The Eagles jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but it was all Sussex Tech after that.

The Smyrna High School football team started strong but was overwhelmed by Sussex Tech in a 61-6 loss on the road Friday night.

The kickoff time was moved from 7 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. because of the weather forecast for rainy, windy conditions later in the evening.

The Eagles struck first when Stephen Whaley ran 22 yards for a touchdown for a 6-0 first-quarter lead. The two-point conversion try failed.

But on the kickoff, Sussex Tech's Jalen Snead raced 99 yards to the end zone and Caleb Locklear kicked the extra point to put the Ravens up 7-6.

Sussex Tech extended the lead to 19-6 by the end of the quarter with a 60-yard touchdown run by Kevin Custis and a two-yard TD run by Chase Snyder.

Then the Ravens broke the game open with 29 points in the second quarter.

Michael Norsworthy ran for a two-yard touchdown and Snead ran for the two-point conversion.

Custis scored his second TD of the game on a 44-yard carry and then struck again, this time on defense, intercepting a Smyrna pass and returning it 61 yards for a score. Locklear kicked the extra point after both scores.

Back on offense, Custis scored again on a 45-yard TD run as the Ravens took a 48-6 lead at the half with Locklear's extra-point kick.

In the third quarter, Custis scored his fifth touchdown of the night on a 77-yard run. Locklear kicked the extra point for a 55-6 advantage.

In the fourth quarter, Andrell Fulton ran for an eight-yard TD for the final margin.


NEXT GAME: Friday, Nov. 2, home vs. Salesianum, 7 p.m.