Cape football took the opening kickoff against Sussex Tech at Raven Stadium Oct. 25 and drove 70 yards using their new slash-and-burn offense of J.J. Curry and Justin Lopez to the outsides and Juan Saez and Andre Flowers between the tackles. Lopez scored the touchdown from 8 yards out as a powder keg of talcum dust burst from the Cape student section. The 2013 rivalry of Route 9 was launched as the bands battled back and forth, and two evenly matched teams went ground and pound up and down the field in a game both desperately needed to win.
“We come in 3-4 with 3 left and a chance at a winning season," coach Bill Collick said after his Vikings stayed in front of Sussex Tech using several key stops and a blocked extra point for a 21-6 victory.
The Ravens fell to 4-4 and most likely are out of the state tournament picture, while Cape, with four losses to teams with fat records, remains an outside threat to secure a state tournament berth but must beat Sussex Central, which it hasn't done since Bill Clinton was in his first term of office, and Smyrna to end the season.
Ja’von Currie snapped in the Polytech game and continued to crackle against Sussex Tech, running the jet sweep to the outside and winding it back fast and fearless to the inside, amassing 150 yards rushing on the night.
Sussex Tech answered Cape's opening scoring drive with a 70-yard drive of its own, with Jamont Mathews scoring from 1 yard out. The Ravens' Kani Kane, who left the Caesar Rodney game in the first quarter the previous week and was rumored doubtful for the Cape contest, played every snap on offense and defense. Kane is a runaway truck and a classy player who just goes about his business, which is running over people.
Cape’s Thomas Ott blocked the extra point on a monumental play as the Ravens spent the entire game chasing the lead.
A Cape drive in the second quarter ended with a Juan Saez 7-yard touchdown. Miguel Merino-Sanchez’s second PAT of the half made the score at intermission 14-6.
The Ravens ate up most of the third quarter on a long drive that stalled at the Cape 17. The teams exchanged punts, and Cape put the game away on a 65-yard drive with Tavon Scott scoring from the one-yard line. The Merino-Sanchez kick made the final 21-6.
Sussex Tech will close out the season on the road at Woodbridge Nov. 1, then host Polytech Nov. 8.