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Certified Public Accountant
Wilkin & Guttenplan, P.C.
1200 Tices Lane
East Bruns, NJ 
732-846-3000 
2003 Platinum Sponsor
Beauty Supplies
Vatra Unisex Hair Salon
 580 Amboy Avenue
Woodbridge,  NJ 07095
732-636-1919
2005 Platinum Sponsor
Electrician
Gurney Electric
24 Hour Emerg. Service
Free Estimates
732-750-0907
2006 Platinum Sponsor
Law Office
Manuel J. Almeida, Jr. 
800 Plaza  PO Box 255    
Sea Girt, NJ 08750 
732-449-0190
2006 Platinum Sponsor
Certified Public Accountant
George Patrick Ryan
George was good friend of Woodbridge Football.
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2007 Platinum Sponsor
Periodontics
Dr. Edwin N. Galkin
711 Amboy Avenue 
Woodbridge, NJ
732-634-3300  
2007 Platinum Sponsor
Jewelry
Neves Jewelers
103 Main Street
Woodbridge, NJ
732-634-1086
2007 Platinum Sponsor
Orthodontists
Dr. Scott D. Galkin
711 Amboy Avenue
Woodbridge, NJ
732-636-2828  732-750-2600
2007 Platinum Sponsor
Seniors 2007
2004 Woodbridge Barrons Football
WHS Class of 2005 - Senior Players
Head Coach - Brian Russo
5 Wins  -  5 Losses  -  0 Ties
179 PF (17.9 PG)  -  178 PA (17.8 PG)
Qualified for the NJSIAA Playoffs, Rd 1
Defeated the Colonia Patriots  14 - 8
2003 Woodbridge Barrons Football
WHS Class of 2004 - Senior Players
Head Coach - Brian Russo
8 Wins  -  3 Losses  -  0 Ties
189 PF (17.2 PG)  -  168 PA (15.3 PG)
Qualified for the NJSIAA Playoffs, Rd 2
Defeated the Colonia Patriots  17 - 0
2005 Woodbridge Barrons Football
WHS Class of 2006 - Senior Players
Head Coach - Brian Russo
3 Wins  -  7 Losses  -  0 Ties
157 PF (15.7 PG)  -  262 PA (26.2 PG)
DNQ for the NJSIAA Playoffs
Defeated by the Colonia Patriots  42 - 20
2006 Woodbridge Barrons Football
WHS Class of 2007 - Seniors Players
Head Coach Brian Russo 
4 Wins  -  6 Losses  -  0 Ties
163 PF (16.3 PG)  -  174 PA (17.4 PG)
DNQ for the NJSIAA Playoffs
Defeated by the Colonia Patriots  20 - 18
2007 Woodbridge Barrons Football
WHS Class of 2008 - Senior Players
Head Coach - Brian Russo
4 Wins  -  6 Losses  -  0 Ties
119 PF (11.9 PG)  -  197 PA (19.7 PG)
Qualified for the NJSIAA Playoffs, Rd 1
Defeated by the Colonia Patriots  28 - 13






NJSIAA Playoff Format

1973 and prior, there were no playoff games as we know of today.  State Titles were decided by the NJSIAA Championship Committee.  It wasn't until 1974 that the playoff format was developed to decide on the field, a true champion.  From 1974 through 1997, there were four teams that qualified for the playoffs.  From 1998 to present, the playoff field comprised eight teams.




2008 Woodbridge Barrons Football
WHS Class of 2009 - Senior Players
Head Coach - Brian Russo
5 Wins  -  5 Losses  -  0 Ties
139 PF (13.9 PG)  -  159 PA (15.9 PG)
DNQ for the NJSIAA Playoffs
Defeated the Colonia Patriots  14 - 12




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2009 Woodbridge Barrons Football
WHS Class of 2010 - Senior Players
Head Coach - Brian Russo
6 Wins  -  5 Losses  -  0 Ties
178 PF (16.2 PG)  -  190 PA (17.3 PG)
Qualified for the NJSIAA Playoffs, Rd 2
Defeated the Colonia Patriots  19 - 6
Law Office
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Woodbridge, NJ
732-324-7600
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Auto Body Repairs
Lee's Auto Body Inc.
1100 St George Avenue
Avenel, NJ
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Bail Bonds
Speedy
213 New Brunswick Ave.
Hopelawn, NJ 08861
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Seniors 2009
Industrial
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Woodbridge, NJ 07095
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2010 Woodbridge Barrons Football
WHS Class of 2011 - Senior Players
Head Coach - Brian Russo
5 Wins  -  5 Losses  -  0 Ties
258 PF (25.8 PG)  -  147 PA (14.7 PG)
DNQ for the NJSIAA Playoffs
Defeated the Colonia Patriots  42 - 6


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Keasbey, NJ 08832-0290
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Insurance and Financial Services
AXA Advisors
90 Woodbridge Center Drive
Woodbridge, New Jersey
732-326-5200
2010 Platinum Sponsor
Dining
Strawberry's Pub & Pizzeria
110 Amboy Avenue
Woodbridge, New Jersey
732-634-3131
2010, 2015/16 Platinum Sponsor
Seniors 2010




2011 Woodbridge Barrons Football
WHS Class of 2012 - Senior Players
Head Coach - Brian Russo
8 Wins  -  3 Losses  -  0 Ties
323 PF (29.4 PG)  -  209 PA (19.0 PG)
Qualified for the NJSIAA Playoffs, Rd 2
Defeated the Colonia Patriots  23 - 19








2012 Woodbridge Barrons Football
WHS Class of 2013 - Senior Players
Head Coach - Bill Nyers
6 Wins  -  4 Losses  -  0 Ties
167 PF (16.7 PG)  -  154 PA (15.4 PG)
Qualified for the NJSIAA Playoffs, Rd 1
Defeated by the Colonia Patriots  28 - 21
2013 Woodbridge Barrons Football
WHS Class of 2014 - Senior Players
Head Coach - Bill Nyers
2 Wins  -  8 Losses  -  0 Ties
166 PF (16.6 PG)   -  307 PA (30.7 PG)
DNQ for the NJSIAA Playoffs
Defeated by the Colonia Patriots  21 - 7
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Woodbridge, NJ
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Woodbridge, NJ
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Woodbridge, NJ
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2014 Woodbridge Barrons Football
WHS Class of 2015 - Senior Players
Head Coach - Bill Nyers
7 Wins  -  4 Losses  -  0 Ties
267 PF (24.3 PG)   -  203 PA (18.5 PG)
Qualified for the NJSIAA Playoffs
Defeated by the Colonia Patriots  49 - 27


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Longhorn Steakhouse
366 U.S. 9
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
732-750-1006
2014/15 Platinum Sponsor
Dining
San Remo Pizza
87 Main Street
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
732-634-7151
2014/15 Platinum Sponsor
Medical
JAG Physical Therapy
10 Woodbridge Center Dr. 102 
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
732-855-0380
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Specialty Foods
Goya Foods
100 Seaview Drive
Secaucus, NJ 07096
201-348-4900
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Construction
West Virginia Paint, LLC
1051 Paulison Avenue
Clifton, NJ  07011
973-772-6565
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Orthodontist
Leizer Orthodontics
408 Rahway Avenue
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
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475 Rahway Ave, and
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Woodbridge, NJ 07095
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All-Time Record - Championship Games: 3 - 1       Last Game: Nov. 1997 
Result: (W) WOOD 20 - JPS 14    Central Jersey - Group 4 Champions
1997 Season Record: 9 - 2 - 0     William Nyers - Head Coach
TBA - NJ2, G4 - Championship
December 2, 2016  TBA
Final Score:  
Home - Non-Conference Game
Friday, September 16, 2016  7pm
Final Score: 
Away - GMC White Division Game
Friday, September 23, 2016  7pm
Final Score: 
Home - GMC White Division Game
Friday, September 30, 2016  7pm
Final Score: 
Home - GMC White Division Game
Friday, October 14, 2016  7pm
Final Score: 
Away - GMC White Division Game
Friday, October 21, 2016  7pm
Final Score: 
Home - GMC White Division Game
Friday, October 28, 2016  7pm
Final Score: 
Away - GMC White Division Game
Friday, October 7, 2016  7pm
Final Score: 
Home - GMC White Division Game
Friday, November 4, 2016  7pm
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2015 Woodbridge Barrons Football
WHS Class of 2016 - Senior Players
Head Coach - Bill Nyers
6 Wins  -  4 Losses  -  0 Ties
264 PF (26.4 PG)   -  171 PA (17.1 PG)
Qualified for the NJSIAA Playoffs
Defeated by the Colonia Patriots  27 - 26




2016 Woodbridge Barrons Football
WHS Class of 2017 - Senior Players
Head Coach - Kevin Coleman
0 Wins  -  0 Losses  -  0 Ties
00 PF (0.0 PG)   -  00 PA (0.0 PG)
Qualified for the NJSIAA Playoffs
Defeated the Colonia Patriots  0 - 0

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Metuchen, NJ 08840
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Ariana's Grand
800 Rahway Avenue
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
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2015 Gold Sponsor
Printing
Stone Mountain Printing
74 Main Street
Woodbridge, NJ 070965
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2015/16 Platinum Sponsor
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KEITH ZALASAR  #31
2001 - 2003
3,910 Career All-Purpose Yards


ZAHNEER SCHULER  #3
2012 - 2014
28 Career Touchdowns


GARRETT MOZOLIC  #14
2003 - 2006
2,484 Career Rushing Yards
22 Career Rushing Touchdowns

ROB MARTINEZ  #2
2009 - 2012
102 Career PAT's Made
14 Career FG's Made
                   
Woodbridge Football
2015 - Year to Date Statistics
Final Update:  12-02-2015
O F F E N S I V E   L E A D E R S
KYLE ANDERSON  #10
2009 - 2011
4,780 Career Passing Yards
319 Career Pass Completions
58 Career Passing Touchdowns 

KEITH HEMMINGS
1996 - 1997
2,011 Career Receiving Yards
20 Career Receiving Touchdowns

ANTHONY NYERS  #9
2009 - 2011
107 Career Receptions
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MRSA is spread by skin-to-skin contact, or through personal items that have been contaminated with the bacteria such as towels or athletic equipment. MRSA is spread more easily in close quarters, like gyms and locker rooms. more


Post Concussion Syndrome
Post-concussion syndrome is a condition that is typically associated with a head injury. The head injury may be categorized as a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury. In general terms, post-concussion syndrome, or PCS, is a medical problem that persists for a period of time after a head injury has occurred. more
Fitting instructions and helmet care.


Athletic Trainers: Removing football helmets contributes to heat safety during practice!
Aug. 12, 2013 - As most high school football teams throughout the state open training camp this week, Phil Hossler has a simple suggestion for coaches, not only in New Jersey, but nationwide, which he believes could help prevent heat-related illness and death on the gridiron.   more


How smokeless tobacco can contribute to disease.
 




