WEEK SIX: BIG RED 21, DOVER 10
DOVER — After struggling for more than three quarters, Steubenville’s offense finally found its stride late inside Crater Stadium. The result: a 21-10 come-from-behind victory over the Dover Tornadoes on Sept. 29.
Things were looking bleak for Steubenville late in the third quarter.
Big Red’s Javon Davis bobbled the snap on a punt attempt and was dropped by the Dover defense at its own 23. A couple of plays later, quarterback Alec Sayre hit Kaden Folkert for a 6-yard score. Jack Deneher’s kick put Dover up 10-7 with 4:41 left in the third (it would be the only time during the season that Big Red would trail after the half).
Reno Saccoccia’s crew retook the lead at 14-10 with 5:52 to go on a 3-yard run by Jacob Bernard. The key to the scoring march was a 19-yard fourth down completion from Davis to Jonathon Blackmon.
After the defense stood tall again and Quentin Moore recorded his third sack of the night, Big Red moved 58 yards for the final score, Bernard doing the honors from a yard away. Ian Phillips’ kick completed the Steubenville comeback.
Bernard finished the night with 148 rushing yards, more than 100 coming in the second half.
Steubenville’s defense held Dover’s high-powered offense to just 100 yards. The unit picked off a Sayre pass in addition to recording four sacks.
In the first half, Big Red had 243 yards of offense compared to 97 for Dover. The visitors, however, also turned the ball over two times and drew eight flags for 81 yards.
Davis finished the night with 218 yards of passing, Johnny Agresta catching eight for 93.
Steubenville 21, Dover 10
Big Red 7-0-0-14 — 21
Dover 0-3-7-0 — 10
BIG RED: Ely fumble recovery in end zone (Phillips kick)
DOVER: Deneher 22 field goal
DOVER: Kaden Folkert 6 pass from Sayre (Deneher kick)
BIG RED: Bernard 3 run (Phillips kick)
BIG RED: Bernard 1 run (Phillips kick)
RUSHING: Dover 18-(-7) (Sayre 11-(-13); Hess 5-6; Folkert 2-0); Big Red 46-225-2 (Davis 8-0; Bernard 23-148-2; Blackmon 4-21; Mitchell 7-12; Montgomery 8-42).
PASSING: Dover 18-31-107-1-1 (all by Sayre); Big Red 18-26-218-0-1x (all by Davis).
RECEIVING: Dover 18-107-1 (Hess 2-24; Kaden Folkert 2-6-1; Kyler Folkert 10-54; Sexton 2-15; Pfeiffer 2-10); Big Red 18-218 (Jones 1-4; Pierro 5-49; Agresta 8-93; Blackmon 3-53; Zane 1-8).
FIRST DOWNS: Dover 9; Big Red 24.
PENALTIES-YARDS: Dover 7-50; Big Red 12-123.
PUNTS: Dover 6-32; Big Red 2-40.
FUMBLES-LOST: Dover 0-0; Big Red 2-1.