2010 News Stories
By GREG TUFARO • STAFF WRITER • December 12, 2010
ANTHONY NYERS, WOODBRIDGE
Despite missing two games because of injury against foes who combined to surrender 37.4 points per game (Woodbridge scored 83 points in those contests), Nyers still led the GMC with 41 receptions. Coach Brian Russo said the senior did not drop a ball all year. Nyers is the school's all-time receptions leader. He finished with 516 receiving yards. The son of Plainfield head coach Bill Nyers, Anthony played special teams and defensive end out of necessity (Nyers' natural position is outside linebacker). On defense, Nyers recorded 38 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Woodbridge lost three games by a total of 17 points.
By GREG TUFARO • STAFF WRITER • December 12, 2010
PRAISE MARTIN, WOODBRIDGE
The senior linebacker, who will attend Temple University on a full scholarship, transformed himself from a raw talent into a more complete player by paying attention to detail and working tirelessly in the offseason. Perhaps the area's hardest-hitter, Martin knocked four quarterbacks out of commission this season. When Woodbridge went to a 5-0 defense toward the end of the season, Martin exceled, helping the Barrons outscore their last three opponents 116-13. Martin led Woodbridge with 93 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. The Barrons held five opponents to one score or less and two opponents to two touchdowns.
By GREG TUFARO • STAFF WRITER • December 12, 2010
THIRD TEAM OFFENSE
QBs: Kyle Anderson, Jr., Woodbridge
K: Robert Martinez, So., Woodbridge
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL: Max Issaka, Sr., Woodbridge
Woodbridge: Isaiah Johnson, Ray Urbanski, Keith Capers, Kwasi Opoku, Cody Zalasar.
By ANDY MENDLOWITZ • CORRESPONDENT • November 20, 2010
COLONIA — Kyle Anderson forgot for a second. The Woodbridge High School quarterback just threw a late first quarter touchdown pass, pumped his right arm in the air and did a soft chest bump with a teammate near the sideline during the Barrons' 42-6 win Saturday over Colonia. read more
Woodbridge (4-5) at Colonia (4-5), Noon
Colonia looks to rebound from a heartbreaking 48-42 playoff loss to Nutley in which the Patriots squandered a 21-0 lead. This is the 44th meeting between the schools, this being their 2010 season finales. Colonia leads the series 22-17-4. Woodbridge has won the last two meetings. Barrons quarterback Kyle Anderson can set school records in the game for career touchdown passes and completions. Last weekend, wideout Anthony Nyers became Woodbridge's all-time receptions leader with 74 catches. Woodbridge 19-16.
By: Charles McDevitt – WoodbridgeFootball.com – November 16, 2010
WOODBRIDGE: Game Ten of the Woodbridge Barrons Football season has a lot incentives built into it. The game pits the Colonia Patriots against the Barrons for the annual Woodbridge Police PBA/SOA “Bragging Rights Trophy”.
The award is presented by PBA President, Det. Dean Janowski to the winning team to be showcased in their respective schools for one year. The 2010 game will be the 44th meeting of the two Woodbridge School District High Schools. Colonia hold the edge in the series 22 – 17 – 4, but Woodbridge has held the award for the past two years.
In addition, the game gives the Woodbridge quarterback Kyle Anderson a crack at eclipsing Shawn McGrath’s (1996-1997) school record of 29 career TD passes, 206 career pass completions and his single season record of 17 TD passes. Anderson, a junior currently it tied with 29 career TDs, and has 196 pass completions, and single season record of 17 TD passes.
Anderson’s primary goal for the Saturday, November 20, 2010, 1pm game is to guide his team past a powerful Colonia team that was eliminated from the NJSIAA Playoffs in a wild 48 – 42 round one contest against Nutley this past week, while Woodbridge dominated a Hopewell Valley team in their NJSIAA consolation game 41 - 0. Nothing will come easy to either of these team when they face off in Colonia, and whatever the outcome, there is sure to be excitement.
Last week, Anthony Nyers created Woodbridge Football history when he became the career pass receptions leader with 74, passing Keith Hemmings (1996-1997) . Saturday, it may be Anderson’s turn.
By: Charles McDevitt – WoodbridgeFootball.com – November 10, 2010
WOODBRIDGE: When the Woodbridge Barrons Football team takes the field on Friday, November 12th at 7pm, Anthony Nyers will have his sights set on putting points onto the board in an attempt to defeat Hopewell Valley in their NJSIAA Consolation game. He also will be creating history when he makes his first reception of the game.
