The following was submitted by Gil Thorpe:
Young football teams make mistakes, and Dover-Sherborn is a very young team. With only 4 seniors dressed for their opening Tri-Valley game with Holliston, turnovers told the tale for the second straight game as the host Raiders fell 40-0. Senior captains Steve Alessandro (WR/DB) & Andy Van Dore (OT/MLB), along with seniors Mike Vaughan (OT/DT) and Dylan Davies (LB) led the young Raiders, but after giving up an opening touchdown to the visiting Panthers, a series of miscues including a fumble returned for a touchdown, an interception returned to the DS 5 yard line and a half dozen missed tackles gave the visitors 3 easy scores and Dover-Sherborn trailed 34-0 at half.
Some of the younger Raiders shone in the 2nd half as Dover-Sherborn moved the ball well, but turnovers precluded any Raider tallies. Beset by injuries, senior captain QB Will Scatchard is out for the year and senior captain WR/DB Keaton Stoner’s balky knee has kept him off the field for 2½ games, the team is hoping the injury bug moves on and that they can get some of the injured back on the field in time for them to make a mark in the competitive Tri-Valley League.
The Raiders host Bellingham this Friday at 7 pm.