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Second Time In Three Weeks Blazers Win A Game Without Playing

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

This is getting beyond frustrating now for the Millbrook High School football program and first-year head coach Lou Portaro.

For the second time in three weeks, the Blazers have had a team back out on them and forfeit a game. Millbrook was scheduled to host Onteora on Friday night but Eagles athletic director Kim Pilla contacted Blazers AD Al Hammell and forfeited the game.

Portaro said he was told there was “some sort of violation of team rules” by Onteora players and the team will not be able to field enough players for this week’s game.

A phone message left for Pilla on Wednesday morning was not returned by publication time.

Two weeks ago, in what would have been Millbrook’s season opener, the Blazers earned an unexpected bye when Eldred cancelled its entire season due to lack of participants.

“I don’t know what to say. Another forfeit. Unbelievable,” a furious Portaro told HVSR. “I have never seen anything like it.”

Portaro said it was too late to try and land another opponent, especially in 8-man football, in 48 hours.

“I feel bad for our kids because they’ve been working their butts off,” said Portaro, whose team opened the season this past Friday with a 60-34 win over Ellenville. “I feel bad for our seniors, they lost a home game. It’s frustrating as hell.”

Milbrook will play again next week at Dover.

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