Geibel opts to forfeit to Beth-Center after roster comes up short
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In the wake of an 81-0 loss to Frazier in Week 1 of the high school football season, Geibel has elected to forfeit its scheduled Week 2 contest to host Beth-Center Friday.
“Right now, we would only have 12 kids,” Geibel Athletic Director Shawn Holup said, noting that PIAA rules require teams to dress at least 13 players for varsity football.
Holup noted that of the 16 players on Geibel's roster, several received injuries in Friday's Tri-County South Conference loss to the Commodores, and one player is on vacation.
One player suffered a concussion, while several others received bumps and bruises. Holup also admitted that the Gators, which feature six freshmen and many other inexperienced players, cannot realistically expect to compete with a team like Beth-Center.
“Beth-Center is the best team in the section, and of the 16 kids on our roster, 10 were playing in their first football game on Friday night,” Holup said. “They're not going to be ready for that type of team.”
Geibel first-year coach Pete Nace has said that the team's players and coaches are not thinking about giving up on the season.
Last year, Geibel was forced to forfeit its first two games of the season, but managed to come back and play out the rest of its schedule. Geibel again is in a week-to-week situation. The Gators' next scheduled game is at Vincentian Sept. 13.
“At the end of this week, we'll reevaluate and see if we have enough kids to play Vincentian,” Holup said.
Holup indicated that the decision was made early in the week to forfeit to Beth-Center so that the Bulldogs would possibly have enough time to find a replacement game on its schedule.
Holup is hoping that this week's forfeit gives the team ample time recover in an attempt to continue on with its schedule. Still, it's a situation that Holup and the Gators were hoping to avoid.
“It's not ideal, and it's not what we wanted,” Holup said.
WPIAL Executive Director Tim O'Malley was unavailable for comment for this story. Jason Black is a sports editor for Trib Total Media and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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