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Woodbridge players listen to head coach Joe LaSala after an opening round playoff win over North Hunterdon on Novembmer 8, 2019. (Photo by Tim Catalfamo)

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.