Peace scores 5 TDs as Dover tops Polytech

Dover’s Javon Peace runs the opening kickoff for a TD against Polytech at Dover. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

DOVER — Javon Peace couldn’t wait to get his hands on the ball Friday night.

“I was saying the whole night, if we get it first, I’m going to run it back,” said the Dover High running back.

Sure enough, the Senators’ sophomore took the opening kickoff and sprinted 94 yards for a touchdown.

But Peace didn’t stop there.

By the time the night was over, Peace had scored five touchdowns and Dover had registered an impressive 42-7 Henlopen Northern Division football victory on a homecoming Friday night.

Dover’s defense gang-tackles Polytech’s Tucker Reed at Dover.

It was just the second win of the season for the Senators (1-3 North, 2-6 overall) while the Panthers dropped to 2-2 in the North, 5-3 overall.

The contest was never really in doubt after Dover built a 28-0 halftime lead. The game went to a running clock when Dover scored on its first possession of the third quarter and then again when the Senators went up 42-7 on the last play of the third period.

“We needed it,” said Senator coach Rudy Simonetti. “We really needed it. It was good to see the kids play a full four quarters. It’s good to see all our hard work pay off.”

Polytech’s AJ Foster stiff arms Dover’s Nadeem Boggerty at Dover.

Simonetti called Peace’s kickoff return a “momentum-ignitor.”

“Especially, on the first play of the game,” said Simonetti. “That got us going.”

“At first I thought I was about to get tackled,” Peace said about his return. “(But) I felt it in me. That got everybody going.

“I felt like we played great — like we should have been playing like this (All season). But we came together as one. Everybody got to contribute and everybody got to play.”

Peace’s other four TDs all came on running plays, covering 17, 38, 41 and 16 yards. He finished with 186 yards on 16 carries.

Several times the Senators cleared a path around end for Peace and he just coasted into the end zone. But, on the 41-yard TD, he got spun around in the backfield, somehow kept his balance and then sprinted down the sidelines.

“He did a great job,” said Simonetti. “He’s a big part of what we do.”

Polytech’s Donell Hooker rushes against Dover at Dover.

Defensively, the Senators never let Polytech get a comeback started.

The Panthers’ only touchdown came in the third quarter when Tucker Reed pulled in a 28-yard scoring pass from quarterback Vincent Tascione.

Polytech finished with only 189 yards of total offense. Dover also had four second-half interceptions.

Raeshawn Alexander provided two of the interceptions with Nadeem Boggerty and Jalen Hill adding the other two.

Boggerty’s interception, on the second play of the third quarter, set up the Senators at the Polytech 27. Two plays, and a penalty later, receiver Eden Davis threw a 37-yard scoring pass to fellow sophomore Gabriel Evans on a trick play.

“There’s no quit in these kids,” said Simonetti. “They work hard every day. The culture change continues around here. We’ll enjoy this victory for the rest of the night and then it’s on to Cape Henlopen.

“I thought our defense did their jobs well tonight. I thought the offense really executed well. I always preach that the the team that makes the least amount of mistakes wins football games. We had no turnovers tonight and we created turnovers on defense. I can’t ask for anything better.”

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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