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Warrior football team seeking to repeat stellar 2008 season

LAKE GEORGE - With unparalleled athleticism an undefeated season, the 2008 Lake George Football team earned a prominent berth in school history and the memories of area fans.

Now, a new squad is ready to continue the stellar winning tradition of Warrior gridiron.

Last year with its unmatched record, Lake George would have won the Adirondack League and been a shoe-in for a Sectional championship, but the school was playing a Class D schedule while being officially classified as C - although the school's enrollment fell within the D range during the season, school officials said.

The cross-category schedule iin 2008 knocked them out of contention for league crown.

But this year, Lake George is officially a D school, and the players are raring to capture those trophies, coach Jeff Bennett said Monday.

Topping off the list of returning talent is tailback Caleb "Monster" Meroski, one of the 2008's talented group of running backs, who plowed over their opponents in 2008. Meroski's running statistics were unmatched in the region.

Then at quarterback for 2009, there's Vinnie Crocitto, last year's backup playmaker behind J.D. DeWaard.

"Vinnie's got a lot of confidence, he throws the ball well and and he's a great, great ball faker," Bennett said. "He loves football and he's a student of the game."

Speaking of DeWaard, he will be missed, along with runningback Jake Nelson. Playing both sides of the ball, DeWaard was a cornerback on defense, out-receiving opposing receivers, Bennett said.

"He was unreal, ridiculous," Bennett said. "We're missing him, but we hope someone this year will step up and shut down the opponents like he did."

Nelson racked up incredible yardage, charging through defenders and shaking them off like they were mosquitoes.

Alex Liucci will be taking over Nelson's role, Bennett said.

"Alex is tough and he's quick," he said.

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