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1 110 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Sept. 6 - Sept. 12, 2002 Delaware uses big plays to upset Georgia Southern 22-19 By Dave Frederick Tile "Rowan Rookie" and first year Blue Hen Coach K.C. Keeler may be the "Metallica Man" be- hind the designer sunglasses, but nobody is cool like Harold "Tub- by" Raymond. Raymond tossed Keeler the football before the Thursday night opening game at Tubby Raymond Field in a ceremonial passing of the football fiefdom as finally the real season began. "1 was more nervous about dropping the ball than l ever was about the game," Keeler said. "'All I can say is after it was over and we had won and the band took the field, they practica!ty had to drag ine out of the stadium. I just wanted to stay and absorb what had happened a little longmT" Twenty-two thousand fans saw the new look Blue Hens upset Georgia Southern's "accident waiting to happen" triple option offense. 22-19. "We run the tbotball at Georgia Southern," said their disappointed first-year head coach Mike Se- wak. "'We are th'e team that is sup- posed to make big plays, not give them up. I'm happy with the ef- fort of our team. but more guys up f,'ont needed to step up and they didn't. I think we have a long way to go, but so does Delaware. Tonight was a great atmosphere : for college football and this place is always a tough place to play for a road team." Antawn "Slim Fast" Jenkins broke a counter trey for 45 yards at the five-minute mark of the first period and tile "Speedboys from Statesboro'" played catch-up the rest of the ball game. "Antawn came into camp at 255 pounds and now he's down to 240," Keller said. "'People said he was a goodWing-T fullback, but what he is is agreat football play- er." Scott Shelton's 27-yard field goal made the score 7-3 at the end of the first quarter. Another 26- yard Shelton boot cutthe margin to 7-6 early in the second period. Both drives stalled as Georgia Southern spread the field and tried to bust the fullback up the seam for big yardage. "The defensive line did their job," said senior leader Joe Min- ucci,. "Last year the fullback game killed us." Delaware would score before halftime on a four:yard run by Jenkins set up by a 57-yard pass play from Andy Hall to freshman Bobby Ingram. Ingram tripped over the chalk line at the five-yard line or he would have scored. "My feet got tangled up," In- gram joked after the game. Jermaine Austine of GSU scored untouched on an ll-yard run with six minutes remaining in the third quarter closing the gap to 14-12, but a two-point misdirec- tion up the middle was stopped at the one yard line by Cape grad and UD linebacker Mark Moore. "I stayed down there.until the Dad Cook photos Above, Cape grad and UD center Matt Graviet (77) gets a handful of GSU nose guard Eric McIntire while pass blocking for quarterback Andy Hall. At left, another Cape grad, UD linebacker Mark Moore (53), moves in to help Mike Adams (24) tackle GSU fullback Brandon Andrews. ref blew the whistle," Moore said. "I knew this game would come down to a few big plays." Georgia Southern went for a fourth and one at its own 39 with six minutes remaining in the game, but with a bad spot did not make it. Three plays later Andy Hall scrambled for the touchdown making the score 20-12. A bad snap from center had kicker Scott Collins running for his life but the left-hander found Rick Lavelle in the back of the endzone for a 22- 12 lead. "One thing I knew about our team going in is that they had great chemistry," Keeler said. "We made big plays and handled adversity showing character. I thought we were a little conserva- tive on offense, but that had a lot to do with field position." Delaware travels to Richmond this Saturday at 3p.m.to face the Spiders who were destroyed by Temple last Thursday nightt Franklin Field. Richmond i un- ranked and ready for their own upset. The chemistry and haracter are in place at Delaware under Keeler. Next must come the consistency. Rhythm Continued from page 109 To close camp the band per- formed in frojlt of a large crowd parents and other music enthusi- asts. The only way the band loses is if they flub up the program or music. And even if there's a rip- pie it takes an expert to detect it. The band practices show music, stand nmsic and drill. John Kre- itzer has been mapping out Cape drills and field formations for years. It is his hobby. "John is really talented and pret- ty much goes unappreciated," Eli said. "'Plus, he plays the tuba in our community band." Vikings Continued from page 109 tion and speed to the football The offense begins with senior quarterback Zack Plummer and a host of unproven and untested running backs it is an opportuni- ty for preparation to meet oppof Keith Misener is the outgoing president of the Cape boosters club. After eight seasons he will pass on the controls to Darryl Dukes. This Friday night at halftime, the Cape band will perform "The Children of Sanchez" by Chuck Mangione i "The Rhythm is Gonna Get You" by the Miami Sound Machine; "Born To Be Wild" by Steppenwolf; and "We're an American Band" by Grand Funk Railroad. The band will march in seven parades this fall and culminate the season with a spring trip to the Magic-Kingdom in Disney World that will require five chartered buses and 35 parent chaperones as tunity. More realistically in the sport of football you never know what you got until the chin traps are buckled and the contact becomes real. This is a young and fun team crying for fan support. The dedi- cation of Legends Field. will take place at 6:30 with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. monitors. Drum majors for this season are Loraine Massey, Amanda Novocin and Kasie Warrington. The band has been in the middle of the high school scheduling con- troversy because so many athletes are also in the band. "It's a program that is worth a credit and is offered at the end of the school day," Eli said. "It's part of the curriculum. If we practiced after school we would force some of our kids to make a choice be- tween sports and band. This way they can do both." Section captains for this year's band are Nicole Lodish, flutes; Neeru Peri, clarinet; Pat Hurley, trumpet; Paige Fitzgerald and Mike Keller, alto saxophone; Stacey Lee, tenor saxophone; Matt Bebee and Sarah Sprague, low base; and Andy Olenderski, percussion. Leeanne Hazzard is the flag captain. You will know Cape is in the house when/the football team takes the field and the band plays the fight song and the cheerlead- ers dance. Brandi Garbutt will man the drums when the Cape march- ing band takes to the football field Friday night.