COVID-related issue ends Union’s season; Farmers forced to cancel sectional semifinal game against Paterson Eastside

This story has been updated to correct each team’s records.

Central Jersey Sports Radio has confirmed with officials at Union High School that the Farmers have cancelled tonight’s North 2, Group 5 sectional semifinal game against Paterson Eastside due to a COVID-related issue.

The TAPintoUnion website first reported Thursday afternoon that the game was in jeopardy when two football players tested positive for COVID-19 after not attending school Wednesday and Thursday. The article cited a letter sent home to parents Thursday afternoon from Union Schools Superintendent Scott Taylor.

Just after noon today, Athletic Director Linda Ionta confirmed that Union, the top seed in North 2, Group 5 – and a heavy favorite in the section – had cancelled its game with 5th-seeded Eastside Paterson, confirming only that it was “COVID-related.”

The Farmers season will end with a mark of 9-1, while the Ghosts (6-3), and will have an unplanned bye, moving on to the sectional final against the winner of tonight’s other semifinal game, featuring third-seed Phillipsburg (7-3) and second-seed Clifton (8-2).

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