The Sussex Tech Ravens football squad dropped their second game in a row, their fourth loss in their last five games, to the Dover Senators on Friday night, 48-14.
After keeping the score close early, the Senators eventually pulled away. The Ravens gave the Senators everything they could handle in the first half, including forcing a fourth down conversion towards the end of the first half. Though, they weren't able to find a rhythm on offense, nor did they have any answers on the defensive side of the ball against Dover in the second half.
Two weeks ago the Ravens fought their way back to .500 with a divisional win over Smyrna. Unfortunately, Tech was unable to keep the roll going; unable to match up with St. Mark's and Dover the following two games.
Now, they stand at 3-5 on the year, and with two games remaining they will have the opportunity to play spoiler and leave their mark on this year's playoffs.
This week, the Ravens will host rival Sussex Central (6-2) in what amounts to a big game for the Golden Knights who look to keep pace at the top of the Henlopen. And next week they travel to A.I. du Pont to face the 5-3 Tigers who, like Central, will be hunting a playoff spot.
No matter the records, it's always a big game between Tech and Central, this Friday's meeting will be no different. Central is having a fantastic season, looking to return to the playoffs this season after being ousted by Salesianum in the first round last year. This year, the Golden Knights find themselves in a position to improve their seeding, making a possible path to the championship a bit easier.
The Ravens will be looking to avenge last season's 16-3 loss to Central and avoid losing two-straight in the rivalry.
While things haven't gone according to plan for the Ravens this season, they do have a stock of young talent. For some it will be their first real taste of the rivalry, and an opportunity to create moments to build on for a more positive future.
When Tech has been successful offensively this season, it's been with a running game dominated by contributing underclassmen.
Kani Kane leads a group featuring juniors Willis Dickerson, Christian and Jawon Sivels, and fellow sophomore Xavier Drummond. Not to be overlooked is freshman Patrick Griffin who has show some ability when given opportunities.
While it may be too late to salvage this season, it's never too late to build toward next season. A victory over their number one rival this Friday night could go a long way in the maturation of the Sussex Tech football team.