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Re-focused Warriors' air and ground effort defeats Salem

SALEM - The Lake George Varsity Football team dominated Salem Saturday in a 39-6 victory, erasing the frustrations over a loss the previous week to the larger C-Division Corinth.

Tuesday, Warrior Coach Jeff Bennett credited the substantial win not only to a sense of renewed purpose and pride in his players, but some offensive strategy.

The team ran a lot of inside trap plays with Alex Liucci carrying the ball, mixed with a good number of outside runs by the Warrior powerhouse Caleb Meroski, Bennett said.

"The inside-outside combination worked well for us," he said. "And defensively, we had a great week of practice, with great focus, and all the guys were going to the right spots."

Also aiding in capturing the win was Quarterback Vinnie Crocitto. He showed his versatility, passing a savvy play-action bullet to Corey Yorks for a touchdown, and then a soaring 60-yard throw to Matt McGowan for another crucial completion. In the first half alone, Crocitto garnered over 100 aerial yards.

Meroski scored three touchdowns via the ground, one each in the second, third and fourth quarters. His 19 carries yielded 212 yards, even though he'd been benched for the first stanza for missing a practice. With Meroski sidelined, two touchdowns were tallied, one a pass from Crocitto to Corey Yorks, and the other on a Crocitto 16-yard run.

One of Liucci's inside runs, a six-yarder, gained a third-quarter touchdown for the Warriors. Salem's sole touchdown occurred in the fourth quarter with 10:10 on the clock.

Aiding in the victory was some gritty performances by underclassmen stepping into the roles of sick or injured elders.

Those showing their talent included Freshman Willy Blunt playing tailback and corner and Sophomore Marty Zivica making some great tackles at corner, Bennett said.

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