Knights blank Ravens 25-0, extend win streak to four games

GEORGETOWN — Junior Kasim Lewis carried the ball just twice in Sussex Central High football’s 25-0 shutout victory over cross-town rival Sussex Tech (2-3) Friday night.

He cashed in on both of those carries, rumbling 25 yards down the field for his first score in the second quarter and sealing the win with a 7-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“I just saw an opening, and when I saw the opening I took it,” he said of the second quarter run in which he dragged multiple Tech defenders with him. “I just have no words, I’m so excited right now.”

Senior quarterback Isaac Barnes threw for 202 yards on 10-of-16 passing with one touchdown.

“They were stuffing the box, they had a good scheme against us,” Barnes said. “They were ready for us — they were ready for the run. The offensive line gave me time, my receivers got open and I put it where I had to.”

“They’re big up front, we saw they blitzed a lot so we thought they were going to try to take away the run,” said Central coach John Wells.

“With our team, we’re not locked in as a running team. We can pass, but we’re not going to run out there and pass the whole time. You have to be a versatile offense, and we have to give the receivers credit — they ran great routes. The line gave him plenty of time.”

Ever since allowing 26 points to Hodgson in the team’s Week 1 loss, Central (4-1) has put up four consecutive wins and three straight shutouts. The team has out-scored opponents 108-3 over that four-game span.

“I forgot about the Hodgson game,” Barnes said, “We’re ready for Smyrna next week. We’re 0-0 right now.”

“Shutouts are nice, and the boys are pretty proud of it, but we’ve been around the block a few times and it’s not about the shutouts,” Wells said. “Whether it’s 25-0, or 25-20, we want to get out of dodge with the win and that’s what we did.”

Senior running back Zion Reed got the scoring started at the 9:44 mark of the second quarter, cashing in on a high snap during a Sussex Tech punt attempt that set the Knights offense at the five yard line.

Two plays into the drive, Reed punched the ball in from five yards out to put the Knights on the board first. The failed extra point attempt gave Central a 6-0 first quarter lead.

Two possessions later, Barnes hit junior tight end Domonique Smith for a 48-yard touchdown pass. The failed two-point attempt left Central with the 12-0 advantage with 9:05 remaining in the first half.

Lewis’ first touchdown run at the 3:21 mark of the second quarter would extend the lead to 18-0 just before the halftime break.

Lewis capped the scoring with his seven-yard touchdown run with 10:25 to play in the fourth quarter.

Central’s defense, which recorded three sacks on the night, would seal the victory with a sack on 4th and 5 at their own 32-yard line.
On 10 offensive drives for Sussex Tech, Central’s defense forced eight punts and a pair of turnovers on downs.

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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