straight state titles entering this year.
Despite those streaks, Maine-Endwell knows nothing will come easily. Especially because they lose three-year starting quarterback Kyle Gallagher, now at Cornell, and running back/linebacker Darnell Woolfolk, who is now at West Point.
With plenty of holes to fill, the Spartans say they're keeping their eyes focused on the future and earning more victories.
"We know that we have a great program here, and it's because of the great kids here and the great community," said head coach Matt Gallagher. "But we know that every single thing, every victory, that we have we're going to earn it. No one is going to give it to us, so we want to make sure that we know that."
"We always go out there because we always have to beat the other team on every single play," said senior captain Adam Gallagher. "Just because we're Maine-Endwell, they aren't going to give it to us, so we've got to go out there and beat the guy across from you."
A new Kyle takes over at QB
After winning three state titles with Kyle Gallagher at the helm, a new face takes over at quarterback for the Spartans, but he has the same name.
Senior Kyle Balmer will get the starting nod for M-E, as he looks to fill the massive void left by Gallagher, who is now at Cornell.
Balmer does have some experience though, including playing much of last year's opener in the Carrier Dome after Gallagher went down with an injury. He said he has been waiting for this opportunity for quite a while.
"He was our back up last year and he was able to get into some games," said coach Gallagher. "He actually played the majority of our first game last year because Kyle got hurt, and he did a fantastic job. We're confident he can step in and do the things that we need him to do."
M-E puts that 38-game winning streak on the line in Week 1 against rival Union-Endicott on the road.