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Patriots overpower crosstown rivals Barrons

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Just like they have for the past three years, The Patriots win the Police Trophy.

At the Woodbridge Barrons field on October 16th Colonia Patriots travelled away in a conference game against Woodbridge and came out with a successful victory.

The first quarter went a little slow for both Colonia and Woodbridge High school in which there was no score. Second quarter came and Junior  Running Back from Woodbridge, Keshaun Henry scored a one yard touch down making the score 6-0. Later, Senior Quarterback Tracy Fudge Jr. sneaked in a one yard touchdown resulting in a 12-0 lead for the Barrons.

The score seemed to not change until Senior Running Back for the Patriots, Bashir Lauderdale ran a 63-yard touchdown now making the score a close 12-7. A fumble and punt return was recovered by Colonia’s center Brian Meco. Quarterback Chase Barneys then got Colonia in the red zone and connected with his brother Bryce Barneys, Colonia High school’s strong safety, for a 19- yard touchdown with 34 seconds left in the half, getting the lead for Colonia making it 14-12.


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In the third quarter, Woodbridge’s running back Nathan Lanier ran a two-yard touchdown giving the Barrons the lead back a small four point gap, 18-14.

Football team at Wood vs. Colonia game

Fourth quarter came with both teams battling it out for the top score. Wide Receiver Tyler Santos, ran a punt all the way back for a 27-yard touchdown. This only occurred because the punt fell by the Colonia bench and not one Woodbridge player downed it so Santos picked it up and ran giving Colonia a lead of 20-18.

Woodbridge hit harder with only 8:44 left in the fourth when Fudge hit James Modica in a run for a 40-yard touchdown. Quassim Glover then got a two point conversion and got Woodbridge up 26-20.

With only 3:49 remaining in the last quarter, Outside Linebacker and Rutgers Commit, Solomon Manning caught a game winning 31-yard pass.

Colonia took the victory with a very close 27-26 score. Colonia has defeated Woodbridge four years in a row. With this win, the Patriots also acquired the ‘Bragging Rights” trophy.

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Tani Popoola, Fall Reporter
Tanitoluwa (Tani) Popoola, a sophomore at Colonia High school, was born on August 17, 2000.  Popoola loves to sleep, eat, and sing the most. She also likes to go shopping but doesn’t always have the money to do so. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to East Orange NJ where she lived until she was two years old when she moved to Avenel, NJ. Both of her parents are pastors at the church  Christian Breakthrough Fellowship International Ministries where her mom also teaches the younger children.When she is not at home, she’s usually at church. At church she is part of a dance team and helps celebrates events and make them memorable she also sings and helps with the engineering department. Every year the youth department goes on a retreat and it is always a great experience. She lives with her parents and two little brothers. Her dad is a dialysis technician and her mom is in school to get a higher license in nursing. Her two little brothers are 12 and 9 and all they do is play video games and go outside. Popoola is very family oriented and has always been. Her family is extremely close even with the relatives from Nigeria. She participates in Colonia’s winter and spring track which is coached by her English teacher Coach Quick. She doesn't any other sports because she's simply just better at running. She's 5'4 and full of energy at all times and her friends call her crazy but its all in love. "Fun size people have so much more fun"- Is her saying and she stands by it firmly!

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