Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) They won 25 straight games, most in New York State and have captured back to back state titles. And though they lost several key pieces from last year's team, the cupboard isn't bare at Maine-Endwell as the Spartans look to make it three state championships in a row.
The Spartans do return plenty of talent, starting with quarterback Kyle Gallagher who will be under center for the third straight year.
Coach Matt Gallagher says they have several players that can step in and fill the holes at running back, and on the offensive line.
He adds many of the guys who will be starting this season, got substantial playing time last year, when the Spartans were comfortably ahead of opponents.
"They're not going to be in awe of any situation. They're going to be able to go in there and perform and like I said, they've battled as far as in the weight room and they're ready to go," Gallagher says.
"It's so helpful to get the game like jitters out of them. The atmosphere, know what it's like. Get the real game like experience and know what to do in those big-time moments in those games," says senior Alec Wisniewski.
The Spartans will open the season at the same place last season ended, the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
They'll be taking on section three's Nottingham in week one, before taking on Binghamton in week 2.