Defense ruled the day in the first half, but it was a series of big plays and missteps in the second that truly determined the outcome of the season opening game between Sussex Tech High School and Polytech High School Sept. 7 at Polytech.
After a deadlocked 0-0 score heading into halftime, the Ravens were able to take advantage of a number of costly Panther turnovers to go on and win 21-14, putting the squat at 1-0, 0-0 to open the year.
Turnovers were the story of the second half, as each team was able to take advantage of the other's mistakes with Sussex Tech capitalizing on an interception when sophomore running back Xavier Drummond scored on a 28-yard run shortly after the pick. The score put the Ravens up 21-6, and wound up being the game-winner.
Polytech kicked off the scoring on the evening when after a Sussex fumble in the third quarter, they were able to convert on a 24-yard touchdown pass to go up 6-0 after a failed PAT.
Tech quickly struck back, as junior running back Christian Sivels broke a run of more than 70 yards which put his team up 7-6. They tacked on to that score early in the fourth quarter as freshman Patrick Griffin ran the ball in from one-yard out, again a possession that occurred off of a Polytech lost interception.
Polytech was able to score once more and convert a two-point conversion to bring the score within seven points, but time ran out before it was able to mount a comeback.
The Ravens return to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 vs. Laurel High School.