The Mainland Regional Mustangs and Millville Thunderbolts will face off in the championship round of the 2023 NJSIAA South Jersey Group 4 Football Championships on Friday, November 10th, at 7pm ET in Millville, New Jersey.
What it is: New Jersey High School Football
Matchup: Mainland Regional Mustangs vs. Millville Thunderbolts
Time: Friday Nov 10, 2023, 7pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 NJSIAA South Jersey Group 4 Football Championships
Round: Championship Round
Locations: Millville – Millville, NJ
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The Mustangs come into the game with a perfect 11-0 record, while the Thunderbolts are 9-1. Mainland Regional is ranked 2nd in the division and 6th in the state, while Millville is ranked 1st in the division and 5th in the state.
The Mustangs have a high-powered offense, averaging 42.1 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Ryan Wright, who has thrown for over 3,000 yards and 40 touchdowns this season. Wright is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 500 yards and 10 touchdowns. Mainland Regional also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Matt Cassidy.
The Thunderbolts have a balanced offense, averaging 31.8 points per game. They are led by senior quarterback Micah Ford, who has thrown for over 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns this season. Ford is also a threat on the ground, rushing for over 400 yards and 10 touchdowns. Millville also has a solid running game, led by senior running back Landyn Collins.
Both defenses are playing at a high level, with Mainland Regional allowing just 16.3 points per game and Millville allowing just 18.7 points per game.
This is sure to be a close game between two evenly matched teams. Mainland Regional will need to find a way to slow down the Thunderbolts’ passing game and force turnovers. Millville will need to protect the football and capitalize on their scoring opportunities.
This will be the first matchup between the two teams this season.
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Both teams are evenly matched, but I am giving the edge to Mainland Regional due to their undefeated record and their more explosive offense. I predict that the Mustangs will win a close game, 35-31.