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Warriors defeat Burghers in action-filled matchup

LAKE GEORGE Capitalizing on turnovers and continuing their powerful, balanced running attack, Lake George beat Warrensburg 42-13 Friday in a night game in front of a large crowd enjoying classic, action-packed football. In the win, Warrior junior tailback Caleb Meroski tallied 179 yards and three touchdowns. For the Burghers, Quarterback Tom Holmgren hit 10 of 21 of his passes, for 236 yards gained. Warrior Coach Jeff Bennett said the teams were well matched despite the numbers on the scoreboard. The margin was a lot bigger than the actual game, he said. It came down to several big plays that made the difference. What an understatement. On one promising Burgher drive, Quarterback Tom Holmgren connected with Freshman receiver Lucas Nelson about 15 yards past scrimmage, and he outran Warrior defenders for what would have been a 79-yard gain. But when he was tackled at the 5-yard line, Nelson was stripped of the ball by Warrior Quarterback J.D. DeWaard, and teammate Vinnie Crocitto recovered inside the 5-yard-line. Other big plays boosted the score margin. Twice in the first half, the Warriors steely defense was successful in stopping Burgher drives deep in their territory. In turning back another Burgher campaign in the second quarter, Warrior lineman Chris DeJesus picked up a loose ball and ran 75 yards for a touchdown and raised the score to 23-7. Another big play was Meroskis mid-game 54-yard run that put the game out of reach for the Burghers. DeWaard scored two touchdowns, including one on a 29-yard run. Burgher Coach Mike Leonbruno praised his teams effort, but said they need to abandon their tendency towards turnovers. We had seven turnovers inside Lake Georges 30-yard line, and good teams like Lake George will take advantage of them, he said. Executing well on defense, Warrior Coach Jeff Bennett said, was outside linebacker Logan Place. Logan had a great game, Bennett said. He was big-time for us, reading their plays right and shutting down their counter-plays he kept stuffing it from the backside. Warrensburg showed resilience again and again, putting together good offensive drives that showed their determination, Burgher Assistant Coach Rex Reynolds said. In the second half, one long drive featured a 12-yard run by standout Brendan Frye, who in another play soon after caught a 22-yard pass from Quarterback Tom Holmgren that put the Burghers three feet from the Warrior goal. Determined to get this touchdown, the coaches chose beefy fullback Logan Rock to power through the tough Warrior defense to secure the score. Bennett said he was pleased with how his team has continued to grow in skills and add to their versatility during the season the Warriors are unbeaten at 5-0 after a disappointing record last year. Overall, our offense is really starting to click, he said, noting the triple-threat of Monster Meroski, DeWaard, and tailback Jake Nelson. The guys are just going to town. The offensive line, however, is creating the ground-gaining opportunities for the three, Bennett said. Our line is doing a great job, he said. When the opponents defense comes out and sets up, they know just how to adjust. The Warriors hope to keep their unbeaten record intact this Friday night in a homecoming game in which they host Saratoga Catholic. The following Friday, the Warriors are pitted against Rennsellaer, a top league contender. The Warriors have been focusing on each game, Bennett said, rather than worrying about preserving their unblemished season record. Were just trying to be 1-0 each week, he said. Well see how far it goes.

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