Sussex County Delaware
Knights End Season
With First Defeat
Sussex Central Golden Knights
2002 Game by Game ...

Friday, Nov. 22, 2002
Middletown 23, Sussex Central 7

Photos: Sussex Central tight end Spencer Booth

Sussex Central tight end Spencer BoothThe Sussex Central High School football team saw a couple of goals evaporate with its first loss of the season.

Besides settling for a 9-1 regular season record instead of the program's first unbeaten record in 20 years, the Knights also lost a home game in the Division I state tournament semifinals Thanksgiving weekend.

Instead of hosting that semifinal contest, Central will now have to travel to Wilmington's Baynard Stadium as the No. 3 seed to take on No. 2 St. Mark's on Friday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m.

Middletown, in its first year in Division I, finished 8-2 to earn the tournament's fourth seed. The Cavaliers will visit top-seeded William Penn on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m.

The Knights started quickly against Middletown as quarterback David Pusey followed up a 33-yard reverse by Andrew Weatherly with a 21-yard touchdown pass to tight end Spencer Booth for a 7-0 lead with 1:38 left in the first period.

Middletown, however, took advantage of a short punt to take an 8-7 lead with a 25-yard scoring drive with 3:24 remaining before halftime.

The Cavaliers then put the game away in the second half with two touchdowns on fourth down plays.

First, halfback Andy Snapp scored on a 6-yard run on fourth-and-goal for a 15-7 advantage with 4:05 to go in the third quarter. Then, on the first series of the fourth quarter, Cavalier quarterback Mike Potts connected with Brant Hylinski for a 12-yard scoring toss on fourth-and-11 for the final score of the game.

Despite the disappointment of their first loss, the Knights will be going to the Division I state tournament for the third consecutive time. It is the second consecutive year that Central has gone 9-1 in the regular season.

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