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ED TOBIN
1981
11 Career INT's Made


PERCY MARTIN  #2
2012 - 2014
190 Career Total Tackles *


SHAMAR GRAVES  #6
2003 - 2005
17 Career Sacks *















ADAMS ISSAKA​  #34
2006- 2007
25 Career Tackles for a Loss *


DJ PRYOR  #80  
2002 - 2003
6 Career Blocked Kicks *

 ( * )  2003 through 2015 ONLY!
There are no confirmed records prior these seasons.​  If you possess records prior to 2003, please contact us so we can update this list. 
Last Updated: January 9, 2016

CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS
NORTH JERSEY 2 - GROUP 4
GMC - WHITE DIVISION
SENIORS - CLASS OF 2016
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TBA - NJ2, G4 - Playoffs - Round One
Friday, November 11, 2016  7pm
Final Score: 

TBA - NJ2, G4 - Playoffs - Round Two
Friday, November 18, 2016  7pm
Final Score: 

Away - GMC White Division Game
Friday, September 9, 2016  7pm
Final Score:

Record - Updated 10-17-2015  19 Wins - 26 Lost - 4 Ties
Last Game: October 16, 2015 Result: COL 27 - WOOD 26
(G1)
(G5)
(G4)
(G3)
(G2)
(G6)
(G7)
(G8)
(G9)
(G10)
(G11)
(G12)

We invite you to join the Fifth Quarter Club! We are a Non-Profit Parent Organization. Our priority and goal is to support the cheerleaders and football players. This organization can only progress with the participation of parents, guardians, grandparents and family members.

Our meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month at the high school cafeteria #125 at 7:00 pm. Please see attached meeting schedule. We welcome everyone to the meetings and hope to see you at the games!!!

In order for your child to receive the “benefits” from our organization, you must be a paid member of the 5th Quarter Club for 3 years. Membership fees: $12.00 for a single Child; $15.00 for two children; and $20.00 for 3 or more children in the family. Also, it is required for a parent to purchase a $50.00 minimum ad every year for the banquet program.

Participation in our fundraisers is very important. ALL proceeds from our fundraisers go directly to the program to purchase for “eligible” members who participated in (2) fundraisers yearly, paid their membership each year and purchase banquet ad yearly receive the following :
Juniors: Varsity Jackets
Seniors: Upgraded Senior Jersey-Given for Senior Night
Discount on banquet tickets for family & friends
Preferred seating at banquet

The money we raise also supports our end of the season banquet for all cheerleaders and football players. Along with our banquet we award scholarships at the end of the school year.

“Spirit Wear” can be purchased for cheer and football players at every home game located at our Spirit Wear table. Look for exciting new things this year!!!

Spaghetti Dinners for all football players are held every Thursday night in our cafeteria before Friday night games. All dinners are prepared with donations; no 5th Quarter Club funds are used for the dinners. We need parents to donate food and to help out in the kitchen with these dinners. We have over 100 football players on our roster for 2016. That is a lot of pasta and meatballs!

Our children work hard, play hard and give all they can to their sport. Join our team so we as parents can support them and show them we are behind them 100%!!!

We look forward for you to join the team and making 2016 an amazing year!!!!!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at whs5thquarterclub@yahoo.com

Thank you,
Ivette Figueroa, President
2015 Woodbridge Football
(G10) John F. Kennedy
2015 Woodbridge Football 
(G3) Colts Neck

2015 Woodbridge Football
(G6) Colonia "Bragging Rights Trophy Game"
2016 - Snapple Bowl 23
July 21st. at Woodbridge HS
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Quad Scrimmage  -  Woodbridge Barrons, 
Bishop Ahr Trojans, New Brunswick Zebras, 
and Columbia Cougars
Home  -  Woodbridge High School
August 20  -  10:00 am

Quad Scrimmage  -  Woodbridge Barrons, 
Hillsborough Raiders, Edison Eagles,  
and Linden Tigers.
Home  -  Woodbridge High School
August 23  -  10:00 am

Scrimmage  -  Princeton Tigers
Away  -  Princeton High School
August 26  -  11:00 am

Scrimmage  -  East Brunswick Bears  
Away  -  East Brunswick High School
September 1  -  6:00 pm























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Woodbridge High School
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Woodbridge High School
Nicholas Priscoe Stadium ( 1948 - 2013 )
​"A person that feels 
appreciated will always do
 more than what is expected."
Woodbridge High School
Nicholas Priscoe Stadium ( 2014 - Present )

2016 - The 93rd Season
9 State Championship Titles
12 Conference / Divisional Titles     Greater Middlesex Conference  - White Division
NJSIAA - North Jersey 2, Group 4 
Overall WHS Football Record:  451 - 360 - 40   .553
2016 - The 93rd Season
9 State Championship Titles
12 Conference / Divisional Titles     Greater Middlesex Conference  - White Division
NJSIAA - North Jersey 2, Group 4 
Overall WHS Football Record:  451 - 360 - 40   .553
J.F. Kennedy HS
Washington Av, Iselin, NJ

Bishop George Ahr HS
Tingley Ln, Edison, NJ

St. Joseph's HS
Plainfield Rd, Metuchen, NJ

Colts Neck HS
Five Points Rd Colts Neck, NJ

JP Stevens HS
855 Grove Av, Edison, NJ

Irvington HS
1253 Clinton Av  Irvington, NJ

Phillipsburg HS
Hillcrest Blvd, Phillipsburg, NJ
Perth Amboy HS
Eagle Av, Perth Amboy, NJ

New Bruns HS - Memorial Stadium
12th & Joyce Kilmer Av, New Bruns, NJ

South Plainfield HS - Jost Field
Avon Ave and Cody Ln, So Plainfield, NJ

Colonia HS
East St, Colonia, NJ

Carteret HS
Washington Av, Carteret, NJ

Manasquan HS
167 Broad St, Manasquan, NJ

North Brunswick HS
98 Raider Rd, North Brunswick, NJ
Statistically, your financial future isn't the NFL. 
Your financial future lies within your education!
Woodbridge High School Football
NJSIAA Championship Trophies (L) 1938, (R) 1960
If I had another chance:

I would study harder
I would take the College Testing serious
I would complete all my class assignments
I would prepare for my Final Exams
I would be an inspirational Student Athlete
I would listen to my parents, teachers and coaches
I would train harder to be the best
I would be a ferocious competitor on game day
I would be a good sportsman regardless of the score
I would prepare myself for life after school
I would evaluate my future financial goals
And, I would strive to be the best in everything I do


Life is hard. Be ready for it!
           

Woodbridge Football - 2016, The 93rd Season!

Its all window dressing if you are not winning!

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 08/21/16

By WoodbridgeFootball.com  August 21, 2016  7:50pm



Fancy weight rooms are cool, a new field house is nice, flashy uni's are cute, but I'd rather have you lift boulders in the yard, dress in a trailer, and wear old school gear while you overpower every team you play on the way to an undefeated season! Winning is an internal thing. It is built on an individual working for the good of the group. TEAM - Together, Everyone Achieves More!

The Woodbridge PBA / SOA "Bragging Rights" Trophy

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 08/19/16

By WoodbridgeFootball.com, August 19, 2016, 1035am



NEXT GAME:  The 50th Game  -  (G1) Woodbridge Barrons at Colonia Patriots -  September 9, 2016, 7pm

In the early 60's, Woodbridge Township, New Jersey realized the need for additional space for the growing population of the students in the Township.  As a result, they built John F. Kennedy HS in 1964 and Colonia HS in 1967. 

In those early years, all three schools competed against each other on the Football field?.  Somewhere along the line, annual games pitting Woodbridge and Kennedy were not scheduled. But, Woodbridge and Colonia continued and they have faced off every season since 1967, the year Colonia HS initially opened their doors. 

The rivalry is intense and deserved special attention each year.  In 2003, Det. Dean Janowski and Sgt. Charles McDevitt, both members of the Woodbridge Police Department and parents of Woodbridge players, convinced their unions to sponsor a trophy for the annual game.  The trophy was dubbed, the Woodbridge PBA / SOA "Bragging Rights" Trophy and was awarded to the winning football team at the conclusion of the game. It is engraved with the winners school name and allowed to remain in that schools possession for one year.  It is retrieved by members of the Woodbridge PBA / SOA a few days before the next scheduled game, and held for presentation to the new winner. Det. Mark Zeno, Sgt. Watler Bukowski, Ptl. John Matty, and Ptlm. Tom McGovern have been the Officers who continue the tradition and make those presentations on behalf of the PBA / SOA in recent years.    

The trophy was awarded for the first time to the Barrons after they defeated the Patriots 14 - 8 at Nick Priscoe Field in 2004, however, Colonia holds the overall bragging rights with a 26 - 19 - 4 W / L record, and a 776 PF - 760 PA record.

This is the biggest rivalry game for both teams each season, so be sure to get to the field early.

Snapple Bowl donation record set - Woodbridge duo aided fundraising efforts

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 08/12/16

MARCUS BORDEN @BORDENFB4EVER

August 12, 2016


In today’s sports world, the headlines are more often reserved for the ills and wrongs of athletes from high school to the NFL rather than extolling their good deeds. A journalist’s insatiable desire to get the scoop before anyone else drives the reporter to post sports sensationalism online, on social media platforms and finally in print.

This feel-good story is about two of the most unlikely Guardians of the Galaxy that you will ever meet. One dons a top hat while the other wears a hard hat. Neither has a cape, although their uniform is uniquely tailored to fit their pastime.

Jonathan O’Halloran, aka “The Barron,” the Woodbridge High School mascot, and David McDevitt, an offensive lineman from the Barron football team, are June graduates who participated in last month’s MyCentralJersey.com

Snapple Bowl in their own backyard of Nicholas A. Priscoe Stadium.

They were part of the Middlesex County team that played Union County in Snapple Bowl XXIII, a charity allstar football game composed of rosters of graduating seniors. All proceeds from the game benefit Children’s Specialized Hospital and the Lakeview School, a program of the Edison-based New Jersey Institute for Disabilities.

Together, these master fundraisers soared above the rest of the competition by raising $10,150 to help establish a single-game donation record of $55,000. The previous record of $50,000 was set last year at Kean University. Since the first contest in 1994, the Snapple Bowl has raised $590,000.

McDevitt used a GoFundMe account, sold 130 game tickets at $10 each, secured four $200 full-color ads for the 184-page full-color program book and sold $440 worth of $1 TV raffle tickets to establish the second-highest individual fundraising record of $4,570.

O’Halloran, the two-time winner of the Debbie Ganz Spirit of the Game Award recognizing the top mascot in Union and Middlesex counties, shattered his own record of $2,525 set last year with a new benchmark of $5,580. Jon raised the majority of his money through a GoFundMe account and a highly successful Spirit Night at Chickfil- A of St. Georges Crossing in Woodbridge.

These two young men have set a gold medal standard that reflects the values and teachings of their school district and its emphasis on making a difference in the community. They are true reminder that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. They embody the Snapple Bowl’s mission to be Champions for Children. Marcus A. Borden is the founder/ game director of the MyCentral Jersey.com Snapple Bowl

Woodbridge Football - Our "Media" outlets

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 08/10/16

By WoodbridgeFootball.com - Charles McDevitt

The Woodbridge Football program has three social media outlets.

