South Jersey Glory Days Football Writer

WOODBURY — For the first time since 1974, Paulsboro’s football team is 0-3.

The ones who handed them that distinction couldn’t have enjoyed it more — or done it with any more emphasis.

Woodbury used every facet in the game of football to debilitate, destruct and defeat the Raiders here on Saturday, 46-8. The Thundering Herd scored on the ground. They scored through the air. They scored on defense. They blocked a punt. They utilized excellent special teams returns.

They ate it all up. Then, they went back for seconds and thirds as they watched their nemesis provide little punch or response.

In matchup No. 104 between the schools, appetite for more continued to run through the Woodbury (4-0) sideline.

“We knew that if we locked in and played the football that we thought we could, that we could have success,” coach Anthony Reagan said. “I didn’t know it would be like this.

“When you’re going against Paulsboro — we said if we’re going to be great and where we want to be as a program, we have to be great against our rival. They’ve been great against us for many years now. So, for us to have an opportunity to do what we did today is special.”

JaBron Solomon’s kickoff return on the game’s first play gave the Herd a short field. Soon after, Anthony Reagan Jr. scored on the ground. He looked tackled, but popped out the side and sprinted in. It proved a harbinger of things to come. Woodbury wouldn’t be denied.

The second drive featured more of the same, set up by Derron Moore’s 47-yard run off the right side. Quarterback Bryan Johnson scrambled in to make it 14-0 moments later.

It stood at that score until the Herd utilized a screen pass on 3rd-and-long. Johnson got it to Solomon, who zigged, zagged and hit the jets for a 38-yard touchdown.

Reagan Jr. tacked on another score before the half to make it 26-0.

The three touchdowns that came in the third quarter proved that Woodbury had its day in the sun, regardless of circumstance.

On the first possession of the second half, the Raiders (0-3) went 3-and-out and had their punt blocked. Wilson Torres found the end zone from 4 yards out to make it 32-0.

On the next set of downs, Paulsboro opened with a completion. Angel Arocho stripped the ball and waltzed 16 yards for another touchdown — 40-0.

Then, the final points of the day for the happy hosts came on a counter run play that went off script after a shotgun snap went awry. Johnson chased down the ball, threw it up to his brother, Jayden, and the taller sibling did the rest. Sixty-nine yards later, the scoreboard read 46-0.

Hardly — if ever — in recent memory, had the Raiders been beaten so soundly. Junior varsity players littered the field for the final minutes. The natives have become restless after an 0-3 start and the staff, including new head man Kevin Harvey, seemed miffed at the lack of execution and fire seen on the field.

The other side had no complaints.

Moore had been on the opposite end of a lopsided loss to Paulsboro here in 2019. He remembered it well and enjoyed the favor repayment.

“I’m not going to lie, it was really personal,” Moore said. “They smoked us freshman year 42-7 and did our chant, ‘For love of the city.’

“It’s still for the love of the city but when you see that disrespect you’ve got to keep that for all four years. It was time for that get-back game. That was the motto for this week.”

Bryan Johnson spoke of the season’s mission to go from “good to great” after a 12-1 finish in 2021. Solomon wanted to get rid of any disrespect the area has for his squad, even with so many roster spots full of experience from that sectional champion edition.

Reagan Jr. held a personal mission as well. He remembered earlier years when his father stood on the sideline as a volunteer assistant after losses to the Raiders — a program Reagan Sr. never beat as a player.

“Just seeing the beatings they used to put on us, I used to go home and really feel bad for my pops,” the younger Reagan said. “I just knew when I go to high school, I’m going to do it for him.

“I got him. For sure.”

They all did on this occasion that football teams love to create, when a day is made historically painful for a rival. That’s what happened here, a page in the long and hotly contested series became gilded in royal blue and gold.

Mark Trible is a special high school football writer for South Jersey Glory Days. You can follow him on Twitter @MTrible. Also, catch his high school football show (The South Jersey Football Frenzy Show) every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at, and his “Hat’s Off” Podcast every Sunday at 9 a.m.