Sussex Central defeats Salesianum 33-7 for school’s first Division I state football title

NEWARK — When Shihiem Williams received the kickoff to open the second half, teammate Isaac Barnes knew it was going to be a touchdown. “I’m on the sidelines, and I said, ‘if Shihiem Williams gets this ball he’s taking it to the house,’” said Barnes. The Sussex Central High junior did exactly what his teammate […]

Central for life: Wells and his boys celebrate first state title

NEWARK — A choked-up John Wells couldn’t talk. He attempted to find the words but they were caught in his throat. The Sussex Central football coach held up four fingers and tried to make an L, then some words started to come out. “For life,” he said. “We say if you go to Sussex Central, […]

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With two state titles on the line, here’s our predictions for today’s DIAA Division I and II football state championship games. Will Sussex Central High finally earn its first football state crown and will Woodbridge make it two state titles in three seasons? Andy Walter, Delaware State News: 93-31 Tim Mastro, Delaware State News: 96-28 […]

Familiar foes Sussex Central, Salesianum meet for championship

NEWARK — Usually when Sussex Central High and Salesianum meet on the football field, the result does not matter. The two teams always scrimmage each other in August, but rarely play during the regular season. This time, it’s different. The Golden Knights are searching for their first football state championship and will have to go […]

Sussex Central rides Wing-T to state football finals

NEWARK — The Wing-T will be returning to Delaware Stadium on Saturday. Sussex Central High brings its version of the unique offense into its matchup with Salesianum in the DIAA Division I football state championship game at 1 p.m. The game will be played on Tubby Raymond Field — named after the legendary University of […]

Sussex Central, Woodbridge appreciative to be back in football finals

NEW CASTLE — A long week of preparation is ahead for both Sussex Central High and Woodbridge High. But both coaches want their players to be able to appreciate the moment. Sussex Central takes on Salesianum at 1 p.m. in the Division I DIAA state football championship game on Saturday. Woodbridge meets Wilmington Friends at […]

Roundup: Matchups finalized in football state championship games

The matchups for next Saturday’s DIAA football state championship games were finalized on Saturday. In Division I, third-seeded Sussex Central (11-1) will face No. 5 Salesianum (10-2) at 1 p.m. at Delaware Stadium. The Sals earned the spot in the finals after upsetting top-seeded Hodgson, 20-18, on Saturday. It will be Central’s fourth appearance in […]

Knights rally into state finals

DOVER — Isaac Barnes knew Domonique Smith was open on the play. But even Barnes, Sussex Central High’s quarterback, admitted the football he had just thrown seemed to hang in the air forever. Finally, though, the 11-yard pass landed safely in the hands of receiver Domonique Smith for the last-second touchdown pass that sent the […]

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Both of tonight’s DIAA football semifinal matchups are rematches of showdowns that decided the Henlopen Conference division titles. This times, though, the stakes are higher, with berths in the Division I and II state title games on the line for Sussex Central and Dover as well as Woodbridge and Dover. Here’s our predictions for this […]

Balanced Sussex Central more than just defense

GEORGETOWN — The defensive unit has grabbed all the headlines for Sussex Central High this football season. And deservedly so. The third-seeded Golden Knights (10-1) have allowed just 48 points, recorded 39 sacks, picked off 13 passes and blocked five punts on their way to a Division I semifinal appearance at No. 2 Dover High […]