By Harvey Hoffman

The Eagles have donated the Linc for the resumption of the Central Jersey Group 2 semifinal football game between Camden and Pleasantville that was interrupted last week because of gunfire.

“Following NJSIAA’s statement on Saturday related to the completion of the game on Wednesday, November 20, at a neutral site, we can now announce that the Philadelphia Eagles have offered to host the suspended Pleasantville H.S. / Camden H.S. football playoff game,” NJSIAA executive director Larry White said in a statement.

“Each high school will be provided a defined number of free passes, specifically for distribution to players’ parents and family members; the game will be closed to the general public. Specific details on the game passes will be provided shortly to both schools.”

The game will be free of charge and resumption of play will begin at 4 p.m..

“It’s a great opportunity for our kids and the kids from Camden,” Pleasantville coach Chris Sacco said. “To play in an NFL arena, it’s very generous of the Eagles to provide an opportunity to turn a negative into a positive.

“The kids are ecstatic. When we told them, they were jumping up and down, clapping. We’re fired up and we want to hopefully have a positive ending to this.”

Camden coach Dwayne Savage said his kids were excited when they heard the news, too.

“I’m happy that we finally got it settled. We just want to get this thing done and move on from this,” Savage said. “The kids are excited to get the game in, get a final outcome and move on.

“It’s a blessing that the Eagles stepped up. They had contacted me on Saturday and I just passed it on to our athletic director. We’ve known that it was a possibility once (the Eagles) found out that we wouldn’t have any fans. That’s when they stepped in.”

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