Cape football beats CR 14-7 for first win of season

Chancler Johnson scores twice for Vikings
October 18, 2021

Two winless teams looking to get off the schneid played a scoreless second half and squandered opportunities Oct. 15, but a last-minute goal-line stand secured a 14-7 victory for Cape Henlopen over Caesar Rodney. Cape is now 1-5 on the season with four games left to play. 

The hard-luck Riders of coach Dan Candeloro sank to 0-7. 

Caesar Rodney scored in the second quarter on a 37-yard run by elusive running back Julian Harris, who went airborne the last four yards of his trip to the house, diving over the pylon into the end zone. The Sam Soghomonian kick made the score 7-0. 

The ensuing kickoff was caught heels on the 10-yard line by Chancler Johnson, who broke free to his left in front of the home fans and took it up the sidelines, making a Milton Quick Stop 90 yards later in the Riders’ end zone. The Hank D‘Ambrogi kick tied the score at 7-7.  

Later in the second period from a tight formation, quarterback D’Ambrogi – an assist machine in lacrosse – rolled to the left with his head on a swivel and found Johnson behind the defense for a 62-yard scoring strike. The D’Ambrogi kick gave Cape a 14-7 lead at halftime.

Cape drove to the Riders’ 10-yard line in the third quarter, but turned the ball over on a fumble. The Riders then drove the field but missed a field goal on fourth down.

Caesar Rodney had the ball third and goal on the Cape one-yard line with less than two minutes to play, but they had too many men in the huddle. The Cape crowd chanted, “You can’t do that,” putting the ball back to the six. 

Brenn Scott made a no-doubt-about-it tackle at the 1-yard line on fourth down to seal the deal and send the hometown crowd into the frenzy they’ve been waiting for the entire season. 

Cape will play at Sussex Central Friday, Oct. 22. Caesar Rodney will play at Archmere Saturday, Oct. 23.  

Tidbits - Johnson had 65 yards rushing and two touchdowns, including a 90-yard kickoff return and 62-yard touchdown reception. Daniel Saez carried nine times for 33 yards. D’Ambrogi was 2-for-3 for 64 yards and a touchdown. 

Coach J.D. Maull cited first-time starter Jukai Payne, a sophomore who had nine tackles.

Caesar Rodney leads Cape 8-6 in games over the last 14 years.

Cape beat the Riders in the 1979 state championship game 37-6.


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