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l]ll!UIl.kJ U.lillirOml[lU{m  amieml,iumi..,, .  . ,...--,, ........................................................................................................... 66 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, November 8 - November 14, 1996 People Continued from page 65 SNIPPETS- I talked to several members of the chunkin' team from Illinois and, like the local chunkers, found them to be really nice guys. A team spokesperson, I didn't get his name because I would have had to put down my Paula Pepper custom Bloody Mary and looked for a note- book, said to me, "It's not a question about whether I can get my guys CELEBRANTS to come back. It's a question of whether I can get them to leave." He also said that he and his teammates were treated better in Sussex County than they ever were treated back home. "The boys around here know how to play and have fun," I told him. "They also look out for each other. The very best of local culture is found along pit row at the punkin' chunk." A youthful round mound of ultra- sound accosted me in the pit area of the punkin' chunkin' as I was caressing my microphone, plan- ning my next witty spontaneous remark. "You made a big mis- take," he said. "I mean man, you made a big mistake." "What's your problem Skippy? .... You said 'How many of those hated Cowboy fans are in the crowd7' There are lots of Cowboy fans and they may get you." "Not like I can get them if and when they lose. And we got to make the an- nouncement Dallas 21 and Eagles Cape Relgion Athletes Of The Week 31 ." The crowd liked it. "A great day," said Larry Ander- son, a mem- ber of the Universal Soldier jumpin' hy- draulic jack LOVE SEED rANS team. "We're out here throwing pumpkins and the Eagles have beaten Dallas in Dallas. R just doesn't get any bet- ter." Cape graduates Peter Weld- mann, Will Stack and Rick Am (wearing a Lindros jersey) and the rest of the Love Seed Mama Jump band brought down the house at Punkin' Chunk Sunday afternoon. The young people next to the stage just jumped up and down for an hour like a pack of point- less pogos. The day before Beat- lemania, the later years, dressed up in vintage Sergeant Pepper threads which more resembled the house band at the Renegade. But not in a bad way. Now, as the sun sinks on Punkin' Chunkin' and the last machine fires, remember these words of warning: "Duck! Duck! Crack! Go on now, git!" Cape's 23-22 loss to CR: a tough loss to take By Dave Frederick The sideline emotions following Caesar Rodney's 23-22 comeback victory over Cape Henlopen were polar opposites. The Riders were all but dead in the water after Cape forced a punt early in the fourth quarter and took possession on the Caesar Rodney 45 yardline. "We were going to run the clock and hit them with the pass and I honestly believe we would have scored again," said George Glenn from his football office on Satur- day. "In all my years of coaching this loss is as hard to take and as disappointing as any I've been in- volved in." Lost in the ups and downs of teenage emotions on the field was a great football game between two of the state's top programs. Cape played the fLrst half with a gambler's mentality, going for two after a second quarter "Maull To Maull" touch- down pass brought them to within 7-6. The power blast off tackle gave the Vikings an 8- 7 lead and the Riders, who led Seaford 40-0 at the half the previous week, sensed an un- suspected junkyard dog fight. "We played the first three quarters like we were afraid to lose instead of playing to win," said CR senior quarterback Sam Posflewait in his first year as a starter. Postlewait threw an interception before the half and the Vikings drove inside the 10 yard line with under a minute left in the half. On a crucial fourth down play, Carl Floyd motioned wide away from the formation and quarterback J.D.Maull found Deshon James GLENN all alone in the end zone deadzone for a touchdown. Coach Glenn elected to kick the extra point which was drilled through the uprights by Hunter Stokes for a 15-7 half- time advantage. Third quarter action revolved around the kicking game for both clubs. Stymied on the opening drive, the Riders' Postlewait "cat- apulted" a 45 yard field goal that didn't come down until it hit the Caesar Rodney "punkin' chunkin'" machine parked out on the practice field. "That was a ma- jor league kick," said George Glenn. "What a weapon." Cape drove into Rider territory on the ensuing drive and on fourth down employed the top secret "which Maull has the ball?" play as punter Kai acted out the air kick while LD. careened off would- be tackles down the middle for a fLrSt down. A quarterback sweep into the end zone by J.D. Maull and the Hunter Stokes kick gave the Vikings a seemingly insurmountable 22- 10 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the ballgame. And then the roof collapsed on the Viking cushion as punter Postlewait was brushed by the Viking rush and corkscrewed himself in- to the ground, drawing the "roughing" call and a fast down. "I don't know about the call, but we don't belong anywhere near the guy," Glenn said. "We had a return called." Postlewalt drove his team down the field and on a crucial fourth down hit the halfback on a waggle throwback for the touchdown. The PAT made the score 22-17 with Postlewait set to kick off. "The kid's [Postlewalt's] leg hurt us as we seemed to have bad field position after every kick-off," Glenn said. After an attempted reverse to Kai Manll was smelled out by the defensive end for a loss (the kid doesn't stay home and Kai runs forever), the Vikings fumbled inside the 10. The Riders capitalized going up 23-22. The attempt for two points was stopped, but once again the Vikings were pinned inside the 20 on a deep Postelwaite kickoff. Facing a fierce and fired up Rider defense, the Vikings came up with a number of big plays, two on fourth down, and when Carl Floyd took a short dump pass and broke free into the flat, the entire stadium came to its feet. Floyd was run out of bounds on the 15 yard line but Cape was in position to win the ballgame. A quarterback sweep was thrown for a one yard loss. A delay of game call pushed the ball back to the 21. A pass to an open Kal Maull in the corner of the end zone was a bit short and batted down by the CR defender. A scramble by LD. Maull set up a fourth and 16 from the 2 I. "I made the decision to go for the first down and we actually lined up in the wrong formation which led to J.D. getting sacked," said Glenn. "I told the kids that it seems un- fair to play so hard and so well and not win the game. I told them it was OK to cry and that I may cry myself. But as young men they must get up and come back and get ready for Dover. We're shooting for an 8-2 season and a chance at the state tournament. Anything is possible." COLE PAVLIK Freshman Pavlik is Cape's number 3 runner and prides herself on a strong finish. I don't like to let people pass me close to the finish chute," Pavlik said. Cole came up big at the Henlopen Confer- ence Championships last weekend placing sixth over- all helping her team to win the conference crown. Oth. er finishers were Jen Hicks, third; Danielle Gerrin, fifth; Natasha Jones, 20th; and Sarah Popovich, 26th. DANNY RASA Cape soccer coach John Myers sometimes refers to Dan Rasa as "Speed" Rasa. Danny plays the m/dfield at a frenetic pace and never backs down from a bigger defense man. "Danny under- stands the game, has courage, and always plays full speed," Myers said. "Everyone knows that the team that controls the mid- field controls the game." J.D. MAULL A leader on the offense, de- fense and in the locker room, J.D. Maull left his heart on the field last Friday night and his body a sham. bles. Maull was sacked from the blind side on the game's last play and had to be car- ried to the sidelines Later it was revealed he had a hair- line fracture of his foot and will miss the rest of the sea- son. Against CR, J.D. was 9 for 15, passing 178 yards with two TDs. He also had a TD and 45 yards rushing. MARK MOORE Freshman Mark Moore had a great game Friday night in the Vikings' 23-22 loss to Caesar Rodney. The starting middle linebacker plugged the hole on the full. back dive and was doggtng" the Riders' quarterback all night long. "Mark is just a special person," said Coach George Glenn. "Next year he'll get his chance on of- fense. It's scary to think about how good he may be- come."