DRESDEN Dover knew it had to control seniors Nathan Strock and Austin Jones to notch a victory at state-ranked Tri-Valley on Friday night.
It didn’t happen.
Strock scored on an 11-yard run with 4:08 left to lift Tri-Valley to a wild come-from-behind 28-21 win over Dover in a nonconference clash on a crisp preautumnal night at jam-packed Jack Anderson Stadium.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Strock also threw a touchdown pass to give the Scotties an early lead and also returned an interception 30 yards for a score in the third quarter to spark the hosts (4-0).
The Tornadoes (2-2) were hurt by eight penalties and four turnovers.
Tri-Valley, ranked No. 8 in the state in Division II, overcame a 14-7 halftime deficit on Strock’s big third-quarter interception.
Strock is a nephew of former Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins quarterback Don Strock and is headed to Kent State University.
Dover retook the lead early in the fourth quarter when Brant Raber hauled in a 31-yard scoring pass from Mason Mamarella.
Raber also had a rushing touchdown for the Tornadoes.
But Jones, who rushed the ball 25 times for 208 yards, scored on a 9-yard run with 9:59 to play. However, the Scotties missed the extra point and the Tornadoes were still on top 21-20.
Dover had a chance to pad its lead, but poor field position and the Tri-Valley defense kept the Tornadoes’ offense at bay.
The Scotties took the lead for good on a 58-yard scoring drive capped by Strock’s scoring run.
The drive was aided by a personal foul and controversial ejection of Dover’s Mick Fishel after a play that put the Scotties in Dover territory.
Jones added the 2-point conversion run and the hosts were up 28-21 with plenty of time left on the clock.
However, the Tri-Valley defense stopped the Tornadoes on downs with 2:55 left after allowing a first down.
The Scotties then picked up a first down on fourth down late in the game and ran out the clock for the hard-fought victory.
Mamarella was 21-of-32 passing for 232 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also added 19 carries for 95 yards rushing.
Jonathan Fell had six catches for 87 yards and Raber added seven catches for 83 yards, while Trey Wallick caught five balls for 32 yards and Cory Contini added three catches for 30.
Tri-Valley took advantage early after a Dover muffed punt gave the hosts the ball at the Tornadoes’ 19.
One play later, Strock hit Trevor Krouskoupf with a 19-yard touchdown pass with 7:28 left in the opening frame. Daniel Scott’s extra point had the Scotties up 7-0.
Strock was 9-of-14 passing for 78 yards and ran 18 times for 28 yards.
Dover evened things after going on an 89-yard scoring drive capped by Mamarella’s 9-yard touchdown toss to Wallick with 7:46 left in the second quarter, Felipe Bravo’s extra point tied the game at 7.
After stopping Tri-Valley on its next drive, the Tornadoes took the lead on a Raber 6-yard run to put the Tornadoes on top with 3:12 left before the half. Bravo’s extra point gave Dover a 14-7 advantage at the half.