WARRENSBURG - With 39 seconds left on the clock and a tied game Saturday, Warrensburg High School Quarterback Brendan Frye kept the football on a option play and cut back and forth four times over 48 yards through Fort Edward territory for a touchdown that turned a tied game into a 24-16 victory.
The jersey he was wearing as he ran into the right corner of the end zone belonged to Freshman teammate Nolan Maltbie, because his standard No. 12 had been torn to shreds earlier by aggressive Fort Edward tacklers.
The jersey left no doubt that Frye endured some punishment in this season-opener for the Burghers, as he ran 107 yards in 17 carries.
Warrensburg Coach Mike Leonbruno said Monday that Frye earned his playmaker status earlier, by his gritty performance in pre-season practices.
"Brendan was throwing well, making good reads, and he got the job," Leonbruno said.
In Saturday's game, Fort Edward initially put forth a sustained offensive attack that put Burgher fans on edge.
On the Forts' first possession of the game, they drove for 17 plays - but the Burghers halted them at the 13 yard line.
The ball changes hands several times, and the first quarter ended 0-0 - but the Forts had run 24 plays and Warrensburg, only three, Assistant Coach Rex Reynolds said.
"At this point, we thought 'Uh-Oh!" Reynolds said.
Two Fort Edward fumbles in the second quarter led to a Brendan Frye 10-yard pass to Sophomore Hunter Werner, wide open in the end zone, for his first Varsity touchdown. Frye ran it in for the conversion.
Fort Edward then continued their offensive show, with four pass completions in 6 plays, including a 32-yarder.
Their airplay then hit a headwind when Burgher Mike Curtis intercepted and returned the ball for a 13-yard gain.