NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The superintendent of schools said the district is "gathering information" in the wake of this week's ruling that the New Brunswick High School football team has been forced to forfeit its season-opening four victories.

“At this point, we’re gathering information that will enable us to thoroughly understand what occurred,"  Superintendent Aubrey Johnson said in a statement provided by the public relations firm that handles the district's communications.

"Certainly, this is a disappointing development for our student-athletes and for the entire New Brunswick community. However, it doesn’t minimize what our players have accomplished this season, and it doesn’t prevent them from competing in the four games remaining on our schedule. As a school district and a city, we’re extremely proud of them."

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Greater Middlesex Conference President Jeff DiCocco confirmed to TAPinto New Brunswick that the Zebras will have to forfeit their victories over Monroe, Dickinson (Jersey City), Edison and Piscataway.

DicCocco said the Zebras have been forced to forfeit those wins because they used an ineligible player. He said 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.

Going into Friday night's game at Sayreville, the team's record will officially be listed as 0-5.

The Zebras lost to North Brunswick on Oct. 5, 33-8.

“At this point, we’re gathering information that will enable us to thoroughly understand what occurred," Johnson said in a statement provided by the public relations firm that handles the district's communications. "Certainly, this is a disappointing development for our student-athletes and for the entire New Brunswick community. However, it doesn’t minimize what our players have accomplished this season, and it doesn’t prevent them from competing in the four games remaining on our schedule. As a school district and a city, we’re extremely proud of them."

New Brunswick capped a meteoric resurgence on Sept. 27 when it beat North 2, Group V champion Piscataway, 13-7. The victory snapped the Chiefs' 17-game winning streak.

TAPinto New Brunswick attempted to speak to coach Nate Harris about the situation, but volunteer coach Laquan Rankins would not allow a reporter to attend Tuesday 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."

Harris did provide comments to nj.com, saying, "Forfeit or not, we are built for the road that lies before us, because we understand success is not easy. Adversity builds character, and this just makes our story more compelling. We look forward to the uphill battle."