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Cape Henlopen H.S.
1999 Football Recap
Cape Henlopen Vikings

1999 Game by Game ...

Photo: Cape Henlopen coach Brian Donahue

Friday, Nov. 12, 1999
Dover 28, Cape Henlopen 27

The Vikings roared back from a 20-0 halftime deficit and a 28-7 third period deficit but fell short on a two-point conversion run to fall to 3-3 in the Henlopen North and 6-4 overall. Cape drove 80 yards for a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jon Howard to tight end Tom Sheehan to make it 28-27 with 1:30 left. Tykee Perry, however, was stopped short of the goal line on an off tackle play on the two-point conversion attempt. Cape started its comeback with a 14-yard interception return for a touchdown by D.J. Jefferson. The Senators scored again to make it 28-7 but Cape reeled off the next 20 points on a 19-yard pass from Howard to Mark Moore and a 23-yard pass from Howard to Nick Shaffer.

Friday, Nov. 5, 1999
Caesar Rodney 34, Cape Henlopen 6

For details on Cape Henlopen's 34-6 Henlopen North loss to Caesar Rodney in our Game of the Week, click on the score above.

Friday, Oct. 29, 1999
Cape Henlopen 52, Nandua (Va.) 6

The Vikings dominated the nonconference game against the hosts from Virginia's Eastern Shore to rise to 6-2 overall.

Friday, Oct. 22, 1999
Cape Henlopen 12, Polytech 6

Cape Henlopen football coach Brian DonahueThe two-time defending Henlopen North champions almost lost any chance at a third straight title with a narrow 12-6 victory over a winless Polytech team that had been outscored 92-7 by Caesar Rodney and Sussex Central in its previous two games. The Homecoming victory raised Cape to 3-1 in the North and 5-2 overall. The Vikings actually trailed 6-0 at halftime but scored on a 14-yard run by Nick Shaffer on its first possession of the second half. The Vikings' winning TD started with a 9-yard Polytech punt that gave Cape good field position. Quarterback Jon Howard and end Tom Sheehan converted the mistake into a 4-yard TD pass for a 12-6 Cape lead. Tykee Perry converted a big fourth down play during the winning drive with a 31-yard run. Perry finished with 124 yards on 16 carries and Shaffer finished with 114 yards on 23 carries. Cape finished with 255 yards rushing while holding Polytech to 63 yards on the ground.

Friday, Oct. 15, 1999
Cape Henlopen 34, Seaford 20

The Vikings lost a 20-point lead then kept their Henlopen North title hopes alive with two second half touchdown runs by running back Nick Shaffer to subdue winless Seaford. With the score 20-20 late in the third period, Shaffer got loose for a 37-yard TD run for a 27-20 lead. He scored again on a 5-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to seal the win. Cape took its 20-0 lead on 1- and 2-yard runs by running back Tykee Perry and an 11-yard pass from quarterback Jon Howard to end Tom Sheehan. The Vikings rose to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the North.

Friday, Oct. 8, 1999
Cape Henlopen 32, Sussex Tech 0

Cape Henlopen's offense finally got untracked in the Henlopen North victory over the winless Ravens. The Vikings rose to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the division with 285 rushing yards to Tech's 137 total yards and by forcing four turnovers. Nick Shaffer started the scoring with an 84-yard touchdown run on a reverse. Tykee Perry ran in from 9 yards out to make it 13-0 and quarterback John Howard hit end Tom Sheehan witha 4-yard pass to make it 19-0 just before halftime. Shane Massey's 24-yard run on the first possession of the second half made it 26-0 and Shaffer closed the scoring out with a 73-yard interception return. Perry ran for 90 yards.

Friday, Oct. 1, 1999
Sussex Central 9, Cape Henlopen 0

For details on Cape Henlopen's 9-0 Henlopen North loss to Sussex Central in our Game of the Week, click on the score above.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999
Cape Henlopen 21, Dickinson 6

In their most dominating performance of the season, the Vikings manhandled host Dickinson in a nonconference game. The Cape defense limited Dickinson to 85 total yards, while the offense gained nearly 300 yards. The Vikings scored on a 3-yard pass from quarterback John Howard to tight end Tom Sheehan and 4-yard runs by Tykee Perry and Maurice Shephard.

Friday, Sept. 17, 1999
Cape Henlopen 21, Milford 12

A week after an embarrassing loss as the fifth-ranked team in the state, the Vikings subdued a stubborn Milford team behind Nick Shaffer's 163 yards and three touchdowns rushing and an interception. Shaffer scored on runs of 45 and 66 yards in the first quarter to give Cape a 14-0 lead but a lost fumble at the Cape 4 led to a Milford touchdown that cut the lead to 14-6. Shaffer scored the Vikings' final TD on a 17-yard third quarter run, but Milford cut the gap again to make it 21-12 late in the third. Shaffer then sealed the outcome with a late-game interception in the end zone.

Friday, Sept. 10, 1999
St. Mark's 31, Cape Henlopen 0

The two-time defending Henlopen Conference Northern Division champion Vikings never challenged the Spartans from upstate in a battle of Delaware top 10 teams. Cape's only first down in the second half was on a 41-yard run by Thaddeus Shockley. Cape did threaten late in the first quarter after Barry Barlow recovered a fumble at St. Mark's 24. Quarterback Jon Howard hit tight end Tom Sheehan with a 17-yard pass to the 2 but a false start penalty moved the ball back to the 7 and thwarted the drive. Cape was ranked 5th in the state before the game, while St. Mark's was ranked 9th.

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