MILLBURN, NJ — Following a start to the season marked by disappointing results, the Millburn football team is set to kick off the second half of a truncated season, as they look to right the ship and get back some of their momentum from opening night.
Following a season-opening 12-7 loss to Belleville and a 28-13 setback against Columbia (SOMA), the Millers found themselves on the wrong side of the scorebug after a 55-7 loss to powerhouse West Side (Newark). The lone score for Millburn in the game was a pick six by Connor Tuths late in the second half.
Following the loss, Millburn Head Football Coach Chris Dreschel spoke about the lessons learned so far from the shortened season.
"I think we just have to get used to playing high quality football teams," Dreschel said. "When you play a group 4 schedule, that's kind of what you run into. I think there aren't many weeks that you can line up and just go through the motions [West Side] was ranked preseason top 20 for a reason, there's some talented football players over there."
He added,"I think it's good for us to see that as a program, and we've just got to keep getting better, that's all we can do. The speed was different, and we've just gotta get better, [and] learn how to compete at that level."
Now, the sprint into the second half of Millburn's truncated schedule begins. The Millers will face Nutley at Home this week in a 7:00 p.m. kickoff, and then finish up their season with back-to-back road contests against Orange and Madison, with both games kicking off at 1:00 p.m.