Sussex Central High School

Nickname: Golden Knights

2012 Record: 8-2

Key Returning Impact Players: Amontay Clanton, Shawn Savage, Tarez White, Tyshawn Hicks, Joshua Swift

Key Newcomers: William Wells, Thomas Wootten, Deron Doherty, Zachary Givans, Jordan Schmidt

Season Outlook: The Golden Knights enter the 2013 football campaign looking to not only return to the DIAA state tournament, but to advance past the first round. Central has seen their season end in the first round each of the last three seasons, including last year’s 28-6 loss to Henlopen Conference foe Caesar Rodney. The Knights will have some not so new faces stepping into new roles this season, including at the quarterback and running back positions. Signal caller Amontay Clanton saw some time behind center last season, but will likely take over full-time duties in 2013. While Shawn Savage, Tyshawn Hicks and Tarez White will see larger roles on the offensive side of the ball. Central participated in their last scrimmage of the preseason last Thursday against Laurel and last year’s state runner-up, Salesianum. The Golden Knights were able to show some flashes of brilliance against Laurel’s defense, but often looked over matched on both sides of the ball against Sallies. While one can’t look too deeply into what a team does during a scrimmage, Central can most definitely look back at their performance against Sallies and use it as a measuring stick for the upcoming season. The Golden Knights open their season at home against Maryland school Northwestern.