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S A ORTS & OUTDOORS Dover tops C 28.-3 as Vikings fall to 1-7 on season By Dave Frederick Last Friday night was the dark side of math for the Cape football team. Counting the number of players in uniform then multiplying by two followed by sub- tracting band parents, cheerleading sponsors and the working press, the number of adults left watching the game is some number much less than two times the football team. In other words, even their parents are staying home ! This is not meant to be a cruel statement directed at the team. These kids have been playing their butts off all season. They hit and get hit, but if it weren't for bad luck these Vikings would have no luck at all. Athletes need support when times are tough. Any- one can cheer touchdowns. Cape started the game by fumbling the football on four consecutive touches. But after all that craziness and a Mike DelCampo stop in the backfield, Cape had Dover facing a fourth and 18 at the Cape 27. A definite down for the defense! But Dover crossed up Cape by running the fullback belly off tackle, and af= ter a bounce to the outside it was a 27-yard touch- down: "We play so hard and then that kind of stuff hap- pens to us," said coach Bill Geppert. "We turned around and started moving the football and looked pretty good." Cape unleashed its power game of Jake and Joey on the line, and Derrick Hudson leading Andrew Ed- wards straight up the middle. Jake Adams and Joey Tabler are space eaters in the middle, but they were also getting off the line and blocking people. Edwards, Hudson and Leon Gibbs all took turns running the football and Cape ran it ef- fectively, but the drive stalled at the Dover 26 yard line. Dover discovered collapsing containment of Cape's right defensive side and put together a 50- yard drive just before halftime to lead 14-0. Cape played the entire game without Stephen Shockley, who was out with an ankle injury. Dover opened the second half with a long pass straight down the middle to the Viking 28-yard line Then, with the quarterback in the grasp and about to be sacked, he lateraled an under-handed backwards pitch to the surprised halfback, who took off around right end for a 28-yard touchdown and a 21-0 Dover lead. Dover scored another third quarter touchdown to close out the scoring on the night. "We've lost some guys to grades and some to in- juries for the St. Mark's game," said Geppert. "But we'll buckle up and go out and play them tough. Most of these kids have been great." Dan Cook photo Cape quarterback Zaek Plummer scrambles with Dover's Terrick Hunt, Nov. 9, in hot pursuit in a 28-0 loss. He strafed the system and they took it personally MEN ARE DOGS - How do you train an urban house dog? Kick his butt out the door and let him figure it out. All male dogs, not given to public embarrass- ment, don't lift a leg up in the middle of nowhere. They prefer brick walls and rubber car tires, although the fancier breeds will shoot for sport through a chain- linked fence. Yes, this is a pretty disgusting point I'm making, but you should have seen the remote parking lot last Sunday outside Veteran's Stadium after the Eagles game. In my parking lot alone I saw eight guys urinating on all-season radial tires in broad daylight. And I was in the section reserved for press. And what if the guy is us- ing your tire and leaning up against your car for balance. What do you say? Trust me, if you provoke a confrontation that's exactly what you will get. Dave Frederick DANCING DUCE - Eagles running back Duce Staley shows off too much when he's going good. But last Sunday in Philadelphia he wasn't going at all, amassing only 15 yards for the ball game. The best thing about Duce is his name, know what I mean, Ace? BIG TIME BOBBY - Basket- ball officials, the Lewes Fire De- partment and now the state's bas- PEOPLEIN SPORTS ketball coaches have had it up to the eyeballs with the big-time atti- tude of Bobby Jacobs, executive director, CEO and ADD hyper-en- ergized Tasmanian Devil of the Slam Dunk To The Beach Holiday Basketball Tournament. Bobby is my friend, but "he ain't given up no free tickets, yo" and I have been demoted to the JV Hospitali- ty Room and the leg of Spam buf- fet line. And as reported by my press dog Andy Walter of the "Delaware State News" - "Upset by comments made by Slam Dunk Executive Director Bobby Jacobs, the Delaware Interscholastic Bas- ketball Coaches Association passed a motion at its Oct. 16 meeting to no longer accept invi- tations to the tourney." Bobby strafed the state's educa- tion system - after all he is a prod- uct - and many coaches who are also teachers took it personally. Hey, I've been insulted by a lot better people than Bobby. Usual- ly, people get real mad when the points being made have merit. That's why I don't pay the boy no mind. Delaware is a networked state of many great and authenti- cally nice individuals, especially in the sports world. Cape Hen- Iopen could run Bobby out the Little Big House in a heartbeat and will if he keeps puffing him- self up and biting the hand that feeds him without a hospitality pass. WRESTLING SIGNUPS - There is no sport that gets hit harder from middle school to high school than wrestling. I don't care how badly a parent wants their kid to wrestle because the parent loves the sport. If the kid doesn't feel it deep down inside his competitive soul it just ain't gonna happen. And undefeated middle school and peewee teams have proven to mean very little if the kids get to the high school and choose indoor, off-season activi- ties over the demanding sport of high school wrestling. Part of it is the wimp factor I think, because young men just don't want to work that hard or put it on the line. And that's their choice, but they better not show up and criti- cize others who are giving it their best shot. Now what do I know about wrestling? Actually, I named the Cape Takedown Club and have been following and writ- ing about the sport for 30 years. But I don't know anything, not when compared to those muffled tones in the home stands. HARD DECISION - Cape sees great teachers retire every year. Most, if not all, simply walk away and, like the Temptations, don't look back. I can retire yesterday when my future seemed so far away, but I'm afraid to leave the Cape team. I can honestly say that the kids of Cape have been at least as good for me as I have been for them. And it really is true that whatever you give to a student they will give you back 100 times, and that includes grief if that's the game you're playing. Last week a freshman girl who I know and who really likes me looked straight into my eyes and said with respect and affection: "You old!" Not an hour later a flaming Caucasian boy jokingly called me a fat white guy. Then I felt something inside my Warthog shirt and, standing in front of a class, reached inside and pulled out a black women's sock that had static clung to my chest. "'Fredman is crazy and stupid," they said. "I seen him do that be- fore." So I was an old and fat stupid white guy who was crazy, but they loved me for it. Shoot, they ain't seen nothing yet. I've just begun to deteriorate. SNIPPETS - I still don't under- stand what has happened to the Cape football team. I look on an- alytically but honestly I don't get. I still see kids playing hard and supporting each other and hitting people with plenty of individuals getting better with each game. This is a developing team that has never gotten the scheduling boot off its neck. In a strange way it is exhilarating and heartening to see these guys support each other every Friday night. If they ever get on a roll, and I believe it is just around the corner, they will be flat out killing people. Early in the third quarter last Friday night with Dover leading 14-0 the quarter- back was going down for the sack but just pitched the ball back- wards to a back who was just kin- da hanging out. The kid raced 30 yards for a touchdown. Those kind of things happen when luck has left your huddle. The unofficial word is that Jerry Peden Jr. has resigned his job as Sussex Central basketball coach because the district wouldn't ap- prove the hiring of Jerry Peden Sr. as an assistant coach. What the heck is that all about? Go on now, git!