Tornadoes Time Warp #7

Don Foutz, #6, piled up 209 yards in the Crimsons' 1931 game at Uhrichsville. At the time, this was the top single-game total amassed by a Dover player. Here Foutz is shown taking the ball during a 1931 home game at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds.

– 1931 Dover Football – Game 7

Foutz Tallies Both Markers And Adds Extra Point On Kick

Game coverage from the Times-Reporter:

By Hal Jenkins

After playing ragged ball in the first half the Crimsons rallied in the third and fourth quarters to defeat Uhrichsville, 13 to 0, at Pan Handle Park, Dennison, Saturday.

Don Foutz, whose ground gaining ability was one of the game’s features, made both touchdowns and added the extra point. It was the first victory of the season over a county team for the Crimsons in their first start over a Tuscarawas County eleven.

Foutz gained 209 yards of Dover’s 287 piled up from scrimmage. He made several runs of 20 yards each and 40-yard and 34-yard jaunts were also reeled off by the Crimson kicker, passer and ball-carrier.

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When: Saturday, Oct. 31, 1931

Where: Pan Handle Park, Dennison

Result: Dover 13, Uhrichsville 0. Dover improves to 6-1 on the season.

Notable: It was Dover’s first game in 1931 against another high school from Tuscarawas County. Dover had also blanked Uhrichsville in 1930, winning 20 to 0 to even its record at 2-2-2.

Previous game: Dover beat Millersburg at home, 9-0.

Next game: Nov. 7, home, against Ravenna


Keys to the game – Defense, again. Just as Dover had kept Millersburg from getting inside the 35-yard line, Crimsons defenders permitted no Uhrichsville drive beyond the 20.

A change in offensive strategy in the second half saved the game for Dover. In the first two quarters, Uhrichsville’s defense proved adept at shutting down the Crimsons’ runs around end. So Dover switched to straight-ahead rushes in the third quarter, which led to Don Foutz’s two touchdowns.

In-game sequence – In the fourth quarter, Dover led 6-0 when Dale Godfrey added another blocked punt to the 1931 Crimsons defensive tally. He recovered on Uhrichsville’s 13.

“Foutz picked up nine yards and then sprinted the remaining four on the next play for a touchdown. His place-kick was good for the extra point.”

Top performers – Godfrey gets a nod for his blocked punt in the fourth quarter; Trevor Rees stole another interception, which he returned 15 yards; Don Foutz rushed for 209 yards (then a single-game record for Dover) and 2 touchdowns.

Don Foutz’s line –

2 touchdowns rushing (12 points)

1 extra point kicked (1 missed)

13 points total

209 yards rushing.


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.

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