Warrensburg Mirroring the performance of their high school counterparts a week earlier, the Warrensburg Youth Football 5th and 6th grade team captured an upset victory Oct. 8 over the neighboring rival team of neighboring Lake George.
In front of a large, enthusiastic crowd — that occasionally expressed their partisanship too passionately — the Senior Warrensburg Youth Football team edged out their Lake George counterparts by a score of 34 to 30.
Gaining the key yardage for the Little Burghers was Greg Shambo, scrambling for a total of 230 yards and four touchdowns. He also was a strong contributor defensively, recording 17 tackles.
The depth of the team's offensive attack may have made the difference in the win.
Shambo was backed up by running backs Mike Baker, John Kelly, Dan Monthony who contributed plenty of yardage in the win, Burgher Coach Gary Baker said.
“Our running backs just pounded the ball until they tired the defense out,” he said.
A key element in the strong string of scoring drives, Baker said, was the Burghers' solid offensive line of Donald Carpenter, Cole Lanfear, Will Schwartz, Mike Clickner and Hunter Mosher, who executed their blocks with expertise, Baker said.
“Our players on the offensive line were incredible,” he said.
Also critical to the Burgher effort was in the touchdown conversions – two passes for extra points, thrown by Evan Macduff to Jacob Johnson and Brandon Bailey.
The Burgher defense also performed well. In addition Shambo, putting in extra effort in the victory were Mike Baker with 14 tackles, Dan Monthony 9 tackles, Will Schwartz with 12, Chris Wilson, and Jacob Johnson with 7 each; and Robert Shepler with 6.
Coach Baker said that although some parents were too vociferous in their passion over winning the contest, the young players kept their focus and concentrated on the game play.
“This was a complete game with too much drama for youth football, but the kids put it behind them and played the game the way it was meant to be played — like gentlemen and with class,” Baker said.
Baker praised his team's sportsmanship. “The players have heart and it showed Saturday afternoon,” he said. “I am proud to be coaching these kids.”
The next game for the Little Burghers is scheduled for Saturday at home on the Warrensburg Recreation Field against Fort Edward.