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Coming into Friday’s match-up with Dover, the Coshocton Redskins were rolling. They were undefeated at 7-0 and were ranked sixth in the state in Div. V.
The 4-3 Tornadoes on the other hand might of had more losses coming into the game, but have played a stronger schedule than that of their league foe, the Redskins.
That’s why when the final scoreboard read 24-21 in favor of Dover, not a whole lot of people were surprised by the outcome.
In fact the Redskins haven’t beat Dover since 2002. Another sign that the Tornadoes were more than likely going to come out the winner despite all the hype being around Redskins coming into the game.
Helping the Tornadoes keep their league record a perfect 3-0, and dropping the Redskins to 2-1 in the ECOL, was Dover’s DeAndre Clark.
Clark scored two rushing touchdowns including one from three yards that put Dover back ahead 14-7 late in the second quarter. Then on Dover’s first drive of the second half Clark capped a long drive with another rushing TD, this time from seven yards out to give Dover a 21-7 lead.
To go with his two scores, Clark also had three interceptions on defense. His second pick of the game setup what proved to be the winning score when Dover’s kicker Jack Deneher nailed a 24-yard field goal putting Dover ahead 24-7.
Coshocton didn’t just pack it in and go away though.
The Redskins got rushing touchdowns of 42 yards from Kobie Means and another rushing TD from two yards by Dallas Griffiths in the fourth quarter that made the final score much closer.
Dover made a big third down conversion late to preserve the ‘W’ and score some big playoff points.