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Warriors remain unbeaten on gridiron

LAKE GEORGE Behind powerful running backs armed with savvy playmaking, the Lake George Varsity Football Team remains unbeaten after a 48-21 victory Saturday over Salem. The Lake George squad boasts the regions most productive running back in Caleb Meroski, who has racked up 741 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. Meroski has elusive speed and he breaks tackles, Coach Jeff Bennett said. Defenders think hes down, but he just keeps going. The 205-pound tailback has an effective stiff-arm technique to charge past tacklers and clever spin moves to elude them. A key factor in the teams success this season is their offensive depth, Bennett said. Meroski is backed up with talented ground-gainers in running back Jake Nelson and quarterback J.D. DeWaard. The choice between the three gives the coaches plenty of options. Lake Georges game Saturday against Salem was not only an offensive show, but it included four interceptions one each by DeWaard, Vinny Crocitto, Joe Robertson and Hunter Hamilton. These were no accident, Bennett said. Lake George Assistant Coach Tony Badalato has trained the teams secondary to read the opposing quarterbacks and receivers movements well, Bennett said. Crocitto, a free safety, is a defensive leader, Bennett said and Joe Robertson is also a standout. Vinny is doing an awesome job, he sits in his zone where hes supposed to be, and he has a good nose for the ball, Bennett said. Robertson got a great read on the pattern Saturday and he jumped the ball, saw the break, made his move and was gone. Regardless of his teams 48-21 point spread against Salem, Bennett said he saw the game film and is advising the team on some improvements. The squads offensive linemen have been occasionally giving up before the whistle sounds, and should maintain full effort while backs are still running, he said. Also, the Lake George defense needs to dial up the pressure throughout the game, Bennett said. Weve got to stop the big plays particularly on third and fourth downs, and force more punts, he said. Next up is a big showdown Friday Night against Warrensburg, who both have stellar records. The game is to be played under the lights in Lake George. This is a huge rivalry game, Bennett said. October 12, Lake George hosts Saratoga Catholic for Homecoming, followed by another home game Oct. 19 against Adirondack League southern division leader Rensellaer (4-0). Lake Georges success so far is due to the character of the players, who are extremely coachable, dedicated to working together and willing to share credit, Bennett said. Theyre not chasing glory individually, he added. Theyre really good kids and they are very unselfish they think of the team first, Bennett said. Everyone feels totally a part of the success, and they genuinely feel bad if they make a mistake.

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