SALEM - Warrensburg's 5th and 6th grade youth football team fought yard-by-yard against a gritty Salem squad to win a matchup Saturday 13 to 6.
Initially, the Burghers moved the ball but weren't able to put points on the board - until the second quarter, when Brandon Schwarz broke through the line with for a 9-yard touchdown run. The extra point conversion was missed due to a bobbled ball, however.
Salem answered back, scoring on their next possession. After the Generals failed to convert their extra-point attempt, the Burghers missed an opportunity to score before the half ended at 6-6.
The second half began similarly to the first, with the ball going up and down the field exchanging possession, with no scoring until Jacob Nemec stripped the ball from an opponent, and it was recovered by Alex Barber.
The forced fumble gave the Burghers their chance and fired up their will. This possession, the Burghers found a way to cross the end zone with a 12-yard touchdown run by Joe Schuster.
The Burgher offensive line then opened a huge hole up the middle for Brandon Schwarz to convert an extra-point run.
With little time remaining, all the Burghers had to do was stop the Generals. That's exactly what they did with strong defensive plays by Britney Frasier, Joe Schuster, and Jacob Nemec.
The Burghers 3rd and 4th grade team had a bye this week.
Coach Mike Irish said Tuesday that his team would enjoy a crowd of spectators at their next game, on Saturday Sept. 26 at the Warrensburg Recreation field off Sanford St. The Burghers are scheduled to play against Fort Edward.
Kickoff for the 3rd and 4th grade matchup is at 9 a.m. and the 5th and 6th grade game follows afterwards.
"For some wonderful free entertainment, come out and cheer on the little Burghers," he said. The 3rd and 4th grade kickoff is at 9 a.m. with the 5th and 6th grade game right afterwards.