Anthony is currently tied for #1 with standout wide receiver Keith Hemmings, a 1998 graduate of Woodbridge. Hemmings had 71 receptions in his 2 year career, 1996 and 1997. He also produced 1,457 receiving yards, and 20 touchdowns, and has held the school record in those categories for 13 years.
Along comes Anthony Nyers, the son of Bill Nyers a past head football coach for Woodbridge HS and current head football coach for Plainfield. He is also the nephew of Rich Nyers the current head football coach for Kennedy HS. Anthony has had football in his family and life since he can remember.
Anthony has accumulated 71 receptions, 917 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns in his sophomore and junior seasons at Woodbridge HS. His first catch on Friday will place him on the top of the heap for receptions in a career at 72. Considering he has his senior season to compete, Nyers has an opportunity to surpass Hemmings in receiving yards as well, but he would have to have an monster season to reach the school record of 20 touchdowns. With quarterback Kyle Anderson, who is 3 shy of closing in on his own school record of 29 career passing touchdowns and having one more season of eligibility, Nyers has a shot.
Come out to the game and watch Woodbridge Football history being made.
By GREG TUFARO • STAFF WRITER • October 29, 2010
WOODBRIDGE — Underclassmen Isaiah Johnson and Kyle Anderson stepped up on Senior Night to help the Woodbridge High School football team, trying to salvage a once promising season, snap a five-game losing skid in Friday's 33-7 victory over winless Edison. The Barrons, who opened the year ranked No. 3 in the Home News Tribune Top 10, dropped out of the rankings for the first time following last weekend's heartbreaking last-second 23-21 loss to Monroe
Edison (0-6) at Woodbridge (2-5), 7 p.m.
After opening the year with consecutive wins over Old Bridge and J.P. Stevens, the Barrons have dropped five straight. Woodbridge, which won four in a row following an 0-4 start last year to qualify for the NJSIAA playoffs, was eliminated from postseason contention with a heartbreaking 23-21 loss in the closing seconds to Monroe last weekend. Injuries and a diminutive offensive line have been Woodbridge’s Achilles’ heel. The Barrons are loaded with talented skill position players and gifted defenders. The sheer size of Edison’s line, however, posses problems for Woodbridge. The Eagles also have a balanced offensive attack with quarterback Ken McGotty and running back Jared Jenkins. Woodbridge 20-16.
By ANDY MENDLOWITZ • CORRESPONDENT • October 22, 2010
Alex Vizcaino peeked at the scoreboard and saw no reason to panic. The Monore High School quarterback simply had to drive his team 73 yards in the final 3:45 with no timeouts against Woodbridge while down by four points. No problem.
Twelve plays later, Vizcaino threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to John Albecker with 12 seconds remaining as the Falcons rallied to defeat Woodbridge 23-21 in a Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division game Friday.
The Star Ledger, October 23, 2010 12:01 a.m.
Alex Vizciano threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to John Albecker with 12 seconds left in the fourth to give Monroe a 23-21 victory over Woodbridge last night in Monroe. The TD capped a 74-yard scoring drive that started with less than three minutes left and was kept alive by an 18-yard reception from... read more
No. 9 Woodbridge (2-4) at Monroe (2-4), 7 p.m.: Two teams whose seasons got off to promising starts are now fighting for their postseason lives. Woodbridge and Monroe are mirror images. Both teams have exceptional skill-position players, but their line play has struggled. During its last three games, Woodbridge has mustered just three touchdowns. With the exception of a 20-0 win over Edison, Monroe has scored just two touchdowns in three of its last four games, all losses. Plenty of talent will be on the field, especially at quarterback with Woodbridge's Kyle Anderson and Monroe's Alex Vizcaino. Establishing the run, however, will be key for both squads.
By GREG TUFARO • STAFF WRITER • October 19, 2010
More than 11,000 high school football players statewide will honor injured Rutgers University defensive tackle Eric LeGrand this weekend by wearing two-inch white oval decals on their helmets bearing the Avenel resident's No. 52...
By GREG TUFARO • STAFF WRITER • October 15, 2010
By GREG TUFARO • STAFF WRITER • October 14, 2010
Sayreville (5-0) at Woodbridge (2-3), 7 p.m.: After scoring more than 40 points in each of its first two games, the Woodbridge offense has struggled. The Barrons have scored just one touchdown in their last two games. Finding a way to protect quarterback Kyle Anderson from the rush of Syd Holt and Daryl Stephenson is an unenviable task for the Woodbridge coaching staff. Anderson's arm and the sure hands of Anthony Nyers provide Woodbridge with its best chance for an upset. Counterpart Joe Geiger, the beneficiary of an outstanding line and a strong running game, has thrown 12 touchdowns and just one interception. Nobody has been able to stop Delon Stephenson, and now that Isaiah Cureton is starting to assert himself, the Bombers are even more dangerous. Sayreville simply has too many weapons.
