Dover excited to have QB Magee healthy

DOVER — The Dover High football team’s 2017 season started off on the wrong foot and the Senators never really recovered.

What a difference year makes — more precisely, what a difference a clean bill of health makes.

After an injury-plagued 2-8 season, the Senators are healthy and are coming off a 42-14 victory in their opener over Archmere. They host Woodbridge High today at 7 p.m.

At the forefront of the Senator offense is 100-percent healthy quarterback Jordan Magee. Magee missed the first two games of last year with an injury and was banged up throughout as Dover struggled.

Magee had no health concerns on Saturday when the senior quarterback rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries. Dover lost to Archmere, 36-30, in last year’s season opener with Magee sidelined.

“When you have your starting quarterback in the first game, it makes a world of difference,” said Dover coach Rudy Simonetti.

When Magee was out last season, the Senators tried a couple of different quarterbacks before just deciding to play running back Javon Peace behind center.

Most of the offense for the first two games consisted of direct of Peace running the ball.

Now there are two running threats in the backfield with Magee and Peace, which opened things up for Magee.

The best example of that dual-threat came last week against Archmere. Peace was sent in motion and Magee faked a screen pass before darting to the other side of the field.

The Auks’ defense bit on the fake, leaving Magee open for a 75-yard touchdown run.

“They key on him all the time since he was second or third in the state in rushing last year,” Magee said of Peace. “That’s big for me. And we won’t get anywhere without our ‘O’ line.”

Magee, a Temple University commit as a defensive back/athlete, isn’t just a threat with his legs. He also threw for a touchdown and completed six passes for 99 yards against Archmere to go along with his big day rushing.

“We need that every single game and I feel like he can do that,” Peace said. “I feel like we’re the duo right now. The connections are there and the chemistry is good.”

Still, avenging the loss to Archmere was just step one.

There’s a tougher task coming to Dover for the Senators’ home opener. Woodbridge has beaten Dover the last two seasons and was the Division II state champion in 2016.

The Blue Raiders scored 49 points in last year’s matchup with Dover.

“They’re good and they’re coming for us,” Simonetti said. “We really need to play some sound, disciplined football to beat them.”

Extra points

• The Dover-Woodbridge game will be broadcast on Delaware 105.9 FM. Coverage starts at 6:30 p.m.

• Polytech-Indian River has been moved to Kent County Recreational Turf Field in Dover at 7:30 p.m.

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

Staff writer Tim Mastro can be reached at tmastro@newszap.com or 741-8224. Follow @TimMastroDSN on Twitter.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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