The Brocton Bulldogs and the Hinsdale Bobcats were unable to field football teams for the 2009 season and it caused a shake-up in the Class D schedule.
"We had to re-adjust the schedule so everyone could fill their seven regular season games," Class D divisional chairman and Forestville Hornets' head coach Scot Greenough said.
To fill in the holes left by Brocton and Hinsdale, Greenough said that basically, the schedules of the teams in the Central Division (Forestville, Silver Creek, Pine Valley, Frewsburg and Randolph) were combined with those in the East Division (Cattauragus-Little Valley, Ellicottville, West Valley, Franklinville and Portville).
"When the teams in the Central league had Brocton on the schedule, they are now going to match up with teams in the East that were going to play Hinsdale," Greenough said. For example, "Forestville lost Brocton in week four and Catt.-Little Valley had Hinsdale. Now Forestville will play Catt.-Little Valley."
After those changes were made, a few teams schedules had to be adjusted, so no one would play each other more than once.
"Randolph picked up Falconer in place of Portville," Greenough said. "So, they wouldn't have to play each other twice. Forestville was supposed to play West Valley, but now we are going to be playing Sherman, so Sherman wouldn't play Clymer twice and (Forestville) is picking up Pine Valley in the league this year."
Fixing the schedules was a simple, but Greenough hopes that losing teams in the division does not become a bigger problem.
"It is unfortunate that those two teams dropped out," the divisional chairman said. "The biggest concern to most people, is whether or not we will be able to get those teams back and people are worried that other schools may be in that situation with low numbers. Down the road, hopefully, the rest of us are able to maintain the programs and Brocton will be able to come back next year."
Brocton coach Terry Presto was also positive about returning to the league with a varsity team within the next year or so.
"I am hoping some of the younger kids will stick with it," Presto said. "We are having (jayvee) practice right now and they are enjoying it. We just started hitting and I'm impressed with the way they've been working and hopefully it will carry over to next year."
Presto said that the interest is there, but the problem could have stemmed from newer players getting cold feet.
"We had 40 some kids come out and a lot of them were first-year upper classmen that never played football," Presto said. "I think maybe the schedule this year intimated some of the first-year players. These same kids play baseball for me, but they don't play football. It's a tougher sport. It's a special breed out there. It is not should I play, or should I not play. You have to want to play football."
Another factor that hurt the The Bulldog's program this year, was losing a few players to injury or other schools.
"One of my lineman transferred out of state," Presto said. "My returning running back hurt his shoulder and would have been out five weeks. That hurt us right there."
The newly developed Class D football schedule will be published later this week.