ROXBURY, N.J. - The Roxbury High School varsity football and homecoming game scheduled for Friday night has been canceled due to concerns about hand, foot and mouth disease, it was announced today.

In a brief press release sent by Roxbury schools spokeswoman Ann Rhodes, the district said the health concerns involve the "visiting team." Roxbury was scheduled to play Mendham at the homecoming event. The freshman game against Mendham scheduled for Saturday morning has also been postponed.

"This is never an easy decision but the administration feels it is the right one," said 4:13 p.m. statement. The health and safety of our student athletes continues to be the highest priority. Thank you for your understanding. "Rhodes did not answer her phone and Roxbury Schools Athletics Director Stuart Mason did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

Further information will be published as it is gathered.