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With stingy defense, Warriors overturn Burghers

Chased by Warrensburg defenders, Lake George running back Willy Blunt takes off downfield during a football game held Saturday Sept. 29 in Lake George. The Warriors beat the Burghers 20-14 in a comeback vitory, and Blunt was credited with giving his team several key first downs as well as scoring two touchdowns.

Chased by Warrensburg defenders, Lake George running back Willy Blunt takes off downfield during a football game held Saturday Sept. 29 in Lake George. The Warriors beat the Burghers 20-14 in a comeback vitory, and Blunt was credited with giving his team several key first downs as well as scoring two touchdowns. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— In a dramatic comeback effort, the Warriors football team’s tenacious defense held off Warrensburg’s veteran squad to secure a key victory Friday Sept. 28. Lake George defeated Warrensburg 20-14 in the Section II Class D North victory.

With three minutes on the clock, Alex Labruzzo broke two tackles and ran 22 yards for the last score of the game. In the ensuing minutes, the Lake George defense, which played an aggressive second half, halted the Burgher’s last drive which took them downfield and into the red zone. With the Burghers on the 15 yard line and 20 seconds on the clock, the Warrior defense, pumped up by the ardent student fans cheering behind the end zone, forced a turnover on downs, ending the contest between traditional rivals.

In Warrensburg’s prior two games, their hard-charging double-wing offense — with their linemen mowing down opposing defenders — has been an unstoppable force.

But in the Lake George game, the Warriors defense kept the Burgher offense partially contained – enough to secure the win.

Warrensburg had jumped out to an early lead with Connor Scott scoring on a 40-yard run in the first quarter. In the next stanza, Lake George receiver Willy Blunt caught a pass from quarterback Tyler Brown, advancing 32 yards into the end zone. On the kickoff that followed, Connor Scott grabbed the ball and ran it back 74 yards for a touchdown. Warrensburg led 14-8 at halftime.

In the second half, however, the Warrior defense kept Warrensburg scoreless, while Blunt nabbed another pass for a 17-yard touchdown in the third quarter, followed by Labruzzo’s concluding touchdown.

In the effort, Labruzzo had 22 carries for 90 yards, Blunt had one carry for 25 yards, and Jordan Clark tallied five for 14 yards.

The deciding element in the Warriors’ win was likely their rigorous practice sessions.

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