The 2020 high school football season continues to be ever-changing as circumstances related to COVID-19 have impacted the state.
In what will be an abbreviated season, with just six regular-season games, some teams have been behind the eight-ball all year. While some have had no issues, others have had games canceled or postponed.
Two teams – Clearview and Ridgefield Park – have yet to play their first games.
Following is a list of teams currently shut down as well as games for this week that have been cancelled. You’ll also find a list of games added to this week’s schedule.
Check back for updates as the NJ.com football staff receives additional information throughout the week.
TEAMS SHUT DOWN
Barringer: The team is in the second week of a 14-day quarantine after its Sept. 9 game against Livingston. Livingston reported positive COVID-19 tests among its coaching staff soon after that game.
Bayonne: Athletic programs were set down after an assistant coach tested positive for COVID-19. Bayonne schools have not reopened for in-person instruction and it remains uncertain how long sports will be shut down.
Belleville: The team is in the second week for a shutdown after a player tested positive for COVID-19.
Butler: Out of an abundance of caution, Butler is in the second week of a football quarantine due to COVID-19 concerns.
Delran: The shutdown of athletics continued as additional positive tests for COVID-19 were found.
Gloucester Catholic: It was determined though contact tracing that several players needed to be self-quarantined due to individuals at the school testing positive for COVID-19. All extra-curricular activities have been cancelled until Monday.
Hanover Park: The team is in Week 2 of a shutdown believed to be COVID-19 related.
Hamilton West: The school has canceled all sports though Nov. 2 because of a second positive COVID-19 test within the school.
Immaculata: Sports are in the second week of a shutdown, although athletic director Tom Gambino couldn’t confirm the reason behind cancellations in a memo sent to parents last week.
Iselin Kennedy: The team is in the second week for a shutdown due to COVID-19 circumstances. All sports have been set down until Oct. 29.
Kinnelon: The program has been shut down for two weeks for a second time due to COVID-19 circumstances. The team has not played since losing to Hanover Park on Oct. 9 and is not scheduled to resume play until Nov. 6 at Whippany Park.
Livingston: The team is in its second week of a shutdown due to at least one positive COVID-19 test within the program.
Middlesex: The team will miss a second straight game after a player had tested positive before its Oct. 16 game against South River. Its next game is Oct. 30 against Spotswood.
Nottingham: Due to possible exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, the football team will quarantine for 14 days. It is the only team within the athletic program to quarantine. This is Week 1 of the shutdown.
Park Ridge: All sports teams are sidelined through Oct. 26, athletic director Christopher Brown said. Games will resume Oct. 27. The cancellations wiped out Saturday’s football game against St. Mary (Ruth.).
Ramapo: All athletic teams are shut down until Saturday, Oct. 31 after multiple positive tests were revealed, according to athletic director Ron Anello. The school has shifted to online learning.
Secaucus: All fall sports have been shut down through Oct. 22. The school has haulted in-person learning after individuals tested positive for COVID-19. This is the second week of the shutdown.
Trenton: After playing against Nottingham last Saturday, Trenton has canceled its next two games out of caution.
Wallington: The team is in the second week for a shutdown due to COVID-19 circumstances.
West Essex: The team is in Week 2 of a shutdown after three students among the school’s student body tested positive for COVID-19. The school canceled its entire athletic schedule for two weeks.
Westwood: Athletics will remain shut down for two weeks as the district transitions to remote learning, according to a letter sent to parents on Sunday
Friday, Oct. 23
- Westwood at Pascack Hills
- Seacaucus at Becton
- Montclair at Livingston
- Cresskill at Butler
- Hanover Park at Parsippany
- Clifton at Bayonne
- Wallington at Wood-Ridge
- Immaculata at Hudson Catholic
- Iselin Kennedy at Scotch Plains-Fanwood
- West Side at Belleville
- Parsippany Hills at West Essex
- Sterling at Delran
- Pequannock at Kinnelon
- Middlesex at St. Thomas Aquinas
- Barringer at Bloomfield
Saturday, Oct. 24
- Trenton at Pemberton
- Notre Dame at Nottingham
- Ramapo at Bergenfield
- Park Ridge at St. Mary (Ruth.)
- Gloucester Catholic at Cumberland
Friday, Oct. 23
- Roselle Park at Wood-Ridge, 6
- Parsippany Hills at River Dell, 6
- Shore at St. Thomas Aquinas, 6
- West Side at Hudson Catholic, 7
- Warren Hills at Parsippany, 7
- Seneca at Sterling, TBA
Saturday, Oct. 24
- Notre Dame at Pemberton, 11
- Clifton at Montclair, 1
- Demarest at Bloomfield, 1
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Kevin Minnick covers the West Jersey Football League. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @kminnicksports