Cape football shuts down preseason, gets ready for Milford opener

Cape senior running back Andre Flowers gets extra yardage with a stiff arm against a Bennett defensive back. BY DAN COOK
September 2, 2013

Finally, game week has arrived for high school football teams. Most teams open the weekend of Sept. 6 then play 10 without a bye week.  The preseason scrimmage scenario mimics the real deal but without a full-blown kicking game for exchanging field position and 12 play drives that move the chains it is really difficult to assess, analyze and break down what it all means.

"We had a great preseason, established who can play and built some depth into the program," coach Bill Collick said.  "We need everyone working together to get back to the postseason and then see what we can get done. We have the talent to make some noise."

It is not a stretch to say the Vikings can go eight deep at the running back position and also have three quarterbacks who can get it down, about four frontline wide receivers, a beast of a tight end in Andre Grau and an offensive line anchored by Tommy Ott, a crew Collick calls bears and spares.

Cape's second opponent, Archbishop Spalding, which beat Cape last year 35-28, opened the season Aug. 30 with a 41-16 win over Delaware Valley Charter out of Philadelphia.  Quarterback Zach Abey is the show for Spalding. He threw for 124 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 88 against Delaware Valley Charter.

Cape looked sharp in the tri-scrimmage against Bennett and Delmar. The true test was against the always strong Wildcats as the Vikings continually moved the football while the Delmar's first offense seemed to get limited reps against Cape's first D.

Cape's Grau, Bill Gibbs and Justin Lopez were all held out of the scrimmage.