School Football: Game on for Class D teams
Schoburg will not have to wait to make its debut as a member of Section II’s Class D football league after all. Neither will Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons/Saratoga Central Catholic, the area’s other newly merged varsity team.
The Indian Eagles and the Sainted Knights will meet Saturday, Sept. 7, on the Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons field starting at 1.
Schoburg — with students from Schoharie and Duanesburg — was orginally scheduled to open that weekend against Salem, and NDBG/SCC was slated to play Fort Edward. Salem last week and Fort Edward this week forfeited those Class D crossover games due to a lack of players at practice.
By state rule, teams must have at least 16 players with 15 practices by the first game.
“I was worried. I heard through the grapevine Fort Edward was having some problems with numbers. I heard some kids went on vacation,” said NDBG/SCCC coach John Barber. “I got an e-mail today [Tuesday] from the Fort Edward people saying that could not play.”
Schoburg played at the junior varsity level last season and won two games by forfeit.
“Our kids know how school ball is. They know things can happen,” said Schoburg coach Ken Meyer. “They took it pretty good when they head we wouldn’t be playing Salem.”
When Fort Edward forfeited its game with the Sainted Knights, the phone calls began.
“We had an opening. They had an opening. Why not play?” said Meyer.
Schoburg and NDBG/SCC are both in the Class D South Division. Only their second game on Oct. 12 at Schoharie will count in the league standings. The Sept. 7 game is essentially a non-league game.
“That second game could be for something,” said Barber. “Who knows? We could both be fighting for a playoff spot.”