Dover poised for yet another run at the postseason

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Dover Tornadoes

Under head coach Dan Ifft, Dover has been a perennial playoff contender year in and year out and the 2008 campaign should be no different.

Granted, the Tornadoes graduated 28 seniors from last year’s team, including all-everything Matt Rinehart, but Dover has some key cogs returning and Ifft is excited about the incoming seniors.



PLAYERS TO WATCH

WR/DB Kyle Sattler (5-10, 160, Sr.), WR/DB Carson Gessner (5-9, 165, Sr.), RB/LB Andrew Bache (5-9, 180, Jr.), RB/LB Marcus Mamarella (5-10, 200, Jr.), QB Cory Lisowski (6-3, 180, Sr.), QB/WR/DB Ricky Maz (5-9, 165, Jr.), WR/DB Jeff Ickes (5-9, 185, Sr.), OL/DL Chris Cecil (6-2, 205, Sr.), OL/DL Neil Finlayson (6-2, 210, Sr.), TE/DL Tyler Hawk (6-4, 240, Jr.), LB Ian Drapcho (6-0, 170, Jr.).

SEASON OUTLOOK
2007 Record: 8-4; Regional Semifinals

Under head coach Dan Ifft, Dover has been a perennial playoff contender year in and year out and the 2008 campaign should be no different.

Granted, the Tornadoes graduated 28 seniors from last year’s team, including all-everything Matt Rinehart, but Dover has some key cogs returning and Ifft is excited about the incoming seniors.

“We’ve got a good group of seniors coming up this year as far as leadership is concerned,” he said. “We had 28 seniors graduate but only about 14 that played a lot for us. So, we had a lot of sophomores playing last year that are juniors now and a lot juniors that are seniors now.”

Most notably, second-team All-Ohio Lisowski returns under center and will lead the patented Dover spread offense.

“Whenever you have your quarterback returning you’ve got to beat excited and he was quite successful season last year,” Ifft said. “He is a very cerebral young man, reads coverages well, knows who to go to and is very cool and calm player. He has all the qualities to be a quarterback. We’ve very pleased with him and having him coming back makes a big difference.”

Sattler and Gessner will be reeling in passes from the senior signal caller filling the shoes of first-team All-Ohio Rinehart left behind.

“Sattler is the receiver coming back with the most experience,” said Ifft.

While Dover will be going to the air as usual, the Tornadoes will be employing a running attack this season as well.

We think we’re pretty good up the middle and that is where you are going to have to build from.

“(The spread) is going to be our base. We are going to start from there but you are going to some more from us this year than you’ve seen in the past,” Ifft explained. “We’re going to run the more. We’re going to run the ball out of some single-back sets and we’re going to get under center and run some two-back sets. We think it is time to mature the offense, if you will, and work on a little more during the week than we have before.

“So, we’re going to have to work on the things we’ve done here the past five years and that is going to have to be our base but we want to get into some power football and some play-action passes here and there and play into the strengths that our kids possess.”

Taking the carries for Dover will be Bache and Mamarella.

“They are going to provide us a little punch there,” said Ifft.

Upfront, Dover is strong is big and Hawk will make the move from offensive line to tight end and defensive tackle.

Another area of concern is the kicking game with Rinehart now kicking for Kent State.

“We lost a scholarship kicker and you don’t replace that over night. We’ve got to get that kicking game shored up in a hurry,” said Ifft.

So, while young overall, there is some experience to build on with that youth.

“We think these juniors coming up are going to be good football players to build around,” Ifft said. “There are some seniors that are going to be battling for position with some juniors. We’re going to have great competition on the fields of practice. If you come to practice everyday and you don’t (perform), the guy behind you will take your job. That is the best motivator there is. But if everybody practices well and performs well it will provide tremendous depth on Friday nights.”

And the Tornadoes will have to be ready to play right out of the gate with Canton South, Avon Lake and Canton Central Catholic on the schedule before heading into East Central Ohio League play.

“After our first three games, we’ll be better. If you want to have a shot to be the best, you have to play those types of people,” Ifft said. “I think we have learned that over the years. We’ve taken our lumps but we have learned from it. It really helps the program and helps the kids expect more out of themselves.”

SCHEDULE

Aug. 21 Canton South

Aug. 28 @ Avon Lake

Sept. 5 Canton Central Catholic

Sept. 12 Warsaw River View

Sept. 19 Coshocton

Sept. 26 Cambridge

Oct. 3 @ Uhrichsville Claymont

Oct. 10 @ Byesville Meadowbrook

Oct. 17 Greenville

Oct. 24 @New Philadelphia

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