9th-ranked Thunderbolts strike often

Millville High School running back Alquann Jones, carrying the ball during a game against Absegami last month, and the rest of the undefeated Thunderbolts will host Rancocas Valley at 7 tonight in the first round of the South Jersey Group IV playoffs. Jones has rushed for 1,536 yards and scored 18 touchdowns this season.

Ben Fogletto, Oct. 14, 2011

Millville High School hosts a playoff football game tonight for the first time since 1998. The 2011 Thunderbolts are hoping for the same result as 13 years ago when Millville beat Pennsauken 14-12.

The undefeated Thunderbolts are No. 3 in The Press Elite 11. They haven't been 8-0 since 1978. They won their first Cape-Atlantic League title since 1989.

In Rancocas, Millville faces a team that has won six straight - all against schools from Mercer County.

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The Red Devils feature college-bound players on the offensive and defensive lines. Offensive lineman Ray Korang is headed to Temple University and defensive lineman Dom Twitty will play for Minnesota.

Key players for Millville: Alquann Jones (above), RB, 214 carries for 1,536 yards and 18 touchdowns; Shaq Lee, QB/DB, 31-of-60 for 605 yards and seven touchdowns; 42 carries for 203 yards and seven touchdowns; Rashon Sorrell, WR/LB, nine catches for 204 yards; Nick Tyndal, OL/DL

Key players for Rancocas Valley: DeShawn Jones, RB, 101 carries for 618 yards and six touchdowns; Dylan Finelli, QB, 56-of-108 for 1,149 yards and 11 touchdowns; J.P. Wilson, WR, 20 catches for 436 yards and six touchdowns; Dom Twitty, DE, four sacks; Ray Korang, OL.

Keys to victory: Millville needs to rely on the running of Jones and timely passing of Lee. On defense, the Thunderbolts must shore up their pass defense.

Game details

Who: Seventh-seeded Rancocas Valley (6-2) vs. second-seeded Millville (8-0)

When/where: 7 p.m. today at Wheaton Field in Millville

Radio:‚ÄČ1440 AM

Admission: $3 adults, $2 students and senior citizens What's next: Winner advances to next weekend's semifinals against the winner of tonight's quarterfinal between third-seed Williamstown and No. 6 seed Washington Township.

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