DOVER, Del.- The undefeated Sussex Tech Ravens will take on the Smyrna Eagles on Saturday, Oct. 17 as they enter the second half of the season.
While Sussex Tech defeated the Eagles in a 51-14 blowout last year, the Ravens are not counting them out. They know this is a different team with more experience.
The Eagles trail the Ravens with only one blemish on their record. That loss is to the Salesianum Sallies, a non-conference opponent. (The Ravens will play the Sallies in Week 9.)
“I think it’s going to be a great matchup,” Smyrna Head Coach Mike Judy said. “Our offense is known for scoring points and their defense is well-know for their tenacious play and keeping teams from scoring.”
Judy believes this game will come down to his defense against the Ravens’ offense. While both teams are powerhouses on offense, Sussex Tech Head Coach Mark Quillin recognizes the differences that set them apart.
“Their style of offense is more new school, through the ball around and spread [offense],” Quillin said. “We’re a little more traditional. We like to pound and ground and knock you in the face a little bit when it comes to our run game. It’s kind of a tale of two cities in a way.”
The winner of this matchup will be considered the front runner to win the Henlopen North division.
“I’m feeling great and I want it bad, Smyrna running back William Knight said. “It’s our conference and I’m confident on our team to do what they have to do.”
Ravens quarterback Justin Hill knows they cannot take the game lightly because of their win last year.
“Our mental preparation of this game if definitely there,” Hill said. “We know there is a lot a stake. I feel like it is going to come down to our [offensive] line, our [running] backs and everything working smoothly throughout the game.”
Smyrna will have home-field advantage with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.