Second-seeded Woodbridge – the No. 1 team in the WCTC Central Jersey High School Football Top Ten – is on to its first sectional final since 1997, when the Barrons won it all.
They got there with a gusty 14-13 victory over 6th-seed Randolph in front of their home fans Friday night. Ali Lee, Jr., struggled for yards on offense against a strong Rams’ defense, but he came up with three big plays on the other side of the ball in the second half: a blocked extra point (after jumping offside on the initial attempt, an interception, and a key pass breakup with under 90 seconds remaining after the Woodbridge had been flagged for two consecutive pass interference calls, handing Randolph 30 yards on a crucial late-game drive to try and win the game.
Here’s post-game reaction from LaSala and Lee:
Woodbridge Head Coach Joe LaSala
Woodbridge junior RB/CB Ali Lee, Jr.
Woodbridge will seek its 10th state title – and fourth of the playoff era – Friday night when the Barrons travel to play top-seed Northern Highlands in the North Jersey Section 1, Group 4 championship game. The Highlanders are 8-2 under first year head coach Greg Russo, who spent the last two seasons as offensive coordinator there, following a successful stint in the same post at Paramus Catholic, where he won titles in 2012, 2013 and 2016. They beat 4th-seed Irvington 30-16 Friday night behind 3 touchdowns from runningback Ethan Harris. Northern Highlands’ two playoff wins this season are their first since 2000, when they finished 6-4. They’re seeking their first title since 1978.