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Burghers’ slow start foils effort versus Ft. Edward

Burgher runningback Connor Scott looks for a way out of traffic near the line of scrimmage during a game Saturday Oct. 6 versus Fort Edward.  John Kindred (#88) and Jon Russell (#68) helped clear a path for Scott.

Burgher runningback Connor Scott looks for a way out of traffic near the line of scrimmage during a game Saturday Oct. 6 versus Fort Edward. John Kindred (#88) and Jon Russell (#68) helped clear a path for Scott.

— Warrensburg football team’s effort to bounce back from their sluggish first-quarter performance wasn’t enough to hold off Fort Edward in a recent critical football showdown.

Saturday Oct. 6, Fort Edward defeated Warrensburg 26-14 on the Burgher field in a game that could have yielded a far different outcome.

A lack of energy on defense was a key element in the game that squashed post-season play for Warrensburg, but left the door open for Fort Edward.

If it weren’t for giving up three touchdowns in the first quarter — the first one was only 12 seconds into the game — it likely would have been a Burgher victory.

The Burghers also had a good opportunity to rebound in the fourth quarter, when short-staffed Fort Edward was wearing down.

Warrensburg launched a drive, deep in their own territory, that could have given them the lead. But the Forts’ defenders read the setup on a fourth-down pass play, intercepted the throw and ran the interception 26 yards into the end zone to secure the win.

The Burghers’ signature locomotive up-the middle runs were kept in check by the Fort Edward defense, as they were able to take over on downs at crucial times. Four punts averaging 30 yards, also hampered field position, as did three penalties totalling 33 yards lost. Warrensburg also fumbled the ball once at a critical juncture in the game.

The loss came just three weeks after the Burghers proved their potential, engineering a record-breaking 64-18 win over Bishop Gibbons. The effort showed off their new double-wing offense, featuring forceful savvy blocking, and whetted local fans’ appetites for a run at a divisional championship.

Burgher Coach Mike Leonbruno looked dejected as he emerged from the Burgher locker room after the game.

“I’m speechless,” he said. “We came out flat, then at critical times, we beat ourselves — they played tough, we didn’t.”

Leonbruno said his players have considerable strength and talent, and he’s looking forward to them playing a competitive game against Whitehall Friday at 7 p.m. on the Railroaders’ field under the lights.

The Burghers’ defense will have to be pumped up from the opening whistle, however. In a game Saturday versus Lake George, the Railroaders scored three unanswered touchdowns within about 15 minutes of play behind the powerhouse runningback Josh Hoaglund, executing plays called by his brother Justin in the quarterback post.

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