Warriors defeat Hoosic Valley, look toward Granville

LAKE GEORGE - The Warrior football team launched an offensive ground assault and a no-holds-barred defensive attack to steamroll Hoosic Valley Sept. 25 by a score of 41-0.

But the score's margin was undoubtedly widened, however by Hoosic Valley's starting quarterback being sidelined for the game due to a concussion.

Injuries were on Lake George Coach Jeff Bennett's mind Monday when he reflected on the game.

While Hoosic Valley has a young developing program, teams that the Warriors have yet to face this season are tough, veteran squads.

"I'm glad we got out of the Hoosic Valley game healthy, so we're ready to take on Granville Friday."

This last week's game reflected a formidable, productive effort on defense, he said.

The Warriors defense not only stopped the Hoosic runners at the line of scrimmage, but they penetrated their opposing line to force yardage losses.

Hoosic's statistics tell the grim story: they had no first downs, negative yardage and no completed passes - plus the Warriors forced six fumbles and recovered them all.

"I felt we played well," Bennett said. " Our kids did a nice job executing the plays."

Most of the Warrior yardage was gained on the ground, with touchdowns scored by senior running back Alex Liucci, quarterback Willie Blunt and ball carrier Mary Zivica. Blunt tallied three touchdowns on runs of 24, 11 and 17 yards, Marty Zivica ran for touchdowns of 19 and 5 yards, and Liucci contributed with a 1-yard goal.

Zivica tallied 67 yards on nine runs, Blunt gained 46 yards on six carries, and sophomore running back Charles Barber gained 65 yards on 14 carries.

Bennett said his coaching staff made an effort not to run the score up, primarily by rotating players into a variety of positions to diversify their skills, he said.

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