October 10, 2010
9. WOODBRIDGE (2-3): The Barrons' offense, coming off a shutout loss to East Brunswick, remained on hiatus in a 15-7 setback to South Brunswick. Max Issaka's touchdown reception proved to be the team's lone score and helped snap a streak of seven consecutive scoreless quarters.
Next: Sayreville, Friday, 7 p.m.
By TODD COHEN • CORRESPONDENT • October 8, 2010
By GREG TUFARO • STAFF WRITER • October 7, 2010
No. 6 Woodbridge (2-2) at No. 9 South Brunswick (1-2), 7 p.m.: The Barrons entered last weekend's game against East Brunswick as the Greater Middlesex Conference's top-scoring team, but were surprisingly shut out, 7-0. Woodbridge could not control the line of scrimmage in each of its last two games, including a 34-17 setback to Piscataway. South Brunswick, coming off a bye week, opened the year with consecutive losses to No. 1 Sayreville and No. 2 Piscataway. The Vikings, who played well in defeat, rebounded with a convincing 35-7 win over Edison. Giving South Brunswick coach Rick Mantz an extra week to prepare is dangerous. Woodbridge has more playmakers, but South Brunswick plays well defensively. This game could come down to the foot of Robert Martinez.
By TODD COHEN • CORRESPONDENT • October 1, 2010
Woodbridge (2-1) at East Brunswick (2-1): Friday, 7pm
The Woodbridge defense, led by Anthony Nyers, Max Issaka and Praise Martin, can be nasty. East Brunswick and option QB Mike Cia will have to be on their toes. Woodbridge, 26-12.
By KEN WEINGARTNER • CORRESPONDENT • September 24, 2010
Piscataway (2-0) at Woodbridge (2-0), 7 p.m.
The Cliff Notes version of our Game of the Week story: Piscataway starts bad in 2009, gets better, but loses to Woodbridge and fades down the stretch. Woodbridge starts bad in 2009, upsets Piscataway and goes on a tear, toppling No. 1 Union in states. Now, they meet again. Any questions? Piscataway 31-28
September 23, 2010 • 7:04 pm
By MIKE NEW • STAFF WRITER • September 23, 2010
September 16, 2010 • By Mike New
Woodbridge (1-0) at J.P. Stevens (0-1): Stevens has some young talent , so the future looks bright, but this wasn’t a good year to move up a division to the Greater Middlesex Conference Red. Woodbridge, led by QB Kyle Anderson, defensive end Max Issaka and linebacker Praise Martin, is loaded. Woodbridge 28-6.
By GREG TUFARO • STAFF WRITER • September 11, 2010
Old Bridge (5-5) at No.‚3 Woodbridge (6-5), 1 p.m.
Promising sophomore Aaron Ford will get his chance to shine at running back behind gifted guards Rami Kasad and Trent Lominay. Rookie head coach Anthony Lanzafama hopes his methodical triple-option attack can keep the ball away from talented Woodbridge quarterback Kyle Anderson (1,249 passing yards) and gifted wideout Anthony Nyers (417 yards). Woodbridge’s defense is anchored by end Max Issaka and inside linebacker Praise Martin, headed to Pittsburgh and Temple, respectively. Woodbridge’s stable of running backs features Tiyon Conyers and James Lysckowski, who combined for 493 yards last year. The Barrons won last year’s meeting 20-9. Woodbridge 21-17.
By GREG TUFARO • STAFF WRITER • September 9, 2010
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By SERGIO BICHAO • STAFF WRITER • August 22, 2010
...and while boys and girls basketball and baseball and softball will return, it's also too late to bring back freshmen football and soccer.
Sunday, August 15, 2010, 7:52 PM - Conor Orr / The Star-Ledger and Patti Sapone / The Star-Ledger
Christian Frazilus, a freshman at Colonia High School, catches his breath after running during football practice recently. With their funding slashed by the state budget, many Jersey high schools have cut their freshman teams, forcing younger kids to play up on jayvee or varsity. By Monday night, thousands of freshman football players across the state may have felt the pain of school budget cuts for the first time. In a truly physical sense as in “ughhh,” “crunch,” “swack” or “SAVE ME!” Formal practices begin with real hitting permitted on the field, but in as many as 124 schools where freshman football and other sports have been dropped for the sake of the school budget, the little guys will have to practice with the big guys.
