Sussex County Delaware
Knights Battle
Past Cape, 22-7
 
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  • Photo: Central's Ricky Pierre (42) and J.J. Ricketts (22) converge on Cape's Thaddeus Shockley.

     
    Sussex Central defense

    Game of the Week Story ...

    Despite Dominance,
    SC Gets Tough Test

    Photos: Tight end Jesse Makowski (44) rumbles past Cape defenders on a 55-yard gain and Layton Wright (74) blocks a punt (below).

    GEORGETOWN -- The statistics may not show it, but the unbeaten Sussex Central High School football team faced its first stern challenge of the season, just in time for a mid-season showdown with unbeaten Dover next week.

    Sussex Central tight end Jesse MakowskiDespite racking up a 365-223 advantage in total yardage, the Golden Knights had to fight every step of the way for a 22-7 Henlopen Conference Northern Division victory over visiting rival Cape Henlopen on Friday, Oct. 12.

    While the Vikings rose to 2-0 in the North and 5-0 overall, the Homecoming victory marked the Knights' lowest point output of the season. They averaged 39.25 points a game in their first four games.

    But signs that the Knights were entering the meat of their conference schedule came on Cape Henlopen's (0-1 North, 3-2 overall) first play from scrimmage.

    On first down at their own 24, the Vikings drew first blood with a 74-yard touchdown bomb from quarterback Andy Chunn to split end Dewayne Holloman for a 7-0 lead with 8:16 left in the first quarter.

    The situation grew more dire as the Knights fumbled on their next possession and punted on the possession after that to give Cape good field position.

    Sussex Central lineman Layton WrightBut after that first strike, the Knight defense stepped up to prevent any further Cape scores and the Knight offense, behind quarterback David Pusey's 204 yards passing including 143 yards and a touchdown to split end Andrew Weatherly, took control on the scoreboard as well as on the stat sheet.

    First, the Knights embarked on a 54-yard drive that started with a 28-yard run by fullback Orlando Farrow and culminated in a 6-yard touchdown run by Farrow to pull within 7-6 with 4:09 remaining.

    The Knights then went ahead for good just before halftime on a 40-yard field goal by kicker Justin Battaglino on a drive set up by Layton Wright's block of a punt that was recovered by Will James at the Cape 22.

    Ahead just 9-7 at halftime, the Knights still had to feel pretty good considering they had run off 34 plays to Cape's 11 and had 165 total yards to Cape's 91, 74 of which had come on one play.

    The Knights took command on their first drive of the second half as they drove 90 yards for a 1-yard touchdown run by halfback J.J. Ricketts to take a 15-7 lead with 2:52 left in the third quarter.

    During the drive, Pusey hit Makowski on a crossing pattern that Makowski turned into a 55-yard gain to the Cape 1.

    The Knights then put the game on ice with a 73-yard touchdown pass from Pusey to Weatherly with 8:30 left in the game. Battaglino's extra point made it 22-7.


    Statistics ...

    TEAM
    1
    2
    3
    4
    TOT.
    CAPE HENLOPEN
    7
    0
    0
    0
    7
    SUSSEX CENTRAL
    0
    9
    6
    7
    22

    First Quarter:

    8:16 -- CAPE HENLOPEN (7-0 Cape)
    Dewayne Holloman 74 pass from Andy Chunn
    Robert Dorman kick

    Second Quarter:

    4:09 -- SUSSEX CENTRAL (7-6 Cape)
    Orlando Farrow 6 run
    Kick blocked

    :24.3 -- SUSSEX CENTRAL (9-7 Central)
    Justin Battaglino 40 Field Goal

    Third Quarter:

    2:52 -- SUSSEX CENTRAL (15-7 Central)
    J.J. Ricketts 1 run
    Run Failed

    Fourth Quarter:

    8:30 -- SUSSEX CENTRAL (22-7 Central)
    Andrew Weatherly 73 pass from David Pusey
    Justin Battaglino kick


    STATISTICS

    Total Offense -- Sussex Central 51-365, Cape Henlopen 35-223.

    Rushing -- Sussex Central 42-161, Cape Henlopen 27-112.

    Passing -- Sussex Central 9-14-0, 204, 1 TD; Cape Henlopen 4-8-1, 111, 1 TD.

    First Downs -- Sussex Central 14, Cape Henlopen 7.

    Fumbles/Lost -- Sussex Central 1/1, Cape Henlopen 1/0.

    Penalties/Yards -- Sussex Central 12-75, Cape Henlopen 6-32.

    RUSHING:

    Cape Henlopen -- Larry Miller 7-53, Thaddeus Shockley 9-39, Andy Chunn 11-20.

    Sussex Central -- Orlando Farrow 19-99, J.J. Ricketts 12-38, Will James 5-8, David Pusey 1-(-2), Andrew Weatherly 5-18.

    PASSING:

    Cape Henlopen -- Andy Chunn 4-8-1, 111, 1 TD.

