Burnt Hills football focused on controlling ground game

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BURNT HILLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Week One of the high school football season will not lack any drama.

Burnt Hills is one of the many teams that will open against the team that ended their season last year. Even so, senior lineman Connor McClernan said the Spartans will not go into the game against Amsterdam with revenge on the mind.

They just need to play their best game. To do that, especially now that three-year starting quarterback John Clayton has graduated, head coach Matt Shell said they have to control the ground game both offensively and defensively.

“We have to be able to run the ball,” he said. “I mean, that’s just to be a successful team. You have to have consistency in the run game, and I’m hoping that will continue this year.”

“There’s no secret,” McClernan said. “That’s how football is played. Any team, if you can stop the ball, it’s half the game.”

Of the Spartans’s returning starters, the interior linemen and linebackers on the defensive side are among them. Shell said the continuity should help to stop the run.

As far as replacing Clayton at QB, sophomore Darien Lepitrow and senior Patrick Hopsicker are battling for the open spot.

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