Sussex County Delaware
Sussex Central
Beats Sussex Tech
Sussex Central Golden Knights
2001 Game by Game ...

Ricketts, INTs Boost
SC's Tourney Hopes
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  • GEORGETOWN -- Sussex Central High School's football team moved a step closer to a second straight Division I state tournament berth with a 27-19 victory over visiting Sussex Tech on Friday, Nov. 9.

    The Golden Knights, now 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division, can virtually assure themselves of a state tourney berth with a win in their regular season finale at Christiana on Saturday, Nov. 17.

    Knight head coach John Wells said a win over Christiana would likely give his team the third seed in the tournament.

    A loss, however, would put the Knights' tournament chances in doubt, especially if Caesar Rodney were to upset unbeaten Dover or William Penn were to upset unbeaten Newark next weekend.

    "A 9-1 Dover or a 9-1 Newark could beat us out (for the last tournament spot)," said Wells.

    Against Tech (2-3 North, 6-3 overall), the Knights rolled in the Battle of Georgetown behind halfback J.J. Ricketts' three touchdowns and 64 yards rushing and a pair of crucial fourth quarter interceptions.

    Despite the proximity of the two schools, however, Wells said the Knights didn't get particulary fired up for the Ravens.

    "It's not a big rivalry for us," said Wells. "Indian River, Cape Henlopen, and Seaford with the Route 9 rivalry next year are our rivals. There's no real incentive for us (against Tech). We don't buy into that Georgetown championship."

    Ricketts scored on runs of 1, 3 and 1 yards in the first, second and third periods, respectively.

    Ricketts' 3-yard TD burst was set up by an 82-yard pass from quarterback David Pusey to tight end Jesse Makowski, while his 1-yard TD dive in the third quarter was set up by a 33-yard pass from Pusey to split end Andrew Weatherly.

    Tony Milam scored Central's final touchdown on a 9-yard run with 4:16 remaining after Jeremy Baker picked off a halfback option pass at the Raven 19 with six minutes to go. Milam's touchdown finally gave SC some breathing room at 27-13.

    On the previous Tech drive, Weatherly, playing defensive back, had picked off the second of his two interceptions to preserve a 21-13 Knight lead.

    Defensively, the Knights were led by defensive end Layton Wright, who was a one-man wrecking crew with 10 tackles, 2 hurries, a batted ball and a blocked extra point. Tackle Terry Williams also played well on the line.

    Fullback Orlando Farrow paced the Knights' ground attack with 68 yards on 14 carries before leaving the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury. Pusey connected on 4 of his 7 attempts for 139 yards and Weatherly caught 2 passes for 44 yards.

    Now, the Knights will focus on next Saturday's 1 p.m. game at Christiana, which was 4-4 before a Saturday game against McKean on Nov. 10. The Vikings lost to Dover, which handed Central its only loss of the season,

    "They graduated a lot of good ballplayers, so they're kind of young," said Wells. "But apparently their young players are coming along."

    By the time of the game on Saturday, the Knights will have a clearer indication from Friday night's results as to what they must do against the Vikings.

    "We still want to put our destiny in our own hands," said Wells. "We have to make sure we take care of business."

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