SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, was a day that Scotch Plains-Fanwood players, coaches, school administrators, alumni, and fans had long dreamed of: the first ever Friday night home game. 

Since 2020 is a year when nothing seems to be normal, it wasn't exactly the way Raiders supporters had envisioned it. Because of social distancing measures, the home team's cheering section was sparse with mostly family members in attendance. There was no sign of Raider Nation's enthusiastic presence; students were not encouraged to attend.

But the evening was exciting for those who were in attendance. Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr helped cut the ribbon with principal Dr. David Heisey, superintendent Dr. Joan Mast, several members of the Board of Education, and two members of the SPFHS Class of 2020, for whom the lights are dedicated. Athletic director Ryan Miller hailed the installation of the lights as something that would benefit not just the athletes, but all students and the community.

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"It's not how I envisioned it, but I'll take it," Raiders Athletic Boosters president told TAPintoSPF before the game.

As for the game itself, it was a thrilling, seesaw battle in which the opponent, Cedar Grove, came back from a 16-point deficit to dash the Raiders' hopes of winning their first event night game.

Related: Football: Cedar Grove Rallies to Beat Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 42-38, in First Home Night Game Ever

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