Home base is WoodbridgeFootball.com and it has been our internet web site since 2003. It has everything you ever wanted to know about the Program.

Second is our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/WoodbridgeFTBL/ and is use primarily for the posting and storage of photos.

And last, is our Twitter account, https://twitter.com/WoodbridgeFTBL, and it will be used for fast paced info like live game scores and more.

There is no reason not to stay up to speed on the progress of the Team. Enjoy the season!

Football: NJ.com's way-too-early predictions for 2016 sectional finals

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 07/31/16

By Braulio Perez | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on July 20, 2016 8:00 AM, updated July 20, 2016 12:09 PM

We may be in the heart of summer, but the 2016 N.J. football campaign is right around the corner. There's no question football players across the Garden State are already working their tails off in preparation for the new season.

Last week, the NJSIAA released its classifications for the upcoming season. Who are the favorites to play for the hardware come December?


SLIDESHOW: NJ.com's way-too-early predictions for 2016 sectional finals


There's plenty of intrigue this season, particularly in the Non-Public brackets. In Group 3, St. Joseph (Mont.) figures to be the favorite to reach the final after dropping down from Group 4.

Speaking of Group 4, will Don Bosco Prep defend its title? The Ironmen will be loaded with talent this season, led by senior quarterback and Syracuse commit Tommy Devito.

For our full picks of the brackets across the state, check out our slideshow. If you're looking for all of the classifications for 2016, this link will take you to a sortable chart with playoff information for every team in the state. 

Braulio Perez may be reached at bperez@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BraulioEPerez.


Union defense preserves 13-7 victory in Snapple Bowl

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 07/21/16

, @JMartinoMyCJ 11:52 p.m. EDT July 21, 2016

WOODBRIDGE - Kyle Boyd leaped into the air Thursday night and hauled in a victory for Union County in Snapple Bowl XXIII.

Boyd, of Union High School, intercepted Middlesex quarterback Tracy Fudge (Woodbridge) with less than a minute to play to cement a 13-7 Union triumph at Woodbridge High School's Nicholas A. Priscoe Stadium.

Middlesex, which had trouble moving the ball on offense all night, found itself driving inside Union's 40-yard line before Boyd dashed any hopes for a comeback victory.

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"I was reading my man and I saw the running back sneak out of the backfield so I knew to hop on (the route) real quick," Boyd said.

Union's defense was stout all night, led by down lineman Osaheni Omokaro (Hillside), who recorded three solo sacks on his way to being named the game's MVP.

"I had to spark (the defense) up. I told the team we had to be explosive," Omokaro said. "I was trying to get off the ball as fast as possible. As soon as the ball moved, I moved."

Union tailback Guirvenson Guillaume (Linden) rushed in from three yards out with 3:23 left in the fourth quarter to give Union a 13-0 lead.

Fudge connected with his high school teammate James Modica for a 41-yard scoring strike with 2:55 left in the game. Josh Wood (Monroe) nailed the extra point to trim Middlesex's deficit to 13-7.

On the ensuing possession, Union's Andy Urness (New Providence) leaped into he air and hauled in the onside kick attempt, but Middlesex forced a punt to receive the ball with 1:40 to play.

An errant snap on a Middlesex punt attempt set up Union at its opponents' 31-yard line with less than a minute to play in the third quarter. After a 12-yard completion from quarterback Ja'quill Burch (Hillside) to receiver Kyron Paige (Elizabeth) and back-to-back carries for 10 yards from tailback Guilaume, Burch scampered in from 14 yards out, giving Union a 7-0 lead.

Union, which had lost nine of the past 10 meetings entering, including a 33-13 win in 2015, improved to 9-14 in the series.

Neither offense found its rhythm in the first half as the teams combined for six punts and just one trip to the red zone.

Union quarterback Sebastian Montesdeoca connected with Westfield receiver Jelani Pierre for 40 yards, sparking a modest six-play drive midway through the second quarter. The drive stalled three plays later, and Joe Norton (Cranford) sailed a 33-yard field goal attempt wide left.

Down lineman Christian Cardosa (J.F. Kennedy) had a sack for Middlesex.

Since its inception in 1994, the game has raised a total of $545,000 to the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside and the Lakeview School, a program of the Edison-based New Jersey Institute for Disabilities.

Coaches of the Year

As is an annual Snapple Bowl tradition, Marcus Borden, the game’s founder and director, recognized a Coach of the Year from Middlesex and Union counties.

Don Sofilkanich, who guided New Brunswick to a 9-2 record and an appearance in the NJSIAA Central Group V final, was named the Snapple Bowl’s Middlesex County Coach of the Year.

JimDeSarno, who guided Westfield to a 12-0 record en route to its first sectional title in 38 years with a 10-7 victory over Bridgewater-Raritan in the North 2 Group IV final, was named the Snapple Bowl’s Union County Coach of the Year.

Each was presented with a plaque during a halftime ceremony.


Crosstown rivals take field as teammates in Snapple Bowl XXIII

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 07/21/16

Angel D. Ospina, @AngelDOspina 11:50 p.m. EDT July 21, 2016

WOODBRIDGE- Usually when a John F. Kennedy or Colonia football player steps foot onto the historic Nicholas A. Priscoe Stadium they walk into a hostile crowd drowning them in boos.

The two schools have built a rivalry spanning over four decades with the crosstown rival Woodbridge football program, but on Thursday foes stepped onto the field as teammates and left the contest as friends.

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The Woodbridge Township student athletes played alongside one another as they represented Middlesex County in Snapple Bowl XXIII.

Andrew Roberts (JFK), James Modica (Woodbridge), Tyler Santos (Colonia), Tracy Fudge (Woodbridge), Bashir Lauderdale (Colonia), Lee Tmburello (Colonia), Nate Lanier (Woodbridge), David McDevitt (Woodbridge) and Christian Cardosa (JFK) all capped off their high school playing careers in their home township in one final game.

“It’s cool playing with the people you played against for so many years and finally being on one team,” said Fudge who started the game behind center for Middlesex. “We’re like a family,” “We came together and we just meshed immediately, we all respect each other’s talents so that’s what makes us able to play with one another.”

The all-star game consisted of the best graduated seniors from Middlesex and Union County as they squared off to raise money for Children’s Specialized Hospital and the Lakeview School, a program of the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities.

While the game was for a good cause, emotions ran high in a gritty defensive matchup that didn’t see its first score until the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Middlesex’s four game winning streak ended on Wednesday as it fell to the Union County team 13-7. Although the Middlesex team lost, the hometown players still were able to make some remarkable plays.

JFK’s Roberts awed the crowd with a 36-yard run in the first possession of the second half. Roberts scrolled to the left making a few Union defenders miss in the backfield and then used his long 6-foot-2 stride to cap off his run down the sideline.

Although the drive didn’t end in a score for Middlesex, Roberts was just glad he was able to build some relationships with players from other schools.

“It’s a great experience,” said Roberts. “We came together in seven days, all these guys are like my brothers, it’s like having a second team.”

While relationships were built from players from different teams, it was the camaraderie and familiarity between the Woodbridge teammates that saw the teams only score of the game.

Fudge connected with wide receiver Modica for a 41-yard touchdown, as Fudge rolled out to his right and found his teammate wide open in the middle of the field.

“I’m thankful he threw it to me and I’m thankful I got the score,” said Modica. “(The Woodbridge Football Program) has taught me a lot about offense and defense, but on and off the field they taught me about everything.”

McDevitt also credited the program for molding him into the man he is today. The  tough offensive lineman  grew up watching the Woodbridge football program since he was a young kid as both his brothers previously played for the Barrons while his dad stood on the sidelines as an assistant coach.

Ending his high school career with a win in front of his entire family would have been the perfect way to go out but McDevitt is just thankful he got the opportunity to play on his home field one final time.

“It’s real special, I love this field, I spent four years on it, it’s just great playing on it one more time,” said McDevitt. “I’ve been looking to playing on this field since I was four or five years old ever since I could remember I always wanted to play Woodbridge football.”

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What: MyCentralJersey.com Snapple Bowl XXIII, New Jersey's most successful charity all-star football game.

Where: Woodbridge High School.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21.

Participants: Recently graduated high school senior players and cheerleaders from Middlesex and Union counties.

About the event

Beneficiaries: All proceeds from the game, which has raised more than $535,000 since its inception, benefit Children's Specialized Hospital and the Lakeview School, a program of the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities.

Practice venues: Woodbridge High School (Middlesex County All-Stars) and Union High School (Union County All-Stars).

Key dates: Middlesex County All-Stars visit the Lakeview School in Edison and Union County All-Stars visit Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside on July 18; Snapple Bowl banquet at Pines Manor restaurant in Edison July 20.

Tickets: Can be purchased at the gate for $10 or at each practice site during practices.

Previewing the game: Leading up to Snapple Bowl XXII, the Home News Tribune, Courier News and MyCentralJersey.com will feature at least one story daily, as well as videos.

Game coverage: Look for a game story, a notebook, a Middlesex County sidebar, a Union County sidebar, an A1 story, a photo gallery and video highlights from Snapple Bowl XXII in the Home News Tribune, Courier News and at MyCentralJersey.com.

Social media: Follow us via Twitter @MyCJ_Sports and @SnappleBowl for updates and to interact with reporters and Snapple Bowl XXII game director Marcus Borden.



Notebook: Union County showcases diverse talent in Snapple Bowl XXIII

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 07/21/16

, Staff Writer 10:29 p.m. EDT July 21, 2016

WOODBRIDGE - The all-stars were picked. The playbooks were set. Visits to the Children’s Specialized Hospital and the Lakeview School had taken place. It was time for the Middlesex and Union athletes to faceoff on the gridiron for Snapple Bowl XXIII which was contested at Woodbridge High School on Thursday.

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After a four-year drought, Union was itching for a victory – and they did it. The Union squad managed to win a 13-7 thriller.

With the win, Union closed the gap to 14-9 on Middlesex’s winning record. It wasn’t until there were 13 minutes and nine seconds left in the fourth quarter that points were put on the board. Ja’quill Burch of Elizabeth ran 14 yards on a quarterback keeper to give Union the game.

Defensive battle

Through the first three quarters of Snapple Bowl XXIII the game remained scoreless, and the defenses worked tirelessly. The Union defensive ranks especially put on a show. Osaheni Omokaro of Hillside managed three sacks which earned him earned him the Snapple Bowl XXIII MVP title.

Pernell Williams of Elizabeth added a sack of his own for a 10-yard loss in the third quarter.

Local all-star

Guirvenson Guillaume of Linden High School, who was one of the top running backs in the Mid-State 38 last season, was targeted 10 times in the first half alone. In the opening half he ran for 18 yards and was also a popular weapon in the second half.

With 3:23 left in the game, Guillaume, who finished his senior season with 917 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns, ran the ball for three-yards to give Union the victory.

