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Cape football escapes Central 43-28, first win over Knights in 14 years

Cape senior fullback Juan Saez runs for a Vikings touchdown. Juan has dedicated his senior year to his late uncle Mikey, who coached Mariner Middle School. BY DAN COOK
November 4, 2013

Cape scored easily the first two times the offense touched the football, and the chase was on for the Golden Knights of Sussex Central. The Vikings had been chasing Central for the last 14 years and finally got out in front. Now all they had to do was play defense, but defense was not in the house for either team as the game became a track meet of 10 total rushing touchdowns as the Vikings survived with a 43-28 victory.

“Basically everything I called worked; anyone could have done my job tonight," said Cape’s offensive coordinator Herky Billings.

But it was a crucial fourth and goal deep in the fourth quarter on the four-yard line with Cape clinging to a 28-27 lead that inspired Billings to call time-out. The Vikings don’t get in and it's time to sit back and get carved up by a Central offense Cape hadn’t stopped all night, and it had outscored Cape 13-0 in the second half to get back in a game where the Knights trailed 29-15 at halftime.

The call was an inside counter back to the left, handing the ball to Justin Lopez. The game was squarely on the offensive line of Devin Miller, Tom Ott, Charles Elgin, Nick Figun, Tyre Maull and Bill Gibbs. Any penetration and there would be nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.

Lopez scored his third touchdown of the game and the Miguel Merino-Sanchez kick put Cape up 36-28.

Lopez scored again on a 36-yard run to close out the game amassing 169 yards anf four touchdowns.

“It’s never easy beating those guys," said head coach Bill Collick. “They run downhill all night - a good thing we got in front of them early.”

Central ‘s Joshua Swift scored a pair of touchdowns for the Knights. Amontay Clanton and Kevin Simms also scored.

Now 5-4, Cape closes out the season Friday, Nov. 8, at Smyrna. A Vikings win gets them in the conversation for a state tournament berth because of their strength of schedule.

Sussex Central,  4-5, closes the season at district rival Indian River,  6-3.