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DOVER – Steubenville struck first in their Dover clash on Friday night, but after that the hosts took control and clinched a 24-7 victory in a crowded Crater Stadium.

With the win, the Crimson Tornadoes improved to 4-0 and are expected to advance in the Division III, Region 9 standings. Big Red, who came in second on the Ohio Division III team in the poll. Associated Press, fell to 4-1. Dover was sixth in the initial computer standings and Steubenville second.

“It was a difficult night” Big Red coach Reno Saccoccia said. “It just wasn’t there for us. We clung to it.

“The preparation starts at the top with me. I have to do a better job of preparing our players and getting them to play with confidence.

After a scoreless first quarter, Big Red entered the board following a Tylik Sims fumble. Steubenville used 14 plays to go 86 yards, consuming 6:50. All but 11 sites fell to the ground.

The score, which came with 7:50 left in the half, came on a 3-meter flurry from Gavin Bozica. Austyn Roberts pulled off the conversion kick.

A leaping interception from TC Molk gave Dover a great field position at the Big Red 34. Three snaps later, Joey Farthing traveled 14 yards with a shovel pass from Ayden Hall. Lucas Lane’s kick tied things at 7.

After his defense forced a turnaround on the downs, Dover struck again. Thanks to a big run from Molk and a 15-yard pass from Molk to Jacob Jones, the Crimson Tornadoes got the ball to the Big Red 23.

From there, Lane scored a 40-yard field goal to bring the lead to Dover 10-7 at halftime.

Dan Ifft’s club took 77 yards in the second half for their next score.

The drive featured a 38-yard gain from Hall and a 26-yard burst from Connor McGarry. The touchdown came on a 2-yard Hall dive. Lane was true again with his kick.

The final touchdown of the game came with 3:45 left in the third via a 22-yard sprint by Farthing. Lane’s boot closed the scoring.

Dover’s defense put in a solid performance, limiting Big Red’s powerful offense to 235 yards. The Crimson Tornadoes intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble. In his previous four games, Steubenville has averaged 432 yards and 36 points.

“Turnovers are killers but I’m not going to blame what happened tonight on one thing”, said Saccoccia. “Dover is a very good football team and they played well tonight. “As far as turnovers go, it’s a we thing we are not an I myself situation. If our players feel like me to them, we’ll be back next week. ”

Big Red, who was missing several starters with injury, lost another in the second quarter when tight end / linebacker Brandon Kinney was injured after catching an exceptional pass from Phaeton Hill. He did not return to the game.

Savier Faulks led the Big Red offense with 83 yards on 16 carries. Hill threw for 105 yards.

Kyjhaun Hopkins and Hakim Edwards made three catches each.

McGarry of Dover finished with 78 yards on 16 trips. Molk added 55 and Hall 40.

Molk threw for 69 yards and Hall 47. Farthing recorded eight receptions for 78 yards.

FOLLOWING

Big Red will return home next week to take on Linsly. Steubenville’s last five regular season games will all be played at the friendly Harding Stadium.

“If our players have respect for themselves and our coaches have respect for the players, we will put things together and bounce back”, said Saccoccia. “We have two goals right now: to bounce back and the next player has to be ready. “

Dover will hit the road for a match at Vincent Warren.

Dover 24, Steubenville 7

Big red 0 7 0 0–7

Dover 0 10 14 0-24

SCORING

Second quarter

BIG RED: Bozica 3 run (Roberts kick)

DOVER: Farthing 14 Hall pass (kick in lane)

DOVER: Lane 40 field goal

Third quarter

DOVER: Hall 2 race (Lane kick)

DOVER: Farthing 22 run

RUSHING: Big Red 30-130-1 (Ostovich 6-20; Faulks 16-83; Hill 2-8; Bozica 5-16-1; Thorn 1-

3); Dover 31-228-2 (McGarry 16-78; Molk 7-55; Hall 5-40-1; Martin 2-33; Farthing 1-22-1).

PASSAGE: Big Red 14-24-105-0-3ints (all by Hill); Dover 13-20-116-1 (Molk 7-10-69; Hall 6-6-47-1).

RECEPTION: Big Red 14-105 (Hopkins 3-30; Edwards 3-15; Buggs 2-21; Sims 2-9; Jones 1-6; Pierce 1-7; Kinney 1-12; Bozica 1-5); Dover 13-116-1 (Farthing 8-78-2; Dummermuth 1-10;

Jones 1-15; McGarry 1-5; Denney 1-6; Gigax 1-9).

FIRST BOTTOMS: Big Red 14; Dover 16.

PENALTIES-YARDS: Big Red 6-40; Dover 5-50.

PUNTS: Big Red 3-37; Dover 3-27.

FUMBLES-LOST: Big Red 2-1; Dover 1-1.

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