On the night he was crowned Homecoming King, Will Knight ruled indeed, scoring seven touchdowns to lead Smyrna High School to a 46-13 victory over previously unbeaten Sussex Central.
Will Knight scored seven touchdowns to lead the Smyrna High School football team to a 46-13 Homecoming victory tonight, Oct. 13, over previously unbeaten Sussex Central.
But it wasn't easy.
The Eagles led 18-13 at halftime on Knight's three scores of four yards, 34 yards and four yards, but Sussex Central stopped Smyrna's two-point conversion attempt each time.
In the third quarter, Sussex Central returned the kickoff to midfield, but Smyrna's defense came up big.
On third down, Smyrna's Jeremy D'Aguiar intercepted a Sussex Central pass to stop the drive.
Smyrna took over and marched down the field. Knight scored on a three-yard run to give the Eagles a 24-13 lead, but the two point conversion pass failed.
The Eagles' kept the pressure on, recovering an onside kick by Anthony Buscemi to take over on offense again with 6:18 left in the third quarter at the Sussex Central 43.
The Knights' defense stopped the drive at the 23-yard line on a fourth down play with 4:36 left in the quarter.
On offense, Sussex Central drove to the Smyrna 42-yard line as the third quarter ended.
At the start of the fourth quarter, the Knights continued their march, but then stumbled. First, a holding penalty nullified a touchdown run and pushed the Knights back to the Smyrna 20-yard line. Then Smyrna's Jared Mullen tackled the Sussex Central runner for a loss, followed by another tackle for a loss by Smyrna's Hunter Moyer.
On fourth-and-goal from the 26-yard line, the Knights' pass fell incomplete and Smyrna took over.
Then lightning struck as Will Knight burst through the Sussex Central defense on the next play for a 74-yard touchdown that electrified the home crowd. Stephen Whaley ran for the two-point conversion, and the Eagles had some breathing room with a 32-13 cushion.
Smyrna's defense stuffed Sussex Central, forcing a punt with 4:44 left to play.
On offense, Knight struck again on a 53-yard run for his sixth touchdown of the game with 4:33 left in the fourth quarter. The two-point conversion failed, but Smyrna led 38-13.
When Smyrna's defense forced another punt, the Eagles' offense revved up again.
Knight took a hand off and ran wide, then cut back down the sideline and scored his seventh touchdown on a 27-yard run with 22.8 seconds left to play. To cap off his unbelievable game, he threw a pass to Hunter Moyer for the two-point conversion and the final 46-13 score.
Smyrna improved to 4-2 overall, 3-0 in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division, while Sussex Central dropped to 5-1, 2-1 in the division.
NEXT GAME: The Eagles travel to Dover Friday, Oct. 20 for a 7 p.m. game.