DOVER – The Dover defense was beating the Cape Henlopen blockers to the edges.
So the Vikings did it the old-fashioned way – right up the middle.
Kolbi Wright, Cape’s 6-foot, 236-pound junior fullback, pounded away 23 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns on Friday night as the Vikings grinded out a 29-14 victory over Dover at Dover Stadium.
“The outside wasn’t there. Dover is a fast team,” Wright said. “But we just kept pushing it down their throats, and we scored eventually.”
Cape Henlopen (5-1, 3-0 Henlopen North), ranked sixth statewide in Division I, wasn’t sharp following a huge, 16-14 victory over Sussex Central last week. But the Vikings did enough to come from behind and win a conference road game.
“We played real well last week, and maybe we expended a lot of energy,” Cape coach Bill Collick said. “I don’t take anything away from Dover, but I didn’t think we executed like we’re capable of. … We’ll take the win, but I want to keep refining. We didn’t get as much refinement as we needed tonight.”
The Vikings moved 55 yards in eight plays on their first possession, highlighted by a 27-yard run from Jerry Harden and a 19-yard burst from Rasheed Woods. Woods took it in from the 2 to give Cape a 7-0 lead.
The Senators (2-4, 1-2) answered with two big passes down the middle, as Jordan Magee hooked up with Dwight Wilson for 33 yards and Derico Cooper for 34 yards to the 1. Magee scored from there to tie it at 7 with 2:55 left in the first quarter.
Cape turned it over on downs at the Senators 25, and a holding penalty backed up Dover to the 12. Magee hit John Rodel Castro with a short screen pass, and the speedster broke free and took it 82 yards to the Vikings 6. Jerry Warren scored from the 2 three plays later to push the Senators ahead 14-7 midway through the second quarter.
Then Warren intercepted a Cape pass at the Senators 2, but Dover couldn’t get away from its own goal line. A low snap forced the Senators’ punter to improvise, and he was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone. The safety pulled the Vikings within 14-9.
Cape took the ensuing kick and covered 46 yards in seven plays, highlighted by Wright’s 30-yard rumble. Wright scored from the 2, but the Vikings failed on a two-point conversion to lead only 15-14 with 47.8 seconds left in the first half.
The Senators moved into position for a late score, as Magee hit Jhalil Mosley for a 32-yard gain to the Vikings 33. But two plays later, Harden stepped in front of a short pass and screamed 70 yards the other way to increase Cape’s lead to 22-14 at the half.
“I read the play, jumped the route,” Harden said. “I read [the quarterback’s] eyes, he was looking right there, so I read the route and took it home.”
Neither team could get much offensive traction in the second half. But the Cape offensive line of Aarin Burton, Jonah Robertson, Jaso Lopez, Robert Mitchell and Damarcus Perry and tight end Cory Lawson kept pushing, clearing the way for Wright’s 1-yard touchdown run to clinch it with 6:18 to play.
“I’m glad that I can trust my O-line to get those yards,” Wright said. “I love those guys up front, I really do.”
Magee completed 6 of 17 passes for 220 yards for Dover. The Vikings didn’t complete a single pass (0 for 3), but rushed 56 times for 267 yards.
It wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough.
“We got a win, and we’re 5-1, and that’s where we wanted to be,” Collick said. “That was the goal.”
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