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Burghers’ new confidence, rushing attack, prompt win

Warrensburg Special teams player Adam Langworthy returns a kick for a gain during the game Oct. 22 against Bishop Gibbons. The Burghers’ potent gound attack prompted their 48-35 comeback victory.

Warrensburg Special teams player Adam Langworthy returns a kick for a gain during the game Oct. 22 against Bishop Gibbons. The Burghers’ potent gound attack prompted their 48-35 comeback victory. Kim Ladd/Lifescapes Photography

— In the Bishop Gibbons game, the Burghers ran for 419 yards and tallied 17 first downs. Every drive but one, they scored. Lucas Nelson ran for 150 yards and scored three touchdowns. Kalvin Duell ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns. Jeremy Barber also added a pair, along with 54 yards. Three other runners also made the statistics board, a testament to the team’s offensive depth.

In the game, Nelson surpassed 1,000 yards for the year. After viewing the game video, the college-bound Senior offered his thoughts about the season.

“The turning point this year was when we beat Lake George,” he said, recalling the Burgher victory over their traditional rivals. The game concluded with both the bench and fans rushing the field and swarming the players while the Warrensburg fans cheered, he recalled with a broad smile.

“From that point on, our guys had confience, believed in themselves, and played harder,” Nelson said. “Players started communicating with each other, got the gist of our new offense, and began dominating competitors.”

The offensive line, Coach Leonbruno noted, also started executing blocks properly, allowing the various running backs to grind out a lot of yards.

“Our line is now running the offense for us,” he said, praising Adam Langworthy, Shea Irish, Charlie Giknis, Gabe MicGlire, Desmon Allen, Jericho Converse and Tyler Wilcox for clearing the path downfield for the runners.

Against Bishop Gibbons, top ground-gainer Kalvin Duell, a Senior, benefitted the most from their work. Just two games ago, he moved from Offensive Guard to running back.

“Carrying the ball is so much fun,” he said with a smile. “I really wish the season wasn’t coming to an end.”

Before it does, there’s one more game Saturday Oct. 29 against Granville, a C school with a far larger enrollment.

Leonbruno and Duell both predicted the Burghers will win, considering their recent achievements and positive attitude.

“I know I’m going to have 200 yards against Granville,” Duell said.

“With our confidence, we’ll win,” Leonbruno predicted. “We’re having fun now.”

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