The Cape football squad ended the regular season and ruined the Hawks’ Senior Day celebration with a 35-7 victory over St. Georges Tech Nov. 11 in Middletown.
The Vikings looked as though they could score at will, but penalties took away three Cape scores.
“We’ve got to clean up the penalties,” said Cape coach Mike Frederick. “The team is preparing and playing well. When we take good care of the football, we can compete with anyone we play. The penalties enabled them to stay in the game. It resulting in two Maurki James touchdowns runs coming back and some long sticks which were difficult to overcome. But overall I was pleased that we were balanced on offense, roughly 50/50 run to pass ratio, had a terrific effort defensively and tackled much better. The players have accomplished one of their main goals, to secure a playoff spot. Now we see if we can make some noise now that we are there. We definitely want to and believe we can. Should be fun.”
Senior Maurki James ran for 101 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown. Sophomore Quardell Richards rushed for 43 yards on two carries and scored a touchdown. Junior Jayden Messick carried the ball once for a 27-yard touchdown.
Freshman quarterback Jameson Tingle went 15-for-28 for 180 yards. He tossed two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Lex Wescott had two catches for 33 yards and a touchdown. Amari Jackson had three catches for 33 yards. Machi Savage made three catches for 47 yards. Lucas Stevenson snagged four for 25 yards. Lamar McCoy grabbed two for 18 yards and a touchdown. Brenn Scott caught a pass for 24 yards.
Place kicker Will Ingerski was perfect on the day, going 5-for-5 on extra points, and put five kickoffs out of the end zone.
The Cape defense came to play, with seven players breaking up 10 passes. Sophomore Cam Joyner had three, while Messick, Scott, James, Richards, Jackson Cunningham and Carlton Bruinton each had one.
Richards had seven solo tackles, while Wescott made four solos. They each had a pick. James, Cunningham and Jukai Payne garnered three solo tackles apiece.
The Vikings (7-3) will open the DIAA state tournament Friday, Nov. 17, at Dover. The Senators defeated the Vikings 35-7 Nov. 3.