WILLIAMSTOWN-- The only thing that could stop Wade Inge and Jonathan Collins on Saturday night was the wave of students filing on to the field after Williamstown clinched the South Jersey Group 5 championship.
Inge and Collins combined for over 500 yards on the ground in the 56-20 victory over Rancocas Valley.
“We came out of the locker room with a goal and a mission,” Collins said. “We said to ourselves this is a championship, but let’s treat it like another game. Let’s play hard. Let’s play physical and let the outcome be what it was.”
The Braves blitzed out to a 21-point advantage in 13 minutes, as Julian Gravener, Collins and Inge scored on touchdown runs to put the game out of reach from the outset.
“I think it was just the atmosphere of the crowd that we had and we were more focused and way more hungry,” Inge said. “We wanted to leave no doubt.”
Before halftime hit, Inge had three touchdowns to his name, including a 64-yard scamper at the end of the second quarter.
“Honestly, I wasn’t worried about the yards and touchdowns, I just wanted to win the game,” Inge said. “The O-line opened up the holes and, as a running back, it’s your job to hit it. The O-line worked their behinds off to open up the holes and that’s how it played out.”
RV showed some fight throughout the second quarter, as Tai Matlock and Bryce Mangene finished off drives with touchdowns runs, but the 21 points it spotted Williamstown proved to be too much of a hill to climb.
As the celebrations grew louder in the boisterous blue-clad student section, Collins found the end zone two more times and Inge recorded his third score of the contest.
“They say big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games,” Collins said. “That’s what we witnessed tonight on both sides of the ball.”
As the clock ran down, a Gatorade bath soaked the coaches and the students stormed the field, creating a blue stampede every Braves player was willing to embrace.
A sectional title would be the culmination of years of hard work for teams in the past, and although it feels that way for Williamstown, it still has one more game to go against Central Jersey Group 5 champion Sayreville.
“It’s really a dream come true,” Collins said. “We couldn’t plan this night any better for us. We faced adversity in each game and conquered it and this is the result. I really appreciate my teammates because we couldn’t have done it without a full team effort.”
“We’ll be focused and ready. I think it’ll be a fun game for a lot of people to go watch,” Inge said.