Dover rallies past Woodbridge: Senators score 28 unanswered points for 35-21 ‘statement’ win

Javon Peace of Dover fights his way through heavy traffic for a big gain against Woodbridge Friday night. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

DOVER — Rudy Simonetti has been itching to celebrate a big win since he arrived at Dover High.

That celebration commenced on Friday night.

The Senators scored 28 unanswered points to rally for a 35-21 victory over Woodbridge High. Woodbridge, who won the Division II state title two years ago, had beaten Dover the past two seasons.

Dover quarterback Jordan Magee keeps the ball goes around the right end before being stopped by La-Tyron Stones of the Raiders.

“It’s big time,” said Simonetti, in his third year at Dover. “We’re by no means done, but against a team that has won a state title in the last couple of years, this is kind of a statement win for us.”

Dover (2-0) shut out Woodbridge (1-1) in the second half and were carried to the finish line by junior running back Javon Peace.

Peace rushed for 241 yards on 21 carries and scored three touchdowns. He only had 47 yards at halftime but erupted in the second half with 194 yards on only nine carries in the half.

“I think how he goes is how we go,” Simonetti said. “Any given moment he can pop one for you.”

And Peace certainly popped one with 7:54 left in the game.

He looked to be trapped in the backfield but after running backward for about three yards to clear some space he was able to bounce out to the outside. He found some daylight and raced down the right sideline for a 69-yard score to give Dover its first lead of the game at 28-21.

“I feel like, in my opinion, I can break any tackle,” Peace said. “Whenever I see green I just take it.”

That drive was set up when Dover’s defense held strong deep inside its own territory.

The Blue Raiders drove all the way down to the Dover 18-yard line before Dover junior defense end Eric Samuels forced a fumble on a sack. It resulted in a turnover and two plays later Peace was in the end zone.

Woodbridge’s Gabriel Wescott battles his way past Dover’s Joseph Delgado on a punt return with time running out in the first half.

“After that we were on a roll,” Samuels said. “This win let’s the world know what we can do.”

Samuels had his third sack of the game on a Woodbridge drive with the Senators clinging to their one-touchdown lead. It came on third down which then forced the Blue Raiders into a fourth-and-22.

A desperation pass fell incomplete to give Dover the ball back inside Woodbridge territory. Peace then sealed it with his final touchdown, this time from 23 yards out.

Peace also scored on a 66 yard run to tie the game with 2:53 left in the third quarter.

The Senators trailed 21-7 at halftime with their lone score coming on a 64-yard quarterback keeper by senior Jordan Magee. Magee also scored on a 32-yard run with 5:51 left in the third quarter.

“We could have easily packed it in but we didn’t,” Simonetti said. “That’s one of the top teams in the state over there. I’m really happy and proud of my kids. That’s what we were looking for.”

“It shows true Dover pride,” Peace said. “We’ve lost to them two years in a row. This year is a different outcome. We got good coaches, a new system and we rocked out.”

Woodbridge was led by Troy Haynes, who threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Wescott, and Jamon Kane who had a rushing touchdown. Brock Keeler also scored for Woodbridge when he recovered a fumble in the end zone.

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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