Tornadoes Time Warp #10

1931 Dover Football Game 10

Dover ran its 1931 record to 9-1 with a 3 TD margin of victory over Newcomerstown. Crosstown rival New Philadelphia waited midweek in the season's 11th and final contest, on Thanksgiving.

– 1931 Dover Football – Game 10

Dover Boosts Record to 187 Points in 9 Games Copped

Game coverage from the Times-Reporter:

By Hal Jenkins

The Crimsons slashed through mud and water Saturday at the fairgrounds to score a touchdown in every period and defeat Newcomerstown by 27 to 6. The Trojans tallied in the second quarter on Dover’s second team.

Victory boosted Dover’s total points to 187 for 10 games, nine of which have been won. The opposition scored 44 points, 25 of them going to Wooster, the only outfit which humbled the Crimsons.

Newcomerstown made only three first downs against the regulars, who played less than half the game. In all the Trojans chalked up 6 first downs to 17 for the winners.

The smallest crowd of the season took advantage of the lowest admission prices because of the weather. The last two minutes of the game were played in a driving rain.

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

1931 Dover Football Game 9 newspaper article


When: Saturday, Nov. 21, 1931

Where: Fairgrounds, Dover, Ohio

Result: Dover 27, Newcomerstown 6. The Crimsons improve to 9-1 on the season. Rival New Philadelphia is next — and last on the schedule.

Notable: Dover blanked Newcomerstown in 1930, 19-0, to pick up a much-needed victory, improving to 3-4-2. This season, Newcomerstown met Dover in the 10th contest, with rival Phila still to go. Just five times before 2000 would Dover schedules number 11 games in the regular season (not counting playoffs). The last time had been 1920; the next would be 1939.

Previous game: Dover won at Massillon, 6-0.

Next game: Thanksgiving, home, against NEW PHILADELPHIA


Keys to the game – On a second straight soggy Saturday, Dover coach “Bup” Rearick played his first team only sparingly. The second stringers, capably powered by freshman Fred “Spider” Kelker, who continued to rack up TDs to rank second on the team (25 points) to Don Foutz, who returned late in the game to notch another score on a season tally that now stood at 9 TDs running, 1 passing and 9 point-afters.

In-game sequence – Spider had just endured a bad series of plays: his punt-attempt from the Dover 1 yard line was partially block, leading to a Newcomerstown recovery on the 18, and then a touchdown run by the visitors. The extra point tied the game at 7. Then “oily-hipped Spider Kelker began to cup capers”:

“He raced for 17 yards and came right back for 20 more. His interference faltered and he lost five. He cut through tackle, reversed his field and ran 27 yards over the goal. So clever was his stepping that no Trojan touched him.”

Top performers – Touchdowns went to Fred Kelker, Fred Souers, Arthur Zuchegno and Don Foutz. The defense once again performed admirably, holding the Trojans to just one early score, and shrinking the Crimsons’ 1931 per game average to less than 5 points allowed.

Don Foutz’s line –

1 touchdown rushing (6 points)

6 points total

4 runs for 52 yards on his scoring drive

Quotable –

“Foutz paved his way for his own touchdown in the final period by runs of 22, 10 and 15 yards. He sliced through tackle for five yards to score and Godfrey plunged for the 27th point. The second team took the field and was later replaced by the third team and fourth-string substitutes.”


The Time Warp clears out the archives for daily previews of the 1931 Dover-Phila game. Catch up with a season recap. Prepare for the contest with player and coach profiles. Gear up for the Turkey Day grudge match with historic photos, program pages and a game-day telegram!


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 a Dover-Phila preview later in the 1931 season. The Kelker brothers, better known as Spider, left, and Doc. Just wee freshman and sophomore, respectively, in 1931, they would go on to become storied Dover athletes. Spider, in 1931, was the second-highest scorer, behind Don Foutz. Doc would lead undefeated teams in 1932 and '33, as well as captain the basketball squad to a state championship..

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2 thoughts on “Tornadoes Time Warp #10

  1. ME Dad Foutz, gen 2 removed

    Colt, just want to say thanks and love ya for all the reflections and the adrenaline boosts each week.

    • Sure thing, Dad! Somehow the records are even more amazing when you dig them up and start seeing them in the context of actual games. Wish there was a way we could watch them!

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