When the lights are on for a 2 p.m. start, you know it’s going to be a rough day.
Dover made it even rougher for Cape Henlopen on Saturday, handling the wet, windy conditions with ease on the way to a 48-7 victory at Legends Stadium.
The game was postponed Friday night due to high winds and flooding in the area. The weather wasn’t much better the following afternoon, as most of the sparse crowd watched the game from a sheltered area behind one of the end zones. The Senators, ranked fourth in Division I, improved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Henlopen North. The 10th-ranked Vikings fell to 2-4 and 0-2.
Dover piled up 402 yards rushing, with Marcellus Pack going for 180 yards and two touchdowns and Raekwon Bouges adding 142 yards and three scores.
“The [offensive] line has been playing like this all year,” Senators coach Dante Jones said. “If you watch film, game in and game out the line is the strongest part of this team. … That’s the heart and soul, and we ride with them.”
Pack followed the blocking of Brandon Wilson, Nick Glover, Tyler Rosello, Omar Price and Michael Hurd on his way to a 56-yard touchdown run on Dover’s second play from scrimmage.
“We just came out and played hard,” Pack said. “We put it on our line.”
The Senators’ second drive took a little longer but had the same result. Bouges capped a 10-play, 75-yard march with a 1-yard run to make it 12-0 with 4:00 left in the opening quarter.
Cape Henlopen got back in it when Thomas Ott returned a fumble 5 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter. But then Dover found two ways to score without running an offensive play.
First, Devlin Locklin stormed through and blocked a punt, then scooped the ball after it squirted through three players and went 42 yards for the first touchdown of his career.
“I just went in and put my hands up, blocked it,” Locklin said. “I saw [the ball bouncing loose], but I didn’t think I was going to get it. … It was a good feeling.”
Three plays later, Pack jumped a short passing route and cruised 43 yards with the interception to push the Senators up 27-7 with 4:50 left in the first half.
“We try to score in every facet of the game,” Jones said. “Offense, defense and special teams. That’s the goal.”
Dover put together three long drives in the second half, rolling 95, 59 and 78 yards without throwing a pass. Pack capped the first with a 50-yard burst, and Bouges finished the others with scoring runs of 11 and 15 yards.
Hurd, who also made several tackles on the defensive line, said the Senators’ offensive linemen didn’t mind the rough weather. They knew the ground game would be emphasized, and they enjoyed a rare opportunity to play on a Saturday afternoon.
“It was really fun. I liked it,” Hurd said. “It was different, especially during the day.”