Citing a roster crunch, both Peekskill and Yonkers have forfeited their football games this week. And Nyack’s homecoming was nearly a casualty.
Peekskill AD Lou Panzanaro confirmed that his team’s game with Lincoln on Saturday was forfeited. Panzanaro said the Red Devils lost several players to academic ineligibility after they received mid-term reports. He said the ineligible players will have a chance to improve their grades and regain eligibility next week, so the Peekskill season could conceivably continue.
In addition, Yonkers informed Nyack today that it would forfeit Friday night’s game, according to Nyack coach Mike Ramponi. Yonkers also did not have the minimum number of players to compete (18), but I don’t have any further information on why.
Both Lincoln and Nyack will be awarded victories. In lieu of an official game, the teams will scrimmage one another at 7:30 Friday night at MacCalman Field at Nyack’s request. The Indians were eager to host the game because this week was scheduled as the school’s homecoming.
In an odd twist, Nyack and Lincoln will play without having prepared to face one another outside of Friday’s walkthrough.
My take… This might sound harsh, but situations like these are exactly why a developmental/alternative/independent (whatever you want to call it) league is necessary. Section 1 simply has too many football games fall through, including non-league games it promises teams outside the section. It’s wrong. Plus, unlike other sports, you can’t just whip together a football game.