    Sussex Central -- David Pusey 9-14-0, 204, 1 TD.

    RECEIVING:

    Cape Henlopen -- Dewayne Holloman 3-102, Troy Maull 1-9.

    Sussex Central -- Andrew Weatherly 6-143, Jesse Makowski 1-55, Mark Hernandez 1-5, J.J. Ricketts 1-1.

    Photos ...

    Cape quarterback Andy Chunn

    Photos: Cape quarterback Andy Chunn (above, No. 13) scrambles for nice yardage. SC quarterback David Pusey (right) had his best game with 204 yards passing.

     
    SC quarterback David Pusey

    SC split end Andrew Weatherly

     
    Cape  wide receiver Dewayne Holloman

    Photos: Sussex Central's Andrew Weatherly (left) and Cape's Dewayne Holloman (right) run with receptions.


    Sussex Central running back Will James

    Photos: Sussex Central running back Will James (32) finds running room.

    Quotes ...

    Sussex Central head coach John Wells on the battle from Cape:

    "Again, Cape is better than most people think they are. They should have been 4-0 before tonight's game. We knew they were better than that. Cape played some good defense and they ran hard."

    Wells on his team's early mental breakdowns:

    "With Homecoming, it's hard to get the boys focused because of the distractions, floats, alumni coming back to the game. It's just real tough to focus. We knew they were going to run a trick play on the first play. We said, 'They're going to run quad, they ran it the first play several times in a row, and they did it'. And we said, 'Watch for the halfback pass downfield', and they ran the same play that we said they were going to run and it worked. But again, our boys were resilient through a lot of adversity there. I was happy with the way the boys stuck together."

    Wells on quarterback David Pusey, in his first year as a starter:

    "I've been comfortable with him for awhile. He went to the Delaware camp and did great up there. From the beginning of preseason, he was our guy. We wanted him to be challenged and work for it in preseason but he earned it."

    Sussex Central quarterback David Pusey on his 204 yards passing:

    "That has to be by farm my best game. The first game I threw for 150, but we had some big plays tonight that really helped me out."

    Pusey on his first season as SC's starting quarterback:

    "I'm real comfortable now. I have some great seniors that are really leading me and telling me to stay calm throughout the entire game and really showing me the ropes. The seniors are really helping me out. The line is doing a great job, too. All those factors combined just make me feel very comfortable."

    Pusey on SC's slow start against Cape:

    "We had to dig deep within ourselves at halftime. We had to decide that we really wanted to play. We had to get all of these distractions of Homecoming out of theway and we came out in the second half and dominated them. It may have been a lack of concentration due to Homecoming. It could have been a number of things. We just didn't play like we should play. I think we came out in the second half and proved that we really are a Division I team. We're here for real."


    Notes ...

    • The Knights visit unbeaten Dover on Friday, Oct. 19, in a mid-season showdown that will have great bearing on the Henlopen North title. Dover rose to 6-0 overall with a 43-19 win over Sussex Tech on Friday, Oct. 12.

    • Cape lost massive starting tackle Amado Mandujano to an undetermined leg injury early in the second half after it had moved to Central's 9 yard-line on a 54-yard run by fullback Larry Miller. Mandujano was taken off the field on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to the hospital. The Vikings gained only two yards on the next two downs and ended up having a field goal attempt blocked.

    • Quarterback David Pusey had his best game with the 204 yards passing. He hit split end Andrew Weatherly 6 times for 143 of those yards. After going 3-for-8 in the first half, Pusey went 6-for-6 for 149 yards in the second half.

    • The Cape game marked the first time the Knights have had more yards passing (204) than rushing (161). Fullback Orlando Farrow, who hurt his knee near the end of the first half, rushed for 99 yards to lead Central with 83 of those coming in the first half.

    • Defensively, defensive back Jeremy Baker intercepted a pass, linebacker Jesse Makowski had a tackle for a loss and one-half sack, defensive end Orlando Farrow had two half-sacks, lineman Stephen Whitley recorded a full sack, and Spencer Booth registered a half-sack. Layton Wright blocked a punt and Ricky Pierre blocked a field goal attempt.

    • Against Cape, the Knights hurt themselves on several occasions with penalties. In all, they committed 12 penalties for 75 yards.

    • The Vikings were led on the ground by fullback Larry Miller, who rushed for 53 yards on 7 carries. Tailback Thaddeus Shockley, who had run for 275 yards in Cape's previous two games, was held to 39 yards on 9 carries.

    • Defensively, Shockley and linebacker Matt King combined on a tackle for a loss, defensive end John Longo Jr. recovered a fumble, and lineman Mike DelCampo blocked a field goal try.

    • Cape travels to Sussex Tech for a 7:30 p.m. Henlopen North contest on Friday, Oct. 19. Tech is 4-2 overall and 0-2 in the North after a 43-19 loss to Dover on Friday, Oct. 12.

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