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MILLVILLE, N.J. – Coming off of a Group V playoff appearance in 2015, Millville is picking up the intensity this season as the Thunderbolts look to contend for their first South Jersey title since 1975.
The Thunderbolts qualified for the Group V postseason as the seven seed last fall. They took perennial powerhouse Cherokee down to the wire before falling in the final minutes.
Most of the starters return from that team, including senior linebacker Zach Douglas. He led the Bolts in tackles with almost 70, and chipped in with a handful of sacks and forced fumbles.
This marks the second year for head coach Dennis Thomas, who came over from Salem after the 2015 season.
With the talent the Bolts have returning, including running back Clayton Scott, Millville has the potential to contend come playoff time.
"Whenever you go 40 years without winning a state championship you want to end the drought. And the kids are working hard. All hard work does is guarantee you an opportunity to be successful. Hard work doesn't guarantee success, but we want to have the opportunity to be extremely successful and that comes with taking care of every opponent that we face," said Scott.
Millville with a challenging schedule, including games against saint Augustine, Williamstown, Hammonton, and Bridgeton.
The thunderbolts open at home against egg harbor township on September 9.