COVID case on Middlesex football team shuts program down for two weeks

by Mike Pavlichko

The Middlesex football program is shut down for the next two weeks, due to two positive COVID tests – one involving a football player, another involving a cheerleader.

Athletic Director Mike O’Donnell confirmed to Central Jersey Sports Radio Tuesday morning that this week’s game against St. Thomas Aquinas is off.

O’Donnell also said the Blue Jays are trying to move their game on Friday, October 30 against Spotswood to Sunday, November 1.

That’s because the return date for the football team is currently set to be Friday, the 30th, meaning the team would have no time to practice before facing the Chargers. O’Donnell says they’re seeking an extra couple of days to prepare.

It all started last Friday, when O’Donnell says a football player reported that his parents had tested positive for COVID.

“Right as we thought we were able to play, we had a cheerleader with a positive test,” said O’Donnell, which then prompted the cancellation of the South River game.

O’Donnell says the football player now has tested positive, effectively shutting down the program for a while.

O’Donnell says he called St. Thomas Aquinas Athletic Director Jerry Smith and informed him of the situation even before the decision was made to pause football activities. The Trojans have since picked up Shore for this weekend’s opponent.

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