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Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015: Maine-Endwell sets record for consecutive wins

   Leading off today: Kyle Balmer rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns Friday night as Maine-Endwell set a state record with its 54-7 football victory against Corning.

   The win was the 52nd in a row for the Spartans, breaking a tie with Hornell for the longest skein in New York hostory. Maine-Endwell is a four-time defending NYSPHSAA champion and last lost in November 2010.

   Cordell Woolfolk contributed 106 rushing yards and a TD to the triumph, and M-E held Corning to five first downs.

   "We just play team defense and gang tackle, like we've always done. Play as one unit, not 11 different players," junior linebacker Brady Wisniewski told the Press & Sun-Bulletin.

   Maine-Endwell has outscored opponents 2,110-524 and posted 11 shutouts during its record streak.

   Rough start: Three-time defending NYSPHSAA Class D champion Randolph didn't have nearly the success Maine-Endwell did in its opener.

   Franklinville/Ellicottville jumped out to a 32-0 lead and held on to defeat Randolph 32-12 in a rematch of the most recent Section 6 small-school title game.

   The Cardinals lost their season opener in 2014 to Maple Grove but won their final 12 contests.

   Franklinville/Ellicottville took a 16-0 lead in the first quarter on 14- and 24-yard passes from Tom Easton. They added to their lead in the second quarter on TD runs of 14 and 17 yards by Caleb Rink.

   Section 2 streak over: After rolling up 59 straight victories against Section 2 competition, Hoosick Falls fell to Hoosic Valley 27-6 on Friday to open its 2015 season.

   Alex Mendez returned a kickoff for a TD to tie the score at 6-6 for Hoosick Falls, but Hoosic Valley took the lead for good when Dan Joslin rushed for score in the second quarter. The winners tacked on two more scores in the fourth quarter.

   Maximum efficiency: Junior Colin Marco scored on all four of his carries as Chester rolled past Tri-Valley 56-12. Marco finished with 142 yards and kicked six extra points. His runs covered 11, 50, 50 and 31 yards.

   Disruptive force: Defensive end Earl English made 11 tackles (four for a loss), forced four fumbles, recovered a fumble and sacked the quarterback three times for Rochester Wilson in a 34-0 victory against Edison Tech.

   Isaiah Benjamin ran for 164 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries for Wilson.

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   Live updates: If all goes according to plan, I'll be blogging live from Shenendehowa vs. Canisius at 5 p.m. and Aquinas vs. Syracuse CBA (8 p.m.) at the Carrier Dome later Saturday. Look here for links.

   Fatality in Louisiana: A high school football player in Louisiana suffered a broken neck after being hit on a punt return and died later Friday.

   Sophomore linebacker Tyrell Cameron, 16, was playing for Frank Parish High School vs. Sterlington High. An ambulance crew was on the sidelines during the game and rushed onto the field to help when Cameron was injured.

   The cause of death is under investigation, but KNOE-TV reported Cameron suffered a broken neck.

   S-WR honors Cutinella: The Shoreham-Wading River school district is naming its new athletic field in memory of football player Thomas Cutinella, a junior who died after an on-field collision during a game last October.

   "It's a wonderful tribute to a great person," AD Mark Passamonte told Newsday. "The dedication shows just how much he meant to our community. It's an honor that will forever be in his name."

   The new field is under construction and might not be completed before the end of the fall season.    The dedication was approved at a school board meeting in May.

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