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II0 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 15 - Nov. 21, 2002 Fredman's Football News & Views Colts clobber Eagles 35-13 as Big Red takes the blame By Dave Frederick Eagles defensive lineman Hugh Douglas has nicknamed coach Andy Reid "Big Red." Big Red was dressed in black amidst a sea of green last Sunday and his large laminated game plan chart was about as useful as a block of ice to an Arctic walrus. "Just blame this game on me," Reid said after the game. 'q just didn't have our guys ready to play. We weren't ready in any facet of the football game. But I know these guys and this is a team of character and they will be back." Colts quarterback Peyton Man- ning picked apart the Eagles de- fense like a Somalian on a one- legged pheasant. Play after play, as the Eagles comers rolled up to fake blitz like high school hot shots on homecoming night, Man- ning would change the play and have the Eagles "offensive de- fense" back on its heels, guessing run or pass. Seldom seen running back James Mungro, by way of Syra- cuse University and the Town of East Strasburg, gained 114 yards for the game and close to 100 in the first half alone. Most of his runs were check-off pitches to the right and winding back up the middle. "My family is here so this is like a dream story," Mungro said after the game. "But I'm not surprised by my own performance. You have to be a confident person to play in this league." The trio of Manning, wide re- ceiver Marvin Harrison and Mungro dominated the Eagles as Manning completed 18-of-23 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns. Harrison had six catches for 137 yards and two TDs and Mungro rushed for 114 yards and two scores. "We were on the ropes coming in here," Manning said. "This is a big victory. We had a mindset coming in here determined enough to somehow get a win." Mungro scored in the first quar- ter at the end ofa 43-yarddrive af- ter he had fumbled on the Eagles one-yard line minutes earlier. Later in the first quarter Man- ning pointed at Troy Vincent, then dropped back and pumped faked to Harrison. Vincent was still picking his jock up off the turf as Harrison scored on a 57-yard deep. ball, giving the Colts a 14-3 lead. "I've been here eight years and I never get used to our own fans booing us," said Eagles corner- back Bobby Taylor, a class guy by way of Notre Dame. "When times are tough that's when you need the home fans. As a team we just know that we can only rely on each other." The Eagles botched three scor- ing opportunities in the first half, including a dropped double re- verse to stonehands Todd Pinkston, and a fourth and one in- complete bootleg pass that McN- abb skipped on the ground to Dancing Duce Staley. The Eagles trailed 14-6 at the half andthe crowd booed the effort. The Eagles entered the game calculating home field scenarios throughout the playoffs. They ex- cited the game as the fifth seed in the NFC and only one game ahead of the New York Giants in the NFC East with a trip to the Mead- owlands to end the season on Dec. 28. The second half began with Manning finding Reggie Wayne three times as the Colts moved 71 yards in eight plays, the touch- down coming on a 27-yard touch- down pass to Wayne on a wide open post pattern. "Give Manning credit," said the Eagles Ike Reese. "There is no better quarterback in the league. On this day he just picked us apart." Brian Mitchell returned the kickoff 57 yards and the crowd erupted as .plenty of teams have come back from 21-6. But McNabb, carrying the ball like a hot soft pretzel, fumbled it while running for a first down in- side the 15 yard line. Later came the play that needs to go back to the playbook - a quarterback Dan Cook photos Colts running back James Mungro (23). fumbles the ball at the one-yard line after taking a hit by defensive end Brandon Whiting (98). Eagles defenders Shawn Barber (56) and Ike Reese move in on the play. Below, Eagles running back Duce Staley, who gained only 15 yards on the day, looks for some running room as Colts linebacker Barry Gardners moves in to make the tackle. throwback pass on a fourth and two where Dorsey Levens threw back across the field to McNabb, who attempted to catch the ball thumbs in but received two thumbs down for his effort. "We are a team that goes for it on fourth down and are more suc- cessful than any team in the league," said Reid. ':Today we came up empty three times. That's my fault." Manning found Harrison again at the end of a 68-yard drive with a 43-yard touchdown strike. That made the score 28-6 and the end of the third quarter as Eagle fans by the thousands hit the rubber tires in remote parking lots for some bathroom relief. "Evidently they studied our blitz package a lot," defensive end Hugh Douglas said. "Every time we went into a blitz, he checked off to something and he caught us with our pants down. It made for a long day for us." 32nd straight victory. The Delmar soccer team is in the semifinals of the state tourna- ment while the field hockey team came out of Cape's bracket to reach the semifinals. Sussex Central defeated Caesar Rodney 28-6 as Woodbridge transfer Jamal Young rushed for 146 yards. It is the first outright Northern Division title for the Golden Knights since 1970. Sussex will finish off the season on Nov. 23 against Middletown. Middletown defeated Newark 19-13 in overtime and should be a Division I tourna- ment team. St. Mark's won its battle with Salesianum 10-6 last Friday night. The Spartans have scouted Cape at least twice in person. They are a program that prides itself for winning the games they're supposed to win. Sussex Tech defeated Seaford 41-20 for their third win in a row. St. Elizabeth stomped Cape's game 10 opponent Caravel 41-0. St. Andrew's end- ed its season with a perfect 8-0 record by defeating Tatnall 37-7, but broke camp and will not be eligible for the post-season tour- nament. It's a rich person thing you would- n't understand. COLLEGE FOOTBALL - Delaware surprised the traveling fans who haven't seen a road victory all season by defeating the Bears of Maine, 37-13, and setting up a great season closeout on Nov. 23, when Vil- lanova comes to town. There were less than 5,000 fans at Satur- day's game which must have felt more like a scrimmage. Antawn Jenkins put the beef back in the backfield and rushed for 76 yards, including scoring a pair of touch- downs. Wilkes College of Wilkesboro, N.C. de- feated Lebanon Valley 44-6 and that may Continued on page 113 By Dave Frederick HIGH SCHOOLS - Cape and St. Mark's come at each other from different directions this Friday night in Lewes. Cape was leading the Spartans until the final minutes last season before being burned with an 80-yard post pattern for a touch- down. St. Mark's has beaten William Penn, Dover, Sallies and Newark this season. Cape is struggling at 1-7 and a victory over St. Mark's would warrant a Monday morn- ing school assembly. Delmar defeated Smyrna 17-0 for its Read and react: reflections on a long football weeken :l