WARRENSBURG - The youth football teams of Warrensburg and Lake George met up Sept. 23, and all the young gridiron players were pumped up for games that lived up to the hype about rivalry between the two neighboring towns.
For those who enjoy defensive battles, the matchup between the Senior youth teams was game to watch, right down to the very last play. Both teams matched up evenly in this grind-it-out showdown.
The mini-Warriors had possession of the ball first, and went three and out. The little Burghers did likewise. Both defenses were keying in on ball carriers and making swift tackles, leaving an empty scoreboard for the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Lake George's Coach Greg Layton noticed a Warrensburg's defensive end pinching in, and utilized that knowledge for a 45-yard reverse run to Ricky Jowly, putting the Warriors up 6-0. The extra point attempt was squashed.
Lake George's defense played tough, often swarming to the ball as a pack, with outstanding performances by Evan Knox and Dylan Bachem. Warrensburg's defensive tackle John Kindred also turned in an impressive game.
In the fourth quarter, the Burghers offense did not give up, pushing and pushing until their resiliency paid off. Brandon Schwarz, in character, bullied his way across the line to tie the game. Coach Al Perrone was proud of how the little Burghers never gave up.
After a failed extra point attempt by the Burghers, the Warriors got the ball back with four minutes left to go in the game. But a slip of the ball found Burgher defensive back Joey Schuster recovering the fumble on the Warriors' 22.
Lake George defense held Warrensburg off for four plays , getting the ball back for a final attempt to win. The Warriors went to the air and with 10 seconds to go, Burghers safety Donnie Stone intercepted the ball and scrambled all over the field trying to get to the end zone. After several jukes and fakes, the Warriors stopped him and the game ended in a 6-6 tie.