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.