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Glen Rock football team forced into schedule change; will travel to New Providence Friday

The COVID-19 pandemic is beginning to scramble the North Jersey high school football season, and Glen Rock High School has been affected. The Panthers’ scheduled game Saturday at Saddle Brook has been postponed, and Glen Rock will instead play a replacement game Friday night at New Providence, at 7 p.m.

Glen Rock will be led by quarterback Ty Scherer, who was named the North Jersey Football Player of the Week, by northjersey.com, after his great all-around performance in last Friday’s 28-6 Homecoming Night win over neighbors and rivals Hawthorne. On offense, Scherer had one touchdown passing and two rushing. On defense, he had two interceptions.

The Panthers’ win over Hawthorne created a three-way tie for first place in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC) Liberty Division between Glen Rock, Hawthorne and Pompton Lakes, with all three teams having a 3-1 record. But with COVID-19 causing more and more games to be canceled or postponed, things have become murky. Hawthorne, which had a JV football player test positive for the virus this week, was supposed to play Harrison Friday, but that is now canceled. Pompton Lakes is scheduled to play at New Milford Friday.

This was to have been the final weekend of the regular season for the NJIC, but the league has set aside next weekend for makeups of games that were postponed. Glen Rock is tentatively scheduled to make up its game with Saddle Brook next Friday (Nov. 6, at home, beginning at 6 p.m.), but it isn’t so simple for Hawthorne, as Harrison is scheduled to play Ridgefield next weekend. As of now, Hawthorne’s opponent for next weekend is listed as To Be Announced.

New Providence, whose nickname is the Pioneers, is a Group 1 school that plays in the Big Central Conference. They are traditionally a dominant small school football program, and they are 4-0 this season. Their standout player is a 5-10, 205-pound, junior running back named Charlie Barth who has 850 yards rushing in four games this season, according to nj.com. Barth ran for 239 yards in a 34-28 win over Jonathan Dayton (of Springfield, N.J.) last weekend and has run for over 200 yards in three of New Providence’s four games.

The game will be livestreamed on the New Providence SchoolDistrict Facebook page.

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