A late push by Sussex Tech High School was not enough to knock down the Dover High School football team, as the Senators remained undefeated in the Henlopen with a win last weekend.
The Dover High School football team was staring an all-too-familiar situation in the face last weekend when it played host to Sussex Tech High School, one of the Senators’ top competitors in the quest for a Henlopen Conference title.
After jumping out to a 20-point lead in the first quarter, the Senators saw their lead shrink as the game wore on, eerily familiar to the 17-point lead it gave up just a week prior in the team’s lone loss to St. Mark’s High School.
With four seconds left on the clock, Tech (4-2,3-1) scored a touchdown on a fourth and goal play from 10 yards out to bring the score differential to two points, giving the Ravens a chance to send the game to overtime with a successful two-point conversion.
The Dover players and Head Coach Carlton Brown, however, weren’t interested in repeating history and stopped Tech’s effort to seal the 36-34 win Oct. 15 at Dover High Stadium.
Senior running back Pierre Foreman rushed for four scores in the game, while quarterback Kamal Abrams, senior, connected with junior wide receiver Xavier Allen on an 80-yard touchdown. Senior kicker Matt Towne added the last three points with a 28-yard field goal for the Senators (5-1, 2-0)
“This was a huge game,” Brown said. “It holds a lot of implications on the conference. Both teams played hard and I’m happy that my boys finished.”
The coach added that his team got over a major mental hurdle by holding the lead and closing the game the way it couldn’t against St. Marks.
“If you don’t learn from your mistakes, then what have you done to get better?” Brown said.
Foreman said the team needed to learn how to sustain the high level of play it’s come out with each game this year for the full four quarters.
“We know what we can do but sometimes we get down on ourselves, and we need to learn how to finish as a team,” he said. “This is a step in the right direction for sure.”
The Senators don’t have much time to relax, as a revamped Cape Henlopen High School (3-3, 0-2) comes to town this week for Dover’s homecoming game at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22.
“Cape is a very scary team,” Brown said. “They’re very athletic and do a lot of things well. You know they’re going to be well coached, so we need to stop their strengths and exploit their weaknesses.”
The coach said the strong work being done by offensive coordinator Colin Thomas and defensive coordinator Danny Waite has his team in a good position to win this weekend and begin making a good case to win the conference championship.
Brown added, however, that his team needed to make sure it remained in control of its own destiny so come season’s end it won’t have to count on other teams falling.
“We’ve kind of put ourselves in the driver’s seat,” he said. “Once you’re in the passenger seat you have to worry about what someone else does. CR and us are the only ones without a loss in the conference.
“The win against Tech last week was huge because now that puts them in the passenger seat. Now we have to control our destiny. We have a strong Cape team coming in, it’s homecoming and there’re a lot of emotions for us this week.”
The Senators are encouraging fans to wear pink to Friday’s game in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
WHO Dover High School (5-1, 2-0) vs. Cape Henlopen High School (3-3, 0-2)
WHEN 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22
WHERE Dover High Stadium, 1 Patrick Lynn Drive, Dover
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