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Lake George punishes Whitehall in 36-14 game

LAKE GEORGE - The Warriors football team had a locomotive Saturday in star running back Caleb Meroski, who ran for 269 yards and scored four touchdowns as Lake George derailed the Whitehall Railroaders 36 to 14.

Lake George Coach Jeff Bennett said Meroski seemed to be unstoppable.

"Caleb ran so hard he was determined not to go down with one tackle," he said. "Also, it took more than one defender to drag him down."

Newly minted quarterback Vinnie Crocitto tallied the first touchdown for Lake George Warriors squad, which was trailing 6-0 through the first quarter. Crocitto's charge was an 8-yard run that helped launch the Lake George ground attack and relieved edgy Warrior fans.

Bennett spread the praise beyond Meroski, who ran over, around, and through his opponents.

Bennett also praised Crocitto for throwing the ball accurately, and receiver Matt McGowan for some key catches that fired up the offense. In a a 4th down and 18 yard situation, McGowan caught a pass and tallied a 25 yard gain to spark the Warriors, Bennett said.

"His really big play led to our first touchdown, and that set the tone for the rest of the game," Bennett said.

But his lavish praise was reserved for the guys who clear the field for the glory players.

"My linemen and blockers hit even harder than they did in pre-season practice," he said. "If Meroski is racking up 269 yards, that means our offensive line blocked really well - I'm impressed about how all the players showed up with the attitude they wanted to play football."

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