2020 football schedules for CAL schools

By TOM WILLIAMS

The West Jersey Football League has announced its revised 2020 schedules based on the NJSIAA start date of Oct. 2.

Each school has been scheduled to play six games and can qualify for the NJSIAA playoffs during the second and third weekend in November. There will be no divisions and no WJFL championships this year.

Cape-Atlantic League schools are pretty much playing other CAL schools in this schedule – with a few exceptions. Middle Township and Lower Cape May are playing Clayton, Schalick and Pennsville. Buena will play Woodstown and Schalick. St. Joseph is playing Timber Creek. Bridgeton is playing Cumberland. And both St. Augustine and Millville are playing Williamstown.

Here are the 2020 schedule summaries:

Absegami will open at Ocean City and then host Mainland, Egg Harbor Township and Middle Township before going to Atlantic City. The Braves are scheduled to play on Oakcrest on Thanksgiving, though the game might be played earlier.

Atlantic City will open with Oakcrest at home. The Vikings will then go to EHT and Bridgeton, return home to play Bridgeton and Hammonton, then go to Holy Spirit on Thanksgiving.

Bridgeton will open at home with Buena, go to Cumberland, play Atlantic City at home, go to EHT and Lower Cape May and finish with Middle Township at home.

Buena opens at Bridgeton then hosts Woodstown. The Chiefs then visit Oakcrest, play Cedar Creek and Pleasantville at home, then finish at Schalick.

Cedar Creek opens at Pleasantville, then plays Holy Spirit and Ocean City at home. The Pirates go on the road to Buena and St. Joseph and finish with Hammonton at home.

Egg Harbor Township opens in Linwood against its traditional Thanksgiving opponent, Mainland. The Eagles then host Atlantic City, go to Absegami, play Bridgeton at home, travel to Hammonton and finish with Oakcrest at home.

Hammonton opens the season with consecutive home games against Millville and Vineland. The Blue Devils then go to St. Augustine and Atlantic City, play EHT at home and finish the regular season at Cedar Creek.

Holy Spirit opens the season in daylight at St. Joseph and Cedar Creek. The Spartans then play Vineland and Pleasantville at home before traveling to St. Augustine. Spirit will host Atlantic City on Thanksgiving.

Lower Cape May starts the season at Pennsville, plays Clayton at home, goes to Schalick and then hosts Oakcrest and Bridgeton. The Tigers go to Middle Township on Thanksgiving.

Mainland hosts EHT in its opener and then travels to Absegami. The Mustangs play Pleasantville and St. Augustine at home then travel to Vineland and Ocean City.

Middle Township opens at Clayton, plays Schalick and Pennsville at home and travels to Absegami and Bridgeton before playing that Thanksgiving game with Lower at home.

Millville starts its season at Hammonton, then plays St. Augustine and St. Joseph at home. The Thunderbolts go to Ocean City and host Williamstown before going to Vineland on Thanksgiving.

Oakcrest opens at Atlantic City, plays Ocean City and Buena at home, visits Lower Cape May and EHT and finishes with Absegami at home on Thanksgiving (or thereabouts).

Ocean City opens at home with Absegami and then goes to Oakcrest and Cedar Creek. The Raiders play Millville and Mainland at home and go to Pleasantville on Thanksgiving.

Pleasantville starts its season with Cedar Creek and St. Joseph at home. The Greyhounds then travel to Mainland, Holy Spirit and Buena before hosting Ocean City on Thanksgiving.

St. Augustine starts with Vineland at home. The Hermits then go to Millville, return home for Hammonton, travel to Mainland and Williamstown and finish the regular season with Holy Spirit.

St. Joseph opens with Holy Spirit then goes on the road for three weeks to Pleasantville, Millville and Vineland. The Wildcats finish with home games against Cedar Creek and Timber Creek.

Vineland starts the season with three tough road games – at St. Augustine, Hammonton and Holy Spirit. The Fighting Clan then comes home for St. Joseph and Mainland before finishing up on Thanksgiving with Millville at Gittone Stadium.

Wildwood, a Tri-County Conference school, conversely starts the season with a trio of home games vs. Pitman, Gloucester City and Lindenwold. The Warriors then go to Riverside, Maple Shade and Overbrook.

Of course, all of these schedules are still tentative and the final decisions about playing football at all will be determined by how the school year starts and by the New Jersey Department of Education,  individual school systems and the parents of the athletes.

If we all wear a mask, respect social distancing and isolate as much as possible it might increase the chances of a fall high school sports season.

 

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