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Youth football launches season in local showdown

LAKE GEORGE The Adirondack Youth Football League kicked off its season Sunday with a seven-team tackle scrimmage at the Lake George High School. The league has eight teams and a regular season that consists of seven games. Its all about the fundamentals at this level, said Warrensburg fifth- and sixth-grade coach Mike Irish. We dont try to make it too stressful on the kids we want them to leave with an overall good feeling. Fundamentals are the primary focus of his young Burgher squad, Irish said. Along with a mandatory 6-2 defense, the team runs dives, sweeps and passing plays based around standard football formations. Irish said that he was very pleased by his teams performance at the traditional Combine scrimmage, which included teams from Lake George, Ticonderoga, Glens Falls, Corinth, Fort Edward and Whitehall. We ran the ball very well, he said. I am happy with what I saw. According to Warrensburg Coach Albert Perrone, football is a viable way to teach children teamwork and discipline. We are trying to instill a pride that will carry throughout their lives, Perrone said. The elder of the Warrensburg squads consists of 17 members, including three females, two of whom are defensive starters. Irish said that he hopes to begin work on more complex offensive formations that may include pre-snap motion. The coaches expect their team to be very competitive this season. We are smaller and quicker this season than last year, Irish said. But we still ran up the middle well today. In Sundays scrimmage, each team ran 15 plays on offense and 15 plays on defense against the other squads.

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