SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The first ever Friday night home game at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School's football field will have to wait because the scheduled season opener vs. Colonia has been canceled. Cheerleading also is on hold for its 2020-21 debut.

"The Scotch Plains-Fanwood athletic department is working with the health department to ensure that student-athletes have the healthiest environment," SPFHS athletic director Ryan Miller told TAPintoSPF. "We continue to cooperate with health department officials and the school administration and look forward to continuing the athletic season in a safe and healthy environment for everyone."

Miller also stressed that students are being reminded to stay vigilant in their hygiene practices: wearing face coverings, maintaining social distancing, and hand-washing. 

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Varsity football is not the only sport that will have to wait for the go-ahead to proceed. Thursday's boys soccer game, which would have brought the debut of varsity coach Alex Passucci on the road versus Plainfield, has also been canceled. The Raiders' next game-- now the season opener -- is scheduled to take place Tuesday, Oct. 6, 4:00 p.m. vs Westfield at Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS - Wexler Field.

Girls soccer continued as scheduled with the season opener on the road at Cranford.

TAPintoSPF will continue to monitor developments related to high school sports. 

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