LEWES — With one heave from his left hand, Dillon Adams eased Bill Collick’s concerns.
Adams threw his first pass for a touchdown and ended up with three passing touchdowns to lead Cape Henlopen High to a 35-14 victory against Dover High on Friday night in a Henlopen Conference Northern Division contest.
Collick wasn’t sure how his players would react to last week’s loss to Sussex Central High when the Vikings (2-1 North, 4-2 overall) had trouble moving the ball in a 34-7 defeat.
There were no such problems on Friday. Adams, Cape’s junior quarterback, threw for 116 yards and also added a rushing touchdown.
“Last week we really didn’t come close to doing anything,” Collick said. “I was anxious to see how our kids would respond and they did well so I’m real proud of them.”
The Vikings jumped on Dover (1-2 North, 3-4 overall) immediately to race out to a 21-0 lead after the first quarter. The Senators were held to zero first downs while Cape scored every time it touched the ball in the quarter.
On the fourth play from scrimmage for the Vikings, Adams dropped back and lobbed a pass over the Senator defense where it met Jeremiah Smack in stride. Smack then trotted 15 yards untouched for a 39-yard touchdown reception.
After a Dover three-and-out, the Vikings had the ball again in Dover territory. This time Adams picked out Rasheed Woods out of the backfield on a screen for a 10-yard score.
“We all played well and finally came together as a team,” Adams said. “The weather was also finally on our side so I could finally throw some balls but it’s not all about me. The offensive line blocked great, we ran the ball well and that opened up the passing game.”
Two plays later Cape was celebrating another touchdown when Erik-Stephane Stancofski picked off a wayward pass and only needed to run 12-yards for a defensive touchdown.
In an effort to get something going on its next drive, Dover attempted a fake punt but it was stopped way short of the first down marker by a host of Viking defenders led by Smack. Cape made sure to capitalize on the good field position.
The Senators forced Cape into a fourth-and-short situation but Adams again hit Woods in the flat for a 31-yard touchdown when the Vikings only needed three for the first down.
Converting in tough spots was a theme for Cape Henlopen on the night. The Vikings were 5-of-6 on fourth down conversions and also earned a key first down in the third quarter on third-and-long when Adams connected with Zachary Dale for a 66-yard completion.
“In those situations you’ve just got to stay calm.” Adams said. “You’ve got to do your job as a quarterback.”
Cape only made one mistake on offense and was punished for it. That was when Dover’s Jordan Allen recovered a fumbled and returned it 51 yards to the end zone.
While the Senators struggled in the early going, quarterback Triston Harris was able to finish with 115 passing yards and a touchdown to Karim Beatty on fourth-and-goal from the 19.
The Vikings were led on the ground by 132 rushing yards from Kolbi Wright but it was the passing game that impressed Collick.
“We haven’t thrown it that well this year honestly,” Collick said. “Jeremiah caught the bomb down there and I thought that kind of got them on their heels a bit and they were never able to recover.”
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