Glory Days Football Writer

PISCATAWAY — Even after the South/Central Group 4 Regional Championship — and New Jersey’s high school football season — ended here at SHI Stadium on Sunday night, Millville found a way to score again.

Coach Dennis Thomas took the golden football trophy and sprinted towards the end zone. He jumped past the pylon. Thomas, a former Rutgers tailback, broke the trophy.

And he didn’t care.

“I had to score, we didn’t score enough points,” Thomas said. “I had to dive to the pylon. Like the old days. We played West Virginia, I scored down there.

“We played Notre Dame, I scored down here, 65 yards baby!”

How many could ever be enough for these Thunderbolts?

They nearly hit half-a-hundred in their 45-35 win over Winslow for the hardware.

Per local sports historian Chuck Langerman, Millville’s 540 points led the state this season and finished fourth-most in South Jersey history. Thomas’ bunch averaged 45 points per game, eighth-best all-time in the area.

And that’s with a forfeit as one of the team’s dozen wins.

“All the athletes we have, it was just really fun,” said quarterback Nate Robbins, who went 14-of-20 for 244 yards and three touchdowns. “I’ve always had good athletes, but this team is just really something special.

“My line, LeQuint, obviously, and all the weapons we have out front. I’m not scared to put the ball out. I know my defense will come back and get it for me.”

LeQuint, as in Allen, helped put way what had been a back-and-forth, wild affair through 2 1/2 quarters with the Eagles (9-4).

Tied 35-35 with 3 minutes, 50 seconds left in the frame, the Thunderbolts (12-1) handed it the Syracuse-bound star.

On an 11-play, 80-yard drive that ended with Na’eem Sharp’s 6-yard touchdown run to make it 42-35, Allen ran it eight times for 68 yards.

During the next drive that began at the 11:05 mark of the fourth, Allen touched it 11 times. That drive spanned 7:23 and ended with Jayden Raynis’ 24-yard field goal.

“Nah, we didn’t come out here and practice all summer for that,” Allen said of his message to the team after a lull that had a 35-21 lead evaporate in the early second half. “We’ve got to dig down, dig deep. Nobody said it was going to be easy.

“We came together and we did what we had to do.”

Allen ran 40 times for 245 yards and two touchdowns. He caught four passes for 73 yards. At times over the final half, he could hardly avoid a limp out of bounds at the end of runs.

Then, he got back in the huddle and carried again.

A true workhorse, he passed Phillip “Moose” Jackson to be second in school history with 26 touchdowns in one season. His 1,915 rush yards also are good for second, per Langerman.

“He’s the guy,” Thomas said. “He’s our leader. He’s our captain.

“He leaves us in a few weeks, so that’s a way to celebrate him, man. Give him the ball, lean on him. He’s a big-time running back, man. He made it happen.”

A big-time running back and a big-time offense. The Bolts ran 76 plays to Winlsow’s 60 for a 503-to-364 edge in yards.

Coach Thomas believes his club is the best public school in the state.

“Let’s schedule Irvington next week, unofficial state champions,” Thomas said. “Irvington, let’s set this thing up. Us and y’all.”

It could lead to a new trophy for Millville — one that’s in one piece.

And we know it would lead to more points, too.

Mark Trible covers the West Jersey Football League for Glory Days Magazine. Check out his weekly show on, The South Jersey Football Frenzy, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. You can also follow him on Twitter @Mtrible.