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January 29, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Zack Valentine said he began preparing for the end of his coaching career at the start of his coaching career. "I said I would do it for one year," Valentine said of taking over as head coach of the Woodbury football program in 2002. "Every year I was like, 'Am I going to do it?' " Valentine has decided to retire after 11 seasons as Woodbury's head coach. He told players, parents and others at the team's annual postseason banquet on Monday night. "I enjoyed this run, it was a great run," Valentine said.
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September 15, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Al Mailahn could have made his debut as Woodbury's new football coach against any Colonial Conference foe. Fittingly, he'll bring the Thundering Herd into Haddon Heights for Saturday's season opener for both teams. "The kids have been razzing me pretty good," Mailahn said of the Haddon Heights students. Mailahn has been teaching health and physical education at Haddon Heights since 1994. He also is a senior-class adviser. He also was the Garnets' head football coach from 1993 to 2005.
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April 13, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Al Mailahn doesn't believe in change for change's sake. Especially not when it comes to the Woodbury football program. "It's not broke, so I'm not going to try to fix it," said Mailahn, who has been named Woodbury's football coach. "I'm just going to try to keep it going. " Mailahn's appointment was announced Thursday by Woodbury athletic director Grant Shivers. Mailahn was an assistant for the last six years under Zack Valentine, who resigned after the 2012 season. Valentine was 82-37 in 11 seasons, and his 2009 team won the South Jersey Group 1 title.
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December 6, 2009 | By Phil Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Woodbury coach Zack Valentine saw this coming in the summer. He saw it coming after the Thundering Herd's only loss of the football season. He saw it coming at Monday's practice. "I could see it in their eyes," Valentine said of his players. "I could tell how much they wanted it. " Woodbury dominated its fiercest rival in difficult conditions, scoring a 16-0 victory over Paulsboro yesterday in the South Jersey Group 1 championship game. Senior quarterback Brian Purnell ran 78 yards for the first touchdown, and the Woodbury defense held Paulsboro to just 75 yards as the Thundering Herd won their first sectional title since 1998 and sixth overall.
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November 27, 2010 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Staff Writer
A dozen Paulsboro High School football players were suspended from school and forced to sit out the annual Thanksgiving weekend game Friday night after posting online a vulgar video in which they trash-talked about a rival team, school officials said. "In the heat of battle or in the excitement of winning, kids - and sometimes adults - do some silly things," Paulsboro Superintendent Frank Scambia said Friday. "This was one of them. " After a 10-0 upset of top-seeded Woodbury High School last Saturday knocked the Thundering Herd out of championship contention, Paulsboro's Red Raiders headed back to their locker room.
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November 17, 2002 | By Eileen O'Donnell FOR THE INQUIRER
It's a special football team that will win after gaining just 31 yards rushing in the first half. And it's a special team that can convert a defensive stalemate into a win. Special teams were the key to yesterday's victory by Salem as the Rams beat Woodbury, 14-13, in a South Jersey Group 1 quarterfinal. The Rams (8-1) move onto the semifinal round, where they will play Paulsboro (9-0) at Paulsboro next Saturday at 1 p.m. The Thundering Herd dropped to 6-3. From the start, it looked as if yesterday's quarterfinal was going to be played exclusively in the middle of the field.
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October 26, 2003 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Woodbury scored three touchdowns in the game's first 7 minutes, 5 seconds - two on long runs by fleet senior Kayin Grimes - as it coasted to a 34-0 Colonial Conference Patriot Division win over visiting Lindenwold yesterday. With 1,000 fans watching, Woodbury became the fifth team in South Jersey history to reach the 500-win mark. Woodbury, whose program started in 1903, has a 500-325-58 record, a .599 winning percentage. "If you look at the success at Woodbury, you have to look at the people who were here in the past and paved the way for us," coach Zack Valentine said.
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October 28, 2007 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Paulsboro's first three possessions yesterday ended in disastrous fashion: A fumble returned for a Woodbury touchdown; A fumble recovered by Woodbury near midfield; A snap over the punter's head that led to a partially blocked punt that put Woodbury on the Paulsboro 13. Woodbury, however, could not capitalize on the latter two miscues, and it came back to haunt the visiting Thundering Herd. "We have to have a killer instinct and get something off the turnovers," Woodbury coach Zack Valentine said.
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September 21, 2003 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There have not been many moments in recent years when the Paulsboro football team is reeling. But one of those came yesterday as the Red Raiders started their quest for a fourth straight unbeaten season. Pushed around by Woodbury in the first quarter and the start of the second, Paulsboro thwarted two scoring drives before getting its game in gear. As a result, Paulsboro started this season the same way it ended the last three. With senior running back Ryan White gaining 123 yards on 22 carries and linebacker Nino Polimeni making virtually every big tackle, Paulsboro defeated visiting Woodbury, 13-0, in a Colonial Conference Patriot Division game.
