BROADALBIN — When practice began on Aug. 20, Broadalbin-Perth football coach Jim Pelneau was concerned about his team’s lack of numbers.
B-P had just 22 players to open the season, leaving little wiggle room when it came to meeting the 16-player minimum required to take the field for games.
Those concerns were realized this week when the Patriots were forced to cancel Friday’s Week 0 contest at Fonda-Fultonville.
“Unfortunately, we won’t be able to renew our rivalry with Fonda-Fultonville,” Pelneau said. “We both were excited about it. It’s always fun to play another area team. Luckily, they were able to find an opponent for this weekend.”
Instead of hosting Broadalbin-Perth, Fonda-Fultonville will now make the long trek to Peru for a 5 p.m. game on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Patriots will attempt to regroup and get ready for next week’s game at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk.
“Circumstances left us without enough players to play this week,” Pelneau said. “We’ve had some injuries, we’ve got a couple of players that don’t have enough practices and we had a couple who decided that football wasn’t for them.”
This season also marks the first time since Pelneau joined the B-P program as an assistant in 2005, that the Patriots aren’t fielding a junior varsity squad.
“This is by far the smallest numbers we’ve had since I’ve been here, said Pelneau, who has been B-P’s head coach since 2011.
During the Fall II season in March and April, the Patriots went 4-0, posting wins over Gloversville (50-16), Johnstown (36-28), Cobleskill-Richmondville (21-13) and Green Tech (14-0). The Patriots also had games scheduled with Hudson Falls, Glens Falls and South Glens Falls that were canceled due to COVID protocols.
Despite the disappointment of canceling the opener, Pelneau is hoping to be on the sidelines next weekend.
“We’re planning to take the field next week. That’s the plan,” he said. “We’re hoping to get back out there next week at Ravena.”