Indians football ends season with 35-point loss to Sussex Tech

Date Published: 
Nov. 17, 2017

Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River running back Adam Bordeau makes his read against the defensive line in IR’s 35-0 loss on Thursday, Nov. 9.Special to the Coastal Point • Bruce Walls: Indian River running back Adam Bordeau makes his read against the defensive line in IR’s 35-0 loss on Thursday, Nov. 9.Last Thursday, Nov. 9, Indian River High School’s varsity football team played their last game of the 2017 season. When it was over, there was the feel of a collective sigh from players, coaches and fans. The 1-9 2017 season will be a longtime losing Indian River benchmark.

The team that surprised a highly-ranked Glasgow High School 21-20 in mid-September suffered its ninth straight loss by mid-November — this one a 35-0 blanking from inter-county rivals the Golden Knights of Sussex Central.

Despite the loss, IR’s defense — which had allowed 35 points in the first half —prevented the Central team from scoring at all in the second half.

With just 3:38 minutes off the first-quarter clock, the Golden Knights offense got their first possession on an IR kickoff fumble at the 20-yard line, reaching the goal line in just two plays. The Golden Knights rallied on from there, scoring a total of 35 by halftime. But the Indians didn’t just give in.

“We didn’t quit. We made a lot of mistakes early on. They gave us an opportunity with the fumble on the 20-yard line, and neither of my centers could figure out the snap,” explained IR head football coach Phillip Townsend. “They shook it off, and we continued to fight the whole game.

“We came out in the second half and continued fighting, and for a Division I team that beat us by 35-points — they’re one of the best teams we’ve played all year — it’s a plus, it’s really good that we took the loss at home.

“After Seaford, we had a lot of kids quit the team, but the core group that stuck it out — those guys are players, and we’re going to work off of that.”

But to get their football program back working again, they need to get working.

“I’m going to give these guys off for about two weeks, and then we’ve got to get right back at it,” Townsend said. “We’ve got a really, really good group of young guys that started as freshmen, 12 guys started as sophomores, so we’re hoping to build off of that and continue get better. We can only go up from here.”