Tornadoes Time Warp #2

In-game action from the 1931 Dover Crimsons season. Probably Colt's grandfather, Don Foutz, punting, though his number was 6, and this shot is blurry.

1931 Dover Football – Game Two

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 second game

When: 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, 1931

Where: Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds, Dover

Last week: Dover 40, Carrollton 0

This week’s result: Dover 13, Coshocton 6

Notable: Coshocton blanked Dover in 1930, 19-0.

Also notable: Coaches from Wooster – whom the Crimsons were set to play the following Friday – scouted the game. The Generals headed into that contest following a 22-0 pasting of Medina and after dropping their first game to Millersburg 13-0.

Next game: Friday night at Wooster


Keys to the game –  Dover’s blocking and play at the lines led to 252 yards and 15 first downs to Coshocton’s meager 97 yards and four first downs. Coshocton failed to capitalize on Dover fumbles.

Top performers – Frank Kelker and Don Foutz scored a touchdown each.

Family bragging (Don Foutz’s line) –

Acting captain for game

1 touchdown (6 points)

1 point placekicking (another kick missed)

7 points total

Rushing yardage of at least 61 yards (9 runs noted in article)

Passing yardage of 45 (3 passes completed)

In-game Sequence: At the start of the second quarter, Dover turned the ball over on downs. Coshocton fails to gain any ground, punts and then, as Hal Jenkins notes in The Times-Reporter, “the Crimson drive was underway again, this time not to be denied.”

Foutz hit the line for 14 yards, being downed in midfield. (Frank) Kelker made six on a reverse. Foutz picked up 17 around end. Foutz tossed an 11-yard pass to Maurer. Godfrey hit the line for four yards and the ball rested on Coshocton’s 11-yard marker. Foutz picked up two around end and Kelker came around for six more. Foutzx failed to gain and then lost four yards on a line play. On the next play, Kelker came through on the end-around play and sprinted six yards for a touchdown. Foutz’s placec-kick was squarely between the uprights.


“The sensational running of Foutz was outstanding and his booting and forward passing played an important part in the result.”

“(Frank) Kelker’s superb work at end stood out. He was never taken out of a play and his tackling was accurate. His gains with the ball were important and his kickoffs had plenty of distance.”


From game coverage in The Times-Reporter:

Outplay Indians to Win Second Contest, Line Play Features

By Hal Jenkins

The Crimsons Saturday successfully passed their first real test of the season in vanquishing Coshocton’s Redskins, 13 to 6, at the fairgrounds.

Touchdowns by Frank Kelker and Don Foutz, and Foutz’s place-kicking toe earned the well-deserved victory. The margin of the conquest hardly is indicated by the score because Dover gained 252 yards fromm scrimmage to 97 for the Redskins and chalked up 15 first downs to four for the opposition.

Bleachers extending the length of the field on both sides were well filled. The temperature was ideal for football. Only fault that possibly could be found with the Crimsons: They fumbled too often and no doubt will receive more of their strenuous drills on handling the ball. Fortunately, most of their fumbles were recovered. …

[[[Read the full game story by clicking the small picture below!]]]

Don Foutz, #6, passes in this practice photo. Dover's might on the ground in 1931 was complemented by the passing of halfback Foutz and others. Elated Crimson fans remember Don's 50-yard pass play in 1930 in the closing minutes to beat rival New Philadelphia.

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