Neptune loses football game to violence in Long Branch, NJ

An ongoing threat of violence led Neptune High School to forfeit its game against Long Branch on Saturday morning.

The game originally scheduled for Friday night at Long Branch High School was moved to Saturday morning to be played without spectators after four shooting incidents at Long Branch and West Long Branch.

No arrests were made Monday morning, according to Monmouth County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Chris Swendeman.

“Recent events in the Long Branch community have raised concerns among family members of our student-athletes. Based on these concerns, a number of students are unavailable to play and we will not be able to safely fielding a football team to compete in this competition Saturday’s competition,” the Neptune High School Athletic Department said online. “Please understand that these decisions are not taken lightly and are always considered in the best interests of our students.”

Long Branch picks up the win and goes 3-3 overall on the season. Neptune remains winless at 0-6.

Long Branch has also implemented a Halloween curfew from Saturday, October 29 through Monday, October 31 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. for ages 17 and under.

Halloween Curfew Curfew Notice

Halloween Curfew Curfew Notice (Long Branch Police)

Next stop: Road Game in Berkeley Township

Long Branch’s next game is Friday night at Central Regional High School against the Golden Eagles in the Bayville section of Berkeley.

Central Regional Superintendent Tommy Parlapanides said he was meeting with Berkeley Police Chief Kevin Santucci about the game. He expects an increased police presence.

“We’re definitely not going to cancel. We’ll let the kids play, but maybe we could move it to Saturday afternoon. We’ll look into everything,” Parlapanides told New Jersey 101.5. “We will look at all options and do what is best and safest for children.”

Parlapanides said Central Regional High School had two armed high school security officers and a Berkeley police officer at the middle school.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com

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