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COVID-19 protocols alter five high school football games for this weekend

A high school football field on Long Island

A high school football field on Long Island in March 2021. Credit: Peter Frutkoff

One Long Island high school football game scheduled for this weekend has been postponed, another game has been canceled and three have been moved to Monday because of COVID-19 protocols.

Northport at Half Hollow Hills East, a Suffolk League III game scheduled for Saturday afternoon, has been postponed after two positive tests in the Northport program, the Northport-East Northport School District said on Monday night.

Half Hollow Hills East had scheduled Sayville in the wake of Northport’s positive test, but are now in search of another opponent after a positive test in the Sayville program, Section XI executive director Tom Combs said. Sayville had been free before the positive test because its Week 2 opponent, Rocky Point, is in quarantine, according to Combs.

This is the second week in a row that Half Hollow Hills East had a game postponed because of COVID-19 protocols. They beat Malverne, 46-27, in a non-league game last Saturday after both teams had their originally scheduled games postponed because of COVID-19 protocols.

Sewanhaka at Carey, a Nassau Conference II game also scheduled for Saturday afternoon, has been canceled because of positive tests in the Sewanhaka program, Section VIII executive director Pat Pizzarelli said.

Northport, Rocky Point and Sewanhaka must quarantine for 10 days.

In Nassau, Massapequa vs. Port Washington in Nassau I, Seaford vs. Lawrence in Nassau IV, and Valley Stream South vs. Mineola in Nassau III have been moved to Monday, Pizzarelli said.

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