WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The Caldwell High School football team is scheduled to finally open its abbreviated and delayed 2020 season Friday night with a home game against Verona.

Although parents and fans will be permitted to attend, capacity limits will be enforced, as well as rules about masking and social distancing.

What normally would be a nine-game regular season slate beginning in early or mid-September has been reworked into a five-game slate in order to adapt to a new landscape altered by COVID-19 regulations and guidelines. Caldwell has an open date in late October that the school may still attempt to fill with another game.

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After enduring a 1-8 season last year, Caldwell head coach Tom Lamont said, "We expect to improve on last year's record."

A core of seniors helping to lead the team back to contention includes two-way back Jeff LaQuaglia (the Chiefs' leading rusher as a junior), wideout/DB Ethan Cavallo, RB/linebacker Tyler Nolan (Caldwell's top tackler in 2019), two-way linemen John Casale and Carmen Confessore, and WR/DB Steve Holler. 

Sophomores who will get a chance to crack the lineup include sophomore QB Luke Kurzum, WR/DB Harry Boland, WR/DB Lucas Lattimer, WR/DB Ryan Lawrence, OL/DL Thomas Cader and RB/LB Marc Simone.

The 2020 Caldwell football schedule:

Oct. 2: Verona, 7

Oct. 9: at Weequahic, 7

Oct. 16: Glen Ridge, 7

Oct. 29: at Newark Central, 7

Nov. 6: Cedar Grove, 7