NJ High School Stripped of Football Title Over Recruiting Violations

North Bergen defeated favored Montclair with a last-play pass in December

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    The North Bergen football Bruins will never forget their 2011 state championship win, but now the school is facing harsh allegations about what the head coach did to win that game -- allegations that later cost them the title. Pat Battle reports. (Published Friday, June 8, 2012)

    Officials have stripped a New Jersey high school of a sectional football title.    

    The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association's executive committee on Wednesday vacated the title won by North Bergen High School over Montclair amid allegations of recruiting violations.

    The North 1, Group 4 title will remain vacant.      

    North Bergen defeated favored Montclair with a last-play pass in December.      
    NJSIAA executive committee member Bill Vacca tells The Record newspaper the association needs to send a message that "recruiting needs to be stopped.''      

    The last time the NJSIAA stripped a school of a football title was in 1995 when Mainland Regional in Linwood forfeited a sectional title for using an ineligible player.

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