Nine members of a northern New Jersey high school football team will be sidelined when their teammates play for a state sectional title next month.
The Wayne Board of Education agreed Friday to uphold a ruling by the district superintendent to suspend the Wayne Hills players, who face aggravated assault charges stemming from a brawl at a private party on Oct. 29.
The nine are accused in the beating of two students from another high school in the Passaic County district. Authorities say one victim was beaten unconscious and left in the road, and one was kicked and stomped while on the ground.
School officials have allowed the players to compete in two playoff games that have been held since the brawl, a decision that angered many residents.