The NJSIAA has ruled that both the Central Regional and Toms River East football teams are ineligible for the playoffs stemming from ejections during Friday's game, an NJSIAA official confirmed to Shore Sports Network.

Both the Golden Eagles and Raiders had three players ejected during Central's 42-0 Class A South victory, and per NJSIAA rules, any team accumulating three or more disqualifications in one season can not enter into the tournament. The official rule reads:

1. Any Varsity team accumulating three or more player or coach disqualifications for flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct prior to the start of the NJSIAA tournament will not be permitted to participate in same. Seeded teams will forfeit their right to compete if a disqualification limit is reached prior to the start of the tournament for the team.

All of the player who were ejected will have to sit out one game. The playoff ban does not carry over to any other sport or season, according to the NJSIAA.

Administrators at Central and Toms River East could not be reached for immediate comment.

Central, under first-year head coach Justin Fumando, has started the season 2-0 with wins over Southern and Toms River East. The Golden Eagles are in Class A South this season, moving up after many years in Class B South.

Toms River East is also guided by a first-year head coach, Kyle Sandberg, who is a also former player for the Raiders.


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