On September 8, the high school football season will begin with the annual DFRC Blue Gold Kickoff Classic which consists of a double-header of games to begin the year on the gridiron.

One of the two games that will be played that night will take place at Sussex Tech, where Ravens will host A.I. duPont in the first of ten regular season games.

“Our entire program is excited to be a part of the kick-off classic,” said Sussex Tech Head Coach Mark Quillin. “A.I. duPont is a great program and our games have always been entertaining.”

A self-professed college football fan, watching Thursday’s game of the week is a bit of a tradition in the Quillin household, but he admits it will be exciting to be on the sidelines to share with his players and staff the experience of playing in the Thursday night season opener for the first time in the Ravens’ history.

“I really like doing things the school and program has never done,” said Quillin. “It makes the season special, I’m lucky to have a great staff with great kids. It will be nice to show what we can do after a great summer of training and preparation.”

While Tech has played on days other than Friday or Saturday in the past, the last time they played a regular season game on a Thursday was, oddly enough, against A.I. duPont back in 2011. For the record, the Ravens won that game 21-14.

When the Ravens open their season September 8, it won’t be the last time they compete on Thursday this football season, as they’ll travel to Baynard Stadium in Wilmington to take on Salesianum in November.

While their week 9 battle with Sallies will be a challenge playing on a short week, the Ravens will be ready to go for their opener.

“I feel better about this one, due to the amount of time to prepare,” said Quillin. “My staff and I have broken down last season’s film and are preparing now for the September 8th game. After three weeks of preparing and three scrimmages, the kids are like pit bulls ready to get off their chains.”