Elmira Rolls by Spartans
It was a tough day for the Maine-Endwell Spartans football team. The Elmira Express spoiled M-E's Homecoming with a 42-6 romp at Spartan Stadium. Elmira ups its record to 5-1 while the Spartans fall to 5-1. Elmira's offense is built on misdirection running plays but the passing game paid big dividends in today's (Saturday's) win. Elmira's first three touchdowns came on passing plays.
The Elmira Express took a 12-0 lead into the locker room at the half. Then they added a 19-yard TD reception with 7:50 left in the third quarter to up their lead to 20-0. The Express went on to outscore the Spartans 30-6 in the second half.
It was an uncharacteristic day on the football field for Maine-Endwell. The Spartans had a 62-game winning streak snapped in last season's state semi-final. Then they started a new winning streak by going 5-0 to begin this year.
The Spartans were playing "up" in classification. Elmira is a Class AA school while M-E is a Class B size school. The classification is based on student enrollment.
Maine-Endwell will have little time to reflect on their loss. They play another larger school next weekend. On Friday night they travel to Union-Endicott to meet the Class A Tigers. Prior to today's game U-E was the only team to hand Elmira a loss this season.