Dover Tornadoes Team News

Last season, a record seven area high school football teams qualified for the postseason.

It could be that many or maybe even more this season.

DOVER  It was a great way to open the 75th season of Dover High football at The Brickhouse.

East Cleveland Shaw at Dover

TIME  7 p.m.

SITE  Crater Stadium

2011 RECORDS  Shaw 7-4; Dover 11-2

LAST MEETING  First meeting

Welcome to The Times-Reporter's 2012 high school football preview on FridayNightOhio.com. The print edition of our preview appeared in the Aug. 21 edition of the T-R.

As Dover High head football coach Dan Ifft embarks on his 18th season at the Tornado helm, his mantra is the same as the previous 17 campaigns.

HEAD COACH  Dan Ifft (18th year; 152-42).

2011 RECORD  11-2 overall and Division III regional finalist, 5-0 in the East Central Ohio League and Scarlet Division champions.

After Pickerington Central took Dover behind the woodshed in a 2011 scrimmage at Pickerington, Dover High School head football coach Dan Ifft wasn’t sure how his 2012 Tornadoes would fare at Crater Stadium.



Thursday, Aug. 16

Coventry at Alliance 11 a.m.

Waynedale at Indian Valley, 5 p.m.

Walsh Jesuit at Jackson, 6 p.m.

Hoban at Lake, 6 p.m.

STRASBURG  On the gridiron, there’s no question that Dover High School’s Jared Alexander and Damon Bennett are superb football players.

GNADENHUTTEN  In all-star games, it’s usually the norm to have more than one player at each position.