Saratoga Central Catholic's first home varsity football game in 20 years didn't go as well as the Saints had hoped.
Warrensburg (2-1) scored two touchdowns and a safety in the third quarter on its way to a 26-6 victory over Saratoga Catholic (0-3) in last Friday's Class D game at East Side Recreational Field.
We played better tonight (than the first two games), said sophomore quarterback Dylan Anderson. "We're slowly getting there."
Things looked good early for the Saints. They took the opening kickoff and drove inside Warrensburg's 5-yard line before a false start penalty and a missed field goal stalled the series.
Saratoga Catholic didn't have to wait long to get on the scoreboard, though. Warrensburg fumbled on its first play from scrimmage, and Jeremy Furey took advantage of it. The defensive lineman picked up the loose ball and ran 20 yards for a touchdown to give the Saints a 6-0 lead.
Turnovers became a running theme after that, with the beneficiary being Warrensburg. The Burgers took advantage of four Saratoga Catholic fumbles and a bad snap on a punt attempt to score three of their four touchdowns.
"It's pretty uncharacteristic of us to fumble the ball," said Anderson. "I think we just got careless."
When Saratoga Catholic wasn't turning the ball over, it was struggling to get anything going against Warrensburg's defense. Following their opening drive, the Saints didn't get another first down until late in the fourth quarter in large part because Warrensburg defenders kept knifing through Saratoga Catholic's offensive line to put pressure on Anderson and stifle the Saints' running backs.
"We couldn't get anything going offensively," said Saratoga Catholic coach Phonsey Lambert. "Their (pass) rush was tough."
Warrensburg's pass rush provided the turning point of the game. The Burgers sacked Anderson in the end zone for a safety midway through the third quarter to put Warrensburg in front 14-6. Then, Brendan Frye returned the ensuing free kick 56 yards for a touchdown to make the score 20-6.