It's only the second game of the Section II football season, but it could say a lot about the direction the Mohonasen Mighty Warriors will go.
After an impressive 34-7 victory over South Glens Falls Sept. 1, Mohonasen travels to Lansingburgh Friday to play a Knights team that is coming off a dominating 52-8 victory over Scotia-Glenville.
The Mighty Warriors' biggest challenge will be stopping a Lansingburgh offense that racked up more than 300 rushing yards against Scotia-Glenville. The only advantage is that Mohonasen is familiar with Lansingburgh's double wing offensive set, which is similar to what former class A foe Queensbury runs.
Queensbury is bad enough, but then you take Lansingburgh who's got great athletes and great speed " and that will keep me from sleeping a little bit," said Mohonasen coach Scott Sabourin.
If the Mighty Warriors tackle the way they did against South Glens Falls, though, they may have a tough time slowing Lansingburgh down. Though Mohonasen kept South High off the scoreboard until late in the fourth quarter, there were several occasions where Bulldog ball carriers slipped through initial tackles before being swarmed by multiple Mighty Warrior defenders.
"We're very happy with the win, (but) we didn't play the best we possibly could," said Sabourin.
Mohonasen's great equalizer is its passing attack. Senior quarterback Pat Barnes demonstrated good poise and a cannon arm in the opening week victory, completing 10 of 15 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns. His scoring strikes were good for 34, 27 and 53 yards.
"I think a lot can be said for seniors. Juniors are great, sophomores are fun, but seniors, they've matured physically and matured mentally," said Sabourin. "I think what you got a glimpse of today is a quarterback who has really matured."
Alexander Audino caught two of Barnes' three touchdown passes, and Joshua Provost contributed a 25-yard scoring run on an end-around for Mohonasen, which jumped out to a 27-0 halftime lead on South High. Sean Simmons caught a 27-yard scoring strike from Barnes, and tailback Joe Grassia added a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.