LOWER ALLEN TOWNSHIP -- The decision by first-year coach Eric Lam to change Dover's offense keeps looking like the smartest move the program could have made.

Lam explained that he looked at his roster in the preseason, he looked at the type of kids he knew would be on the offensive line and he decided to switch from the Power-I to the Wing-T.

That move, and his players' ability to embrace the new offense, has been an eye-opener in the first three weeks of the season.

Dover rolled to a 23-14 victory against Red Land in non-conference action at West Shore Stadium on Friday, piling up 338 rushing yards and dominating time of possession in the second half.

"It was a pretty big difference, going from the Power-I to a Wing-T," Dover back Isaiah Green said. "There was a lot of stuff to learn, but it's been working out, as you can see."

Green led all backs, carrying the ball 20 times for 188 yards and a second-quarter touchdown to provide Dover with a commanding 20-7 first-half lead.

"I like the fact you can run so many different plays out of one formation, it's hard for the defense to tell what's coming," Green said.

Dover's offensive linemen continued to fire out of their stance at the snap, creating seams for Green and company to break through for positive yards.


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Red Land (2-1) struggled to stop Dover (3-0). Green bounced off would-be tacklers all night, and Durran Ledbetter (72 yards rushing) and Jake McLean (30 yards rushing) provided the Eagles with different looks.

Not counting three kneel-downs in the final 1:10, Red Land defenders dropped Eagles players for losses on just six of Dover's 52 carries.

"It just came down to a lack of execution," Red Land coach Chad Weaver said. "We were in areas to make plays and we didn't tackle well -- and that was just huge."

Meanwhile, Dover limited the damage Red Land could dish out by containing John Ford. The senior back still rushed for 112 yards, but the majority of his yards came on a 66-yard score in the opening two minutes of the game.

"He's a talent, he's been on that varsity since his freshman year," Lam said. "There was that point where we kicked away from him and he came up and grabbed the ball out of another kid's hands and took it to the house (for an 87-yard kickoff return). He's going to get his yards, it's just a matter of limiting them."

Dover had more weapons than Red Land, and with a lead in the second half the Eagles' running attack managed to eat up time and pile up yards. Dover's offense had control of the ball for 15:37 of the second half, almost double the time of possession for Red Land.
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Dover   7    13    3    0 -- 23
Red Land   7    7    0    0 -- 14
First Quarter
   RLa -- John Ford 66 run (Jeremy Fisher kick), 10:12
   Do -- Logan Ambrose 11 run (Brendan Warren kick), 6:45
Second Quarter
   Do -- Ambrose 14 run (Warren kick), 6:01
   Do -- Isaiah Green 2 run (kick failed), 1:58
   RLa -- Ford 87 kickoff return (Fisher kick), 1:45
Fourth Quarter
   Do -- Warren 26 field goal, 8:40
 
-- Do -- RLa
First downs -- 19 -- 14
Rushes-yards -- 52-338 -- 29-156
Passing -- 3-7-1 -- 6-13-1
Passing yards -- 74 -- 46
Total yards -- 412 -- 202
Punts -- 2-27.0 -- 4-30.5
Fumbles-lost -- 2-1 -- 1-0
Penalties-yards -- 7-70 -- 4-35

 
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
   Rushing -- Do,Green 20-188, Durran Ledbetter 12-72, Jake McLean 6-30, Ambrose 12-29, Gabe Jackson 1-15, Dylan Barton 1-4; RLa, Ford 15-112, Josh Hershey 2-21, Jake Hershey 2-9, Connor Parson 1-11, Scott 9-3.
   Passing -- Do, Ambrose 3-7-1; RLa, Scott 6-13-1.
   Receiving -- Do, Malik Allen 1-35, McLean 1-33, Green 1-6; RLa, Jacqueze McBride 2-26, Ford 3-16, Phil Overton 1-4.