MILFORD – A pair of Sussex Tech juniors helped the Ravens open the 2018 season with a 30-13 romp over Milford High Friday night at Briggs Stadium.
Andrell Fulton ran for two touchdowns and Jordan Harper picked off a pair of passes, including a 39-yard interception return touchdown, to avenge last year’s 3-0 Week 1 loss to the same Bucs squad.
“We remembered the battle we had with them last year, to lose by a field goal really deflated us as we went through those first couple of games,” Tech coach Mark Quillin said. “So, they thought about that all year long and really wanted to come out here and play well.”
After jumping ahead early 14-0 thanks to Fulton’s 31-yard touchdown run and a 45-yard Michael Norsworthy punt return touchdown in the opening quarter, the game was delayed 30 minutes due to lightning.
“It was a huge concern of mine when they called that lightning,” Quillin said of the delay. “We got that punt return touchdown, we were really trying to get things moving and we had to go cool down and come back out.”
Milford opened the second quarter, immediately following the delay, with an offensive drive capped by an eight-yard touchdown run from Rodney Robinson. The successful extra point try cut Tech’s lead in half, 14-7.
“They got the ball and immediately scored, and I thought ‘that’s a tough thing to recover from,’ but once we got to halftime we settled ourselves down,” Quillin said.
Fulton’s second touchdown run, with 9:30 to play in the third quarter, extended the Tech lead to 20-7.
“We had a one touchdown lead, so I knew I needed to do something for my team to get the lead a little higher so we could feel a little bit more comfortable,” Fulton said of his 60-yard third quarter touchdown run.
After Fulton’s 60-yard scamper, Tech leaned on their defense and special teams to finish out the win.
Caleb Locklear kicked a 20-yard field goal with 6:01 to play in the third quarter.
A few minutes later, Harper picked off a pass attempt from Milford freshman quarterback Shawn Saxon, turning it into a 39-yard interception return touchdown to cap Tech’s scoring at the 9:34 mark of the fourth quarter.
“I just saw it in the air and tried to make a play,” Harper said of the deflected pass that he turned in to six points. “I just made the play. I had the easy part.”
Harper would pick off one more pass on the ensuing Milford drive.
“Coming out of the break we were a little bit flat, we just had to get our rhythm back,” he said.
Junior Jalen Snead picked off Tech’s third interception of the night at the 4:53 mark.
“Defensively, we really did a good job,” Quillin said. “The turnovers were huge for us and we talk about it every week, the importance of those turnovers to turn the momentum of the football game.”
Milford’s Dion Warner ran for a 72-yard touchdown as time expired.
Sussex Tech will travel up north to Baynard Stadium to take on Salesianum next Friday night. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
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