Cape Gazette

Seaford Blue Jays lose to Cape football 41-6; 40-year rivalry may be history

By Dave Frederick | Sep 25, 2012
Photo by: Dan Cook Cape senior lineman Jordan Duffie picks up an offensive fumble and rambles for a long gain.

Seaford was a place where football defenses went to be abused on Friday nights for 30 years but the last 10 - not so much. The downsizing of DuPont and the emergence of a countywide tech school have drained off much of the talent. The wing-T of coach Ron Dickerson is gone like a guard trap down the gullet of a well-designed defense.

Cape played at Seaford Sept. 21 for what could be the last time in a long time and came away with a 41-6 victory. The Blue Jays have dropped Cape from their football schedule; there is not enough power at the Delaware Electric Co-op to energize the storied program.

Cape led Seaford 27-0 at the half, kicking back for the final 41-6 score.

Seaford has lost three games to Delaware Military Academy 48-14, Wilmington Friends 35-0, and Cape 41-6. That’s 124-6.

Cape scored defensive touchdowns on a fumble recovery in the end zone by John Collucci and a return of a blocked punt by Diaz Nardo.

Scores from scrimmage were by Justin Lopez, Nardo, Cody Dmiterchik and sophomore quarterback Learris Griffin, known to teammates as RG 4.

Bill Gibbs led all Cape rushers with 63 yards while the tandem of Lopez and Juan Saez combined for 113 rushing yards.

"The focus now is to get more players on the front lines for these last seven games,” coach Bill Collick said after watching Sunday film of Sussex Tech hanging a 51-21 crooked number on previously unbeaten Milford.

“Sussex Tech has some athletes on that offense with Kani Kane [5-feet-11-inches, 230 pounds] at fullback and Willis Dickerson at halfback,” Collick said. “And they run that option pretty well. You forget to tackle someone and you can turn around and find them in the end zone.”

Analyze this - Cape beat Laurel in its home opener 47-0; then the next week the Bulldogs, rumored to have lost 60 members of their freshman class to Sussex Tech, stunned the Ravens on their home pitch 35-25. The lesson to be learned from that is clear: Score comparisons are total statistical anomalies in high school football. Cape is scheduled to replace the bulbs in Legends Stadium prior to the expected Friday night full house versus Tech.


Cape quarterback Diaz Nardo scrambles for a Vikings touchdown. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape running back Justin Lopez runs for a Vikings first down. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Vikings junior lineman Garrett Becker pass blocks for QB Diaz Nardo. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
There's a Blue Jay under the pile somewhere as the Vikings defense swarms. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Andre Flowers slams through the Blue Jays' defensive line for a Vikings long gain. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape wing back Cody Dmiterchik pulls in a Diaz Nardo pass and runs for a long gain. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Place kicker David Cespedes kept the Seaford returners deep all game. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape quarterback Diaz Nardo throws on the run deep for Andrew Grau. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Defensive end John Colucci sacks the Seaford quarterback. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Kicker Miguel Merino-Sanchez adds an extra point for the Vikings. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Diaz Nardo looks for a receiver. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape offensive coach Herky Billings contemplates the next play. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Cape coaching staff awaits a penalty call. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape defensive end No. 81 Andrew Grau was in the Seaford backfield all game long causing havoc for the Blue Jays' offense. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Vikings linebacker Luke Benson bears down on the  Seaford quarterback. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Vikings cornerback Michael Mapp picks off a Blue Jays pass. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Wingback Cody Dmiterchik runs for a long gain. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape running back Juan Saez outruns a group of Blue Jays defensemen. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape defensive back Diaz Nardo sacks the Seaford QB in the end zone causing a fumble and a Vikings recovery for a touchdown. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape running back Juan Saez dives forward for extra yardage. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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