by Tyler Roaix
The Central Connecticut football team will be playing the school’s first ever FCS playoff game this Saturday without two of its players.
Starting quarterback Jacob Dolegala and reserve offensive lineman David Cinti were suspended Monday by head coach Pete Rossomando for “violation of team policy.”
The official statement from the school is as follows:
“Central Connecticut State University officials have announced that CCSU Blue Devil Head Football Coach Pete Rossomando suspended football players Jacob Dolegala (quarterback) and David Cinti (offensive lineman) for one game for violation of team policy. They will be unavailable for any team activities this week, including the football game against the University of New Hampshire in the first round of the FCS Playoffs, scheduled for Saturday, November 25.”
CCSU Police reported to the house at 1497 Stanley St. around midnight Sunday morning as a result of a disturbance on the front lawn, only to discover a large house party going on inside.
Sergeant Jerry Erwin, one of the responding officers, was not sure what the disturbance on the lawn was. He suggested that the party “got out of hand” and that, even if they were trying to clear out the house, they should have contacted CCSU Police for help. That way, no charges would have been brought against them.
Police broke up the party and ensured that no one was in need of any medical assistance.
Dolegala, Cinti, Nathan Chzanowski and Edward Arthur Ouimet were all charged with second degree breach of peace. They also received misdemeanor summons to appear in court, which has a set date of Dec. 1.
Chzanowski and Ouimet are not members of the football team. The four are co-leases, which is why they were the only ones charged. The breach of peace charge is typical for hosting a house party, according to Erwin.
The incident comes on the heels of a similar situation that involved four other players in September.
Sophomore Tanner Kingsley will start at quarterback, in Dolegala’s place, in arguably the biggest game in school history. Kingsley has just nine completions for 55 yards in 2017.
Central is going into the playoffs on an eight game winning streak. They will have to rely on a strong running game and improved defense if they want to keep their success going.