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SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cape runs over Rams; tunes up for SC showdown and lost to the Vikings in 1994. Both season-ending games ended in unfriendly fashion with both teams threatening to "get after" each other. The game has been moved up on the schedule to cut down on the emotions. "I'm more concerned about us playing consistent football than any rivalry, " Donahue said. "I know our kids will be up for Central, and if we execute, we should be OK. Believe me, nobody in our program is going to underestimate Central." The Dickinson Rams overesti- mated Cape's tendency to run on first down by placing 11 defenders in the box, practically begging the By Dave Frederick Coach Howie Reid will be on the other end of head coach Brian Donahue's headset Friday night, as the 2-1 Vikings face archrival Sussex Central in the heated rival- ry know as "The Battle of Route 9." Reid guided Centralto an 8-2 record in 1993, defeating Cape, Kevin Fleming photo Viking running back Malek Lopez charges at Rams early in the game against Dickinson. Vikings to throw the football. On first-and-10 from the enemy 40- yard line, tightend Mark Moore split to the right in front of the Cape bench, "Let's get a good block 86," Donahue yelled to Moore, trying to sucker the Ram defender. The play was swept right to Elijah Worthy. Moore showed block, before releasing downfield behind the defense. Worthy pulled up and cranked a pass downfield to a wide-open Moore. Moore came back on the ball, making sure of the catch, downing himself on the 5-yard line. "Did you check out that pass.'?" Worthy said proudly. Wor-. thy:then took the handoff in, over left tackle Robert Hahn, for. the touchdown. The Matt Hall PAT (point after touchdown) gave Cape a 7-0 lead, with 8 minutes 36 sec- onds remaining in the third quar- ter. Nick Shaffer proved valuable to Cape in the field position game, booming a 58-yard punt and later intercepting a Dickinson pass, giv- ing Cape possession on its own 47-yard line. But a Johnny Howard-fumbled-exchange from center Matt Graviet gave the ball back to Dickinson. The front seven of Cape sparked by down linemen Graviet, Fernan- do Villegas, Steve Slayton and ends Thom Sheehan and Shane Massey, along with linebackers Haywood Burton.and Moore, just gave the Rams nowhere to go. Cape mounted a 50-yard touch- down drive with five minutes to go before halftime, overcoming two big penalties, including a clip- ping call that called back a touch- down. Tim Cannon was a work- horse on the 12-play drive, with power runs off tackle, but the big plays were a third-down screen to tight end Sheehan and a fourth- down reverse to Worthy. Cape led 14-0 at the half. "I'm feeling better about our team because of our consistency and ability to take long drives," coach Donahue said Cape broke the game open in the third quarter, when the "conserva- five" Cape offense, already having shown a tailback pass, tight-end screen and halfback reverse, came out with an unbalanced formation strong into the Dickinson sidelines and then motioned a halfback to the strongside. The "student body" left sweep gave Worthy a convoy of blockers, as the speedy all-purpose back rushed 15 yards for the touchdown. Hall's kick made the score 21-0. The final touchdown of the night for Cape was scored by Cannon, who ran over left tackle with Kip Marshall kicking the PAT. "Friday night we begin our defense of the North- em Division,', said Donahue. I By Dave Frederick STATIC CLING - In 1991 a fight was "kick started" on the gridiron at .Cape following an em- phatic season-ending loss to Sus- sex Central. And when things qui- eted down, the "throw down" be- gan another round, as players and plainclothes coaches "pinged and panged" into each other like ball bearings inside a blown GTO en- gine. I was covering the game for the "Delaware State News." I waited an extra-long time to do post- game interviews, before racing home and typing my story, then sending it over the phone line via modem so slow that misspelled words were corrected at the other end while the document was still in progress. "That's the first time I was ever attacked by a player," said a hyperventilating Central coach, Charlie Hudson. the quote that came to my brain. After reviewing the videotape and showing it to players, who claimed "I didn't do anything," nine players were suspended for PEOPLE IN SPORTS Dave Frederick the "opening game next season by the Cape administration. "Hey Mr. 'I Didn't Do Anything!' isn't that you chasing the Central coach around midfield? " 'Mr. Honor Society!' isn't that you smacking the back of Golden Helmets and then hiding among the cheerleaders?" I raced down Savannah Road to my Second Street home to file my story. I pulled up along the curb and saw my whole wife pass in front of me, standing in the front room talking to herself with palms turned upward like comedian Richard Lewis in the middle of an angst episode. "It's just stupid," Susan said with a smile on her face and tears in her eyes. "I'm sure it is," I answered booting up the computer in a side room. I had been concentrating on my lead all the way home. "Stu- pid! That's what it isY My screen was ready for typing. "What's stupid?" "I dried the cat. For 14 years I was the only one who took care of that cat. It's just ridiculous." "You mean dried like 'fluff and stuff' dried?" I asked. "Like high- heat dried? Like Bounce? Like Static Cling?" "Yes, Mr. Sportswriter; I mean all those things." I began to type my story. "Cape may have lost the war but the Bat- tie of Route 9 was up for grabs with the closing bell." "You dried the cat! Like dead dried the cat?" "Cape added injury to the insult of defeat by going two strong rounds in a post-game melee, where the contact was more fero- cious than the game preceding it." "You dried the cat? Is it like ter- minally dried or merely drip- driedT' And the story went on like a James Joyce stream of con- sciousness novel, but instead of "Finnegan's Wake" it was Josemite's Bake. The editors in Dover asked me to resend the story but to remove all references to cats striking out against high heat. Now the truth is a long and tragic story. The dryer door only stayed shut when a 2- by-4 was propped against it; dur- ing an interrupted cycle, the cat curled amongst the comforts of moistly heated underwear and then the door shut and "Push" came to "Panic" in a deadly drum roll invoking the homonym of the brand-name "Sears." I toasted a good cat - no pun intended - with a Rolling Rock - no pun - with an honorary burial at sea, as the out- going tide in the canal carried a good old "catfish" to Davey Jones' locker. "Hey, Hey, we're the Monkeys!" Postscript: Please no letters. It was my cat that dried, I mean died, and I'm entitled to make jokes to help soap, I mean cope, with the tragedy. RABBIT CHOP - The season- ending game for Cape at Central in 1975 threatened to be a blowout for Central, which it was - 38-0 - as a limping Cape team finished the season 3-7: But I made the stu- pid mistake of moving strongman and state champion wrestler, Ty, rone Gibbs, to defensive end from his noseguard position, without a single day of practice. On the t'wst play from scrimmage, the slotback tried to hook Tyrone with a crab block, which-is an annoying side- ways bands-and-feet maneuver designed to tangle up a defender in his own feet. A frustrated Gibbs used the seldom seen rabbit chop to the back of the neck to break free and make the tackle. Tyrone was tossed quicker than a salad at the Roadhouse but his move was without malice. It was just in- stinct. Crabbing and chopping sounds like good old '70s football fun. Continued on page 81 It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that cling