Roundup: Senators rally in second half for first victory 28-27 over Concord

Trying to come up with its first win of the season hasn’t been easy for the Dover High football team.

Not that anything came easily for the Senators on Friday night.

This time, however, Dover found a way to pull out the victory, rallying for a 28-27 win over Concord in a nonconference matchup.

Sophomore Gabe Evans pulled in a 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jordan Magee with eight minutes remaining and Derek Hallock kicked the deciding PAT before the Senators (1-2) held off the Raiders (1-2).

Dover trailed 21-7 at halftime.

“We had a little heart-to-heart with the kids at halftime,” said Senator coach Rudy Simonetti. “I don’t think we were playing up to our standards. I know we’re banged up but we can’t use that as an excuse any more.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this team, the way they came out down touchdowns and just battled. This is what winning programs do consistently. There’s going to be tough times. But I constantly preach to the kids, this is what happens in life. You’ve got to face it and smack it in the mouth. We did that tonight.”

Dover got long touchdown runs of 93 and 50 yards from sophomore Javon Peace in the second half. Hallock also booted all four of his extra points while Concord had two blocked.

Magee, a second-year starter, was making his first appearance after sitting out the first two games with a knee injury. He threw a 55-yard scoring pass to sophomore Eden Davis in the first half.

“We’re glad to have him back,” Simonetti said about Magee. “We’re weaving him back in. He looked pretty good.”

The Senators host Sussex Central next Friday night in their Henlopen Conference Northern Division opener.

Cape Henlopen 28, Northeast, Md. 22: Benjamin Ashby scored on a 61-yard fourth-quarter run to give the Vikings a 28-16 lead before they held on for the victory.

Ashby also scored Cape’s first TD on a 28-yard run in the first quarter. Kolbi Wright scored two touchdowns, on runs of one and 48 yards, for the Vikings (2-1), who led 21-0 at halftime.

A.I. duPont 35, Lake Forest 14: Chad Jones completed 9-of-19 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns to spark the Tigers (3-0) to the nonconference win.

Elle Harden ran for 115 yards and a touchdown for the Spartans (1-2) while Desaun Bizzell scored on a one-yard run. The game was tied at 14-14 before A.I. built a 28-14 lead by halftime.

Seaford 28, St. Andrews 14: The Blue Jays improved to 2-0 with the nonconference win.

Trailing 14-6 at halftime, Seaford reeled off 22 points in the third quarter to rally for the victory.

Delmar 34, St. Elizabeth 0: Brooks Parker scored on a 72-yard run in the second quarter to give the Wildcats the lead for good.

Five different players scored touchdowns for Delmar (2-1), which led 21-0 at halftime.

Laurel 50, Washington, Md. 18: The Bulldogs won their second game in a row to improve to 2-1.

St. Mark’s 51, Indian River 13: The Indians fell to 1-2 with the road loss to the Spartans.

Volleyball

Conrad 3, Polytech 0: Conrad handed the Panthers the nonconference loss by scores of 25-22, 25-15, 25-16.

College field hockey

Albany 3, Delaware 2, OT: The No. 20 Great Danes knocked off the No. 5 Blue Hens in overtime on Friday night.

The Hens (6-2) outshot Albany, 19-8, and posted a 10-2 advantage in penalty corners, but the Great Danes (4-3) registered 13 saves.

Delaware had a program-record 16-game winning streak at Rullo Stadium snapped. The Hens host No. 1 Connecticut on Sunday at noon.

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