Early-rising Senators 3-0 for first time in eight years: Dover rips Concord 47-0 in morning road game

WILMINGTON — It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, the Dover High football team can’t stop winning.

The Senators captured another victory on Saturday in the morning.

Javon Peace ran for three scores and Jordan Magee threw three touchdowns as Dover shut out Concord High on the road, 47-0. It’s the third consecutive win for the Senators to open the season.

Dover football coach Rudy Simonetti

The 10:30 a.m. start didn’t affect the Senators, who scored three touchdowns on their first four plays from scrimmage.

They have now won games on a Friday night, Saturday morning and a Saturday afternoon this year. This is the first time since 2010 Dover has started the season 3-0.

With conference play starting next week, Dover coach Rudy Simonetti was pleased the Senators did not get caught looking ahead and were focused despite the early start.

“I knew this could be a trap game for us because of the time,” Simonetti said. “I was anxious to see how our kids would respond to this. We worked on it this summer, playing seven-on-seven, a lot of our tournaments we had to be at school at 6 a.m. to leave so this wasn’t new to use.”

Peace started the scoring with a 15-yard touchdown and added another on his next touch from 51 yards out.

Magee then threw touchdowns for 52 yards, 46 yards and 33 yards. All were to different receivers — Raekwon Jackson, Gabriel Evans and James Ashley respectively.

“I tried to get everybody a touch,” Magee said.

Peace then finished his day with a 30-yard touchdown run with 2:07 left in the second quarter.

Three of Dover’s six first-half touchdowns came on the first play of a drive while two came on the second play. The Senators only ran 13 plays from scrimmage in the half and ended up with a 40-0 lead at halftime.

“We’re putting in the work,” Peace said. “We put in a lot of work and time, dedication is the main factor so therefore we’re looking good right now.”

“When we’re clicking on all cylinders we’re fun to watch,” Simonetti said.

The entire second half was played with a running clock. Wanya Wise capped the scoring when he ran for a 10-yard touchdown with 1:27 left in the fourth quarter.

For a team that has not had a winning season since 2013, the 3-0 start is a big deal. But Simonetti said he wants the Senators to remain grounded.

“We’re not ignorant to the fact that there’s a buzz about us but we got to keep our eyes on the prize,” he said. “I always tell the kids to keep a level head and go 1-0 every week.”

Dover begins Henlopen Conference Northern Division play next weekend. The Senators travel to Sussex Central on Friday night for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

“That’s big,” Magee said. “That’s where it is. We want to win the conference.”

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