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Friday Night Ohio: Dover Outlasts Lake, 30-28

BY Roger Metzger


DOVER This one had more twists and turns than the Highway 1 that runs along the Pacific coastline in California. Dover had one more last twist and turn as the Tornadoes outscored Lake 30-28 before a big crowd at Crater Stadium on a cool and crisp Friday night.

Trailing 28-24 in the fourth quarter, Dover's Alec Sayre hit Dre Hess with a 45-yard scoring pass with 7:28 left to put the Tornadoes up 30-28 and the Dover defense stopped the Blue Streaks on drives twice in the final frame to secure the win. Dover improved to 2-0 as it heads to Wooster next week, while Lake drops to 1-1.

The win might have been costly for the Tornadoes as Hess suffered a leg injury, making the go-ahead catch and missed the remainder of the contest. Lake had taken a 28-24 lead in the third quarter before the Tornado heroics. Dover drew first blood when Sayre and Hess hooked up on a 32-yard scoring pass early in the first quarter. Jack Deneher's extra point gave Dover a 7-0 lead. Lake then took advantage of a muffed Dover punt and turned it into points as Cameron Main scored on a 6-yard run with 1:59 left in the opening quarter. David Harbaugh's extra point evened the contest at 7-7. Deneher broke the tie with a 24-yard field goal and the Tornadoes were up 10-7 at the 10:02 mark of the second quarter. The Blue Streaks then took the lead on a on an electrifying 97-yard scoring pass from Paul Troyer to Tye Hunt. The latter caught the ball wide open over the middle and raced to paydirt. Harbaugh's extra point put Lake up 14-10 with 7:33 left in the second quarter. The Tornadoes regained a 17-14 advantage when Sayre and Nathan Pfeiffer connected on a 39-yard scoring pass play as the latter made a shifty move to ellude a defender midway through the second quarter. Deneher followed with the extra point.

It appeared the Tornadoes would take firm control of the contest after Dover recovered a bad snap on a Lake fourth down play at the Crimson and Gray 2. However, the Tornadoes gave the Blue Streaks the ball back on the very next play with a bad snap of their own. And Lake capitalized big time. Troyer and Ryan Dadich hooked up on a 44-yard scoring pass over the middle and after Harbaugh's extra point the visitors were up 21-17 with 1:48 left before halftime. But the Tornadoes were not to be outdone as Hess ripped off a a sizzling 61-yard scoring run that set the Dover faithful into a frenzy just 14 seconds (1:34) after the Lake score. Deneher's conversion boot put the Tornadoes on top 24-21.

The Blue Streaks looked like they would take the halftime lead, but a an interception by Dover's Jackson Hutras deep in Tornado real estate gave the hosts a three-point lead at the intermission. Lake dominated time of possession in the third quarter and took a 28-24 lead on a 12-yard TD run by Rayshawn Brooks-Postlewait and extra point by Harbaugh with 2:19 left in the period. But the Tornadoes had one last bullet in their gun as Sayre and Hess hooked up for the go-ahead tally.

Lake had two chances to retake the lead, but the first was snuffed by an interception by Ian Sexton with 3:57 to play and the last was knocked a pass play in the end zone that was knocked down as time expired. Lake holds a 5-4 edge in the series and had won the last two meetings, before the Tornadoes prevailed last night.

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