No margin for error for Sayreville with NJSIAA after coach, player DQ

The NJSIAA says the two disqualifications against Sayreville Friday night - against head coach Chris Beagan and linebacker Michael Germann - will stand.

The story was first reported here by Greg Tufaro of MyCentralJersey.com.

Tufaro reports that in the Bombers' opening game of the season at East Brunswick - a 48-21 win - Beagan says Germann came "off the sideline to engage an opponent who Beagan said initiated an on-field incident with a Sayreville player near the Bombers’ sideline and about 25 yards behind a play that resulted in a fourth-quarter touchdown."

Tufaro also reports "Beagan said he received two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, one for leaving the coaches box and the other for contesting the call."

Where it leaves Sayreville is very little room for error in terms of future disqualifications.  NJSIAA rules state that three disqualifications in a single season leaves a school ineligible for the playoffs.

A call this afternoon to NJSIAA Assistant Director Jack Dubois - who is in charge of football - confirmed Sayreville's situation:

  • There is no "confirmation" or "decision" to be made on the NJSIAA in regards to the officials' ruling on the disqualification.  This means, essentially, it's entirely in the officials' hands.  Though Dubois had not seen the reports, he said he understood they had been filed, and that they stand.
  • There is no "appeals" process available to the school.  Tufaro's article stated that Beagan felt he had been wronged by the whole situation.  But, according to Dubois, neither Beagan nor the Bombers have any recourse.
  • A third disqualification this season would result in Sayreville being declared ineligible for postseason play.  The Bombers were the Central Jersey Group 4 champions a year ago, and are hoping to defend their title just three seasons removed from the football program's shutdown in the wake of a hazing scandal that garnered national attention.

Whether the NJSIAA rules on this are right or wrong, including the lack of a review by the state's high school sports governing body, or the lack of an appeals process, this is the situation Sayreville finds itself in:  with no chance for any more mistakes just one game into the season.