The Cape Vikings Mighty Mite Pop Warner squad made quite a run for the Pop Warner Championship Nov. 16, but fell short to Woodbridge 32-0 at Lake Forest High School’s James H. Blades Stadium.
The blustery cold wind couldn’t squelch the enthusiasm of the two teams, their cheerleaders and the fans in the stands, as the players heated up the turf with great blocking, hard hits and spirited play.
The game was played between the 40-yard lines for the first quarter with both teams pounding pads and showing respect for each others’ talent. The Raiders broke open the game in the second quarter on a 45-yard run for a touchdown.
“Since Aug. 1, our boys and parents have dedicated countless hours to become Henlopen Pop Warner finalists,” said head coach Keith Dickinson. “Our players showed why football is a team sport and what their job was. They knew that if they completed their job, we as a team would be successful. I couldn’t be more proud of them. The season may not have ended with us finishing No. 1, but these boys showed that Cape has a bright future.”
“We had a great season and played hard,” said Mighty Mite lineman Ian Campbell. “I can’t wait for next year.”
“I’m proud of our season,” said Mighty Mite quarterback Trey Dickinson. “We put in a lot of hard work. Even though we lost in the Super Bowl, we had a fun year.”
The Cape Junior Pee Wee team was tied 0-0 at halftime of the semifinals of regional play against the strong Brick City Lions squad from Newark, N.J., but dropped a 12-0 heartbreaker to end their Cinderella season that found them going further than any previous Cape Pop Warner team.
“What a memorable season these kids had,” said head coach Eddie Ghabour. “I have had so many parents tell me after our loss Saturday that their boys will remember this football season for the rest of their lives. As a coach, that gives me goosebumps because that’s what it’s all about. They accomplished what no other Cape Pop Warner team has been able to do in the history of our program, and for that, they should be extremely proud. I will never forget this season or these kids. This team will forever be linked together as one of the best.”