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