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Cape football wins at Sussex Tech 21-6; Vikings chase winning season

By Dave Frederick | Oct 28, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape's J. J. Currie blows by a Sussex Tech defense in the Vikings' 21-6  win over the Ravens.

Cape football took the opening kickoff against Sussex Tech at Raven Stadium Oct. 25 and drove 70 yards using their new slash-and-burn offense of J.J. Curry and Justin Lopez to the outsides and Juan Saez and Andre Flowers between the tackles. Lopez scored the touchdown from 8 yards out as a powder keg of talcum dust burst from the Cape student section. The 2013 rivalry of Route 9 was launched as the bands battled back and forth, and two evenly matched teams went ground and pound up and down the field in a game both desperately needed to win.

“We come in 3-4 with 3 left and a chance at a winning season," coach Bill Collick said after his Vikings stayed in front of Sussex Tech using several key stops and a blocked extra point for a 21-6 victory.

The Ravens fell to 4-4 and most likely are out of the state tournament picture, while Cape, with four losses to teams with fat records, remains an outside threat to secure a state tournament berth but must beat Sussex Central, which it hasn't done since Bill Clinton was in his first term of office, and Smyrna to end the season.

Ja’von Currie snapped in the Polytech game and continued to crackle against Sussex Tech, running the jet sweep to the outside and winding it back fast and fearless to the inside, amassing 150 yards rushing on the night.

Sussex Tech answered Cape's opening scoring drive with a 70-yard drive of its own, with Jamont Mathews scoring from 1 yard out. The Ravens' Kani Kane, who left the Caesar Rodney game in the first quarter the previous week and was rumored doubtful for the Cape contest, played every snap on offense and defense. Kane is a runaway truck and a classy player who just goes about his business, which is running over people.

Cape’s Thomas Ott blocked the extra point on a monumental play as the Ravens spent the entire game chasing the lead.

A Cape drive in the second quarter ended with a Juan Saez 7-yard touchdown. Miguel Merino-Sanchez’s second PAT of the half made the score at intermission 14-6.

The Ravens ate up most of the third quarter on a long drive that stalled at the Cape 17. The teams exchanged punts, and Cape put the game away on a 65-yard drive with Tavon Scott scoring from the one-yard line. The Merino-Sanchez kick made the final 21-6.

Sussex Tech will close out the season on the road at Woodbridge Nov. 1, then host Polytech Nov. 8.

 

A tough Cape defense only allowed the Ravens 6 points in the contest. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Senior lineman Thomas Ott blocks for running back J. J. Currie. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape student body celebrates the Vikings' first touchdown. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sophomore tight end Brent Reed blocks for J. J. Currie. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape fullback Juan Saez leaps to a Vikings first down. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape center Devin Miller, right , talks with running back Justin Lopez after a Vikings gain. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape offensive linemen get steamed up for the next play. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape running back Justin Lopez drags a Ravens defensive lineman for a Vikings first down. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape student body was out in force to support the Vikings. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's No. 24 Andre Flowers and No. 8 Billy Gibbs bring down Tech's Kani Kane. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Maurice Mills chases down Ravens running back Willis Dickerson. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape tackle Tyre Maull blocks Tech's Kani Kane. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape defense swarms on a Tech ball carrier. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape running back J. J. Currie follows a block by Charles Elgin. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Head coach Bill Collick and team captain Thomas Ott get the team pumped during a time-out. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Maurice Mills, left, tells teammate Thomas Ott he has his back. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape assistant coach Billy Collick celebrates the Vikings' win with his father Bill Collick. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape team leaves the Raven Stadium field victorious 21-6. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape team celebrates the 21-6 win over the Ravens. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape team comes together for the post-game prayer. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape student body rushes onto the field to congratulate the team. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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