Golden Knights pull away for 31-3 romp over Queen Anne’s

GEORGETOWN — Sussex Central High used a four-touchdown second-half performance to cruise to a 31-3 victory over Queen Anne’s, Md. in nonconference football on Friday night.

Tied 3-3 at halftime after the two squads exchanged second-quarter field goals, Central (1-1) turned to its ground game in the second half to break the game open.

TyJhir Sheppard-Parker, Shihiem Williams, Zion Reed and Kasim Lewis each scored a rushing touchdown as the Golden Knights finished with 345 rushing yards on 43 carries.

“We just had to keep fighting,” said Reed. “At halftime, coach told us we had to step it up and we had to come out here and move the ball, so that’s what we did.”

With starting quarterback Isaac Barnes missing the game, Mikey Glanden made his first career varsity start at QB and helped the Knights earn a win in the 50th home opener in school history.

The 28-point win marks the third consecutive season the Golden Knights defeated the out-of-state Lions.

“We’ve played these guys a lot in the past, and they’ve beaten us too, so we respect everything they do — the coaching, the program — so we give them a lot of credit,” said Central coach John Wells.

Queen Anne’s opened the game with an offensive possession that used up 9:37 of the clock. But Central’s defense stepped up with a goal-line stand to force a turnover on downs and set the defensive tone early.

“That was a great stand, and Kasim shot through his gap and made a big hit, so I give him credit,” said Wells. “This defense plays hard.”

Senior placekicker Samren Sam put Central on the board with a field goal at the 7:42 mark of the second quarter.

Queen Anne’s answered with a 30-yard field goal of its own as time expired in the first half to knot the game 3-3.

It took Sheppard-Parker just 36 seconds into the third quarter to put Central back on top, as he rumbled for a 57-yard touchdown run. The successful extra point attempt put Central ahead 10-3.

“I just want to thank my line, first of all, because if it wasn’t for my line I wouldn’t have gotten that many yards tonight,” Sheppard-Parker said. “On that touchdown, I had good vision and all I saw is a hole, so I just went through it.”

After forcing a quick Queen Anne’s punt, Central’s rushing offense got back to work and drove 95 yards down the field to extend the lead.

The drive was capped with a 12-yard touchdown run from Williams with 4:52 to play in the third quarter. An unsuccessful extra point attempt left the score at 16-3.

“I had great blocking from my offensive line and backers, and it was an easy touchdown,” Williams said.

Junior linebacker Terrance Frisby opened the fourth quarter with a fumble recovery, setting the Golden Knights up with favorable field position. Reed capped a 60-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion to hand Central the 24-3 advantage.

Lewis put the exclamation point on the victory with a thundering 45-yard touchdown run with 4:03 to play.

Defensively, Sussex Central forced two turnover on downs, three punts, picked off one pass and recovered a pair of fumbles.

“Our defense, they played great. They’re always great. It was a good team effort,” said Williams. “I think a win like this gives everyone confidence. I think we’re capable of doing this every game.”

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