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November 28, 2003 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Woodbury, ignoring the temptation to look ahead to next week's South Jersey Group 1 football final, took care of business yesterday and defeated rival Gateway, 32-11, to capture a share of the Colonial Conference Patriot Division title. With 1,500 watching on an unseasonably warm day, fullback Chris Pressley rambled for three touchdowns to help visiting Woodbury avenge last year's stunning 28-20 loss to the Gators and take a 17-9 lead in the series. Woodbury (8-2 overall, 3-1 division)
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September 15, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Al Mailahn could have made his debut as Woodbury's new football coach against any Colonial Conference foe. Fittingly, he'll bring the Thundering Herd into Haddon Heights for Saturday's season opener for both teams. "The kids have been razzing me pretty good," Mailahn said of the Haddon Heights students. Mailahn has been teaching health and physical education at Haddon Heights since 1994. He also is a senior-class adviser. He also was the Garnets' head football coach from 1993 to 2005.
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April 13, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Al Mailahn doesn't believe in change for change's sake. Especially not when it comes to the Woodbury football program. "It's not broke, so I'm not going to try to fix it," said Mailahn, who has been named Woodbury's football coach. "I'm just going to try to keep it going. " Mailahn's appointment was announced Thursday by Woodbury athletic director Grant Shivers. Mailahn was an assistant for the last six years under Zack Valentine, who resigned after the 2012 season. Valentine was 82-37 in 11 seasons, and his 2009 team won the South Jersey Group 1 title.
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January 29, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Zack Valentine said he began preparing for the end of his coaching career at the start of his coaching career. "I said I would do it for one year," Valentine said of taking over as head coach of the Woodbury football program in 2002. "Every year I was like, 'Am I going to do it?' " Valentine has decided to retire after 11 seasons as Woodbury's head coach. He told players, parents and others at the team's annual postseason banquet on Monday night. "I enjoyed this run, it was a great run," Valentine said.
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December 5, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lawenzo Clarke tried football when he was 12. "I quit after one game," Clarke said. He tried it again last year. "I didn't like it at first because of all the running," Clarke said. "But then we got our pads and started hitting, and I liked it. " Woodbury (10-1) has reached the South Jersey Group 1 championship game for a lot of reasons. The most obvious has been the play of Alabama-bound Anthony Averett, the Thundering Herd's all-purpose star. But another big factor has been the improved play of the Woodbury front lines, especially Clarke.
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September 18, 2011 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
For the Paulsboro football team, the best way to stop Woodbury quarterback Anthony Averett was to keep the ball out of his hands. Entering the fourth quarter, Paulsboro had held the Thundering Herd to fewer than 20 offensive plays, and no surprise, the Red Raiders were clinging to a five-point lead. Averett didn't find a rhythm until the game's final drive, but the Red Raiders extinguished the threat by focusing on the second key to playing against one of the most dynamic players in South Jersey: containing him. "We knew he was going to get his yards," Paulsboro coach Glenn Howard said.
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September 17, 2011 | By Chris Melchiorre, FOR THE INQUIRER
For the Paulsboro football team, the best way to stop Woodbury quarterback Anthony Averett was to keep the ball out of his hands. Entering the fourth quarter, Paulsboro had held the Thundering Herd to fewer than 20 offensive plays, and not surprisingly, the Red Raiders were clinging to a five-point lead. Averett didn't find a rhythm until the game's final drive, but the Red Raiders extinguished the threat by focusing on the second key to playing against one of the most dynamic players in South Jersey: containing him. "We knew he was going to get his yards," Paulsboro coach Glenn Howard said.
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November 27, 2010 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Staff Writer
A dozen Paulsboro High School football players were suspended from school and forced to sit out the annual Thanksgiving weekend game Friday night after posting online a vulgar video in which they trash-talked about a rival team, school officials said. "In the heat of battle or in the excitement of winning, kids - and sometimes adults - do some silly things," Paulsboro Superintendent Frank Scambia said Friday. "This was one of them. " After a 10-0 upset of top-seeded Woodbury High School last Saturday knocked the Thundering Herd out of championship contention, Paulsboro's Red Raiders headed back to their locker room.
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November 21, 2010 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of South Jersey's richest rivalries took another twist Saturday. In the unfamiliar role of underdog, Paulsboro rose up with a sensational defensive performance and scored a 10-0 victory over recent nemesis Woodbury in the semifinals of the South Jersey Group 1 tournament. "In our heads, the whole mind-set was 'Can we beat Woodbury? Can we beat them?' " Paulsboro senior running back Aaron Tilden said. That uncertainty was something new for Paulsboro, one of the most accomplished programs in South Jersey.
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December 6, 2009 | By Phil Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Woodbury coach Zack Valentine saw this coming in the summer. He saw it coming after the Thundering Herd's only loss of the football season. He saw it coming at Monday's practice. "I could see it in their eyes," Valentine said of his players. "I could tell how much they wanted it. " Woodbury dominated its fiercest rival in difficult conditions, scoring a 16-0 victory over Paulsboro yesterday in the South Jersey Group 1 championship game. Senior quarterback Brian Purnell ran 78 yards for the first touchdown, and the Woodbury defense held Paulsboro to just 75 yards as the Thundering Herd won their first sectional title since 1998 and sixth overall.
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