Cape Henlopen vs. Sussex Tech

Sussex Tech Ravens @ Cape Henlopen Vikings

Friday, November 9, 2018 7:00 PM

As the temperature grew colder during last year’s Sussex Tech-Cape Henlopen gridiron brawl, the Ravens warmed up and rallied from a 5-0 halftime deficit to win 18-5 and send Viking coach Bill Collick into retirement with a loss.

But, hey, Sussex Tech wouldn’t have it any other way. You see, neither one of these schools cares much for the other, especially on the football field where Cape Henlopen holds a slight 13-11 edge over the Ravens in wins since 1994.

The Vikings defeated Sussex Tech in seven straight games beginning in 1994, the year this football slugfest became an annual Henlopen Conference fiasco. The Vikings posted four shutouts during that seven-year run before the Ravens rebounded with eight triumphs in 10 years to tighten the series. Cape Henlopen then claimed four wins in six tries before last year’s Raven rally.

Sussex Tech and the Vikings don’t play a lot of close games. Only three Raven-Cape Henlopen football contests have been decided by a touchdown or less since 1994. Sussex Tech is the owner of the largest margin of victory in this series after bumping the Vikings 49-6 in 2004. The Vikings took tight 27-21 and 26-23 wins in 2000 and 2011 respectively.

Cape Henlopen and first year coach JD Maull don’t expect to flinch when the Ravens reach Viking turf in November. Instead, the Vikings foresee taking a halftime lead and extending it to get this series back to where they say it belongs. Sussex Tech, on the other hand, has the momentum and maintains that it has the appetite to go into enemy territory, flex its muscle and get another win.

An overflow crowd is expected at Cape Henlopen’s Legends Stadium on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. So get to the stadium early, reserve your seats and brace yourself for one of the largest displays of football mayhem Delaware is yet to see.

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Sussex Tech

Sussex Tech Ravens

Georgetown, DE

Sussex Tech High School, home of the Ravens, is located about 19 miles southwest of Cape Henlopen High School on Highway 9 in Sussex County, Delaware. Hosting nearly 1,450 gridiron fanatics that are ready to take on the world for their football team, the Ravens will compete in Division I this fall.

Sussex Tech coach Mark Quillan was promoted to Raven head coach when Bernie Nowakowski stepped down following the 2012 season. The sixth-year coach guided Sussex Tech to a rivalry win over Cape Henlopen in his first try and has helped the Ravens to wins in three of the four high grade battles since. Five seasons into his Sussex Tech tenure, Quillan is 32-21 and guided the Ravens to sole ownership of the 2014 Henlopen Conference championship.

After struggling to knock off the despised Vikings in the mid to late 90s, Sussex Tech responded by earning four straight rivalry victories beginning in 2001. Then, in 2007, the Ravens started another run of four triumphs in a row over Cape Henlopen. During that 8-2, 10-year run, Sussex Tech outscored the Vikings 334-176.

Since 1994, Sussex Tech has posted one shutout over the Vikings and held Cape Henlopen to 10 points or less four times. The Ravens claimed another Henlopen Conference title in 2009 and grabbed the 1993 Division II state championship.

Now that they are within two games of tying the series in this Grade A savage football throw down, the Ravens don’t care if they compete in their own back yard, or if they have to take their game to the dangerous turf of Legends Stadium. They just want to win football games. And that’s what they intend to do come November 9.

Cape Henlopen

Cape Henlopen Vikings

Lewes, DE

Cape Henlopen, home of the Vikings is located about 40 miles southeast of Dover on Highway 1/Bay Road in Sussex County, Delaware. With nearly 1,400 gridiron junkies attending classes everyday, the Vikings will compete in Division I this fall.

Viking coach JD Maull, who was the architect of St. Georges Tech’s football program, takes the reigns of the Viking football program from Bill Collick, who retired after guiding the Vikings to a 3-7 mark last fall. Maull was 75-37 in 10 seasons at St. Georges Tech and guided the Hawks to Division II runner-up finishes in 2013 and 2015.

Cape Henlopen jerked seven straight wins out from under the Ravens, beginning in 1994, and outscored Sussex Tech 211-39 during the run. After going back-to-back in 2005 and 2006, the Vikings won three straight contests over their hated foe in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Cape Henlopen also took a 32-21 decision from Sussex Tech in 2016. The Vikings have pitched four shutouts of the Ravens, since 1994, and held Sussex Tech to 10 points or less six times.

Cape Henlopen holds a slight 554-548 scoring cushion over the Ravens since 1994. Over the years, Cape Henlopen has claimed three Henlopen Conference championships, finished as the Division I state runners-up in 1978, 1982 and 1984 and claimed its only Division I state football title in 1979.

In November Cape Henlopen hosts Sussex Tech in one of Delaware’s brutal, take no prisoners riots on a football field. And it’s doubtful that the Vikings have forgotten the 18-point second half outburst put on by the Ravens a season ago. With the home crowd backing them, the Vikings expect to strike early and often and put the hammer down.