LAKE GEORGE - The Warriors football team fought hard on both sides of the ball Friday night to tally a high-scoring shutout over the aggressive Saratoga Catholic squad.
The Warriors' 32-0 victory put the Warriors into contention with Rensselaer for the Adirondack League Championship, which will be determined when the two teams meet up Friday evening on the Rams' home field. Both teams are 5-1 overall, and 5-0 in the league.
The Saints partially contained the explosive running of Caleb Meroski, limiting him to a mere 155 yards for 23 carries. As of this week, Meroski has racked up 1,203 yards, the third highest tally in the entire Capital Region.
But regardless of the low yardage Friday for the Warrior standout, Meroski's legs served him well during a pivotal play in the remaining seconds of the first half. This was when quarterback Willy Blunt threw Meroski a pass and he charged down the sidelines for a 75-yard touchdown that established a wide 20-0 gap in the score from which the Saints could never recover.
It was the Warriors' gritty defense that provided the opportunity for this play. They had sacked the Saints' quarterback on a fourth-and-15 from the Warrior 25.
Despite the Warrior's offensive show which included two Blunt running touchdowns, a key aspect of the game was the team's ruthless defense.
The Warrior defensive line contained the Saints, despite their backfield talent, to a running game of 32 yards with zero net yards gained overall.
This improbably statistic was due in part to the Warrior line's eight sacks, coach Jeff Bennett said.
"Our front five came in hard - they worked hard all game long," he said. "Saratoga just couldn't handle all of them charging at same time."
Lake George enjoyed a solid start, with a 12-play, 64-yard drive with Blunt running the ball into the end zone on a fourth-and-nine gamble from the Saints' 13 yard line.