The New Brunswick at Matawan football game, which had been scheduled for noon on Sunday, has been canceled, Matawan coach John Kaye said Friday.
“New Brunswick’s athletic director (Lennie Parham) called at 3:30 p.m. and said, ‘We cannot field a competitive team and will not be playing Sunday,’ ” Kaye said.
The game had been rescheduled several times over the last several days as both schools scrambled to find a suitable date and time. The game was originally scheduled to be a night game on Nov. 2, but was pushed back to this weekend because of the devastation caused by superstorm Sandy. Much of Matawan has been without electricity since the storm. Electricity was just restored to the high school on Thursday.
Under NJSIAA rules instituted for this week’s games in the wake of Sandy and the nor’easter that hit the state on Wednesday, canceled games will be declared tied games for power point purposes. Matawan will get just 6.5 power points for the tie. It would have gotten 13 if it had defeated 1-7 Group IV New Brunswick.
Not being able to play the game, will likely cost Matawan any chance it had of earning a home game in the NJSIAA Central Group III playoffs. The Huskies could now wind up being in the same half bracket as Neptune and Long Branch, — the teams that handed Matawan its only losses.
The New Brunswick at Matawan game is the second Shore Conference game scheduled for this weekend that has been cancelled. The Asbury Park at Keansburg game was canceled on Wednesday because of the devastation in those two towns from Sandy.