A large factor in the sluggish ground game was the Burgher blocking, Warrensburg coaches said Monday.
The 2010 offensive line, as athletic as the players are, has only one veteran - and four of the linemen were playing their first Varsity game ever. The result was the Forts were able to pressure quarterback Mike Curtis - and stop Burgher runners, play after play.
The game did have its positive aspects, the coaches said.
There were no fumbles.
Curtis had a good day passing, although the throws yielded only two touchdowns. Curtis connected with no less than four receivers for impressive gains: Lucas Nelson, Hunter Werner, Zach Baer, and Nick Monroe - the latter two for touchdowns.
Curtis' passing statistics would have been even better, had a 60-yard pass play not been nullified by a controversial penalty of blocking below the waist.
This play, had it been left to stand, would have given Warrensburg the lead early on, Leonbruno said.
"This touchdown could have been huge for us, keeping up our momentum," the coach said. As it was, the Forts led by only one touchdown at the half, as the score was 22-15.
Undeterred by the loss, Leonbruno said he had hopes for the team, particularly after this humbling experience.
"The linemen are going to improve quickly, and we're going to have a dominant offense once our running game develops," he said.
Trapasso echoed the point. "We're looking for a much better effort in the Salem game this Saturday," he said. "We have nowhere to go but up."
Leonbruno agreed the worst was now over.
"We're done and over with it; now we move on," he said.