COVID-19 continues to impact HS sports, 24 football teams shut down in Week 4

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 canceled. 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.

Note: This post was last updated Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

TEAMS SHUT DOWN

Barringer: The team is in the second week of a 14-day quarantine after its Oct. 9 game against Livingston. Livingston reported positive COVID-19 tests among its coaching staff soon after that game.

Bayonne: Athletic programs were shut 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.

Cliffside Park: The Bergen County school has transitioned to remote learning and shut down athletics for two weeks after positive tests were discovered in the community. The shutdown will last until Nov. 2, according to athletic director David Porfido.

Delran: The shut down 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.

Hammonton: The athletic department announced via Twitter on Tuesday night that several players and coaches have either tested positive or are a close contact of a confirmed COVID case. Games against Atlantic City and Egg Harbor Township have been canceled. All other fall sports will continue.

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.).

Pascack Valley: The school will remain fully remote through Oct. 26 after two positive cases were discovered. All sports and extra-curricular activities are canceled as well, according to an update from superintendent Erik Gundersen.

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 halted 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

CANCELLED GAMES

Friday, Oct. 23

  • Westwood at Pascack Hills
  • Secaucus 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
  • Pascack Valley at Paramus
  • Hammonton at Atlantic City

Saturday, Oct. 24

  • Trenton at Pemberton
  • Notre Dame at Nottingham
  • Ramapo at Bergenfield
  • Park Ridge at St. Mary (Ruth.)
  • Gloucester Catholic at Cumberland
  • Cliffside Park at Ferris

GAMES ADDED

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
  • Cresskill at Pascack Hills, 7
  • Seneca at Sterling, 7

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 kminnick@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @kminnicksports

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