The Warrensburg Youth Football program kicked off Saturday with games against Whitehall.
The younger squad lost this first contest of the year, but the senior group of 5th and 6th graders — a squad that in 2011 won the regional youth Superbowl championship — were triumphant.
The 3rd- and 4th-grade squad battled to a 36-0 loss, with the experienced mini-Railroaders overpowering the home team. The young Burghers learned a lot in the game, as they have been so far in the 2012 practices.
“Though the score did not reflect it, the kids came a long way from beginning to end,” head coach Mike Curtis said. “Our future is certainly bright.”
This younger team was led on both sides of the ball with good efforts by Hunter McKenna and Hope Boland.
The 5th- and 6th-grade squad faced an opponent they knew well in Whitehall, having played them — and handing them a defeat — in last year’s Superbowl, the first ever for the Northern Adirondack Youth Football League.
“We knew Whitehall would be out for revenge, and we used that for our inspiration,” Coach Gary Baker said.
The Railroaders’ revenge inspired the players to contain the Burghers’ scoring drives in the first half with three successive goal line stands.
The Burghers, however, fought back before halftime, punching through the Railroaders’ defense for a touchdown.
The Burghers then took action to keep the Railroaders off balance strategically, Baker said.
The team’s offensive attack was formidable, racking up more than 300 yards. The effort was led by running backs Evan Macduff, Danny Kelly and Jackson Corriveau behind the blocking of Peyton Olden and others. Maclane Baker played an outstanding game at quarterback, controlling the ball well and executing plays as planned.
The offensive line, led by Hunter Mosher, Nolan McNeil, Bill Cameron, Zach Barber, Sean Winter, Chris Wilson, Brandon Bailey and Kurt Fuller, blocked well all day, giving Baker the time he needed to get is work accomplished.
Defense was led by Hunter Mosher, Evan Macduff, Brandon Bailey, Chris Wilson, Danny Kelly and Sean Winter.
The teams play Saturday, Sept. 15 at home versus Corinth at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.