Burgher ground-gainer John Kelly eyes a potential route past a Whitehall defender as he heads downfield during Warrensburg’s victory in the Northern Adirondack Youth Football League’s first-ever Superbowl showdown.
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“From that point on, we just rolled,” Coach Gary Baker said. “These kids played their hearts out all season, and tonight was no different.”
Greg Shambo racked up four touchdowns, and John Kelly scored two more. This duo, along with Mike Baker, Jacob Johnson and Dan Monthony, ran for more than 400 yards.
They achieved this feat behind the blocking of Cole Lanfear, Robert Shepler, Will Schwartz, Donald Carpenter, Hunter Mosher and Brandon Bailey.
Macduff completed a pass to Bailey for an extra point.
Defense was led by Greg Shambo, Dan Monthony, Will Schwartz, Brandon Bailey, Jacob Johnson, Mike Baker and Evan Macduff.
The Burgher’s dual-offense attack wore Whitehall’s defense down, gaining the high scores that their high-school counterparts achieved this year, Coach Baker said.
“Going forward, our players have gained a lot of knowledge they will be applying at the next level,” he said, noting the vital contribution of players Summer Baker, Tyler Baker, Mackenzie Blydenburgh, Mike Clickner, Ian Colegrove, Neil Galvin, Nolan McNeill, Corbin Miller, Ben Mosher, Payton Olden, Trevor Prosser, Paul Rabine, Garry Ross, Cole Shambo, Austin Smith, Seth Therrien, Chris Wilson, Trevor Winchell and Sean Winter.
The success of the team in their championship season was due to the players’ dedication, solid community support and the work of the assistant coaches, including Joe Sutphin, Rich Bailey, Brian Winchell, Greg Shambo and Kim Monthony.
The strong support from Warrensburg was demonstrated Saturday night, as parents, friends and relatives of players showed up in force, alongside high school players and coaches plus dozens of local spectators that weren’t related to anyone on the field, Coach Baker said. Bleachers and sidelines were full of Warrensburg fans.
“The crowd was huge, and the support was incredible,” Baker said. "Grandparents of players were in the stands watching the game with blankets over their heads.”