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West rebounds to lead Dover's victory charge

Brayton West had a bumpy start for the Dover Eagles as team's starting sophomore quarterback Friday night.

He made sure to recover in time to lead his team to victory, however.

West, the team's third-string quarterback, made it count late, throwing two second-half touchdowns in the Eagles' 17-14 win over Susquehannock, He got off the a bumpy beginning, tossing four interceptions in the first half, but was able to bounce back to lead the Eagles to victory. Both of his second-half scoring throws went to tight end Cole Jesmer.

Dover head coach Wayne Snelbaker said West was thrust into action last weekend when Eagles' second-string quarterback Dawson Jesmer went down with a torn ACL.

Susquehannock (3-7, 2-4) went ahead 7-0 early in Friday's game, and the score remained that way at halftime.

Dover (4-6, 3-3) opened the second half with a touchdown and would add 10 more points to take a 17-7 lead in the fourth quarter.

The Warriors got back on the board with two minutes remaining, slicing the deficit to three. They then forced a Dover punt and drove downfield, but the Eagles intercepted a pass attempt in the end zone to seal the victory, according to Snelbaker.

Snelbaker said other then two long pass completions allowed, his defense rose to the occasion Friday.

"They didn't run the ball on us," Snelbaker. "And, outside of (the two pass plays), they didn't throw it either."

Dover's head coach also credited his offensive line.

"We put it on their shoulders  tonight and said 'go win it for us,'" he said. "They responded."