Lewes – The rain moved out of the area allowing the Cape Henlopen homecoming parade to march into the stadium in front of a large raucous home crowd, it was a night fit for a king for the Vikings.
Maurki James filled that role as he rushed for 216 yards scoring four touchdowns and was crowned homecoming king at halftime helping lead the Vikings to a 35-0 victory over the Caesar Rodney Riders.
“He is a special player and a special person. A lot of those plays he had to make something out of nothing, he just ran so hard tonight,” Cape Henlopen head coach Mike Frederick said.
Cape Henlopen’s initial drive stalled at the Caesar Rodney 25 yard line. On third down Julius Timmons pass was tipped at the line by Tremaine Batson and intercepted by Jackson Cunningham at the Riders 20 yardline.
The Vikings opened the scoring late in the first quarter when Jameson Tingle connected with Lextyn Wescott on a 19 yard touchdown pass. Wilson Ingerski added the point after kick as Cape Henlopen took a 7-0 lead.
James scored his first touchdown of the night on a 47 yard run down the right sideline. Ingerski’s kick put the Vikings ahead 14-0.
On the next Cape Henlopen drive the Vikings went 80 yards using four minutes and 30 seconds capped off by a 12 yard touchdown run by James as the Vikings took a 21-0 lead into halftime.
James found the endzone two more times in the third quarter on runs of 85 and six giving the Vikings a 35-0 lead and the start of a running clock with 3:56 left in the third quarter.
“This was a really good game, I am proud of these kids. Our offensive line was all underclassman tonight,” Frederick said.
Cape Henlopen improves to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in Class AAA District 2. They will host Smyrna next Friday night with a kickoff at 7:00 PM.
“I don’t think there is going to be any problem getting the team ready and prepared. We played Smyrna back to back last year and it wasn’t pleasant, both games were pretty one sided. I think we are going to have a good week of practice. I think they are incentivised to show Smyrna that they are better than they have been in the past,” Frederick said.
Caesar Rodney fell to 0-7 overall and 0-2 in District 2. The Riders travel to take on St. Georges next Saturday with a kickoff at noon.
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