The game that had been pushed to Sunday between Matawan and New Brunswick has been cancelled. The New Brunswick athletic director contacted Matawan at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and said that the Zebras could not field a competitive team and will not be coming to play on Sunday, according to Matawan coach John Kaye.
Kaye said that Matawan contacted the NJSIAA to see if the game would be a forfeit win for Matawan and was told that the NJSIAA is not awarding forfeits in the wake of Hurricane Sandy because of the hardships some towns are facing, although Matawan was hit way harder by the storm than New Brunswick (1-7). Kaye said he was told by the NJSIAA that the game goes down as a tie and will be counted as a tie for power-point purposes for Matawan’s seeding in Central Jersey Group III. It also means Matawan will have a three-week layoff in between games before it plays its first-round playoff game.
Matawan (5-2) will be seeded in CJ III based on seven games. Where they wind up depends on how numerous other teams do this weekend, but they look to be in the 4-5-6 range depending on how things play out. If the game goes down as a tie, it essentially costs them six power points.
“We’re just going to have to forge ahead, move past this and get ready for the playoffs,” Kaye said.
New Brunswick-Matawan marks the second game that was cancelled this week, as Asbury Park and Keansburg mutually agreed to cancel their game because of a difficulty in fielding teams, particularly by storm-devastated Keansburg, after the hurricane.