Bolts, Spirit renew long lost rivalry

Bolts, Spirit renew long lost rivalry

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Bolts, Spirit renew long lost rivalry

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Key Matchups


Millville QB Rashon Sorrell (5 feet, 11 inches, 180 pounds) vs. Holy Spirit DB A.J. Dawson (5-9, 172). Sorrell took some punishment in a Sept. 28 loss to Absegami. The senior quarterback was briefly injured in the third quarter before taking a big shot to the ribs in the fourth quarter and sitting out the rest of the game. Sorrell will want to keep an eye out for Dawson, who returned an interception for a touchdown in an 18-0 win over Absegami last week.


Millville RB Robert Ennis Jr. (5-10, 158) vs. Holy Spirit LB Jeff Steeb (6-2, 224). Ennis was one of the few bright spots early for Millville in the team’s 24-21 loss to Absegami last time out. Ennis ran for 138 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns. Steeb, a captain on defense for Holy Spirit, brings a physical presence to the field and a strong nose for the ball. Aside from being the team’s top tackler, Steeb is good in pass coverage, evidenced by his pick-6 last week against Absegami.


Millville DT Antoine White (6-3, 252) vs. Holy Spirit QB T.J. Anderson (5-11, 203). White will need to make his presence felt in this game for Millville. The talented defensive tackle has been seeing plenty of attention from opposing offensive lines, freeing up potential plays for the rest of the Bolts’ D-line. White will need to work through the potential double-teams and disrupt Holy Spirit’s offense. Anderson is still feeling things out as a starter after taking over for C.J. LaFragola, who transferred to St. Joseph earlier this season.

Keys to the Game


Millville must limit its turnovers. Outside of a field goal, all of Holy Spirit’s points against Absegami came off turnovers as the team turned a pair of interceptions into two touchdowns. Millville quarterbacks threw three interceptions in a loss to the Braves on Sept. 28 that proved costly. Against a team as talented as the Spartans, protecting the football becomes paramount.


The Bolts must keep their foot on the pedal. In Millville’s last two games, the team has failed to put any points on the board in the second half. Against St. Joseph, it cost Millville a chance at a come-from-behind win. Against Absegami, it allowed the Braves to rally for a victory on a last-second field goal.


Millville must stop the big play. As stingy as Millville’s defense can be at times, the group does have the tendency to allow a backbreaking play to opposing offenses now and then. Against Absegami, it was a 58-yard pass with less than a minute to go until halftime that led to a touchdown with Millville leading 21-6.

Intangibles


Basically a must-win. By giving the game away against Absegami, this contest with a talented Holy Spirit team takes on that much more importance. A loss won’t kill Millville’s playoff hopes, but it will make the team’s margin for the error the rest of the way basically non-existent.


Coming off a bye. The week off came at the perfect time for Millville, which had some players needing a chance to recover for some injuries. It also allowed the team some time to reflect on a 2-0 start that now sees the team with a .500 record.

Prediction

Holy Spirit 24,

Millville 14

— Anthony Coppola

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