The Riders entered their regular season finale looking to go to 7-3 and improve upon their playoff position. On Friday night against rival Dover, they did both.
The Riders held off a second half surge from the Senators to hold on for the 24-21 victory.
CR struck first when QB Alex Kemp found Devon Horton for a long 70-yard strike to put the Riders up 7-0.
The Senators responded through the air, Ian Gory found Tavarus Sample for a 47-yard touchdown to knot the game up at 7-7 after one quarter of play.
Caesar Rodney would take control of the game in the second quarter scoring 14 unanswered points. Kemp found Kendall Wicks for his second touchdown pass of the night, then senior Adrian Trammell would pick off a Gory pass returning it 32 yards for the score to put the Riders up 21-7 at the break.
The Senator defense was able to figure out the Rider offense to begin the second half, while the Dover offense led by Gory would cut the CR lead to one score. Gory connected with Sample once again, this time from 9-yards out, to make the score 21-7 heading into the final stanza.
Junior kicker for CR, Eric Kobus, was able to give the Riders some breathing room when he hit a 24-yard field goal putting CR up 10 points.
On the kick off, Dljiah Banks would return it back 87-yards for the touchdown bringing the Senators to within 3, but that's as close as they would get.
It's another tough loss for Dover, who weren't able meet the expectations that many had for them at the beginning of the season. They showed flashes of what kind of team they could have been, however, missed opportunities and heartbreaking losses doomed their once promising season.
For the Riders, they bounced back from a tough loss to Cape Henlopen last week, and more than likely assured themselves a first round home game in the state tournament.
Their likely opponent in the first round, Sussex Central, defeated Indian River on Friday night 42-20. The Golden Knights and Riders met on Week 6 of the season, a 20-9 Riders win.
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