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This picture was taken at a recent Asbury Park High School football game.
The Asbury Park Homecoming Football game for Oct. 7 has been canceled as the result of anonymous threats of violence.
Keansburg officials notified Asbury Park High School Principal Bridget O’Neill earlier today that they will forfeit tonight’s match-up after Keansburg school officials received unspecified threats of violence concerning the impending game.
It is unfortunate that someone is stealing this opportunity from our students, school officials said. These young people who were impacted by ineligibility earlier in the season have worked hard to get back in a position to participate in sports, so we don’t take this decision lightly. Both student and community safety are paramount. While unfortunate, this decision had to be made and is in the best interest of everyone’s safety.
In a statement released by the district it said, “Although we know students, athletes, and fans are disappointed that tonight’s festivities will not occur, we will recognize our senior football players, cheerleaders and homecoming king, queen and court, thanks to Neptune Township Superintendent Dr. Tami Crader during the annual Asbury Park vs. Neptune football rivalry. This year’s game will be held on Nov. 9, 2022 at 11 a.m. The Blue Bishops Senior Recognition ceremony will take place that day at 10:30 a.m. Typically, this game would have been played on Thanksgiving Day, but both administrations agreed to err on the side of caution by amending the schedule this year to ensure the safety of all involved and allow this longstanding Shore tradition to continue.”