Not many people had the Dover Senators football team on their radar at the beginning of the season. Throughout the season, they’ve slowly but surely opened some eyes. Now they find themselves one game away from contending for the State Championship after a 28-20 victory over the William Penn Colonials Saturday night.


Not many people had the Dover Senators football team on their radar at the beginning of the season. Throughout the season, they’ve slowly but surely opened some eyes. Now they find themselves one game away from contending for the State Championship after a 28-20 victory over the William Penn Colonials Saturday night.

The Dover defense was ferocious from the opening kick-off, and didn’t take long for that aggressive play to translate into some big plays.

Halfway through the first quarter, Dover’s Jordan Robinson came off the edge and sacked the Colonials quarterback in the end zone resulting in the games first two points.

While the Senators defense continued to dominate, Dover running back Donovan Cain scored from two-yards out to give the Senators a 9-0 lead heading into the second quarter.

Midway through the second quarter the William Penn Colonials had yet to register a first down, but that was about to change in a big way. After a poor Dover offensive possession, one that resulted in two penalties, the Senators punted the ball to William Penn leaving them in fantastic field position.

Only a few plays later, William Penn’s Shareif Simpson scored on a 1-yard run to cut the Dover lead to 9-7.

On the very next Dover possession, Dayquan Foreman stepped in front of a Ian Gory pass and ran 55-yards for the score. All of a sudden, after leading by nine and controlling the pace the Senators found themselves down 14-9 late in the first half.

With only 1:45 remaining in the half, it was the Dover offenses turn to flex their muscle. Donovan Cain started the drive by breaking off a 60-yard run to the Colonials 15-yard line. Dover finished off the drive with a Gory to Jarrod Cann 11-yard touchdown pass to give Dover the lead once again. The extra point was blocked and Dover took a 15-14 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Dover defense would make two huge plays that won them the game.

First, Deon Wright recovered a William Penn fumble and ran it in for a touchdown giving the Senators a 21-14 lead early in the fourth quarter.

With less than seven minutes left in the game, William Penn was able to drive down the field, looking to tie the game up.

The Colonials’ Dayquan Foreman scored with 6:14 remaining and it looked as if William Penn had tied the game.

Dover’s Jesse Danso busted through the middle of the William Penn line and blocked the Colonials extra point attempt. So, with just over six minutes left in the contest, Dover hung on to a one-point lead.

As Dover did practically all night long, they responded when they needed too. Leading by only one late in the game, the offense drove down the field and solidified the victory. Raekwon Bouges ran in a 19-yard touchdown with just over three minutes to go, helping to send the Senators to the semi-finals.

The Senators will head into the semi-finals in large part due to their defensive effort on Saturday night.

“Defense played a hell of a game tonight,” said Dover Head Coach Carlton Brown. “When we needed to make plays tonight, we made them.”

While the offense struggled at times, they were able to put together big drives when the Senators needed them most.

“We struggled on offense a bit, but they bounced back when we needed them to,” said Brown. “We made the plays when they had to be made, I can’t say enough about what the coaches and these players have done, I’m extremely proud.”

Now, Dover will head north to take on Middletown next week for the right to play for the DIAA Championship. Much like the majority of the year, Dover’s players are focused on the task ahead.

“We just have to play our part, and play at the level we need to play at,” said Dover running back Donovan Cain. 

The Dover Senators have gone from “under-the-radar” to within one game of the state championship. Coach Brown summed up the attitude it took to block-out the naysayers and focus on playing winning football with the team’s yearlong motto.

“Our motto all year was “so what,” said Brown. “We’re not saying so what because we don’t care, we’re just moving on to the next play and worrying about the things we can control, and this team did that all year.”