St. Georges routs Cape Henlopen 42-14 in season opener

Running back Jaden Davis is swarmed by teammates after his three-yard touchdown run. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

LEWES — Trailing by just a touchdown at the halftime break, Cape Henlopen High had the game within reach.

But St. Georges Tech High used a 28-point second half performance to cruise to a 42-14 season-opening win over the Vikings Friday night.

Sophomore starting quarterback Hank D’Ambrogi completed six passes for 60 yards in addition to a rushing touchdown for the Vikings in the loss.

Senior running back Jaden Davis ran for 76 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. Davonte Johnson added 79 yards on five carries, including a 58-yard run that set up Davis’ touchdown three-yard touchdown run on Cape’s second possession.

Givonni Sanchez and Le’Mar Wright each accounted for a pair of touchdowns for the Hawks. Terrence Trapp and Riley Dean caught one touchdown each.

Trailing 14-7 at halftime, Cape’s offense marched down the field with ease on its first possession of the second half.

Davonte Johnson rumbles for a 58-yard gain to set up Cape’s first quarter touchdown.

A 12-play drive, featuring 10 run plays, capped by a one-yard touchdown run on a quarterback keeper from D’Ambrogi tied the game, 14-14.

Just one play later, St. Georges answered with a touchdown of its own to ignite the 28-point scoring run.

“When we tied it up 14-14, I said to myself, ‘hey, can we get a stop?’ We had the momentum on offense and then we didn’t get a stop, they come right back with a big play and we’re just such a young team that, depth-wise, we just run out of bodies,” said Cape coach J.D. Maull.

It marks the first time Maull, the former longtime St. George’s coach, was facing his former team.

“St. Georges is a quality team, I know a lot of those kids,” he said. “It was a little weird, I’m not going to lie to you, looking over there and seeing a lot of those guys I used to coach now coaching for them on the other sideline. It was different.”

Sanchez returned a punt for a 43-yard touchdown to open the scoring for the Hawks, capturing the 7-0 lead at the 9:40 mark of the first quarter.

Davis’ TD run at the 5:37 mark of the quarter capped an eight-play drive and knotted the game at 7-7.

Wright scampered for a 55-yard touchdown run on the first play of the ensuing drive for the Hawks to regain the one touchdown lead, 14-7, with 5:17 left in the opening quarter.

Cape coach J.D. Maull stands with his players prior to kickoff Friday night.

The score remained a one touchdown game at the halftime break before D’Ambrogi’s QB keeper early in the third.

Trapp’s 83-yard touchdown reception put the Hawks ahead for good with 4:39 remaining in the third quarter.

Dean caught a 16-yard touchdown with 1:39 left in the third to extend it to 28-14.

Wright and Sanchez each added fourth quarter touchdowns – Wright an eight-yard run and Sanchez a 13-yard run – to cap the 28-point outburst.

“I liked what our quarterback was doing, Hank did a really good job, especially in the wind. Our young guys played well,” said Maull.

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