ROCHESTER — The Dover High School football team had little trouble moving the ball in the first quarter Friday night. The Green Wave did, however, have difficulty holding onto it.
Once they licked the security issues, Dover scored on six of its next seven possessions in rolling to a 62-21 win over Spaulding in a Division I East rivalry game at Hugo Bolin Field for its third straight victory.
After the Green Wave (3-1) turned the ball over on their first two drives, quarterback Carson Webb ran for a pair of touchdowns and passed for another in the final 7:50 of the first half, which ended with Dover in front, 22-8.
Webb capped a 92-yard drive with a 20-yard keeper, then hit tight end Erik Stephens for the 2-point conversion to give Dover an 8-0 lead.
“Give Spaulding a lot of credit,” said Dover coach Ken Osbon. “They came out in the first quarter and banged us. They’re a physical football team. They were obviously up for the game. They caused us some problems early.”
The Red Raiders (0-4) tied the game on a 52-yard punt return by Tophie McNulty and a 2-point conversion pass from Noah Lapointe to Mitchell Stokes with 3:59 left in the second quarter.
The Green Wave went ahead to stay on the next play from scrimmage when Webb hooked up with Caleb Bolden on a short swing pass and Bolden took it the distance for a 55-yard touchdown.
“I like the fact that when things are going bad the kids never hang their heads and go south,” Osbon said.
Bolden, who had a big game running and receiving, set up Dover’s next score with an interception on Spaulding’s ensuing possession. Webb capped the four-play drive with on a 5-yard quarterback draw.
Vinny Panetta rushed for the 2-point conversion and the Green Wave led at the half, 22-8.
“They’re pretty well-rounded,” said Spaulding coach John Shea. “They’ve got a good runner and their quarterback can run, and they have a good enough passing game to keep you honest. It’s not easy to defend all that."
Kennett 14, St. Thomas 9
NORTH CONWAY — Playing without injured starting quarterback Shawn Dekorne, the Saints had a hard time offensively and allowed a 64-yard touchdown pass from Kennett’s Brett Miller to receiver Pat Cullen. The loss was their first in two seasons.
Aaron Lamar added a 3-yard touchdown grab from Miller for Kennett. Both teams moved to 3-1 in Division II.
Somersworth 42, Raymond 7
SOMERSWORTH — The Hilltoppers’ off-tackle run game was firing on all cylinders. Nate Levesque finished with 159 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. Ray Mills rushed for 108 yards and a TD. All told, the Somersworth ground game totaled 340 yards.
Somersworth improved to 2-2 in Division IIII.
Goffstown 3, Portsmouth 1
GOFFSTOWN — The first-place Grizzlies (8-1) were able to fight off the Clippers in Division II action. Portsmouth’s lone goal was scored by Henry Ekstrom off a cross from Jack Leger.
Portsmouth (2-6-1) plays at Kingswood Tuesday.
Sacopee Valley 2, Traip 0
HIRAM, Maine — The Rangers slipped to 3-4 in Class C South, while Sacopee improved to 5-0-1.
Sacopee scored a goal in each half. Sommer Huntress had eight saves in net for Traip. Isabella Woollacott led the defense and Olivia Lawrence added some strong attacks up front.
The Rangers play at Poland Monday.
Oyster River 8, Kingswood 0
WOLFEBORO — The Bobcats won their sixth straight game in Division II to improve to 6-1.
Felicia Drysdale led OR with a hat trick and Aliyah Murphy added two goals. Chloe Thompson, Claire Genes and Xiana Twombly added one goal each. Grace Fecteau, Shealyn Pare and Jordan Thompson combined for the shutout in goal. The Bobcats host Goffstown today.
Derryfield 4, Portsmouth 0
PORTSMOUTH — The Clippers fell to unbeaten Derryfield (9-0) and are now 6-2 in Division II.
Goalie Kayleigh Vogel had 25 saves. Katie Crowell and Tory Liebel were both leaders on defense.
Portsmouth is at Oyster River Monday at 4:45 p.m.
Marshwood 4, Cheverus 0
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Taylor Gilbert scored the game’s first goal and then assisted on another as the Hawks rolled to 8-1 in the Class A South.
The defense came up big, a unit paced by Lexi Tworkowski, Madi Paulin, Andi Longtin and goalie Shannon Giblin (5 saves). Leah Glidden scored a pair of goals, Celine Lawrence had one, and the Hawks got assists from Hannah Costin, Elaine Bachelder and Mallory Nadeau in the win. They travel to Deering Tuesday.
York 3, Fryeburg 0
FRYEBURG, Maine — On Thursday, Lily Posternak scored a pair of goals and the Wildcats posted their third straight shutout. They pushed their record to 8-0 in the Class B South and their win streak to 44 games.
Izzy Bretz also scored for York. The Wildcats host Freeport today at 11 a.m.
JV GIRLS SOCCER
Portsmouth 1, Goffstown 1
GOFFSTOWN — Brittany Graham scored the lone goal for the Clippers, who moved to 5-1-1 on the season. Molly Perkins paced the defense and Emily Ricard added a strong game up top. PHS travels to Kingswood on Wednesday.