COVID-related issues force season-starting football games to be called off


Several Section II season-starting football games, including Scotia-Glenville’s home contest against Queensbury slated for Friday night, were called off due to COVID-related issues.

The Friday Albany at Amsterdam game and Saturday’s Helderberg Valley vs. Chatham at Hudson game were also taken off the Week 1 schedule for the “Fall II” season. The COVID-related issues involved individuals from Queensbury, Amsterdam and Chatham.

“The kids are real upset. It’s been a year and a half,” Scotia-Glenville coach Bob Leto said. “They want to play football, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s one more week.”

Leto was uncertain if the game with Queensbury will be rescheduled sometime in the seven-week Fall II season that came about after the traditional fall football season was erased due to COVID-19 concerns.

“There has been a lot of talk about these scenarios,” Leto said. “We’re hoping at some point, but I don’t think that decision will be made lightly.”

Teams need at the minimum four nights of rest between games, so playing three games in a two-week span is possible. This season is different from previous ones, Section II football coordinator Bob Dorrance noted, due to the limited conditioning and training opportunities that were available to players.

“They could try to make them up, but everyone I’ve talked to feels the same way,” Dorrance said. “With the four-night rest rule, you can play three games in two weeks, but it’s not a wise move at this time.”

Schalmont played three games in nine days during the 2018 season due to a case of Coxsackievirus and lost them all, the last being a playoff game.

Several Fall II Class B games on the originally released Week 1 football schedule have been changed to scrimmages.

Among the games Friday, Guilderland built a four-touchdown lead at the half and defeated Bethlehem at Schenectady 35-8 in Class AA, and Averill Park generated points in every quarter as part of a 34-8 win over Columbia in Class A.

David Romer returned a kickoff 82 yards for Columbia’s touchdown.




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