Warrensburg running back Nolan Maltbie charges forward for a substantial gain during a game against Bishop Gibbons Saturday Sept. 15 that the Burghers won 64-18. Maltbie racked up three touchdowns and 73 rushing yards in the balanced team effort.
Blow the dust off the Burgher gridiron record books.
The Warrensburg football team, after a disappointing 0-2 start to their 2012 season, blew away Bishop Gibbons by the widest margin and the most touchdowns in recent history.
The Burghers' beefy offensive line provided the opportunity for a roster of running backs to tear down the field in the 64-18 rout.
Leading the balanced offensive attack was running back Nolan Maltbie with three touchdowns and 73 rushing yards; Connor Scott with 90 yards on the ground and an 85-yard touchdown on a kickoff return; and Nick Nedelcu with two touchdown runs, including the final one of the game, a 48-yard gain. Adding to the score were Colt Ovitt with 34 yards and Joey Schuster with a 20-yard touchdown. Receiver Shea Irish added a 46-yard touchdown reception on a pass thrown by quarterback Marcus Perrone.
Running up the score was Freshman Alex Barber, who ran no less than 8 two-point conversions and 44 rushing yards.
On defense, Danny Ackley was aggressive, accomplishing 13 tackles, two quarterback sacks and a blocked punt.
Burgher Caoch Mike Leonbruno declined to name any individual players.
But Bishop Gibbons Coach Tom Pallas said that Warrensburg's offensive line was a critical element in the game.
"We knew Warrensburg would run the ball well, and it was our challenge to stop them — but we weren't able to do it," he said. "Their offensive line executed very well — they did what they were supposed to do."
The offensive line — which includes Adam Langworthy, John Russell, Rodgers McLaughlin, John Kindred, Jerico Converse and Blake Vaisey — powered through the defense, creating wide gaps for the Burgher runners.
In various plays, they mowed down the defense with their bulk and strength — coaches say they've been working out in the weight room this year to prepare for the season.
The Burghers' scoring victory was remarkable, considering three talented starters were sidelined with injuries — Malachai Prosser, Tyler Wilcox and Tevor Baker.
Perrone, who executed the plays that caught the opposition off-guard, deferred credit to others.
"I knew from the start we were really clicking," he said in the third quarter, sporting a wide grin. "Our line started to really push forward in the game — our success was really about the line."
Gulping Gatorade soon after barging past defenders for a sack, Danny Ackley said the 2012 Burgher squad is dedicated to teamwork — no individual player is seeking superstar status.
"We're fighting really hard and we're playing like a family," he said. "There's no 'I' on the team."