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Oct. 6, 2000:
Sussex Central
Blanks Milford
Sets Up Oct. 13 Showdown with Cape

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Sussex Central quarterback Blake Hershelman Photo: SC quarterback Blake Hershelman (19) and end Andrew Weatherly confer with coach John Wells

GEORGETOWN -- The Sussex Central High School football team gave visiting Milford a rude welcome to the Henlopen Conference Northern Division.

Behind quarterback Blake Hershelman's 154 yards passing and Andrew Weatherly's 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the Golden Knights, ranked third in the state, beat Milford 42-0 on Friday, Oct. 6, 2000.

Playing without leading rusher George Davis due to a high ankle sprain, Sussex Central jumped out to a 27-0 first quarter lead to rise to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the Henlopen North and set up a mid-season showdown at unbeaten Cape Henlopen on Friday, Oct. 13, 2000.

Cape beat Wicomico (Md.) 28-0 in a non-conference contest Friday night to rise to 4-0.

Milford, playing its first game as a member of the North after moving up from the South, fell to 2-3 overall.

Hershelman threw three touchdown passes including two to Leroy Mann and one to Weatherly. Weatherly caught a 75-yard scoring pass in the first quarter and Mann caught TD passes of 28 and 22 yards in the second period. Hershelman finished with 153 yards passing on 5-for-6 marksmanship.

Running backs Teddy Thompson, Yoree Washington and J.J. Ricketts filled the void left by Davis' ankle injury.

Washington carried 7 times for 65 yards and scored on a 23-yard run in the first period, Thompson ran 5 times for 23 yards with a 4-yard TD run in the first period, and Ricketts led all rushers with 73 yards on 6 carries.

Weatherly finished with 96 yards receiving on two receptions and had 191 yards of total offense in the game. Mann had two receptions for 50 yards and Orlando Farrow caught another pass for seven yards.


Game of the Week Boxscore ...

TEAM
1
2
3
4
TOT.
MILFORD
0
0
0
0
0
SUSSEX CENTRAL
27
13
0
2
42

First Quarter:

SUSSEX CENTRAL (6-0 SC)
Andrew Weatherly 95 kickoff return
PAT: Kick failed

SUSSEX CENTRAL (13-0 SC)
Teddy Thompson 4 run
PAT: Justin Battaglino kick

SUSSEX CENTRAL (20-0 SC)
Andrew Weatherly 75 pass from Blake Hershelman
PAT: Justin Battaglino kick

SUSSEX CENTRAL (27-0 SC)
Yoree Washington 23 run
PAT: Justin Battaglino kick

Second Quarter:

SUSSEX CENTRAL (33-0 SC)
Leroy Mann 28 pass from Blake Hershelman
PAT: Kick failed

SUSSEX CENTRAL (40-0 SC)
Leroy Mann 22 pass from Blake Hershelman
PAT: Justin Battaglino kick

Fourth Quarter:

SUSSEX CENTRAL (42-0 SC)
Safety


Game of the Week Quotes...

Sussex Central head coach John Wells on his team's focus:

"One of the focuses we had during the week wa not to overlook Milford (to showdown with Cape). We're taking it one game at a time. One of the mottos we had coming into the season and we've been living by is to prepare each week for one team."

Wells on his team's big plays against Milford:

"We've got some weapons. We've got some great receivers in Leroy (Mann), Drew Weatherly and Jesse Makowski and with Blake (Hershelman) throwing the ball, we can score by throwing the ball. We can move the ball, we can get clutch third downs, we can catch teams loading up the box and burn them with the pass. We have some offensive weapons and when they're clicking on all eight cylinders, we can be a pretty formidable offense."

Wells on filling the void created by Davis' injury:

"All the boys stepped up, running backs and receivers, in George's absence. I think throwing the ball in his absence freed some things up inside."


Game of the Week Notes...

  • Sussex Central running back George Davis, a 1,000-yard rusher the past two seasons, remains questionable for the showdown at Cape on Friday, Oct. 13. Wells said Davis' injury is a high ankle sprain and that if it had been a low ankle sprain, he would have been ready for Milford.

  • In five games, the Knights have outscored their opponents 192-44. The Milford game was the defense's first shutout of the season.

  • The Knights are well-known for grinding out long drives with Davis picking up chunks of yardage behind their powerful offensive line, but against Milford, the Knights, without Davis, put their big-play capabilities on display with five touchdowns of more than 20 yards in length.

  • End Andrew Weatherly has been the Knights' main big-play threat. He scored on a 95-yard kickoff return and a 75-yard pass against Milford. He has also scored on a 45-yard run with a fumble and a 73-yard pass this season.

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