Freehold will have to forfeit its Week 1 victory over Freehold Township because it used an ineligible player, according to a report by

The player who was ineligible played in both of Freehold's first two games, which were a 46-20 victory over Freehold Township in Week 1 and last week's 55-35 loss to Howell.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association's Jack DuBois told the Asbury Park Press that Freehold self-reported the violation, and that the student was supposed to be taking an online course to make up the credits but did not complete the course.

When contacted by Shore Sports Network, Freehold head coach Dave Ellis deferred comment to Freehold Borough High School principal Linda Jewell, who was not reachable Thursday night. The player who is ineligible has not been named, so it is not clear what kind of impact that will have on the Colonials for the rest of the season.

Freehold will return to action on Saturday at home against Neptune (0-1) in a Class A North game.

Because of the forfeit, Freehold Township's record is now 2-0, which leaves the Patriots tied at the top of Class A North standings with Howell and Manalapan.

Freehold has scored 81 points in its first two games, and senior quarterback Ashante Worthy set what is believed to be the Shore Conference single-game record for combined yards with 624 (338 rushing, 286 passing) in the loss to Howell. The Colonials went 6-5 last season and reached the Central Jersey Group IV semifinals after an 0-4 start, and entered the season as a sectional title contender.


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