WARRENSBURG - Sunday, the local high school football coaches watched Saturday's game film. Monday, they narrated the film as they showed it to their players.
The footage was ugly.
Warrensburg had lost 54-15 to Fort Edward in a margin that was the highest negative tally many could remember.
But the Burghers hadn't been caught off-guard Saturday against Fort Edward. The players had watched the videos for three sessions in pre-season, and the coaches had analyzed the Forts' moves many times over the past two weeks, Warrensburg Head Coach Mike Leonbruno said.
Burgher players were out of position, then didn't respond to the play movement, he said.
"We knew where the Fort Edward players were going every play, but we didn't execute," he said. "Players were worried what everyone else was doing rather than doing their own job."
But Defensive coach Mark Trapasso shouldered responsibility for the loss. "It was a disaster," he said Monday. "We weren't where we were supposed to be on the field; we just didn't make the tackles we needed to - and a lot of it was my fault. It was downright embarrassing."
But a big factor in the results was also due to Fort Edward's efficiency.
Fort Edward Quarterback Kevin McCarthy, a Junior, completed six passes in 10 attempts for 154 yards - well behind Burgher Mike Curtis' 11 for 18 for 195 yards - but he also intercepted Curtis two times. The veteran Burgher playmaker totaled three misfires Saturday.
While lagging in the airshow, Fort Edward dominated big-time on the ground, racking up 269 yards in 33 running plays. The Burghers had a mere 16 yards on the ground for 16 carries.
The Forts had five runners tallying double-digits on the ground including Senior running back Justin White, who carried 13 times for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Tyler Brockway also scored two running touchdowns. Two more touchdowns were scored by Justin Mallory in pass receptions. Teammate Jonah Taylor brought down one touchdown pass.