2008 News Stories
By JOHN HALEY • Staff Writer • November 26, 2008
WOODBRIDGE —Two blueprint drives to begin the second half was what it took for the Woodbridge High School football team to hold for a 14-12 victory over township rival Colonia on Wednesday night. The Barrons, who were competitive in nine of their 10 games, finished their season at 5-5, while Colonia ended its season at 4-6. The Barrons led 14-6 and held Colonia to one yard and no first downs in the second half and appeared in good shape with 6:48 left and the ball. But a fumble on a second-down play the Barrons' third fumble of the game — led to a nine-yard touchdown return by Colonia's Dariq Charles as the Pats crept to within 14-12 with 5:41 showing. more
THE BARRONS CELEBRATE A 14-12 WIN OVER THEIR CROSS TOWN RIVALS, THE COLONIA PATRIOTS!
By CHARLES McDEVITT - WoodbridgeFootball.com - 11-26-2008
WOODBRIDGE - The Woodbridge Barrons have successfully claimed the "Bragging Rights" trophy with their win over the Colonia Patriots. The Patriots have held the trophy since 2005 by virtue of three straight defeats over the Barrons. Woodbridge now has the priviledge of holding and exhibiting the award for one year. The award is sponsored by the Woodbridge PBA and SOA, and is presented by PBA President, Det. Dean Janowsk to the winning team at the conclusion of their annual football game. This game marked the 42nd time the two Township high schools have competed on the football field. The Patriots have won 22 game and the Barrons 16, with 4 ties.
By LEO D. ROMMEL • Staff Writer • November 7, 2008
WOODBRIDGE —Ricky Harris' one-man performance Friday night ended Woodbridge High School's chances of making the state playoffs. North Brunswick High School's senior wide receiver ran for three touchdowns as the visiting Raiders turned what was an old-fashioned, defensive nail bitter through three quarters into a modestly comfortable 28-11 win over the Barons at Woodbridge. With the win, North Brunswick (7-1) will be seeded third or fourth in Central Group IV.
By JARED SHANKER • Staff Writer • October 31, 2008
CARTERET —This is the playoffs before the playoffs for Carteret High School. The Ramblers needed to have this game against Woodbridge if it had any chance of making it to the NJSIAA playoffs. The Ramblers (5-2), specifically their defense, answered the bell to put themselves in prime position for a berth in the Central Group III sectional tournament with their 21-14 at Walter Overholt Memorial Stadium Friday.
By KEN WEINGARTNER • Correspondent • October 24, 2008
EAST BRUNSWICK —If Woodbridge High School coach Brian Russo shows up at the Barrons' next practice with handles attached to the footballs, no one would be surprised. Woodbridge rallied to defeat East Brunswick 20-14 Friday night in the Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division despite losing four fumbles — including two inside the Bears' end zone. Deshawn Knight led the Barrons' comeback from a 14-0 first-quarter deficit by rushing for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
By MATT HLADIK • EDITORIAL INTERN • October 10, 2008
WOODBRIDGE —It was halftime at Nicholas A. Priscoe Field, and the Sayreville High School football team, ranked No. 1 in the Home News Tribune Top 10, had its back to the proverbial wall. The Bombers trailed No. 10 Woodbridge 6-0 on the road, on Homecoming no less, and after a first half that saw his team squander two opportunities in Barron territory, Sayreville head coach George Najjar knew something had to be done.
RICH KIMSEY • STAFF WRITER • October 3, 2008
WOODBRIDGE —Friday night's Woodbridge versus Old Bridge matchup was a defensive struggle for much of the game. Woodbridge was able to come away with a 14-7 win as the Barrons recovered three fumbles. "The defense responded big time today," Woodbridge coach Brian Russo said. "Old Bridge has played three really tough teams, so we knew this was going to be a war. They played assignment football and did a really nice job."
Barrons register first victory of season
By BRENT JOHNSON • CORRESPONDENT • September 26, 2008
WOODBRIDGE —Johnny Mayi played only his third-ever game as a high school quarterback Friday. His assessment was brief but appropriate. "I'm getting more comfortable," the Woodbridge junior said. So are his teammates, apparently. Mayi's sparkling 29-yard touchdown run in the second half was one of the many highlights, as the Barrons snatched their first win by pouncing on J.P. Stevens 34-0.
Chiefs flex muscle from opening kickoff
By LEO D. ROMMEL • STAFF WRITER • September 20, 2008
WOODBRIDGE —"Hey, you guys, the newspapers picked you to beat us tonight," yelled one woman in the stands as Piscataway's team raced onto the field. "We'll show you!" No, Woodbridge didn't, as Piscataway High School, ranked No. 1 in the Home New Tribune's, Top 10, shut out the host Barrons, 25-0, in their season home opener.
Saturday, September 20, 2008 BY MIKE KINNEY For the Star-Ledger
Despite largely sporadic play on offense, Piscataway created enough thrilling athletic plays with Steven Miller and Malcolm Griggs to flash promise as to what it can eventually do.
By JOHN HALEY • STAFF WRITER • September 12, 2008
SOUTH BRUNSWICK —With the Woodbridge High School football team in total control and looking to run the clock out to preserve a one-point victory, South Brunswick head coach Rick Mantz questioned his team's toughness.
By JOHN HALEY • STAFF WRITER • September 11, 2008
Hey! Where did everyone go? As I started talking to all of our 27 area head coaches, they all started out with the same phrase: "We're young and inexperienced, we lost a lot of kids to graduation . . ."
By JOHN HALEY • STAFF WRITER • September 11, 2008
The Woodbridge High School football program has an excellent reputation — hard-working, well-schooled, perennial winner. But head coach Brian Russo is not satisfied. He wants more.
Team opens with South Brunswick on Friday
BY SHAWN LAYTON Staff Writer 09-10-2008
Woodbridge High School football returns six starters to the gridiron as it opens the season at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 when it travels to South Brunswick. The team's home opener is slated for Sept. 19, when it takes on Piscataway, the team that bounced the Barons from last season's state playoffs.
By GREG TUFARO and JERRY CARINO • STAFF WRITERS • July 17, 2008
EAST BRUNSWICK —On a night dominated by the defenses, one incredible offensive play made the difference in Snapple Bowl XV on Thursday night.
Facing a third-and-27 on his own 2-yard-line late in the fourth quarter, Carteret quarterback Al Tampa connected with Edison wideout Josh Williams on an 85-yard pass play, setting up a 2-yard touchdown run by Monroe's Ryan Meseroll that lifted the Middlesex County All-Stars to a 14-7 win over Union County.
Home News Tribune Online 12/15/07
By MARK SPIVEY - STAFF WRITER
REALIGNMENT: Changes on tap for the 2008 season include not only a new schedule cycle for every GMC team, but also a division realignment.
The Red Division will go from eight teams to seven when Edison moves to the White.
GMC Red Division: Woodbridge, Piscataway, Sayreville, East Brunswick, Old Bridge, South Brunswick, JP Stevens.
The White Division will add Edison and Monroe and subtract Carteret, going from six teams to seven.
GMC White Division: Edison, Monroe, Colonia, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Perth Amboy,
The Blue Division will add Carteret and subtract Monroe, remaining at five teams.
GMC Blue Division: Carteret, South River, ,Bishop Ahr, Kennedy, Spotswood.
The Gold Division will remain the same.
GMC Gold Division: Highland Park, Dunellen, Metuchen, Middlesex, Cardinal McCarrick