Cape Henlopen used its stout ground game to power its way past Indian River 42-20 in the Vikings’ home opener on Friday.
Senior running backs Justin Lopez and Juan Saez both had explosive nights running the ball. Saez had two touchdown runs from 7 and 8 yards out, respectively, while Lopez had a big 46-yard scoring run.
Saez’s first touchdown came on the opening possession of the game. The drive took nearly seven minutes off the clock.
After Viking quarterback Tavon Scott hit a wide open Zachary Stevenson for a 35-yard score and Indian River (1-2) failed to answer with two turnovers, Lopez burst down the sideline on a reverse play for his touchdown, putting the Indians in a 21-0 hole.
Indian River, however, had momentum going into the half. After the Indians blocked a Cape field goal attempt, they proceeded to go 80 yards in the final minutes and made it 21-7 at the break off Kiante Sturgis’ 7-yard touchdown run.
Cape (2-1) responded soundly to start the second half. A 4-yard touchdown run by another Viking back William Gibbs was set up by a 55-yard connection from Scott to receiver Maurice Mills.
Dumarious Gooch picked up an interception on IR’s next drive. Two plays later, Saez hit the end zone again.
Cape forced four turnovers in the game. Sturgis, who himself had a nice night running the ball, added a second touchdown for IR in the third quarter. Scott completed a second TD pass to Gooch to begin the fourth.