Georgetown – It was Armed Forces Night at Sussex Central on Friday night. While the Delaware Army National Guard was on hand with a helicopter and an armored vehicle the Golden Knights found a new offensive weapon of their own in Kevon Moore-Briddell.
The senior found himself in the backfield for the first time and responded rushing for 69 yards on 13 carries and a pair of touchdown runs leading Sussex Central to a 17-7 win over Delaware Military Academy.
“With Malik Bell out I told Kevon we may need some reps from him to help give Sam (Pucci) some rest playing both ways, the bye week really helped us to get him ready,” Sussex Central head coach John Wells said.
DMA got right to work from the opening drive of the game going 65 yards on ten plays capped off by a one yard touchdown run by Edward Emmens. Brady Appleton added the kick as the Seahawks took a 7-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.
On the ensuing kick off the Golden Knights Sam Pucci returned the kick 70 yards to the DMA 15 yard line. Three plays later Moore-Briddell scored on a five yard run, Cael DeNigris blocked the kick as the Seahawks led 7-6.
“Sam is a good athlete, good speed, good returner and he is deceptive. He has made some good plays for us this year, he is just a gutsy kid,” Wells said.
Early in the second quarter Emmens was unable to handle a direct snap that was high, the ball bounced around until Gabe Cannon recovered the fumble at the DMA 34 yard line. The Golden Knights made the turnover count when Moore-Briddell scored his second touchdown of the game with another five yard run into the endzone. Moore-Briddell converted the run for the two point conversion giving Sussex Central a 14-7 lead with 6:43 to play in the first half.
The Seahawks drove back down the field in the waning minutes of the second quarter. Appleton’s 25 yard field goal attempt was blocked by Joaquin Rodriguez-Costa. The Golden Knights took the seven point lead into halftime.
Stingy defense, fumbles and penalties led to a scoreless third quarter. The Golden Knights drove deep into DMA territory in the fourth quarter, but had to settle for a 25 yard field goal by Rodney Escobar-Gonzalez gave Sussex Central a 17-7 lead with 8:19 left in the game.
“We turned over the ball coming out of halftime and put ourselves in a bad position, but I feel that defensive stop was big, maybe the biggest stop of the game,” Wells said.
Delaware Military outgained the Golden Knights 193 to 171 with a balanced offensive attack. Sussex Central had 141 yards on the ground.
“I thought our offensive line played well tonight, we have no returning starters on the line and they are starting to come together,” Wells said.
DMA drops to 1-2 on the season and will host Elkton (MD) next Friday night with kickoff at 7 PM. Sussex Central improves to 2-1 and will travel to Sykesville, Maryland to take on the South Carroll Cavaliers. Kickoff is at 7 PM.
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