Dover High gained more than 400 total yards on offense and used a suffocating second-half defense to pull away from visiting Sussex Central 42-7 in Henlopen North football action Friday night.
The Senators gained 255 yards on the ground against the Golden Knights with Marcellus Pack leading the way with 166 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.
“We missed some key players, but we managed to come out and play well. I’m putting it on the back of my offensive line. They do this every week,” Pack said. “They had some great blocks on my touchdown runs.”
Dover (6-1 overall, 3-0 Henlopen North) held a 22-7 lead entering the fourth quarter, and the Senators’ high-powered offensive attack exploded for 20 points in the final quarter.
With less than nine-minutes left to go, Triston Harris found a wide open Aaron Jenkins for a 50-yard touchdown to make it 29-7. Two plays after the Senators intercepted an Amontay Clanton pass, Pack put the game out of reach with a 60-yard touchdown run to make it 36-7.
Dover’s defense forced five turnovers and allowed just 78 yards in the second half after allowing the Sussex Central (3-4, 1-3) to gain 183 in the first, and the key to the strong second half by the Senator defense was that they tackled better than they did in the first half.
“We just calmed down. We were playing a little high in our tackling position, allowing them to break tackles,” Dover coach Dante Jones said. “We stayed low in the second half. It was the second straight week played against a Wing-T team, so we were used to it by then. We just had to calm down.”
Harris put a punctuation mark on Dover’s victory with 5-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes left to cap the scoring, and Harris threw for two touchdowns and over 150 yards in relief of normal starting quarterback Nick Spafadino.
Pack got the Senators on the board in the first quarter with a 70-yard fumble return to make it 6-0. Sussex Central’s lone score came on the first play of the second quarter when Clanton hooked up with James Jenkins for a 18-yard touchdown connection on a fourth-and-10.
Dover retook the lead two minutes later on a 77-yard connection from Harris to Tavarus Sample to make it 13-7, and with less than two minutes before halftime, Pack increased the Senators’ lead to 19-7 with a 13-yard run.