Barnes twins lead Golden Knights to first place in Henlopen North

Sussex Central QB Isaac Barnes. Delaware State News file photo

GEORGETOWN — The easiest time to tell Isaac Barnes and Isaiah Barnes apart is when they’re on the football field.

Isaac is the one throwing the ball. Isaiah is the one catching it.

When they’re off the field and out of their Sussex Central High football uniforms, good luck trying to distinguish between the twins.

“That’s us,” said a laughing Isaiah when asked if they’re mixed up a lot.

The twins and the rest of the Golden Knight football team have put themselves in an enviable position so far this season.

Sussex Central leads the Henlopen Conference Northern Division with a 3-0 record in conference play and a 5-1 mark overall. The Golden Knights head into another Henlopen North contest tonight when they travel to Polytech High for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Sussex Central is coming off a 31-12 victory over three-time defending state champion Smyrna High last week. It snapped a 20-game Henlopen North win-streak for the Eagles and put the Golden Knights in the driver’s seat for the Henlopen North title.

Both of the twins made big plays during the victory.

Isaac Barnes threw for a 54-yard touchdown in the first half before following it up with a 65-yard touchdown in the second. Isaiah Barnes, meanwhile, was the recipient of multiple catches for third and fourth down conversions, plus he recorded a game-sealing interception in the fourth quarter.

The pair were two of three starters two years ago when Central led Smyrna by two touchdowns headed into the fourth quarter before the Eagles stormed back to win.

So the victory was a little extra sweet.

“We’re seniors now and we’ve really got to make a statement this year,” Isaac said. “Show everyone what the difference is between this team this year and the teams in the past.”

And since they’ve been playing together for as long as they can remember, the chemistry that was there in their backyard before they even started kindergarten is now out on the high school field on Friday nights.

“The chemistry is out of this world,” Isaiah said. “We’ve been working together since Pop Warner days. On and off the field nonstop, we come out here in the offseason and run routes. We’re just getting each other better.”

“We’ve been doing it since we could throw the ball with a little NERF ball in the backyard,” Isaac said. “I trust him. I don’t always know exactly where he’ll be, but I throw the ball there and he’ll make me look good. … It’s trust, we trust each other. It takes 11 people to make a play, but when the ball’s in the air it matters who is throwing it and who is catching it. Both of us can hold up our end.”

While they can use their chemistry best on offense. Isaiah admits he is a little partial toward the work he does on the defensive part of the ball.

Sussex Central did not allow a touchdown in the four games from Week Two-Week Six. The Golden Knights have outscored their opponents 139-12 in the last five games.

Isaiah Barnes has had an interception in five of six games so far.

“I love defense,” Isaiah said. “I’ll catch the ball everyday (at receiver), but I love defense.”

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