Raiders face first ranked team on Friday

By TOM WILLIAMS

Coaches: Ocean City’s Kevin Smith is 45-50 in his 10th season, the fourth most wins in Raider history. Millville’s Dennis Thomas is 50-31 in his 8th season overall, 37-21 in six years at Millville and 13-10 in two years at Salem. Smith’s teams are 0-3 against the Thunderbolts, Thomas is 1-0 against the Raiders.

Millville Update: The Thunderbolts have a had a roller coaster three weeks. They started the season with a tough, 27-22 loss to Hammonton. Then they handed St. Augustine its only defeat, 22-21, only to get routed last Saturday to St. Joseph, 56-6. Senior LaQuint Allen (6-0, 187), a first team all star last year, has scored three rushing TDs and has caught 10 passes for 124 yards. Junior quarterback Nate Robbins (5-11, 172) likes to threw the ball – he has completed 47 of 90 passes for 481 yards. Last year he threw the ball more than 300 times for 2000+ yards and 16 TDs. Other favorite targets this year are senior Davonte White (5-11, 186), juniors Ti’yon Cephas (5-8, 144) and Calem Bowman (6-1, 171), and freshman Taron Haile. The offensive line returns from last year, led by senior all star Samer File (6-1, 288) and junior Achan Harris (5-10, 244). Sophomore linebacker Keyan German (5-10, 213) led Millville in tackles last year and was an all star. Junior Elijah Edwards (6-3, 230) and senior Bryson Patterson (5-10, 241) anchor the defensive line. Patterson was also an all star punter last season. Millville has not kicked an extra point since 2018. They lead CAL teams with four 2-point conversions this year and led with 16 a year ago.

Scoring Averages: Ocean City 47.1, Millville 16.7.

Defensive Averages: Ocean City 4.7, Millville 34.7

Brady Rauner has been big for the Raiders on offense & defense (BRIAN GREEN Photo)

Complete OCHS three-week stats are HERE.

Tickets – and more: A total of 500 tickets have been distributed, around 300 of them to Ocean City. Most of those have been made available to OCHS football players, band members, cheerleaders and Homecoming Queen candidates. There will be no tickets available at the stadium. If you do not have a ticket, do not come to Carey Stadium on Friday. If you do have a ticket, you must be wearing a mask to enter the stadium. Players on the field may remove masks but all players, coaches and others on the sidelines must be wearing masks.

Live Video Coverage: The live video stream produced by Matt Ulmer and Bill Shallcross, can be seen HERE, along with more than a decade’s worth of videos of other OCHS games. There is no radio coverage of the game but the video stream is available on virtually every mobile device.

History: Ocean City trails Millville, 28-23, in the all-time series with two tie games. This will be the 54th meeting. The two schools last met in 2015 when the Thunderbolts won. 20-13, at Carey Stadium. Ocean City’s last win over Millville was in 2009 when Mark Impagliazzo’s team won, 13-12, at Carey Stadium when Chris Curran hit Andy Fiorentino for a TD with three minutes left and then kicked the game-winning extra point.

Sean Mazzitelli prepares to make a tackle (BRIAN GREEN Photo)

Smith on Millville: “Millville is the best team we’ve played so far. They have good athletes, some tough players up front, a quarterback who makes plays and they are well-coached. We will need to tackle well, protect the football and play four good quarters to beat them.”

What’s At Stake: Unless the NJSIAA reverses itself and allows championship playoffs to be held, there is nothing really at stake this season. And there are no formal divisions in the West Jersey Football League. This season is all about the student-athletes just getting a chance to play.

South Jersey Rankings: Ocean City is ranked #7 in The Online 25 rankings and Millville is #13. Other CAL schools include #4 Holy Spirit, #6 St. Joseph, #9 St. Augustine and #10 Hammonton. The complete list is HERE.

Other Rankings: Ocean City is ranked #14 in New Jersey by MaxPreps. Millville is #40. The Born Power Index makes Ocean City a 20-point favorite in the game.

Shawn Repetti saved this high snap & Brendan McGonigle was 6 for 6 at Cedar Creek
(BRIAN GREEN Photo)

Last week: The Ocean City-Cedar Creek box score is HERE.

Next week: Both teams will have a bye week. The Raiders are back in action on Nov. 6 with Mainland at home, Millville is also back on Nov. 6 at Williamstown. This week’s full schedule of CAL teams is HERE.

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