WILDWOOD — Lower Cape May Regional High School sophomore Darion Lamar knew his team needed a boost Saturday afternoon.
The visiting Caper Tigers held a slim 6-0 lead over Wildwood more than halfway through the second quarter on quarterback Brennan Ray's 10-yard TD run in the first quarter.
That's when Lamar took matters into his own hands by intercepting a Wildwood pass at the Caper Tigers' 25-yard line and returning it 65 yards. The score got his team on track in an eventual 58-0 win over the Warriors on a breezy-but-beautiful day at Maxwell Field.
"I saw the quarterback throw to the slot receiver and I came up on my guy and made the play," Lamar said. "It should have been a pick-six, but I got caught."
But the Caper Tigers (1-3) soon punched it into the end zone on another 10-yard run by Ray — one his three rushing touchdowns on the day — for a 12-0 lead.
Wildwood was right in the game for almost the entire first half, but the Warriors (0-4) only dressed 27 players and just wore down.
"It's just a numbers game," said Wildwood coach Ken Loomis said. "Our kids have to play both ways. If you look at the very last play of the game, you still have guys playing hard."
Lower coach Brian Hindle was effusive in his praise of the Warriors.
"Those players over there gave 100 percent effort the whole time," Hindle said. "I can't say enough about them."
Lamar's interception was one of six on the day by the Caper Tigers.
After taking the 12-0 lead, Lamar and Ray each had scoring runs and the Caper Tigers led 25-0 at the half.
Lamar, who added a TD run in the second half, was happy with his touchdowns, but he was careful to show good sportsmanship.
"As a running back, you have to act like you've been there before," Lamar said.
The Caper Tigers also got two second-half rushing touchdowns from senior Aaron Cottrell, one from freshman Eric Konczyk and an interception return from senior Tony Kapurelos.
Freshman kicker Matt Hays converted four extra points.
Despite the eventual margin of victory, Hindle saw a lot of things his team can work on.
"It was a very sloppy beginning to the game," he said. "We'll get back out on the practice field and correct it."
Lower Cape May Regional; 6 19 21 12 - 58
Wildwood;0 0 0 0 - 0
LCMR -- Brennan Ray 10-yard TD run. PAT failed.
LCMR -- Ray 10-yard TD run. Two-point conversion failed.
LCMR -- Darion Lamar 5-yard run. Two-point conversion failed.
LCMR -- Ray 10-yard TD run. PAT good, Matthew Hays.
LCMR -- Aaron Cottrell 12-yard TD run. PAT good, Hays.
LCMR -- Cottrell 40-yard TD win. PAT good, Hays. LCMR -- Lamar 29-yard TD run. PAT good, Hays.
LCMR -- Tony Kapurelos 40-yard interception return. PAT failed.
LCMR -- Eric Konczyk 2-yard TD run. No PAT attempted.
Records: LCMR 1-3; Wildwood 0-4