Cape Henlopen’s 2019 football campaign came to an end Nov. 8, with a 57-27 loss to Sussex Tech on the Ravens’ Senior Night.
The referees could hardly catch their breath, as nine touchdowns were scored in the first half, with the Ravens holding a 35-27 edge at the break.
Cape junior Jaden Davis rushed for 202 yards on 25 carries, making him the first 1,000-yard rusher since Jerome Johnson in 2012. Davis also opened Cape’s scoring with a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and ran for two scores of four and five yards.
“Nathan [Horn] had a great block and Damian [McFeaters] pancaked a Tech player, and it opened the way for me,” said Davis, who also had a return touchdown against Polytech Oct. 25.
“Jaden is something special,” said Cape coach J.D. Maull. “He was our go-to guy, and he’s back again next year.”
Cape sophomore quarterback Hank D’Ambrogi hit junior Ja'Vaughn Burton for an eight-yard TD for the other Vikings score.
Sussex Tech junior Conor Ellingsworth scored three touchdowns, while senior Kevin Custis picked up two. Quarterback Chase Snyder ran for a 13-yard touchdown as well as throwing a 72-yard catch and run to Jordan Harper, and a 17-yard TD to Jalen Snead.
“We start out great and play right with them until later in the game, and we get worn down,” Maull said. “It catches up with you when you only have 43 players in your program and Tech has 82. We hung with DMA, St. Georges, CR and William Penn in the first half. We just have to play for four quarters. It’s hard when almost every player has to go both ways.
“My players never gave up. I’m proud of the effort they gave this season. We put a lot of freshmen and sophomores into varsity action that had to play against upperclassmen. When you are a 15-year-old and are playing constantly against 18-year-olds, it catches up with you.”
The Vikings finish the season at 2-8.