Saturday, November 2, 2019 5:39 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
NORTH MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island high school football coach has been suspended because his team won big — too big.
The New York Times reports that Plainedge High School coach Robert Shaver received a one-game suspension after a Nassau County committee found he could have avoided an outsized 61-13 win against the Cyclones of South Side High School in Rockville Centre.
Plainedge is in North Massapequa.
A margin over 42 points triggers a review.
The committee determined Shaver should have pulled his Red Devils at the start of the 4th quarter.
An official with the National Federation of State High School Associations says lopsided wins are typically handled by running out the clock or stopping play.
Newsday reports Shaver told the committee both teams were unbeaten, and he feared a Cyclones come-back if he took out his starters.