Raiders roll at home against Millis

By Jeff Kiesling
Community Contributor

“Who is behind me?”

“I am behind you!”

“Who is behind me?”

“I am behind you!”

The Dover-Sherborn college football team formed a tight circle and their voices thundered as they jumped up and down in unison after taking the field for Senior Night before kickoff against the Millis High School Mohawks last Friday. The players and coaches have turned their backs on each other all season, and it showed once again as they convincingly defeated another opponent 33-7 and extended their unbeaten streak to seven games.

On Milli’s first possession, Raiders defensive end Dylan Rogers broke down the left side of the line and grabbed the Mohawks quarterback, prompting him to speed up his pass attempt. The ball floated into secondary, where Mekhi Robinson picked it up and returned it to the visitors’ 25-yard line. However, the Raiders’ offense stuttered and they turned the ball over on downs. The Millis offense couldn’t do any better and they jabbed the ball back to the hosts, who took over near midfield.

In DS’s second series, the offense got hot in a rush when Chris Kiesling snatched a Garrett Webb pass in traffic for a 25-yard gain. On the next play, Michael Polk took a handoff midway and shook off several tacklers en route to his first touchdown of the night. The Raiders’ kicking squad had a rare error and the Mohawks fended off the extra point attempt to make it 6-0 with four minutes remaining in the first quarter.

The Dover-Sherborn defense remained stingy, and the Mohawks had to stab from deep within their own end on their next possession. The Raiders took over in near midfield and quickly got back to work. Webb threw a ball at Brian Olson, who broke over the middle on a crossover route, and the safe receiver rumbled inside the 25-yard line. Two games later, Webb returned to Olson, who punched his defender in the right corner of the end zone for an easy goal. Ronan Richards scored the extra point to make it 13-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Millis was able to move the ball on his next possession and drove deep into DS territory, but they failed to capitalize when Griffin Rosbottom intercepted the ball near the end zone and returned it to the 15-yard line. The Raider offense picked up where it left off in the first quarter, continuing the runners-up lead by a 35-yard throw from Webb to Kiesling and then a through-the-center pass to Olson, who was carrying defenders on his back was flagged down inside the five-yard line before he went. The drive was cut short when Webb Polk hit from the backfield on the right for the second result of the game for the defender. By half-time, the Raiders had established a commanding 20-0 lead and were well on their way to extending their winning streak.

Dover-Sherborn showed some new offensive creases in the third quarter. They moved the ball quickly down the field in a thoughtful and well-executed play when Webb threw the ball to Henry Moore, who ran to his left and then pulled up and uncorked a 45-yard bomb at Kiesling, who had come back on the defense on the left sideline. Two plays later, Moore took a handoff on a counterplay and weaved through traffic on the left, entering the end zone untouched. With the successful extra point, DS extended their lead to 27:0 in the middle of the third quarter.

Millis was able to get on the board with a 60-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter to make it 27-7, but they wouldn’t score another.

Ronan Richards added an exclamation mark to the Raiders’ performance when he pinned the Mohawks inside their own 5-yard line with a great punt (knocked down by Will Dummer) and then scored a 22-yard quarterback keeper down the middle the last period.

With the win, the Raiders improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in TVL Small on the season. They visit Norton on Friday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. for their kickoff and finish their regular season at Medfield High School on Thursday, November 24 at 10:00 a.m. for their annual Thanksgiving Day match .

This story was generously contributed by a member of the Dover-Sherborn community. Hometown Weekly welcomes submissions of varsity sports photos and game reports to [email protected]

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