Central football shuts out Riders in DIAA playoffs

November 22, 2021

The Sussex Central football squad used a strong running game and a tenacious defense to shut out Caesar Rodney 35-0 Nov. 19 in Georgetown.

Central was led by Kristopher Shields, who rushed 14 times for 98 yards. Patrick Henry ran for 73 yards on 10 carries. Renldo Handy rushed eight times for 45 yards. Malik Bell rushed five times for 28 yards. Zimir Gardner ran the ball three times for 17 yards, while Trazmeer Willis picked up seven yards on two carries.

Shields tallied three touchdowns, while Henry had one. Bell scored his first varsity touchdown on a 14-yard run.

Kyle Custis led the defense with seven tackles, while Justin Negron made six. Linebackers Diego Rodriguez and Ivan Neal tallied interceptions in the blowout victory. Caesar Rodney was sacked four times by the Golden Knights’ defense.

“I felt our guys did a great job of not overlooking an opponent that we had success with the week before,” said Golden Knights head coach John Wells. “The natural tendency is to overlook a team in that situation. The defense really played well Friday night.”

The Golden Knights move on to play Sallies in Wilmington Saturday, Nov. 27, while the Riders finish their 2021 campaign at 0-11.

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