Sussex County Delaware
Cape Beats IR
With Late TD
Cape Henlopen Vikings
2001 Game by Game ...

Friday, Sept. 28, 2001
Cape Henlopen 21, Indian River 14

Photos: Cape wide receiver Dewayne Holloman.

LEWES -- Looking at Indian River's previous scores, the Cape Henlopen football team didn't expect to be trailing midway through the fourth quarter of its nonconference contest on Friday night.

Cape receiver Dewayne HollomanBut down the Vikings were, 13-12 with 8 minutes left, and staring at 80 yards of turf to avoid an upset.

The Vikings covered those 80 yards, though, with Thaddeus Shockley scoring from 9 yards out for the second of his two touchdowns and adding the two-point conversion run to account for the winning points with two minutes left in the game.

Indian River was unable to mount a threat after that touchdown as the Vikings rose to 2-1 overall.

"Our kids looked at Indian River's scores against Sussex Central (48-6 loss) and Sussex Tech (34-12 loss) and were saying, 'How come we didn't beat them that bad?' " said Cape head coach Bill Geppert. "But it shows the kind of character this team has to drive 80 yards. That made a statement about us."

The Vikings, welcoming the return of Shockley to offense after he was restricted to defense last week due to a leg injury, dominated the game with nearly 400 yards in total offense. Despite scoring only 21 points, Cape punted only twice.

Cape led 13-0 in the first half on an 8-yard run by Shockley and a 12-yard end around by Dewayne Holloman in the first half.

"We moved the ball up and down the field but we kept shooting ourselves in the foot," said Geppert. "We could have put up quite a bit of points. Unfortunately, we only had three touchdowns to show for it. Our kids knew they should have played a little better."

The Vikings also know that they have two running backs who can carry them on any given night. Shockley rushed for 128 yards while fullback Larry Miller, who gained 286 yards replacing Shockley last week in a 34-21 win over Seaford, rushed for 93 more.

"We have two backs who are capable of having big nights," said Geppert. "Either one, when they carry the football, is capable of breaking it. We have good balance in the backfield."

Cape continues its nonconference schedule with a home game against Cambridge (Md.) South-Dorchester on Friday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Cambridge is 2-2 after returning nearly all of their players from the 10-1 team that challenged for the Maryland state championship last year. Cambridge lost to Stephen Decatur on Friday, Sept. 28.

"They're really scary to us in the fact that they're an unknown," said Geppert. "When you play conference opponents and local teams and play them year after year, you get to know their tendencies. We have a lot of film study to do."

The Vikings don't open their Henlopen Conference Northern Division schedule until they travel to Sussex Central for a 7:30 p.m. game on Friday, Oct. 12.

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