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Photo: Cape's Kyle Mansfield (31) races downfield on a 49-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
LEWES -- Who's better? Cape Henlopen, the state's fourth-ranked high school football team? Or Sussex Central, the state's third-ranked team?
Sussex Countians will find out in two weeks when Central visits Cape, but after a 41-0 loss to Cape on Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, Indian River head coach Jim Bunting, whose club lost to Central two weeks ago, believes those rankings could just as easily be reversed.
Cape ground the Indians down in quick fashion Friday night to rise to 3-0 overall. The Vikings led 34-0 at halftime and were never threatened by the 1-2 Indians.
Cape has yet to be scored on this season.
With four different players scoring touchdowns, the Vikings, behind a rebuilt offensive line that has answered many doubters in the first three games, amassed 314 of their 397 total yards and 14 of their 19 first downs by halftime.
Halfbacks Kyle Mansfield and Tykee Perry sparked the onslaught. Mansfield rushed for 131 of his 133 yards in the first half including a 49-yard touchdown run that made it 28-0 midway through the second quarter, and Perry added 66 yards rushing including TD runs of 5 and 3 yards.
Cape's other first half touchdowns came on a 1-yard dive by fullback Shane Massey and a 48-yard strike from quarterback Joe Cahill to halfback Thaddeus Shockley. Shockley closed the scoring for Cape with a 2-yard run on the Vikings' first drive of the second half.
10:08 -- CAPE HENLOPEN (7-0 Cape)
5:10 -- CAPE HENLOPEN (14-0 Cape)
11:27 -- CAPE HENLOPEN (21-0 Cape)
6:50 -- CAPE HENLOPEN (28-0 Cape)
4:02 -- CAPE HENLOPEN (34-0 Cape)
1:10 -- CAPE HENLOPEN (41-0 Cape)
Total Offense -- Cape Henlopen 47-397; Indian River 41-135.
Rushing -- Cape Henlopen 43-330; Indian River 25-101.
Passing -- Cape Henlopen 3-4-0, 67, 1 TD; Indian River 8-16-2, 34.
First Downs -- Cape Henlopen 19, Indian River 11.
Fumbles/Lost -- Cape Henlopen 0/0; Indian River 2/1.
Penalties/Yards -- Cape Henlopen 6-45; Indian River 5-41.
Cape Henlopen -- Kyle Mansfield 9-133, Tykee Perry 10-63, Thaddeus Shockley 5-48, Shane Massey 8-36, Dewayne Holloman 5-31, Larry Miller 3-10, Joe Cahill 2-10.
Indian River -- Buster Belote 8-32, Keshawn Gibbs 5-15, Paul Parsons 4-21, Jon Meiklejohn 2-11, Joey Land 1-10, Billy Hall 4-0.
Cape Henlopen -- Joe Cahill, 3-4-0, 67, 1 TD.
Indian River -- Joey Land 8-16-2, 34.
Cape Henlopen -- Thaddeus Shockley 3-67.
Indian River -- Torrez Spence 6-29, Brock Dean 1-4, Buster Belote 1-1.
Photo: Cape's offensive line clears the right side of the field for fullback Shane Massey's 1-yard touchdown sweep.
Photos: Cape's Tykee Perry sweeps around end (left), while Indian River's Buster Belote follows the block of Jordan Winterling.
Cape Henlopen head coach Brian Donahue on the victory:
"We weren't real happy with last week's win (34-0 over Seaford). We had too many personal fouls and too many penalties. We were a little flat in the second half when we came out. Those were some of the things that we wanted to correct tonight and we did. We felt like Indian River had some nice size. They're a little bit bigger than Seaford. They had some good skill people. We felt like we had to stop certainly No. 32 the back (Keshawn Gibbs), and Buster (Belote), No. 7. We were a little bit worried about shutting them down with the passing game and the running game. They (Cape's defenders) did everything we asked them to do tonight. They controlled the line of scrimmage, they cut back on the personal fouls and the penalties. We played good hard defense, not had many missed tackles. They are the things that we improved on that we wanted to improve on."
Donahue on running back Kyle Mansfield's 133-yard rushing effort:
"Kyle's been in our program for four years. He's a senior and he's got plenty of speed. We have five or six backs that can run here, including our fullback (Shane Massey). The key to that is our offensive line coming off the ball, too. We're happy with the way the offensive line's been playing. Certainly they don't receive the credit. And we're happy with our backs being so unselfish. We've got Mansfield, we have Thaddeus Shockley, we've got Tykee, we have plenty of backs to touch the ball. Dewayne Holloman's another one, Larry Miller's another one, we have Shane Massey at fullback, and they've been playing very unselfish with spreading the ball around. And Joey Cahill's been doing a great job with that at quarterback, and certainly, our offensive line isn't getting much credit but it's opening up the holes."
Donahue on the rebuilt offensive line:
"Basically, all of our offensive linemen had starts last year ... all those guys that are starting now except for our tight ends. We had three guards last year that had starts. We just moved one of them to tackle, which is Amado (Mandujano). But (Alex) McClure, Amado, and Howe Guan, they all played guard last year and they had starts, anywhere from four to six games. We just moved Amado -- he was the biggest guard from last year (6-0, 310 pounds) -- to tackle and then (Eric) Sirmons has been starting for us two years, he's been doing a great job, and Keith Mutchler's been the center for two years. So the question mark going in was Alex Hense and Sean Meluney and Troy Maull at the tight ends. Right now we have Troy playing on defense and Hense has certainly been a pleasant surprise with his drive blocking at tight end and so has Meluney. You know (Tom) Sheehan was the kid we had to replace and he's playing at Temple now and we didn't know if we'd have a tight end who would get us the flank and we feel like we've got two of them."
Cape Henlopen halfback Kyle Mansfield on his 133-yard rushing performance:
"I think it was alright. I owe it all to the blockers because the holes were huge. The holes were big. We went through there untouched."
Mansfield on Cape's chances this season:
"I think we've got a chance to go all the way. The defense is holding it down an the offense just has to keep stepping it up."
Cape offensive lineman Keith Mutchler on the Vikings' running game:
"We know that if there's a little seam there, we know they're (running backs) going to pick up yards, and when they're hit, we know they're gonna dive for three or four more yards. It just makes it a little easier knowing that they can find the seams and bust it up. "
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