Thursday, October 11, 2012

Hoosic Valley 10/11

Injuries have taken a toll on another Section 2 football team, as the Hoosic Valley Indians have opted to forfeit the balance of their 2012 varsity schedule.

Hoosic Valley Superintendent Douglas Kelley cited health and safety concerns in a message posted to the district's website, noting the team's roster has been reduced to 16 healthy players. 

That is the minimum number required to field a varsity football team in New York, but 10 members of Hoosic Valley's current roster are freshman or sophomores. The superintendent feared the team's younger players -- many of whom would be forced to play both sides of the ball -- would be going against teams with fresher, bigger and more experienced players, which could lead to serious injuries.

The Class C team, playing a Class D schedule this season after receiving the necessary approvals, will forfeit this weekend's match with Fort Edward and next weekend's bout with Warrensburg. 

They will finish the regular season at 1-7, their lone win coming in a Week 1 match against Bishop Gibbons, which had to forfeit its own Week 4 game against Cambridge due to injuries.
That 38-13 victory snapped Hoosic Valley's 22-game losing streak. But the Indians had been shut out five times in their next six contests and only mustered six total points.

Class B Johnstown forfeited its final four games of the 2012 season after multiple players sustained injuries during the team's first three games. The Sir Bills finished 0-7.

Bishop Gibbons returned to field a varsity football team in Week 5.

Hoosic Valley's modified football team will continue to play as scheduled, school officials said.


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