LAKE GEORGE Powered by a relentless running attack and a punishing defense, the Lake George football team advanced a step Saturday toward their final goal for 2008 an undefeated season. Oct. 25, the Warriors beat Bishop Gibbons 30-21, in a hard-fought game as star running back Caleb Meroski ran 236 yards and scored 3 touchdowns on Bishop Gibbons home field in Schenectady. Quarterback J.D. DeWaard set the tone of the game as he grabbed the opening kickoff and ran down the field for a touchdown. DeWaard also scored the clinching touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Bishop Gibbons put up a good fight, coming close with a touchdown late in the third quarter with a 25-21 score, but battling in the rain, Lake George answered by squashing their next drive. Warrior Coach Jeff Bennett said DeWaard tried a new approach, calling some audibles moments after seeing the Bishop Gibbons defense set up. Such spontaneous playmaking gained critical yardage, he said. Two other factors secured the victory for the Warriors, Bennett said. Caleb Meroski and our other backs just started running downhill, he said. They just ran forward without looking back, punishing the Bishop Gibbons defense. Speaking of punishment, the Warrior defense often ripped through the line and brought their opponents down, he said. Defensive end Mike Berry, Linebacker Alex Liucci and Chris DeJesus were phenomenal they were all over their quarterback, Bennett said. Monday, Bennett said his team was looking forward to its final 2008 game on Thursday against Mechanicville, capping off their dream 9-0 season. It wasnt going to be easy, he said, noting that Mechanicville has linemen with NFL-type statistics. Several of their linemen are solid one weighs 268 pounds, another at 260, and a third at 225, the same weight as their fullback. Weve got a good shot at defeating Mechanicville, and its fortunate well be on our home field, he said. Well need the help of our fans for this one.