Warrensburg running back Lucas Nelson charges past opponents from Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons as Andrew Fish and Matt Boodman (rear, left to right) back him up in a 2010 matchup between the two teams. Saturday, Sept. 3 against Fort Edward in the 2011 season opener, Nelson racked up 145 yards of rushing.
Fort Edward blew through Warrensburg’s defensive line — despite its considerable beef — for the opening 20 minutes of a Class D football showdown Saturday, Sept. 3 and secured an insurmountable 30-0 lead.
Warrensburg’s fired-up offense during the second half couldn’t overcome the deep deficit, resulting in a 36-14 Fort Edward victory.
Fort runningback Brett Powers charged through wide gaps created by his experienced offensive line to score four touchdowns in 17 minutes. Powers gained 198 yards on 11 carries for the game.
“Every touchdown they scored was because our line was misaligned,” Burgher Coach Mike Leonbruno said, taking the blame for the confusion over positioning of players.
Several plays, he said, the Burgher lineup had one or two players less on the field than they should have.
“We weren’t even close to lining up right,” he said. “Our formation was all off.”
Also the team stymied their crusade by committing eight penalties, setting them back 75 yards — besides botching a kickoff return and giving up a turnover.
Despite the early-game rout, the season’s first contest had its positive aspects.
Veteran Burgher back Lucas Nelson ran for 145 yards, proving he’s going to be the offensive workhorse on the ground, Leonbruno said.
“Nelson played an outstanding game, really tough,” he said.
Also, Jeremy Barber plowed through the pumped-up Fort Edward defense for another 115 yards.
“These guys are going to be hard to stop,” the coach predicted, noting that Warrensburg gained nearly 300 ground yards with their new double-wing offense.
Leonbruno said his coaching staff was going to collaborate on simplifying the defensive line formation before the home game against Salem on Saturday, Sept. 10.
“I was pleased the Fort Edward game was never out of reach,’ he said. “If fix the mistakes we committed, and play up to our potential, we’ll be very competitive.”