Holy Trinity will make its “Fall II” football season debut Saturday at Hudson after calling off its scheduled opener the week before because the Pride did not have enough eligible players.
“We’ll dress 17 and go to play,” Holy Trinity coach John Barber said. “We’re excited to play, especially the kids who have been working since March and April last year.”
Teams need 16 players to compete in a game, and Holy Trinity has a current roster of 19 student-athletes from Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, Bishop Maginn and Catholic Central, although two team members will not be available due to Easter break commitments.
“It’s a young group,” Barber said. “We have four seniors.”
Barber said COVID-19 was not a factor in the decision to call off Holy Trinity’s March 25 Class B game at Lansingburgh, but rather, it was due to injuries and a lack of required practices that left the team with fewer than the needed 16 players.
Holy Trinity’s 1 p.m. game Saturday will be against a Hudson team that has beaten Cairo-Durham/Catskill 51-0 and lost to Schalmont 41-0.
“We want to get some experience,” Barber said. “We want to have some success on offense and be sound tacklers. We want to be disciplined in what we do.”
The team will be led by senior tight end and defensive end Todd Williamson and junior two-way lineman Nick Mendonca, both of whom made the Class B Reinfurt Division all-star team in 2019.
Freshman Anthony Lucca takes over at quarterback in place of record-breaking passer Joe Tortello, who has moved on to UAlbany. Lucca quarterbacked the Holy Trinity junior varsity in 2019 and saw some varsity action at linebacker and on special teams.
Tortello was among several all-star players who graduated from Holy Trinity’s 2019 edition that lost to Schuylerville in the Section II Class B title game, and finished at 8-2 with a No. 11 state ranking.
“We are known as a sound team in what we do, and a physical team,” Barber said. “I would like to see that.”
Holy Trinity defeated Hudson 42-7 in its last game in early September of 2019 at Bishop Gibbons. Williamson caught a touchdown pass in that game.