The Lake George Youth Football program’s senior squad is concluding its season this week and it’s been an action-packed year with gratifying results, coaches and fans report.
“We have experienced a very successful season in terms of wins and in terms of player health,” Coach Ted Bearor said Oct. 15, noting the team has a 5-1 record going into its final game for 2012, a contest versus Glens Falls set for Saturday, Oct. 20.
The mini-Warriors have been dedicated to learning the fundamentals while developing a strong sense of teamwork and camaraderie, he said.
“On offense we depend on the speed of our backfield and the proper execution of basic plays,” Bearor said. “Our offensive line play has been outstanding and for this ,the coaches are very pleased.”
The young Lake George players have been responsive to instruction and have been combining their athleticism with their newfound skills to the benefit of the team, he added.
“Our defense has been outstanding,” he said. “The players ‘swarming’ to the football has led our entire team to get in on every tackle and not allow extra yards.”
Bearor noted that the senior squad’s roster of 29 players this season represents substantial turnout.
The coaches of the squad of 5th- and sixth-graders are: James McCabe, Rich Conte, Todd Paton, Ted Bearor, Bryan Hoolihan, Jeremy Duers and Chris Collins.
With several other of the eight teams in the Northern Adirondack Youth Football League reporting injuries that have sidelined players this year, Lake George has been fortunate with regard to player health, Bearor reported. But there’s a reason: the Warrior youth football program has been focused on appropriate technique to minimize the potential of injuries, he added.
Key points in the Lake George tradition has been fundamentals and safety, Bearor said, noting that this early instruction prepares the players well for high school competition.
“The coaches feel strongly that by teaching our youth the basics of the game that stem from a proper football stance, alignment and basic individual position responsibilities, has enabled the players to be ready for future progression in the game,” he said.
“Also, a focus on proper tackling form and technique is crucial to each player for their own safety as well as the safety of their opponent. Our goal has been to ensure tackles are made and done safely on every defensive play.
Bearor concluded that the 2012 season has been a success.
“All of the coaches at Lake George as well as the players and their families have had a fun and safe experience,” he said.