The final score may not have gone Mainland's way in their football home opener, but it was about the bigger picture in Linwood on Friday night.

The Mustangs got their first chance to run onto the field in 2012, passing the newly dedicated memorial sitting just outside the stadium gate. While the result on the scoreboard was unfavorable,  it didn't stop one local community from rallying together to honor four young men tragically killed last year .

Mustangs player Colin O'Shea joined us from the locker room to reflect on the emotions he felt passing the rock monument dedicated to his fallen teammates.

He also gave us a sneak peek at his appearance in an upcoming television commercial, as several Mainland athletes will soon be featured in a nationally-televised Dick's Sporting Goods spot.

The Millville Thunderbolts are striking early and often this young high school football season, after two impressive road victories in Atlantic City and Linwood. Their latest win, a 35-7 romp over Mainland, has the 'Bolts looking like another postseason contender.

Their coach, Jason Durham, joined us on the South Jersey Sports Report to explain how he's keeping his group motivated after falling just short in last year's State Finals appearance. He also touched on the balance featured in his explosive offense, and why two key play-makers are creating nightmares for opposing defenses.

We also preview Millville's upcoming opponent, St. Joe's, and find out what the 'Bolts can do to tame the Wildcats in their home opener next Friday.

From Cumberland down to Cape May County, another local high school football team is also undefeated, after two victories in eight days. The impressive part: that total matches the same number of wins they've accrued over the past four seasons.

We spoke with Wildwood High School football coach Rich Hans about how's keeping his team focused and grounded after their best start in half a decade. He also touched on his "all-around game-changer" in RB Wes Hills, and how the rest of the team is finally buying into the system.

We also check in with South Jersey Hall of Fame Sports reporter Tom Williams, who offers his thoughts on the latest high school sports action.



Listen to this week's show:

Jason Durham, Millville Thunderbolts head football coach

Rich Hans, Wildwood Warriors head football coach

Colin O'Shea, Mainland Mustangs football

Scott DeCecco, Seattle Mariners pitching prospect

Tom Williams, South Jersey Hall of Fame sports reporter


We'd also like to congratulate our first South Jersey Athlete of the Week:

Wildwood RB/LB Wes Hills

The Warriors dynamic play-maker rushed for 191 yards and added four touchdowns in a 42-0 road win against Riverside.


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