Hudson and Marlborough football prepare for a unique season spent sharing their own pitch

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By Dakota Antelman, Editor-in-Chief

A Hudson Hawks player leads two teammates with him in a scrum during recent practice.

Hudson – They are currently not scheduled to play against each other this year. But the Marlborough Panthers and Hudson Hawks football teams will still share a pitch in 2021.

Thanks to COVID-19, Hudson is migrating to Whitcomb Middle School in Marlborough for the new Fall Sports Season II. That means over the next six weeks the Red and White Hawks will defend a home court sporting black and orange.

“Hudson High School believes that interschool athletics can play a vital role in re-engaging our students,” read a presentation to football families announcing this, among other things, earlier this year.

“Next, and perhaps more importantly, we need to protect the health of all people inside and outside of our community,” the presentation added.

As Hudson temporarily moves away from its historic Morgan Bowl, Marlborough’s Kelleher Field will also remain empty. Like the Hawks, the Panthers have chosen to play their games at Whitcomb.

Venues aside, Massachusetts high school football teams, in general, haven’t played since late 2019. While they once hoped to get onto the pitch, the pandemic has forced high schools to put in is placing their football and volleyball programs, among others, for the spring.

Regular season games begin the weekend of January 19 with all Fall II teams playing in strictly defined geographic “pods”.

In Hudson and Marlborough, the football and volleyball teams will all be in action, completing programs that run through the end of April. Hudson also hosts its college dance program while Marlborough hosts unified track and field and cheerleader teams.

(Photos by / Jesse Kucewicz)


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