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Evan R. Sanders | Daily Courier
Sean Benjamin, adjusting the pads of Jon Nace during preseason, resigned before Geibel played a game.
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Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, 11:24 p.m.

Players on the Geibel football team are scheduled to take the field for the first time Saturday, but they will do so without their head coach.

Sean Benjamin, who was hired in the offseason, has resigned after the Gators were forced to forfeit their first two games of the season due to low numbers.

“To me, it was becoming more of a player safety issue,” Benjamin said. “With the numbers we had, it just got to a point where it was too much.”

Bob Petrella, who was an assistant coach on Benjamin's staff, will take over as the acting coach. Benjamin acknowledged that the decision to leave wasn't easy.

“We gave it a great run, and we did a heck of a job with what we had,” Benjamin said. “The staff has stayed and is trying to keep it going. I am definitely pulling for them. There are no ill feelings at all.”

Benjamin noted that when Geibel began camp, the roster comprised of just 12 players. However, injuries began to add up during the preseason, and the Gators were left with an extremely thin lineup. Geibel has picked up several players since it decided to forfeit during the first two weeks of the season. Geibel currently lists 15 players on its roster.

As for Petrella, Geibel athletic director Shawn Holup believes he will be able to step in and do the job.

“I think Bob brings energy, and he'll do a good job,” Holup said. “The kids respond to him really well, and it will be a smooth transition.”

Geibel will host Vincentian Academy at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Jason Black is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at

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