Young Burghers tangle with Corinth in defensive battle

CORINTH - The Warrensburg youth football teams met some formidable foes Saturday night under the lights in Corinth.

Whether it's the feeling of performing onstage. or the brilliance of the lights illuminating the team colors against the backdrop of the green, misty grass, playing under the lights is every young players dream. Win or lose, players come away with a feeling of accomplishment, and these tough young kids played to the best of their ability Saturday night.

In their matchup, the junior Burghers came out swinging, throwing for a 20-yard gain on their first offensive play. Quarterback Dan Monthony tallied an impressive four for eight, with two receptions caught by Evan MacDuff and one apiece to Greg Shambo and Mike Baker. Tailback Jacob Johnson rushed for 105 yards against the Tomahawks, but the young Burghers' offensive squad was not able to put points on the board. But their defense did in the form of a safety. The game was a very hard-fought defensive contest.

Regardless of the final score of Corinth 14, Warrensburg, 2, the Burgher players tallied considerable accomplishments. Chris Wilson racked up a sack, Greg Shambo had a fumble recovery and Will Schwarz led the team with 7 tackles. But it was Corinth's defense that secured the win as they kept Warrensburg out of their end zone. Even when the Burghers had two chances at first-and-goal the Tomahawks would not break, stuffing everything that was attempted against them.

The senior Burghers' game was delayed due to thunderstorms in the area, but as soon as the storms passed in the sky, the thunder rolled on the field. Once again it was a defensive game. The Tomahawks put six points on the board in the first quarter but their extra-point kick attempt was denied when it hit the goal post. The next two quarters were scoreless when both defenses buckled down and stopped the opposing offenses in their tracks. Jacob Nemec gave an outstanding defensive performance for the Burghers.

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