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Warrensburg, Lake George defeated in rushing onslaught

Warriors fall to Corinth quarterback's rushing

While Warrensburg had to deal with De Los Santos, Lake George had its own supercharged player from Corinth to deal with: quarterback Jordon Charbonneau, who racked up 21 of his team's 23 points.

Charbonneau ran for 269 yards, while the Tomahawk defense contained stellar Warrior running back Caleb Meroski to an uncharacteristic 104 yards in the Warriors' 23-12 loss to Corinth.

The Tomahawk's defense proved their mettle as they stopped two fourth-quarter Warrior scoring attempts within 10 yards of their goal.

Lake George was left with several things to smile about, however. Quarterback Vinnie Crocitto out-passed Charbonneau, 125 yards to Charbonneau's 25.

One of these Crocitto connections was with Warrior Mitchell Hopper, which temporarily gave Lake George a 12-8 lead in the second quarter.

Crocitto's passing, however, was hindered by the Tomahawks penetrating the Warrior line, occasionally sacking him or forcing him to scramble.

This Warrior loss broke their 11-game winning streak - throughout their 2008 season and continuing one week into 2009 - which was a school record.

Lake George Coach Jeff Bennett turned somewhat philosophical as he talked about the impact of the defeat.

"We haven't experienced a loss over a year, so it's good to come down to reality and refocus," he said, borrowing a term one of his team's captain's used after viewing a video of the Corinth game.

The captains decided that if any Warrior talks or laughs in a practice this week, they'll be punished with an extra 100-yard dash, Bennett said.

"One of our captains said, 'We need to focus, pay attention to details,'" Bennett said. "When the players make such decisions on their own - This is good."

Next up for the Warriors is a game against Salem, at 1 p.m. this Saturday, away. Meanwhile, Warrensburg will compete on their home turf against Whitehall. On Friday Sept. 25, Lake George meets up with their perennial rival Warrensburg, in Lake George at 7 p.m. under the lights.

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