MILLBURN, NJ - After surrendering only nine points in their win against Kearny last week, the Millburn Millers looked to step up the pace while playing against a Barringer Blue Bears team coming to town.
They did just that and more, shutting out the Blue Bears in a 20-0 win, their second of the nascent season in as many games.
The Millers locked up the win early, scoring all their points in the first half. Robert Almgren got Millburn on the board in the first quarter, receiving a touchdown pass from Quarterback Shane Sullivan. Sullivan also threw another touchdown to Griffin Titan and ran a trick reverse play in at the gun before halftime for the final score.
"[It] feels great," Almgren said. "And it all starts up front. Our o-line played great, felt good to keep moving the chains."
When asked about what it meant to be a reliable target for Sullivan in tonight's game, Almgren instead chose to shout out his receiving corps as a whole. "We have a lot of depth on offense," he added. "We've got a lot of receivers, a lot of depth, so it's a team effort."
On the defensive side of the ball, the Millers spent all game getting up into the pocket and disrupting the timing of Barringer Quarterback Mark Johnson. additionally, the secondary succeded in disrupting multiple Blue Bears passes downfield. Senior Captain and Middle Line Backer Ryan Koplitz spoke to his team's defensive prowess post-game as well.
"We've been confident in our defense," Koplitz said. "We've got a bunch of seniors starting, we mesh really well together. We're just kind of a unit out there, and we just try to go hard every time we're out there just as a group. And I think it was key tonight to not let them get off the ball and not let them attack us deep."
With the victory over Barringer, Millburn improves to 2-0. Next week, Millburn goes on the road for the first time this season to face Chatham. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.