Cape football downs Smyrna 35-7; Vikings open tournament Nov. 16 at Saint Mark'sCape makes postseason tournament first time since 1998
Psychologists call it “cognitive dissonance,“ but never envisioned hundreds of normal-intelligence individuals watching a football game while going all Palm Pilot with their smartphones.
Cape football beat a scary Smyrna team 35-7 Nov. 9, finishing the regular season 8-2 for the second year in a row. Amazingly, coaches Bill Collick, Herky Billings and Johnny Parker all claim not to be smart enough to do two things at the same time. And when the game was over and young men began to jump in jubilation, “We’re in the tournament. First time since 1998! CR beat Dover 23-20, gives them seven wins! We get a bonus point so Concord and A.I. can’t catch us!”
Collick doesn’t text or Twitter. He looked at Athletic Director Bob Cilento and asked, “When does the state tournament committee meet? When they tell me we’re in and who we’re playing, that’s when I’ll believe it.”
Early Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11, before the first NFL game kicked off, Collick and connected Cape football people got the word that the Vikings had made the postseason tournament as a No. 6 seed and will play at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, at Saint Mark's.
Sussex Central will play at Caesar Rodney Saturday, Nov. 17.
The first three touchdowns of the Smyrna game - Justin Lopez of Cape, Tequan Boyer of Smyrna and Andre Flowers of Cape - all came on 54-yard runs. Diaz Nardo would score on a fourth-and-goal sneak from the 1-yard line and Justin Lopez on a 10-yard run to make the halftime score 28-7 Cape.
The only scoring of the second half came in the final minutes when sophomore Bill Gibbs went into the middle of the line and “shaked and baked” his way to a 34-yard touchdown.
Miguel Merino kicked all five extra points.