Guillaume said that his demeanor during practices helped him to earn his role on the field.

“I’ve done what I had to do in practice as far as leadership and being on time and doing the right things – I just wanted to help the team out as much as I could,” Guillaume said. “It means a lot to me to be here, I’ve been watching this game since I was in eighth grade so to be a part of it is very special for me.”

“The hospital visit was very touching,” Guillaume added. “To see kids that don’t have the abilities that I have and can’t do what I do every day made me really focus and see that what I have is real special.”

Last summer the Snapple Bowl set a single-game record as it raised more than $50,000 for Children’s Specialized Hospital and the Lakeview School, a program for the New Jersey Institute of Disabilities. Since its inception the game has raised more than $535,000 for the organizations.

Coach of the Year

After the Union County all-star cheerleading squad lit up the field with their lively halftime performance clad in their respective schools’ uniforms, Coach of the Year honors were announced, and Westfield got to add one more notch in its 2015-season cap.

Jim DeSarno walked away with the title, which is no surprise after the history-making season he navigated his Blue Devils through. For the first time in 38 years, Westfield earned the NJSIAA North 2 Group V championship when it just squeaked by Bridgewater-Raritan in a 10-7 battle. The Blue Devils finished the season undefeated to make 2015.

In Snapple Bowl XXIII Westfield once again showed its talents. Midway through the second quarter Westfield alumnus Jelani Pierre caught a 40 yard pass to put the Union squad in scoring position, although Norton’s field goal attempt proved fruitless as it sailed wide of the uprights. Brett Robertshaw also represented the Blue Devils as he made a clutch third quarter tackle for a two-yard loss.


Rivalries refocused in Snapple Bowl

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 07/21/16

Andy Mendlowitz, @andy_mendlowitz 8:32 p.m. EDT July 21, 2016

WOODBRIDGE - On Thanksgiving, they’re more likely to tackle each other than share cranberry sauce. But on Thursday, autumn foes came together as teammates in Snapple Bowl XXIII at Nicholas A. Priscoe Stadium.

The annual summertime game for charity draws allegiances down Middlesex and Union county lines — one of the charms of the event. Perhaps strange at first, players soon find out it isn't so bad playing alongside school rivals.

“Definitely, playing with Metuchen and South River, it was cool not hating them,” Highland Park receiver Noah Pointer said with a laugh. “They’re cool dudes. It was pretty cool playing with them.”

Highland Park and Metuchen, smaller schools 15 minutes apart along Route 27, have tussled since 1937. In another longtime Middlesex County series, Carteret has played Perth Amboy 89 times. In Union County, Plainfield and Westfield first met in 1900 and have played every year since, except for a dozen times before 1944. Other longtime Union County rivalries include Roselle vs. Roselle Park and Linden against Union.

Beyond natural rivalries that span generations, the game features opponents who faced off during the scholastic season.

“It’s interesting over the years to see the kids that compete against each other during the regular season,” said Scott Miller, Union coordinator and head coach at Brearley. “They’re big rivals, but once we get here, it seems like there’s that mutual respect that they have for each other regardless of what school they’re from. … I think the kids really enjoy it because we haven’t had any issues since I’ve been doing this, and I’ve been doing this for about 12 years now. It just seems that the kids seem to jell.”

Family ties

Bill Nyers, Middlesex's offensive coordinator, can mark all the years through the Snapple Bowl's history. Nyers’ son Anthony was born around Snapple Bowl I. Nyers first coached in Snapple Bowl II. Father and son have a picture taken together at Snapple Bowl V. Now, in the 23rd game, 22-year-old Anthony coached alongside his father.

“Being able to work together in the all-star game is pretty cool,” said Bill Nyers, who stepped down as Woodbridge’s head coach this past winter. “It’s pretty neat.”

Anthony Nyers is Woodbridge's all-time leading receiver (2008-11). He went on to play at East Stroudsburg and Kean universities. After a knee injury ended his career, he joined the Woodbridge coaching staff in the middle of last season. He’s now the team’s offensive coordinator while finishing his degree at Kean. Although he's been around football his entire life, Anthony said he didn’t think about coaching until he finished playing.

Nyers’ brother Rich is also a longtime coach who is formerly the head skipper at J.F. Kennedy.

“It’s pretty much the topic of conversation every time we sit down,” Bill Nyers said.  “Now it’s even more so that he’s doing the X’s and O’s. I’m very proud of Anthony. Just what he did in high school and in college and the fact that he’s continuing on the family tree and coaching. It means a lot.”

The future generation

The youngest Snapple Bowl team member is smaller than a football. Six-month-old Makayla Plancher was at Middlesex practices last week wearing her pink onesie that flashed her name and “Middlesex Snapple Bowl cheerleader” on it. The bowl’s founder and organizer, Marcus Borden, also got her one for next year, size 18 months. She posed for pictures with the cheerleaders, including a shot in which she tried to eat the football.

Like the Nyers, Makayla has a Snapple Bowl lineage. In 2000, her mother, Marissa Plancher, was a sophomore in Borden’s Spanish class at East Brunswick High School when he asked if anyone wanted to volunteer for the Snapple Bowl. Seventeen years later, Plancher is still going strong. She hasn’t missed a game in that span doing important behind-the-scenes work, as well as visiting the Lakeview School, a program of the Edison-based New Jersey Institute for Disabilities, with the players.

“This is the highlight of my summer,” Plancher said. “This is what I look forward to every year. And now that I have a child of my own, it makes you appreciate the little things, but it’s something that I can establish with her to show her to be grateful for everything and to show her how to help others. It’s nice to be able to give back and to show others your appreciation.”

One more snap

On July 12, Westfield’s Jelani Pierre was helping at a youth basketball camp when he looked up and saw Blue Devils football coach Jim DeSarno, who is also Union’s offensive coordinator. Turns out, the team needed another receiver. Before he knew it, Pierre was at practice that night.

Pierre used the word “surreal” to describe the turn of events and said, “I’m really glad that I got added.”

He just figured his football career was over after the Blue Devils won the NJSIAA North 2 Group V title with a 10-7 win over Bridgewater-Raritan at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 3.

“It was fun,” Pierre said of his season. “This is my first year starting, so I wanted to go out with a bang, and we won the championship, so it was a blast.”

For the record, it’s not like Pierre exactly got soft during the summer. He’s been working out in preparation for joining Iona College’s track and field team as a sprinter and long jumper. This spring, he helped Westfield win the Union County Relays, which snapped Union Catholic’s five-year championship run. In the North 2 Group IV sectional, Pierre won the long jump.

All-around athletes

In addition to Pierre, the Snapple Bowl featured several players who also earned star status in other sports. They included Sayreville offensive lineman Anthony Porcaro, who finished fourth this past winter in the NJSIAA Individual Wrestling Tournament at heavyweight, and New Providence’s Andy Urness, who took fifth in the javelin at the spring Meet of Champions with a throw of 186-06.

Familiar coin toss

Lakeview School alumnus George Prenderville, a familiar site on the sidelines, has attended every Snapple Bowl game and pregame banquet.

Prenderville was back on the field yet again Thursday night, this time participating in the opening coin toss.


Snapple Bowl: Banquet inspires the teams

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 07/20/16

Andy Mendlowitz, andy_mendlowitz 9:50 p.m. EDT July 20, 2016

EDISON - It was a like a pep rally showed up to the prom.

Football players wore fashionable ties and shiny earrings, slicked hair with blue-greenish dress shirts. Cheerleaders sported high heels and spiffy dresses and took pictures in the lobby. Wednesday, the annual banquet before the Snapple Bowl at the Pines Manor had an elegant feel, “Congratulations” balloons included.

By the end, the players were ready to shed their dress pants to throw elbows in the trenches and smash into one another over the middle. The Snapple Bowl has always been more than an all-star football game between recently graduated seniors from Middlesex County and Union County. From its inception in 1994, the game has raised a total of $545,000 to the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside and the Lakeview School, a program of the Edison-based New Jersey Institute for Disabilities.

The lead-up to Thursday's 7 p.m. game at Woodbridge High School included an opening press conference, practices, a spirit night after the final practice and visits from both teams to mingle with patients from both programs. Organizers hope this year the game will beat the record of $50,000 for one game.

“It’s an event,” said Marcus Borden, the former longtime football coach at East Brunswick and the game’s founder. “There are a lot of events that involve around it. ... The reality is, we have pride in both counties who want to win the game. But when you walk off the field, you also know that the real winners are the kids”

Wednesday at the banquet, Venus Majeski, who is the institute’s director of development and community relations, addressed the audience, which included many of the team members’ mothers and fathers. She said the parents should be proud of their children for visiting the patients of both care facilities on Monday.

“They brought the gifts of themselves,” she said. “And they truly are our heroes. They brought goodness; they brought funny stories; they brought a little bit of mischief. But most of all, they brought their friendship. … I think you should all be very, very proud of them. You made a difference in a big way. This is just not about a game, it’s about a community. It’s not just about Middlesex and Union, it’s about the future. It really is that big. And now you know what this is all about.”

Her voice soon cracked.

“On behalf of those children who cannot speak and mothers who love them, I thank you,” she went on. “I thank each and every one of you for your beauty and for your grace, and for the gifts that you have shared with us. Go out, yes, have a wonderful game, and Middlesex County, what do you know, you’re bringing home that victory tomorrow night.”

Cheers, whistles and “whoo-whoos” erupted from the Middlesex side. The other side responded with chants of, “Union! Union! Union!”

The next speaker, Sara MacDuff from Children’s Specialized Hospital, also thanked everyone and said: “I just want to say to you guys, you’re truly an inspiration to them because your determination, your drive, your willingness to put in the hard work—it shows them that anything that they dream of really, truly is possible if they put their mind to it. Whether it’s learning to say their first word, learning to take that first step, whatever it might be for them, and you guys really do inspire them.”

She then brought a message from an outgoing patient that won the hearts of the football players and cheerleaders on Monday’s visit. MacDuff noted: “I’m sure you’ll all remember our little mayor on the long term care unit, Joffre. He had a special message for you guys. He said he’s ready for a Union win. So let’s go Union!”

Of course, both sides let out noise.

The cheerleaders from each team were announced and received roses by the front stage. Next up, the players got their game jerseys.

It was on.

From a football standpoint, the series was even until recently. Middlesex has won nine of the past 10 meetings, including a 33-13 win in 2015. Middlesex holds a 14-8 edge since the first meeting in 1994. When it comes to state champions from last fall, however, Union County had more with Cranford (North 2 Group III) and Westfield (North 2 Group V) both winning sectional crowns. Additionally, Brearley reached the North II Group I final before losing 34-12 to Hoboken. In Middlesex County, South Brunswick beat Old Bridge to win the Central Group V title.

There may not be a natural rivalry between Middlesex and Union football. There aren’t many nonconference regular-season games, as the Middlesex teams typically play against Shore Conference opponents. But through the years, the game has taken on meaning from a football standpoint.

