TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) -- Following Saturday night's 21-0 loss at home against Chenango Forks, the Maine-Endwell Spartans will look to rebound in 12 Sports Game of the Week.
Matt Gallagher and his winless Spartans host Mike Ford and the undefeated Susquehanna Valley Sabers Friday night.
"Bouncing back is a term that is used for a team that isn't confident, and I think we are," Maine-Endwell head coach Matt Gallagher said.
Bouncing back from a shutout loss to Forks last Saturday, which also just so happened to be 12 Sports Game of the Week. A game that played a lot closer than the final score.
"I don't think it was a 21-point game," added Gallagher. "Our guys left the game knowing that. We're not big fans of a loss is a good thing, but sometimes you can learn from it, and I think that's what we did."
For one key learning point, let's turn to senior Tyree Brodley, who came down with a sick pick on Saturday night.
"Our team has heart," said Brodley at practice Tuesday afternoon. "I mean, we never gave up. We always played. We kept playing until the end. We really never thought we were down. We always played like we were up."
Keeping his head up is junior quarterback Joe Mancini, who tossed two interceptions in the loss to Chenango Forks.
"It makes me angry and just motivates me more to try to push myself harder and make the offense better," Mancini said.
But how do you fix an offense in five days? An offense that totaled just 101 yards in that loss to the Blue Devils.
"We're going to be moving some of our people up front to different positions where we think that's going to be beneficial for the things that we want to do," Gallagher responded.
This early in the week, it's uncertain how those changes will actually impact Maine-Endwell in the second week of the season against a formidable Sabers squad, but one thing is certain: the fans.
"You couldn't ask for a better community," Brodley said.
"We wouldn't be where we are without our community," Gallagher added.
"Every single week they come out and watch us play," said Mancini. "So hopefully this week we can get the [win] and make them happy."
A win and the Spartans move back to .500.
A loss and Maine-Endwell starts 0-2 for the first time since 2005.
The Spartans beat Susquehanna Valley 26-6 last year in the Town of Conklin.
Friday night's game is in the Town of Union. Spartan country.
Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.