Woodbridge Football - 2017, The 94th Season!
By: Charles McDevitt WoodbridgeFootball.com November 13, 2016
MIDDLETOWN — Middletown North received the first-half kickoff against Woodbridge and from the moment the ball was caught, the Lions were running downhill and defeated Woodbridge 33-14.
When Middletown North escaped the harsh November cold into the locker room at halftime, they took a 27-0 lead with them. Despite the conditions being unfavorable to an aerial attack, Lions quarterback Donald Glenn hooked up with wide receiver Brendan Kube on five occasions for 153 yards and a touchdown.
Glenn threw for a total of 199 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
"Brendan does well every week," Middletown North head coach Joe Trezza said. "He finds ways to get open and makes big plays. He’s been a great player for us."
Kube's touchdown came on North’s third drive. Following successive touchdown drives, their defense forced a fumble that Justin Muller recovered, handing Glenn the ball at the Woodbridge 35-yard line.
When Glenn saw single coverage to his left, he flashed Kube a quick sign to audible a go route. Within two seconds, Glenn demanded the snap, manipulated the defense to lean away from Kube with his eyes fixated to the right, came back to his left and arced an inch-perfect deep ball -- one that only Kube could catch.
He stretched, showed strong fingertips in grabbing the catch, padding the Lions’ lead to a seemingly insurmountable 20-0 before even a quarter had been played.
"I think us fumbling the ball and the slow start that we had affected us tremendously," Woodbridge head coach Kevin Coleman said. "We can’t fumble the ball, give them the ball and give up deep passes and expect to win against good teams."
It was such a brisk, cold and windy night that the players and fans weren’t the only ones affected: the cheerleaders fought a futile battle of keeping their megaphones upright against the wind. It was a constant routine of cheer, grab megaphone that’s rolled a few feet away, rinse, repeat.
Returning to the third quarter 27 points in the hole with little hope, it would have been easy for Woodbridge to fold. Instead, they kept fighting, didn’t allow a touchdown and scored a pair of their own in the second half.
"I’m glad that they fought till the end. They showed the character that we have," Coleman said. "We’re not going to give up. We’re not going to lay down and let them continue to score. They definitely fought until the end and I’m proud of them."
Woodbridge lost its starting quarterback in their penultimate regular season game and have since had to turn to running back Keshaun Henry to run the offense. Not how Coleman drew it up this August.
"That’s kind of tough when you’re trying to throw the ball and you’re not a quarterback, just a playmaker,” Coleman said. “But he played hard and I’m proud of the kids.”
The flip side to Woodbridge’s second half resiliency was Middletown North’s complacency, something Trezza wasn’t too concerned with, though a little upset.
"Our defense started off real well. We got some turnovers and we stopped ‘em and we shut them out in the first half," Trezza said. "We just got a little sloppy at the end just trying to some other people in the game. We just didn’t finish it off well so we’re a little upset about that."
Key play: Glenn's 32-yard touchdown at the end of the first quarter.
Offensive game ball: Kube, hoarded more than three quarters of Glenn's yards.
Defensive game ball: Muller with a key fumble recovery, a sack and consistent pressure.
Next game: Middletown North advances in the NJSIAA playoffs.______________________________________________
By: Charles McDevitt WoodbridgeFootball.com – November 8, 2016, 1005
Week 9 Record: 3-1 .750
Friday, Nov. 11
- (x) Middletown North (6-2)
Middletown North has some pretty good talent on the offensive side of the ball, but Woodbridge has a standout defensive unit led by Nick Nyers 52-LB, Antoine Hall 33-LB, Marquan Payne 44-DE, Alex LaGrippo 59-NT, and Dylan Leone 52-LB/DL. The Barrons have a 127 PA in 9 games, for a 14.1 PA PG. Nyers has recorded 108.5 TKL/SAC, Hall 65.5 TKL/SAC, Leone 42.5 TKL/SAC, LaGrippo 51.5 TKL/SAC, and Payne 54 TKL/SAC and 4 FR. Stopping the inside tackle run is mandatory, as well as keeping the edge while pressuring the QB. It isn’t going to be easy, but it’s doable.
The secondary with Darin Tabon 4-DB, Quaasim Glover 2-FS, Keshaun Henry 3-DB, Hura Blaine 7-DB, and Chase Modica 21-DB have matured and are producing good numbers with a combined 105 TKL, 6 INT, and 14 PD. The Barrons have to maintain discipline deep, allowing the play to stay in front of them. A catch and tackle isn’t a dagger, a lapse in allowing them behind you is.
This pick is based on four factors.
First, both teams have had one common opponent, Manasquan. Woodbridge lost to Squan, 7-6 in a defensive gem from both teams. Middletown North lost 31-21. One point for Wood.
Second, Mid-North has a 157 PA record in 8 games for a 19.6 PPG. Wood has a 127 PA in 9 games for a 14.1 PPG. One more point for Wood.
Third, Mid-North has a 242 PF record in 8 games for a 30.3 PPG. Wood has a 216 PF in 9 games for a 24.0 PPG. One point for Mid-North.
Now, I know that numbers can be made to say almost anything. The fourth and final, and most important factor is one that isn’t on any stat chart. It is individual discipline, confidence and desire. Whichever team possesses more of it, wins and advances!
It will all come down to the defense of Woodbridge. “If you score, you may win. If they don’t score, you can’t lose!” If they can stay true to form, and keep Mid-North to 3 or less scores, combined with their offense getting busy to attain their season points average, success should follow.
