Score: 14-0 CF
Bobcats forfeit football game
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Source says coach suspended five players for involvement with party in Bainbridge
By P.J. Harmer
Staff Writer - Oneonta Daily Star
Bainbridge-Guilford High School forfeited its home football game against Chenango Forks on Friday night because of a lack of eligible players, according to a fax sent Tuesday from B-G coach and athletic director Steve Rice.
A player on the team, who spoke on the condition on anonymity, said the game was called off because five players were suspended in connection with a party held on Dingman Hill Road in Bainbridge on Oct. 2. The Bobcats have 23 players listed on their roster.
Weíre trying to pick up the pieces and move on," another player speaking on the condition of anonymity said.
"Thereís a lot of concerned parents. Being a small community, everything gets blown up. Itís not as big as people think it is."
It hasnít been announced if B-G will cancel the rest of its season. The Bobcats are scheduled to play host to Chenango Valley at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 and are a long shot to make the Class B playoffs. The top two teams of the 10-team Division III qualify for sectionals.
B-G is 3-3 this season. Chenango Forks (6-0) is the defending Class B state champion.
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Bainbridge-Guilford's forfeiture of Friday's scheduled football game against Chenango Forks resulted from a lack of eligible players due to "athletic code violations," said Steve Rice, B-G coach and Athletic Coordinator.
"We're hoping it's only this game," Rice said. "We're hoping to be able to play the remaining games," a week from Friday at home against Chenango Valley, and Oct. 29 at Elmira Notre Dame.
Rice did not divulge details of the violations, and said the matter will be discussed tonight in a meeting with parents of varsity players.
Chenango Forks (6-0) was to have played at Bainbridge-Guilford (3-3) at 7 p.m. Friday. The Bobcats are coming off a 48-13 loss to Norwich, that following a 30-0 victory over Oneonta.
Check back Tuesday evening