Cape Gazette

Cape Vikings launch like a Wallops rocket, beat Milford Bucs 41-12

By Dave Frederick | Sep 09, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape's Thomas Ott, left, and Andrew Grau pull down Milford wide receiver Dalton Pikus in the Vikings' 41-6 victory over the Bucs.

Hype is often a harbinger to disappointment. The Cape football team hadn’t played a game in 2013, but preseason prognosticators on social media were talking much noise about Cape being good enough to bounce back to the state title game for the first time in 30 years.

“Next step” is what Bill Collick had been saying since he came back home three seasons ago and put together 5-5, 7-3 and 8-2 seasons.

Cape did take care of Buccaneers business, easing to a 41-12 victory that saw two long touchdowns and a 70-yard run called back in the second period in addition to the Vikings' fumbling away the football on the Milford 10-yard line.

“It was hard to keep the tempo with those call backs on penalties on the other side of the field, " Collick said after coaches watched a Sunday morning digital review that negated a 60-yard pass from Tavon Scott to Maurice Mills and a 70-yard run by Zack Stevenson down the left sideline.

Milford took possession to start the game and quickly caught Cape napping with a 60-yard tailback pass from Octavion Wilson to Jason Parker. Phones pinged across Sussex County, signaling an upset had lifted off in Milford.

The Vikings responded with two first-quarter touchdown drives, touchdown runs by Justin Lopez and Tavon Scott and a Scott two-point conversion as Cape clawed back to lead 14-6.

The Vikings put together another drive in the second quarter with Justin Lopez scoring from 4 yards out.

The 21-6 lead increased to 41-6 in the second half on a pair of touchdowns by Juan Saez of 19 and 18 yards, and a 2-yard touchdown by Justin Lopez.

Notes - Cape's offensive line of Devin Miller, Nick Figun, Anthony Elgin, Brandon Nixon, Tommy Ott, Tyre Maull and Andrew Grau played well. Senior soccer guy Bill Swontek kicked off and lofted two kicks to the goal line. Cape plays at Archbishop Spalding at 7 p.m.,  Friday the 13th. The Cavaliers are 2-0 on the season with wins over Delaware Valley Charter 41-16, and St. Mary’s of Maryland 41-14. Spalding has rushed for 521 over two games and passed for 325. "We have to put together some long drives and keep the ball away from them,” said Cape’s offensive coordinator Herky Billings The Cavaliers beat Cape last season 35-38.



The Vikings take the field to open their season with a 41-6 victory over the Bucs. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape running back Justin Lopez leaps over a Milford tackle in an attempt to score a touchdown. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape running back Zack Stevenson drags a Milford tackler for a Vikings long gain. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape head coach Bill Collick looks to his bench after Milford scored the first touchdown of the game. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape defensive coordinator John Parker challenges his squad during a time-out. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape fullback Juan Saez is hard to pull down. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape quarterback Tavon Scott sprints out and looks for a receiver. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape lineman Thomas Ott blocks for QB Tavon Scott. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape quarterback Tavon Scott runs out of the grasp of a Milford tackle. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's Rasheed Woods blocks for quarterback Todd Keene. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Learris Griffin holds as Miguel Merino-Sanchez adds a PAT. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape center Devin Miller blocks for quarterback Tavon Scott. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Junstin Lopez leaps in for a two-point conversion. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape linebacker Luke Benson awaits the snap. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
J. J. Currie brings down a Milford wide receiver. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape wide receiver Zack Stevenson pulls in a Tavon Scott pass for a Vikings touchdown. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Andre Flowers, left, Luke Benson and Shamar Moore go after a Milford fumble. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape QB Tavon Scott hits a pop pass. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape senior Andre Flowers outruns the Milford defense for a Vikings touchdown. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape lineman Nicholas Figun blocks for QB Tavon Scott. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape's J. J. Currie runs for a touchdown, but it is negated by a penalty. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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