Lack of players sidelines B-P football for third straight week

BROADALBIN — Since it began, the season has been a struggle for the Broadalbin-Perth football team.

Unfortunately for the Patriots, those struggles continue.

For the third straight week, Broadalbin-Perth will be sidelined by a lack of available players and will forfeit this week’s Class B North Division home game with Hudson Falls.

“It’s been an interesting week here. Unfortunately, we will not have enough players to play this week’s game,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said. “However, we are getting a few players back from injury and quarantine, and are hopeful to have one more game next week.”

If the Patriots can return to the field, it will be their first game since a 46-14 loss to Gloversville on Oct. 8 in its homecoming game at Patriot Field.

Since that game, injuries and quarantines have forced Broadalbin-Perth to cancel a home game with Lansingburgh on Oct. 15 and last Saturday’s road game at Glens Falls.

After starting its season with just 22 players on its varsity roster and no junior varsity team, Broadalbin-Perth was forced to cancel its Week 0 game with Fonda-Fultonville on Sept. 3. After losing its opener, Broadalbin-Perth was able to play its next five contests without interruption.

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. The following week’s contest with Gloversville marked Broadalbin-Perth’s last time on the field, a game that saw the Patriots begin the game with just 17 players – one above the 16-player minimum to start a game.

Broadalbin-Perth had planned to honor its seven seniors — Hayden Benton, Noah Bott, Sean Helfrich, Aiden Mussen, Patrick Pohl, Justin Rosario and Matthew Dunn — prior to this week’s game during senior night festivities.

“This season has been the most challenging I can remember as we navigate through with the low numbers we have,” Pelneau said. “The players have kept up hope to get another game in, and I hope we get one more shot to play and end the season on the field, especially for our seniors.”

If they are able to compete next week, the Patriots will learn their crossover opponent Sunday.

Including forfeits, B-P is 1-7 overall and 1-3 in Class B North Division play this season.

By Paul Wager

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