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Even In 8-Man, School Does Not Have Enough Players

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

Eldred High School has been forced to cancel its 2019 football season due to a lack of participation, Hudson Valley Sports Report has learned.

Even as a participant in Section 9’s 8-man league, which requires fewer minimum number of players on the roster than traditional 11-man football, the Yellowjackets fell short.

Eldred athletic director J.J. Gass confirmed the decision to HBSR this afternoon.

“We just didn’t have enough players,” Gass told HVSR. “It’s upsetting. I feel bads for the kids that showed up, especially the two, three seniors we had.”

New York State Public High School Athletic Association rules require a minimum of 12 players in pads for every game. Gass said the Yellowjackets were “unfortunately in the eight, nine range” in terms of total number of players.

Eldred has traditionally struggled with its roster and participation. In 2016, the Yellowjackets came up short of players and were forced to cancel a game at Millbrook, which would have been the Blazers’ homecoming contest. In 2017, Eldred forfeited the Section 9, Class D championship to Millbrook when it couldn’t dress enough players for the title game.

Ironically, the first victim of Eldred’s cancellation of the 2019 campaign is Millbrook. The two schools were set to open the season on Friday, Sept. 6, at Eldred.

“It’s disappointing,” first-year Blazers coach Lou Portaro said.

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