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WCS season opener hurt by turnovers, penalties

WARRENSBURG A number of mistakes hampered Warrensburg football teams effort Saturday against two-time defending Class D Champion Fort Edward. Fort Edward won the contest on Warrensburgs home field with a score of 44-8. Warrensburg started off with a good showing, however, taking the ball deep into the Forts territory, but the Burghers were unable to finish the drive with a score. Also, Warrensburgs defense started out hot, icing the Forts first drive in only three downs. Burgher Coach Mike Leonbruno blamed errors in the loss. A fumble on a bad punt snap during the Burghers second drive, for instance, put the ball into the Forts hands about 4 yards from their goal, which they reached soon after with a touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff play, Fort Edward recovered a fumble near midfield by the Burghers during a return run. Fort Edward then scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, followed by one apiece in the third and fourth. The Forts high touchdown tally allowed Burgher Quarterback Brendan Frye to demonstrate his skills. Frye racked up 152 yards on five kickoff returns. And despite his teams problems, Burgher Fullback Logan Rock ended up with 80 yards during the game. Besides turnovers, Leonbruno said, penalties also took their toll during the game. We showed a lot of promise, but we just shot ourselves in the foot, he said. It was frustrating. Leonbruno said that his team will be learning from the experience and tightening up their game play, in preparation for a matchup at 1 p.m. Saturday versus Salem on the Burgher field. Well be working on cutting down our mistakes,Leonbruno said. When we did what we needed to do Saturday, we were cruising, he added. To boost community spirit, the team and the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co. have joined in offering a chicken barbecue pregame party. Grilled chicken will be offered with corn, potatoes and other fixings, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The barbecue was planned for last Saturday, but was postponed for a week due to rainy weather. Leonbruno said he was looking forward to the game. Its always fun for the players to compete in front of a big crowd, he said.

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