South Jersey Glory Days Senior Football Writer

WOODBURY — It wasn’t close. It wasn’t tight. It wasn’t competitive.

If not for the 80-plus degree temps, Woodbury High’s football team might not have broken a sweat here on Saturday.

The clock ran from the start of the second half as the Thundering Herd cruised past Shore Regional in the South Jersey Group 1 semifinals, 45-8.

For the second consecutive year, Woodbury will host a title game — this one against No. 3 seed Maple Shade, 27-18 winners at Asbury Park on Friday night.

“We saw that all units were connected because one of the biggest things we talked about was consistency,” coach Anthony Reagan said. “And with that, we need all units to be firing on all cylinders — offense, defense and special teams.

“I felt like a couple of the games in the regular season, all three weren’t there. In order to have a successful playoff run, we need all three to be locked in, and today it was.”

He could say that again. The effort showed the fifth-seeded Blue Devils (6-4) were outmanned from the start.

The top-seeded Herd (8-2) got on the board first with the opening snap of the second possession. Anthony Reagan Jr. ran 80 yards off the right side for a touchdown.

The next play on offense also went for six when quarterback Bryan Johnson found his brother, Jayden, for a 69-yard score.

Bryan Johnson hit frosh Ibn Muhammad for a 16-yard touchdown to make it 20-0 with 9 minutes, 21 seconds left in the second quarter. Reagan Jr. scored again from seven out on the next drive to make 26-0.

Wilson Torres sprinted for a 94-yard touchdown late in the half to push the lead to 33-0. The lead hit on the head of the nail the number for a nonstop clock to start the third quarter.

Bryan Johnson picked up where he left off early in the second half. On the third snap after intermission, he hit Muhammad again, who broke free for a 45-yard touchdown.

The southpaw signal caller didn’t have many throws because he didn’t need many. He went 8-of-12 for 221 yards and three touchdowns.

“This was probably the best game we played all year and it shows on the field,” Bryan Johnson said. “We practiced hard all week and this was the outcome.”

Jabron Solomon’s 65-yard punt return capped the hosts’ points at 45. Shore scored late to round out the final score.

“I honestly said last week when the brackets came out that with Penns Grove, we had one of the tougher draws,” coach Reagan said of his eventual 34-0 triumph over a fellow West Jersey Football League Diamond Division member. “You give them one of these teams’ schedules, they probably go 6-2 (or better).

“So, we felt we were battle tested through the course of the regular season and in our first-round matchup. I think it showed out here when we played against this team today.”

Woodbury’s win guaranteed at least one traditional South Jersey WJFL team will reach the state finals — as all four of the Group 1 teams remaining in South/Central brackets belong to the league and are within the seven-county region.

Mark Trible is a senior 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.