The Cape Henlopen Vikings (7-2) defeated Caesar Rodney 14-13 (6-3) in a low-scoring Henlopen Conference battle Friday.
The victory for the Vikings puts them at the top of the Henlopen North tied with Sussex Central who defeated Sussex Tech on Friday night. The Riders now find themselves in second place, needing a win next week against rival Dover to earn a berth in the playoffs.
All of the scoring on Friday night was in the first half. The Riders took an early lead, when Kendall Wicks returned the opening kickoff 89-yards to give CR a 7-0 lead.
On their next possession, the Riders would put a long offensive drive together capped off by a long 4th down conversion from QB Alex Kemp to Wicks. Robert Holmes would stuff home a 1-yard touchdown run, however, the extra point was blocked by Cape Henlopen a point that would become very important by games end.
Cape put together two solid offensive drives in the second quarter to give them a slim 14-13 lead going into halftime.
In the second half, the defenses on both ends showed up. Unfortunately for CR they were unable to get the Cape offense off the field in the final stanza as the Vikings held the ball nearly the entire quarter before turning it over with around only a minute left in the contest.
The Riders offense had too far to go in too little time and weren't able to drive down the field to potentially win the game and the Henlopen North.
As of right now, both CR and Cape are 4-1 within the division with Sussex Central leading the way with a 5-1 record.
Next week, the Riders will match up with Dover while Cape Henlopen will take on Smyrna. If both squads find a way to win next week, the tie breaker will be point differential.