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Vikings' run game punishes Senators in 29-14 win

Cape’s Jerry Harden runs interception back 70 yards for pick-six
Cape’s Jerry Harden runs interception back 70 yards for pick-six
Cape FB Kolbi Wright uses long run to set up TD
Cape FB Kolbi Wright uses long run to set up TD
Long run by Cape’s Harden leads to Woods TD
Long run by Cape’s Harden leads to Woods TD
Pass to Dover WR Cooper sets up short TD
Pass to Dover WR Cooper sets up short TD
Long run after catch by Dover’s Cole leads to Warren TD
Long run after catch by Dover’s Cole leads to Warren TD
Dover’s Jerry Warren intercepts Cape QB
Dover’s Jerry Warren intercepts Cape QB
Cape junior Mumford-Reed intercepts Dover QB Magee
Cape junior Mumford-Reed intercepts Dover QB Magee
Poor snap on punt causes Dover safety
Poor snap on punt causes Dover safety

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.”

Contact Brad Myers at bmyers@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter: @BradMyersTNJ.

Cape Henlopen's Kolbi Wright (42) runs into the end zone for a touchdown in their 29-14 win over Dover.

Cape Henlopen’s Kolbi Wright (42) runs into the end zone for a touchdown in their 29-14 win over Dover.

Cape Henlopen's Kolbi Wright (42) breaks a tackle attempt by Dover's Lawrence Horsey (54) in their 29-14 win over Dover.

Cape Henlopen’s Kolbi Wright (42) breaks a tackle attempt by Dover’s Lawrence Horsey (54) in their 29-14 win over Dover.

Cape Henlopen's Zachary Dale (10) makes a tackle on Dover's John Rodel Castro (28) in the third quarter.

Cape Henlopen’s Zachary Dale (10) makes a tackle on Dover’s John Rodel Castro (28) in the third quarter.

Dover's quarterback Jordan Magee (13) looks for a receiver in their home game against Cape Henlopen.

Dover’s quarterback Jordan Magee (13) looks for a receiver in their home game against Cape Henlopen.

Cape Henlopen's Rasheed Woods (2) runs the ball in the first quarter against Dover.

Cape Henlopen’s Rasheed Woods (2) runs the ball in the first quarter against Dover.

Dover's Jarvis Worthy (12) tackles Cape Henlopen's Jerry Harden (1) at the 30 yard line.

Dover’s Jarvis Worthy (12) tackles Cape Henlopen’s Jerry Harden (1) at the 30 yard line.

Cape Henlopen's Rasheed Woods (2) runs the ball for a touchdown in the first quarter against Dover.

Cape Henlopen’s Rasheed Woods (2) runs the ball for a touchdown in the first quarter against Dover.

Cape Henlopen's Rasheed Woods (2) motions for a first down after running the ball in the first quarter against Dover.

Cape Henlopen’s Rasheed Woods (2) motions for a first down after running the ball in the first quarter against Dover.

Dover's John Rodel Castro (28) runs the ball down the field in their game against Cape Henlopen.

Dover’s John Rodel Castro (28) runs the ball down the field in their game against Cape Henlopen.

Cape Henlopen's Benjamin Ashby (26) tries to grab the ball from Dover's Dwight Wilson (5) after making a catch.

Cape Henlopen’s Benjamin Ashby (26) tries to grab the ball from Dover’s Dwight Wilson (5) after making a catch.

Cape Henlopen's Kolbi Wright (42) runs the ball through Dover's defense.

Cape Henlopen’s Kolbi Wright (42) runs the ball through Dover’s defense.

Cape Henlopen's Kolbi Wright (42) runs the ball through Dover's defense.

Cape Henlopen’s Kolbi Wright (42) runs the ball through Dover’s defense.

Cape Henlopen's Benjamin Ashby (26), right, hands off the ball to Rasheed Woods (2) during a reverse play in their game against Dover.

Cape Henlopen’s Benjamin Ashby (26), right, hands off the ball to Rasheed Woods (2) during a reverse play in their game against Dover.

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