The Sussex Tech Ravens haven’t made the Division I DIAA football state tournament since 2015.
Since posting an 8-2 mark that year, the Ravens have gone 9-11 over the past two seasons, including a 4-6 finish a season ago. While they’ve fallen off the radar a bit in the Henlopen North, there’s reason to believe Tech will be a threat this season.
The Ravens enter the 2018 campaign with a lot of returning talent from last year on both sides of the ball, both eager to get the program back to its winning ways.
If Sussex Tech is to have a better season, they’ll have to take steps forward on offense and defense.
Last year, the offense was a bit inconsistent and at times struggled to put points on thescoreboard.
On offense, the Ravens will be led by returning quarterback Ricky Kane.
“Ricky started last season as a sophomore and has matured greatly over the past year,” said
Sussex Tech head coach Mark Quillin. “His ability to be a dual-threat QB will enhance our
Kane will look to lead the offense to better results this season. The Ravens averaged 18 points per game last year, but they reached or topped that total only three times while being shut out twice.
Kane will have plenty of weapons surrounding him and, as usual, the Ravens will be stocked with a lot of talented backs who pose a threat in all offensive areas.
“Our offense will be diverse with several backs that will contribute. Mike Norsworth, Trey Hatfield, Jalen Snead, Kevin Custis and Andrell Fulton will all get carries,” Quillin said. “We’re hoping to attack the entire field with run and pass.”
On the defensive side of things, Tech was fairly solid despite giving up 36 points to Salesianum and 46 points against Smyrna.
Last season, Tech held opponents to 16 points on average and held seven opponents to 20 points or less.
This season, the Ravens defense will be led by new defensive coordinator Clint Dunn.
“Defense is coming together nicely,” Quillin said. “[Dunn’s] experience as an all-state player for Seaford and his Jame Madison linebacker experience is a head coach’s wish come true. He’s intense, well organized and full of passion. His team-first philosophy of defense will put 11 black hats to the ball.”
Sussex Tech will open their season on the road, traveling to take on the Henlopen South’s Milford Buccaneers Friday night.
After another tough road game in week two at Salesianum, the Ravens will play their home opener the following week, hosting Mt. Pleasant on Friday, September 21.