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Millville WR Marcial Ramos talks about the Bolts' 28-17 win over Williamstown. Anthony V. Coppola

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WILLIAMSTOWN - A win is a win, as the old saying goes, yet the Millville High School football team didn't appear totally satisfied Saturday night. 

The Thunderbolts turned in a sloppy first half and had their fair share of mistakes in the third and fourth quarters during a 28-17 win over host Williamstown.

For coach Dennis Thomas, Millville's play was not indicative of a championship-caliber team. Let's not forget, the Bolts are trying to defend their South Jersey Group V crown this year. 

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The good news for Millville: The team is 4-0 entering its bye week. The Bolts next play on Oct. 13 against Hammonton at Wheaton Field. 

"Great to be undefeated going into the bye, but we're not happy," Thomas said after Saturday's win. "We have a lot of things to clean up, a lot of stuff to work on. There's no time to rest." 

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The off week looks to have come at a perfect time for the Bolts. 

Two of their star players — running back Clayton Scott and quarterback E.J. Nichols — were banged up during Saturday night's game. 

Thomas said Scott is fine, without elaborating. Nichols took to Twitter to let me know he's OK too. 

Millville will certainly look to improve in all three phases of the game with the extra week of practice. 

The offense mustered just 54 yards and eight points in the first half Saturday. The Bolts averaged 26.5 points per game in their last two contests after averaging 44 in their first two wins. 

Keep in mind St. Augustine, which the Bolts beat 25-23, and Williamstown posed tougher tests for Millville than Egg Harbor Township and Kingsway.

Thomas also was frustrated with his defense, a unit he repeatedly says he wants to be the best in the state. Millville has allowed an average of 20 points its last two games.

"Going into the bye week we have to take it more serious," said Millville defensive lineman Dylan Washington, who had three sacks against Williamstown. "A lot of teams coming out of the bye week don't do so well the next game. We have to make sure we practice intense, take it 100 percent and don't slack." 

The schedule lightens up for Millville after the bye, as its next three opponents — Hammonton, Bridgeton and Cumberland — have a combined 3-9 record.

The push-back from St. Augustine and Williamstown will serve the Bolts well moving forward. And Millville only figures to get better as the season wears on, which bodes well for its title chances. 

The Bolts might not be happy with their overall play, but they should be happy with their record. 

Millville senior wideout Marcial Ramos, who scored two touchdowns against Williamstown, let out what looked to be a sigh of relief before answering how it felt to be unbeaten going into the bye week.

"It feels great," Ramos said. "It's letting us know early where our team is, so that's always a good feeling."

Anthony V. Coppola; (856) 563-5258; acoppola@gannettnj.com

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