Central, Tech slight week one favorites

DOWNSTATE — It’s that time of the year again. Football is back.

That means it’s also time for another shot at prediction glory.

Defending Henlopen North champion Sussex Tech travels to A.I. duPont tonight. (Sussex Tech/Jeff Mitchell)

Defending Henlopen North champion Sussex Tech travels to A.I. duPont tonight. (Sussex Tech/Jeff Mitchell)

Just a disclaimer, predicting the outcome of high school sporting events is typically an exercise in futility. It’s even more difficult in the first few weeks of the season, not knowing exactly how teams will come together or even where Linganore High School is located. Google, by the way, says way up in western Maryland. Enjoy that bus ride, Indian River.

Anyway, here’s a crack at picking this week’s outcomes.

Sussex Central 26, Laurel 18: Last year’s Division II runner-up Laurel gives Sussex Central a scare but the Golden Knights wear down the Bulldogs and open with a victory.

Sussex Tech 35, A.I. duPont 21: A.I. prepares for Sussex Tech’s power run game. But that was last year, Ravens use their speed to run away with a win.

Linganore 42, Indian River 13: Apparently Linganore is really good. The days will get brighter as IR’s season progresses.

Dunbar (Md.) 35, Dover 20: Dover shocked everyone last season in week one with a win over a Baltimore team. Lightning probably won’t strike twice.

Polytech 21, Appoquinimink 20: Poly continues to improve following a coaching change.

Glasgow 14, Seaford 6: Glasgow edges Seaford in battle of rebuilding programs.

John Carroll (Md.) 35, Delmar 21: Delmar doesn’t get revenge for last year’s rout but the Wildcats keep it interesting.

Broadwater Academy (Va.) 27, Woodbridge 13: Having already played three games, Broadwater Academy bests a still gelling Woodbridge team.

Middletown 42, Caesar Rodney 21: CR’s new offense surprises Middletown, but only for the first series.

Lake Forest 13, Hodgson 12: Spartans shock defending champ Hodgson in rematch of last season’s first round playoff game.

Smyrna 42, Delcastle 6: Smyrna rolls to nonconference win against overmatched Delcastle

Milford 27, Red Lion 14: Milford equals last season’s win total with opening night victory under new coach Shaun Strickland.

Cape Henlopen 28, Lower Cape May (N.J.) 14: Cape Henlopen wins battle between bay-area teams.

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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