Cape Henlopen’s season-opening football game was a little out of the ordinary on Saturday.
The Vikings took the Cape May-Lewes Ferry across Delaware Bay for a 1 p.m. start at Lower Cape May Regional High in New Jersey. But a huge rumble of thunder just before the kickoff sent everyone scrambling for safety.
The teams waited more than two hours before the rain and lightning moved through. Then Cape Henlopen went out and posted a 41-8 victory, with Mike Williams running for two touchdowns.
But that wasn’t the end of the adventure. The game was shortened to 10-minute quarters with a three-minute halftime, because the Vikings had to rush to catch the day’s final ferry back across the bay. It was scheduled to leave at 6 p.m., but Cape athletic director Bob Cilento arranged for a slightly later departure.
“The ferry people were very gracious to hold it up a bit,” Vikings coach Bill Collick said Monday. “It worked out very well.”
Rasheed Woods, Jeremiah Smack and Kolbi Wright also scored rushing touchdowns for Cape, and Dillon Adams threw a 13-yard TD pass to Chuck Stancofski. The only downside was a knee injury that may sideline Brandon Nixon, one of the Vikings’ top linemen.
“Our kids really played well and got after it,” Collick said. “I really like the camaraderie you get with this Cape May deal. We met some people going and coming, and they were asking us who we were playing and did we win? It was really worthwhile, and I’m glad we did it.”
Big win for Jaguars
As the football scores started rolling in from around the state last Friday night, there was a surprise brewing at Appoquinimink.
It certainly wasn’t a shock to see the Jaguars ahead of Polytech, but no one could have predicted the margin. It was 26-0 after one quarter, 53-7 at the half and 60-20 at the final whistle.
Appo scored 121 points all last season. Now, the Jaguars are already halfway to that total in their second year under coach Brian Timpson.
“The kids have really focused to make a change,” Timpson said. “It came together Friday. It kind of surprised me, too. It was fun to watch them go out there and experience something they’ve never experienced.”
Appo went 2-8 in Timpson’s debut season, taking its lumps with a lot of sophomores and freshmen on the field. Now, that experience is paying off.
Sophomore running back Derek Thompson rushed for 266 yards and four touchdowns in the opener. Junior Jayson Jeffers added 112 yards and two scores. And the passing game was just as efficient, as junior Kenion Yellowdy was 6 for 6 for 96 yards and a TD.
The big win made for a nice reception at school Monday.
“It was nice to walk through the building and have the kids get congratulations from students and teachers,” Timpson said. “But when we got to practice today, they had moved on. It was, ‘Coach, we’re happy that we won, but what’s the next step?’ … They saw what hard work can do.”
The next step comes at 7 p.m. Friday at home against sixth-ranked Smyrna. The Eagles pasted Delcastle 56-0 in their opener, so there may be a lot of points on both sides this week.
Long day of soccer
Upstate teams went 5-2-1 in the third annual Delaware Association of Athletic Directors Upstate Downstate Boys Soccer Challenge on Saturday.
The event featuring 16 teams matched up at Dover High, with starting times running from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Salesianum and Sussex Tech played to a 0-0 tie in the marquee matchup. The Ravens were outshot 15-4, but got 10 saves from junior goalkeeper Anthony Hitchcock to keep the top-ranked Sals off the board.
In other games, Newark Charter shut out St. Thomas More 1-0, Polytech blanked Middletown 3-0, Wilmington Friends edged Dover 2-1, Dickinson got past Lake Forest 2-1, Charter of Wilmington downed Caesar Rodney 3-1, Appoquinimink topped Milford 4-1 and Sussex Academy rolled past Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security 9-0.
Rounding it up
— The A.I. du Pont athletic teams will raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation through all of their fall home games. Donation containers will be placed at the admission table and concession stand for all games, special Make-A-Wish seat cushions will be sold, and other fund-raising events will be held. All money collected will be presented to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at halftime of the Tigers’ Nov. 6 home football game vs. Mount Pleasant.
— The St. Mark’s football team is among the many Delaware high school athletic teams who will be giving back this fall. The Spartans will serve pancakes to the homeless at West Presbyterian Church in Wilmington on the second Saturday of each month.
— Salesianum senior Nick Robino has verbally committed to play baseball at Wagner College.
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