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JV loss strikes disappointment for Colonia

Photo Credit: Mikeala Westbrook
Colonia versus Woodbridge JV game.
Woodbridge's JV team on the sidelines.
Photo Credit: Mikeala Westbrook
Woodbridge’s JV team on the sidelines.

On October 19, 2015 Colonia Patriots Junior Varsity team had a loss to cross town rivals Woodbridge High School with a score of 14-6 at the Colonia field.

Before this game, Woodbridge High School’s Football team, both JV and Varisty, had lost to New Brunswick the week before, giving them a record of 3-2. Although Colonia had a record of 4-1, they had another loss the week before to Carteret with a score of 14-12. Both teams wanted to win very badly considering Colonia’s varsity defeated the Barrons gaining the ‘Bragging Rights’ trophy with tight score of 27-26.

Starting the first quarter was a bit slow, almost a repeat of what happened during the Varsity game except that in the last two minutes of the JV game, quarterback Taj Calvin-Johnson threw a 15-yard pass to Sophomore Anthony Palmisano who ran the ball and scored a touchdown for the Patriots.

Woodbridge and Colonia High school both played hard but second quarter was bland with no touchdowns from both teams. In opposition Colonia’s defense hits harder and the Barrons have a stronger offense.

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In the third quarter Jaedon Gomez caught an interception thrown by Colonia’s quarterback Taj calvin-Johnson resulting in a six point touchdown for Woodbridge. After that, they gained a two point conversion giving them a lead of two points, 8-6. In the middle of the third quarter, sophomore Isaiah Pahopin got repossession of the ball for Colonia resulting in a turn over.

Both teams played harder in the fourth quarter and both teams were close in score. Colonia started to get the upper hand when they down the ball in the last quarter. Woodbridge began to gain the higher score when sophomore Luke Pero fumbled on the first play which then allowed Woodbridge to make a 20-yard pass to Junior Jack Salazar who scores a touchdown making the score 14-6.

This is where it all ended with Woodbridge taking the win for their school.

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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!
Mikeala Westbrook, Fall Reporter
Mikeala Westbrook sophomore at Colonia High School was born April 7, 2000. Westbrook likes to take on a challenge in every sector of her life. In school she likes taking on harder classes and taking on more chores at home. At home she lives with her mom, brother and sister. Her family of four moved to Avenel in 2013. She was originally born in Queens, New York and not many years later the Westbrook family started a new adventure in New Jersey. Her life wasn’t always easy, over the past few years death has struck her family way too often but has taught her to live life to the fullest and to not take anything for granted. Westbrook hopes to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in fashion design, marketing, and fashion journalism at the FIT campus in New York City. She then hopes to move on and create her own fashion line and maybe even obtain her masters and doctorate degrees.

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