LAKE GEORGE - Monday afternoon, Lake George High School Varsity football players watched a game video of their Friday-night matchup with rival Warrensburg.
Watching Warrior running back Caleb Meroski rip through defenders and keep charging after multiple tackles, the players offered their comment on his performance.
"That's just sick," one player said, and others repeated the phrase as they watched Meroski run like a locomotive through a battlefield, taking one hit after another but not stopping.
However, Lake George Coach Jeff Bennett credited not only Meroski, but Robert Adsit and other defenders for their role in the 32-14 victory over Warrensburg.
Adsit charged into Burgher opponents with ferocity, again and again in the Adirondack League showdown.
"Adsit was all over the field," Bennett said of Adsit's brutal attacks. "He played the game of his life."
Meroski, the game's headliner, ran 29 carries for 213 yards and hauled in a pass for 28 more yards and scored four touchdowns for the Warriors.
But the unsung heroes, including the offensive line which opened up pathways for Meroski - also offered major contributions, Bennett said.
"The offensive line played fantastic, and Meroski ran really well," he said.
The play setting the tone for the game was a Warrior tackle on an initial veer option play run by the Burghers.
"We blasted the fullback and everyone within a mile heard the hit," Bennett said.
Looking to the next game, Bennett said he needs the same stellar performance out of his crew this Friday night at home against Bishop Gibbons, who's enjoying a 3-1 record like Lake George.
An unexpected hero of Friday's game against Warrensburg was Freshman substitute quarterback Willy Blunt, who racked up 70 yards rushing on 7 carries and a touchdown. He also completed two of five passes including a touchdown on a 28-yarder to Meroski - and no interceptions. Blunt was stepping in for the injured starting quarterback Vinnie Crocitto. Blunt also picked up a fumble on a kickoff return and ran 29 yards for a touchdown.
The ball seemed slippery on Friday, with the Burghers giving away the ball four times due to fumbles, Warrensburg Coach Mike Leonbruno said.
"We had four turnovers that killed us," he said. "We began the game flat, but the Lake George players came out ready to win - they played really hard - they gave it 110 percent the whole game."
The highlight for the Burghers was quarterback Brendan Frye's goal line recovery of a fumble by Meroski, and Frye's ensuing 100-yard touchdown run, Leonbruno said.
"Frye had a great game - he played his heart out," the coach said, noting Frye had eight passing completions for 105 yards, and gained 91 yards on the ground. "But we just didn't execute our plays the way we should have."