Sussex County Delaware
 
Defense Does Job
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Sussex Central Golden Knights
 
2002 Game by Game ...

Friday, Sept. 20, 2002
Sussex Central 40, McKean 0

Photo: Sussex Central quarterback David Pusey and running back Terron Hall

Sussex Central's Terron HallThe Sussex Central High School football team had another big first half as it rose to 3-0 overall with the nonconference win.

After overcoming its own early mistakes, Central took advantage of McKean mistakes to score its first two touchdowns on a return of a blocked punt by Teron Hall and a return of a fumble by Andrew Weatherly en route to a 28-0 halftime lead.

Now 3-0, the Golden Knights have outscored their last two opponents 103-14, including 84-7 in the first halves of those contests.

Amazingly, the Knights took McKean out of the game in the first half despite three lost fumbles on their first three possessions of the game, including a fumble by Jamil Young when he stretched the ball toward the goal-line only to lose it out of the back of the end zone.

But after that, with the defense completely throttling McKean, the Golden Knights took advantage of McKean mistakes to score their first two touchdowns and then turned to quarterback David Pusey for their next two scores.

Pusey completed 6 of 8 passes for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns. The touchdowns went for 19 yards to Weatherly and 56 yards to Young.

Young added a 44-yard run and Jeree Turlington a 2-yard run to close out the Knights' scoring. Dan Milam connected on three extra points and Justin Collins on another.

Sussex Central's David Pusey"The first three possessions we made mistakes but our defense came through for us," said Sussex Central head coach John Wells. "Then our offense got untracked."

The Knights' offense certainly did, as four players rushed for more than 40 yards to go with Pusey's passing yardage. Young led Knight rushers with 76 yards on just 6 carries. Will James added 64 yards on only 4 carries, Hall rushed 5 times for 50 yards, and Alan White contributed 44 yards on 7 attempts.

Defensively, Central was led by Layton Wright with 6 tackles and an assist, 2 caused fumbles, and a sack. Young registered 7 tackles and 2 assists, A.J. Neal had 7 tackles and 3 assists, and Hall recorded 4 tackles, an assist, and a fumble recovery.

Wells said the Knights will need the same kind of execution they displayed after the early mistakes when they host Christiana in a nonconference game on Friday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m.

In the last two weeks, Christiana has lost to Dover 16-0 and edged Cape Henlopen 14-12. Wells said those scores aren't indicative of the kind of team Christiana is, though.

"It will be a war this week," said Wells. "Christiana is a very good team. They have a lot of returning players. I thought they physically outplayed Dover the entire game. If you try to guage where Dover is and how Christiana outplayed them, it's going to be a tough game."

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