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Panthers lose to Sussex Central Tigers 0 to 42

Charles City 0, Sussex Central 42

Varsity Football Game on October 29, 2010

Charles City County vs. Sussex County

Sussex Central dominated Charles City last friday night.  The Tigers beat the panthers on both sides of the ball by constantly pressuring both of Charles City’s quarterbacks with nearly constant blitzes, attempting numerous onside kicks and utilizing a good combination of compact but strong and speedy running backs.

Charles City knew that Sussex was going to be a tough place to get a win at.  Last year Sussex beat Charles City twice, once in the regular season and again in the playoffs.  Sussex Central is a perennial power in football among division 1 schools.  Over the previous 11 years (from 1999 until 2009), Sussex has been to the playoffs every year except for one year and have amassed 100 wins during that time with only 34 loses.  The Tigers won the state championship in 2003 and have won the district title 7 times in the past 10 years.  Sussex’s two loses this year came at the hands of a Group AA team and Division 2 power King William.

Sussex got on the board early during their first drive when running back Tyrod Skipper ran it in from 23 yards out.

On the following kickoff, Sussexx attempted the first of many onside kick attempts.  Charles City recovered the onside kick and began its first and what would end up being their only possession of the first quarter.  The drive started off promising for the Panthers after Trevor Jones ran for a first down, but Sussex would stop the next 4 plays and get the ball back.  On the second play of the drive, running back Tyrod Skipper ran virtually the same play as his previous touchdown and went untouched for a long run into Charles City territory.  On their third play on the drive, running back Sharheem Taylor would run right up the middle untouched and then break a tackle in the secondary for a 33 yard touchdown run.  This would be Taylor’s first of three touchdowns on the night.  After the conversion failed, Sussex was up 14-0.

During the next kickoff, Sussex would again use a short kick, but this time they recovered.

Three plays later, Sussex was again in the endzone after a 30 yard touchdown run up the middle by running back Denard Ashby. Sharheem Taylor would get the conversion run after being hardly touched.

The next kickoff was again an onside kick and Sussex recovered it once more.

The next drive by Sussex led them into the 2nd quarter with the Tigers up by 22 points. The drive ended with a 2 yard touchdown run up the middle by Tyshad Skipper. Denard Ashby ran the 2 point conversion up the middle to put sussex up by 30 points.

On the next kickoff, Sussex again tried an onside kick but this time Avery Jones scopped the ball up and made a nice run before being tackled.

Charles City started their drive off but couldn’t get much going against a quick Sussex defense that was putting a lot of pressure on the QBs and getting in the backfield all night long. During the short drive, QB Trevor Jones did make a nice scramble to avoid a sack. However, on the next play he was sacked and this led to a turnover on downs.

Sussex got the ball back but on their fourth play of the drive, Charles City stripped the ball from the running back and got possession back. The panthers were driving just before halftime thanks in large part to several nice catches by Trevor Jones and Dominic Jones, plus numerous penalties against Sussex. The Tigers comitted a total of 11 penalties on the night compared to just 3 by the Panthers.

Charles City had a first and goal situation at about the one yard line but were stopped on 3 consecutive runs. On fourth down and just seconds before halftime, Charles City QB Trevor Jones rolled out to his left and was being chased down by several Tiger defenders when he threw an interception to Sharheem Taylor. The half ended with Charles City down by 30.

Charles City would get the ball back to start the second half after Sussex kicked its first regular kickoff. However, after just 4 plays Sussex would get the ball back on downs. A few plays later, Sharheem Taylor ran it in from 3 yards out.

Charles City got the ball back after the kickoff but a short drive stalled out and Sussex got the ball back at about midfield. The very next play, Sharheem Taylor ran to the right side of the line, then cut it back to the outside and went untouched for a 46 yard touchdown run. After Charles City stopped the conversion, the score was 42-0.

Despite being up by 42 points in the 4th quarter, Sussex again kicked an onside kick and recovered it. A few plays later, Denard Ashby made a good run into Charles City territory but Avery Jones was able to strip the ball loose during the tackle and Dominick Barbour was there for the recovery.

Charles City was unable to find the endzone on the final possesion of the game. The final score was Sussex 42, Charles City 0.

Sussex attempted only one pass play the entire game. Charles City recovered 2 fumbles during the game. The Panthers have done very well this year with stripping the ball away from opponents.

Charles City now has a record of 5-3 as Sussex ups their record to 6-2. The Panthers are fighting for a playoff spot among other Region A, Division 1 teams such as Colonial Beach, Franklin, Sussex and West Point. The panthers will play Surry County this friday for their last scheduled home game of the regular season.

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Game Summary

Charles City… 0 0 0 0 = 0
Sussex………. 22 8 6 6 = 42

Sussex – Tyrod Skipper 23 yard run (Tyquan Johnson run)
Sussex – Sharheem Taylor 33 yard run (run failed)
Sussex – Denard Ashby 30 yard run (Taylor run)
Sussex – Tyshad Skipper 2 yard run (Ashby run)
Sussex – Sharheem Taylor 3 yard run (run failed)
Sussex – Sharheem Taylor 46 yard run (run failed)

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