Blue Raiders extend streak to 15, rip Dover 49-20

Blue Raider’s James Kane breaks tackle attempt by Dover’s Jalen Hill for a gain in the first half (Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

GREENWOOD — Now in his third year as Woodbridge High’s starting quarterback, junior Troy Haynes is demonstrating just how well he knows the offense and the team around him.

Haynes threw for five touchdowns as Woodbridge withstood a second-quarter rally by Dover for a 49-20 victory on Friday night. The Blue Raiders, the defending Division II state champions, extended their winning streak to 15 games — the longest active streak in the state.

“We’ve got athletes,” said Woodbridge coach Ed Manlove. “That’s not a secret. We just got to get those guys the ball. Troy’s been doing a great job of that this season.”

Mike Brewer was Haynes’ top target on Friday. Brewer caught four of the five touchdowns including one for 97 yards.

Gabe Wescott grabbed the other touchdown pass, making a diving catch for a 20-yard score in the second quarter.

“I’ve been playing with those guys my whole life,” Haynes said. “I trust them so much. Not many teams have what we have here.”

Despite the 29-point victory, Woodbridge (2-0) had to sweat it out midway through the contest.

Woodbridge went up 21-0 to start the game but the Senators responded with three unanswered scores to cut the deficit to 21-20 at halftime. Dover (0-2) had the ball to begin the second half and went deep into Woodbridge territory thanks to a 55-yard run by Javon Peace.

Dover quarterback Teyvion McCoy takes a keeper up the middle for a short gain against Woodbridge.

But the Senators had two false starts and a fumble which backed them up out of scoring range and forced a punt. They never made it back into the red zone the rest of the game.

“When we do things the right way we’re a pretty good football team,” said Dover coach Rudy Simonetti. “It’s crazy but the kids really battled and I really appreciate that. We’re just so banged up in key areas that we can’t put together sustainable drives. That’s something we need to figure out.”

Woodbridge took control again when Haynes picked out Brewer for a 20-yard score. The Blue Raiders added another touchdown on the next drive on Richard Massey’s rush from three yards out.

Jamon Kane then score on a 21-yard run before Haynes connected with Brewer for their 97-yard touchdown for Woodbridge’s final points of the night.

“We got off to such a fast start that I think we got complacent,” Manlove said. “I take a lot of that blame. The good thing is we came out in the second half and we took it to them.”

“We overcame a lot of adversity,” Haynes said. “We jumped on them in the first quarter but the second quarter we didn’t get our offense going. I talked to the team at halftime and said we need to pick it up.”

Michael Brewer picks up a kickoff and looks for a block from teammate Richard Massey in the 2nd quarter of game against Dover.

Peace paced Dover with a pair of touchdowns. He had a 36-yard run in the second quarter after a seven-yard score in the first.

Dover’s freshman quarterback Teyvion McCoy threw for his first passing touchdown on his high school career which brought the Senators within a point before halftime.

McCoy converted on fourth down with a 20-yard pass to the end zone to Eden Davis.

McCoy was starting for the second consecutive game while Dover’s Jordan Magee sat out again with an injury.

“Last year’s Teyvion is playing eighth grade football and then now he’s playing against the defending Division II state champs,” Simonetti said. “He’s probably in the toughest position in all of sports. He’s trying his tail off. He’s got a lot going through his head and he’ll be allright.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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