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34 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, October 17 Thursday, October 19, 2006 .......... .............  .........  .................... , ...i  .......  ......................  ..... , .....   .................. SPORT00; & OUTDOORS Cape misses the point in 7-6 loss to Howard Head coach Dave McDowell takes the blame for making bad decisions Dan Cook photos Cape quarterback Dan McPike tries to break free from Howard defender Cornelius Archy in the 7-0 Viking loss last Friday night, Oct. 13. By Dave Frederick Cape Gazette staff The Cape football team has three losses by 14 total points to Division II teams with a com- bined record of 16-2; That offers little consolation to first year head coach Dave McDowell who be- lieves with a running back Isaiah Brisco rushing for more than 130 yards in each of those games and a stellar defense that the Vikings could easily be 6-0. "I'm not happy by my own per- formance in the [7-6] loss to Howard," Mc- Dowell said af- ter the game. "My bad deci- sions were the ones I didn't make. Howard came into the game averag- ing 20-plus MCDOWELL points a game. We not only hold them to less than 75 yards, but we give them the first-half touchdown. We drive the ball only to do dumb things with it. I personally take blame for this loss for not doing the things that a head coach should do." Howard broke loose froma de- fensive struggle early in the sec- ond quarter when C.J. Wade hit Cornelius Archy with an in be- tween tailback pass and the speed- ster broke it 50 yards up the side- lines where he was knocked out at the one-yard line by Ike Driskill. The Wildcats fumbled back to Cape on the very next rush. "Driskill always plays hard and is always in the game," McDow- ell said. Casey Fagan promptly burst through the line like a runaway truck in a sports car rally and was hauled down at the 25-yard line getting Cape out of trouble. The Vikings put themselves in serious trouble by fumbling at their own eight-yard line with Continued on page 35 If victory is what y00)u want just go out and get it! LADDER OF SUCCESS - Cape's football players quietly went to one knee on the end zone turf last Friday night at Wesley College and looked up at head coach Dave McDowell. They shared that empty feeling again after the Vikings dominated a highly regarded Howard team holding them to negative yardage in the second half only to come away empty losing 7-6. "All our goals are still in front of us with four conference games remaining," McDowell told the players, who never took their eyes off him. "You played hard and lost another close football game. I'll see you on the practice field tomorrow morning." Cape should consider itself al- ready in the state tournament be- cause if it can win, and continue to win, it can keep its dreams alive and keep playing. Enough soap opera storylines after close losses! This is a team that can elevate to any level of talent left on its schedule. The train will roll down the track of four Henlopen Confer- ence Northern Division oppo- OFF THE HOOK Dave Frederick nents, beginning with a home game against Sussex Tech and then away at Dover. Both those teams are "not enjoying" losing seasons and frankly can't match Cape talent for talent. Then it's up the road to Caesar Rodney, a team Cape stung last year in overtime and which just lost to Milford for the first time in 31 years. CR is always a formidable challenge, but physically Cape can get with them. That leaves Sussex Central coming to town for game 10. Central has been the best of downstate teams all season and Cape "ain't supposed to beat them," so how much fun is that, especially if by winning the Vikings could finish 7-3 and go to the state tournament. Put those old records on the shelf and let's see that old-time blue and gold rock-and-roll football on Friday nights. Fly around in a frenzy and if victory is what you want just go out and get it! MARINER FOOTBALL - You say Mariner and I say Milton, you say Vikings and I say War- riors - whatever satisfies your noncompetitive intramural spirit. But I will tell you this: Mariner football is loaded with big, strong and fast players and they come af- ter opponents unleashed like wild dogs from the lock down pound. I saw Mariner take apart Selbyville last Thursday as coach Tim Clausen got caught in a down year playing mostly with seventh- grade starters. That didn't stop Alfredo Mendez from eight s01o tackles and four sacks and a forced fum- ble and, when asked why he left the family tradition of Soccer A1- fredo said, "I just like hitting." Mariner is coached by Juan and Mikey Saez, former Cape players. Shane Draper and Terrell Bowe are the absolute truth on both sides of the football and lefty Jack Redefer has a real deal arm and D.J. Ayers is also a top-notch quarterback. If you want to find old school Cape with lots of fami- ly tradition go to a Mariner game behind HOB. Just wear a helmet. NO JUSTICE - My grand- mother believed that God created certain people just to entice her to hate them. "We always have the free will to rise above the base level of hu- man pettiness wishing ill fortune on others and talking badly about them," she said. "But Janet just gets on my freaking nerves!" "But she's your granddaugh- ter," I suggested before hearing "who asked for your opinion?" I checked out the Dallas Cow- boys losing to Houston at halftime last Sunday and Terrell Owens had one catch for 14 yards and I was happy all around. One half of football later around the NFL and the Eagles had become part of the Katrina, feel-good New Orleans Saints nonsense and Owens had danced in the end zone three times in a Cowboys comeback. I don't think there's any question my grandmother was right. God did put Terrell Owens here on earth to test the values of brotherhood for Philadelphia fans. SNIPPETS - Brooke Bennett and Lauren Willey were at the Cape football game versus Howard at Wesley College last Friday night. "What are you girls doing here?" I asked cluelessly. "We go to school here," they said. "Of course you do," I replied. "Are you playing field hockey?" "Yes, we are both starting," Brooke said. I guess that means road trip for the sports dog. Nettie Choice is also starting for the Wesley volleyball team and had 17 kills and eight blocks Continued on page 35 34 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, October 17 Thursday, October 19, 2006 .......... .............  .........  .................... , ...i  .......  ......................  ..... , .....   .................. SPORT00; & OUTDOORS Cape misses the point in 7-6 loss to Howard Head coach Dave McDowell takes the blame for making bad decisions Dan Cook photos Cape quarterback Dan McPike tries to break free from Howard defender Cornelius Archy in the 7-0 Viking loss last Friday night, Oct. 13. By Dave Frederick Cape Gazette staff The Cape football team has three losses by 14 total points to Division II teams with a com- bined record of 16-2; That offers little consolation to first year head coach Dave McDowell who be- lieves with a running back Isaiah Brisco rushing for more than 130 yards in each of those games and a stellar defense that the Vikings could easily be 6-0. "I'm not happy by my own per- formance in the [7-6] loss to Howard," Mc- Dowell said af- ter the game. "My bad deci- sions were the ones I didn't make. Howard came into the game averag- ing 20-plus MCDOWELL points a game. We not only hold them to less than 75 yards, but we give them the first-half touchdown. We drive the ball only to do dumb things with it. I personally take blame for this loss for not doing the things that a head coach should do." Howard broke loose froma de- fensive struggle early in the sec- ond quarter when C.J. Wade hit Cornelius Archy with an in be- tween tailback pass and the speed- ster broke it 50 yards up the side- lines where he was knocked out at the one-yard line by Ike Driskill. The Wildcats fumbled back to Cape on the very next rush. "Driskill always plays hard and is always in the game," McDow- ell said. Casey Fagan promptly burst through the line like a runaway truck in a sports car rally and was hauled down at the 25-yard line getting Cape out of trouble. The Vikings put themselves in serious trouble by fumbling at their own eight-yard line with Continued on page 35 If victory is what y00)u want just go out and get it! LADDER OF SUCCESS - Cape's football players quietly went to one knee on the end zone turf last Friday night at Wesley College and looked up at head coach Dave McDowell. They shared that empty feeling again after the Vikings dominated a highly regarded Howard team holding them to negative yardage in the second half only to come away empty losing 7-6. "All our goals are still in front of us with four conference games remaining," McDowell told the players, who never took their eyes off him. "You played hard and lost another close football game. I'll see you on the practice field tomorrow morning." Cape should consider itself al- ready in the state tournament be- cause if it can win, and continue to win, it can keep its dreams alive and keep playing. Enough soap opera storylines after close losses! This is a team that can elevate to any level of talent left on its schedule. The train will roll down the track of four Henlopen Confer- ence Northern Division oppo- OFF THE HOOK Dave Frederick nents, beginning with a home game against Sussex Tech and then away at Dover. Both those teams are "not enjoying" losing seasons and frankly can't match Cape talent for talent. Then it's up the road to Caesar Rodney, a team Cape stung last year in overtime and which just lost to Milford for the first time in 31 years. CR is always a formidable challenge, but physically Cape can get with them. That leaves Sussex Central coming to town for game 10. Central has been the best of downstate teams all season and Cape "ain't supposed to beat them," so how much fun is that, especially if by winning the Vikings could finish 7-3 and go to the state tournament. Put those old records on the shelf and let's see that old-time blue and gold rock-and-roll football on Friday nights. Fly around in a frenzy and if victory is what you want just go out and get it! MARINER FOOTBALL - You say Mariner and I say Milton, you say Vikings and I say War- riors - whatever satisfies your noncompetitive intramural spirit. But I will tell you this: Mariner football is loaded with big, strong and fast players and they come af- ter opponents unleashed like wild dogs from the lock down pound. I saw Mariner take apart Selbyville last Thursday as coach Tim Clausen got caught in a down year playing mostly with seventh- grade starters. That didn't stop Alfredo Mendez from eight s01o tackles and four sacks and a forced fum- ble and, when asked why he left the family tradition of Soccer A1- fredo said, "I just like hitting." Mariner is coached by Juan and Mikey Saez, former Cape players. Shane Draper and Terrell Bowe are the absolute truth on both sides of the football and lefty Jack Redefer has a real deal arm and D.J. Ayers is also a top-notch quarterback. If you want to find old school Cape with lots of fami- ly tradition go to a Mariner game behind HOB. Just wear a helmet. NO JUSTICE - My grand- mother believed that God created certain people just to entice her to hate them. "We always have the free will to rise above the base level of hu- man pettiness wishing ill fortune on others and talking badly about them," she said. "But Janet just gets on my freaking nerves!" "But she's your granddaugh- ter," I suggested before hearing "who asked for your opinion?" I checked out the Dallas Cow- boys losing to Houston at halftime last Sunday and Terrell Owens had one catch for 14 yards and I was happy all around. One half of football later around the NFL and the Eagles had become part of the Katrina, feel-good New Orleans Saints nonsense and Owens had danced in the end zone three times in a Cowboys comeback. I don't think there's any question my grandmother was right. God did put Terrell Owens here on earth to test the values of brotherhood for Philadelphia fans. SNIPPETS - Brooke Bennett and Lauren Willey were at the Cape football game versus Howard at Wesley College last Friday night. "What are you girls doing here?" I asked cluelessly. "We go to school here," they said. "Of course you do," I replied. "Are you playing field hockey?" "Yes, we are both starting," Brooke said. I guess that means road trip for the sports dog. Nettie Choice is also starting for the Wesley volleyball team and had 17 kills and eight blocks Continued on page 35