Sussex Central’s defense dominates in 21-0 win over Dover

GEORGETOWN — In the Henlopen Conference Northern Division opener, it was a defense that stole the show.

Sussex Central High shut out Dover High 21-0 to earn a Henlopen North win on Friday night. The Golden Knights also got three rushing touchdowns from three different players to improve to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the division.

“The defense was outstanding,” said senior quarterback Isaac Barnes. “I don’t think I’ve seen a performance like that in a couple years.”

Dover was held to 99 yards on the night and only recorded three first downs.

The Senators were seeking to start the season 4-0 for the first time since 2010. Instead, they are now 3-1 overall but 0-1 in the Henlopen North.

“We just didn’t play very well and we didn’t coach very well,” said Dover coach Rudy Simonetti. “I’m going to pin the loss on me. We’re going to get back to work, forget about this loss, learn from our mistakes and get focused for our next opponent. It’s going to be a new day tomorrow.”

Sussex Central scored on its first drive after forcing a Dover three-and-out to start the game.

The Golden Knights put together a 13-play drive which covered 68 yards. Shihiem Williams finished it off with a six-yard touchdown run.

The game stayed 7-0 into halftime before Sussex Central added two more touchdowns in the third quarter.

The first came from Barnes, on a three-yard quarterback sneak. That capped a 10-play, 67-yard drive to begin the third quarter.

Kasim Lewis sealed it with a 64-yard rushing touchdown on the next possession.

“Our offense has a lot of depth and a lot of weapons,” Lewis said.

“When every person sustains their block for three seconds, even two seconds, we’re going to get positive yards,” Barnes said. “That’s what we’re told at practice and that’s what’s happening in games. We just follow the gameplan, everybody does their job and we get positive results.”

Sussex Central has now won the last five meetings between the two Henlopen North rivals. The last time Dover was victorious over the Golden Knights was back in 2013.

The Senators now have their final nonconference game next weekend with a home contest against St. Georges on Friday at 7 p.m. After that, it’s five Henlopen North games to end the season.

“We’re still 3-1,” Simonetti said. “We just got to get back to basics in some things and get back to work and we’ll be alright.”

Staff writer Tim Mastro can be reached at or 741-8224.

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