Cape Gazette

Cape football escapes Central 43-28, first win over Knights in 14 years

By Dave Frederick | Nov 04, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape senior fullback Juan Saez runs for a Vikings touchdown. Juan has dedicated his senior year to his late uncle Mikey, who coached Mariner Middle School.

Cape scored easily the first two times the offense touched the football, and the chase was on for the Golden Knights of Sussex Central. The Vikings had been chasing Central for the last 14 years and finally got out in front. Now all they had to do was play defense, but defense was not in the house for either team as the game became a track meet of 10 total rushing touchdowns as the Vikings survived with a 43-28 victory.

“Basically everything I called worked; anyone could have done my job tonight," said Cape’s offensive coordinator Herky Billings.

But it was a crucial fourth and goal deep in the fourth quarter on the four-yard line with Cape clinging to a 28-27 lead that inspired Billings to call time-out. The Vikings don’t get in and it's time to sit back and get carved up by a Central offense Cape hadn’t stopped all night, and it had outscored Cape 13-0 in the second half to get back in a game where the Knights trailed 29-15 at halftime.

The call was an inside counter back to the left, handing the ball to Justin Lopez. The game was squarely on the offensive line of Devin Miller, Tom Ott, Charles Elgin, Nick Figun, Tyre Maull and Bill Gibbs. Any penetration and there would be nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.

Lopez scored his third touchdown of the game and the Miguel Merino-Sanchez kick put Cape up 36-28.

Lopez scored again on a 36-yard run to close out the game amassing 169 yards anf four touchdowns.

“It’s never easy beating those guys," said head coach Bill Collick. “They run downhill all night - a good thing we got in front of them early.”

Central ‘s Joshua Swift scored a pair of touchdowns for the Knights. Amontay Clanton and Kevin Simms also scored.

Now 5-4, Cape closes out the season Friday, Nov. 8, at Smyrna. A Vikings win gets them in the conversation for a state tournament berth because of their strength of schedule.

Sussex Central,  4-5, closes the season at district rival Indian River,  6-3.


The 2013 Vikings run onto the field pumped up for the rivalry game with Sussex Central. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior Thomas Mesisco runs back the opening kickoff for good starting position for the Vikings. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior tackle Tyre Maull gets off the line to make a Vikings block on the Central defensive end. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior Maurice Mills runs back a kickoff for 50 yards, giving great field position to the Vikings in the 43-28 win over Sussex Central. Mills' run backs have given the Vikings' offense good starting position all season. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior place kicker Miguel Merino-Sanchez, left, thanks Learris Griffin for a good hold on a successful PAT. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape defensemen Thomas Ott, left, and Justin Lopez brings down a Central ball carrier. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
J.J. Currie has run out of the dark for the Vikings in the last half of the season. He scored on this play in the 43-28 win over the Golden Knights. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape defense looks to the offensive huddle of the Knights. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior running back Justin Lopez turns the corner and runs for a Vikings touchdown. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Justin Lopez runs for a Vikings long gain. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior kickoff specialist Billy Swontek put three into the end zone against the Knights. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape offensive coordinator Herky Billings drives home a point to his quarterback Tavon Scott. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape defensive back Andre Flowers sacks Central quarterback Amontay Clanton. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior Maurice Mills has made it hard for opposing tacklers this season when he runs back kickoffs. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape center Devin Miller prepares to snap to QB Tavon Scott. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape offensive coordinator Herky Billings talks over a play with QB Tavon Scott. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape lineman Thomas Ott celebrates a Justin Lopez touchdown. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape junior quarterback Tavon Scott runs around the end for a Vikings first down. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior running back Justin Lopez celebrates one of his touchdowns. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
A crucial fourth down inside counter for a touchdown clinches Cape's win over Central. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Juan Saez scores Cape's first touchdown. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Ja'von Currie scores Cape's second touchdown. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Fullback Joshua Swift was a runaway truck all night long. The Central fullback scored two touchdowns. (Photo by: dave Frederick )
Maurice Mills, a 23-foot long jumper, celebrates a Cape touchdown. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Maurice Mills is one tackler from breaking a kickoff return. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Shawn Savage, who started his career at Cape, carries the ball for Sussex Central. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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