Kenmore East seems to have found a solution to its numbers dilemma for football.
With the help of the other schools remaining on their schedule, the Bulldogs have moved five of their six remaining junior varsity games to after their varsity contests. By doing this, this opens the door for the varsity Bulldogs to dress players from junior varsity on game days, giving them the ability to suit up the minimum required 16 healthy players in order to participate in a game.
Kenmore East hosts North Tonawanda in its a Class A North contest at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sparky Adams Field.
Last week, Ken East – which has a 22-man varsity roster - had to forfeit its varsity opener at Grand Island because it didn’t have enough players who participated in the state required minimum number of preseason practices to field a game-day lineup. Calling up JV players for that contest wasn’t an option because only 18 of the 30 on that team were eligible for their respective game.
This week is a different story, according to Ken-Ton Athletic Director Brett Banker. Enough of the wounded have returned and reached the minimum practices number to become game eligible.
“This week we’ve got enough kids back from injuries and concussion protocol that we’re good to go,” Banker said Wednesday afternoon. “Our athletes are very excited and our coaches are very excited to get back this week and play.”
Junior varsity players can’t play JV games and be called up for varsity games the same week because the state requires four days of rest between games for each player. However, players called up to varsity who do not play in that game can still play in that same week’s junior varsity contest. For example, Ken East at North Tonawanda’s junior varsity game was moved from a 10 a.m. start time to 6:30 p.m. so that varsity can suit enough players to get through a game. Any of the junior varsity kids who don’t play in the 2 p.m. clash are still eligible to play in their regular-scheduled junior varsity game.
“I’m very thankful for the remaining schools on the schedule for moving the junior varsity games in order to make this happen,” Banker said.