BCG’s Player of the Week – Week 1 – AJ Bosch

Woodbridge WR Turns in Monster Performance in Loss to Summit

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – One of Woodbridge’s most consistent performers these past two seasons has been WR AJ Bosch.  The senior wideout will be one of QB Derek Anderson’s key targets in 2023 if the Barrons are going to go further in the playoffs than they have the past two seasons.  With a monster performance of 13 receptions for 240 yards and 2 rushes for 38 yards and 3 TDs in a 46-36 loss to Summit, Bosch earned BCG’s Player of the Week Honors for Week 1.

Bosch does a ton for the Barrons.  He returns kickoffs and punts, catches passes, and rushes for yardage as well.  In Woodbridge’s opening night win over Old Bridge (28-13), Bosch carried the ball 10 times for 68 yards and a TD.  Through his first two games, Bosch has carried 12 times for 106 yards and 2 TDs.  His two longest runs from scrimmage this year include a 26-yard score in the second quarter against Summit last week.

On the next offensive series for the Barrons, Bosch caught a pass over the middle from Anderson and took it to the house for another 70 yards, and scored.  Add to that a catch off of a deflected pass on a two-point conversion, and Bosch collected 14 points to help Woodbridge turn a 22-14 deficit into a 29-22 halftime lead.  Unfortunately, Summit surged to a 46-36 victory with a 24-7 showing over the final two quarters.

Bosch managed to accomplish his superhuman efforts despite dealing with leg cramps in the second half.  So far this season, Bosch has caught 14 passes for 246 yards and 2 TDs.  The three-year varsity starter has compiled 352 yards of total offense and 4 TDs on 26 touches for an average of 13.5 yards per touch.  Over three seasons, Bosch has accumulated 2,026 total yards.

The Woodbridge senior is averaging 6.1 yards per carry and 15.3 yards per reception while tallying 26 TDs.  Over his previous two seasons, Bosch consistently caught between 40 and 41 passes for 15 TDs.  He averaged 16.4 yards per catch as a junior, which was an improvement of nearly three yards per reception from his sophomore year.

Two years ago, Bosch made an immediate impact on the Barrons. In Woodbridge’s season opener against Winslow Township (26-14 win) in the 2021 Battle at the Beach, Bosch caught 4 passes for 76 yards and 3 TDs. The then-sophomore also contributed on defense with 5 total tackles, a forced fumble, and an interception. The Barrons were the only BCC team with a win in that year’s showcase, and finished 7-3 overall in 2021.

Last year, Bosch rushed 80 times for 455 yards or about 5.7 yards per carry.  Combined with his 40 receptions for 655 yards, Bosch amassed 1110 total yards of offense and 15 TDs in 120 touches, or 9.3 yards per touch.  His explosive playmaking ability was center stage against Summit on Saturday with scoring plays of 26, 70, and 50 yards.

The Barrons are 1-1 so far this year and are looking to improve on their 4-6 finish from a year ago.  Woodbridge has a talented junior class with the likes of Derek Anderson and his twin brother Bryan as well as Jahmir Bell, Izaiah Tolliver, and Jose Tejierio.  Bosch will have to lead the way for that group, and so far he hasn’t disappointed.

Congratulations AJ on your efforts, and best of luck for the rest of this season.