The St. Augustine Prep and Millville high school football teams will meet Friday.

But no introductions are necessary for these West Jersey Football League Constitution Division rivals.

Four of St. Augustine's most prominent players - quarterback Josh Zamot, wide receivers Zeke Ennis and Xavier File and defensive back Shamere Collins - are Millville residents.

"Everyone knows who everyone is," Millville coach Dennis Thomas said. "We don't want our guys over (at St. Augustine). For them to come in and take some of our guys, we don't appreciate that. It would be great if we had all those guys (back at Millville) because it would make us a stronger team. But I'm extremely happy with what we have. We want to go into the game and execute."

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Millville's Wheaton Field. The game is one of the most anticipated in South Jersey this weekend.

St. Augustine (3-0) is ranked No. 1 in The Press Elite 11, while Millville (2-0) is No. 6. The Hermits average 47 points, while Millville has yet to allow a point this season.

"Make no mistake about it," Thomas said. "(St. Augustine) is extremely good. They're well coached. We hope to get after it."

The stands at Wheaton Field should be packed. Thomas said it will be a playoff atmosphere. Zamot is excited for his homecoming. He grew up playing with several Thunderbolts in junior league football and is best friends with Millville junior center John Cieplenski.

"I've known most of the Millville guys since I was 6 years old," Zamot said. "I think it's going to be great. It's going to be weird playing against them, but at the end of the day, we're going out there to win."

Few New Jersey teams can match St. Augustine's talent at the skill positions. St. Augustine has scored six touchdowns of 40 yards or longer and three of 70 or longer.

"We have to limit the big play," Thomas said. "Are we going to give up a big play here and there? Absolutely, but we need to limit their big plays on offense, defense and special teams."

Hermits junior running back Kyle Dobbins has rushed 68 times for 511 yards and four touchdowns.

"I think (Dobbins) is one of the best running backs in the state of New Jersey," Thomas said. "But I think our running back is one of the best in the state of New Jersey as well."

Thomas was talking about Clayton Scott, who has rushed 50 times for 387 yards and three touchdowns.

The Thunderbolts also feature linebacker Zack Douglas, who has the ability to pursue and tackle ball carriers from sideline to sideline. Douglas has made 24 tackles. He's sacked the quarterback twice and forced two fumbles.

Zamot has known Douglas since middle school.

"He's always been a baller," Zamot said. "I knew he was always going to become good."

Friday's game represents opportunity for both teams.

For St. Augustine, it's a chance to continue to establish itself as one of the region's most dominant programs. The Hermits have won 20 straight against South Jersey teams.

Meanwhile, a win over St. Augustine would boost the status of Millville's program in the eyes of many S.J. fans.

But more importantly for the Thunderbolts and several St. Augustine players, Friday's game is about neighborhood bragging rights, and in high school sports, few things are more important.

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