Lack of available players forces Broadalbin-Perth football to cancel game


Broadalbin-Perth’s Sam Hotaling with the ball against Gloversville’s Kaymen Lewis-Matthews during the high school football game at Broadalbin-Perth High School on on Friday, October 8, 2021.

BROADALBIN — For the second time this season, the numbers game has caught up with the Broadalbin-Perth football team.

The Patriots were forced to cancel this week’s Class B crossover home game with Lansingburgh.

“Between injuries and quarantines, we aren’t able to meet the 16-player minimum to play this week’s game with Lansingburgh,” Broadalbin-Perth athletic director Tucker Gifford said.

After starting its season with just 22 players on its varsity roster and no junior varsity team, B-P was forced to cancel its Week 0 game with Fonda-Fultonville on Sept. 3.

Since then, the Patriots have been able to play their next five contests without interruption.

B-P is 1-4 overall and 1-1 in Class B North Division play this season.

“It is what it is,” Gifford said. “We knew that this was a possibility when we started the season with just 22 players. We’ve been able to play all of our games since losing our Week 0 game with Fonda-Fultonville, but we just aren’t able to this week.”

The Patriots lost their first three games to Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (32-7), Green Tech (12-7) and Mohonasen (42-13) before posting a 35-34 victory at Scotia-Glenville on Oct. 1.

Last week, B-P dropped a 46-14 decision in its homecoming game to Gloversville.

“We had a couple of injuries in that game and you can’t play if you don’t have 16 players to start the game,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said. “It’s been kind of snowballing on us the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, it finally caught up with us.”

The Huskies piled up 243 rushing yards and 188 passing yards in outgaining B-P by a 431-189 margin. The Huskies held the Patriots to just 17 yards in the first half on their way to a 27-0 halftime lead. The Patriots started the game with just 17 players in uniform.

“It was nice to be able to get through our homecoming week last week,” Gifford said. “It’s just unfortunate that we aren’t able to play this week.”

B-P was planning to honor its seven seniors — Hayden Benton, Noah Bott, Matthew Dunn, Sean Helfrich, Aiden Mussen, Patrick Pohl and Justin Rosario  — prior to the game during senior night festivities.

“We’re hoping to play next week at Glens Falls and if not, host Hudson Falls in the last week of the regular season Oct. 29,” Gifford said. “We’re day-to-day and week-to-week in our efforts to keep playing. We’ll see what happens and kind of see where we’re at next week.”

Both games are Class B North Division contests.

“Our plan is to play next week, but I don’t know if we’ll get to that point,” Pelneau said. “Really, our goal is to get to the 29th against Hudson Falls.”

By Paul Wager

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