By GREG TUFARO • STAFF WRITER • August 13, 2010
Max Issaka, a rising senior defensive end from Woodbridge High School, held the University of Pittsburgh and Rutgers University football programs in equal esteem. The deciding factor in making a nonbinding commitment to play for the Panthers, who are picked to win the 2010 league championship in a Big East media poll, was that Issaka simply wanted to be farther from home.
NJSIAA FOOTBALL CLASSIFICATIONS
June 25, 2010
Woodbridge Barrons - Central Jersey - Group 3
Shamar Graves, NFL - Chicago Bears
By: Charles McDevitt - WoodbridgeFootball.com - May 6, 2010
CHICAGO: Shamar Graves, a 2006 Woodbridge HS graduate, a member of the Woodbridge Football program from 2002 through 2005, and member of the Rutgers Football program from 2006 through 2009, has embarked on his journey to play at the next level. Shamar is in Chicago attending their rookie minicamp.
The Bears will actually have 31 players participating in this weekend’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. None of the 25 tryout players was signed last year. In 2008, five of 28 tryout players were signed: RB Matthew Lawrence, P Zacrey Atterberry, DE Gerard Lee, G Ryan Poles and TE Marcus Stone. In 2007, three of 23 tryout players were signed: DT Tory Collins, TE Fontel Mines and S Andrew Shanle. None of the tryout players signed in 2007 and ’08 made the opening-day 53-man roster. The last tryout players who not only earned roster spots but contributed for the Bears were safeties Brandon McGowan and Cameron Worrell.
Here’s a list of this year’s 31 tryout players: P Will Batson, P Desi Cullen, K Mike Salerno, QB Juice Williams, P Chase Turner, K Thomas Mante, WR Nick Merchut, WR Steven Turner, CB Raeshon McNeil, CB Wopamo Osaisai, S Cam Nelson, CB Roderick Rollins, RB Jake Sharp, S Justin Woodall, S Ryan McFoy, FB Shamar Graves, C Austin Steichen, LB Damaso Munoz, LS Andrew Pitz, LB Chris Johnson, LB Malcolm Arrington, G Dennis Conley, LB Blaze Soares, LS Tom Harrington, G Vince Vance, DT Averell Spicer, DT Kyle Harrington, DE Brian Coulter, WR Zeke Markshausen, TE Craig Carey and WR Justin Buckhalter
Best of luck Shamar!
HNT Football - End of Year Notebook - Monroe will move to GMC Red Division
By GREG TUFARO • STAFF WRITER • January 1, 2010 (Reprinted from: December 13, 2009)
NJSIAA Central Group III champion Monroe will join J.P. Stevens and Edison as the newest members of the Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division following a realignment of the league's teams.
The GMC scrapped its four-division alignment in favor of a three-division format, which will help reduce the number of crossover games GMC schools will play in a proposed home-at-home series with Shore Conference foes over the next two years.
The GMC and Shore Conference are expected to cement their new two-year agreement on Dec. 21.
The pending deal comes after what many consider a highly successful pilot program between the two leagues in which the Shore Conference compiled a 38-20 record (.655 winning percentage) against the GMC.
The GMC exacted some measure of revenge, winning two of three sectional finals against Shore Conference schools.
The revamped GMC will look as follows:
Red Division (nine teams): Piscataway, Old Bridge, East Brunswick, Sayreville, South Brunswick, Woodbridge, J.P. Stevens, Edison and Monroe.
White Division (eight teams): Bishop Ahr, Colonia, South Plainfield, Carteret, J.F. Kennedy, New Brunswick, North Brunswick and Perth Amboy.
Blue Division (seven teams): Cardinal McCarrick, South River, Highland Park, Metuchen, Dunellen, Spotswood and Middlesex.
Excluding schools who have traditional Thanksgiving Day rivalries outside of their division, such as Woodbridge vs. Colonia or Piscataway vs. Franklin, the proposed crossover plan is as follows: Red Division teams will be asked to play one Shore Conference foe, White Division teams each will be asked to play two Shore Conference games and Blue Division squads will be asked to play three Shore Conference games pieces.
"I think it's a work in progress," said Bishop Ahr Athletics Director Mike Wolfthal, who chairs the GMC's football committee. "I think we are getting to where we need to be and, hopefully, we will satisfy all of our coaches."