Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons won’t play football this fall

Joe Tortello throws a pass during a Holy Trinity football game in 2019.

Joe Tortello throws a pass during a Holy Trinity football game in 2019.

SCHENECTADY — Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons will not field a high school football team this fall.

Athletic director Pat Moran confirmed that “unfortunate” development Tuesday.

“But we’re already working toward offering football for fall of 2022,” Moran said. “Just for this one year, we’re not going to be able to support it.”

Section II football coordinator Bob Dorrance sent out Monday a revised Section II Class D schedule, which removed Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons and Hoosic Valley from it. Moran said Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons has already had “preliminary talks” with other schools regarding potential mergers for the 2022 season.

Even before this week, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons had appeared unlikely to field a team this fall after the merged “Holy Trinity” program it competed as part of in recent years — often with great success — had disbanded. Fewer than 10 kids expressed an interest in playing football this fall at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, Moran and former Holy Trinity football head coach John Barber said earlier this summer.

Most recently, the Holy Trinity program consisted of players from Bishop Maginn, Catholic Central and Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons. Barber served as the head coach for the combined Holy Trinity team for eight seasons, and led the program to an appearance in the Class C state championship game in 2017.

Barber was hired as the head coach at Troy High School in early July.

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