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1999 Football Recap
Sussex Central Golden Knights

1999 Game by Game ...

Friday, Nov. 12, 1999
St. Mark's 13, Sussex Central 12

For details on Sussex Central's heart-breaking 13-12 loss to St. Mark's in our Game of the Week, click on the score above.

Friday, Nov. 12, 1999
Caesar Rodney 48, Sussex Central 0

For details on Sussex Central's 48-0 Henlopen North loss to Caesar Rodney in our Game of the Week, click on the score above.

Friday, Nov. 5, 1999
Sussex Central 48, Sussex Tech 24

Running back George Davis' four touchdowns helped the Golden Knights set up a showdown with the state's top-ranked team, Caesar Rodney, for the Henlopen Conference Northern Division crown and a Division I state tournament berth on Nov. 12.

Davis carried only 8 times for 169 yards including touchdown runs of 39, 10, 82 and 28 yards in the homecoming win over the Knights' neighborhood rival. Head coach John Wells said Davis' TDs were the most he could remember by one player in his four years at the school.

Halfback Ben Rogers got the Knights started fast with a 68-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. Two TDs by Davis made it 21-0 before Tech came back to within 21-16.

Burless Hall ran 4 yards for a touchdown to put the Knights up 28-16 and Davis' 82-yard run and Leroy Mann's 40-yard interception return for a TD broke it open. Toby Hall made 6 of 7 extra point tries.

In addition to Davis' big yardage, Rogers ran 10 times for 115 yards.

"You have to give Tech some credit," said Wells. "They were up and ready to play and they played hard against us.

"That game was between Dover and Caesar Rodney, so we had those two emotional games around it. But with Spirit Week and homecoming our guys were emotional for this game, too."

The Knights, ranked seventh in the state with a 5-0 North record and 8-0 overall mark, will host CR at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12. The Riders are 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the North after beating two-time defending North champion Cape Henlopen 34-6 on Nov. 5.

Before the game, Sussex Central retired the No. 90 jersey of former Knight lineman Luke Pettigout, now a lineman with the New York Giants of the National Football League.

Friday, Oct. 29, 1999
Sussex Central 26, Dover 9

The Golden Knights kept their unbeaten season intact with a big Henlopen Conference Northern Division victory. The Knights, ranked fifth in the state, rose to 4-0 in the North and 7-0 overall.

They face winless Sussex Tech on Nov. 5 before taking on the state's top-ranked team, Caesar Rodney, in a key North tussle on Nov. 12. CR is also 4-0 and 7-0 heading into another key North game at two-time defending champion Cape Henlopen on Nov. 5.

Quarterback Blake Hershelman threw for one touchdown and ran for another in the win over Dover. He hit tight end Jesse Makowski for a 49-yard TD strike that gave the Knights at 14-0 lead in the second quarter and galloped in from 26 yards out for a 20-9 advantage in the third period.

The Knights also scored on a 1-yard run by tailback Burless Hall and a 2-yard run by fullback George Davis. Davis finished with 123 yards on 18 carries while Hall carried 8 times for 81 yards.

The Knight defense also stepped up when it needed to as it limited Dover to just one touchdown despite six drives inside the Sussex Central 30. The Knights intercepted two passes, blocked a field goal and stopped the Senators on downs twice.

Friday, Oct. 15, 1999
Sussex Central 52, Polytech 7

The Sussex Central defense provided a good chunk of the Golden Knights' scoring with three touchdowns and Blake Hershelman passed for a career-high 240 yards and three touchdowns in the Henlopen North clash.

Mike Lopez returned an interception 95 yards for one touchdown, Burless Hall knocked the ball loose on a Polytech punt and Justin Long scooped it up and ran it in about 20 yards for another touchdown, and Sean Milligan stripped the Polytech quarterback of the ball and ran 50 yards for the third defensive score.

"We had an outstanding performance in all phases of our team," said Knight coach John Wells, whose team is 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the North heading into a bye week before facing Dover on Oct. 29. "The defense scoring that many points, that doesn't happen very often."

The Knight offense scored five TDs, starting with Ben Rogers' 35-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. Rogers also caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Hershelman, who went 9-for-9 passing and hit 7 different receivers.

Hershelman connected with Jesse Makowski on an 85-yard touchdown on a tight end screen and threw a 20-yard TD pass to Anthony Williams. Fullback George Davis accounted for the final Knight touchdown on a 4-yard run.

Sussex Central led 33-0 at halftime. Now, the sixth-ranked Knights will have a week off to prepare for an important Northern Division battle at Dover on Friday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 8, 1999
Sussex Central 41, Seaford 14

Sussex Central exploded for its highest scoring output of the season to rise to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Henlopen North. The Knights surrendered two first quarter touchdowns to the Blue Jays for the first points against their defense in 14 quarters but quickly rebounded with a 93-yard halfback option pass for a touchdown from Burless Hall to Leroy Mann. Quarterback Blake Hershelman ran for a 15-yard touchdown and threw a 12-yard TD pass to Jesse Makowski. Fullback George Davis scored on a 23-yard run, and halfback Ben Rogers ripped off an 84-yard run for another score.

Friday, Oct. 1, 1999
Sussex Central 9, Cape Henlopen 0

For details on Sussex Central's 9-0 Henlopen North win over Cape Henlopen in our Game of the Week, click on the score above.

Friday, Sept. 24, 1999
Sussex Central 14, McKean 0

Sussex Central remained unbeaten with its second straight shutout win. Ben Rogers' 5-yard run in the second period and Burless Hall's 2-yard run at the end of a 9-play, 70-yard drive in the third quarter gave the Golden Knight defense all of the points it needed. The Knights limited winless McKean (0-3) to just 125 yards of total offense.

Friday, Sept. 17, 1999
Sussex Central 31, Indian River 0

For details on Sussex Central's 31-0 blanking of district rival Indian River in our Game of the Week, click on the score above.

Friday, Sept. 10, 1999
Sussex Central 30, Delmar 24

For details on Sussex Central's stirring 30-24 comeback victory over Delmar in our Game of the Week, click on the score above.

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