The muppets who rim the field at a Monday afternoon JV football game mostly all know each other, and most are related to a player or to each other.
Cape beat William Penn at Legends Stadium 14-12, the first upside of the scoreboard since summer camp.
Nick Campbell, a 123-pound running back and safety, will always have that Monday on his Buckets list. His grandfather, nicknamed Jay Buckets and sometimes Chum Buckets, was a legendary fish cleaner at Fisherman’s Wharf, working beside Big Al Rowe, lest fans forget that Lewes is a fishing village.
Campbell scored both of Cape’s touchdowns, intercepted a pass, and late in the fourth quarter powered to a first down to secure the victory.
“I credit my line and all my teammates for anything I accomplished out there today,” Campbell said after the game.
And if it sounds like Nick watches too much ESPN, just ask around the fence and inside the school building. He is “that guy,” just a great kid.
Cape finessed its ninth-graders, limiting them to just two quarters of play because of a freshmen game scheduled two days later. Players are limited by DIAA rule to four quarters per week.
Quarterbacks Keishawn Mansfield and Joe Coveleski split halves at the quarterback position. Each engineered a touchdown drive.
Running backs Thomas Messick, Ronniere Parker and Jayden Sheppard carried the football.
Linemen Austin Webb, Nathan Barry, Steve Ramirez, Billy Boyd and Ryan Betins were standouts in the game.
At the end of the game, the varsity team came to the sidelines to cheer, see the future and realize help is on the way.
Freshmen win at Sussex Tech
The Vikings freshmen football squad made the Route 9 trip to Sussex Tech Sept. 18 for a knock-down, drag-out matchup with the Ravens. The final whistle found Cape taking a 32-24 victory. Cape’s Thomas Messick scored four touchdowns in the contest.
Cape got on the scoreboard first. After a Tech fumble recovery, Messick ran for a 10-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion attempt failed.
Tech’s Chase Handy pulled in a 13-yard pass for a touchdown, and Noah Milner caught a two-point pass to put the Ravens out front 8-6.
The Vikings retook the lead 12-8 with a touchdown run from Messick. He picked up his third touchdown to cushion the Vikings’ lead at 18-8.
After a Tech touchdown by Jaryn Sample, Messick made it four with a five-yard touchdown run. Stephane Etienne made the two-point conversion to put the Vikings up 26-16.
Etienne topped off Cape’s scoring with a touchdown on an 18-yard run and the two-point conversion.
Handy added a touchdown and Milner caught a two-point conversion to finish the Tech scoring, and the clock cut short the Ravens’ comeback at 32-24.
Cape will travel to Polytech Wednesday, Sept. 25, while the Ravens travel to Dover.