Leading off today:
With an already-thin roster ravaged by injuries, Elmira Heights Edison football coach Tom Hughes will meet with his AD tomorrow to decide whether it makes sense for the Spartans to try to play out the remainder of their schedule.
The Class C Spartans, who opened the year with just 20 players, had only 12 healthy players in the third quarter of Friday night's 52-19 loss to Spencer-Van Etten, contributing to the game to be ended early. They suffered five injuries in the game, including three players who had concussion-related symptoms, The Star-Gazette reported.
Hughes told the paper Edison could have trouble fielding the minimum 16 players required to take on Watkins Glen in Week 3. Edison officials will make a decision on how -- or whether -- to go forward by Monday.
Friday's game was called with 3:09 to go in the third quarter after Edison players were called for personal fouls on three of the final four plays. "The kids were frustrated and did have personal fouls," Hughes said. "Did that weigh on (the request to end the game)? Yes. Probably in the back of my mind it had something to do with it, but the main reason was safety."
More football: For more on Week 2 of the New York grid season as well as a link to scores across the state, check out the blog I filed earlier highlighting the much-anticipated clash between St. Anthony's and a New Jersey powerhouse as well as other action from Friday.
What a start in soccer: Junior Wade Bergum scored all his team's goals in Lake Shore's 5-1 win at Springville in a Section 6 contest stopped with 20 minutes to play due to lightning delays. Bergum already has 13 goals in four games.
"They do look to feed him, but he can just run by people," coach Paul Taylor said. "He's pretty much on target with all this shots. It's almost like a foregone conclusion. You see him one-on-one, he's a good-sized kid, and he can beat you a lot of different ways."
Inspirational stories: There is so much I dislike about college football, much of it having to do with the obscene gobs of money that alleged educational institutions reap for a business -- and that's what football has become -- that has nothing to do with the business of educating young people.
Every once in a while, though, the guys at the bottom of