The Capes Crusade, the Delaware Bay Deluge, or maybe the Fury Over the Ferry?

Admittedly, none of these monikers are official, but one thing is: Lower Cape May Regional and Cape Henlopen (Del.) high schools have renewed an interesting rivalry.

The schools are separated by the Delaware Bay and a short trip on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. They haven't played in the regular season since the early 1980s.

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Unfortunately for the Cape Henlopen team, the trip back on the ferry probably seemed longer than the one coming into town.

The Caper Tigers played the role of bad hosts Saturday as they beat the Vikings 25-3.

Jimmy Hall led the Lower attack.

The junior running back pounded Cape Henlopen's line all day, running for 156 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.

"I'm an in-the-middle kind of guy," Hall said. "I just try to trample whoever is in my way. ... I was just following my linemen. If it wasn't for them, it never would have happened for me."

The Caper Tigers came into the game with only one win in their last 30 games, and that was in a consolation game after last season.

Now they are 1-0.

"It's a big momentum change," Hall said. "It will make us practice harder, and we'll learn from what we didn't do today that will make us better for our next game."

Lower took a 12-3 lead into the second half.

The Caper Tigers started with the ball and punished the Vikings with a nine-play, 80-yard drive to take a 19-3 lead.

Hall carried six times on the drive for 46 yards, capped off by a 20-yard touchdown run.

"Jimmy is going to be a great runner for us," Lower coach Mike Wilson said. "We knew he could be that guy. He is just coming out of his shell. He's tough. He has some speed and he's a coachable kid, which is nice."

Lower's defense set the tone early, holding the Vikings to 6 yards of offense in the first quarter. Lower had seven first downs in the quarter to none for Cape Henlopen.

Cape Henlopen had only 114 yards of offense for the game.

Defensive tackles Evan Hagan (6-foot-2, 312 pounds) and Nick Nuscis (6-foot-2, 286 pounds), end Josh Newkirk (6-foot-1, 244 pounds) and the rest of the Lower defensive line were in Cape Henlopen's backfield on almost every play.

"Up front, they really beat us up," Vikings' coach Bill Collick said. "They're a good football team. They did a great job of running that ball and throwing the ball. They had nice balance."

Taking a boat was a different experience for Collick and the Vikings, but he wasn't about to use the ride as an excuse for the team's sluggish play.

"It wasn't the ferry," Collick joked. "It was (Lower)."

Lower quarterback Mike Mulligan passed for 66 yards and a touchdown and ran for 26 yards and a touchdown. Vance Matthews caught two passes for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Lower opens its Cape-Atlantic League schedule Friday at Pleasantville (0-2).

The Caper Tigers will play at Cape Henlopen next season, and each team hopes to continue the contests.

"It's a great game. Let's continue it," Collick said. "We've got to work harder to get better so hopefully we can come out on top sometime."

Wilson agrees.

"It was cool," he said. "You're coming from a totally different state, but you are actually really close. It was neat."

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Cape Henlopen 3 0 0 0-3

Lower Cape May 12 0 13 0-25



LCM-Matthews 23 pass by Mulligan (kick failed)

LCM-Hall 3 run (conversion failed)

CH-Davis 31 field goal


LCM-Hall 20 run (Mulligan kick)

LCM-Mulligan 5 run (kick failed)


Rushing yards 76 254

Passing yards 38 66

First downs 6 19

Penalties 7-72 7-65

Turnovers 2 1


Rushing-Cape Henlopen, Johnson 15-34, McCoy 5-28, Brisco 3-15, Mohr 3-(-1); Lower, Hall 17-156, Sole 9-45, Mulligan 5-26, Hazel 1-13, Hicks 5-10, Alicea 2-2, Fletcher 1-2.

Passing-Cape Henlopen, McCoy 4-14-38-1; Lower, Mulligan 6-16-66-1, McDowell 0-1-0-0.

Receiving-Cape Henlopen, Johnson 2-26, Stigle 1-10, Mohr 1-2; Lower, Matthews 2-42, Alicea 3-22, Sole 1-2.

Records-Cape Henlopen 1-1, Lower 1-0.

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