CROSS RIVER, N.Y. - The 2020 Section 1 varsity football schedules were released last week, bringing some much-needed excitement to an otherwise desolate sports landscape.

Whether those games will actually be played is anybody’s guess.

But if the virus subsides, schools reopen, and the sports world begins turning again, John Jay will open the 2020 season at home under the lights against Lakeland High School on Friday, Sept. 11.

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John Jay plays in Section 1 Class A, which has 20 teams divided evenly into four leagues. Other teams in John Jay’s league this year are Yorktown, Lakeland, Horace Greeley and Walter Panas. All Class A teams will play a seven-game schedule, including three non-league matchups.

John Jay has put together a 28-3 record the last three seasons under Head Coach Jimmy Clark, winning the Section 1 Class A title in 2018.

Last year, the team formerly known as the Indians won their first eight games by an average of 26.2 points per game, earning them the top seed in the section playoffs. John Jay was unable to repeat as champions, falling to Yorktown, 20-7, in the semifinals.

Lakeland
Friday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. (@ John Jay High School)
2019 Record: 4-5
Points For: 186 (20.7 per game)
Points Against: 174 (19.3 per game)
2019 Result: John Jay 35 @ Lakeland 21 (Oct. 4)
Mascot: Hornets

Mahopac
Thursday, Sept. 17, 4:30 p.m. (@ Mahopac High School)
2019 Record: 3-6
Points For: 172 (19.1 per game)
Points Against: 194 (21.6 per game)
Mascot: Indians
Note: Mahopac formerly played in Class AA, but declining enrollment dropped them to Class A.


Nyack
Friday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. (@ John Jay High School)
2019 Record: 7-2
Points For: 240 (26.7 per game)
Points Against: 103 (11.4 per game)
Mascot: Indians


Horace Greeley
Friday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m. (@ Horace Greeley High School)
2019 Record: 2-7
Points For: 146 (16.2 per game)
Points Against: 326 (36.2 per game)
Mascot: Quakers


Harrison
Friday, Oct. 9, vs. 7 p.m. (@ John Jay High School)
2019 Record: 4-5
Points For: 218 (24.2 per game)
Points Against: 236 (26.2 per game)
Mascot: Huskies


Yorktown
Friday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m. (@ Yorktown High School)
2019 Record: 8-2
Points For: 340 (34 per game)
Points Against: 149 (14.9 per game)
2019 Result: Yorktown 20 @ John Jay 7 (Nov. 1, Section 1 Class Semifinals)
Mascot: Huskers


Walter Panas
Friday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. (@ John Jay High School)
2019 Record: 2-7
Points For: 127 (14.1 per game)
Points Against: 238 (26.4 per game)
2019 Result: John Jay 49 @ Walter Panas 17 (Sept. 27)
Mascot: Panthers