Woodbridge over Middletown North (WOOD 3+)
Sayreville (6-2) over (x) Phillipsburg (5-3)
Phillipsburg has had an average season compared to the recent past. Sayreville has fined tuned their team offensively and defensively and is at the top of their game.
Sayreville over Phillipsburg (S'VILLE 10+)
South (6-2) over Kennedy (4-4)
I’d love to see Kennedy advance, but I don’t see a path. Mid-So is a very steep hill to climb.
Middletown South over Kennedy (MID-SO 20+)
Saturday, Nov. 12
over (x) Summit (7-1)
Colonia is traveling to Summit for this contest, and I believe they are bringing with them a team that wouldn’t take no for an answer.
Colonia over Summit (COL 6+)
Season Record: 29-11 .725
Greg Tufaro's GMC football playoff and consolation game predictions and analysis
No. 7 Woodbridge (5-4) at No. 2 Middletown North (6-2), Friday, 7 p.m.: Woodbridge enters the playoffs with a three-game winning streak during which the Barrons have allowed a total of 14 points. Those victories came against foes with a combined 3-20 record. Woodbridge will be without starting quarterback Donovan Tabon, who passed for 989 yards through eight games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. In hiss stead, the Barrons have moved incumbent All-GMC receiver Quassim Glover to quarterback, where he has completed 16 of 25 passes for 216 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Woodbridge features one of the league’s most dynamic players in Keshaun “Scooby” Henry, who lines up at running back, slot receiver, as a wildcat and is a dangerous return specialist. Henry has more than 1,000 all-purpose yards. With 172 of Woodbridge’s 228 carries, Da’Avian Ellington is the team’s leading rusher with 672 of its 1,282 yards. Linebacker Nick Nyers anchors the defense with a conference-leading 108 tackles. Marquan Payne has six of the team’s 14 sacks and four of its seven fumble recoveries. Glover has three of Woodbridge’s seven interceptions. Woodbridge has scored three defensive touchdowns. The Lions are offensively balanced. They are averaging 30.3 points per game. Quarterback Donald Glenn has completed 96 of 161 passes for 1,700 yards with 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. Four receivers have 260 or more yards. Brendan Kube tops the team with 668 yards and six touchdowns receiving. Running back Dwight Wilkerson has 592 yards and five touchdowns. Backfield mate Connor Robbins has rushed for 398 yards and seven touchdowns.Pick: Middletown North 28-13.
52-13 victory over Edison.
The 52 points were the most Piscataway posted in the regular season
since a 62-19 win over J.P. Stevens on Sept. 21, 2012. Piscataway’s
offensive explosion included a school-record 44-yard field goal from
placekicker Michael Stalenyj. Senior running back Elijah Barnwell, who
holds a scholarship offer from Rutgers University, carried 16 times for
133 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterbacks Danny Haus (4 of 6 for 60
yards) and Joey Hatcher (4 of 6 for 50 yards) combined for 110 yards
through the air. Trey Hogan led the Chiefs with 55 receiving yards.
Juwan Jackson rushed for 74 yards and two scores. Keshawn Grant had a
5-yard touchdown catch. Defensive back Nahjir Woods intercepted two
passes, returning one of his picks 95 yards for a score. Matt Peterson
(seven tackles) and Jevon Buckmire (six tackles) anchored the defense. Next: vs. Hunterdon Central, Friday, 7 p.m.
2. South Brunswick (6-2): Quarterback Josh Liao completed 14 of 18 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown while leading the Vikings to a 41-12 victory over Monroe. South Brunswick’s balanced running game featured nine ball carriers who combined for 172 yards. Receiver Justin Shorter, a Penn State University commit, caught eight passes for 129 yards including a 34-yard touchdown. Marcus Cerminaro (five tackles) and Felix Quinones (sack) anchored the defense. Dylan Kriz, Jaylan Lawson, Jayvon Palmer and Liao each had a rushing touchdown. Quinones had a touchdown reception. Next: at Freehold Township, Friday, 7 p.m.
3. Sayreville (7-2): The Bombers parlayed a balanced offense and an opportunistic defense into a 31-17 victory over Old Bridge. Jahsim Floyd caught a 28-yard touchdown pass and also returned an interception 43 yards for a score. The pick was one of four turnovers Sayreville recorded. JaQuae Roberts had two rushing touchdowns. He finished with a team-high 62 yards. The Bombers amassed 150 yards on the ground including 39 from Michael Liberti. Quarterback Jayson DeMild completed 10 of 19 passes for 104 yards. Matthew Crowley booted a 30-yard field goal. Next: at Phillipsburg, Friday, 7 p.m.
4. St. Joseph (9-0): The reigning White Division champion Falcons put the finishing touches on an undefeated regular season for the second time in four years with a 49-0 victory over J.P. Stevens. Running back Manny Resto rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, while backfield mate Jordan Davis had 60 yards and two scores on the ground. Quarterback Mitchel Epstein completed 5 of 8 passes for 129 yards. He threw scoring strikes of 49 yards to Jon Sot and 46 yards to Roderic Carson. Sot also contributed seven PATs to the win. Sophomore Jack Hogarty scored on a 40-yard run. Next: at Paramus Catholic, Friday, 7 p.m.
