Dover improved to 7-1 on the season Friday night in a 30-6 homecoming game victory over the Smyrna Eagles (2-6).
The Senators tilted the field in the first half, controlling the field position battle with an efficient offense and a stifling defense that kept the Eagles from crossing into Dover territory for the entirety of the half.
The Senator offense went right to work, scoring on their first possession of the ball game when Robert Knox broke loose from 38-yards out to put Dover up early.
While the Smyrna offense was smothered by the fast and athletic defense of Dover, the Eagles defense did their best to keep their team in the game. However, Dover kicker Jordan Hutchins was clutch in the first half, putting three kicks through the up-rights for the Senators in the half including a 36-yarder.
Tavarus Sample put a stamp on the first half for Dover, when quarterback Triston Harris connected with Sample on a short pass that the wide-out took to the house for a 48-yard score with just two seconds left in the half. Dover led 23-0 at the break.
In the second half, the Eagles caught the Senators napping; recovering an onside kick to start the half in Senator territory. The Smyrna offense took care of the rest, driving down the field and converting on a fourth down passing touchdown from Avery McMullin to Maurice Nichols.
Unfortunately for Smyrna, the Dover defense would respond after the Eagles touchdown keeping them off the scoreboard for the remainder of the night.
Laquwan Moody had two interceptions for the Senators, while Sample also picked off a Smyrna pass in the victory.
For Smyrna, they now fall to 2-6 on the season and the road doesn’t get an easier for the Eagles as they host the Caesar Rodney Riders next Friday night.
The Senators, now 7-1 and in first place within the Henlopen North, will host the Polytech Panthers (5-3).