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Sussex Central Tigers slip past CB Drifters

Last Friday at Monroe Park, it was a first quarter shootout as the Drifters (1-2) fought a brave battle against Region-A rivals Sussex Central (2-0). Although the “Black & Gold” led for three quarters, the Tigers reached deep within their physicality to pull out a hard-fought battle and defeat the Drifters 28-21.

Darren Curley led the Tigers with 64 yards on 16 carries, including a 12-yard touchdown

run. As for the Drifters, Dion Gonzalez carried the workload with 21 carries for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

On the first drive, at the start of the game, the Drifters drove 59 yards in 10 plays before scoring a 4-yard touchdown by Gonzalez to go ahead 6-0. After the point after by Josh Sanford the Drifters lead 7-0.

The Tigers responded with a quick strike 45-second drive of their own, as quarterback Tyquan Johnson blasted down the field for a 57-yard run to the Drifter 1-yard line. Before Johnson could reach pay dirt, Gonzalez tackled him. The Tigers failed to convert the ensuing two-point point after run attempt.

On the next Drifter possession, Kiante Dickerson completed an 11-yard pass to Sanford into Tiger territory to set up four run plays that resulted in an 18-yard touchdown run scored by Tim McDowney. After the point after, the Drifter lead was stretched to 14-6 with 1:47 left to play in the first quarter.

On the first play of the second quarter, the vertical factor associated with the Tiger offense was in effect as Johnson connected with John Jones for a 52-yard touchdown. After their second foiled two-point attempt, the Tigers trailed the Drifters by 2 points (14-12).

Gonzalez’s 25-yard kickoff return set the Drifters offense near midfield, where they culminated a 51-yard scoring into 10-yard touchdown by Tim McDowney. Following the point after attempt, the Drifters led 21-12 with 7:13 left in the quarter.

The Tigers capitalized on a failed onside kick off attempt and facemask penalty to start on their drive on the Drifter 41-yard line. After a succession of runs by Curley and Rayquan Newby, the Tigers eventually scored on a 12-yard run by Curley. Moments later Johnson connected with Curley for a two-point conversion, which cut the Drifter lead to one.

In the third quarter, the shift in momentum continued to favor the Tigers. The Tigers took full advantage of a Drifter turnover in the remaining seconds of the third quarter, with a 9-yard touchdown by Brian Crockett and a two-point conversion by a pass from Johnson to Shadbre Judkins to start off the fourth quarter.

The Drifters managed to set up a scoring opportunity inside the Tigers’ 10-yard line; however, Tigers linebacker Steve Barrow thwarted the attempt. After Barrow tacked Nick Graves in the backfield, the Tigers defense shut down any further attempts for the Drifters to score.

The Drifters will host King & Queen at Monroe Park at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. As for the Tigers, they will host Arcadia on Friday.

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

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