Dover Crimson Tornadoes

Tornadoes give Wooster a whirl in Dover

The Dover Crimson Tornadoes (2-1) and Wooster Generals (1-2) were both in need of a victory over a quality opponent to get their 2018 football campaigns back on track. Dover’s dynamic senior duo of Alec Sayre and Kyler Folkert rose to the challenge as both players scored three touchdowns apiece, and the host Crimson Tornadoes cruised to a 49-21 win.

With Wooster coming off a tough 37-31 loss in week two to Wadsworth and Dover’s 41-21 thumping at the hands of Lake, both teams needed to get back to the basics by protecting the football, controlling the tempo and trusting teammates to keep any sort of playoff hope alive. Coach Ifft’s Tornadoes squad rose to the occasion and gave their season a lift on a night when the hosts celebrated Dover’s undefeated 1967 team with the Crater Stadium faithful in full attendance.

Despite their best effort, Wooster’s defense couldn’t stop Sayre and Folkert. Sayre, Dover’s do-it-all senior signal caller, was everywhere in this game. In addition to his hat trick of rushing TDs, he also struck pay dirt through the air including a 45-yard TD bomb at the end of the first half. He even filled in as the kicker on extra-points, where he perfectly converted all seven attempts. Sayre finished with 83 rushing yards on 15 carries. Folkert, Dover’s senior Swiss army knife at running back and receiver, was not to be out gained on the ground, where he tallied 162 yards on 15 attempts to go along with his own trifecta of touchdowns.

The Generals have a do-it-all player of their own in senior Dylan Dagley, who led Wooster’s offense under center and who seemingly made a gazillion tackles for the blue and gold on defense. However, it wasn’t enough to stop Dover from doing whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. Dagley finished with 62 yards rushing with one TD on 16 attempts while completing 11 of 22 passes for 57 yards (and his first interception of the year).

Dover began the game by marching down the field on their opening drive and capping it off on Sayre’s first TD of the night after a 1-yard plunge.

The Crimson Tornado defense forced the Generals into punting on their opening possession, and Dover’s offense had a great opportunity to convert a big passing play into a scoring opportunity, but Sayre’s over 30 yard pass to a wide open Ian Sexton on third down hit the turf, and Wooster got the ball back. Dover once again stonewalled Wooster’s offense and forced another punt. Dover held the ball to end the opening quarter with a 7-0 lead.

Sayre and the Tornadoes got things going in the second quarter when he scored his second rushing TD on a 17-yard keeper with 10:16 remaining in the half, making it a 14-0 game. Wooster finally answered with 6:19 left in the quarter when junior running back Brayden Taylor squeezed his way through some short yardage daylight to get the Generals in the scoring column, making it only a one-score disadvantage for the blue and gold.

Kyler Folkert punched the clock and went to work on his first of three TDs when he split two Wooster defenders around the right end for a 5-yard score with 3:36 to go before halftime. It capped a six-play, 81-yard drive by the Dover offense.

It looked like Wooster would be able to control the ball the rest of the half, but Dover’s solid defense forced the Generals into giving the ball back, and Sayre made Wooster pay dearly with 18 seconds remaining when he connected on a 45-yard heave to senior wideout Ethan Snyder, who made the catch and scored. The back-breaking touchdown gave Dover a 28-7 lead at halftime, and Wooster never recovered.

Wooster began the second half with the ball first, but a botched snap didn’t help the General offense find their rhythm, which forced a quick three-and-out punt that was promptly coughed up by Dover, giving Wooster the ball back with a short field. Dagley wasted little time in capitalizing on the miscue. With 9:15 to go in the third quarter, Dagley couldn’t find an open receiver, so he tucked the ball and scrambled his way to a nifty 24-yard TD, narrowing Dover’s lead to 28-14.

After Dagley’s score Wooster seemed to be capturing the momentum of the game when senior defensive back Lonnie Harper made a terrific snag of Sayre’s errant pass. However, after initially being called an interception and Wooster’s ball, the game officials channeled their inner Lee Corso and said “not so fast” after concluding Harper had not established control of the ball before he was out of bounds. Instead of Wooster’s offense getting the ball back with 7:52 left in the quarter and a chance to make it a single-score game, Dover maintained the ball for the bulk of the remainder of the period while also forcing a turnover of their own. The Tornadoes scored two more TDs to close out the third quarter to make it a comfy 42-14 lead.

Folkert struck again for his third score midway through the fourth quarter to push Dover’s lead to 49-14, which triggered a continuous game clock and created some experience for the nonstarters from both teams to get playing time. Wooster sophomore quarterback Owen Roach relieved Dagley and connected with junior Blake Yates to round out the scoring, but it was too little too late for the Generals. Dover earned the 49-21 victory after playing a relatively clean, mistake-free game.

It doesn’t get easier for Wooster as they continue to play on the road the next two weeks. In order for Wooster to turn their season around as they open Ohio Cardinal Conference play next week against Mansfield Madison (1-2), the Generals need to give Dagley some help. Coach Haas knows in order for team Woo to achieve their goals this season, more Generals need to step up and take some of the load off of Dagley on both sides of the ball and get back to playing solid, fundamental football. Wooster will travel to Mansfield to face the Rams on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.

Dover will continue to enjoy some home cooking the next two weeks at Crater Stadium. The undefeated East Dragons (3-0) from Akron, fresh off of a 24-17 victory over North Canton Hoover, are next on the Crimson Tornadoes’ schedule for their match-up on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.

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