Editor's note: The lead item in this blog was rewritten Thursday to reflect the fact that the Week 1 game was not a forfeit.
Leading off today: Stop us if you've heard this one before ...
Millbrook will sit idle for the second time in three weekends after being informed by Onteora AD Kim Pilla that the Eagles will not have enough players to field a team this weekend. First-year Millbrook coach Lou Portaro said he was told the situation was caused by a violation of team rules.
Millbrook was scheduled to open its season with Eldred, a contest canceled before the season when Eldred dropped its program due to a lack of players. That game does not count as a forfeit victory under Section 9 football bylaws.
Portaro said it was too late to find another opponent for the weekend. Options are few in eight-man football.
"I feel bad for our kids because they've been working their butts off," said Portaro, whose team beat Ellenville 60-34 in Week 2. "I feel bad for our seniors, they lost a home game. It's frustrating as hell."
&bull The Long Island football ranks have been thinned by one for this fall. St. Dominic has shut down its program without having played a game, leaving just Cardinal Spellman, Kennedy Catholic and Nazareth in the CHSFL Class A Division.
Coach reinstated: Shoreham-Wading River football coach Aden Smith, who was removed from his position amid an investigation into an incident during a preseason scrimmage, is being reinstated, Newsday reported.
Superintendent Gerard Poole and AD Mark Passamonte informed players and parents the decision was effective Sept. 23. "We are proud of our team which is off to a great start this year. We thank the assistant coaches who stepped up to lead the team until now, and we look forward to a continued great season," their letter stated.
Smith was removed Sept. 6 when the school announced it was conducting an investigation into the Aug. 30 incident. The parents of an Islip player said Smith grabbed their son "in the neck area and started shaking him back and forth" during a skirmish.
Appeal denied: Rochester East all-state running back/defensive back Seven McGee has lost his Section 5 eligibility appeal.
McGee's fourth transfer in less than two years brought him back to Rochester from Narbonne High near Los Angeles in May (he had left the East basketball team in mid-season), and the California school never supplied the supporting paperwork, which resulted in the initial ineligibility ruling.
Wednesday's unsuccessful appeal to the Section 5 Athletic Council puts the junior's potential return to the field in the hands of an NYSPHSAA panel if East officials want to continue pursuing the matter.
"It is disappointing that Section 5 was not more understanding of Seven's circumstances and his desire to return to his home community and school," East Superintendent Shaun Nelms said in a statement. "We do, however, respect the section's need to be consistent with the standards that it uses to evaluate appeals. And, while we appreciate the current administration at Narbonne High (where Seven attended for less than 60 days) provided information for the appeal, they could not speak to the conditions that were present at the school under the previous administration."
Tuesday action: Baldwinsville scored twice in the final 15 minutes to defeat rival Fayetteville-Manlius 2-0 in a rematch of last fall's Section 3 girls Class AA soccer championship game.
The Bees improved to 6-1. Fayetteville-Manlius is 5-1.