“I think what it really comes down to is that there’s a lot of pride in Union County football,” said Cranford High School head coach Erik Rosenmeier, who is the Union team’s defensive coordinator. “I think every school wants to be the best in their county. But when that’s all over, it’s about showing that you play the best football around, because the opponents that we play against are here together on the field. So if we feel that we play good football, then we have to prove it as a group and measure ourselves up against another county. And I think that’s where the rivalry comes in. It’s pride in our own. Pride in Union. And I think that that’s what we want to prove.”


Snapple Bowl: Woodbridge duo raises money for children's charities

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 07/17/16

Andy Mendlowitz, @andy_mendlowitz 5:02 a.m. EDT July 17, 2016

Autograph seekers stop him at 7-Eleven. He’ll get noticed at the malls. Really, anywhere around Woodbridge, and there’s a chance for a handshake and a hello. Plus, no doubt, a photo op.

“He’s almost like an icon around town, actually,” said David McDevitt, a recently graduated Woodbridge High School football player. “So many people know him.”

That icon isn’t a star from the playing fields or a local singer who made it big. Rather, it’s someone famed for rallying others — the school’s mascot Johnathon O'Halloran, aka The Barron. Unlike many mascots decked in a costume such as a Tiger or a Bear, O'Halloran merely wears a tuxedo with a red bow tie and cumberbund. He’ll dangle a cane and flex a top hat. Everyone sees his face. Threads aside, it’s his enthusiasm that makes fans remember him.

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“We’ve always had students who would dress up and try to rally the crowds at football and basketball games,” Woodbridge athletic director Joe Ward said. “Johnathon took it to another level without us even asking him to do that. Now, he will attend alumni functions and go to elementary schools when they have some kind of pep rally. So he’s made this a community-wide event. He’s just amazing.”

Repeating success

O'Halloran won the mascot challenge at last year’s Snapple Bowl, a charity all-star football game that pits graduated seniors from Middlesex County against Union County. Proceeds go to the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside and the Lakeview School, a program of the Edison-based New Jersey Institute for Disabilities.

As part of the challenge in 2015, O’Halloran raised $2,525. After visiting the Lakeview School with the Middlesex team and seeing the joy on the patients’ faces, he was inspired to raise even more this year. McDevitt, an offensive tackle selected for the game, has also embraced the fundraising aspect. Together, the duo has brought in $7,000 as of last weekend with the totals still coming in before the July 21st game at Woodbridge High School.

Additionally, O’Halloran, who recently graduated from Woodbridge High School, set up a Spirit Night at the Chick-fil-A restaurant on St. Georges Ave. in the township. On July 19, 20 percent of the proceeds from each order from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. will go to the Snapple Bowl charities.

“When you have great charities behind it,” Ward said, “that’s just an additional driving force for what these kids are all about. They’re about doing things all the way. And it’s such an easy thing to want to get behind and really push.”

O’Halloran didn’t set out to become a mini-celebrity. He simply approached Woodbridge High School principal Glenn Lottmann after noticing the school didn’t have a mascot at the football opener his junior year. As it was, he’d often attend sporting events and, as he put it, “I would say I was the loudest fan even before I put on the top hat.”

The rest is school spirit history. It became a three-season commitment, for home and away games. Woodbridge High School's Class of 1965 requested The Barron for their reunion weekend last year. Two days before the Snapple Bowl, he will be at a classic car contest on Woodbridge’s Main Street.

“I cannot go out any day of the week to a public place without somebody recognizing the face,” said Halloran, who added that his friends tease him when he gets stopped. “It’s a lot more of a public image than I could ever have imagined. At the beginning it was a little tricky, just sort of getting used to it. After a few weeks, though, it didn’t bother me anymore.”

During football games, he’ll run around and ride in a golf cart. It’s just not your typical plain white cart, mind you. He spruced it up with black and red paint with the Barron Mobile in gold letters. He also raised money for a t-shirt launcher.

“He’s a fundraising machine, that guy,” McDevitt said. “He’s pretty outgoing even without the top hat and cane. He’s always saying hello to people and making sure that people are doing the right thing.”

Making it work

The 5-foot-10, 150-pound O’Halloran doesn’t exactly transform from Mr. Shy Guy to The Barron when he throws on that top hat.

“In this instance, Clark Kent and Superman are the same person,” he said. “I like to think I’m not too different on the field than off.”

Along the way, he’s discovered tricks of the trade such as storing hand warmers on cold autumn nights under his belt behind the tails of his suit jacket. He’ll even perform with the cheerleaders, getting lifted in the air, sans the cane, during halftime shows.

“That is one thing I never thought that I would ever say that I had to do when I started high school,” he said. “’Can’t do this, got to go to the cheerleading practice.’”

He hopes to continue his mascot career when he attends Xavier University in Cincinnati in the fall. O’Halloran, who is majoring in communications with a specialization in sports journalism, intends to try out to become Xavier’s mascot, D'Artagnan the Musketeer.

Like O’Halloran, McDevitt is used to helping others. As Woodbridge’s left tackle, he’s protected quarterback Tracy Fudge in the team’s explosive offense the past two seasons. With the Snapple Bowl run up, forget football, he’s thrilled to be helping the children.

“The game is more secondary,” he said. “I’d rather just help the community out. I think it’s just such a good cause. I just feel like that my heart goes out to all these kids. I just want to do as much as I can to help them.”

He’s found that fundraising takes work, whether it’s through getting donations online or by selling ads.

“Most people put up their GoFundMe page and they don’t advertise it,” he said. “You got to really sell it to people. People will hear about it and say, ‘Oh, we should donate a couple bucks here or there.’ Then it will be right out of their minds. You got to keep selling it and bringing it to people.”

The 6-4, 240-pound McDevitt, whose two older brothers both played football for Woodbridge High School, is heading to Rowan University as a business major. He’s initially not playing football, but may try out for the team next spring. Now, would McDevitt ever want to be a mascot once he hits campus?

“Could be,” he said laughing. “Possibly. Anything’s possible.”

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What: MyCentralJersey.com Snapple Bowl XXIII, New Jersey's most successful charity all-star football game.

Where: Woodbridge High School.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21.

Participants: Recently graduated high school senior players and cheerleaders from Middlesex and Union counties.

About the event

Beneficiaries: All proceeds from the game, which has raised more than $535,000 since its inception, benefit Children's Specialized Hospital and the Lakeview School, a program of the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities.

Practice venues: Woodbridge High School (Middlesex County All-Stars) and Union High School (Union County All-Stars).

Key dates: Middlesex County All-Stars visit the Lakeview School in Edison and Union County All-Stars visit Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside on July 18; Snapple Bowl banquet at Pines Manor restaurant in Edison July 20.

Tickets: Can be purchased at the gate for $10 or at each practice site during practices.

Previewing the game: Leading up to Snapple Bowl XXII, the Home News Tribune, Courier News and MyCentralJersey.com will feature at least one story daily, as well as videos.

Game coverage: Look for a game story, a notebook, a Middlesex County sidebar, a Union County sidebar, an A1 story, a photo gallery and video highlights from Snapple Bowl XXII in the Home News Tribune, Courier News and at MyCentralJersey.com.

Social media: Follow us via Twitter @MyCJ_Sports and @SnappleBowl for updates and to interact with reporters and Snapple Bowl XXII game director Marcus Borden.

MyCentralJersey.com Snapple Bowl XXII official web site: Can be found at https://worknotes.com/NJ/SouthRiver/SnappleBowl/


Middlesex County cheerleaders keep Snapple Bowl tradition alive

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 07/15/16

Alyssa Davis, @AlyssaM_Davis 9:01 a.m. EDT July 15, 2016

WOODBRIDGE - Of the 40 Middlesex County cheerleaders that met on Monday at Woodbridge High School to begin manicuring their chants and routine before taking part in the mid-summer tradition of MyCentralJersey.com’s Snapple Bowl, three congregated to follow a family tradition, as well.

Samantha Jaurez, Devin Lissy and Olivia Anderson each have siblings that participated in previous Snapple Bowls.

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Anderson, who will cheer in Snapple Bowl XXIII on her home turf at Barrons Stadium on July 21, is the younger sister of Kyle Anderson who split time as quarterback in Snapple Bowl XIX (2012) and went on to fill the back-up quarterback role at The College of New Jersey before he was moved to wide receiver.

“He’s really excited because it’s going to be on our home field,” Olivia Anderson said about her brother’s sentiments. “He was like ‘oh my gosh, it’s going to be so different watching you, it’s going to be so much fun.’”

“I have always wanted to do it because I knew the cause it was going out to and I knew how important that was - I’m really excited to meet the kids,” Anderson, who will cheer for the University of Delaware beginning this fall, said of the Middlesex County squad’s pending visit to the Lakeview School. “It’s good to see where all of this is going to.”

All proceeds of the Snapple Bowl benefit Children's Specialized Hospital and the Lakeview School, a program of the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities.

Last year, Bishop Ahr’s Juarez sat in the stands of Kean University’s Alumni Stadium and watched as her sister Jenna represented Middlesex. Middlesex High School’s Lissy did the same in 2012 from the East Brunswick High School bleachers as her sister Tomi Lee donned Middlesex County colors.

“I get to follow in her footsteps, but do my own thing while keeping the tradition,” Samantha Jaurez said. “It’s definitely a really nice feeling to be picked for this, especially because of the cause it’s going for. When my coaches told me that they were going to send me to (the Snapple Bowl) I was really excited and it’s a really nice feeling knowing that we’ll be helping out the Lakeview school, and those kids will get something better from this.”

Sporting navy blue T-shirts with the words “Middlesex All-Star Cheer” in orange across the front and the Snapple Bowl logo on the back, cheerleaders from 20 Greater Middlesex Conference schools practiced together for the first time. Despite the unfamiliarity of the coaches, teammates and routine, the girls looked incredibly poised.

Middlesex County squad coaches Colleen Meyers and Jackie Cassidy, who teach and coach at Spotswood High School, both agreed that the girls looked “fantastic.”

“Their tumbling skills are probably one of the most elite that we’ve had as a whole,” Cassidy, who cheered in the charity all-star classic in 2008, said.

“There is a lot of standing tucks and there is going to be a lot of action that we’re going to be able to do in this dance,” Meyers, who has coached the Middlesex County team for over two decades, added.

The two-minute, half-time routine - which is choreographed to a mashup of popular Top 40 hits including Adele’s Hello, Drake’s Hotline Bling, Fetty Wap’s 679 and many more - will start with tumbling passes before transitioning into a synchronized dance.

The all-star cheerleaders will showcase their talents from the sidelines as well, where they will thrill Middlesex County fans with a variety of chants.

TAKE PART

What: MyCentralJersey.com Snapple Bowl XXIII, New Jersey's most successful charity all-star football game.

Where: Woodbridge High School.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21.

Participants: Recently graduated high school senior players and cheerleaders from Middlesex and Union counties.

About the event

Beneficiaries: All proceeds from the game, which has raised more than $535,000 since its inception, benefit Children's Specialized Hospital and the Lakeview School, a program of the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities.

