Sunday, August 2, 2015

Countdown to Kickoff: Millville

Countdown to Kickoff: Millville

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By Phil Anastasia


Last year: 6-4 (5-3 in Cape American)
Coach: Jason Durham (29-23 entering sixth season)

Fast fact: Millville is 17-5 since the start of the 2011 season

Opener: Sept. 13 home vs. Atlantic City

Player to watch: Senior two-way tackle Antoine White (pictured). The Penn State recruit as a defensive tackle is the anchor of the Millville defense, a top pass rusher and run defender. He had more than 20 scholarship offers when he committed to Penn State.

Outlook: Millville is a darkhorse contender to win the CAL American and the SJ Group 5 title, too. This team might be just as talented, if not more talented, than the 2011 team that went 11-0 before losing to Pennsauken in the SJ 4 tile game. Leading the way is two-way tackle Antoine White, a Penn State recruit as a DT. White can be a dominating force, especially on the defensive side. Senior MLB Ed Shockley has offers from Monmouth and Bryant. Seniors Keyvon Rivera and Obi Kali are experienced two-way linemen and senior Anthony Stubbs is set for a big season on both sides of the football (TE/FB/LB). On offense, the Thunderbolts have a strong leader in senior quarterback Rob Rivera. Junior running back Rob Ennis ran for 1,503 yards and 18 TDs last season. He could be a major recruit next season. A player to watch is junior RB/WR/DB Ryquell Armstead, a track star who sat out last football season. He could make a major impact for the Thunderbolts.

Schedule: It's tough duty in the CAL American, with no soft spots on the schedule. Millville's opener is key, as AC is rebuilding a bit but well-coached and dangerous. There's an especially tough three-game stretch featuring a visit to St. Joseph (Sept. 28), a visit to Absegami (Oct. 4) and a home game with Holy Spirit (Oct. 18, after a bye). Millville visits Hammonton Nov. 8 on the playoff cutoff. The annual Thanksgiving Day game with Vineland, the oldest public-school rivalry in the state, is home at Wheaton Field on the morning of Nov. 28.

Quote: "We have so many alumni come back to our games, we're determined to play well for them," White said.

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Born and raised in South Jersey, Phil Anastasia prefers standing on the sidelines at high school football games on Friday nights to sitting in the press box at Eagles games on Sunday afternoons. He’s a graduate of Rowan University with a degree in English. Reach Phil at

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