CR vs. Dover: Senators eye 9-1 record in rivalry game Friday night

Javon Peace

DOVER — The Dover High football team has a chance to clinch its best regular season record in the last 10 years tonight.

All that’s standing in the Senators’ way is their biggest rival.

Dover and Caesar Rodney will renew their football rivalry tonight with a 7 p.m. kickoff at Dover. It is also Senior Night for the Senators.

Dover enters the game 8-1 and has a chance to go 9-1 for the first time in at least the last 11 seasons. Caesar Rodney meanwhile is 5-4 overall.

But the Riders did beat Dover last year 27-14. Dover had won the last three matchups between the two Kent County schools before last season’s contest.

The Senators still lead the overall series 32-30-4, which dates back to 1935.

Dover is projected to make the six-team Division I DIAA state tournament even if it loses tonight. But a win could help Dover earn a better seed.

Either way, Dover has already ensured finishing with a winning record for the first time since the 2013 season.

That 2013 team was also the last Dover squad to make the playoffs. It also entered the Caesar Rodney game 8-1 but ended up falling 42-18 to the Riders in a game which decided the Henlopen Conference Northern Division title.

It has been a big turnaround for the Senators who finished 2-8 last year.

Coach Rudy Simonetti said that process started in the offseason during seven-on-seven tournaments.

“It’s a special group of kids we have,” Simonetti said. “I’ve said this throughout the season but I go back to the summer. I know it’s seven-on-sevens but we were down in a couple tournaments and fought through and came back. That carries over to the regular season. That’s what we were looking for this summer, the resiliency out of the kids.”

Dover has been led this year offensively by the duo of senior quarterback Jordan Magee and junior running back Javon Peace.

Magee, a Temple University commit, has thrown for 1,015 yards this season and 17 touchdowns. He only has thrown one interception on the year and is 49-of-87 in his passing attempts.

Magee is also second in the team in rushing with 428 yards on 34 carries with six touchdowns.

Peace leads the Senators in rushing yards with 1,504. He’s rushed for more than 100 yards in all of Dover’s games except one — its lone loss of the year to Sussex Central High.

Peace has recorded 21 rushing touchdowns and has also caught three scores. He has 1,982 all-purpose yards.

The junior just picked up his first Division I scholarship offer from Delaware State University last week.

Extra points

• Delmar visits Woodbridge tonight for a 7 p.m. kickoff which will determine the Henlopen South champion. Both teams are undefeated in the Henlopen South with Delmar 9-0 overall and Woodbridge 7-2. Delmar won last year’s matchup 28-21.

• Delaware 105.9 will broadcast the Delmar-Woodbridge contest. Coverage starts at 6:30 p.m.

• Delmar has the state’s longest win streak at 20 games in a row.

• The Battle of the Bell takes place tonight with Milford visiting Lake Forest at 7 p.m. Milford has won the last two contests between the two Henlopen South rivals.

• Sussex Tech has out-scored its opponents 151-19 the last three weeks. The Ravens end their regular season with a 6 p.m. game at Cape Henlopen tonight.

• State News sports writer Tim Mastro will be breaking down this week’s games on WGMD 92.7 with host Mike Bradley at 8:20 a.m. today.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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