Tornadoes Time Warp #1

Don Foutz's written notes say it all -- Dover's 1931 opener was a 40-0 pasting of Carrollton. In this photograph, from page 13 of Colt's grandfather's season scrapbook, Don Foutz, #6, prepares to either run or punt.

1931 Dover Football – Game One

Each week, this series runs in tandem with the 2010 Dover (Ohio) Tornadoes football schedule to share historic game-by-game summaries of Dover’s 1931 season, in which Colt Foutz’s grandfather, Don Foutz, played a starring role. Game stories and photos are excerpted from Don Foutz’s football scrapbook, with thanks to Fred Foutz. How did Dover do this week in 2010? Get the latest Dover Tornadoes news from the Sports section of The Times-Reporter.


What: Dover Crimsons season opener

When: 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, 1931

Where: Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds, Dover

Result: Dover 40, Carrollton 0

Notable: Carrollton held Dover to scoreless ties in 1930 and 1929.

Also notable: This was Herman “Bup” Rearick’s first game as head coach. He would set the tone throughout his inaugural season by dressing and playing a large roster, substituting frequently. A total of 45 players saw action for Dover in the season opener.

Next Week: Home against Coshocton


Keys to the game:  Carrollton could not run the ball. Of the 88 total yards Carrolton gained, passing accounted for 63.

Dover piled up 498 yards – all on the ground; both Dover passes were incomplete – and notched 21 first downs to Carrollton’s four.

Dover blockers knocked down the Carrollton secondary all game, proving the key to long runs.

Top performers – Frank and Fred Kelker scored 2 touchdowns a piece; halfbacks Don Foutz and Earl Maurer scored once each.

Family bragging (Don Foutz’s line) –

1 touchdown (6 points)

2 points placekicking

8 points total

Rushing yardage of at least 97 yards (from three runs noted in game article)

No mention of punting

Quotable – “Foutz, ace of the backfield last year, carried the ball often. His longest runs were two 35-yard dashes and one which netted 27 yards. … Foutz’s second 35-yard run, when he shook off several would-be tacklers, gave him his touchdown.”


From game coverage in The Times-Reporter:

Six Touchdowns Are Scored As Crimsons Cop 40 to 0 Verdict

By Hal Jenkins

Almost a point for each player Coach Herman Rearick used was scored at the fairgrounds Saturday as the Crimsons rode over Carrollton, 40 to 0, in the season’s inaugural.

Forty-five lads, or all candidates who were in uniform, participated. A continuous goalward drive never slackened despite weather conditions more suitable for baseball.

The victory was the most convincing Dover had scored since September, 1927, when Carrollton was swamped 50 to 0, the last year the late Joe Hermann coached the Crimsons.

Carrollton last season, and in 1929, held Dover to a scoreless tie.

Practically everything in the way of offensive football was unleashed. Yardage was piled up almost at will while the green, inexperienced Carrollton outfit was forced to hurl forwards to make any headway at all.

Only two weaknesses, and they were observed when substitutes were on the field, could be chalked against the Crimsons – forward pass defense and handling the ball. …

[[[Read the full article by clicking on the small picture below]]]

Looks like a point-after kick here for #6 Don Foutz against Carrollton, from a vantage point left of the goalposts. Game story says he made 2 kicks after touchdowns.

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