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Athletes of the Week Nov. 10

November 10, 2017
Zach Dale

Teammates call him “Zee Dee.” He is Cape football’s hardest hitter and most diversified weapon. Zach started the year at quarterback, which took him out at middle linebacker (not a good double), so coach Bill Collick moved him back to wideout, where he catches any ball that hits his hands. Against Dover Nov. 3, Zach caught touchdown passes from Sam Jones of 17 and 18 yards, both on fade patterns while he was tightly covered. He caught another long pass, but was knocked out at the 1-yard line. “I scored on that too,” Zach said. “I reached and the ball actually touched the pylon. We will come out hard at Sussex Tech on Friday night and try to get a win for coach Collick in his last game. I’m pretty sure it will be my last game as well. I intend to concentrate on baseball.”

Sam Jones

A freshman starter at quarterback who enters the final game of the season at Sussex Tech Nov. 10, Jones is not the wide-eyed rookie wondering, “How did I win this job?” Sam can play and is playing with confidence. He was 5-for-6 versus Dover Nov. 3, including two touchdowns to Zach Dale and a third that should have been a TD. A long strike to David Weathersby between the safety and corner was another big play during the game. “It takes time and experience. You have to learn to speed up while playing under control,” Jones said. “I’m following through on my throws, and that confidence has made me more accurate.” Jones will concentrate on the weight room and maybe do some track to increase his speed.  

Jo Jo Kirby

A sophomore who started on defense as a freshman, Kirby had a big game against Dover Nov. 3, scoring a pair of touchdowns including a 60-yard score on a sweep. “One year makes a big difference. I feel stronger and more mature out there on the football field,” Kirby said. “I’m really just learning to be an offensive player. We need to come out against Sussex Tech with the same energy we showed against Dover.” “Great kid” are the first two words coaches use to describe Kirby, and if he gets it going on the outside, it just makes Wright that much more effective up the middle. “Saturday morning I’ll be at basketball practice,” Kirby said. “I don’t want to get any further behind.”

Kolbi Wright

When Kolbi is going right, he is a beast in the backfield and a menace on defense coming off the edge. Wright scored two touchdowns and rushed for more than 170 yards in Cape’s 50-36 home win over Dover Nov. 3. He has the grades and test scores to play next-level football. “I’m going to Fork Union to prep for a year, then see what opportunities are available,” he said. “I like defense. I’d rather hit than be hit, but it’s also fun scoring touchdowns. I want to end my career on a two-game win streak, and playing Sussex Tech is always a lot of fun.” Wright has heard the talk throughout his career that with his physical gifts he should be a more dominant player. “I have never put myself in the shoes of another,” Wright said. “We all walk in our own, and I’m hoping for success this Friday night and at Fork Union.”