NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association has told TAPinto New Brunswick it will not grant a waiver to New Brunswick High School, which used an ineligible player during its season-opening four-game winning streak.
That means the Zebras will still be forced to forfeit their victories over Monroe, Dickinson (Jersey City), Edison and Piscataway. After subsequent losses to North Brunswick and Sayreville, the team is now 0-6.
Spokesman Michael Cherenson said the NJSIAA reviewed the request for the waiver provided by board of education attorney George Hendricks.
According to a statement released by the NJSIAA through Cherenson, "Based on established rules, New Brunswick High School’s football team has been assessed a four-game penalty. This concludes the matter, with no player being required to sit out any game or games."
Greater Middlesex Conference President Jefff DiCocco announced last week the team would be sanctioned.
DiCocco said he received a report the team was using a player who had transferred into the New Brunswick school district in February without a "bona fide address change." He said he immediately contacted officials at New Brunswick High School to investigate the matter. He determined the student lived in New Brunswick during the time he went to another Middlesex County school and remained at the same address in the Hub City when he transferred to New Brunswick High School.
According to NJSIAA rules Article V, section K, "A student-athlete transferring from one secondary school to another, without a bona fide change of residence by that student’s parent or guardian, shall be ineligible to participate for a period of thirty (30) calendar days or one half of the maximum number of games allowed in the sport by NJSIAA rules (the ineligibility period) from the beginning of the regular schedule, whichever is less, in any sport in which the student has previously participated at the varsity level."
New Brunswick was off to its best start since 2015. The victory over Piscataway was particularly impressive. The reigning North Jersey 2 Group 5 champs entered that game on a 17-game winning streak, but the Zebras prevailed at Memorial Stadium, 13-7.
The Zebras will host East Brunswick (4-3) on Friday at 7 p.m.