by Mike Pavlichko
When Joe LaSala took over as the head coach at Woodbridge, the Barrons didn’t exactly come out of the gates like gangbusters, losing four of their first five games.
And there lies the turning point.
Woodbridge won four of their next five in 2018, and since that turning point, has a record of 19-3 spanning three seasons, with a trip to last year’s North 1 Group 4 state final thrown in.
That was Woodbridge’s first trip to a sectional final in 22 years, and the 2019 squad also clinched the program’s first divisional title in 28 years, scoring a program record for wins in a single season with 10 en route.
The Barrons were a model of consistency, and not just because of Ali Lee Jr.’s 3,198 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns. Nor just because of Anthony Santino’s 3,642 passing yards and 30 TDs.
You can throw guys like wide receiver/safety Justin Magera in there, and fellow wide receiver/linebacker Isaiah Allen, too. And don’t forget another wideout/cornerback Trey Fudge.
Allen will be the only returnee of the bunch in 2021, and LaSala reflected on the string this group has put together with Central Jersey Sports Radio. Hear his comments below:
Woodbridge Head Coach Joe LaSala