HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - 2020 will definitely be different for both Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge this year on the football field. Everyone knows about Wood-Ridge opening against Becton in Canton. Nick Delcalzo’s retirement is a major change for Hasbrouck Heights, as everyone awaits the announcement of the next football coach.
Under the radar is a change in how the conference will be playing football this year with the introduction of the Union Division, for schools that do not feel they can be competitive playing each other in their own division.
The decision to create the Union Division (Pal Park, Emerson, Bogota, Weehawken, Elmwood Park, and depending on whether their request to join Pal Park/Leonia, Ridgefield) has created major problems for scheduling. In fact, the plan is, as of now, the following.
So each team will play their division mates the first five weeks of the season, with the bye week being scheduled in the first five weeks, if applicable. Weeks 6 & 7 will be determined based on the results of the first five weeks. (If you have ever bowled in a league, think position night.) Then weeks 8 and 9 will be the NJIC Bowl Crossover series.
So the schedule looks like this, for now.
September 3, Cresskill at Hasbrouck Heights
September 4, Becton vs Wood-Ridge at the NFL Hall of Fame, Canton (Ohio)
September 12: Wood-Ridge at St. Mary
Hasbrouck Heights is on a bye.
September 18 Hasbrouck Heights at Secaucus
September 18 Butler at Wood-Ridge
September 25: Hasbrouck Heights at North Arlington
September 25: Wallington at Wood-Ridge
October 2 Wood-Ridge at Park Ridge
October 2 Becton at Hasbrouck Heights
October 9 TBA @ Wood-Ridge
October 9/10 Hasbrouck Heights @ TBA
TBA @ Hasbrouck Heights
October 16/17 Wood-Ridge @ TBA
October 23 Bowl-Crossover
TBA @ Hasbrouck Heights
Wood-Ridge @ TBA
October 30, Bowl Crossover
Hasbrouck Heights @ TBA
TBA @ Wood-Ridge
Wood-Ridge does not get a bye, as the game at the Hall of Fame with Becton is a non-divisional game, and is their bye.
Butler moves from the Meadowlands to the Patriot, Becton stays in the Meadowlands, Secaucus returns to the Meadowlands.
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