Monday night did not feel like a typical high school football game for Dover junior Isaiah Green. Part of it had to with when they were playing. The other part had to do with whom they were playing.
The whom was West York, which has won a share of the last six YAIAA Division II championships.
Early, the Bulldogs made a strong claim that No. 7 is still a possibility. But once the sun set, Dover's chance to claim that title began to rise. By night's end, Green and his teammates celebrated a 44-13 win that made Monday feel like a Friday under the lights.
"It just doesn't feel the same as a Friday night, but we tried to maintain our focus and play like it was a Friday," Green said. "Once it got dark, it felt more like a Friday night."
While there was still light, Dover (5-2, 2-0) barely held a 14-13 lead on the Bulldogs (1-6, 1-1). West York quarterback Ross Campbell had just faked a handoff to his running back and scampered down the middle of the field for a 15-yard touchdown.
It was the last time West York reached the end zone.
Green and the defense allowed drives deep into their own field but never relinquished on fourth down. Offensively, they began to take off -- of course by staying on the ground.
Dover rushed the football 54 times for 409 yards.
"It's nice. We can go up the middle, we can go outside," said Green, who had 128 of those yards on 17 carries.
"We were just trying to stay behind our blockers and run."
The approach worked not only for Green but fellow junior Jake McLean and sophomore Dorran Ledbetter. McLean rushed for a game-high 138 yards, breaking the century mark on a 52-yard TD that set the final score.
Ledbetter struck early. He broke loose on a 46-yard run to give Dover the final points it ultimately needed with a 14-6 lead. Later, in the second quarter, his 20-yard run down to the West York 5 set up another score when the Bulldogs again were within a point.
"I think it's confusing for the defense," Ledbetter said of the Eagles' Wing-T attack. "It's so many options, and we can get the ball in different areas in different ways."
Ledbetter gained 69 of his 70 yards rushing in the first half, as Dover stretched its lead to 28-13. While his name was called only twice on offense in the second half, his behind-the-line tackle with teammate Cameron Beckman on fourth down ignited what became a Dover celebration for the final six minutes.
That celebration continued after coach Eric Lam's postgame speech, when junior tight end Malik Allen held up a WWE title belt amid a swarm of teammates to signify their goal of a Division II championship.
Allen caught one pass for 32 yards. It was one of only two passes Dover attempted all night.
He also had an interception late in the first half, exemplifying the effort Lam said he was most pleased with -- not the rushing totals or even how his defense answered the Bulldogs' challenge.
"You had those nerves," Lam said. "It was different, but you knew it was West York, so you had to be ready play."
West York 6 7 0 0 -- 13
Dover 14 14 3 13 -- 44
Do -- Logan Ambrose 1 run (Brendan Warren kick), 8:03.
WY -- Ian Lichty 14 pass from Ross Campbell (kick blocked), 4:17.
Do -- Dorran Ledbetter 46 run (Warren kick), 2:53.
WY -- Campbell 15 run (Darian McCauley kick), 7:31.
Do -- Gabe Jackson 3 run (Warren kick), 4:11.
Do -- Ambrose 16 run (Warren kick), 0:41.
Do -- Warren 27 FG, 7:31.
Do -- Isaiah Green 5 run (Warren kick), 8:30.
Do -- Jake McLean 52 run (kick failed), 6:07
First downs 17 19
Rushes-yards 37-154 54-409
Passing 10-29-3 1-2
Passing yards 141 32
Total yards 295 441
Punts 1-38.0 3-24.3
Fumbles-lost 2-0 3-1
Penalties-yards 4-40 10-104
Rushing -- WY, Campbell 12-106, Josiah Mincer 10-32, Noah Townsley 9-2, Kyle Narber 3-11, Noah Bowers 3-3. Do, Green 17-128, Ambrose 12-32, McLean 7-138, Ledbetter 7-70, Jackson 7-40, Tyler Blazosky 1-(-4), Caden Snyder 1-4, Joey Zutell 1-2, Tyrel Jones 1-(-1).
Passing -- WY, Campbell 9-28-3-136, Cash Gladfelter 1-1-0-5. Do, Ambrose 1-2-0-32
Receiving -- WY, Lichty 4-41, Terry Cains 2-53, Gladfelter 2-28, Diego Torres 1-19, Narber 1-0. Do, Malik Allen 1-32.