WARRENSBURG - Both of Northern Warren County's high school football teams - Warrensburg and Lake George - were defeated Friday, losing to opponents that presented one-man offensive shows while clamping down on the Burghers' and Warriors' proven scoring prowess.
In their 38-14 loss Friday, Warrensburg was obliterated in the first quarter by Rensselaer's offense, which scored three touchdowns at the hands of the versatile Mico De Los Santos. The Rensselaer senior wide receiver and running back returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, ran 59 yards for a score minutes later, and then followed it up by intercepting a Warrensburg pass and sprinting 45 yards for a third touchdown.
But that's not all.
De Los Santos also kicked his team's two extra points for the quarter.
It wasn't really a one-man show, however. De Los Santos was backed up by a squad of players who had taken the Rensselaer Rams to the 2008 state quarterfinals. These veterans include star running back Jashem Hamilton who shared the spotlight Saturday with De Los Santos. Hamilton rushed for 163 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns for the Rams, who are ranked number one for Section II D schools.
The Burgher refused to roll over and play dead. They rebounded in the fourth quarter with David Boodman scoring two touchdowns, the first on a three-yard run, and the second on a 9-yard pass from quarterback Brendan Frye. Frye converted the first touchdown - and another in the fourth quarter - with a successful sprint into the end zone.
Despite the ugly score, the Burghers held their own in one category - passing yardage. Frye racked up 97 yards versus Rensselaer's 36 yards in the air. On the ground, however, the Burghers were ground into the turf - 35 yards versus 328 for the Rams. Mike Perrone led all receivers with 34 yards tallied, and Lucas Nelson followed with 25.