Eight injuries force Lumberjacks to forfeit Saturday’s game
Tupper football team only has 15 eligible players, need 16
TUPPER LAKE — For the first time at least in recent memory, and maybe ever, the Tupper Lake football team will forfeit a game this weekend.
State rules require that a minimum of 16 players must be dressed on the sideline, and the Lumberjacks only have 15 eligible heading into Saturday’s game, which was scheduled to be played at Massena.
The culprit responsible for the depleted roster is a rash of eight Lumberjack players injured in their 41-6 home loss to St. Lawrence Central Friday night.
Tupper Lake head coach Dennis Klossner said three concussions, a broken thumb, bruised ribs, an ankle injury, a strained back and concerns with internal organs have taken eight players out of action for the time being.
Klossner said his school notified Massena on Tuesday of the need to cancel the game.
“We’re a MASH unit,” Klossner said Wednesday. “We had 13 at practice on Monday, 14 on Tuesday, and that’s when we told the kids. They were devastated.
“The goal right now is to continue our season,” he continued. “I do have high hopes, and if we can get a week to heal, hopefully we will get some kids back. Not playing on Saturday, it’s not a good thing, but it’s the best thing we can do to try to finish the season.”
Klossner said the Lumberjacks are continuing to practice with hopes that they will have enough players ready to go for their next scheduled game at home against Potsdam on Saturday, Sept. 23. Klossner said he should know early next week if Tupper Lake has enough members of the team eligible to play.