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Nov. 19, 1999:
Knights Lose
Tourney Berth
13-12 Loss Ends Season

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Game of the Week Story ...

NEWARK -- The Sussex Central High School football team's remarkable 1999 season ended with a difficult 13-12 loss to host St. Mark's on Friday, Nov. 19, 1999.

The loss in its regular season finale ends Sussex Central's season at 8-2 overall and just shy of qualifying for an at-large berth in the Division I state tournament. A win would have put the Golden Knights in the tournament for the first time.

Last week, the Knights lost a chance to automatically qualify for the tournament when they lost to Caesar Rodney in a game for the Henlopen Conference Northern Division championship.

St. Mark's, also 8-2, gets the at-large berth by virtue of the points system that determines at-large qualifiers.

The Knights controlled the game, outgaining St. Mark's vaunted running game 179-84 on the ground.

A long pass, however ,gave them a 12-7 third quarter lead when fullback George Davis beat the Spartan defense to catch a 55-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Blake Hershelman. Davis was stopped less than a yard from the goal-line on the two-point conversion attempt.

St. Mark's, however, came back with an 18-yard touchdown run by Louie Wright for a 13-12 lead with 4:35 left in the period.

Sussex Central couldn't sustain two drives in the fourth quarter. The first drive ended at the St. Mark's 35 on a tipped pass on fourth down. A second interception by Bart Schindler at midfield stopped the second drive at midfield.

The Knights went ahead 6-0 in the second quarter on a two-yard run by Davis to cap a 10-play, 80-yard drive.

Scoring Summary ...


Second Quarter:

8:37 -- SUSSEX CENTRAL (6-0 SC)
George Davis 2 run
PAT: Kick failed

1:25 -- ST. MARK'S (7-6 SM)
Louie Wright 1 run
PAT: Maloney kick

Second Quarter:

9:17 -- SUSSEX CENTRAL (12-7 SC)
George Davis 55 pass from Blake Hershelman
PAT: Run failed

4:35 -- ST. MARK'S (13-12 SM)
Louie Wright 18 run
PAT: Pass failed

Game of the Week Notes...

  • Sussex Central limited St. Mark's explosive offense to 158 yards.
  • The Knights' George Davis led all runners with 81 yards on 26 carries. Steve Rogers led St. Mark's with 68 yards rushing on 11 carries.
  • The Knights' was one of streaks -- 8 straight wins to start the season followed by 2 difficult losses to end the season.
  • This is the first state tournament berth for St. Mark's storied program since 1985.

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