Tag: Joe LaSala

Woodbridge looking to regroup as state playoffs begin against potential sleeper in Ridge

Weeks 7 and 8 didn’t go exactly as planned for Woodbridge, falling by ten to Cranford at home, then by one at Scotch Plains-Fanwood.

That said, head coach Joe LaSala likes where his team is at right now.

That’s because despite the adversity, they go into the second season – the playoffs – on a winning note, off a 27-6 win over a Linden team whose talent belies its 3-5 record.

Friday night, though, in the opening round of the North 4, Group 1 playoffs, third-seed Woodbridge (7-2) will face a Ridge (6-2) team that’s the 6th seed, but a bit of a sleeper to many Big Central observers and scribes.

Click below to hear Woodbridge head coach Joe LaSala talk with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Dom Savino about the Barrons’ season, and their opening round matchup with the Red Devils:

Barrons have great success on the field and off, exceeding their fundraising goals with Fundraising University

The following is paid content from Central Jersey Sports Radio founding sponsor Fundraising University New Jersey.

The Woodbridge Barrons have only lost two regular season games in the last three seasons under head coach Joe LaSala.

Even when the coronavirus pandemic threatened the high school football season in 2020, they were still able to have a successful season.

There have been great players, and there has been sound coaching. Behind it all has been top-notch fundraising, but LaSala has had very little to do with it.

With COVID keeping fans from games and restricting contact, a traditional door-to-door or other in-person fundraiser just wouldn’t be feasible. And that’s when he remembered seeing several posts on social media about Fundraising University’ “Fund-U-Now” program.

READ MORE: In 2020, Fundraising University supported the Big Central Conference with a $500 “Unsung Hero Scholarship Award”

In the first year, Woodbridge exceeded its goals with a quick “Fund-U-Now” fundraiser that required very little work from the coach, and minimal amount of time from the players. They even got to compete against each other for bonuses, and the money was in LaSala’s hands before the ink was dry on the check.

The fundraiser done in a flash, they could get back to doing what Woodbridge does so well: winning football games.

Click below to hear Joe LaSala explain how Fundraising University works, and why the Barrons are now working on their third fundraiser with the company:

For more information on Fundraising University, visit their website by clicking here. You can find New Jersey franchisee John Tuohy on Twitter, and follow him at @NJFundU. Or call John at 732-772-3354.

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No. 4 Woodbridge looks to keep the ball rolling when No. 7 Cranford comes to town in the Autoland Game of the Week

Woodbridge and Cranford don’t have a long history, but this is one game many people had circled on their calendars at the beginning of the year.

And when the No. 4 Barrons meet the No. 7 Cougars tomorrow night on Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Big Central Game of the Week driven by Autoland, they will meet with both being undefeated, and looking for a boost in the playoff race.

With three weeks before the cutoff, Woodbridge is third in the North 4 supersection, and looking to pull into the top two to gain home-field advantage throughout the sectional playoffs. Cranford, meanwhile, sits atop their North 3 section, the only Big Central team to lead the pack at the moment, although several teams are in play for one of the top two seeds in other sections.

The similarities don’t end there, however.

Cranford has an experienced quarterback who is in his first year as a starter; Shane Van Dam split time with Dennis DeMarino last season. Woodbridge has Matt Stanton, who has turned his game around after moving with his family and transferring from St. Joseph-Metuchen to Woodbridge, where he’s cut down dramatically on the turnovers, and helped Barron Country believe there’s life after Anthony Santino and Ali Lee, Jr.

You can hear tomorrow night’s game on Central Jersey Sports Radio with kickoff at 7:00. Pregame begins at 6:45. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will call all the action from Priscoe Field; you can listen live and FREE by clicking here.

Click below to hear Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino talk with both head coaches about Friday night’s big matchup:

Mike Pavlichko with Woodbridge head coach Joe LaSala

Dom Savino with Cranford head coach Erik Rosenmeier

This Week in the Big Central – Episode 8: The Big Trio

Episode 8 of “This Week in the Big Central,” driven by Mark Montenero and his team at the world-famous Autoland, is highlighted by a trio of top ten games, as the regular season enters its final three weeks.

Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino talk about two breaking stories out Wednesday: the NJSIAA warning teams not to “mutually cancel” games that would benefit a team’s playoff standings, and the Shore Conference killing its plan for “playoff pods” in the final two weeks of the regular season, assigning set matchups instead. They debate whether one is just like the other, and if anything is really wrong with scheduling a better opponent to help a team’s playoff push, while letting a lesser team find a more competitive game, which would seem to benefit both schools.

We debut a new feature with founding sponsor Elite QB, the “Elite Performers of the Week” with quarterbacks coach Matt Bastardi.

Then, it’s a look at the Bellamy & Son Paving Player of the Week, Rahway’s Zaon Laney, who contirbuted in all three phases in the Indians’ win over 4-1 Warren Hills.

Mike and Dom Savino wrap it up with a look at the Week 7 slate.

Gutsy Woodbridge edges out North Hunterdon on late TD, 2-point conversion

Woodbridge and North Hunterdon were locked in a tussle, and the Barrons had yet to break through.

The Lions – coming into Priscoe Field with a 1-2 mark, but off a win against Scotch Plains – had led the Barrons 7-0 at the half, and brought that lead into the fourth quarter, where they held it past the midway point of the stanza.

But Woodbridge finally broke through with a 27-yard touchdown run by transfer quarterback Matt Stanton. Decision time and head coach Joe LaSala went for the win.

The decision paid off, as Stanton ran in the two-point conversion, and Woodbridge held on for an 8-7 win that kept them undefeated, and the only Big Central team to be 5-0.

Click below to hear Woodbridge head coach Joe LaSala talk about the win with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko:

LaSala prepares No. 1 Woodbridge to defend unbeaten record against St. Joe’s

by Dom Savino

Since the start of the season, No. 1 Woodbridge has stood atop the Central Jersey Sports Radio Top 10, thanks to a massive group of returners from a 2019 squad that reached the North 1, Group 4 sectional final.

Those familiar faces — headlined by seniors like RB/CB Ali Lee Jr., QB Anthony Santino, and WR/S Justin Magera — have guided the Barrons to a 4-0 record, highlighted last week by a 41-0 win at state-ranked Parsippany Hills. Lee Jr., one of New Jersey’s premier running backs, led the way with a career-high 264 rushing yards and four rushing TDs.

Woodbridge will face another road test this Saturday at 1 p.m. as the Barrons battle St. Joseph of Metuchen, which fell out of the Top 10 this week after back-to-back losses to No. 9 Union and No. 5 Ridge. With the Falcons eager to end the skid, it makes for a powerhouse Middlesex County showdown in the Big Central Game of Week powered by Bellamy & Son Paving.

Central Jersey Sports Radio caught up with Woodbridge head coach Joe LaSala to preview Saturday’s meeting with St. Joe’s on the “Big Central Game of the Week powered by Bellamy & Son Paving.” The third-year head coach spoke first about his team’s win over Parsipanny Hills, a game that materialized quickly last week after both teams had opponents drop out due to COVID-19 protocols.