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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.

— For a week prior to the game, Lake George coach Jeff Bennett taught his defensive players – linebackers, ends and tackles — specific skills and strategies to combat the Burghers’ forceful double-wing charge, he said.

“Our players practiced the skills all week long, then in the game they executed them to perfection,” he said. “All the yardage Warrensburg gained, they had to earn.”

Among the players key to the defense, Bennett said, were Nate Fidd and Jordan Clark who foiled a good number of the Burger plays.

“Fidd blew up several of their plays with his blitz, and Clark had tons of big-time tackles,” Bennett said.

The coach also praised Blunt for garnering several key first downs and setting up scoring opportunities.

Warrensburg Coach Mike Leonbruno said his team’s loss was due to players’ attitude.

“Lake George came out with a lot of enthusiasm — they were ready to play and we weren’t,” he said. “They were energetic; we we flat — we didn’t play our game anywhere near our capabilities.”

With the win, Lake George boosted their season record to 2-1 in the division, 2-3 overall. Warrensburg’s record is 1-1 in the division, 2-3 overall.

Next up for Lake George is Whitehall, which is now unbeaten in the division behind the potent offense of record-breaking runningback Josh Hoaglund and his brother, quarterback Justin Hoaglund. Josh scored no less than seven touchdowns Saturday against Hoosic Valley, raising his season tally to 24 touchdowns. He totaled 44 points in the game, the third most in Section II history.

With Hoaglund-driven offense, the Warriors will have a formidable challenge. Against Hoosic Valley, every time Josh Hoaglund got the ball, he either achieved a first down or scored a touchdown.

The Whitehall-Lake George game is to be played at 7 p.m. Friday Oct. 5 on the Warriors’ field.

Next up for the Burghers is a home game versus Fort Edward at 1 p.m. Saturday Oct. 6. Leonbruno said he hopes that his team recaptures the enthusiasm they had in their two recent victories.

“Our playoff plans are in danger,” he said. “We’ve got to get our energy level up — We’re facing a ‘must win’ situation.”

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