5. Old Bridge (4-3-1): Anthony Imbimbo amassed 159 all-purpose yards and quarterback Artur Sitkowski completed 17 of 33 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown in a 37-17 loss to Sayreville. The Knights were limited to 47 rushing yards. Sitkowski was intercepted three times. Liam Knowles and Tyson Townsend each had a touchdown reception, while Jon Sammarco booted a 34-yard field goal. Knowles (eight tackles) and Jake Kodros (sack) stood out on defense. Next: vs. Hillsborough, Friday, 7 p.m.
6. South Plainfield (6-2): The Tigers used a goal-line stand in the closing minute to hold on for a dramatic 16-13 comeback victory over J.F. Kennedy. The win was costly for the Tigers, who lost star middle linebacker Dillon Harris (team-leading 66 tackles) to a high ankle sprain in the first quarter and who lost star offensive performer Charles Lovett when he reinjured his ankle. With his team trailing 13-9 in the fourth quarter, sophomore fullback Zach DelVecchio scored on a 10-yard run to produce the final margin. The Mustangs (4-5) answered, driving to the South Plainfield 1-yard line, but failed to convert a first-and-goal. On fourth down, Michael Lampasona recovered a fumble that DelVecchio caused on a quarterback keeper to ice the victory. Jean Sapini scored on a 58-yard touchdown reception to give South Plainfield a 6-3 halftime lead. He also posted a team-high 12 tackles. Deshai Smith’s 38-yard field goal gave the Tigers a 9-3 advantage in the third quarter. Ryan Marston (8 of 19 for 142 yards without an interception) had another stellar game at quarterback. Ryan Stankan (10 tackles) made a game-saving tackle near the goal line on J.F. Kennedy’s final drive. The Tigers amassed 131 yards on the ground. Next: vs. Lawrence, Friday, 7 p.m.
7. Carteret (5-3): The Ramblers lost their third consecutive contest and a chance to host an opening-round playoff game with a 35-6 setback to three-time defending sectional champion Rumson-Fair Haven. Carteret qualified for the NJSIAA playoffs on the strength of a season-opening five-game winning streak during which the Ramblers averaged more than 400 yards from scrimmage. After averaging 38 points per victory, Carteret has been limited to 13 points over its last three outings, including Jarrod Tasnady’s 95-yard fumble return against Rumson-Fair Haven. Carteret’s backfield tandem of Quartius Byrd and Antoran Chandler was limited to 29 yards apiece on a total of 18 carries. Quarterback Angelo Golino completed 5 of 9 passes for 53 yards with an interception. Next: at Ewing, Friday, 7 p.m.
8. Woodbridge (5-4): Quassim Glover, filling in for injured starter Donovan Tabon (separated shoulder), completed 10 of 16 passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-14 win over North Brunswick. Glover also had an interception, while Chance Modica returned a fumble for a score. Messiah Daniels, Darin Tabon and Keshaun Henry each scored a touchdown. Henry amassed 114 all-purpose yards. Antoine Hall anchored the defense with a team-high 14 tackles. Nick Nyers registered 12 tackles. Marquan Payne had two and a half sacks. The Barrons have won four of their last five. Next: at Middletown North, Friday, 7 p.m.
9. Bishop Ahr (7-2): Andrew Brazicki rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns as the Trojans finished undefeated in the Blue Division with a 26-13 victory over Middlesex. Brazicki also threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Pat Doherty. On defense, Brazicki contributed eight tackles including two for a loss. He also forced a fumble. Other defensive standouts included Matt Smith, Ahmad Brown, and Marcus Adeniyi. Reminiss Funderburk rushed for 70 yards on four carries. Next: at DePaul, Friday, 7 p.m.
10. New Brunswick (4-5): The Zebras rebounded from a 0-3 start, winning four of their next six games, including a 35-21 victory over East Brunswick, to qualify for the Central Group V playoffs for a second consecutive season. Sophomore running back Dylan Johnson amassed 105 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Quarterback Jah’Bree Seawright-Jeffery completed 11 of 18 passes for 217 yards with three touchdowns and added 60 rushing yards on seven attempts. Kadas Reams caught seven passes for 152 yards and two scores. Next: at Manalapan, Friday, 7 p.m.
A dozen teams from the Greater Middlesex Conference and 11 Courier News area schools from the Mid-State 38 have qualified for the NJSIAA football playoffs, which commence with first-round games on Friday and Saturday at the site of the higher seed.
The semifinals will be contested on the weekend of Nov. 18-19, also at the higher seed, while the public school sectional finals and non-public school group championships will be played Dec. 2-4 at neutral sites to be determined.
Following is a schedule of first-round games involving GMC and Courier News area schools from the Mid-State 38. The schedule and pairings are unofficial until noon Monday.
A complete list of NJSIAA football consolation matchups for GMC and Mid-State 38 area schools can be found beneath the playoff schedule.
NJSIAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS OPENING ROUND
Central Group V
No. 5 South Brunswick at No. 4 Freehold Township, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Hillsborough at No. 3 Old Bridge, 7 p.m.
No. 8 New Brunswick at No. 1 Manalapan, 7 p.m.
North 2 Group V
No. 8 Columbia at No. 1 Bridgewater-Raritan, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Union at No. 3 Ridge, 7 p.m.
North 2 Group IV
No. 5 Sayreville at No. 4 Phillipbsurg, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Woodbridge at No. 2 Middletown North, 7 p.m.
No. 8 J.F. Kennedy at No. 1 Middletown South, 7 p.m.
