When it came time to score a touchdown, Nick Spadafino knew where to look.
The Dover quarterback hooked up with receiver Tavarus Sample for three scores on Friday as the Senators rolled to a 26-14 home victory over Concord.
Spadafino and Sample connected for touchdowns of 2, 24 and 23 yards as Dover, ranked 10th in Division I, improved to 1-1. Seventh-ranked Concord fell to 0-2.
“We’re good friends. We hang out all the time,” Spadafino said of Sample. “He’s just getting open. He’s running good routes, and all of his offseason work is paying off.”
The Senators also blocked three puntsthat led to a safety and a touchdown. The Raiders also had a punt blocked last week in a 35-8 loss to top-ranked Middletown.
“We’ve tried several different things. We’re going to try another one next week,” Concord coach George Kosanovich said. “Hopefully we’ll do a better job. We’ve got a good kicker, but we can’t seem to protect him very well.”
The first blocked punt didn’t do any damage, but the second one did as Dover’s Anthony Potts snuffed it out of the end zone for a safety and a 2-0 Dover lead. The Senators took the ensuing free kick and rolled 56 yards in eight plays, with Spadafino flipping to Sample for the final 2 yards and a 9-0 lead with 10:02 left in the second quarter.
Dover went 56 yards again after the second-half kickoff. Sample finished it with a leaping, twisting grab for a 24-yard score and 16-0 lead with 8:37 remaining in the third quarter.
“I had to zip it in there to him, and he made a great catch,” Spadafino said.
The Raiders got on the board when Matt Mellette blazed 85 yards with the ensuing kickoff. But Dover responded with another drive from its own 35 to the Concord 14 to set up Jordan Hutchins’ 31-yard field goal for a 19-8 cushion.
The third blocked punt, this one by Michael Hurd, set up the final Spadafino-to-Sample connection. This one was a screen pass that covered 23 yards for a 26-8 lead with 7:30 to go.
“My quarterback is one of the best in the state,” Sample said. “We have the best chemistry we’ve ever had.”
Sample caught eight of Spadafino’s nine completions for 99 yards. The Senators were balanced offensively, as running backs Raekwon Bouges (128 yards) and Robert Knox (82 yards) also had big days.
“That’s our game plan. You’re not going to be able to really defend us one way or the other,” said Dante Jones, who earned his first win as Dover’s new coach.
Mellette rushed for 85 yards, and Brycen Alleyne added 73 for Concord.