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102 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2002 Fredman's Football News & Views 1 ',Sea Gulls stun 'leesley 22-19. remain unbeaten ! By Dave Frederick Salisbury State's Richard Mann (21) heads down- field on this kickoff return for a touchdown late in the game to give the Sea Gulls a come-from-behind 22-19 win over Wesley College Nov. 2. Wesley was fighting with its own mistakes all afternoon, but with eight minutes remaining last Saturday in the Divi- sion III football War on the Shore with Salisbury State Uni- versity, a short punt gave the Wolverines the ball trailing 16-13 on the Sea Gull 35 yard line. Students rimmed the field three deep along the end zone fences vhile both stands stood full with rocking fans. Se- nior Freddie Edwards of Lake Helen, Fla. carried Sea Gull defenders on two consecutive plays inside the 10 yard line and went up and over from two yards out giving Wesley a 19-16 advantage. Edwards jogged past the Salisbury cheering section waving the No. 1 signal. "It was smash-mouth football the way we like to play it," said Wesley assistant coach and former Cape quarterback Johnny Howard. "We made mistakes all day while playing great defense against the best rushing offense in Division III," said Wesley head coach Mike Drass. "But the game is 60 minutes and players have to stay focused. There is no excuse for how we lost this game." HOWARD Richard Mann, a defensive back whose father is the receivers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, picked a bouncing kickoff off the ground at the four yard line and headed up the middle. "We were running middle return all afternoon," Mann said. "The call was return right, but first I had to sell the middle. Once I got to the outside there was a wall and I started directing traffic knowing I had a chance to break it. Just give credit to all the players on the special teams. They had a heck of a day." Continued on page 105 Dan Cook photos Above, former Vikings now dressing for the Wes- ley Wolverines include (l-r) Tykee Perry, Richard Lantz and Keith Mutehler. Below, former Cape cheerleader now rooting for the Sea Gulls is Susan Simms posing with the Sal- isbury State Mascot. Wesley quarterback Michael Lemon scrambles from pressure during a disappointing loss to Salis- bury State last Saturday. Former Cape player Keith Mutchler throws a block as Wesley goes for an extra point. Read and react: r00.00:{lections on a long football weeKenc By Dave Frederick PRO FOOTBALL - The Eagles have reached the halfway point of the regular season with a 6-2 record and lead the East- ern Division of the NFC by two games over the Giants and Redskins. Philly was lucky to get by an inspired Chicago team last weekend, but returned to town happy with an uninspired victory. The Eagles play the fading Colts this weekend in Philadelphia. The Colts are now 4-4 in the AFC South Division tied with improving Tennessee. The eyes of the Eagles front office are on the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers, both of whom lead their divisions and will threaten Philadelphia in eight more games for home field advantage. Pittsburgh leads the AFC North and has a home game this weekend against an over- rated Atlanta team and Michael Vick can- onized by America's football writers almost every day. Vick is not the best athlete in the league - that honor goes to Jon Runyon and why not? Old fat boy signed a $30 million contract three years ago. Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Brentson Buckner was suspended for four games Monday for violating the NFL's steroid policy. Buckner said he took an all- natural diet pill during training camp. Yeah, that's it! Darnerien McCants, a former Delaware State tight end caught an 11-yard touch- down pass as the getting-better-in-a-hurry Redskins defeated Seattle 14-3. The Skins have Jacksonville, the Giants and the Rams over the next three weeks. Games that killed fans playing football pools were the 38-7 New England victory over Buffalo .and the New York Jets 44-13 victory over the San Diego Chargers. The Eagles are in San Francisco in three weeks for a crucial Monday night game. COLLEGE FOOTBALL - The Univer- sity of Delaware, with a first-year head coach and pretty good football team, has landed at 5-5 with a tough road game at Maine before closing out the season at home against Villanova. A season that be- gan with a great upset victory over Georgia Southern has gone south faster than the midnight train to Georgia. The Hens only graduate five seniors and are looking for- ward to being in the middle of the Atlantic Continued on page 105