Peace scores 4 TDs as Dover pounds St. Georges 62-14

DOVER — It’s not that Vonnie Peace scores every time he touches the football.

Sometimes it just feels like he could.

“He can dance around you, now he can run through you,” said Dover High coach Rudy Simonetti. “And when you think you have him down, he just keeps his balance and keeps on going.”

Peace did a little bit of all that on Friday night, scoring four touchdowns as the Senators ran away to an impressive 62-14 victory over St. Georges in a nonconference matchup.

The junior running back finished with 196 yards on 14 carries for Dover (4-1), which also got three TDs (two passing on rushing) from quarterback Jordan Magee as the Senators put up their highest point total in over a decade.

Considering Dover was shut out, 21-0, by Sussex Central a week ago, the Senators literally went from zero to 60 in just a week.

“There was a lot of disappointment (last week),” Peace said about a contest in which Dover was limited to only 99 yard and three first downs. “We were doing a lot of joking around the week that we lost. This week we had to pick it up and it was all about that bounce back.

“That (loss) let us know that, the state, they’re coming after us. We can’t let up basically. That’s all it is, we can’t let up.”

“Last week, it was a wakeup call for us,” said Magee, who completed 4-of-6 passes for 97 yards. “We just wanted to come back out and show everybody what we could do.”

Five of Dover’s seven offensive touchdowns came on plays that covered at least 33 yards. Peace had a pair of 33-yarders with Magee scoring on a 35-yard QB draw.

On a Peace 33-yard scoring run late in the second quarter, he weaved his way through the Hawks’ secondary, putting his hand once to keep his balance before finally reaching the end zone.

“Especially when he bounces outside, nobody’s going to catch him,” said Magee. “It’s amazing. That’s Vonnie.”

“That’s my motto — every time I touch the ball, I’ve got to score,” said Peace. “If not, I’ve got to get a big gain. That’s the way I bring energy to my team.”

A specials-teams play actually helped break open the game for the Senators. With Dover up, 14-0, and St. Georges (2-3) punting from its own 18, the Senators’ Sam Arkuwoille broke through up the middle to block the kick.

Teammate Wanya Wise finally tracked down the loose ball in the back of the end zone for a touchdown that gave Dover a 20-0 lead on the final play of the first quarter.

By the time receiver Gabriel Evans blew by his defender and Magee hit him in stride for 42-yard scoring pass on the final play of the first half, the Senators were up 41-8.

Magee then found Evans with a 33-yard TD pass to start the second half as Dover’s advantage ballooned to 48-8. Evans finished with 90 yards on three receptions.

“This week we just wanted to come out and pass the ball a little bit more,” said Magee. “That worked out. When Vonnie runs the ball well, it opens up the passing game.”

“We played with a sense of urgency, especially on offense,” said Simonetti. “We had a tempo going for us. I thought the de-fense came out with a sense of purpose. We got a little lazy on some runs up the middle that we’ve got to correct, but overall I’m pretty pleased with the effort.”

The Senators’ last touchdown came from their defense when senior Logan Galloway scooped up a fumble well behind the line of scrimmage and returned it 10 yards for the TD.

Dover has already matched the program’s most victories in a season since 2013. But the Senators, who host Sussex Tech next Friday for homecoming, say they’ve learned not to take anything for granted.

“We’ve got to put work in this week because it’s our homecoming,” said Peace. “Our conference is the hardest conference in Delaware so we’ve got to keep it going.”

“We can’t get ahead of ourselves,” said Simonetti. “We’re going to enjoy thhis victory tonight and get back to work tomor-row.”

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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