Warrensburg Senior Youth Football coach Gary Baker and his players watch several team members execute a drill during a recent practice. Baker is retiring as coach when this season concludes — the last game for 2013 is set for Saturday Oct. 19 on the Warrensburg town recreation field.
In their second-to-last game of the season, the Warrensburg Youth Football senior team demonstrated teamwork and determination in beating Fort Edward 31 to 0.
Leading the offense was Jackson Corriveau who rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns, plus a fourth touchdown via a pass play. Hunter McKenna contributed 75 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown, and Jesse Griffin tallied 30 yards running. Jessie also caught two passes — one for a touchdown, and one rushing. Jaron Griffin received a pass for a conversion.
Leading the quarterback spot with no turnovers were Reece Rundell and Zach Carpenter, Little Burgher coach Gary Baker said.
“It was tremendous teamwork and flawless play,” he said. “The players showed an incredible amount of calm and discipline — and it was all about technique.”
Defensively the Burghers were very strong, enabling the shutout. The effort to contain the Young Forts was led by Corriveau, McKenna, Jesse and Jaron Griffin, Zach Barber, Jackson Czuba, Wyatt Baker, Tommy Moore and Hope Boland, coach Baker said.
“Today we played our most complete game of the season,” he said, noting that defensive coach Joe Sutphin has provided the players valuable instruction in tackling technique every practice this season. “Joe wanted a shutout and the kids responded to his wish.”
This is Gary Baker’s last year as head coach, and it was a rough one for him, considering his son Maclane Baker, a three-year starting quarterback, was sidelined early in the season due to a broken arm — a school recess injury.
“Leaving practice at night without him was tough to swallow,” Baker said. “But although I lost my son on the field, I gained 26 other sons and one daughter — They picked me up, made me laugh and really made me understand that this is only a game. This has turned out to be such an enjoyable season with a group of great kids, and I will cherish it forever.”
Baker continued that Sutphin’s been “a rock” of the youth football program for four seasons.
“Joe has taught the kids valuable lessons on the field and instilled techniques that will truly make them great athletes as well as decent members of society,” he said. “I would hope that most all these kids continue to play this great game in high school and keep this sport alive in our community.”
Baker said that all Warrensburg Youth Football coaches hope they’ve had lasting impact on the players’ lives, considering all the fun the players and coaches have experienced in the games and practices — while encouraging teamwork and dedication toward reaching goals.
“To know 10 to 20 years from now that we may have played a part making young boys and girls become successful adults has been our goal,” he said.
Baker said the Burgher 5th- and 6th-grade senior team plays next Saturday Oct. 19 at home against Ticonderoga at 10 a.m., followed by the primary-grade flag squad and the junior 3rd- and 4th-grade game.
These matchups will be the last of 2013 for the Warrensburg Youth Football League, and all are encouraged to attend, Baker said.
“I am very proud to be a part of this group and proud to be a resident of this community that turns out, week after week, in support of these kids,” he said.