The Dover High School defense allowed its first points of the season in week two, but still took down Glasgow High School easily, 41-6, Sept. 17.
Coming into this season, the Dover High School football team knew it would have to tighten things up on the defensive side of the ball if it was going to be successful.
The 2009 Senators allowed 31 points per game, negating a lot of the work the high-scoring offense did for the team.
This year, changes have been made and through two games, the Dover defense is greatly improved, allowing only three points per game while still featuring the explosive offense as was on display in the Senators’ (2-0, 0-0) week two win against Glasgow High School (1-1, 1-0), 41-6, Sept. 17.
The Dover shutout streak to open the season was stopped just short of two full games as the Dragons scored a touchdown with 3:47 remaining in the game, but the improvement, Head Coach Carlton Brown said, was certainly noticeable.
“The kids are hungrier, more aggressive,” Brown said. “We have a little bit more depth than we had last year, so we’re able to pull guys off, get other guys on and not lose too much.”
The Senators jumped on top of their opponents early when Pierre Foreman, senior running back, rushed into the end zone from 5 yards out less than five minutes into the game.
Foreman scored two more times before the half was over, while senior quarterback Kamal Abrams connected with wide receivers Matt Payne, junior, and Matt Watson, senior, for first half scores.
Sophomore running back Donovan Cain capped off the Senator scoring with a third-quarter TD.
The quick starts in the first two games this season, Brown said, have been crucial to the early success.
“Our goal is to come out and no longer be a second-half team,” he said. “The kids understand that each time we take this field, we have to play at our level.”
The early jump against Glasgow for the Senators was due in large part to the play of Foreman, who after missing the first half of his team’s week one game shined in his return to the starting role.
Foreman said the competition at running back has been a motivator for him this season, which translated into on-field accomplishments for him in week two.
“It’s a little competition, but I think it’s good for the team,” he said. “We get more rest like this.”
Brown agreed that the inner-squad competition has been a huge benefit in refocusing Foreman.
“Pierre’s a great kid, but he’s a kid that I knew I had to get that hunger back in him,” he said. “You saw that hunger [against Glasgow]. He was refusing to be brought down.”
The Senators are riding high after two huge wins to open the season, but now are faced with the challenge of not falling victim to their own confidence.
Brown and his players have openly admitted to letting their egos get the better of them this time last year, but added that there will be no such problems this season when the Senators head to Indian River High School (1-1, 0-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24.
Senior center Alex Niezgoda said two regular season wins are not even close to the goal his team has set this year, which will keep that hunger alive from week to week.
“We’re more humble then we were last year,” Niezgoda said. “Last year we got big heads after two nice wins. This year we have two nice wins and we’re still a humble team. We’re not happy yet. We’re not satisfied.”
WHO Dover High School (2-0, 0-0) at Indian River High School (1-1, 0-0)
WHEN 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24
WHERE 29772 Armory Road, Dagsboro
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