Sussex Tech is making some serious noise in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division in the early part of the season. The Ravens’ strong start continued Friday with a thrilling 28-27 victory over rival Sussex Central on the Golden Knights’ homecoming night.
Ravens quarterback Jamont Matthews delivered a beauty of a pass to the corner of the end zone to receiver Travis Quillen for the go-ahead score with 2:32 remaining in the game.
The Ravens were led by another strong rushing performance by backs Kani Kane and Willis Dickerson, helping the late game heroics by Matthews. Senior Tarez White had two touchdowns and more than 100 yards for the Golden Knights.
The game got rolling quickly, with Sussex Central (2-2, 0-1) scoring on its second play from scrimmage after receiving the opening kick. White made his presence known with a 31-yard touchdown run down the right sideline untouched to put Central up 6-0 just 40 seconds into the game.
Sussex Tech (3-1, 1-0) went three-and-out on its first drive of the game but recovered its own punt following a Central fumble. The Ravens made the most of it, with Dickerson bursting through for a 31-yard run down to the Central 15-yard line. Two plays later, Dickerson took the ball into the end zone to give his team a 7-6 lead.
Sussex Central led 21-7 after the first quarter.
The game would slow down considerably, as each team’s defense stepped things up. Matthews’ 1-yard run brought the Ravens within 21-15 at halftime.
After Sussex Tech received the second-half kick, Central forced a fumble, resulting in a Kevin Sims 2-yard touchdown run for the Golden Knights a few plays later.
With his team down 27-15 near the end of the third quarter, Kane didn’t waste any time getting his team back into the game with a huge 73-yard touchdown run two plays and 23 seconds after Central’s final touchdown. Tech’s two-point conversion failed, however, leaving the score at 27-21 heading into the fourth.
Both teams traded punts, and momentum was at a standstill until Tech put together its best drive of the game, with its star players chipping in to methodically move them down the field.
The drive started with a little more than nine minutes, ending with Matthews’ game-winning touchdown pass.