Practice venues: Woodbridge High School (Middlesex County All-Stars) and Union High School (Union County All-Stars).

Key dates: Middlesex County All-Stars visit the Lakeview School in Edison and Union County All-Stars visit Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside on July 18; Snapple Bowl banquet at Pines Manor restaurant in Edison July 20.

Tickets: Can be purchased at the gate for $10 or at each practice site during practices.

Previewing the game: Leading up to Snapple Bowl XXII, the Home News Tribune, Courier News and MyCentralJersey.com will feature at least one story daily, as well as videos.

Game coverage: Look for a game story, a notebook, a Middlesex County sidebar, a Union County sidebar, an A1 story, a photo gallery and video highlights from Snapple Bowl XXII in the Home News Tribune, Courier News and at MyCentralJersey.com.

Social media: Follow us via Twitter @MyCJ_Sports and @SnappleBowl for updates and to interact with reporters and Snapple Bowl XXII game director Marcus Borden.

MyCentralJersey.com Snapple Bowl XXII official web site: Can be found at https://worknotes.com/NJ/SouthRiver/SnappleBowl/


South River's Nigro ready to showcase talent at Snapple Bowl

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 07/14/16

, @laurenknego 8:13 p.m. EDT July 13, 2016

South River's Mario Nigro has been looking forward to playing in the Snapple Bowl since high school season ended in November, and the recently graduated senior can't wait to represent his town.

Nigro played quarterback for the Rams this past season and threw for 883 yards, rushed for 1,173 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. But at Snapple Bowl XXIII, Nigro will be on the other side of the ball as an outside linebacker.

MORE: SNAPPLE BOWL PRACTICES GET UNDERWAY

"He brings a lot of toughness on both sides of the ball, playing quarterback for us this year he accounted for almost 2,000 yards of offense on a 3-7 team, a very young team, so he really put the offense on his back and he’s done an incredible job for us," South River football coach Rich Marchesi said. "He’s a tough kid."

Nigro will line up with the other Middlesex All-Stars when Snapple Bowl XXIII kicks off at 7 p.m. July 21  at Woodbridge High School. The game, which stars recently graduated seniors, pits a Middlesex County team against a Union County team to raise money for the Children's Specialized Hospital and the Lakeview School, a program of the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities. The game has raised more than $535,000 since its inception.

"Throughout the season I was always looking forward to it," Nigro said of participating in the Snapple Bowl. "I was excited because at the time I knew I would be the only one from my town and it’s an honor to represent my town. I just bring a love of the game, I go out every play and do what I can and help the team win."

RELATED: UNION COUNTY PREPS FOR SNAPPLE BOWL 

Last season the Middlesex County All-Stars won their fourth-straight Snapple Bowl title with a 33-13 victory over Union County, and the Middlesex team is looking to keep the streak going.

Nigro will be joined by some of the top talent from Middlesex County, including Woodbridge quarterback Tracy Fudge, who threw for 1,495 yards and 17 touchdowns this past season, and New Brunswick running back Samad Davila, who rushed for 1,333 yards in 2015. Other linebackers include Sayreville's Corey Clark, New Brunswick's Josemar Contreras, Bishop Ahr's Robert Gee and Dane Lupton, Bashir Lauderdale from Colonia and Metuchen's Jarett Sims.

"(Practices) have been good, everything we do it based on position, so I’ve been working with the linebackers. It’s been a fun time for all of us, getting together from different towns and getting to know each other, having fun," Nigro said. "We’re all representing Middlesex County, so we all go out and play hard. We expect to win; we all want to win."

While players from both teams will be looking to do their part to help their teams win on July 21, they also realize that the Snapple Bowl isn't just a football game. Players and cheerleaders from both  teams will be visiting the Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside and the Lakeview School prior to the game.

"Coach (Marcus) Borden talks about it every day, how much of an honor it is to raise money and go to the hospital," Nigro said. "It’s just an awesome experience, and he tells us how it’s going to change our lives."

Staff Writer Lauren Knego: lknego@gannettnj.com; on Twitter: @laurenknego

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What: MyCentralJersey.com Snapple Bowl XXIII, New Jersey's most successful charity all-star football game.

Where: Woodbridge High School.

When: 7 p.m. , July 21.

Participants: Recently graduated high school senior players and cheerleaders from Middlesex and Union Counties.

About the event

Beneficiaries: All proceeds from the game, which has raised more than $535,000 since its inception, benefit the Children's Specialized Hospital and the Lakeview School, a program of the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities.

Practice venues: Woodbridge High School (Middlesex County All-Stars) and Union High School (Union County All-Stars).

Key dates: Middlesex County All-Stars visit the Lakeview School in Edison and Union County All-Stars visit Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside on July 18; Snapple Bowl banquet at Pines Manor restaurant in Edison July 20.

Tickets: Can be purchased at the gate for $10 or at each practice site during practices.

Previewing the game: Leading up to Snapple Bowl XXII, the Home News Tribune, Courier News and MyCentralJersey.com will feature at least one story daily, as well as videos.

Game coverage: Look for a game story, a notebook, a Middlesex County sidebar, a Union County sidebar, an A1 story, a photo gallery and video highlights from Snapple Bowl XXII in the Home News Tribune, Courier News and at MyCentralJersey.com.

Social media: Follow us via Twitter @MyCJ_Sports and @SnappleBowl for updates and to interact with reporters and Snapple Bowl XXII game director Marcus Borden.

MyCentralJersey.com Snapple Bowl XXII official web site: Can be found at https://worknotes.com/NJ/SouthRiver/SnappleBowl/


Snapple Bowl practices get underway

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 07/12/16

Andy Mendlowitz, @andy_mendlowitz 10:44 p.m. EDT July 11, 2016

WOODBRIDGE — Marcel Mason has heard all the taunts directed to him out on the football field.

“Of course, they try to get in your head,” said Mason, who recently graduated from Piscataway High School. “That’s what they do on the field. They’ll be like, ‘Oh little man this. Little man that.’ But I don’t do nothing. I go out there — I strap it up. I do what I got to do.”

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And that’s usually giving his team a speedy lift. Yes, all body types have roles in football, and Mason, listed at 5-foot-7, 160 pounds, has been a valuable shifty, change-of-pace running back and punt returner for the Chiefs.

Monday, he was the smallest guy out there as practices started for Snapple Bowl XXIII, which takes place at Woodbridge High School on July 21 at 7 p.m. The annual all-star charity game pits graduating seniors from Middlesex County against Union County. All proceeds from the game benefit Children’s Specialized Hospital and the Lakeview School, a program of the Edison-based New Jersey Institute for Disabilities. The current cumulative total from the series is $535,000 and counting.

Monday, Union practiced at Union High School. Mason and the Middlesex team was out at Woodbridge High School. Mason understood his role for perennial power Piscataway. Elijah Barnwell was the lead and rushed for 1,743 yards on 248 carries. Mason gave his team a lift off the sidelines.

Among his highlights was setting a school record when he returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown in a 42-7 win against East Brunswick last September. As far as being the little guy, Mason said it’s something he takes pride in.

“I don’t let that get to me,” Mason said. “I come out here to compete. The size never matters to me. I’ve been small my whole life so that never made a difference. I was always the smallest. I don’t let it affect me.”

He’ll be joined in the backfield by three power runner types who burst through the gaps with no worries. New Brunswick’s Samad Davila (6-1, 205) gained 1,333 yards on 189 carries during the season; South Plainfield’s Jason Lee (6-1, 215) rushed for 1,011 yards on 201 carries; and Middlesex’s Ryan Coke (6-0, 195) went for 1,069 yards on 134 carries.

Indeed, nobody called ever called Lee “little” between the lines.

“My coach called me a horse,” said Lee, as he described his style. “Just more a downhill runner. Doesn’t really cut too much, but he will lower his shoulder.”

But that doesn’t mean that Lee didn’t compile some highlight film-type of runs. He noted with a laugh, “Oh, I got a couple nice moves.”

One of the charms of an all-star game is that opponents in the fall now get to know one another and back each other up.

“It’s fun because now you go from talking trash to these guys and playing against them,” Lee said, “to now you’re on the same team and you got put a smile on your face, play for each other.”

The runners will get protection by a big wall. On pure size, East Brunswick’s offensive guard Yousef   Abohend (6-3, 310) and Spotswood tackle Lou Vacca (6-1, 300) lead the way. They’re joined by centers Christian Napolitano (6-1, 250) of South Brunswick and Danny Santiago (5-10, 250) of Perth Amboy. Rounding out the line are guards Mike Diakunczak of Edison (5-10, 265) and Esberth Pereyra of North Brunswick (5-10, 255), and tackles David McDevitt of Woodbridge (6-4, 240) and Anthony Porcaro of Sayreville (6-4, 260).

Of course, they’re more than just sheer girth—they’re excellent athletes who has the technique down. For example, Porcaro was the Home News Tribune’s Wrestler of the Year after finishing fourth at heavyweight in the NJSIAA Individual Championships at Atlantic City.

Guiding those runners will be Middlesex’s offensive coordinator Bill Nyers, who is a Snapple Bowl trivia answer. The question—Who’s the only coach to have served both teams?

Nyers was on the Union sideline as Plainfield’s head coach, and Middlesex when he was Woodbridge’s head coach. He stepped down as Woodbridge’s coach in December to deal with the lingering effects of kidney cancer. Nyers has devoted hours and hours to the Woodbridge football program and developing young men. He played offensive guard and linebacker for the Barrons in the early 1980s. He was Woodbridge’s head coach from 1994 to 2002 and returned in 2012 after a six-year stint as Kean University’s offensive coordinator.

His son Anthony (who played  from 2008-2011) is the school’s all-time leading receiver and is currently Woodbridge’s offensive coordinator. His daughter, Brittany, was a cheerleader and softball player and other son Nick is a junior football player for the Barrons.

Monday, his son joined his father as an assistant.

“It’s a great thing,” Nyers said.

As far as the offensive talent, Nyers liked what he saw.

“For a first day, I can’t complain,” Nyers said. “They did everything. They were attentive. And that’s the big thing, when you got real nice kids—you’ll be all right. They’re good kids. They worked hard tonight. I was really happy for them.”

TAKE PART

What: MyCentralJersey.com Snapple Bowl XXIII, New Jersey's most successful charity all-star football game.

Where: Woodbridge High School.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21.

Participants: Recently graduated high school senior players and cheerleaders from Middlesex and Union counties.

About the event

Beneficiaries: All proceeds from the game, which has raised more than $535,000 since its inception, benefit Children's Specialized Hospital and the Lakeview School, a program of the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities.

Practice venues: Woodbridge High School (Middlesex County All-Stars) and Union High School (Union County All-Stars).

Key dates: Middlesex County All-Stars visit the Lakeview School in Edison and Union County All-Stars visit Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside on July 18; Snapple Bowl banquet at Pines Manor restaurant in Edison July 20.

Tickets: Can be purchased at the gate for $10 or at each practice site during practices.

