Cape Gazette

Cape football shuts down preseason, gets ready for Milford opener

By Dave Frederick | Sep 02, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape senior running back Andre Flowers gets extra yardage with a stiff arm against a Bennett defensive back.

Finally, game week has arrived for high school football teams. Most teams open the weekend of Sept. 6 then play 10 without a bye week.  The preseason scrimmage scenario mimics the real deal but without a full-blown kicking game for exchanging field position and 12 play drives that move the chains it is really difficult to assess, analyze and break down what it all means.

"We had a great preseason, established who can play and built some depth into the program," coach Bill Collick said.  "We need everyone working together to get back to the postseason and then see what we can get done. We have the talent to make some noise."

It is not a stretch to say the Vikings can go eight deep at the running back position and also have three quarterbacks who can get it down, about four frontline wide receivers, a beast of a tight end in Andre Grau and an offensive line anchored by Tommy Ott, a crew Collick calls bears and spares.

Cape's second opponent, Archbishop Spalding, which beat Cape last year 35-28, opened the season Aug. 30 with a 41-16 win over Delaware Valley Charter out of Philadelphia.  Quarterback Zach Abey is the show for Spalding. He threw for 124 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 88 against Delaware Valley Charter.

Cape looked sharp in the tri-scrimmage against Bennett and Delmar. The true test was against the always strong Wildcats as the Vikings continually moved the football while the Delmar's first offense seemed to get limited reps against Cape's first D.

Cape's Grau, Bill Gibbs and Justin Lopez were all held out of the scrimmage.

Cape receiver D.D. Gooch snags a Todd Keene pass and fights for a first down. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape quarterback Todd Keene goes over the top for D.D. Gooch. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Florida transfer Jason Hernandez takes a handoff and runs outside for a long gain. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
"No one touches my QB," says J.J. Currie as he pass blocks for quarterback Todd Keene. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape running back Juan Saez runs to block a Delmar defensive back. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape wing back Mike Williams runs a sweep. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Quarterback Tavon Scott hits a timing pattern to Juan Saez. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Quarterback Learis Griffin sprints out while offensive coordinator Herky Billings looks on. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape offensive lineman Brandon Nixon pass blocks. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Quarterback Todd Keene calls a play. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Juan Saez fights off a Bennett tackler and runs for a touchdown. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Former Cape player and 2013 grad Jordan Duffie came to see his former teammates play. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Quarterback Tavon Scott stiff-arms a Bennett tackler. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior linebacker Thomas Ott looks to the sideline for a defensive call. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Offensive lineman Thomas Ott blocks for Andre Flowers. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape head coach Bill Collick, right, reviews a play with offensive coordinator Herky Billings. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Center Devon Miller picks up a Bennett defensive lineman. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Jevon Currie, also a wrestler, steps out of a double-leg takedown. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
No. 54 Tom Ott shows senior skill in getting a drink from a water bottle. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Andre Flowers runs fullback and also plays defense and can get to the quarterback. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Zach Stevenson sprints down the left sideline for a touchdown. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Hank Coveleski, the fourth in his clan to play quarterback, hands the ball off in a scrimmage. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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