NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Brunswick High School football team will have to forfeit the four games it won at the start of the season because an ineligible player was used in each of those games.

The Zebras started the year with wins over Monroe, Dickinson (Jersey City), Edison and Piscataway.

The news that the victories would be forfeited came as the Zebras were preparing for Friday night's game against Sayreville.

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The team's record going into that game will be officially listed as 0-5.

The story was first reported on mycentraljersey.com this afternoon and cited Greater Middlesex Conference President Jeff DiCocco, who said the news was "a shame" because the team was off to such a great start.

TAPinto New Brunswick attempted to get a comment from coach Nate Harris, but volunteer coach Laquan Rankins would not allow a reporter to attend this afternoon's practice.

Rankins said Harris would not be able to comment and that the matter was "in the hands of the superintendent (Aubrey Johnson) and their lawyers."

The Zebras suffered their first loss of the season Friday when they fell to North Brunswick, 33-8.

In the four wins before that, New Brunswick beat its first four opponents by a combined 123-41.

DiCocco told mycentraljersey.com that the player in question transferred to New Brunswick before the start of the academic year without an address change. Under New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association rules, that player should have sat out for the first 30 days of the season.

DiCocco said he contacted New Brunswick school officials when the matter was brought to his attention.

The public relations firm that represents the school district did not return TAPinto New Brunswick's call seeking comment.

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