Bolts seek their first home win

Bolts seek their first home win

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Bolts seek their first home win

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Key Matchups


Millville CB Alskee Downing (5 feet, 9 inches, 155 pounds) vs. Egg Harbor Twp. WR Hajilik Smith (5-11, 189). Downing and the rest of the Millville secondary is having a good season in terms of takeaways. The unit has produced seven interceptions, including two in a win last week against Holy Spirit. Smith enters the game as the Eagles’ top receiver with 12 catches for 119 yards this season.


Millville RB Robert Ennis Jr. (5-10, 158) vs. Egg Harbor Twp. LB Austin Gray (6-1, 278). Ennis had his best game last week against Holy Spirit, scoring four touchdowns and rushing for 150 yards. Ennis also showed some power against the Spartans, something he hasn’t used a lot of in his runs this year. Gray, who leads EHT with 30 tackles, will try and help the Eagles slow down Millville’s potent running back.


Millville LB Ed Shockley (5-11, 207) vs. Egg Harbor Twp. FB Matt Clayton (5-10, 222). With EHT’s top runner Curtis Fitzpatrick out of action since Week 2, Clayton has taken over the bulk of the rushing duties. He leads the team in yards with 190 on 55 carries (3.46 yards per carry), including two touchdowns. Look for Shockley, Millville’s middle linebacker, to neutralize the EHT running game. The junior has been the best of a talented linebacking corps for the Bolts.

Keys to the Game


Millville can lean on Ennis Jr. The sophomore back proved it last week when he took on 27 carries and led the way for the Bolts’ offense. Ennis showed the most explosiveness seen from him all season, converting inside power runs along with his trademark breakaway speed to the outside. A bye two weeks ago looks to have worked wonders for Ennis.


The Bolts might keep mixing it up. Millville junior Roberto Rivera, the team’s second-string quarterback, was used all over the field in last week’s win over Holy Spirit as coach Jason Durham added some wrinkles to the offense. Rivera logged three carries, attempted two passes and even had a reception. The team’s starting strong safety logged 43 all-purpose yards.


Millville must keep creating turnovers. The group had four takeaways last week, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions, in becoming the first team to beat Holy Spirit on its home field since 2009. Millville is a plus-3 in turnover differential this season.

Intangibles


Don’t give EHT life. The Eagles have lost two games in a row and are 1-1 on the road this season. Millville should be riding high after a big win over Holy Spirit, and a victory tonight would put the Bolts in solid position in the Group V South playoff picture. Millville is currently seventh in the power point standings. Eight teams qualify for the state tournament.


More swagger at home. Not just the players, but the Millville faithful need to be more enthusiastic at Wheaton Field. Millville had won seven straight games at home entering 2012. The Bolts are 0-2 at home this season after not losing a game there all of last year.

Prediction

Millville 28,

Egg Harbor Twp. 12

— Anthony Coppola

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