While much of the state’s high school football teams had their games postponed last weekend due to the nor’easter that hit the first state, two Henlopen foes, Caesar Rodney and Sussex Central, tangled in the elements.
The Riders, thought of as state-champion material coming into the season, continued their red-hot pace winning their fourth in a row Friday night after defeating the Sussex Central Golden Knights 27-13.
As expected, moving the ball throw the air was not going to be easy for either team in the wind and rain Friday night. So, both teams would try and flex their muscle early by committing to the run game. Also, to no one’s surprise, all six plays that found the end zone in Friday night’s contest all came from the ground.
The first of those scores belonged to the Golden Knights, when James Jenkins scored from 33-yards out, capping off a long opening drive for Central, giving them an early 7-0 lead.
The Rider offense was kept scoreless in the first quarter, as the two teams headed to the second stanza with the Golden Knights in front 7-0.
CR would get on the board for their first score in the second quarter when quarterback Alex Kemp rolled out and scored on a 55-yard bootleg run to tie things up at 7-7.
As time winded down in the half, it was the Riders’ defense that came up with the next big play.
CR forced an Amontay Clanton fumble that was recovered by the Riders and returned deep into Central territory. That led to another Riders score on the ground, this time from Domonique Dorsey, giving the Riders their first lead of the ball-game at 14-7.
The bad luck continued for Clanton and the Golden Knights, as the quarterback would cough up the ball once again giving the Rider another short field to work with. Much like they did in their last possession, the Riders wasted little time capitalizing on their turnover. On the first offensive play after the turnover, Dean Johnson took his turn putting one in the end zone on a 43-yard score to put the Riders up 21-7.
The Central offensive would get back on track, driving the ball down the field and scoring on a Clanton 1-yard keeper to help pull the Golden Knights to within a score of the Riders.
However, late in the contest, Dorsey struck for this second score on the day from 13-yards out to put the game away for good.
“Central is always a conference title contender,” said CR Head Coach Mike Schonewolf. “We had to show up and play well again in another tough conference match up.”
The Riders now prepare for the Sussex Tech Ravens, who defeated the Smyrna Eagles 27-0 last week to improve to 4-2 on the season. CR will host the Ravens Friday night, kick-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.