MILLBURN, NJ - After a heartbreaking overtime loss to Mendham, Millburn Football knew to a man that Friday's game against the Orange Tornadoes was a must-win.
And win they did. Millburn hung on to secure a 35-28 victory over Orange and keep their playoff hopes alive. Millburn Quarterback Shane Sullivan passed for two touchdowns in the win, and ran for three more.
The defense got the stops it needed in the second half and beyond as Orange's offensive output began to decrease and peter out.
Eventually, a long Griffin Titan touchdown catch and run would hold upas the game-winning score. Speaking after the game, Titan said that his touchdown was personally big because it came after a slower start for him.
"I had a slow start in the first half," Titan said. "And the second half, I really just needed to get back my confidence. Once I caught the ball, I just refused to go down."
On the last play of regulation, Evan Gershoff was able to get his hands on an errant Orange pass, and while he did not catch it, made sure that it hit the ground harmlessly.
Gershoff said he was not going to let Ja'Maarey hall Hawkins beat him again, and that when he saw the ball coming, he went up and got it.
Looking forward to the rest of the schedule, Gershoff also said that the team was looking to keep the good times rolling against Ferris next week.
"We're rolling," Gershoff said. "After this, we have Ferris next week. We're gonna roll. We're a solid team, great group of guys. We just keep pounding."
If Millburn runs the table to finish 7-2, they may still need some help, but would be in a good position to enter the playoffs.