Millville football defeats Mainland in state semis with last-minute TD

MARLTON – It’s not the script the Millville High School football team wrote up.

The program’s pursuit of the first-ever Group 4 state championship has come with far more drama than it hoped, but the jaw-dropping endings have been worth the knee-rattling suspense.

Na’eem Sharp’s go-ahead, 18-yard touchdown run with 39 seconds remaining lifted the Thunderbolts past Mainland 18-14 in the state semifinals Sunday at Cherokee, the squad’s second-straight thrilling comeback in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter.

“You got to play to the end, you got to play to the end when you play us,” head coach Humberto Ayala said. “We’re in it, no matter what the situation is, to the very end.”

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