Peace paces Dover with 5 TDs in 56-0 rout of Vikings

-Dover’s Vonnie Peace runs between a couple of Cape defenders during one of his three rushing touchdowns. (Delaware State News)

LEWES — Vonnie Peace knew he just needed to break one tackle.

The Dover High running back lined up in the backfield and, sure enough, broke a tackle before outrunning the rest of the Cape Henlopen High defense for a 98-yard touchdown.

“Before the play, I just thought, ‘I just need to break this tackle and then it’s just going to be straight green,’ and that’s what happened. I broke that tackle, went 98 yards,” said Peace.

The 98-yard scamper in the second quarter was one of the senior’s five touchdowns on the night as the Senators shut out the Vikings, 56-0, on the road Friday night.

Peace finished the game with 223 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries. He added a 17-yard touchdown catch and a 90-yard kickoff return touchdown to pace the Senators.

“We’ve gotten used to it. He’s a heck of a player, obviously,” coach Rudy Simonetti said of Peace. “He’s a real leader for us, too, which I think is more important than being an all-star player.”

The Henlopen Conference Northern Division win improves Dover’s record to 2-2 (1-0 North) and drops the Vikings to 1-3 (1-1 North).

Senior Wanya Wise added 70 yards on two carries, including a 62-yard touchdown run. Junior Teyvion McCoy ran for a 35-yard touchdown on his only carry.

Quarterbacks Jordan Moran and Elijah Allen combined to throw for 68 yards, one touchdown and an interception on 4-of-6 passing. Moran tossed a 17-yard touchdown and ran for a three-yard score.

Dover opened the season with consecutive nonconference losses to Hodgson Vo-Tech High and Salesianum School before rattling off a pair of wins over Northeast, Md. and Cape to improve to .500.

“We lost our first two games, but we just won our last two games,” said Peace. “We just have to keep the ball rolling and keep winning, that’s all it is.”

Defensively, James Kilby recorded a team-high eight tackles, while Eric Samuels added three tackles and a sack.

The Senators forced a trio of turnovers, including fumble recoveries by Wise and Shamir Nelson and an interception by Akil Garrett.

After forcing a quick punt on Cape’s first possession, Dover quickly put points on the board with a four-play, 60-yard scoring drive.

Peace carried the ball all four plays, capping the scoring drive with a four-yard touchdown run. Moran’s extra point put the Senators ahead 7-0 less than four minutes in.

On the ensuing Cape drive, Wise picked up a fumble near midfield and returned it 41 yards to the Vikings’ three-yard line.

The turnover set up Moran’s three-yard QB keeper to extend the lead to 14-0 halfway through the quarter.

Peace picked up his second TD run of the quarter, this time from five yards out, to jump ahead 21-0 with 1:39 remaining in the quarter.

Two more Peace touchdowns in the second quarter – a 17-yard catch and his 98-yard run – put the Senators ahead 35-0 at the halftime break, setting up a running clock to begin the second half.

Peace wasn’t done scoring, as he returned the second half kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown to make it a 42-0 Senator lead.

Wise and McCoy tacked on rushing touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter, respectively, to cap the night’s scoring.

“It feels very good,” said Peace. “Now we’re in conference play, so we can just show the conference what we’re about, but at the same time we have to remain humble and just keep working. Keep putting the work in, day by day, and get better and better.”

“I think we found out a little bit about ourselves and we just kind of went back to the basics and worked on our fundamentals,” Simonetti said of the recent turnaround. “I think we’ve turned it up a notch in practice.”

Reach staff writer Ben Heck at bheck@newszap.com

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