Previewing the game: Leading up to Snapple Bowl XXII, the Home News Tribune, Courier News and MyCentralJersey.com will feature at least one story daily, as well as videos.

Game coverage: Look for a game story, a notebook, a Middlesex County sidebar, a Union County sidebar, an A1 story, a photo gallery and video highlights from Snapple Bowl XXII in the Home News Tribune, Courier News and at MyCentralJersey.com.

Social media: Follow us via Twitter @MyCJ_Sports and @SnappleBowl for updates and to interact with reporters and Snapple Bowl XXII game director Marcus Borden.

MyCentralJersey.com Snapple Bowl XXII official web site: Can be found at https://worknotes.com/NJ/SouthRiver/SnappleBowl/


Fudge and Roberts to star in Snapple Bowl

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 07/11/16

STAFF VIDEO BY GREG TUFARO
http://www.mycentraljersey.com/videos/sports/high-school/football/2016/07/11/86737526/

Snapple Bowl XXIII players and cheerleaders unveiled at press conference

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 05/16/16

Greg Tufaro, @GregTufaro 8:31 p.m. EDT May 16, 2016


Woodbridge participants, from left, coach Bill Nyers, Tracy Fudge, Jr., Anthony Nyers, Olivia Anderson, James Monica, Johnathon O'Halloran, David McDevitt, Brielle Small, Nate Lanier, and Woodbridge High School principal Glenn Rottmann, at the MyCentralJersey.com Snapple Bowl press conference at North Brunswick High School on May 16, 2016. (Photo: Keith Muccilli/ Staff)Buy Photo

EDITOR'S NOTE: A photo gallery and video will be added to this page ASAP, so please consider revisiting it later tonight.

By the very nature of his position, Woodbridge High School offensive lineman David McDevitt often sacrifices for the good of others, so his philanthropic efforts off the field shouldn’t come as a complete surprise.

Still, Marcus Borden, founder and director of the MyCentralJersey.com Snapple Bowl, a charity all-star football game between recently graduated seniors from Middlesex and Union counties, was "amazed" to learn prior to Monday’s press conference at North Brunswick High School announcing players and cheerleaders for the 23rd annual installment of the summer classic that McDevitt had already raised nearly $2,000 for the beneficiaries.

“He’s on a path to break the individual record,” said Borden, noting that Johnathon O'Halloran, another Woodbridge senior, set the fundraising standard for participants a year ago, raising more than $2,500 as the winner of the Snapple Bowl’s inaugural Mascot Challenge.

Last summer, the Snapple Bowl set a single-game record, raising more than $50,000 for Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside and the Edison-based Lakeview School, a program of the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities. Since its inception, the game has raised more than $535,000.

McDevitt was among the more than 160 players and cheerleaders from both counties who were introduced – along with representatives from the game’s sponsors and beneficiaries – Monday night.

During game week, players and cheerleaders will visit children from both charities, which has proved over the years to be a life-altering experience for many Snapple Bowl participants, leading some to even pursue careers as special education teachers. Each county will conduct the first of seven practices at Woodbridge (Middlesex) and Union (Union) high schools on July 11. Players and cheerleaders from both sides will gather for the annual Snapple Bowl banquet at the Pines Manor on July 20.

Middlesex leads the series 14-8 and has won nine of the past 10 Snapple Bowls including last summer’s 33-13 victory. Five of the past 11 meetings have been decided by a touchdown or less.

Upon learning in late February that he had been selected to play in the game, McDevitt created a GoFundMe page, on which he wrote, in part: “I was lucky in life and provided with a healthy mind and body. There are those that are not so lucky … I want to ensure that this year’s game generates a new record in donations by asking my family, friends, neighbors and strangers to donate whatever they are comfortable with … everything raised will benefit the Children's Specialized Hospital and the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities.”

"What a great example to use, as well as Johnathon last year taking the Snapple Bowl by storm," said Woodbridge High School principal Glenn Lottmann of O'Halloran and McDevitt, noting both seniors benefit from the support of the school-community. "That's what our school does. That's why I love our school so much. Everyone gives, and that's why it's a special place. I'm thankful that outsiders see it."

McDevitt's impressive fundraising campaign is as much a reflection of the student-athlete as it is of the Woodbridge school-community as a whole. Borden said he is elated that the Barrons are hosting Snapple Bowl XXIII at recently renovated Nicholas A. Priscoe Stadium on July 21 at 7 p.m.

“The thing that’s got me excited is the enthusiasm in the school and the community and those who have already reached out to me,” Borden said of recent conversations with officials from the township and high school, including Lottmann. “Glenn is so enthusiastic. He’s always pumped about his school, and how they rally around each other is just phenomenal. It’s going to be exciting that he’s leading the charge.”

The Woodbridge school-community, according to high school athletics director Joe Ward, is equally enthused about the opportunity to host the game.

“Everybody is excited, from the football program to the parents club to the Pop Warner, the mayor and our school administration,” Ward said. “It’s an honor to host a prestigious event like the Snapple Bowl and have all the best players and cheerleaders from Middlesex and Union counties come to the school and see what first-class facilities we have here.”

Woodbridge Township used $9.89 million in property-in-lieu of taxes (PILOT) funding to upgrade facilities for athletics and extracurricular activities district-wide including, but not limited to, the installation of synthetic turf football and baseball fields at J.F. Kennedy and Colonia high schools and a complete overhaul of Priscoe Stadium.

Improvements to the stadium, originally built in 1948, include the demolition of the white concrete home stands, which were replaced by red and black metal bleachers that reflect the school’s colors, a larger athletic trainer’s room, a revitalized coach’s office equipped with ceiling projectors and white boards, a beautified locker room, new public restrooms, wheelchair ramps for handicap access to the venue, a new press box and internet access.

Players will look as sharp as the field on which they are competing. Borden also unveiled that Snapple Bowl participants will be the first in the country to wear Nike’s new power vapor jersey. The uniforms were on display during the press conference.

Venus Majeski, director of development and community relations at the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities, captivated the players, cheerleaders and their parents who attended Monday's press conference with a prophetic message.

"You truly don't realize that you are a part of something so much bigger than yourself, and so much larger than your school and so much larger than your own community because you are taking a bold step forward and saying, 'I am going to make a difference in the life of child,' " Majeski said. "You won't understand it today. When I see you at the banquet (on the eve of Snapple Bowl XXIII), then you will know because (by then) you will have visited the Lakeview School and Children's Specialized Hospital."

Majeski told the Snapple Bowl participants that the game will "make a difference in how the world prepares you for" the future and that the game will be "a life-changing experience."

This year’s goal, Borden said, is to sell 5,000 tickets for the Snapple Bowl, which drew approximately 3,500 spectators at Kean University last summer. Those who can’t attend the game will be able to watch a rebroadcast of it in its entirety, courtesy of The Woodbridge Channels.

Borden said he has assembled an all-star lineup of game sponsors and media partners including Autoland of Route 22 in Springfield, the Pines Manor, Snapple, FIJI Water, Bai, Sports Paradise, the Home News Tribune, the Courier News and MyCentralJersey.com.

“I really believe we can fill that place,” Borden said of Priscoe Stadium. “I believe that we can break a record.”

MIDDLESEX ALL-STAR PLAYERS (listed alphabetically by player's name)

Yousef Abohend (East Brunswick) OT; Ben Baez (Edison) WR; Mohammed Bangura (New Brunswick) DE; Adrian Brown (Dunellen) DT; Cristian Cardosa (J.F. Kennedy) DT; Corey Clark (Sayreville) OLB; Ryan Coke (Middlesex) RB; Josemar Contreras (New Brunswick) LB; Justin Counts (South Plainfield) DE; Samad Davila (New Brunswick) RB; Mike Diakunczak (Edison) OG; Almaliek Fitzpatrick (East Brunswick) TE; Tracy Fudge (Woodbridge) QB; Robert Gee (Bishop Ahr) LB; Rashiek Harvard (J.P. Stevens) CB; Nate Lanier (Woodbridge) WR; Bashir Lauderdale (Colonia) LB; Jason Lee (South Plainfield) RB; Dane Lupton (Bishop Ahr) LB; Marcel Mason (Piscataway) RB; David McDevitt (Woodbridge) OT; James Modica (Woodbridge) WR; Christian Napolitano (South Brunswick) C; Mario Nigro (South River) OLB; Ogemdi Nwadike (Highland Park) SS; Joe Papa (St. Joseph) FS; Esberth Pereyra (North Brunswick) OG; Noah Pointer (Highland Park) WR; Anthony Porcaro (Sayreville) OT; Andrew Roberts (J.F. Kennedy) QB; Chase Santiago (Monroe) WR; Danny Santiago (Perth Amboy) DE;Tyler Santos (Colonia) WR; Derek Schneider (Spotswood) TE; Josh Siegenthaler (South Plainfield) TE; Jarett Sims (Metuchen) LB; Tru Stell (Old Bridge)DT; Kaamal Stewart (Piscataway) WR; Lee Tamburello (Colonia) FS; Joe Trainor (Monroe) LB; Lou Vacca (Spotswood) OT; Jared Vann (Piscataway) C; Coray Williams (Sayreville) CB; Josh Wood (Monroe) PK/P.

MIDDLESEX ALL-STAR CHEERLEADERS (listed alphabetically by school name)

Samantha Juarez (Bishop Ahr), Brianna Kovach (Bishop Ahr), Angelica Vergara (Carteret), Brianna Dowd (Colonia), Jordan Matty (Colonia), DaNeyh Dugan (Dunellen), Krystal Jones (Dunellen), Nicole Carrera (East Brunswick), Demi Massih (East Brunswick), Amy Trapani (Edison), Brianna Udove (Edison), Morgan Lyons (J.F. Kennedy), Marissa Murray (J.F. Kennedy), Brianna Biezewski (J.P. Stevens), Tianna Bradford (J.P. Stevens), Maya Inman (Metuchen), Devin Lissy (Middlesex), Kayla Tarsan (Middlesex), Alexandra Heizer (Monroe), Sunny Worden (Monroe), Amanda Farrell (North Brunswick), Megan Illes (North Brunswick), Brianna Cardaci (Old Bridge), Katie Padin (Old Bridge), Jailene Maldonado (Perth Amboy), Leslie Valdez (Perth Amboy), Diamond Cheek (Piscataway), Asia Mathis (Piscataway), Lisa Calabrese (Sayreville), Victoria DePinto (Sayreville), Jamie Donato (South Plainfield), Jessica Ortiz (South Plainfield), Layanni Colbert  (South River), Arianna Reid Hill (South River), Emily Baile (Spotswood), Elizabeth Nielsen (Spotswood), Alexa Robel (Spotswood), Sibel Siglam (Spotswood), Olivia Anderson (Woodbridge), Brielle Small (Woodbridge).

