By Phil Anastasia
De'Shaun Burgess said there was something special about this football game, and he wasn't talking about the odd starting time.
"It's Woodbury-Paulsboro," Burgess said of the 98th renewal of one of the oldest, fiercest rivalries in South Jersey football.
Burgess, a junior two-way back, led Paulsboro to a 14-6 victory over Woodbury on a warm, sunny Monday afternoon in a Colonial Conference Patriot Division game that was postponed from Saturday because of inclement weather.
Burgess ran for 143 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. He returned a kickoff 80 yards to set up another touchdown. And he snuffed out one of the Thundering Herd's final possessions with as fourth-quarter interception.
"He was fantastic," Paulsboro coach Glenn Howard said of Burgess. "To do it on this kind of stage, at a Woodbury-Paulsboro game, showed what kind of player he is."
Juan Rivera lifted two interceptions to spark Paulsboro's defense as the Red Raiders improved to 4-0 and seized the high ground in the Colonial Patriot race.
Paulsboro also improved its position in the jockeying for high seeds in the South Jersey Group 1 tournament.
Senior quarterback Daevon Ayers scored on an 11-yard run for Woodbury (2-2).
"They came to play," Woodbury coach Al Mailahn said of Paulsboro. "We were flat. They were the better team today."
After a scoreless first half, Burgess took the kickoff to open the third quarter and raced 80 yards to the Woodbury three. Leon Rone scored on a two-yard run on fourth down and Tyler Knighton added the placement to give the Red Raiders a 7-0 lead.
Woodbury cut Paulsboro lead to 7-6 on Ayers' touchdown. But on the next possession, Burgess raced 54 yards for another score.
"Good blocking," Burgess said. "I can't go nowhere without my line."
Burgess said the Red Raiders were motivated to make the most of their annual regular-season battle with the Thundering Herd.
"I know it's like one of the longest lasting rivalries in the country," the 5-11, 170-pound Burgess said. "It gets the blood flowing. The last team you want to lose to is Woodbury."
Paulsboro 0 0 14 0 -- 14
Woodbury 0 0 6 0 -- 6
P: Leon Rone 2 run (Tyler Knighton kick)
W: Daevon Ayers 11 run (run fail)
P: De'Shaun Burgess 54 run (Knighton kick)
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