Tornadoes Time Warp #8


First-year Dover coach Hermann "Bup" Rearick -- who would go on to an Ohio Hall of Fame career as football and basketball coach -- worked at growing the program in 1931 by routine subbing in dozens of players, enough for third and even fourth string lineups. Luckily for Rearick, his first string was first rate, and he could always turn to them when a game got out of hand or the Crimsons' drives stalled.

– 1931 Dover Football – Game 8

Dover Cops 7th Game in 8th Start; Plays Massillon Next

Game coverage from the Times-Reporter:

By Hal Jenkins

The Crimsons erased their zero percentage in the Northeastern Ohio Big Ten League, Saturday, by adding Ravenna to the growing list of victories at the fairgrounds. The score was 20 to 0.

It was Dover’s seventh triumph in eight starts and their first in the Big Ten circuit. One league game, the only defeat of the season, was handed out by Wooster.

This Saturday the second feature game of the season will be played at Massillon, also a member of the league. The first high spot of the season was, of course, the Millersburg fracas. The third, you’ve probably guessed, is the Thanksgiving clash with New Philadelphia.

Ravenna’s husky scrappers were not as badly beaten as the score might indicate. They made 10 first downs to Dover’s 11 and gained 118 yards from scrimmage to 224 for the Crimsons. Eighty-three yards were gained by Ravenna’s passes.

The Crimsons, however, had their full strength on the field in only the third quarter and part of the final period. … The entire first team — with the exception of end Kelker — took the field at the start of the third quarter and almost immediately a mediocre team was transformed into a slashing scoring machine.

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

Dover football newspaper article 1931


When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 1931

Where: Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds, Dover

Result: Dover 20, Ravenna 0. Dover improves to 7-1 on the season.

Notable: Dover was just returning to its conference schedule, and entering the meat of it with Massillon ahead and Phila waiting at season’s end. For as well as the Crimsons were playing, their lone conference loss to Wooster would come back to haunt them. In 1930, Ravenna beat Dover 13-6 to further sour the Crimson’s 2-3-2 record through 7 games.

Previous game: Dover triumphed at Uhrichsville, 13-0.

Next game: Nov. 14 at Massillon


Keys to the game – Crafty substitutions by coach Bup Rearick. The Crimsons essentially fielded a skeleton crew in the first half after notching an early touchdown on a Don Foutz run. When the starters returned in the third quarter, they quickly added another two scores.

In-game sequence – Dover again proved adept at forcing opportunities on defense, as this first quarter series of plays on both sides of the ball illustrates:

“… Zuchegno was given a hole in the line by center (Trevor) Rees and rushed through to block (Ravenna player) Brown’s punt. Mason recovered it on the (Ravenna) two yard line and Foutz plunged for the score on the first play and then placekicked for the extra point.”

Top performers – Zuchegno’s blocked punt was the second in two games for Dover; Don Godfrey threw a third quarter TD pass to the same Don Mason who recovered the blocked punt earlier in the game; Doc Kelker returned from injury to score on a 12-yard run; and Don Foutz rushed for one TD and kicked two extra points.

Don Foutz’s line –

1 touchdown rushing (6 points)

2 extra points kicked (1 missed)

8 points total

(no yardage totals reported)


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.


Dover football 1931

In-game action from the 1931 season.


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