Lower Cape May football Jimmy Hall
Lower Cape May Regional High School running back Jimmy Hall, fielding a kickoff during last year's Thanksgiving Day game against Middle Township, has rushed for four touchdowns in the Caper Tigers' first two games of this season. Dale Gerhard, Staff Photographer, Nov. 26, 2009

The Lower Cape May Regional High School football team always seems to feature a top rusher when it's successful.

Matt Szczur rushed for 1,096 yards to lead the Caper Tigers to a 7-3 record in 2006.

Matt Dicken gained 1,778 yards to spark Lower to a 6-4 mark in 2002.

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Lower, 1-29 the previous three years, is off to a 2-0 start this season. Once again, a running back is leading the way.

Jimmy Hall rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns in a 25-3 win over Cape Henlopen (Del.) on Sept. 18. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound junior ran for two touchdowns in last Friday's 47-6 over Pleasantville.

Lower hosts Wildwood (0-3) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Hall, who lives in the Villas section of Lower Township, played mostly defense as a sophomore. He also wrestles and plays baseball for the Caper Tigers.

On Lower's 2-0 start: People say we look good and they want us to continue to do what we're doing. It feels wonderful. Our coaches push us. We're winning games, and it feels very good.

On the key to Lower's success this season: We have more leadership on the (position of) line. They don't take plays off.

On his running style: I'm an up-the-middle kind of guy. I'm not one who's going try to juke anyone. I try to run through anybody that comes in my way.

On Lower's lack of wins the past two seasons: It was hard. People talked trash, but it didn't really bother me because I knew I was putting my all into it.

On Saturday's game against Wildwood: There's a lot of excitement. We know some of the kids on Wildwood. That gets us fired up.

On his favorite sport: Football, because of all the contact.

On his first high school touchdown: I rushed for about 25 yards against Cape Henlopen and scored. It made me a feel a lot better that all the practice had paid off. I had to break a couple of tackles and I was off.

On his unimposing height and weight: It kind of gives me an advantage because people underestimate what I can do.

As told to Michael McGarry

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