SCHEDULE: WCS FOOTBALL
Sept. 3: A: @ Fort Edward, 1 p.m.
Sept. 10: H: Salem, 1 p.m.
Sept. 17: H: Whitehall, 1 p.m.
Sept. 24: A: @ Cambridge, 1 p.m.
Sept. 30: A: @ Lake George, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7: A: @ Rensselaer, 7 p.m.
Oct. 15: H: Catholic, 1 p.m.
Oct. 22: H: Bishop Gibbons, 1 p.m.
Oct. 28: Sectional Semifinals
Nov. 4: Sectional Finals
For decades, Warrensburg Central football teams have had a lot of talent and determination.
This year, there’s high hopes for the Burghers. The team has some big, tough players up front, who will undoubtedly be pushing their opponents around, giving the backfield time to execute, coach Mike Leonbruno said.
“We’ve got a ton of beef this year,” he said.
Most of the team members were enrolled in the Bigger, Stronger Faster sessions held last year in Warrensburg, a program whose sponsors guarantee improved season records and team performance.
Leonbruno said the BFS guarantee is likely to be accurate.
“We’re pushing our players, and they’re playing hard this year,” he said.
While in past years, the offense has been built on a passing attack and flashy plays to keep opponents off guard, the Burghers are taking a different approach in 2011.
Like Ohio State 50 years ago under coach Woody Hayes, the Burghers will be grinding out their yardage in a persistent running attack.
“We’ve changed the offense— We’ll be pounding the ball downfield in 10- to 15-play drives,” Leonbruno said.
Looking over his roster at a recent practice, Leonbruno said he’s pleased with the depth he’s got for 2011.
The backfield, featuring two wingbacks, is likely to include Lucas Nelson, Matt Boodman, Connor Scott and Andrew Fish. At fullback, look for Jeremy Barber and Dan Ackley.
The quarterback will either be Marcus Perrone or Nolan Maltbie,” the coach said.
“It’s good to finally have some depth, with players fighting for positions,” he said.
Seasoned veteran Adam Langworthy is likely to be at tackle. Other returners include standout receiver Hunter Werner at tight end, along with Tyler Wilcox, a talented athlete. Look for Desmon Allen at tackle, Kalvin Duell and Gabe MicGlire at guard. Joining the lineup will be Shea Irish.