Caravel's Micah Wing tackled C.R.'s Manny Kennedy at the goal line as time expired to give the Bucs a 25-21 victory Friday night.
It ended a fourth quarter that featured a tie and two late lead changes between the non-conference foes.
After Caesar Rodney tied the game just before halftime on Anthony Rivera's 3-yard run with 15 seconds to go before halftime, Caravel had the answer to start the second half.
Ethan Potter capped a 66-yard drive with a 22-yard run to go up 13-7 after CR blocked the extra point.
After the teams traded short possesions, CR bridged the final two quarters with a 69-yard march, with Kendall Smith scoring from 4 yards out to tie the game at 13 after Caravel blocked the CR conversion attempt.
The tie lasted 15 seconds, or about the time it took Ethan Potter to catch the ensuing kickoff over his shoulder, run across the field to the right, and take off for a 90-yard touchdown, and a 19-13 lead after another missed conversion.
Caesar Rodney answered back, with another methodical drive down the field using their Wing-T, finishing with Smith's second touchdown of the quarter, this one from 15 yards away. They went for two, and Kennedy found the end zone to give the Riders their first lead of the game at 21-19.
Caravel looked in trouble with a 4th-and-5 with under 2 minutes to go, but Jakob Hoffman lofted a pass that Jermaine Earl ran under for a 25-yard connection and a 25-21 lead after another missed 2-point try.
CR would start the final drive at their own 41 aided by a Caravel penalty, and would get down to the 5 with just 10 seconds left.
Instead of passing to give them extra downs, they went to Kennedy, who broke through the first wave of defenders, but Wing grabbed his ankles, and 3 teams stopped the progress just short of the goal line, and the Riders would not get set again before the horn sounded.
Caravel (1-1) earned 6 playoff points for the win over a Division I opponent, they'll play at Laurel next Friday.
Caesar Rodney (0-2) returns to Camden to open their Henlopen North schedule with Polytech next Friday.