New Philadelphia primed for a run at the postseason after two-year drought


New Philadelphia Quakers

New Philadelphia is looking to end a two-year playoff drought and, while young, the Quakers return players that saw significant playing time last season.

Matt Natali has more on the 2008 Quakers.

New Philadelphia (6-4)


RB/LB Tyler Dummermuth (6-3, 215, Sr.), DE Kyle Widder (6-3, 210, Jr.), DE/TE Jordan Demattio (6-3, 210, Jr.), OL/DL Ethan Zucal (6-2, 270, Jr.), OL/DL Zach Alcorn (5-10, 220, Jr.), TB Will McEwen (6-0, 175, Jr.), LB/RB Hunter Madsen (5-11, 215, Sr.), LB/TE Matt Burick (6-1, 175, Sr.), QB/DB Max Price (6-1, 180, Sr.), QB/DB Cody Cox (5-11, 165, Jr.), LB John Phillips (6-1, 195, Sr.).


New Philadelphia is looking to end a two-year playoff drought and, while young, the Quakers return players that saw significant playing time last season.

“Going 6-4 last year was disappointing for us and we spent a lot of time talking about why we were 6-4,” head coach Matt Dennison said. “But we feel we have a good nucleus coming back. We’re going to be a young team but we feel we have some good kids coming back.”

New Philadelphia started eight sophomores at the end of the season that got good experience and Dennison is looking forward to having those players returning.

“Were going to have some good depth coming in and I think that is really going to help us early on,” said Dennison. “We have an excellent junior and sophomore class coming up back-to-back so we’ll have a lot of kids that can play. We’ve been a little thin in places the past few years so that is one thing we’re excited about.

“I think we have good chemistry this year already.”

Dummermuth is a Division I college prospect and rushed for 600 yards, had 500 yards receiving, 80 tackles and two kickoff returns for touchdowns.

He is drawing most interest from colleges in the Midwest Athletic Conference, including Bowling Green, Miami (Oh.), Ohio, Akron as well as Kansas, Cincinnati and West Virginia.

“He’s got a couple of schools that are really close to offering him,” Dennison said.

Schools are looking at him at both wide receiver and outside linebacker.

McEwen started the last four games of the season and tallied 600 yards rushing.

Price and Cox will battle for the quarterback position with Jordan Miller now taking snaps at Akron but Cox has the early nod to step in under center, according to Dennison.

“Cody is a great athlete and that is what we like,” he said. “He is going to give us a threat of running and a threat of throwing the ball.”

On defense, Dummermuth, Madsen, Burick and Phillips all return at linebacker.

The Quakers open against Canton Central Catholic then travel to Carrollton and Marietta before heading into East Central Ohio League play.

Dayton Meadowdale is on the schedule for Week 5 in a one-year deal.

“We feel we’re going to be able to compete against everyone this year,” said Dennison. “We feel we’re going to have a good shot in every game.”


8/22 Canton Central Catholic

8/29 at Carrollton

9/5 at Marietta

9/12 Uhrichsville Claymont

9/20 Dayton Meadowdale

9/26 Byesville Meadowbrook

10/3 Warsaw River View

10/10 at Cambridge

10/17 Coshocton

10/24 Dover


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