Trio of Ravens seek to help Gold extend win streak

NEWARK — Last fall, Trey Hatfield, Michael Norsworthy and Ian Williams were key contributors to Sussex Tech High’s first winning season since 2015.

With a 6-4 record, the Ravens fell just shy of earning their first football playoff berth in three seasons but did enjoy an impressive four-week stretch to end the year.

After suffering an early-season blow with the loss of its starting quarterback due to an injury in the first game of the season, Tech won just two of its first six games.

Sitting at 2-4, the Ravens put together a four-game win streak by defeating Henlopen Conference northern division foes Caesar Rodney High, Smyrna High, Polytech High and Cape Henlopen High in blowout fashion to finish the season strong.

Tech defeated those division opponents by a combined 193-32, scoring at least 42 points in each of the four wins.

Norsworthy ran for four touchdowns and Hatfield picked up a fumble and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown in Tech’s season finale blowout of Cape Henlopen Nov. 9 on the road.

Williams spent the season making an impact in the trenches along the offensive and defensive lines for Sussex Tech, providing protection for the quarterback and opening running lanes for Norsworthy and Hatfield out of the backfield.

A few months after seemingly walking off the field for the final time, the Tech trio learned they had been selected to represent Sussex Tech in the 64th annual DFRC Blue-Gold Football All-Star game at University of Delaware.

The game, set for tonight at Delaware Stadium, will kick off at 7 p.m. with pre-game festivities beginning at promptly 6 p.m.

“I heard that some of the better players get picked (for Blue-Gold), so I was honored to be selected for even more than just the football. It’s for the bigger cause of DFRC,” Norsworthy said.

“I was very excited when I found out, because I know a lot of players who have participated in it before and they all said how great of an experience it was for them,” added Hatfield.

Representing the Gold, Norsworthy, Hatfield and Williams will be teaming up with many of the Henlopen Conference players they spent the last four seasons competing against every Friday night.

For the last two seasons, Gold has come out on top. The Tech players hope to continue that trend for Gold.

Gold’s roster is comprised primarily of fellow Henlopen schools, including Caesar Rodney, Smyrna, Polytech, Cape Henlopen, Sussex Central High, Woodbridge High, Dover High, Delmar High, Milford High, Lake Forest High, Seaford High and Indian River High.

Non-conference schools such as St. Georges Tech High, Middletown High, First State Military Academy, St. Andrew’s School, Red Lion Christian Academy and Appoquinimink High also have players representing the Gold.

The Blue squad is comprised of strictly upstate schools.

Each player participating in the all-star game each year is paired with a Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with intellectual disABILITIES (DFRC) hand-in-hand buddy. The hand-in-hand program is in its 45th year of existence.

The players often attend DFRC-sponsored events with their assigned buddies leading up to the day of the game.

Michael and Trey were each assigned different buddies, but have both spent time getting to know them during DFRC-sponsored events over the last few months.

“I attended two of the events with him and got to know him a little bit,” Hatfield said of his Hand-in-Hand buddy. “He’s a great kid. It was cool to see all the players get together and do something for a good cause, it’s about more than just football. It’s bigger than that.”

Hatfield will be playing the game for longtime friend Troy Haynes, who was set to represent defending Division II state champion Woodbridge High in the all-star game but is instead in Texas receiving treatment for kidney cancer.

Trey and Troy, though they attended different high schools, have been friends since playing Pop Warner together as young kids.
Trey will be writing a message on his athletic tape and wearing wristbands to honor Troy.

“It’s been cool to see the community stepping up and supporting him,” Hatfield said. “It’s sad that we’ve had to do this, but I’m not surprised that the community has rallied behind him like this because that’s just the type of person he is.”

Recently graduated, Norsworthy has immediate plans to enter the workforce and is considering joining the military, while Hatfield is walking on for the University of Delaware football program.

Williams plans on attending a post graduate year at St. Thomas More School, where he’ll also be playing football.

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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