TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) -- After a slow start to the season, the Maine-Endwell Spartans are currently one of the hottest Section IV football teams. The Spartans are riding a three-game winning streak into Week 7 thanks in large part to a gifted sophomore, Ryan Brozovic, our 12 Sports Athlete of the Week.
Maine-Endwell began the season 1-2, scoring just 19 total points in that span. Adjustments have clearly been made, however, as the Spartans have tallied 139 points in their last three games.
Sophomore running back and linebacker, Ryan Brozovic, is at the center of Maine-Endwell's recent offensive explosion.
"Unfair to [Brozovic], we expected this," Maine-Endwell head coach Matt Gallagher said.
"Every single day he's physically and mentally prepared for the practice and the game," junior quarterback and defensive back Joseph Mancini added.
The quiet underclassman played loud in last Saturday's 44-20 win over Chenango Valley, compiling more than 200 all-purpose yards. 80 yards on the ground, 132 yards through the air and two touchdowns.
Again, he's only a sophomore.
"[Brozovic] is a really hard worker," said Mancini, who's locker is right next to Brozovic's. "He comes to practice every single day, and you can see he's just busting his butt, so to see it come out on the field is just, it's awesome to watch."
Brozovic's first score on Saturday came early in the second quarter. A 74-yard touchdown pass from Mancini.
"The safety came up so Broz shot past him," Mancini said describing the play.
"Joe threw a perfect pass to me," Brozovic added.
"Joe made a nice throw," said Gallagher. "Ryan made a great catch."
Then the Spartans ended the first half with an impressive two-minute drill, capped off by another Mancini to Brozovic touchdown strike. This time from 16 yards out as time expired.
"Being able to get the ball to Broz in space, get some blocks in front of him, and then him making somebody miss and get to the end zone, it was pretty nice to see," Gallagher said describing the ideal end to an impressive two-minute drill.
"As you're blocking, you see someone like Ryan or Joe run by you, it's kind of like all right, that's sweet," said junior offensive and defensive lineman Brennan McQuade. "We got a touchdown."
And according to number 22, there are two keys to the Spartans recent success.
"Well, we're all like family, so everything that we do we just do with passion," Brozovic explained.
A passionate player who doesn't shy away from making a big play on the field, or off the field for that matter.
"He's quiet when it comes to the big stage, and he's very humble," said Mancini with a smile. "But when he's just with us he's funny and a very loud guy."
"I guess he's more humble than he is quiet because he's a great kid," added Gallagher. "He's funny. He loves to laugh. But when the spotlight is on him, he doesn't really like it too much, and that's what a great kid is. And we have a lot of kids like that, and it's special to see."
Brozovic and the Maine-Endwell Spartans (4-2) will look to win their fourth straight game when they travel to Owego (3-3) on Friday night at 7 p.m.