New Philadelphia has ECOL title, Week 11 in its sights


New Philadelphia Quakers
The Quakers have dropped from Division II to III and fifth-year head coach Matt Dennison is excited about the move. Not only will his team have a better chance of competing for a playoff berth, but New Philly has 17 starters back in the fold, including the entire offensive line, which blocks for senior quarterback Jordan Miller (6-3, 215), who recently committed to play football for Akron.

QB Jordan Miller (6-3, 215, Sr.), WR/DB Bryant McKnight (5-11, 185, Sr.), FB/LB Matt Thompson (6-0, 200, Sr.), OT/DL Alex Ballentine (6-2, 280, Sr.), OT/DT D.J. Friend (6-2, 275, Sr.), RB/LB Tyler Dummermuth (6-2, 205, Jr.), FB/LB John Phillips (5-11, 185, Jr.), TE/DB Matt Burik (6-2, 175, Jr.)

2006 Record: 8-2, 5-2 East Central Ohio League

The Quakers should be one of the top contenders in Region 11. The move from Division II should help when all of the computer points are compiled at the end of the season. More importantly, New Philly should be a team that is able to post a nine or 10-win season, especially with what ECOL foes Dover and Cambridge lost in the offseason.

“We only lost two offensive and three defensive starters,” Dennison pointed out. “One of our biggest strengths is experience. We’ll have a lot of veteran kids on the field who have experience in games. It also always helps when you’ve got a D-I quarterback. He’s got a great arm and has a veteran line to throw and run behind.

“The biggest thing we’re talking about in the offseason is consistency. We hope to be able to finish games and be more consistent on offense, which I think we’re capable of doing.

“We were the ECOL champs two consecutive years and dropped off last year. We want the ECOL title back. We also strive to make the playoffs every year and feel good about our chances this season. I feel this team has a lot of potential, but it’s just putting it all together on the field,” Dennison finished.

New Philadelphia
 2007 Schedule

Date Opponent Division
8/24/2007 @ Canton Central Catholic IV
8/31/2007 Carrollton III
9/7/2007 Marietta II
9/14/2007 @ Claymont III
9/21/2007 @ Gnadenhutten Indian Valley IV
9/28/2007 Byesville Meadowbrook IV
10/5/2007 @ Warsaw River View III
10/12/2007 Cambridge III
10/19/2007 Coshocton IV
10/26/2007 @ Dover III

* East Central Ohio League games in bold


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