LAKE GEORGE - Lake George football team endured an uncharacteristic defeat from league-leading Rensselaer Friday in a decisive 49-14 loss.
Tuesday, lake George Coach Jeff Bennett didn't sound worried about this defeat for his talented team that tallied a winning, eventful season.
The loss was partially due to the injuries of starting defensive noseguard and left tackle Jack Clark - and starting guard and defensive tackle Lee McCabe.
The focus is now on the Section II tournament, with the first matchup Friday night at home against Saratoga Catholic. The Lake George Warriors were seeded third in the tournament.
In a prior matchup, the Warriors were victorious with a solid margin of more than a few touchdowns.
"For the sectionals, we've got to fill in a few holes," Bennett said, referring to McCabe and Clark's positions.
One bright spot for the playoffs is the return of initial starting quarterback Vinnie Crocitto who was sidelined for four weeks with a broken collarbone. He was practicing this week with his teammates, and he should be ready for action by Friday, Bennett said. Crocitto's return means backup quarterback Willy Blunt, who served the team well and proved his versatility, will be able to serve as a running back and receiver.
The Rensselaer Rams game was a matter of injuries, missing key tackles, and committing some mistakes, Bennett said.
"We got down early, and it affected us," he said.
Rensselaer scored on their opening 70-yard drive, then Lake George fumbled the ensuing kickoff, which within minutes put the Warriors down 14-0.
"Rensselaer is very physical - they're a class football team," Bennett said. "It's a game in which we couldn't make mistakes, but we did."
The Warrior scoring efforts were a pair of airborne touchdowns, with Willy Blunt connecting with Matt McGowan.
At halftime, the score was a respectable 28-14, and Lake George took the ball on the kickoff and scored.
After a Rensselaer fumble, Lake George had a chance to tie it up, but injuries took their toll with half of the starting offensive line off the field.
"Due to the injuries, we kinda died off," Bennett said.
If Lake George is successful against Saratoga Catholic, next up is Greenwich, the No. 2 seed, Bennett said.
"Greenwich is a really good football team," he said.