Dover Tornadoes Team News

Home openers are special.

Especially at Dover High School.

Dover will open the home slate of its 2011 season when it hosts Ashland at Crater Stadium on Friday night.

It will be the 109th home opener in the long and storied history of Dover football which began back in 1896.

DOVER  After Dover’s 58-14 high school football win at Carrollton on Thursday night, Tornado head coach Dan Ifft was hard pressed to find something he didn’t like about his team’s play in its season opener.

CARROLLTON  Dover didn’t wait to shine under the lights at Community Field.

The Tornadoes did it in the bright sunshine.

And under the lights as well.

Dover coach Dan Ifft wondered how his former junior varsity players would react under varsity conditions.

TIME  7 p.m.

SITE  Community Field.

LAST YEAR’S RECORDS  Dover 10-3, Carrollton 4-6.

LAST MEETING  Dover won, 63-14, last year.

Shoes to fill

Dover High football historian Denny Rubright has a section in his 2011 Media Guide devoted to the Tornadoes’ long lineage of successful quarterbacks.

Dover has had an All-Ohioan in that position in seven of the past eight seasons.

DOVER  Dover doesn’t rebuild — it reloads.

The Tornadoes have been doing their fair share of reloading as they gear up for Thursday night’s 2011 high school football regular-season opener at Carrollton.

The East Central Ohio League will have a new look in football.

Not one, but two football champions will be crowned this season.


Thursday, Aug. 18

Wadsworth at Perry, 6 p.m.

Jackson at Walsh Jesuit, 6 p.m.

DOVER  Dover’s first high school football scrimmage of 2011 boiled down to this.

The offense is a work in progress.

The defense was very aggressive.