Burgher wins a battle of gridiron drama

WHITEHALL Saturday, the familiar but scary Burgher drama played yet again. The Warrensburg Football team started their football game with a sputtering set of four plays that left their opponent Whitehall with the ball and an opportunity to set the pace for the contest. The Railroaders took the ball on their first play from scrimmage, and their talented running back tore through the blue-and-gold for a 61-yard touchdown. We were all like, going, what the heck? Burgher Assistant Coach Rex Reynolds said after the game. Three weeks ago, such a game-beginning scenario would have wrenched stomachs in the crowd. But after three disjointed, disastrous game-starts featuring fumbles and interceptions, the crowd wasnt two perturbed with this initial action. They were somewhat confident the adrenaline would kick in, and their teams fortunes would soon be reversed. They were. The Burghers then stuffed Whitehall on their extra-point run. Their ensuing possession was launched by Mike Perrone with two solid runs, followed by Brendan Frye ripping off a 31-yard run. A few plays later, Holmgren hit Jason Power who was tearing diagonally ahead of his defenders through the end zone and he caught a 9-yard pass from Quarterback Tom Holmgren. Kicker Chris Carlson kicked the first of four extra points he scored during the game doubtless a shocker for long-time Burgher fans that may have seen decades of football at without seeing a ball fly through the uprights unless it was an errant pass. In several plays, the Burgher adrenaline kicked in again. In a defensive role now, Holmgren stepped in front of a receiver, intercepted the ball and ran it back 15 yards before he was tackled. Holmgren apparently was pumped by the play. First and 10 from the 16-yard line, he kept the ball and put all his weightlifting background to use, running over opponents on his way into the end zone. The Burgher adrenaline seemed to be in endless supply at this point. Whitehalls first play from scrimmage, tacklers blasted the Railroader ball carrier, he fumbled, and a Burgher recovered. The sputtering, embarrassing start was now purely a faint memory. One the Burghers first play from Whitehalls 28-yard line, Mike Perrone took it 12 yards closer to the goal. Jason Power took it another 7 yards closer, and Perrone contributed 9-yard run. Several plays later, Holmgren hit Perrone for a touchdown. It was a mere three touchdowns in 5 minutes, three seconds. And, gasp, three kicked extra points. The last touchdown was due to another blitz not long after from Holmgren, running in from the side and blocking a Whitehall punt, batting it down, which put the ball within reach of Perrone, who scooped it up and ran 30 yards for a touchdown. Whitehall had their own dose of drama Saturday. Some time later, Whitehall fought back for one touchdown on a 16-yard pass play that was nearly broken up by a Warrensburg defender, who deflected the ball into the air before it was caught by the Whitehall receiver on his back in the end zone. The second half was scoreless, but the Burgher campaign had sealed the score at 28-14, and the game secured Warrensburgs grip on second place in the Adirondack Leagues northern division. After the game, coaches praised the Burgher players heart and enthusiasm as they set their sights on this upcoming weekend. Warrensburg will be facing perennial rival Lake George, with a game moved to to the Warrior field due to the Worlds Largest Garage Sale traffic which will be clogging the town. Reynolds said the Burghers will have to play on all cylinders Friday night against the Warriors, and get that adrenaline flowing. Quickly. Our players will have to dominate on both sides of the ball, remember their assignments and limit mistakes and play their brand of ball, he said.

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