Peace’s 4 TDs key Dover’s 59-20 homecoming romp over Tech

The Senators’ Vonnie Peace takes off for a second-quarter TD. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

DOVER — Bradly Anyanwu held up his fingers, only a couple inches apart.

“It was just a little hole,” the Dover High offensive lineman explained. “And he took it to the house.”

Indeed, Senator standout tailback Vonnie Peace doesn’t need much of an opening to get free. And once he’s in the clear, there’s a pretty good chance nobody’s going to catch him.

Peace broke off four more big scoring plays — scoring all four touchdowns on plays of 65 yards or longer — as Dover posted another impressive victory, 59-20, over Sussex Tech in Henlopen North football on Friday night.

Dover’s Christopher Dabney, left, celebrates his TD with Teammate Tkai Perry against Sussex Tech at Dover.

The junior running back helped the Senators (1-1 North, 5-1 overall) celebrate homecoming by running for 242 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries while adding 145 more yards and his two other TDs on a pair of screen passes.

Quarterback Jordan Magee also put up some big numbers, completing 8-of-17 passes for 227 yards and five touchdowns. Dover has won its last two games by a combined 121-34.

“I’m super excited,” Peace said about the Senators’ offensive performance. “We’re just showing the state what we can do. They’re still doubting us.

“I feel like we’ve got the best offense in the state. We’ve got the best QB, the best receivers, the best ‘O’ line and we just play together.”

The Senators’ quick-strike offense showed once again that it doesn’t really even have to be in good position to put up some points.

Dover’s Gabriel Evens runs for a TD after completing a long pass as Sussex Tech’s Jordan Harper defends in the first quarter.

With about 30 seconds left in the first half, Dover was facing a third-and-13 at its own 24. But Peace took a handoff up the middle, hit the secondary at full speed and sprinted 76 yards for a TD that pushed the Senators’ advantage to 32-6 at halftime.

“At practice, our running backs coach preached getting skinny through the hole,” said Peace. “That’s what I did — I got skinny and I saw green. I just took off. After that, it’s a foot race. It was a great feeling.

“The offense isn’t anything without your ‘O’ line. They opened up holes for me. Once I see the hole open, I’m just going to hit it and I’m gone. That’s what I feel like.”

Peace’s rushing TDs covered 76 and 81 yards while his two touchdown receptions went for 65 and 80 yards.

“Vonnie’s special,” said Anyanwu. “He’s a homerun hitter with the ball in his hands.”

Besides his scoring passes to Peace, Magee’s other TD passes went to Gabriel Evans (37 yards), Chris Dabney (18 yards) and Raekwon Jackson (14 yards). Sophomore Wanya Wise scored Dover’s final two touchdowns, running for 45 yards on just three carries.

The victory was the Senators’ first over Sussex Tech (0-2 North, 2-4 overall) since 2013. With five victories, Dover has also matched its win total for the last two seasons combined.

But Anyanwu said that success hasn’t come by accident.

“We’re just focused in practice,” he said. “We’re paying attention to detail. It’s the little things. We’re not getting in trouble. This year is different. It’s a different culture — just everything.

“I feel confident every Friday night that my team is going to come out with a ‘W.’”

But the Senators face another big challenge next Friday when they go to Smyrna for the Eagles’ homecoming. Three-time defending Division I state champion Smyrna just had its 20-game North winning streak snapped by Sussex Central on Friday.

“It’s going to be a battle,” said Peace. “It’s going to be a dogfight. The strongest team is going to win.”

“It’s a little bit of a rivalry for us,” said Dover coach Rudy Simonetti. “I’ve learned that since I first got here. We’re going to have a great week of practice and see what we can do next Friday night.”

Extra points

Michael Norsworthy scored two touchdowns for Sussex Tech, one receiving and one rushing. … QB Chase Snyder also threw for a pair of TDs, including a 71-yarder to Matthew Warrington. … The Senators are on the road the next weeks, at Smyrna and then Polytech.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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