WARRENSBURG Blow the dust off the Burgher gridiron record books.
The Warrensburg football team, after a disappointing 0-2 start to their 2012 season, blew away Bishop Gibbons by the widest margin and the most touchdowns in recent history.
The Burghers' beefy offensive line provided the opportunity for a roster of running backs to tear down the field in the 64-18 rout.
Leading the balanced offensive attack was running back Nolan Maltbie with three touchdowns and 73 rushing yards; Connor Scott with 90 yards on the ground and an 85-yard touchdown on a kickoff return; and Nick Nedelcu with two touchdown runs, including the final one of the game, a 48-yard gain. Adding to the score were Colt Ovitt with 34 yards and Joey Schuster with a 20-yard touchdown. Receiver Shea Irish added a 46-yard touchdown reception on a pass thrown by quarterback Marcus Perrone.
Running up the score was Freshman Alex Barber, who ran no less than 8 two-point conversions and 44 rushing yards.
On defense, Danny Ackley was aggressive, accomplishing 13 tackles, two quarterback sacks and a blocked punt.
Burgher Caoch Mike Leonbruno declined to name any individual players.
But Bishop Gibbons Coach Tom Pallas said that Warrensburg's offensive line was a critical element in the game.
"We knew Warrensburg would run the ball well, and it was our challenge to stop them — but we weren't able to do it," he said. "Their offensive line executed very well — they did what they were supposed to do."
The offensive line — which includes Adam Langworthy, John Russell, Rodgers McLaughlin, John Kindred, Jerico Converse and Blake Vaisey — powered through the defense, creating wide gaps for the Burgher runners.
In various plays, they mowed down the defense with their bulk and strength — coaches say they've been working out in the weight room this year to prepare for the season.