With the team’s roster depleted because of injuries, Thomas A. Edison varsity football coach Tom Hughes said he will meet with the school’s athletic director today to discuss whether or not the Spartans will be able to finish the season after Friday’s game was called late in the third quarter.
Hughes said the Spartans (0-2) had only 12 healthy players by the end of Friday night’s 52-19 loss to Spencer-Van Etten after five injuries in the game, including three players who had concussion-related symptoms.
He said only 13 players are counted on to be healthy for the Spartans’ next scheduled game, which is at home Saturday afternoon against Watkins Glen. Teams need at least 16 eligible players for games.
“It’s basically for the safety of the players,” said Hughes of the potential of canceling the rest of the season.
Hughes said a decision on the team’s fate for the rest of the season will be made by the end of the school day Monday. He planned to meet with athletic director Mike Bennett today.
Edison, which lost its opener last week to Moravia, 43-14, has six games remaining.
After the Watkins Glen game, other scheduled games are at Waverly on Sept. 21, home against Trumansburg on Sept. 29, home against Lansing on Oct. 6, at Groton on Oct. 12 and at Dryden on Oct. 19.
The Spartans began the season with only 20 varsity players, which is a low turnout for football.
Friday’s game was called with 3 minutes, 9 seconds remaining in the third quarter after Edison players were called for personal fouls on three of the final four plays.
Hughes said the injuries and the behavior of some of his players led him to request the game be called early.
“The kids were frustrated and did have personal fouls,” Hughes said. “Did that weigh on (the request for the game to be called)? Yes. Probably in the back of my mind it had something to do with it, but the main reason was safety.”
He said two of the 12 players who were not injured were cramping up, making them questionable for the fourth quarter.
Hughes added he was not pleased with the personal fouls, no matter what the circumstances.
“We try to put ourselves at a higher standard at Edison High School than what we showed during the game,” he said.