North 2 Group I
No. 7 Newark Collegiate at No. 2 Bound Brook, 7 p.m.
Central Group III
No. 6 Lawrence at No. 3 South Plainfield, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Carteret at No. 2 Ewing, 7 p.m.
No. 8 Rahway at No. 1 Somerville, 7 p.m.
Central Group II
No. 5 Bernards at No. 4 Point Pleasant Boro, 7 p.m.
Non-Public Group IV
No. 8 St. Joseph at No. 1 Paramus Catholic, 7 p.m.
Non-Public Group IV
No. 7 Bishop Ahr at No. 2 DePaul, 7 p.m.
North 2 Group V
No. 7 Bayonne at No. 2 Westfield, 1 p.m.
North 2 Group IV
No. 6 Colonia at No. 3 Summit, 1 p.m.
North 2 Group III
No. 6 Governor Livingston at No. 3 Morris Hills, 1 p.m.
Central Group V
No. 7 Hunterdon Central at No. 2 Piscataway, 1 p.m.
Central Group I
No. 6 Manville at No. 3 Keyport, 1 p.m.
Non-Public Group II
No. 8 Immacualta at No. 1 Hudson Catholic, 1 p.m.
NJSIAA CONSOLATION GAMES
(all games 7 p.m.)
J.P. Stevens at Linden
Kearny at Watchung Hills
Newark East Side at Plainfield
West Windsor-Plainsboro North at North Hunterdon
West Windsor-Plainsboro South at Montgomery
Scotch Plains-Fanwood at Millburn
Metuchen at Secaucus
East Brunswick at Perth Amboy
Franklin at North Brunswick
Monmouth at North Plainfield
Spotswood at Delaware Valley
Palmyra at Highland Park
South Hunterdon at Riverside
(all games 1 p.m.)
Monroe at Princeton
Voorhees at Chatham
Edison at Marlboro
Burlington City at New Providence
South River at Haddon Township
A dozen Greater Middlesex Conference high school football teams have unofficially qualified for the NJSIAA playoffs and one more team remains on the bubble.
The NJSIAA will announce official playoff pairings and consolation matchups for non-qualifiers on Sunday.
A marquee first-round matchup will unofficially pit fifth-seeded South Brunswick at fourth-seeded Old Bridge in Central Group V, where the defending sectional champion Vikings are looking to avenge a 31-28 season-opening loss to the Knights.
The eight teams with the most power points in each section at the conclusion of this weekend’s action will qualify for the playoffs, which commence with first-round games next weekend at the site of the higher seed.
The semifinals will be contested on the weekend of Nov. 18-19, also at the higher seed, while the public school sectional finals and non-public school group championships will be played Dec. 2-4 at neutral sites to be determined.
The sectional finals will be contested at MetLife Stadium (10 games on Dec. 2-4), at Rutgers University’s High Point Solutions Stadium (four games on Dec. 10), at Kean University’s Alumni Stadium (four games on Dec. 10) and at Rowan University’s Richard Wackar Stadium (five games on Dec. 2-4).
The NJSIAA’s power point ranking system is predicated upon the sum total of the best seven of a team’s eight completed games at the time of the state cutoff date, which is Saturday night.
Piscataway and New Brunswick have also unofficially qualified in Central Group V, while Carteret and South Plainfield have unofficially qualified in Central Group III.
Sayreville, Colonia, Woodbridge and J.F. Kennedy have unofficially qualified in North 2 Group IV.
St. Joseph has secured the No. 8 seed in Non-Public Group IV and will play at either Paramus Catholic or Bergen Catholic, depending on how the NJSIAA interprets a convoluted power point ruling as it pertains to those North Jersey Super Conference powers.
As the No. 7 seed in Non-Pubic Group III, Bishop Ahr will make its 22nd postseason appearance, playing a first-round game at DePaul.
Piscataway locked up the No. 2 seed in the section with a 52-13 win over Edison on Friday night. The victory knocked the Eagles out of playoff contention while simultaneously securing for New Brunswick a postseason berth.
New Brunswick, the No. 8 seed, will unofficially face top-seeded Manalapan, which rallied from a 10-0 deficit for a 21-10 victory over Piscataway last weekend. The Chiefs will host a first-round game against No. 7 seed Hunterdon Central.
Sayreville appears to have qualified as the No. 5 seed in its section and will likely play a first-round game at Phillipsburg.
Colonia appears to be the No. 6 seed in its section and will likely play a first-round game at Summit or Middletown North, whose seed will be determined by residual points. Woodbridge appears to be the No. 7 seed in the same section and will play either Summit or Middletown North.
J.F. Kennedy is unofficially the No. 8 seed in its section and will play at Middletown South.
South Plainfield appears to have secured a first-round home game in its section. The Tigers could be seeded as high as third, depending on residual points.
Carteret, also depending on residual points, could be seeded seventh or eighth in its section.
Highland Park could be the 13th GMC school to qualify for the playoffs.
The Owls (4-4) entered this weekend’s action with 56 power points, the eighth most in Central Group I and one less than a 2-6 Keansburg team it defeated 33-20 earlier this season. Highland Park needed Florence to lose to New Egypt, which happened on Friday night, to keep its postseason hopes alive. The Owls’ playoff hopes may hinge on residual points. Keansburg can pick up residual points on Saturday with a South River win over Dunellen and with a Sussex Tech win over Morris Catholic. The Owls can pick up residual points from whoever wins the South River at Dunellen game.
