With the start of YAIAA Division II play on Friday, Dover made the most of a chance for a fresh start with a 25-14 victory against Gettysburg.
A stormy 1-2 start to the season had left the Eagles searching for answers, and they found them on the practice field.
"We really went back to basics this week. Going 1-2, things were a little ugly," said Dover head coach Wayne Snelbaker. "They bought into this week. It was a difficult week of practice, and they left the selfishness behind. Now, we don't care who is carrying the ball."
Five runners carried the ball Friday night for Dover, and all five broke at least one run of 10 yards or more.
One of those runners, starting quarterback Tyler Blazosky, injured midway through the second quarter when he was tackled for a loss. He did not return to the game and was on crutches afterward.
"He says he'll be back next week. I don't know. He'll go tonight to see a doctor," Snelbaker said.
It took both offenses until the second half to come alive.
Dover (2-2, 1-0) outgained Gettysburg 89-43 in a pedestrian first half in which the only scoring came on a defensive touchdown by Dover's Cole Jesmer and a Gettysburg safety.
Dover linebacker Derek Breneman recorded three tackles for loss and a forced fumble in the first half, while Corbin Garcia had 1.5 tackles for loss to lead the Warriors (1-3, 0-1).
Gettysburg's deepest foray into Eagles territory ended late in the second quarter. On first down from the Dover 11, Tyler Wilt was picked off by Amari Peterson at the 5-yard line.
The tempo change in the second half.
After Dover punted down to the Gettysburg 11, Wilt coughed up a fumble that Durran Ledbetter recovered on a controversial call.
On third and 3 at the Gettysburg 24, Wilt had plowed into a pile for a first down. Warriors coaches claimed he was at the bottom of the pile after the play and laid the ball down for the officials, when Ledbetter grabbed it.
Officials ruled the play a fumble and gave possession to Dover. On the next play, Brett Mohn was initially stacked up but broke away, bouncing outside for a 24-yard touchdown run.
On the next play from scrimmage, Wilt absorbed a big hit in the midsection and lobbed the ball while falling to a wide-open Marquise Camel, who ran the final 60 yards of his 84-yard touchdown.
Dover again scored on a long drive, but Gettysburg answered.
After two sacks made it third and 23, Edny Celius took the handoff, spun away from a tackler, and kept his balance on an 87-yard run that set up another score.
"(Gettysburg) showed a lot of heart," Warriors head coach Matt Heiser said. "They really applied themselves and played some smash-mouth football."
Do — Cole Jesmer 25 fumble return (Josh Bradley kick), 5:49
Get — Safety, Dover snap out of end zone, 5:48
Do — Brett Mohn 24 run (run failed), 8:14
Get — Marquise Camel 84 pass from Tyler Wilt (pass failed), 7:57
Do — Tad Pequignot 1 run (run failed), 2:49
Get — Wilt 1 run (pass failed), 0:13
Do — Mohn 11 run (run failed), 11:12
DoGetFirst Downs188Rushes-Yards49-17139-142Passing7-17-22-8-2Passing Yards96107Total Yards267249Fumbles-Lost3-13-3Punts2-38.53-37.0Penalties-Yards6-487-62
Rushing — Do, Brett Mohn 12-72, Durran Ledbetter 13-49, Tad Pequignot 13-41, Joey Zutell 4-25, Tyler Blazosky 5-12, Team 2-(-28). Get, Edny Celius 21-149, Kahlil Hill 4-7, Wesley Gayle 4-(-1), Tyler Wilt 10-(-13).
Passing — Do, Blazosky 4-9-1-57, Pequignot 3-8-1-39. Get, Wilt 2-8-2-107.
Receiving — Do, Derek Breneman 4-57, Caden Snyder 1-25, Andrew Hoffman 1-8, Zutell 1-6. Get, Marquise Camel 2-107.