MILLBURN, NJ - For the first time in a long time, the Millburn Football team finds themselves in the drivers seat.
The Millers came into their game Saturday against the Fort Lee Bridgemen sitting at 3-1, their only blemish being a close loss to Irvington. After electing to receive the opening kickoff, the Millers would fumble away the ball on their first snap, but that was about the only mistake in a complete performance that would see Millburn come away with a 38-18 victory.
Millburn would repeatedly gash Fort Lee on the ground, as Shane Sullivan and Luke Goldenberg would combine to hand off the ball for three touchdowns on the day.
Griffin Titan would run it in twice, while Jake Zirlin would grab the other ground score. Speaking after the game, Titan credited his teammates in the trenches for his dominant rushing performance.
"Honestly, I just gotta thank all my linemen" Titan said. "They did a great job today, [in] everything we did. Just playing hard all game, and they gave me a good front to run against and I just had success."
Titan also noted that the run game worked from the beginning of the game, which allowed Millburn to keep going back to it the rest of the way.
On the defensive side of the ball, Hudson Paris came up huge. With the score sitting at 14-0, Paris picked off the Fort Lee quarterback, running the ball into the end zone. The extra point would make it 21-0, and Fort Lee would be unable to come back from that deficit.
Paris also contributed on the offensive side of the ball, snagging a passing touchdown from Sullivan. When asked about his pick-6, Paris said that just like Titan, he had to credit another player with the setup.
"What happened was, Andrew Schwartz, he tipped the ball up and I just saw the ball in the air, got it [and] ran back, so thank him for that one," Paris said. "I don't think there was ever a doubt, but definitely that [pick] helped us and helped gain momentum."
For both players, the win is a major step forward towards a potential playoff berth, but it is clear that no one is getting ahead of themselves.
"I mean, we're excited," Titan said. "This is a different group of guys than we've had the past couple years, and I feel like we're all a lot closer than we have been in the past. And it's really helping us push forward and keep getting that record. Because playoffs is the goal, and we want to make that happen."
"[I'm] so proud of everyone," Paris added. "Just feels great. Best thing ever. It's great."
The win came as a part of Miller Day festivities. The police and other local organizations were set up behind he bleachers, and at half time, the town's flag football players wre honored by walking out on to the field.
With the win, Millburn improves to 4-1. Fort Lee drops to 0-5 in the loss. The Millers will be in action next week against Mendham on Friday, Oct. 11. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.