The Dover Senators ran all over the field Friday night to earn a key Henlopen Conference North win over the Sussex Tech Ravens, 39-27.
Senator quarterback Nick Spadafino ran for two touchdowns, and running back Raekwon Bouges ran for more 100 yards and a touchdown to help fend off a resilient Ravens team.
Sussex Tech, ranked No. 7 in Division I, forced a Dover fumble on its first drive of the game after a 79-yard touchdown run by Senator running back Marcellus Pack was called back on a block in the back penalty.
On Tech’s following drive, the Ravens too had a touchdown called back on a penalty, eventually leading to a turnover on downs.
Dover, ranked No. 4 in Division I, finally put together a drive near the end of the opening quarter. Spadafino’s passes to Aaron Jenkins and Tavarus Sample set up Pack to run it in from 24 yards out to give the Senators a 7-0 lead.
Sussex Tech (3-2, 1-1) answered with standout running back Xavier Drummond taking the ensuing kickoff 91 yards for the Ravens’ first score.
Afterward, both teams fumbled on their next drives, and Dover stopped the sloppiness with a nice drive led by some big Raekwon Bouges runs down into the red zone.
Dover (4-1, 1-0) capped the drive with a 1-yard QB keeper by Spadafino to begin the second quarter, giving his team a 14-7 lead.
Spadafino’s QB keeper gave Dover a 14-7 lead.
Jamon Matthews hit receiver Javon Sivels for a touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone, and Ravens running back Kani Kane ran the ball in for the two-point conversion to give the Ravens the 15-14 lead.
Kicker Jordan Hutchins notched two field goals to give Dover a 20-15 halftime edge, and the Senators kept the momentum going after the break as Spadafino scored on a 40-yard run.
The Senators kept the momentum going to begin the second half, with Spadafino showing his versatility on the drive, capping it with a 40-yard burst down the sideline for the touchdown.
Drummond’s 72-yard run cut the Ravens’ deficit to 26-21, but that would be as close as they would get.