With the win, Woodbridge unofficially secured the No. 7 seed for the North 2 Group IV playoffs and will play a first-round game at Middletown North next weekend.
The NJSIAA will announce official playoff pairings on Sunday. The eight teams with the most power points in each section at the conclusion of this weekend’s action will qualify for the playoffs, which commence with first-round games next weekend at the site of the higher seed.
Glover completed a scoring strike to Darin Tabon to help the Barrons (5-4) take a 14-7 lead. Keshaun Henry scored earlier on a 50-yard screen pass to help Woodbridge erase a 7-0 deficit.
After the Raiders (1-7) forged a 14-14 tie, Chance Modica returned a fumble for a touchdown with 3:49 remaining in the third quarter, giving the Barrons a 21-14 lead they would not relinquish.
Messiah Daniels closed out the scoring for Woodbridge on the receiving end of a 60-yard bubble screen from Henry.
“It’s very bad,” Woodbridge head coach Kevin Coleman said of the Barrons having to enter the playoffs without the services of Donovan Tabon, who has a separated shoulder. “He was just getting very good. He makes us more dynamic.”
The Barrons could have padded their lead but failed to post any points after driving to the North Brunswick 1 yard line, from where Woodbridge had a first-and-goal.
“We didn’t have a great outing (offensively), but we came away with the win,” Coleman said, noting the Raiders were well-prepared and physical. “I wanted us to be a little more sharp coming out of (the regular-season finale).”
By Charles McDevitt WoodbridgeFootball.com November 1, 2016 1545
First and foremost, the following report is not the final word. It is my Analysis and Prediction for the NJ2-G4 Sectional Playoffs
I ran the numbers and determined, there are 8 potential Power Points (PP) on the table for the Woodbridge Barrons. Reality, tells me only 2 PP are viable. JP Stevens defeating St Joseph is out (3 PP), and Perth Amboy defeating Colonia is out (3 PP). So, that leaves South Plainfield defeating Kennedy (1 PP), and Carteret defeating Rumsom-Fair Haven (1 PP). This scenario bumps the total for Woodbridge to 90 PP.
2 points you say! We are only 1 behind Colonia, so do we move up? The answer is no. The reason is Colonia will receive 3 PP from a South Plainfield win, and 1 PP from a Carteret win. Colonia ends with 93 PP staying ahead of the Barrons.
There will also be a shift in the top four in the NJ2-G4. Number 1 seed Summit has completed their 8 games, while Middletown South, Middletown North, and Phillipsburg have completed only 7. All of these teams should finish their 8th game with a win setting up the following berths for Playoff action.
NJSIAA – North Jersey 2 - Group 4 – Berths1. Middletown South (5-2)
2. Middletown North (5-2)
3. Phillipsburg (5-2) or Summit (7-1) (Residuals are the difference)
4. Summit (7-1) or Phillipsburg (5-2) (Residuals are the difference)
5. Sayreville (6-2)
6. Colonia (4-4)
7. Woodbridge (4-4)
8. Kennedy (4-4) or North Hunterdon (4-4) (Residuals are the difference)
NJSIAA – North Jersey 2 - Group 4 – Round One
- Kennedy or North Hunterdon travels to Middletown
- Woodbridge travels to Middletown North
- Colonia travels to Phillipsburg or Summit
- Sayreville travels to Summit or Phillipsburg
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Week 8 Record: 3-1 .750
Friday, Nov. 4
(x) Woodbridge (4-4) over North Brunswick (1-6)
- Motivated to move up in NJ2-G4. WOOD +20
Carteret (6-1) over (x) Rumson-Fair Haven (5-2)
- RFH is fighting for life in Central Group 3. CART +14
(x) South Plainfield (5-2) over Kennedy (4-4)
- Motivated to move up in Central, Group 3. SOP +7
(x) Colonia (4-4) over Perth Amboy (1-6)
- Motivated to move up in NJ2-G4. COL +20
Saturday, Nov. 5
(x) St Joseph (8-0) over JP Stevens (1-7)
- 8-0 and sitting in the 8th seed in Non Public, G4. STJ +20
Home Team (x)
Season Record: 26-10 .722
Borden's GMC Football Week 9 Predictions
North Brunswick (1-6) No. 8 Woodbridge (4-4): North Brunswick is coming off its first win of the season, 13-6 over Perth Amboy. Freshman running back Myles Bailey rushed for 145 yards and two scores while sophomore quarterback Chich Petrillo added 66 rushing yards of his own to lead the youthful Raiders to victory. They will play a regional crossover possibly against Edison or Marlboro.
Woodbridge (88) is currently in the seventh position in North 2 Group IV. All teams in the top eight have played eight games except Phillipsburg (99), and both Middletowns: North (104) and South (114). Should they all win, Woodbridge plays Middletown South at the Swamp. Either way they are on the road no matter who ends up number two. PICK: Woodbridge.
By: Charles McDevitt WoodbridgeFootball.com October 31, 2016 0005
Friday, Nov. 4
Carteret at Rumson-Fair Haven, 7 p.m.
J.F. Kennedy at South Plainfield, 7 p.m.
North Brunswick at Woodbridge, 7 p.m.
Amboy at Colonia, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5
Stevens at St. Joseph, 1 p.m.
1. Old Bridge (4-2-1): Old Bridge suffered its second out of conference defeat at the hands of Jackson Memorial 27-13. They currently sit in the fifth spot for a Central Group V playoff spot. Next: Sayreville, Friday, 7 p.m.
