Millville graduate several standouts from last season's team that finished 11-1 and reached the South Jersey Group IV final.
Among the graduates are quarterback/safety Shaq Lee and running back Alquann Jones - The Press Player of the Year.
Millville should still contend for a Cape-Atlantic League title and a South Jersey playoff spot. They still feature talented players, such as defensive tackle and Rutgers recruit Antoine White. Others players, such as WR/FS Rashon Sorrell, will play more prominent roles this season.
Here's a quick look at the Thunderbolts.
League: Cape-Atlantic American
Group: South Jersey Group V
Coach: Jason Durham (four seasons, 23-19)
Last season’s record: 11-1
Playoff appearances: 8
Playoff record: 5-7
2012 prediction: Contender – Thunderbolts graduated several standouts but still a feature of host talented players led by defensive tackle and Rutgers recruit Antoine White.
Game to watch: Sept. 21 vs. St. Joseph: Millville opens with two road games and the plays St. Joe – the defending state Non-Public I champion – in its home opener.
Key Returnees: Rashon Sorrell, Sr., WR/FS/QB, 5-11, 175; Alskee Downing, Sr., WR/CB, 5-9, 165; Antoine White, Jr., DT, 6-3, 255; Ed Shockley, Jr., LB, 5-10, 205; Marshall McShan, Sr., OL/DL, 5-10, 200; DeQuan Brown, Sr., WR, 5-10, 165; Jimmy Cessna, Sr., C, 5-11, 260; Keyvon Rivera, Jr., G/DT, 6-1, 245; Rob Ennis, So., RB/CB, 5-9, 160.
Top newcomers: Obi Kali, Jr., OT/DE, 6-3, 245; Roberto Rivera, Jr., QB/FS, 5-10, 155; Lawson Worthy, Jr., RB/DB, 5-10, 160; Josh Mercado, Sr., G/DT, 6-1, 295; Marshon Hoover, Sr., WR/DE, 6-2, 195; RyQuell Armstead, So., RB/LB, 5-9, 175