The first blemish on Sussex Tech’s record was against Smyrna — a 42-0 whipping.
But the Ravens were without their biggest offensive weapon, Pat Griffin, who was ejected from the game against Caesar Rodney the week prior.
“He’s really one of our offensive leaders, but also a top leader on our team and program,” head coach Mark Quillin said. “He’s such a hard worker, a great kid, too. It was very uncharacteristic of him.”
Needless to say, Griffin was ready to get back in action against Polytech on Oct. 23.
The first touch, he was gone.
“We ran a sweep with Pat from the 20 — he went 80 yards for a touchdown,” Quillin said. “He was chomping at the bit to get the ball in his hands.”
Griffin only played the first half of the 56-7 win, rushing 11 times for 174 and two touchdowns, earning the Beyond The Bleachers Athlete of the Week.
For Griffin, sitting out when his team needed him most was a lesson, Quillin said.
“It sounds strange, but it might have been the best thing for him,” Quillin said. “He’s a great team player, and for him to affect the team by his actions, we used that as a learning experience for all of our players.”
Quillin said the team will take it as a lesson as they fight for an at-large bid into the playoffs.
Griffin made amends against Poly, and Quillin said he will be a man on a mission the rest of the season.
The Ravens will certainly need him.
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