From Dome to Dome

By Brendan O'Reilly
By Jillian Marshal

November 21, 2012 Updated Nov 21, 2012 at 12:58 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The Maine-Endwell Spartans are days away from their last game of the season, but it's nothing to fret about, it's the state championship.

On the first day of practice in August, the Maine-Endwell football unveiled a t shirt that said, "From Dome to Dome," meaning their season opening game was in the Carrier Dome, and they planned on having their last game there as well.

And in that regard, it was a success. Of course, the true expectation wasn't just to get this far, it was to win the whole thing.

Now, only days from the championship, the team can finally focus on the ultimate dream that has become their reality, beating Glens Falls and becoming state champions, again.

Head Coach, Matt Gallagher, said, "it looks like they have a couple of guys that can get up the field and in their semi-final game they had a couple of big plays so we have to, once again, do what we expect to do each week and that's try to stop their big plays. If we have to make them have long, sustained drives, we think that we'll be in pretty good shape."

It's bittersweet for the seniors on the team, like Tyler Shelepak.

Shelepak is not letting the emotions get to him yet, he's focused on the team goal.

Shelepak said, "stay with what we've been doing all year, stay aggressive, be in attack mode, have every guy running to the ball. I think if we do that and tackle well, we'll be OK."

A win would mark the second ever title defense by a section 4 team and make M-E the section 4 program with the most state titles.

Maine-Endwell will face section 2 champ Glens Falls Saturday at 3:00 in the Carrier Dome for the class "B" title.

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