A number of area high school football programs kicked off their scrimmage season on Saturday and that included Dover hosting GlenOak and New Philadelphia traveling northwest.
The Crimson Tornadoes and Golden Eagles found themselves in a 60-game scrimmage on the Crater Stadium turf and each team found the end zone once for a 1-1 draw.
“It was a very good first scrum for us,” Ifft said. “They had guys who could squirm and we were able to adapt to their speed. They have good tough kids and it was a good physical 60 game scrimmage. Overall I wasn’t unhappy at all .”
GlenOak scored on his first possession of the contest as he moved the ball down his own 30 on a number of quick plays, capped by a two-run run.
Dover also scored on their first possession as junior JJ Barton scored on a 4-yard run to cap a 70-yard touchdown.
Senior running back Mitchell Martin was the main man on the road as he pulled off some big winners to put the Crimson Tornadoes in scoring position. He then added some tough runs to push his ground distance well past 100 yards for the game.
“Mitchell is an outstanding runner,” Ifft said. “He’s tough as nails.”
Senior Ben Hamm and junior Sean Baumberger shared quarterback duties and pitched sparingly.
Ifft said his goal is to work on the running game first against GlenOak.
“We wanted to get in and run the ball,” Ifft said. “Maybe we’ll work a bit more on passing on Thursday (at Ashland). Right now we wanted to lead the football.”
Defensively, junior Simon Lorentz, senior David Denney and Hamm shone with their tackling abilities, while second Caden Schie and senior Tyler Stevenson had interceptions.
“Our guys who are good players have been playing well and the guys who are trying to become players have made progress,” Ifft said.
New Phila 2, North West 0
New Philadelphia went to Canal Fulton and finished with a 2-0 decision over host Northwest.
Senior running back Trevor Bean crossed the line and just passed the Indians defense on the Quakers’ first possession for a 66-yard touchdown run.
Senior Konnor Tetzloff intercepted a North West pass and returned it 38 yards for New Phila’s other score. Junior Jordy Delacruz also had a pass for the Quakers, who never allowed Northwest near the end zone.
“We were very excited to see how we would play both sides of the ball against live competition,” New Philadelphia head coach Mike Johnson said. “Overall we are happy with what we saw and the effort of the children was outstanding. We will now work on areas where we can improve and continue to improve.
New Philadelphia Reserves also scored a few touchdowns on second-team Northwestern teams.
The Quakers head to Green Friday night for their next scrimmage.
Indian Valley 3, Fairless 1
Sam Carter ran for 75 yards for a touchdown, Kolton Thomas added a 30-yard run and Gavin Henry had a 1-yard TD dive as Indian Valley recorded a win at Fairless.
“It was a good first scrimmage and we were able to get a quality film to review,” Indian Valley head coach Matt Lancaster said.
West Holmes 4, Tri Valley 2
Mason Wolfe threw three touchdown passes, including two to Kyle Maltarich, as West Holmes doubled host Tri-Valley.
Maltarich had 70-yard and 35-yard TD receptions and Nate Fair also had another 70-yard catch, while Elisha Baldridge had a 1-yard run.
“We are very lucky to have such a great scrum partner in Tri Valley,” West Holmes head coach Zach Gardner said. “Their program gets it and we both always get better from that practice. We have a lot to watch on film to assess and improve.”
This article originally appeared on The Times-Reporter: Report on Saturday’s HS football scrimmage: Dover draw; Phila wins