Football: Zamot transfers to Holy Spirit from St. Augustine

Josh Zamot, one of the top two-way quarterbacks in South Jersey, has transferred to Holy Spirit High School from St. Augustine Prep, the Inquirer has learned.

Holy Spirit's Dean of Students, Dennis Smith, confirmed via text on Wednesday morning that Zamot had enrolled in the school in Absecon "as of Monday, yes, Zamot has officially enrolled."

Zamot, a rising senior and a dynamic dual threat as a passer and runner, led St. Augustine Prep to a 9-1 record last season, his first as the Hermits' starting quarterback.

The 6-0, 190-pound Zamot completed 70 of 105 passes for 1,158 yards and 15 touchdowns and also rushed for 544 yards and nine touchdowns as St. Augustine averaged 41.5 points per game.

The Hermits were 8-0 against South Jersey opponents, winning their games by an average of 33.7 points.

St. Augustine was No. 2 in the Inqurier's final South Jersey Top 25 rankings.

Zamot's eligibility status for the start of next season is unclear. Under NJSIAA rules, if a student athlete transfers from one non-public school to another and shows a bona fide change of address, the athlete will be eligible to play right away.

If a student athlete transfers from one non-public school to another without a bona fide change of address, the athlete will be required to sit out 30 days or the first four games, whichever is less.

In addition under NJSIAA rules, if the student athlete's previous school challenges the transfer and claims the move was made for "athletic advantage," the NJSIAA will hold a hearing on the matter. A student athlete who is found to have transferred for "athletic advantage" will be ineligible for the entire school year.

St. Augustine athletic director MIke Rizzo was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday.

Zamot's move to Holy Spirit comes in the wake of some significant changes in the St. Augustine program.

Head coach Mark Reardon and his top assistant, Chalie Roman, both resigned in early May. Roman has returned to Holy Spirit, his alma mater and the school where he was the highly successful head coach from 2008-2011, as an assistant coach.

St. Augustine hired former Hammonton head coach Pete Lancetta, who was an assistant coach at Rowan University, as Reardon's replacement as the Hermits' head coach.

Lancetta won 215 games in 26 seasons in establishing himself as one of the best coaches in South Jersey history during his time at Hammonton.

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