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Burgher football team seeks to overcome roster deficit

The Warrensburg High School Football Team started out its 2013 season with the following players (front, left to right): Dan Ackley, Mike Baker, Chris Persons, Colt Ovitt, Connor Scott, Trevor Baker, Malachi Prosser, Matt Boodman, (row 2): Josh Porter, Mark Monthony, Owen Douglas, John Lefebvre, Joseph Turner, Mike Baker, Marcus Perrone, Colby Rounds, Alex Barber, Steven Brown, Daniel Monthony (row 3): Brandon Turner, Christopher Martinez, Rogers McLaughlin, Jake Nemec, Joseph Schuster, Brady Rounds, Greg Shambo, Dylan Nicholson, Brandon Schwarz, and (row 4, center): Blake Vaisey. Since this photo was taken in pre-season, personnel changes have occurred.

The Warrensburg High School Football Team started out its 2013 season with the following players (front, left to right): Dan Ackley, Mike Baker, Chris Persons, Colt Ovitt, Connor Scott, Trevor Baker, Malachi Prosser, Matt Boodman, (row 2): Josh Porter, Mark Monthony, Owen Douglas, John Lefebvre, Joseph Turner, Mike Baker, Marcus Perrone, Colby Rounds, Alex Barber, Steven Brown, Daniel Monthony (row 3): Brandon Turner, Christopher Martinez, Rogers McLaughlin, Jake Nemec, Joseph Schuster, Brady Rounds, Greg Shambo, Dylan Nicholson, Brandon Schwarz, and (row 4, center): Blake Vaisey. Since this photo was taken in pre-season, personnel changes have occurred. Photo by Thom Randall.

— With this week’s roster cuts, the beefy veteran line that might have bulldozed competition is now going to depend on some less experienced players to step up and perform.

The experienced offense however, with Marcus Perrone ready for his third year at quarterback, is back and ready for more action.

Receiver Malachi Prosser, known for eluding defenders, showed his skills Aug. 22 as he stretched his body out and pulled in a pass from Perrone that had landed on his fingertips.

“That’s the way to keep the ball dry,” Coach Leonbruno yelled as Prosser caught the ball. “All right, that’s all we’ve got to do to score touchdowns!”

Other players likely to play key roles include running back Connor Scott and Trevor Baker on the line, Leonbruno said afterwards.

“We’ve got a skeletal team right now, but the guys that are left are dedicated,” he said. “We’re moving forward.”The Burghers' season begins at 1 p.m. Sept. 7 against Renssselaer High School, away.

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