2. Piscataway (5-2): Piscataway could not hang on to a 10-0 lead in the third quarter of the Rutgers football showcase and eventually lost to Manalapan 21-10 at High Point Solutions stadium. Currently third in Central Group V, they can secure the second seed with a win on Friday. Next: Edison, Friday, 7 p.m.
3. South Brunswick (5-2): The Vikings defeated Brick Memorial 34-14 and currently hold the sixth position in Central Group V and can be either the fourth or fifth seed depending on the outcome of the Old Bridge game. Next: at Monroe, Friday, 7 p.m.
4. Sayreville (6-2): The Bombers defeated Neptune 35-6 and look to be the fifth seed in North 2 Group IV. They will either play Colonia or Woodbridge in the first round of the playoffs depending on residual points. Their game against Old Bridge only counts in the division standings. Next: at Old Bridge, Friday, 7 p.m.
5. St. Joes (8-0): The Falcons held on for a 14-7 win versus Carteret to win the White Division title. They look to be the eighth seed in the Non-Public Group IV section and will have to travel to number one seed Paramus Catholic. Next: J.P. Stevens, Saturday, 1 p.m.
6. South Plainfield (5-2): Was idle. Currently in the sixth spot of Central Group III, they could go as high as fifth should Carteret lose to Rumson Fair-Haven. It will come down to residual points. Next: at Colonia, Friday, 7 p.m.
7. Carteret (5-2): The Ramblers lost a hard-fought battle with St. Joseph 14-7 for the White Division championship. They will need to regroup fast as they currently are fifth in Central Group III and can win a home playoff game should they defeat current seventh seed Rumson Fair-Haven this weekend. Next: at Rumson Fair-Haven, Friday, 7 p.m.
8. Woodbridge (4-4): The Barrons are currently seventh in Central Group IV after beating J.P. Stevens 44-0. They will likely travel to Middletown playing either North or South depending on the outcomes of this week’s games. Next: Perth Amboy, Friday, 7 p.m
9. Bishop Ahr (6-2): The Trojans defeated a tough Asbury Park team 20-7. They will be the seventh seed in Non-Public Group III and will travel to play DePaul in the first round of the playoffs the weekend of Nov. 11-12. Next: at Middlesex, Saturday, 1 p.m.
10. New Brunswick (3-5): The Zebras look to have secured the eighth seed in Central Group V with their 32-20 over Howell. An Edison upset of Piscataway could vault the Eagles past New Brunswick depending on residuals. Next: at East Brunswick, Friday, 1 p.m.
St. Joseph (8-0) 7-0
South Plainfield (5-2) 5-2
Carteret (5-2) 5-2
Woodbridge (4-4) 4-3
Colonia (4-4) 4-3
J.F. Kennedy (4-4) 3-4
J.P. Stevens (1-6) 1-6
North Brunswick (1-6) 1-6
Perth Amboy (1-6) 1-5
WEEK 8 RESULTS
Woodbridge 44-0 over J.P. Stevens
North Brunswick 13-6 over Perth Amboy
Colonia 13-10 over J.F. KennedySt. Joseph 14-7 over Carteret
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Friday, October 28th
JP Stevens (1-5) at
Woodbridge (3-4) – Analysis
one is for all the marbles. The JP Stevens Hawks are coming to town on Friday,
October 28th at 7pm. As the Barrons did
unto Perth Amboy, so shall they do unto JPS. A win will guarantee a Playoff berth for Woodbridge. With those stakes, I don’t anticipate
any let down by the Barrons.
has 71 PF in 6 games (11.8 PPG). They
are limited in their offensive ground game and minimal passing game. Their
defensive side has allowed 165 PA (27.5 PPG). Their scoring differential is -94
Woodbridge bounce-back win against Perth Amboy (35-0), set up this last chance.
With a 144 PF (20.6 PPG) – 113 PA (16.1 PPG), and a scoring differential of +31
(+4.4 PPG), I see the Barrons easily handling the Hawks both offensively and
defensively. And with Holger Alcivar PK
putting 3 of 4 PAT attempts through the uprights against Amboy, the kicking
game is looking a bit brighter and that is a good sign.
bottom line is the Barrons’s Playoff hopes and seeding ride on their ability to
defeat the Hawks. They are currently sitting with 69 PP in the sixth slot. A
win over JPS will provide an additional 14 PP. The Colonia – Kennedy game will
produce a guaranteed 3 PP, and the St Joseph – Carteret games a guaranteed 1
PP. If Perth Amboy defeats North
Brunswick, add another 3 PP. This scenario will yield a final total of 90 PP.
Then, it depends on how the 6th through 10th NJ2 - G4 teams fare so as to what
seed the Barrons will have earned.
is nothing the Woodbridge can do other than take care of their business, and
that is exactly what I predict. It’s time to “Strap up and Deliver”, and let
the cards fall where they may.
Woodbridge over J.P. Stevens, Friday, October 28th 7 p.m.
- A Playoff berth is on the line. WOOD +20
(x) Colonia over J.F. Kennedy, Friday, October 28th 7 p.m.
Playoff berth is on the line for both teams. COL +7
Perth Amboy over (x) North Brunswick, Friday, October 28th 7 p.m.