UNION ALL-STAR PLAYERS (listed alphabetically by player's name)

Ed Accinot (Abraham Clark) DL; Mike Bellrose (Cranford) OL; Kyle Boyd (Union) S; David Brown (Union) OL; Matt Bruno (Governor Livingston) TE; Ja'quill Burch (Elizabeth) QB; Cesar Cordoba (Plainfield) TE; Tyler DaCosta (David Brearley) OL; Russell Davidson (New Providence) DL; Mike Evans (Jonathon Dayton) OL; Justin Falke (Arthur L. Johnson) DL; Will Ferdinando    (Roselle Park) LB; Noah Goldberg (Jonathon Dayton) WR; Guirvenson Guillaume (Linden) RB; Elijah Harrison (Linden) C; Caleb Holden (Union) C; Manoli Kanellos (Governor Livingston) LB; Torry Langley (Abraham Clark) OL; Sean Leonard (Cranford) S; Andrew Leibowitz (Jonathon Dayton) OL; Erik Loneker (David Brearley) OL; Sebastian Montesdeoca (David Brearley) QB; Tom Morley (Westfield) OL; Joseph Norton (Cranford) K/P; Osaheni Omokaro (Hillside) DL; Chris Ortiz (Union) FS; Kyron Paige (Elizabeth) WR; Jacquez Payne (Abraham Clark) C; Anthony Primavera (David Brearley) RB; Shaquille Privott (Plainfield) OL; Lucas Ramadan (Cranford) LB; Jonathan Ramirez (Summit) DL; Anthony Rizzuto (Arthur L. Johnson) LB; Brett Robertshaw (Westfield) FS; Drew Shannon (Arthur L. Johnson) OL; Malik Singleton (Abraham Clark) LB; Steven Sottosanti (Governor Livingston) TE; Marquel Taylor (Scotch Plains) WR; Nick Tenor (Elizabeth) C; Patrick Thomas (Union) WR; Ethan Tom (Cranford) DL; Andy Urness (New Providence) S; Pernell Williams (Elizabeth) LB; Fred Womble (Rahway) WR; Joe Woods (Roselle Park) QB.

UNION ALL-STAR CHEERLEADERS (listed alphabetically by school name)

Kelly Brett (Abraham Clark), Kamryn James (Abraham Clark), Anya Johnson (Abraham Clark), Kayla DeNunzio (David Brearley), Samantha Smith (David Brearley), Branna Cesaro (David Brearley), Alex Buckley (Governor Livingston), Abby Kepner (Governor Livingston), Jenna Rabasca (Governor Livingston), Khyri Crawfard (Hillside), Chasity Degrout (Hillside), Makayla Jones (Hillside), Briannah Charles (Linden), Ayannah Finney (Linden), Aliyyah Johnson (Linden), Aniyah Person (Linden), Bianna Moore (Rahway), Danielle Chambliss (Rahway), Catie Gibson (Roselle Park), Kristen Vrabel (Roselle Park), Nicolette Lorusso (Scotch Plains-Fanwood), Alison Mebes (Scotch Plains-Fanwood), Jamiah Sykes-Samuels (Scotch Plains-Fanwood), Tiiyana Young (Scotch Plains-Fanwood), Brooke Becket (Summit), Caroline Mckinlay (Summit), Mary Chimezie (Union), Aliyah Myrick (Union), Katie Clark (Westfield), Drew Ferriss (Westfield), Maria Gerckens (Westfield), Samantha Smith (Westfield).

 


Coach Marcus Borden discuses Pop Warner rule change

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 05/13/16

Marcus Borden, @bordenfb4ever 5:12 p.m. EDT May 13, 2016

Citing safety concerns, Pop Warner became the first national football organization to ban kickoffs, announcing on Thursday that it was eliminating them for children 10-and-under.

In lieu of a kickoff, the ball will be placed at the 35-yard line to start each half and after every score in Pop Warner's three youngest divisions: Tiny Mite (5-7 year olds), Mitey Mite (7-9 year-olds) and Junior Pee Wee (8-10 year olds).

Pop Warner Executive Director Jon Butler is quoted on the organization’s website stating, “We are constantly working to make the game safer and better for our young athletes, and we think the move is an important step in that direction.”

By eliminating the kickoffs, “There will be a substantial reduction in the number of violent hits by one team’s best player(s) on the opposing team’s best player,” said Jake Rodriguez of the South Brunswick PAL. “It’s a great rule.”

Furthermore, Rodriguez said he believes the rule just makes sense with “the limited practice time and the difficulty in teaching special teams techniques to the younger players.”

Pop Warner, the nation's largest youth football organization, will evaluate the 2016 season’s kickoff ban at the conclusion of the year to determine the success of the rule implementation and to see what changes might be made in the future for all levels of competition.

National Federation for State High School Associations (NFHS) Executive Director Bob Gardner said, “We are very supportive of Pop Warner’s decision to improve the safety of the game and we look forward to hearing about the results of their rule implementation.”

Asked about changes to the high school game, Gardner said  “no formal proposals are on the table, although we are constantly looking to improve the safety of the game, and remember, in high school football the ball is still dead once it crosses the goal line.”

NJSIAA Associate Director Jack Dubois, who sits on the NHFS Football Rules Committee and is in charge of football for the statewide athletics association, echoed Gardner’s comments regarding the impact on New Jersey high school football. He said, “The only recent change to the high school kicking game is the number of players that must be on either side of the ball on a free kick. Discussion about making the game safer in New Jersey is ongoing and we know that the kickoff is considered one of the most dangerous plays.”

Recent changes to the kicking game in the NFL have many believing that there may be a trickle-down effect to the college and high school game.  Five years ago the league moved the kickoff from the 30 to the 35-yard line to force more touchbacks and to reduce the number of high-speed collisions that are part of the kickoff return. Prior to the rule about 80 percent of kicks were returned.  A steady decline each year has proved that there has been a significant impact from the rule change, which shows that in 2015 a little more that 40 percent of kicks were returned.

Still looking to make the game safer, the NFL has decided that in 2016 teams that take a touchback will be rewarded by placing the ball on the 25-yard line instead of the 20. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, a critic of tinkering with kickoffs at the professional level, told pool reporters at the NFL's annual league meeting earlier this year: “Do you want the kicking game in the game or not in the game? If it's in the game, let's kick it and return it and let's play the play. Let's not reward a decision not to compete with 5 extra yards."

Some football purists cringe at the thought of what might happen to the game if a team cannot rally for a comeback win because the kickoff or onside kick are no longer an option. Others may side with Pop Warner's strategy.

“If the NFL is making adjustments to the kicking game," Rodriguez said, "then maybe we ought to be thinking about it, too, at all levels of play.”

Twitter! We're giving it a shot!

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 04/28/16

The official Twitter account for is @WoodbridgeFTBL. This is a new venue. Hopefully we get it right!

Woodbridge places four onto the Middlesex Roster in Snapple Bowl XXIII

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 04/23/16

The Snapple Bowl is scheduled for July 21, 2016, 7pm at Woodbridge High School.


Tracy Fudge - QB


Nathan Lanier - RB, LB


James Modica - WR, DB


David McDevitt - OT

Kevin Coleman named Woodbridge High School's head football coach

by WoodbridgeFootball.com / MyCentralJersey.com / NJ.com on 04/22/16

Greg Tufaro@GregTufaro 9:45 p.m. Feb 18, 2016

Kevin Coleman, who served as a defensive coordinator at Woodbridge the past three seasons, was approved as the high school’s new head football coach during the township’s board of education meeting on Thursday night.

Coleman succeeds highly respected veteran mentor Bill Nyers, who resigned in December.

“Coach Coleman has served us very well as an assistant under Coach Nyers and he’s earned this position,” Woodbridge Athletics Director Joe Ward said. “We look forward to continued success under him.”

Coleman, who plans to meet with the Barrons on Friday, inherits a team that finished 6-4 last season while reaching the NJSIAA playoffs for a second consecutive year.

He previously coached at Snyder, from which he graduated in 1993, as well as at Plainfield and Bishop Ahr high schools.

Coleman starred at linebacker for Kean College in the early 1990s and led the team in tackles while helping the Cougars capture an ECAC championship in 1994. He currently teaches chemistry and special education at Woodbridge.

“I want to thank the board and the administration for the opportunity,” Coleman said. “I’m going to work really hard. I want to make a statement to make sure that they made the right choice. I’m going to be organized and make sure I follow all the things I was taught from all the coaches I worked for. I love the kids. I want to make sure the kids have an opportunity to succeed in life.”

Nyers coached the Barrons from 1994 to 2002, leading Woodbridge to a sectional title in 1997 before being named Kean University’s offensive coordinator, a post he held for six seasons prior to becoming the head coach at Plainfield, where he spent two years with Coleman as his assistant.

Nyers returned to Woodbridge in 2012, the same year Coleman served as an assistant coach at Bishop Ahr under Don Sofilkanich.

“He’s one of the finest coaches I have ever worked with at any place,” Nyers said of Coleman, who has been a special teams, defensive and offensive coordinator.

“His attention to detail and knowledge of the game is unsurpassed in all phases. What I find is a perfect fit for Woodbridge is his no-nonsense approach to discipline and his work ethic. No one is going to outwork him.”

Nyers’ son Nick, a sophomore linebacker, is one of several returning starters from a defense that scored five touchdowns on interception and fumble returns and allowed a total of 26 points during a season-opening four-game winning streak and that held five opponents to two or fewer scores last year.

“I would rather have nobody else coaching my kid in his final two years than Coach Coleman,” Nyers said. “I know he’s going to hold him accountable for his decisions, he’s not going to sugar-coat anything and he’s going to get the best out of him.”

Nyers and Coleman led Plainfield – which finished 2-8 prior to Nyers’ arrival – to an NJSIAA playoff berth in 2010 and to a stunning 22-21 Thanksgiving Day upset of a Westfield (7-3) the following season.

Woodbridge enjoyed a similar turnaround under Nyers and Coleman in 2014, snapping a 10-game losing streak that dated back to the previous season by winning seven of the team’s final nine contests while advancing to the sectional semifinals.

“I think he’s a good young coach that will continue to maintain a program that is hard-nosed and has been for years,” MyCentraljersey.com football analyst Marcus Borden said of Coleman.

Woodbridge will graduate starting quarterback Tracy Fudge, a first-team Home News Tribune All-Area selection who passed for 1,499 yards and 17 touchdowns, and star running back Nate Lanier.

“Offensively we are going to miss some pieces,” Coleman said, "but I think we have some young guys that are going to compete and step in.”

The Barrons return Quaasim Glover, who led the Greater Middlesex Conference with 723 receiving yards, and team-leading rusher Keshaun Henry, who amassed 590 yards on the ground.

“As an alum, I am so happy that my school picked such an outstanding candidate for the head football job,” said Nyers, a 1984 Woodbridge graduate. “The administration and the board (made) a top-notch selection. I couldn’t be happier.”

“He’s a great guy,” Sofilkanich said of Coleman. “This is a long time coming. He deserves to be a head coach. He works hard at the game. He’s going to do a great job.”

The Barrons open the 2016 campaign against intra-township rival Colonia,

Next BWW Fund Raising Date - August 29, 2016
   



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