Cape football gets a win at Polytech 33-9

Maurice Mills returns a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown, his third long return for a score this season. BY DAVE FREDERICK
October 21, 2013

Polytech recovered an onside kick to start the game because the Panthers didn’t want to kick deep to return man Maurice Mills. Later in the first period the Panthers executed a double pass from Jason Rigby to Timothy Butler for a 75-yard touchdown. Thomas Ott snuffed, stuffed and swallowed the extra point attempt.

The Panthers, feeling confident and leading 6-0, kicked to Mills, who ran it back 92 yards for a touchdown, his third kickoff return of the season. The Miguel Merino-Sanchez kick was good, and Cape led 7-6 and would never trail, running away with the game 33-9.

“I never saw so many holding penalties called,” said Cape's offensive coordinator Herky Billings. ”We must have given back 100 yards in penalties.”

Cape executed a 60-yard drive early in the second quarter. Tavon Scott found D. D. Gooch on a crucial fourth-down pass followed by Justin Lopez running left for an eight-yard touchdown and a 13-6 Cape lead.

The Vikings coughed up the ball twice deep in their own territory in the final three minutes of the half, and the Panthers finally capitalized with a 25-yard field goal by Mark Bonnie.

The halftime scoreboard saw Cape leading 13-9 against the 5-1 Panthers.

The Panthers gave up the football on their first possession of the second half, which resulted in a 10-yard Juan Saez touchdown and a 19-9 Cape lead.

The Vikings began to dominate, but three long runs were called back for holding. Finally, Jevon Currie scooted around the right side on a jet sweep, running out of tackles for a 35-yard touchdown. The Merino-Sanchez kick gave Cape a 26-9 lead.

The Vikings' final touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a 60-yard drive - another long run called back - with a one-yard quarterback sneak by Tavon Scott. The Merino-Sanchez kick made the final score 33-9.

“We still have a lot to play for," coach Bill Collick said after his team improved to 3-4 on the season. “We win the last three games, and that’s a winning season.”

Cape will play at Sussex Tech Friday, Oct. 25. The Ravens are 4-3 on the season.

Notes: Cape’s cumulative numbers in losses to CR and Dover are 21-83. Against the same two opponents, Sussex Tech is 35-81, while Sussex Central is 13-71. All three football teams have a chance to salvage a wining season. Cape got a solid effort from its offensive line against a large Polytech defensive front. Brent Reed, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound sophomore, got the start at tight end and did a good job blocking. Nick Figun and Charles Elgin also had good games, according to Collick.