WARRENSBURG - Despite his football team's late season slump that included a string of losses, Warrensburg Football Coach Mike Leonbruno said he is optimistic about the prospects for next year's gridiron action.
The Burgher football team's 2009 season ended Oct. 17 with a loss of 46-12 to Bishop Gibbons at a game held in the outskirts of Schenectady. The game was in the first level of Section II tournament play.
Leonbruno, who is quarterback of the Glens Falls Greenjackets, said that the Burghers had two maladies: the players' lack of confidence and the fact that many were sidelined due to the H1N1 flu that has been near epidemic proportions at the school.
"It was same thing we've experienced all year - the guys just didn't come out ready to play," Leonbruno said.
Highlights of the game, however, featured individual performances that show promise for 2010 and beyond, he said.
Among the game's high points, Leonbruno said, were the two touchdown pass receptions by sophomore receiver and defensive end Hunter Werner.
"They were long balls, and Hunter pulled them down," he said.
Leonbruno said Hunter is likely to perform well next year if he beefs up.
"We're trying to get him to work out in the weight room," he said. "We're looking for a lot of good things from him, and we're really excited for his future."
The 2010 squad will be in need of some offensive firepower, considering the talent pool that's headed for graduation, including Seniors Brendan Frye, Jason Power, Mike Perrone, Cole Tennant, Donovan Santisteban, and Kendall Converse.
Among the players showing promise - stepping up during late season - were Jacob Armstrong Chris Turner, Leonbruno said.
"We had a tremendous amount of talent this year, but we didn't show it all the time on the football field," he said. "I never got 100 percent from the team."