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Burghers stun Fort Edward in season’s first win

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.

— One of the key plays that fired up the Burghers in the first quarter was a fumble forced by a Rogers McLaughlin tackle, followed up by a hard hit by Connor Scott. Joey Schuster picked up the ball for an 80-yard touchdown, to the delight of Burgher fans. McLaughlin had a good game, blocking a punt and in another instance sacking the Forts’ quarterback which set the stage for a critical drive for the Burghers.

Leonbruno praised his line for opening up big holes in the Forts’ defense so running backs could gain plenty of yards.

Next up for the Burghers: the Lake George Warriors

Like many teams from smaller schools in the area, the Burghers have been struggling with a thin roster. They lost 10 players early this season to disciplinary or eligibility issues, but in recent days they’ve gained another half-dozen, boosting their roster to 24, Leonbruno said.

“I don’t care how many players I have, as long as I have 16 guys who can give me total effort,” he said. “And the players’ attitudes are really good right now — they really want to play football.”

Leonbruno said his team is looking forward to a matchup against rival Lake George Friday Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. under the lights on the Warriors’ field.

“We’re hoping our team’s new confidence will keep this winning momentum rolling,” he said.

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