Youth team headed to Superbowl showdown

A squad of the Warrensburg Youth Football team jumps off the line of scrimmage in a recent practice session.

A squad of the Warrensburg Youth Football team jumps off the line of scrimmage in a recent practice session. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Capturing a convincing 38-12 victory Saturday, Oct. 29 over the talented Corinth Squad, the 5th and 6th grade Warrensburg Youth Football team earned a trip to the league’s Superbowl.

The young Burghers will go up against Whitehall at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 under the lights on the Corinth field, competing in the first Superbowl in Northern Adirondack Youth League history.

The Burger victory Saturday featured a turbocharged rushing offense backed up by solid passing.

The win was fueled by the explosive running attack of Greg Shambo, who racked up 264 yards and two touchdowns.

He was backed up by no less than four other running backs — John Kelly, Mike Baker, Dan Monthony and Jacob Johnson — who scored one touchdown each, and together gained 156 additional yards.

Assisting in the win offensively were 5th grade Quarterback Evan Macduff who threw three two-point conversions — to Brandon Bailey, Jacob Johnson and Dan Monthony.

Defensively, the Burghers were led by Dan Monthony intercepting two key passes early in the game to stall Corinth drives. Monthony also tallied 11 tackles. Others contributing strong defensive performances were Greg Shambo, Mike Baker, Will Schwartz, John Kelly, Jacob Johnson and Robert Shepler — all registering between seven and 17 tackles each.

“These young men and women knew what they wanted to do Saturday and with dedication and hard work they did it,” coach Gary Baker said, noting it was a whole-team effort, all season long, that propelled them to unprecedented achievement.

“We have almost 30 kids on this team and they are all responsible for our success,” he said. “For 13 weeks, we have worked in sun, rain, snow, wind and freezing temperatures. To come to this last game, we have had no one quit from our opening day which reflects true commitment, not only the kids but the parents and the coaching staff.”

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