Central defense shuts down Cape en route to 27-6 homecoming win

Senior outside linebacker Brian Evans made the lone interception for the Golden Knight defense in the third quarter. It was Evans’ sixth pick of the season. (Delaware State News/Ben Heck)

GEORGETOWN — For the second consecutive week, Sussex Central’s defense limited the opposing offense to just six points in Saturday afternoon’s Henlopen North battle with Cape Henlopen.

Central’s 27-6 homecoming victory was fueled by four touchdowns from the rushing attack, but it was the defense that came up big for the Golden Knights once again.

“Defense wins championships. We knew coming in this year, if we stayed healthy, that our defense would be a top-notch defense. Today they showed it,” said head coach John Wells.

As a unit, Central held Cape to just one touchdown in the fourth quarter. The remaining drives for Cape resulted in seven punts and one interception.

Central’s offense, despite producing four touchdowns, provided Cape plenty of opportunities to put points on the board.

The Golden Knights’ offensive attack threw two picks and lost a pair of fumbles, but each time the defensive unit stepped in and made the plays necessary to end any potential scoring threat in the first three quarters.

“Not only did the defense contain Cape, but they did it on a short field. We gave them one [touchdown], but that was on the offense,” said Wells. “We threw two picks and lost two fumbles, so for the defense to be on the field all game long, it was pretty special.”

Senior outside linebacker Brian Evans made the lone interception for the Golden Knight defense in the third quarter.

It was Evans’ sixth pick of the season, but he made sure to credit his defensive line for Saturday’s winning effort.

“It was mainly the defensive line today, to be honest. The D-line stepped up and pretty much stopped their run game,” he said. “[My teammates] give me opportunities to get interceptions at the linebacker position.”

Running back Zion Reed provided the first offensive spark of the game, recording an eight-yard rushing touchdown with 2:29 remaining in the opening quarter.

On the following Central drive, senior running back Drew Morris scored one of his two touchdowns on the day from 42 yards out to push the early lead to 13-0.

As time expired in the third quarter, Morris tacked on his second TD of the game from two yards out. The successful extra point attempt extended the lead to 20-0.

The shutout bid ended with Cape’s lone touchdown of the game at the 5:57 mark of the fourth quarter. Freshman quarterback Sam Jones snuck past the Central defensive line for the touchdown, but the extra point attempt failed.

Ja’Ron Curtis sealed the 21-point victory with a 12-yard touchdown trot with 1:49 remaining.

“Today, Ja’Ron Curtis really stepped up and was breaking tackles,” Wells said. “I thought our O-line did well, at times. We had a couple of little breakdowns and I thought we shot ourselves in the foot a few times – a couple holding calls and fumbles that I thought cost us.

“Offensively, we have to clean things up a little bit – we have some big games coming up.”

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