It’s not often that a running back can average 35 yards per carry, but that’s just what Sussex Central running back KiAnte Sturgis did against Cape Henlopen on Saturday.
Sturgis torched the Vikings’ defense for 248 yards on seven carries for three touchdowns.
His TDs were from 79, 80 and 66 yards out.
After transfering from Indian River, the Golden Knights staff hoped Sturgis could bring big-play opportunity to the rushing attack.
Now, his teammates are expecting it every week.
“He’s always making a big play,” Kendrique Nocks said. “At some point, you know he’s going to break it.”
Nocks had two big touchdowns of his own (INT and kickoff return) that swung momentum in the Knights favor, but Sturgis has been the most consistent offensive player all season.
All Sturgis is worried about is getting to the playoffs in his senior season, but the team is like a family and welcomed him in at the start of the year, he said.
Sturgis credited the team working hard in practice for his rushing success.
Sturgis just has the ability to break one at any time, Head coach John Wells said.
“I think the offensive line made some holes for him but there are times when he’s got a hand on his jersey on a 5-yard gain, and then he’s gone for 60,” Wells said.
It will be an uphill battle to catch the Henlopen North teams, Dover; Sussex Tech and Smyrna, ahead of Central, but if Sturgis keeps running the ball like Saturday, they’ve got a chance.
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