SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood High School varsity football team opened the 2020-21 season at home on Saturday with a 20-7 victory over Metuchen High School. On a perfect fall afternoon for football, the Chargers took a 14-0 lead into halftime after scoring a touchdown in each quarter. The Bulldogs bounced back with a touchdown in the third quarter to cut the score in half, but Spotswood scored six in the final quarter to earn their first victory of the shortened season. George Hayford scored two touchdowns for the Chargers. Christian Montero and Brandon Curnal came up big on defense with sacks as did senior defensive end Steven Melillo. Melillo also kicked two extra points for the Chargers.

Unlike in years past when the Spotswood High School Stadium would be packed with Chargers fans, football during the coronavirus pandemic is a little different. Each football player, cheerleader and member of the Spotswood High School Pep Band were allowed two tickets. Additional tickets were not put on sale in order to allow for social distancing and keep the number of spectators to a minimum.

The Chargers head to South River High School next weekend to take on their biggest on-field rival. Game time against the Rams is 1 p.m. South River lost its season opener on Friday to St. Thomas 38-32.