I had a similar problem as well.. there is another post here somewhere that outlines the following (which works perfectly):
<?php $posts = get_posts('numberposts=10&offset=1'); foreach ($posts as $post): setup_postdata($post); ?>
This resets the counter, and re-runs the loop. The offset can be set to whatever you want, the default is 0.
In my case, I run with two .php pages, home.php and then a second .php (in my case content.php) The first home.php is a copy of the index.php, with the following code snippet to restrict WP to display only 1 post, the latest, just below
It works nicely, and avoides chweing index.php to bits.