The Millville Thunderbolts were looking for redemption Friday night against Williamstown after last season's first round playoff loss.

A pair of sensational young running backs made sure the Braves left this year's contest with a taste of that same disappointment.

Rob Ennis and Ryquell Armstead had two rushing touchdowns each, as the Thunderbolts avenged 2012's 35-point loss with a 28-19 win on Friday night. Aside from providing every one of Millville's touchdowns, the duo also combined for 239 yards on the ground against the defending South Jersey Group V state champions.

While the game seemed out of reach early in the third quarter, the Braves mounted a rally and kept things close into the game's final stages. Even after Armstead's second touchdown put the 'Bolts up by 15, Williamstown responded to cut the lead to 9 with just over two minutes to play. However, Millville's tremendous rushing attack proved to once again be the difference as the Thunderbolts ran out the clock on the Braves and their first round playoff rematch.

And here are some of the best calls from Friday night's playoff game, as heard on 97.3 ESPN-FM:

Rob Ennis 4-yard touchdown run

Marquis Little 86-yard kickoff return touchdown

John Chamberlain 9-yard touchdown run

Ryquell Armstead 2-yard touchdown run


Here’s a preview of some of the other interviews from this week’s edition of the South Jersey Sports Report:

  • Press of Atlantic City sports writer Mike McGarry recaps an exciting Friday night in the Cape-Atlantic League, including how the Atlantic City Vikings came within less than 10 yards of shocking the top-seeded team in the Group V playoffs
  • The Shore Sports Network’s Kevin Williams breaks down several playoff games in the Shore Conference, including how Barnegat avenged last year's season-ending playoff loss to Pemberton and what they face on the road in the next round
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer's Phil Anastasia has more on Eastern's close call with Atlantic City, and how the Hammonton Blue Devils came out on the wrong end of a playoff game against a "nearly identical opponent"

  • Middle Township Panthers Steve Hand, Corey Daniels, Scott Kurkowski & Noah Granigan
  • The Middle Township boys soccer team can also call themselves South Jersey Champions after another epic shootout. Four players from the South Jersey Group II Champions joined us for a little breakfast the morning after their victory, and explained how the "best fans in South Jersey" motivated them to go the distance once again

  • St. Joseph Wildcats Molly Mullee, Joanna Umosella, Marielena Dottoli & Emily DeMarco

    Listen to this week's show:

    Aaron Bogushefsky, Ocean City Red Raiders head soccer coach

    Kevin Williams, Shore Sports Network high school football analyst

    St. Joseph Wildcats field hockey team

    Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City sports reporter

    Middle Township Panthers boys soccer team, South Jersey Group II Champions

    Phil Anastasia, Philadelphia Inquirer sports reporter

    Lamont Harris, St. Augustine Prep Hermits junior running back


    We’d also like to congratulate the South Jersey Athlete of the Week:

    Scott Kurkowski

    Soccer, Middle Township

    He helped fuel a dramatic rally in a South Jersey semifinal matchup against Woodstown. The Panthers fell behind 3-0, but Kurkowski and company stormed back to win 4-3 in penalty kicks. Kurkowski scored two goal during the comeback. He also converted twice in the eight-round shootout thriller against top-seeded West Deptford on Friday.


    A special thanks to Emily DeMarco, her family & her teammates for providing the South Jersey Sports Report with a tremendous early morning snack

    It’s all right here, on The South Jersey Sports Report. Listen every Saturday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on 97.3 ESPN-FM or Don’t forget to miss Tyler on Thursday Night Live where each week we take the South Jersey Sports Report on the road at a different local establishment in our area, with the spotlight on high school football.

    And 97.3 ESPN-FM has you covered every Friday night from 6-7 p.m. for “Countdown to Kickoff”, followed by our live coverage of one of the area’s best games. It all wraps up with our post game show at 10 p.m.

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