HARWICH ─ After Cape Tech opened their Oct. 7 game against South Shore Voke with a first-possession touchdown, fans were looking forward to a thrilling home game. They got an exciting game, but not quite what they were hoping for when the Crusaders fell 30-24 in spite of some serious spunk.
Jermaine Rivera scored the first TD for the home team after a tenacious drive down the field, with Marcus Aylmer capping it off with a nice two-point conversion to put Cape Tech ahead 8-0 in the first quarter.
The Vikings, however, roared back with their reply in the second. Two, in fact, as they unfurled back-to-back touchdowns to tie the game and then take a one-touchdown 16-8 lead much to the frustration of the Crusaders.
But Cape Tech continued battling, with Archer Estinvil making a three-yard trot into the end zone just before the break, which was followed by a wild two-point conversion when Crusader quarterback Anthony Armenti, on a keeper, was literally carried across the line by the crush of offensive and defensive players, effectively tying the game right at the half.
South Shore had the lone score in the third quarter, setting up an intense end-of-game that saw the Vikings add their fourth TD to their tally before Estinvil offered up some late-game heroics, snagging a pass from Armenti with one hand before racing 55 yards into the end zone to give Tech a fighting chance.
A recovered on-side kick by the home team at the South Shore 48 further fueled the excitement, but three incomplete passes and a fumble turned the ball over to the Vikings, who opted to run out the clock en route to victory, their second this season.
Meanwhile, the Crusaders fall to 2-3 with the loss, dashing any hopes of making the playoffs.
Cape Tech head coach Chris Leonard said too many mistakes led to the unfortunate ending.
“Archer fumbling there, that was big,” he said. “And them just not running on defense. We let them just drive out a little bit too much and then allowed a big play. That's a couple weeks in a row we allowed big plays on defense.”
Leonard was impressed with Tim Scruggs' performance, which included a big catch in the second half.
“Tim had a day,” he said. “We probably should have went to him on that last drive. It's his first year playing varsity football for us and he went up there and got some difficult balls and did a good job with that.”
He also applauded the work of Armenti in the pocket, and Aylmer and Archer Estinvil also had solid outings, with Aylmer recording 13 carries for 32 yards and Estinvil with nine carries and 57 yards that included two touchdowns.
Cape Tech has a bye week before their next match against Old Colony at home at 1 p.m. Oct. 21.
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