Looking at the 26-6 final score of the Sussex Central football game against Interboro High School doesn’t do justice to the dogfight the two teams engaged in.
Down only 6-0 at halftime, the Knights (1-1) responded with a turnover and score to make it 6-6 early in the third quarter.
But without a few starters, head coach John Wells said fatigue set in.
“It was back-and-forth through the third quarter,” Wells said. “That’s without two starters and a guy that rotates down on D-Line from the Laurel game (ejection). We had three guys out. We just ran out of gas.”
When the Knights allowed a touchdown, it changed their scheme. They started blitzing to get the ball back.
That’s when Interboro put up the final points of the game and sent Central home with a bigger loss than they deserved.
“We got caught in the blitz,” Wells said.
But Wells was happy with the team’s physical play. It’s just the mental aspects that will need to be fixed for Central’s matchup at Queen Anne’s County 7 p.m. Friday.
Penalties and dropped passes cost the Knights.
And against a Lions team that has scored at least 45 points in their first three games, Central can’t afford those mistakes.
“They run tons of speed sweep or jet motion and then reverse against it or counter back from that,” Wells said. “Very good skill players, defense looks pretty solid and very well-coached. We’re with our hands full.”
Another bright spot was the quarterback play for the Knights against Interboro. After the 21-0 opening-night win against Laurel, Wells wanted more from the passing game.
He would have gotten it if passes weren’t dropped.
Junior quarterback Brady Bowden was 1 of 2 with one pass that was just out of bounds. It could have been a 30-yard touchdown.
Senior QB Chase Wells was 1 of 5 with three dropped passes.
“All the coaches thought the quarterback play stepped up against good competition,” Wells said.
Traveling to Queen Anne’s will be tough for the Knights, but it sure will be a good game.
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