Peace dashes 99 yards for touchdown to spark Dover’s 42-14 opening win over Archmere

CLAYMONT — It is impossible to run any farther than what Javon Peace did on the first touchdown of Dover High’s 2018 football campaign.

Peace rushed for a 99-yard score, his first of two touchdowns, as the Senators won their season opener, 42-14, at Archmere Academy on Saturday afternoon.

Dover had forced a fumble on the play prior and recovered just short of the end zone. The ball was so far back, the referees had a discussion about whether the recovery was a touchback, but then determined it was not and placed the ball behind the Dover one-yard line.

It was no trouble for Peace as the junior running back bounced out to the right side and streaked down the sideline all the way across the field to the other end zone.

“I just saw green and was like, ‘I’m going to score,’” Peace said. “I did get tired. I had to come off for a sec but I sucked it up and came right back on the field.”

Peace added an 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter which gave Dover a 28-7 advantage headed into halftime.

“I’m not surprised,” said Dover coach Rudy Simonetti. “He’s the most electrifying kid in the state and a threat to score every time he touches the football.”

When Peace wasn’t scoring, it was senior quarterback Jordan Magee leading the offense.

Magee scored the second touchdown of the day on a fake screen to Peace which turned into a quarterback draw to the right side. Magee had one defender to beat and scampered 75 yards to the end zone.

“I just had to read the d-end,” Magee said. “He bit so I pulled it and ran it. That was basically it. It was a footrace after that.”

Magee scored another rushing touchdown from 28 yards out. He then connected with sophomore wide receiver Wanya Wise for a 30-yard touchdown on a fourth-down conversion in the third quarter.

Magee missed the season opener last year with an injury and the Senators ended up falling 36-30.

“We had to get back at Archmere,” Magee said. “Just to come back with my team and get a win, that means a lot. We had to see what we were made of.”

Peace carried the ball 10 times for 147 yards. Magee had 130 yards rushing on just four carries and threw for 99 yards with six completions.

Marquis McCove scored the other touchdown on a one-yard rush in the third quarter.

“This feels great because we’ve been working and conditioning all summer for this,” Peace said. “It showed today.”

The Senators had let up at least 27 points in nine of their 10 games last season on defense but held Archmere to just the two touchdowns on Saturday, with one coming late in the fourth quarter after the starters were removed.

“We really busted our tails this summer and at practice these past couple of weeks on defense,” Simonetti said. “The kids really did a great job. They made a lot of big plays, and we still have work to do, but I’m pleased.”

The loss to Archmere last year started the Senators off on the wrong foot as they suffered through an injury-plagued 2017 and ended the year at 2-8 overall.

With Saturday’s performance, combined with a strong showing in seven-on-seven play over the summer, Simonetti is hopeful things will be different in Dover this year.

“I put no stock in seven-on-seven except when it comes to confidence,” Simonetti said. “That build our confidence all summer long, straight into our scrimmages. We just got to keep it going.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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