Holy Trinity has canceled the remainder of its “Fall II” football season due to a lack of available players, Pride head coach John Barber confirmed Monday.
Low numbers were a program concern coming into the season, and after its second game Saturday, a 26-13 Class B loss to Cobleskill-Richmondville, Holy Trinity was down to 15 players. Teams need 16 players to compete in a game.
The combined Holy Trinity team currently consists of players from Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, Catholic Central and Bishop Maginn. During the 2019 season, Holy Trinity went 8-2 after it reached the Section II Class B title game and lost to Schuylerville. In 2017, the Pride finished as the state Class C runner-up.
“With the low numbers, the principals of the schools and athletic directors thought is was best to cancel the rest of the season,” Barber said. “We are no longer playing.”
Holy Trinity had canceled its scheduled season-opener against Lansingburgh due to injuries and a lack of required practices that, at that time ,left the team with fewer than 16 players. Holy Trinity lost the first game it played the following week, 30-0 to Hudson.
“After the first game we had one kid who didn’t want to play and another had a concussion,” Barber said. “Saturday, two of our boys had lower-leg injuries. It’s a combination of kids transferring out, others deciding not to play and the injuries.”
Barber said preparation for next season will begin Tuesday.
“We’ve got kids who still want to lift and do stuff,” Barber said. “We’ll be starting our offseason program with them.”