Tornadoes Time Warp #3

Don Foutz, #6, right, throwing a block, and his Crimson teammates had no answers for Wooster during their road trip in the third game of the 1931 season. Dover was shut out to start the season 2-1 in a game attended by Ohio's governor.

1931 Dover Football – Game Three

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.


From game coverage in The Times-Reporter:

Dover Flouders in Attempt to Capture Third Win of Season

By Hal Jenkins

Once upon a time, dear children, a team of Crimsons had won two football games.

Came the day of October Second, in the Year of our Lord Nineteen Hundred and Thirty-One, Confident Crimsons expected to annex their third straight as they strode out on the Wooster field to face the Generals.

There – and on that day – they fell.

The score was 25 to 0.

Generals, privates, sergeants et al moved in on them. With their feet buried in fresh concrete, they joined the spectators in gazing skyward at flying pigskins.

Four times the ball zipped from the rifle-arm of one Bouncey Taliaferro into the arms of a male and touchdowns resulted.

Talk about an upset! Wait’ll the ol’ corncob gets goin’ and Granpaw will tell you about it.

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


When: Friday night, Oct. 2, 1931

Where: Wooster

Result: Wooster 25, Dover 0

Notable: In 1930, Wooster also blanked Dover, 13-0, and on Crimsons’ turf, as the team got off to an 0-2-1 start.

Also notable: So hyped was this contest, and Dover’s team so well-regarded, that Ohio Governor George White was in attendance and joined the Crimsons’ halftime “huddle of worry” in the words of Hal Jenkins, all to no avail.

Previous game: Dover beat Coshocton 13-6 to start the season 2-0

Next game: Oct. 10, home, against Orrville


Keys to the game – This one was all Wooster. The Generals threw for 146 yards and four touchdowns to Dover’s 86 yards passing.

Wooster notched 15 first downs to Dover’s six. To quote Jenkins, Dover “fumbled… stumbled. They couldn’t run or block or tackle.”

Dover even completed an illegal pass to center Trever Rees in the third quarter the officials didn’t bother to disqualify. All but one Dover first down came in that quarter.

Top performers – From Dover? None.

Don Foutz’s line –

0 touchdowns

0 points

No passes or punts noted in the article.

Quotable –

“The Crimsons probably threw off enough bad football to last them several weeks. Perhaps the upset did them good. Certainly the most deserving team won, and, the season is still young.”

Halfback Don Foutz, taking the handoff in this practice photo, and his Dover teammates hoped for a better result in the season's fourth game, at home against Orrville, after falling to Wooster this week. Tune in next week for news of that game, as well as photos and more Crimsons/Tornadoes lore.

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