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SPORTS & OUTDOORS minister bone-rattling collisions. Getting mentally prepared may take self-discipline against an overrated and trash-talking Snow Hill team, but this is the state tournament against a conference rival and a night game in your own back yard. The battle of the bands alone is enough to send chills up the spines of Cape and Caesar Rodney loyalistS. "I'm worried that [CR coach John] Coveleski will have them really fired up, after we scored a touchdown with no time on the clock the last time we played File photo Malik Lopez puts the hammer down while scoring a 5-yard touchdown against CR, as the clock struck zero, during the Nov. 13 game. Last second touchdown may be rally cry for CR in Nov. 27 state tournamentshowdown By Dave Frederick Psychiatrist Sigmund Freud never played football except with human emotions. "Get- ring up" or coming out "fired up" are grid- iron concepts that enhance a player's will- ingness and enthusiasm to absorb and ad- them," said former Cape assistant Dan Cook. Cape won the game, 25-6, as Malik Lopez swept fight end for five yards and the game clock expired. "I just know I'm ready to play them again," said Lopez, a two-way starter who also battled the Coveleski-coached Rider lacrosse team. "I have respect for their team and it's fun to play against them." Cape is seeded second in the tournament and Caesar Rodney fourth. The other Divi- sion I game is Saturday, Nov. 28, as William Penn visits the Newark Yellow- jackets. "They say great players are sup- posed to step up big in the big games, so I guess we'll see what's up Friday night," said linebacker Haywood Burton. "I know we played Newark tough in last year's state tournament, and no one on our team will be letting down Friday night." Cape surprised Caesar Rodney in its first meeting with quarterback: Johnny Howard throwing a pair of touchdown passes and throwing for more than 100 yards in the ballgame.'Caesar Rodney was victimized but hung tough, essentially stalemating Cape in the second half. Coach Brian Don- ahue had three extra films to break down since the last time the two teams met, in- cluding his own game in addition to Rider victories over Sussex Central and Dover. "People think of wide-open offense when they think of Caesar Rodney, but defensive- ly they're pretty darn good," Donahue said. "We're just working on putting together a game plan and 'repping' it in practice. You can't go into a big game with 100 plays on your clipboard." I Lost Barkley survives deer kill; found glubbing By Dave Frederick HIT AND GIT! - Anyone who has ever played a contact sport has been hit hard enough to look to- ward the sidelines for sympathy. Man is a rational animal; hitting and being hit is just unnatural. But some footballguys actually relish the pain. ThaCs the strength of this year's Cape defense. Way too many guys with out- right enthusiasm for contact. Talk- ing doesn't get it done on the foot- ball field. Cape is beatable but not out-hittable. Caesar Rodney is the No. 1 phobia for the Cape Hen- lopen sports fan. "I'm afraid they'll Come in here fired up because of Cape scoring on the last play when we played them," said one nervous fan. Dave Frederick BOWL ALLIANCE - My white-snooted retrievers survived last week's deer kill, but on Friday night, Nov. 20, I became con- vinced that Barkley Dog had been spotlighted. It started with his scratching hard on the front door just before the Friday stroke of midnight. "That's unusual," my wife said as she awaited the verdict of a ser- ial rapist on the "Law& Order" TV program. I turned on the front porcklight, batri'o four-legged life :forms :vere il, luminated. I know my old dog is paranoid and that he imay have been spooked by an aggressive and agitated squirrel that BARKLYDOG was searching in the garage for the bag of sun- flower seeds - that were far re- moved from three empty bird feeders. I figured Barkleydog would just dig a hole and hide un- til the crisis was over. The next morning at sunup, Barkley was missing from his garage sleeper sofa, and there was no indented dog outline on the half-price L.L. Bean doggie bed. I became suspicious that a mis- adventure had befallen Old Yel- lowbelly. I was slurping coffee on the couch like the gross behemoth I represent, when the house cat walked past and hopped up the stairway sounding like a charging rhino in rut. Seconds later I heard this glub- glub-glub sound. "What does that sound like?" I asked my wife. "It sounds like an animal drink- ing from the toilet bowl," Susan said, somewhat annoyed. (Men don't mind that sound.) "Actually, it's my stomach," I joked, pulling a piece of lint from my belly button. The glubbing continued so I raced Upstairs afraid the cat had become hy- drophobic. The bathroom door was closed. I pushed it open to find an embarrassed Barkley look- ing at me with toilet water drip- ping from his black nose and lips and running down his neck. "Get outside you disgusting pig!" I screamed, chasing him down the stairs. My wife thought I was talking to myself again. PEOPLE IN SPORTS TAWG TALK - Let's talk red- necky outdoor sports: You can go to a gun shop or even Kmart and pick up a bonus buck tag, which gives you permission to bag a buck with a rack spread of more than 15 inches. Some of them may actually be sitting in the food- court area. If you hear a shotgun blast in the early morning, it's probably duckers in the marsh shooting teal, mallards and pin- tails. Black ducks cannot be shot until after Thanksgiving, when they've developed a real false sense of security. They're bailing blackfish at the outer wall and an- glers mostly lie when they're talk- ing about wheelbarrows full of fish, but when's the last time you saw a wheelbarrow on a boat? Anglers are just slaying stripers with two per boat, measuring 28 inches - the limit, And the big ocean blues are running near the beach, which actually means swimming. Fishing along the Army pier requires speaking a for- eign language and a drywall buck- et filled with chicken livers. Carp are running in the millponds of Milton. CALM BEFORE THE PALM - Thirteen Cape field hockey players will be in Palm Beach this weekend for the Na- tional Hockey Festival. Players at- tending include Shannon Colbum, Amanda Hopkins, Ashley Cox, Khara Landon, Billie Jo Britting- Continued on page 80 The Vikings will need big games from the unsung heroes on the offensive line who flank all-state center Matt Graviet. Guards Matt Cornelius and Barry Barlow and tack- les Trip Delcampo and Robert Hahn have got to get up and outta there on the snap of the football if Cape's explosive backfield is to find any running room. "Timmy Cannon [fullback] had a sub-par game the first time because of a sore shoul- der," said coach Donahue. "But this time he is healthy. We expect a lot more from that position Friday night." Cape's defense de- serves mention here because that is the heart and strength of the team. Shane Massey and Tommy Sheehan start at the ends with Alex Hense and Matt Hall ready as.capable replacements. Fernando Villegas and Graviet start at tackles, while Steve Slayton is the nose guard. Cannon comes in to give the down guys a break. Linebackers Mark Moore and Burton, the top two in the conference, are flanked by corners O.J. Wilson and Elijah Worthy, both all-state-caliber defensive players. Ricky Cooper sometimes comes in to give two-way player Worthy a little rest. The safeties are Lopez and Nick Shaffer, both of whom can run, cover and tackle. Speed- ster Ricky Thompson also sees plenty of ac- tion at the safety position. At their last meeting, Cape beat the Rid- ers at their own game with big plays, but the Vikings' strength is four quarters of hard- hitting football. Friday night the stadium will be filled with more electricity than the Lewes Power Plant. The hitting will be tenacious and the musie stupendous! Cape football stares downdouble barrel of revenge