- PA is capable, NOB doesn’t have the weapons. PA +10
(x) St Joseph over Carteret, Saturday, October 29th 1 p.m.
the last game, but the final real hurdle for an undefeated regular season. STJ
Record: 23-9 .719
Borden's GMC football Week 8 Predictions
J.P. Stevens (1-5) at No. 8 Woodbridge (3-4): The Hawks are led by senior quarterback Luke Jacobi and junior running back Quian Muse, who have combined for 615 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Dan Ricigliano leads all receivers with eight catches for 84 yards and a score. Muse is also a threat on kick returns having returned one 90 yards to propel the Hawks to their only win of the season.
is coming off a 35-0 win over Perth Amboy with senior RB/DB Keshaun
Henry once again leading the scoring with three touchdowns and throwing
for another. He has accounted for 613 yards of total offense with ten
touchdowns and one kick return score. Nick Nyers leads the Barron
defense with 88.5 tackles while Marquan Payne and Alex LaGrippo have
combined for 80 plus tackles themselves. PICK: Woodbridge.
By: Charles McDevitt WoodbridgeFootball.com 10-24-2016 1830
In the books
(G1) Colonia – Win 26-12
(G2) Manasquan – Cancelled
(G3) South Plainfield – Win 28-6
(G4) St Joseph – Win 22-16
(G5) Kennedy – Win 42-6
(G6) Carteret – Win 38-14
(G7) Perth Amboy – Win 44-8
PF 200 (33.3 PPG), PA 62 (10.3 PPG), +138 Point Differential (+23.0 PPG)
(G8) JP Stevens – Monday, October 31st, 3:45pm Away
(G9) North Brunswick – Monday, November 7th, 3:45pm Away
By: Charles McDevitt WoodbridgeFootball.com – October 23, 2016 1430
Quaasim Glover is a senior with the Woodbridge Football
program who very quietly has set a new school record for receptions. Glover has played in 4 varsity games as a
freshmen, 11 as a sophomore, 10 as a junior and has 7 under his belt as a
senior where he started the season as the number two player for receptions in a
His freshmen year he saw action as a backup QB and registered a 16 COMP on 41 ATT for 390 YDS, with 3 INT, and 2 TD in 4 games played. In Glover’s sophomore season, he was moved to wide receiver and quickly became a favorite target of junior QB Tracy Fudge. They connected for 50 REC, 709 YDS, and 3 TD.
Quaasim’s junior year was as impressive as the previous. He registered 46 REC, 723 YDS, and 8 TD from Fudge. His two year stats put him within 13 catches of tying Anthony Nyers’s career (2009-11) 109 REC, and 579 YDS shy of Keith Hemmings’s career (1996-97) 2011 YDS record.
Here is a breakdown of the current season stats and records for Q.
(G1) Colonia – 5 REC, 70 YDS, 1 TD – 8 catches from 109, 509 yards shy of 2011.
(G2) Manasquan – 7 REC, 48 YDS, 0 TD – 1 catches from 109, 461 yards shy of 2011.
(G3) South Plainfield – 2 REC, 18 YDS, 0 TD – 1st catch tied Nyers, 2nd moved into the number one slot with 110 career REC, and 443 shy of 2011.
(G4) St Joseph – 3 REC, 33 YDS, 0 TD –113 career REC, and 410 shy of 2011.
(G5) Kennedy – 3 REC, 95 YDS, 1 TD – 116 career REC, and 315 shy of 2011.
(G6) Carteret – 5 REC, 34 YDS, 0 TD – 121 career REC, and 281 shy of 2011.
(G7) Perth Amboy – 5 REC, 66 YDS – 126 career REC, and 215 shy of 2011.
With Tracy Fudge graduating, sophomore QB Donovan Tabon, 66 COMP, 106 ATT, 924 YDS, 2 INT, and 10 TD, has taken over the passing duties. There has been a small learning curve between him and Glover, but overall, Tabon has delivered good balls to his receivers. He has a huge upside down the road.
At 6’ 1” with good leaping ability and great hands, Glover
is a natural receiver. His chase began
in 2014, and the REC record fell in 2016. With at least three games left, I’m confident,
Glover can surpass the 2011 YDS record of Keith Hemmings as well. I’d love to
see him in alignments and routes that give him space to put on the YACs. Stay
1. Old Bridge (4-1-1): Nick Sodano carried 26 times for 149 yards and a touchdown as the Knights rolled to a 41-14 victory over New Brunswick. Artur Sitkowski completed 6 of 9 passes for 98 yards and two scores. He also rushed nine times for 67 yards and two more touchdowns. Liam Knowles and Anthony Imbimbo each had a scoring catch. Nick DiMeglio paced the defense with five tackles including two for a loss. Tyler Haughney (four tackles) and Jake Kodros also had two tackles for a loss. Against Old Bridge, New Brunswick converted just 23 percent (3 of 13) of its third-down attempts. The Knights won the turnover battle 2-0 as Paul Ferrali and Imbimbo each recorded an interception. The Zebras were outgained 321 to 215 in total yards and allowed 223 rushing yards. Next: at Jackson Memorial, Friday, 7 p.m.
2. Piscataway (5-1): Elijah Barnwell, who holds a scholarship offer from Rutgers University, carried 10 times for 150 yards and four touchdowns as the Chiefs rolled to a 51-7 drubbing of Monroe. Sophomore safety Brevin Donerson recorded his third defensive touchdown of the season with a 38-yard fumble return. The Chiefs amassed 299 yards from scrimmage, 76 of which came through the air. They benefited from excellent field position with scoring drives of 17, 54, 38, 20, 38, 52 and 28 yards. Ibn Robinson had a 19-yard touchdown reception and Michael Stalenyj booted a 41-yard field goal. Next: vs. Manalapan at Rutgers University, 11 a.m.
