Warrensburg Senior Youth Football Team players try to get a grip on a Lake George running back during a game between the two 5th- and 6th-grade squads Saturday Sept. 28. Lake George came out on top. The teams will face off again Friday Oct. 4 in scrimmage to be held during halftime of a night game between the high school squads of the two neighboring towns.
A week after a dominant win against Ticonderoga, the Warrensburg Senior Youth Football team fought hard against Lake George, but lost 39 to 28 in a game played Sept. 28 on the Burgher home turf.
Led by Jackson Corriveau, the Little Burghers put up a very strong effort, coach Gary Baker said. Corriveau ran for 150 yards and threw for two touchdowns. Jessie Griffin ran for an additional 45 yards and caught a touchdown pass, and Hunter McKenna ran for 50 yards and caught a pass for a touchdown.
The team’s defense was led by Tommy Moore, Hunter McKenna and Jaron Griffin, Coach Baker said.
”These kids worked so hard in the second half to climb back into the game,” he said, noting the players’ parents as well as the Warrensburg community should be proud of their effort. “We kept waiting for that one turnover to go our way and it just never came.”
He said the offensive units of both teams outran the opposing defense most of the time.
“Lake George is a solid team with good athletes and good coaching,” Baker said. “It is always a dogfight when facing them.”
Both this 5th and 6th grade squad and the 3rd and 4th grade team will be playing scrimmages under floodlights in Lake George Friday Oct. 4 in conjunction with the game between the two towns’ high school Varsity teams. The 5th and 6th graders play during halftime, or about 8 p.m., and the 3rd and 4th graders are to play at 5 p.m.
The two younger teams will play in a full game in Lake George on Saturday Oct. 5, and the 5th and 6th grade squad will play against Hudson Falls at 10 a.m. Sunday Oct. 6 on the Hudson Falls High School field.
“Friday night should be a lot of fun,” Baker said about the arch-rivals from neighboring towns scrimmaging.
Young Burghers defeat Ticonderoga
The Senior Burghers’ loss followed a solid 37-18 win versus Ticonderoga the prior week on the Warrensburg town field.
In their win, the Burghers utilized a variety of formations including the I Wing, Power I, Wishbone and Double Wing. This 5th and 6th grade team racked up more than 350 yards on the ground to beat a talented Ticonderoga squad.
Leading rusher for the Burghers was Jessie Griffin with 145 yards and three touchdowns, Jackson Corriveau with 61 yards and one rushing touchdown and one pass for a second touchdown.
Reece Rundell, who stepped into the quarterback position, tallied 28 rushing yards as well as heading up the offensive playmaking, Coach Baker said.
“Rundell provided strong leadership and good decision making for the offense,” he said.
Hunter McKenna ran for 60 yards, Bradley Roach gained 29 yards, Zack Shambo tallied 20 yards,Tommy Moore with 15 yards and Hope Boland with 6 yards. A solid defensive effort was anchored by Jackson Czuba and Jackson Corriveau with substantial efforts from Jaron Griffin, Tommy Moore, Jessie Griffin, Daniel Wescott, Reece Rundell, Bill Cameron, Wyatt Baker and Jordan Mallory, the coach said.
Coach Baker said his team members have memorized a large number of plays involving a half-dozen formations — and many of the plays differ only by subtle variations.
“This group of kids just ‘get’ the game,” he said. “No matter what I call in the huddle they execute it properly — I am very proud of this group.”
Baker added that his team’s line — consisting of Jackson Czuba, Wyatt Baker, Bill Cameron, David Luck, Zack Barber and Antonio Devalle flanked on the ends by Jaron Griffin and Jackson Corriveau — is a critically important element of our team and its success.
Younger Burghers showing potential
On Sept. 28, the third and fourth grade Little Burghers played Lake George, and lost to the Warriors 18 to 12.
The squad members contributed strong play on both sides of the ball. Standouts this week were Dillon Winchell who scored a touchdown, Tanner McKenna with solid play, and Tristan Hitchcock who recovered a fumble and took off 65 yards for a touchdown for his team.
“This team played with a lot of heart today and is getting better each week, coach Mike Curtis said. “They never gave up.”