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Posted: Monday, September 7, 2009 12:45 am | Updated: 5:24 pm, Fri Apr 6, 2012.

Coach Mike Wilson is optimistic about Lower Cape May Regional's season.

He almost has no other choice. The alternative would be disheartening.

The Caper Tigers come off back-to-back 0-10 seasons. But Lower will feature some talented players this season.

"We're moving in the right direction," Wilson said. "We're still young. It seems like every year we're young."

Wilson wants the Caper Tigers to focus on preparing for games. He also wants them to enjoy playing and not worry only about results.

"If you think only about wins and losses, you can get discouraged," Wilson said. "If you think about the preparation and concentrate on having a good work ethic, the other stuff falls into place."

Lower does have some talent at the skill positions.

Sophomore Mike Mulligan takes over at quarterback. Junior wide receiver Chris Alicea is a three-year starter with good speed and hands.

Senior tight end and linebacker Dillon Vanaman is another three-year starter.

"He's versatile," Wilson said. "He can play anywhere."

Wilson called junior defensive back and running back Tyler Sole the Caper Tiger's hardest working player.

But the biggest plus for Lower heading into the season is the size they have up front.

Opponents physically dominated and wore down the Caper Tigers the past two years.

Sophomore guard Evan Hagan is 6-foot-1 and weighs 305 pounds.

"The strength is finally where it should be," Wilson said. "The guys up front weren't ready to play the past couple of years. They were in survival mode."

Lower could not have a tougher start to its season. The Caper Tigers open at parochial powers Holy Spirit on Sept. 18 and at St. Augustine Prep on Sept. 25.

"If we come through those games all right and without a lot of injuries," Wilson said, "I think we can have a nice year."

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES:2

LAST APPEARANCE: 2006

PLAYOFF RECORD:0-2

CHAMPIONSHIPS: 0

LEAGUE/GROUP: Cape-Atlantic League National Conferemce/South Jersey Group II

COACH: Mike Wilson (0-20, two seasons)

2008 RECORD: 0-10

2009 PREDICTION: Rebuilding:

The Caper Tigers should be improved behind more physical offensive and defensive lines.

THE GROUND GAME:

Senior Dakota Abadie will play fullback and be one of the Caper Tigers' primary ball carriers.

KEY PLAYERS:

Mike Mulligan, So., QB/S, 5-10, 189;

Chris Alicea, Jr., WR, 5-11, 170;

Dakota Abadie, Sr., LB/FB, 6-0, 220;

Tyler Sole, Jr., DB/RB, 5-10,l 175;

Chaz McGann, Sr., RB/S, 5-11, 180;

Josh NewkirkJr., OL/DL, 5-11, 240;

Chaz Lear, Sr., OL/DL, 5-11, 240;

Evan Hagan, So., Ol/DL, 6-1, 320;

Jimmy Hall, So., CB/RB, 5-9, 170;

Mike Plummer, So., OL/DL, 6-0, 210;

John Cotton, So., LB, 5-11, 190;

Eric Fletcher, Jr., QB/WR/LB/DB, 6-0, 175

LOWER CAPE MAY'S SCHEDULE

Sept. 18: at Holy Spirit, 7 p.m.

Sept. 25: at St. Augustine Prep, 7 p.m.

Oct. 2: Bridgeton, 7 p.m.

Oct. 9: at Vineland, 7 p.m

Oct. 17: Allentown, 2 p.m.

Oct. 23: at Buena Regional, 7 p.m.

Oct. 30: St Joseph, 7 p.m.

Nov. 7: at Pleasantville, 1 p.m.

Nov. 26: Middle Township, 10 a.m.

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Cape-Atlantic League National Conference

School Conference Overall
St. Augustine Prep 7-0 8-2
Bridgeton 7-1 8-3
Cedar Creek 6-1 7-2
Buena Regional 5-3 5-5
Ocean City 3-4 4-5
Middle Township 2-5 3-6
Vineland 2-6 2-7
Pleasantville 1-6 2-7
Lower Cape May Regional 0-7 0-8

Cape-Atlantic League American Conference

School Conference Overall
Holy Spirit 7-0 10-0
St. Joseph 6-1 9-1
Millville 6-2 7-3
Hammonton 5-2 6-3
Atlantic City 3-4 4-5
Absegami 2-5 4-5
Oakcrest 1-6 2-7
Mainland Regional 1-6 3-6
Egg Harbor Township 1-6 2-7

Shore Conference A South

School Conference Overall
Jackson Memorial 6-1 7-3
Brick Township 5-2 8-3
Toms River South 5-2 7-3
Brick Memorial 4-3 6-4
Lacey Township 3-4 5-5
Southern Regional 3-4 4-5
Toms River East 1-5 3-6
Toms River North 0-6 1-8

Shore Conference B South

School Conference Overall
Barnegat 5-1 9-1
Central Regional 5-2 5-4
Monsignor Donovan 4-2 4-5
Lakewood 4-3 6-3
Jackson Liberty 3-4 4-5
Manchester Township 3-3 3-6
Pinelands Regional 1-5 1-8
Pt. Pleasant Boro 1-6 1-9

West Jersey Football League Royal Division

School Conference Overall
Camden 4-0 9-1
Delsea Regional 4-1 9-2
Woodrow Wilson 3-1 4-5
Bishop Eustace 1-4 5-4
Cumberland Regional 1-4 1-8
Deptford 1-4 1-8

West Jersey Football League Classic Division

School Conference Overall
Pennsville 5-0 8-2
Salem 4-1 5-5
Gloucester 3-2 3-6
Clayton 1-3 3-6
Pitman 1-3 2-7
Wildwood 0-5 2-5

Scoring leaders

Name School Total points
Lamont Harris St. Augustine Prep 126
Stefon Bowman Bridgeton 110
David Hood Absegami 108
Christian Tutela Lacey Township 100
Taalib Gerald Holy Spirit 96
Cappadonna Miller Bridgeton 92
Ryquell Armstead Millville 90
Rob Ennis Millville 90
Cody Sampson St. Joseph 84

Rushing touchdowns

Name School TDs
Lamont Harris St. Augustine Prep 21
Stefon Bowman Bridgeton 16
David Hood Absegami 15
Taalib Gerald Holy Spirit 14
Ryquell Armstead Millville 13

Passing touchdowns

Name School TDs
Tom Kelly Lacey Township 19
Jose Tabora St. Augustine Prep 19
Jamir Prevard Atlantic City 16
Ty Mindish Mainland Regional 13

Receiving touchdowns

Name School TDs
Christian Tutela Lacey Township 14
Austin Francisco St. Augustine Prep 12
Alex Padovani Hammonton 7
Isiah Graves Atlantic City 7
Jim Brennan Mainland Regional 7
LaDarrell Dixon Oakcrest 7

Field goal leaders

Name School Number Longest in yards
Jon Kubricki Pinelands Regional 5 36
Ryan Ulrich Barnegat 4 37
Joe Stadnicki Ocean City 4 38
Franco Rifici Holy Spirit 4 27
Alex Padovani Hammonton 3 30
Ryan Davis Cumberland Regional 3 47
Kyle Snow St. Augustine Prep 3 32
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