3. South Brunswick (4-2): Justin Shorter, a Penn
State University commit, caught a 54-yard option pass from Jaylan Lawson
with 3:45 remaining as the Vikings snapped a 20-20 deadlock and held on
for a 26-20 win over Sayreville. Shorter finished with nine catches for
182 yards. The victory was the third straight for the Vikings, who
received a stellar game from Josh Liao. The senior quarterback completed
10 of 16 passes for 159 yards including a 7-yard scoring strike to
Anthony Blakey. He also rushed for 65 yards and two touchdowns. South
Brunswick amassed 123 yards on the ground. Andre Eldridge (nine) and
Lawson (eight) were South Brunswick’s leading tacklers. Next: vs. Brick Memorial, Friday, 7 p.m.
4. Sayreville (5-2): Jayson DeMild completed 7 of 19 passes for 169 yards and also rushed for 50 yards in a 26-20 loss to South Brunswick. Michael Liberti carried 21 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns. He scored on runs of 8 and 4 yards. DeMild scored on a 1-yard keeper. Next: vs. Neptune, 7 p.m.
5. St. Joseph (6-0): The Falcons set a single-game school record for points in a 52-14 victory over J.F. Kennedy. In the first half alone, quarterback Mitchel Epstein rushed for 178 yards, threw for 141 more and had a hand in all six of St. Joseph’s touchdowns. He scored on runs of 70, 34, 25 and 1 yards. The Falcons, who extended their winning streak to eight games, have allowed fewer than six points per game over that span. Jon Sot booted a 32-yard field goal, his seventh straight of the year, and converted all seven of his PATs, improving his mark to 34 of 34 in that department. The game marked the return from a shoulder injury of running back Manny Resto, who caught a 57-yard screen pass for St. Joseph’s first touchdown. With a win over Carteret on Saturday, the Falcons will clinch their second White Division title in four years. Next: Carteret, Saturday, 1 p.m.
6. South Plainfield (5-2): Despite playing without star Charles Lovett, the Tigers handed previously undefeated Carteret a stunning 10-0 setback and clinched a Central Group III playoff berth. Sophomore running back Zach DelVecchio carried 22 times for 120 yards and scored on a 15-yard run. The Tigers finished with 176 yards on the ground. Deshai Smith booted a 39-yard field goal with under two minutes left to provide the final margin. Quarterback Ryan Marston finished 5 of 12 for 65 yards passing. He also recorded eight tackles on defense. Mike DeAngelis (nine tackles) recorded an interception in the red zone and Smith picked off a late “Hail Mary” pass to ice the victory. Dillon Harris anchored the defense with 12 tackles. Ben Lundy, Jean Sapini and DelVecchio each recorded seven tackles. Next: Bye.
7. Carteret (5-1): The Ramblers, who entered the game averaging a league-leading 317 yards on the ground, dropped a 10-0 decision to South Plainfield. Quartius Byrd and Antoran Chandler were limited to a combined 63 yards on the ground. Angelo Golino passed for 247 yards. The Ramblers can position themselves to win the White Division title with a victory over St. Joseph on Saturday. Next: at St. Joseph, Saturday, 1 p.m.
8. Woodbridge (3-4): Keshaun Henry scored three touchdowns and passed for another in a 35-0 victory as the Barrons blanked Perth Amboy for the second consecutive season. Henry finished with 145 yards from scrimmage. Messiah Daniels and Da’Avian Ellington also scored. Ellington accounted for 126 of Woodbridge’s 189 rushing yards. Quarterback Donovan Tabon completed 11 of 16 passes for 177 yards and two scores. Quaasim Glover had five catches for 66 yards. Nick Nyers anchored the defense with six tackles. Marquan Payne and Antonio Lopez each recorded a sack and a half, while Alex LaGrippo also had a sack. Chance Modica had an interception. With a win over J.P. Stevens on Friday, Woodbridge should clinch a North 2 Group IV playoff berth. Next: vs. J.P. Stevens, Friday, 7 p.m.
9. Bishop Ahr (5-2): With his team ineligible to win a Blue Division title as a newcomer to the division under conference rules, Andrew Brazicki and his teammates wanted to prove that they were still the best team in the division. The Trojans did just that as Brazicki amassed 374 all-purpose yards and scored five touchdowns in a resounding 46-30 victory over two-time defending division champion Spotswood, which had a 13-game division winning streak snapped. Next: vs. Asbury Park, Friday, 7 p.m.
10. Spotswood (5-2): The
two-time defending Blue Division champions had their division winning
streak snapped at 13 games in a 46-30 loss to Bishop Ahr. Spotswood can
still win its third consecutive division crown with a victory over
Metuchen in its regular-season finale. Next: at Raritan, Friday, 7 p.m.
St. Joseph (7-0) 6-0
Carteret (5-1) 5-1
South Plainfield (5-2) 5-2
J.F. Kennedy (4-3) 3-3
Woodbridge (3-4) 3-3
Colonia (3-4) 3-3
Perth Amboy (1-5) 1-4
J.P. Stevens (1-5) 1-5
North Brunswick (0-6) 0-6