Alex Labruzzo stepped into the quarterback position and took his team on a wild ride in his Varsity debut Sept. 17, as Lake George defeated unbeaten Fort Edward in a 18-6 win.
It was quite a show of offensive power.
Labruzzo, drafted to fill a position of injured starting Warrior quarterback Willy Blunt, had a role in every point scored.
In the second quarter, after a Fort Edward player blocked a punt by Labruzzo back in the Warrior’s own end zone and fell on it for six points, things didn’t look good for Lake George.
But Labruzzo didn’t waste time in taking revenge, grabbing the ensuing kickoff and returning it 85 yards for a touchdown that tied the score at 6-6.
Labruzzo’s teammates were pumped, and they all let their adrenaline work wonders.
Moments later, a Warrior rushed downfield on the kickoff, recovered the ball, regaining possession and eroding Fort Edward’s confidence.
Not long after, Labruzzo connected with receiver Robbie Ford downfield for a 52-yard gain, achieving a 12-6 advantage.
This wasn’t the end of Labruzzo’s scoring tirade. In the third quarter, he ran for a 78 yard touchdown off a fumble. The Warrior defense was also energized and aggressive — they forced fumbles, and shut down the game of standout Fort Edward running back Brett Powers, who recorded only 27 yards for the game.
They also put ultimate effort into their pass defense, pulling down two interceptions — and yes, one of them was snagged by Labruzzo.
The game’s outcome was particularly sweet for the Warrior players, because just seven days earlier they were ambushed by Whitehall, in a 30-0 rout.