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Dover (3-4) visited Hanover Park (7-0) at Lurker Park on a clear and comfortable Friday night.


Dover’s Dwayne Brown busted out for 68-yard TD reception on a swing pass early in the game (photo by Lisa Mita).

In the first quarter, the tough and scrappy Tiger defense was able to keep the game scoreless, and hold off any momentum the Hornets could generate. Then things started to turn the Hornets’ way when Sean Conley blitzed from his safety position and sacked Dover QB Adrian Vargas for an eight-yard loss. Facing third-and-long, Vargas attempted to throw a long out-pattern to receiver Dwayne Brown, only to be broken up again by Sean Conley. Dover was forced to punt, giving the Hornets the ball.


Hanover Park’s Anthony Otto (64) sets himself up to pass block against Dover’s Eric Schmidt (55) (Photo by Lisa Mita).

Then it was a heavy dose of HP running back Junaid Olanipekun. The sustained drive put the Hornets on the Tigers’ 1-yard line, where Rory DeLuca ran it in to put the Hornets on the board.


Dover’s line did an admirable job keeping up with Hanover Park’s aggressive defense (photo by Lisa Mita).

On the ensuing kickoff, Dover returned it to their 25-yard line. Third down, Vargas hit the speedy Dwayne Brown on a screen play that resulted in a 68-yard TD run. Shortly after the score, Brown left the game with a leg injury and did not return.

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Hanover Park’s Eric Magnifico (22) and Drew Croessmann (61) team up to tackle Brown in the first half (photo by Lisa Mita).

After that, it was all Hornets with five unanswered TDs.

The Hornets are playing great team ‘ball right on both sides. They had hard running from Olanipekun, Rory Deluca, Donato Casolaro, Jimmy Fortier, and Tomasz Radomski. Defensively, Anthony Oliviero (11 tackles), Rory Deluca (9 tackles), Eric Magnifico (5 tackles, and Alex LaShell (5 tackles) were big contributors. Hornets also had great blocking upfront from the offensive line, including an outstanding game from Anthony Otto.

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Hanover Park’s Rory DeLuca had a terrific game, catching 5 passes for 84-yards and a TD, rushing for another TD and recording 9 tackles on D (photo by Lisa Mita).

Box Score

Dover 0 7 0 6 13
Hanover Park 0 14 28 0 42

2nd: Hanover Park: Rory DeLuca 1 run (Alex LaShell kick)
2nd: Dover: Dwayne Brown 68 pass from Adrian Vargas (Christian Martinez kick)
2nd: Hanover Park: Junaid Olanipekun 1 run (Alex LaShell kick)
3rd: Hanover Park: Jimmy Fortier 13 pass from Donato Casolaro (kick blocked)
3rd: Hanover Park: Donato Casolaro 4 run (pass failed)
3rd: Hanover Park: Tomasz Radomski 36 pass from Donato Casolaro (Alex LaShell run)
3rd: Hanover Park: Rory DeLuca 36 pass from Donato Casolaro (Donato Casolaro run)
4th: Dover: Anthony Calcaterra 4 run (kick failed)

John is one of our oldest interns and his passion for covering sports is unwavering. His claim to fame is holding the single game sacks record for Hanover Park with eight against Dover in 1979 (although there are no record books to prove it).

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