2000 Football Recap
Milford 14, Sussex Tech 7
The Ravens came close to ending their losing streak again but when it was all over they had their 25th straight loss as they dropped to 0-8 overall and 0-4 in the Henlopen North. Tech managed only 7 points despite starting 7 of their 9 drives in Milford territory and rushing for 267 yards. George Smith gave the Ravens a 7-0 lead on their first drive with a 59-yard run. Smith and Prince Kimmerlin ran for more than 100 yards each, with Kimmerlin -- a transfer from Milford -- gaining 112 yards and Smith gaining 107.
Cape Henlopen 27, Sussex Tech 21
The Ravens gave another ranked team a scare but in the end, settled for their 24th consecutive loss as they dropped to 0-7 overall and 0-3 in the Henlopen North. George Smith scored three touchdowns for the Ravens, who appear to be rapidly improving under new coach Bill Collick. After nearly upsetting the sixth-ranked Dover Senators last week, the Ravens nearly ruined the playoff and division title hopes for Cape, the state's fourth-ranked team. Against a Viking defense that hadn't given up a touchdown and had only surrendered 5 points all season, Smith scored on runs of 38 and 15 yards and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Marcus Morris. Cape eventually won the game on a 3-yard run by Tykee Perry with 5 minutes left.
Dover 27, Sussex Tech 22
The Ravens put a scare into the Senators, ranked 5th in the state, before fading in the fourth quarter for their 23rd consecutive loss.
Tech led 22-13 in the second half before Dover stormed back. Standout Senator running back Pierre Bowers watched the first half in street clothes with a sore knee but put his uniform on in the second half to rush for 178 yards and three touchdowns.
Tech built its lead on an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by George Smith and a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Marcus Morris to receiver Jeremy Pentoney and a two-point conversion run by Morris.
Tech is now 0-2 in the Henlopen North and 0-6 overall.
Caesar Rodney 41, Sussex Tech 6
The Ravens remained winless with the loss in their Henlopen North opener as they fell to 0-5 overall. Tech scored in the first quarter on a 65-yard pass from quarterback Fred Murray to receiver George Smith to pull within 12-6 but CR scored 29 points from the second to third quarters to put the game away.
Woodbridge 26, Sussex Tech 12
The Ravens had a shot at their first victory under coach Bill Collick for the second straight week. Against the heavily favored Blue Raiders, Tech, now 0-4, trailed 20-12 early in the fourth quarter before Woodbridge iced the outcome with a touchdown. The Ravens scored their first touchdown when Jamel Trott scooped up a fumble by Tech running back George Smith and ran it in from the Raider 45. They scored later on a halfback option pass of 30 yards from Smith to running back Morgan Schirmer.
Indian River 28, Sussex Tech 13
The Ravens trailed just 15-13 at halftime before faltering in the second half. Tech scored 13 points in the second period on a 27-yard run by George Smith and a 58-yard halfback option pass from Smith to Jamel Trott to take a 13-7 lead. An 84-yard kickoff return by Indian River's Keshawn Gibbs after the TD pass, however, put IR ahead to stay, 15-13. Tech fell to 0-3 overall.
Hodgson 28, Sussex Tech 7
The Ravens took their first lead and scored their first touchdown of the season but were run over by Hodgson halfback Eddie Barksdale in the second half en route to their 18th straight loss going back to 1998. The Ravens scored first on a 55-yard touchdown pass from George Smith to Marcus Morris and trailed only 8-7 at halftime. But Barksdale, who ran for 202 yards against Tech after posting 212 against Polytech the week before, led a 20-0 Hodgson run in the second half while the Tech offense was limited to less than 100 yards after the first quarter.
Delcastle 25, Sussex Tech 3
The much-heralded Bill Collick era got off to a bumpy start with the non-conference, season-opening loss. Fullback Prince Kimmerlin, a transfer from Milford, provided the bulk of the Ravens' offense with 95 yards rushing including a 41-yard run that set up the Ravens' only score, a 31-yard field goal by Rick Dixon. The loss was the 17th straight for the Tech program, which went 0-10 last year. The Ravens didn't have an answer defensively for Dickinson, either, as quarterback Joe Barone ran for 180 yards and fullback Jarrod Wallace gained another 135 yards.
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