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Dover-Sherborn Falls Again, Struggling Early Due to Injuries

With some key injuries early in the season, the Raiders have struggled on the field, but with some of their injured players expected to return soon, DS hopes to turn the corner soon.

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.

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