You could hear a pin drop at Wheaton Field on Friday night.
Absegami High School kicker Nick Della Vecchia drilled a 31-yard field goal with 2.4 seconds left to play, sending the Braves to a 24-21 win over host Millville.
It was the Thunderbolts’ first loss to Absegami (3-1) since 2009.
Aside from a second-quarter outburst, the Millville (2-2) offense was out of sync for most of the evening.
Bolts quarterback Rashon Sorrell went just 2-of-8 passing with a pair of interceptions and was knocked out of the game on a big hit in the fourth quarter.
Backup quarterback Roberto Rivera couldn’t come to the rescue either. The junior was 2-of-4 passing for 29 yards and an interception. He entered the game with 5:59 left in regulation.
The loss marks the first time the Bolts have lost back-to-back games since Sept. 17 and 24 in the 2010 season.
Millville looked to be in good shape when it took a 21-6 lead late in the second quarter.
Millville punt returner DeQuan Bowman weaved his way through blockers and went 72 yards for a touchdown with 24 seconds left until halftime to give the Bolts a commanding lead.
But Absegami, which is capable of stringing big plays together, went the length of the field on a 58-yard pass to running back David Hood. The bruising back went in for a touchdown a play later from 7 yards out on a double reverse. An Absegami 2-point conversion cut its deficit to 21-14 and gave the team momentum going into halftime.
Uncharacteristically, the Bolts would not alter the scoreboard again.
The team managed just one second-half first down, and the Braves rallied with 10 points in the fourth quarter to seal the comeback win.
Hood, who carried 17 times for 69 yards, tied the game with a 6-yard touchdown run with 11:05 left in the fourth quarter.
Absegami opened the scoring with 5 minutes, 53 seconds left in the first quarter on a 32-yard screen pass from quarterback Mike Dolan to running back Tyler Bing on 4th and-14.
Millville wasn’t as sharp to open the game.
The Bolts went three-and-out on their first possession and saw another promising drive derailed by a 7-yard loss on 1st-and-10 and a false start penalty.
The Bolts stalled at the Absegami 25-yard line when Sorrell and company failed three times to pick up one yard and move the chains.
The unit did bounce back temporarily, however.
Sophomore running back Robert Ennis Jr. showed off his electrifying speed, taking a handoff through the line before cutting up the right sideline for a 65-yard touchdown run with 5:12 left in the second quarter to tie the game at 6-6.
After Bolts cornerback Alskee Downing picked off Dolan at the 2-yard line, Millville marched 98 yards before Ennis scored his second touchdown of the game, a 2-yard run with 1:36 left in the first half.
Ennis finished the game with 138 yards on 18 carries.
Millville will have time to fix its mistakes, as the team’s bye week is next.
The Bolts will need to be sharp after their break, with a trip to face a tough Holy Spirit team on Oct. 12.