Holy Trinity has canceled its “Fall II” season-opening football game scheduled for Friday at Lansingburgh because it does not have enough eligible players.
Holy Trinity, which ended the 2019 season as the Section II Class B runner-up after a title-game loss to Schuylerville, consists of players from Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, Catholic Central and Bishop Maginn.
Pride coach John Barber said COVID-19 was not a factor in the decision to call off the Class B contest, but rather, it was due to injuries and a lack of required practices that have left the team with fewer than the 16 players that are needed to compete.
“We’ll go on as if we’re playing the following week,” Barber said of an April 3 game at Hudson. “We’ll know more Monday.”
Holy Trinity has a current roster of 20, which includes 10 players from Bishop Gibbons, seven from Bishop Maginn and three from Catholic Central. The players range from ninth through 12th grade.
“We do not have enough eligible kids right now,” Barber said.
Holy Trinity graduated from its 2019 edition a standout senior class that included Daily Gazette Offensive Player of the Year Joe Tortello (UAlbany), Noah Foster, Nacier Hundley and Tanner Kiser.
“Eight graduated, and another 10 kids transferred or decided not to play,” Barber said.
Holy Trinity made Section II playoff appearances in each of the last four seasons, and in 2017 the Pride won the Section II Class C title and advanced to the New York championship game with regional and state semifinal victories. The 2019 team finished 8-2 after its loss to Schuylerville.
Lansingburgh will now be hosting Chatham on Saturday.