New Jersey high school football season kicks off with virtual media day
Week One of the New Jersey high school football season kicks off next week, and teams are gearing up for the debut with a virtual media day.
The Fifth Annual North Jersey Super Football Conference Media Day was held virtually this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Getting ready to play Week One, it’s been a lot of work,” says Bayonne Head Football Coach Jason Acerra. “But the kids have been working hard and we’re getting better every day and we’re excited about it.”
The virtual media day was held in partnership with the New York Jets and Nike. It gave hundreds of players and coaches a chance to talk about the upcoming season and what it may look like for fans.
“I heard 500 people. I heard 350 for the home team, 350 for the opposing team. But how that’s broken up, I don’t know,” says Mendham Football Head Coach Brett Ressler.
Players were also given media training by the Jets communication staff, as well as a Q&A with Jets receiver and Wyckoff native Chris Hogan. Hogan says that his fondest memory is when he played in the New Jersey state championship game with Ramapo in 2003.
“I had like one of the best games of my career, was Player of the Game,” he says. “It’s just funny to me that I started my high school career, that it was kind of like my coming out party. And it happened at MetLife Stadium, and now I’m actually getting the chance to play here for the Jets.”
The coaches say that the teams will be ready for anything because of the uncertainty due to the pandemic.
“We’re just trying to do the best we can and we’re excited and hopeful that we’re going to play eight football games this fall,” says Morris Hills Football Head Coach Mike Sabo.
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