The Cape football team fell to 0-2 with a 27-6 loss to the Colonials Sept. 14 in New Castle.
With sacks, the Vikings gained just four yards on the ground. Cape gave up nine penalties for a total of 62 yards.
“Penalties killed us,” said Cape coach J.D. Maull. “We would make a good play, then lose it to a penalty.”
The Vikings hung tough with the Colonials for the first quarter. William Penn drew first blood, scoring on a 23-yard pass from quarterback Anthony Selby to David Dunston. Angel Longino made the point after.
Cape’s defense came up big, as Jonathan Rodriguez hit Selby in the end zone, stripping the ball, and linebacker Merek Harrigan-Ferrro fell on it for the Vikings touchdown. The point-after attempt failed, so the Colonials took a 7-6 lead into the second quarter.
“Merek is playing very well,” said Maull. “For a sophomore, he’s doing a great job.”
The Colonials scored a touchdown in each of the three remaining periods to take the 27-6 victory.
“We seem to play three good quarters, then fall apart,” Maull said. “We had a hard time blocking up front, and Hank [D’Ambrogi] was running for his life. We have to do a better job up front, and I have to do a better job to keep from putting Hank in that situation.”
D’Ambrogi went 6-for-18 for 83 yards and two interceptions. Kevin Williams rushed for 13 yards on two carries.
Ja'Vaughn Burton pulled in four passes for 67 yards. Damian McFeaters caught two passes for 19 yards.
“Our defense was tired,” Maull said. “We couldn’t get anything done on offense. At times, William Penn had possession for 13 minutes. We have to improve the offense and give our defense a break.
“I hope to get Jordan [Baines] and Cruz [Harmon] back from injury for the Milford game,” Maull added.
The Vikings will travel to Milford Friday, Sept. 20, for a battle with the Bucs.