Warrior football team pumped up for 2009

LAKE GEORGE After achieving an undefeated season that secured a berth in school history, the Lake George High School football team is eying continued success in 2009. The Warriors are expecting to continue their hard-charging running attack, versatile offense and aggressive defense, fueled with the confidence stemming from the outstanding 2008 seasons accomplishments. Determination, drive and rigorous conditioning will be essential for continued success, Lake George Football coach said last week. The 2009 team already has a strong head start, with about 20 underclassmen seeking to join the team. The 2008 team will lose 10 talented seniors that were considered crucial to the teams success: Linemen Jason Berry, Mike Berry, Max Brown, and Kyle Hubbell, plus ∆Logan Place, Joe Robertson, Josh Clark, Chris DeJesus, fullback and defender Jake Nelson will all be sorely missed, Bennett said. Of course, the team will also be losing the talented quarterback, J.D. DeWaard, whose versatility made a critical difference in a variety of tight games in 2008. Junior Vinnie Crocitto, however, is eager to fill DeWaards shoes and take on the quarterback position, Bennett said. Hes been waiting for this opportunity for two years, Bennett said, noting that Crocitto has gained speed, strength and skills remarkably this past year. Vinnies got big shoes to fill, but hes improved a ton, Bennett said. He became a hitter and people will be surprised to see how fast he can run now. The 2009 offense is likely to be bolstered by sophomore Alex Luicci, who is a tough aggressive fullback, he said. These new prospects join 2008s star runningback Caleb Meroski, who ran with blazing speed and propelled his team through the undefeated season. In 2008, Lake George was slightly too large to compete in Class D, but with 2009 enrollment dipping, theyll be back in the Adirondack League, playing against familiar rivals. We will need to rebuild our offensive line, but theres no question well be competitive and be in the hunt for the titles, Bennett said.

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