Eagles led 22-6 after one quarter, but just 22-11 in the third quarter before erupting for 24 points to secure the victory and improve to 6-2 tonight at Smyrna High.
The Smyrna High School football team defeated Sussex Tech 46-11 tonight at home in Charles V. Williams Stadium to improve to 6-2.
But the Eagles gave the Ravens plenty of chances to stay in the game with turnovers.
Smyrna jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a 13-yard touchdown run by Isaiah Wilson, with Will Knight running for the two-point conversion. Then Knight broke loose on a 44-yard touchdown run, but the two-point conversion failed.
Sussex Tech responded with a drive capped by a one-yard touchdown run, but the Eagles blocked the extra point kick to hold on to a 14-6 lead.
Then Knight rumbled 55 yards for a TD and bulled through the defense for the two-point conversion as the game started to look like a runaway at 22-6 at the end of the first quarter.
But in the second quarter, Smyrna's offense sputtered, and Sussex Tech started winning the battle for field position.
When Smyrna had to punt from near its own end zone, the snapped sailed past the punter and out of the end zone for a two-point safety for the Ravens.
The half ended with Smyrna up 22-8.
In the third quarter, Smyrna miscues including a fumbled punt return again gave Sussex Tech great field position.
The Eagles' defense held firm and only allowed a 28-yard field goal, but the Ravens had pulled to within 22-11 with 4:02 left in the third quarter.
On Smyrna's next possession, the Ravens stopped the Eagles, forcing a punt, but Smyrna faked the punt and Hunter Moyer ran for a first down.
That play turned the momentum back in Smyrna's favor, and on the Eagles first play, Wilson passed to Knight for a big gain.
On the next play, Wilson connected with Emon Roberts who broke several tackles on his way to the end zone. Stephen Whaley ran for the two-point conversion to put Smyrna up 30-11.
Smyrna's defense stopped the Ravens, and on the Eagles' next possession, Knight raced 76 yards for another score. Whaley ran for another two-point conversion for a 38-11 Eagles' lead.
Smyrna capped the night with a 49-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Roberts and a two-point conversion pass from Knight to Diron Accoo for the 46-11 final score.
NEXT GAME: The Eagles play at Salesianum Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. The Eagles defeated Salesianum in the 2015 state championship game, and blew out Sallies last year in a home regular season game 60-26. This year Salesianum is 5-3 after a 30-20 loss to Westminster, Maryland Friday night. The other two losses came to Father Judge High School from Pennsylvania, 21-20, and to Middletown 19-13.
NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE GATE at the Salesianum game at Baynard Stadium in Wilmington. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Smyrna High School office Wednesday, Nov. 1, Thursday, Nov. 2 and Friday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All tickets are $5.