For the second straight season, Salesianum has earned the right to play for the Division I State Championship after defeating Dover in overtime 41-35 on Saturday night.
The two teams played a tight first half with the Senators giving Sallies everything they could handle. A late first half touchdown for Salesianum sent the two teams into the halftime break tied at 21-21.
In the second half, Salesianum was able to pull ahead by two touchdowns seemingly putting the game out of Dover's reach with under five minutes to play.
After Dover's offense came up with a big touchdown late to cut the Salesianum lead to just a touchdown, the Senator defense shocked the crowd at Baynard Stadium. Dover was able to force a Salesianum fumble which was returned 65-yards for a game-tying touchdown by Darius Taylor with just 43 seconds left in the final stanza to force overtime.
In overtime, Dover received the ball first and gave it away on a fumble allowing Salesianum at chance at punching their ticket to the state title game with just a score. Starting from the 10-yard line Troy Reeder punched in the game winning touchdown to send Salesianum back to the state championship game.
For the second straight season, Salesianum will take on two-time defending champion Middletown.