No. 4 Sussex Central (9-2) knocked off No. 5 Concord 21-17 Nov. 15 in Georgetown to advance to the DIAA semifinals.
Central senior Kasim Lewis had 151 yards on 10 carries and scored two second-half touchdowns to pace the Knights.
Senior running back TyJhir Sheppard-Parker had 78 yards rushing and started off the scoring for Central with a touchdown in the first quarter.
“It was nice for the seniors to win their last game at home,” said Central head coach John Wells. “Concord came in on a five-game winning streak and they were feeling good about it, so we are fortunate to get out with a victory. I thought our offensive line did a good job of blocking and paved the way for our backs.”
Concord’s Colton Callueng pulled in a 43-yard pass from Raiders quarterback Austin Ruth for their first score in the third quarter. Junior Zion Larkins gave the Raiders the lead on a five-yard pass from Ruth. Place kicker Andrew Raab put through a 27-yard field goal to finish the Raiders’ scoring in the fourth quarter.
Sussex Central had a 319-219 rushing advantage and averaged 8.5 yards per carry. The Knights lost three fumbles in the game.
“Now we play the No. 1-seeded Hodgson,” Wells said. “They have won 20 games in the last two seasons, and they have as much or more talent than anyone in the state. We have to play a disciplined game. One mistake and it could cost you seven points.”
Hodgson will host Central Saturday, Nov. 23. Game time is noon.