After key players lost, reloaded Dover will have a new-look playbook

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Dover Tornadoes

Despite the loss of all-state quarterback Cory Lisowski to graduation and his go-to receivers in head coach Dan
Ifft’s patented spread offense, Dover will be a force in the D-III, Region 11 once again.

But it might not be through the air.


Dover (11-2)

* Players to Watch – QB Marcus Mamarella (5-10, 200,
Sr.), WR/DB Ian Drapcho (6-0, 170, Sr.), WR/DB Colton Zahner (6-1, 175, Jr.),
WR/LB Eric Aubihl (6-0, 170, Jr.), WR/DB Ricky Maz (5-9, 190, Sr.), RB/LB Keith
Johnson (5-11, 180, Jr.), RB/LB Brandyn Murtaugh (5-10, 200, Sr.), LB/DL Alex
Aubihl (6-1, 230, Sr.), LB/DL Cody Gordon (6-0, 185, Sr.), LB/DL Cameron Casimir
(6-0, 210, Sr.), LB/DL Danny Jeandervin (6-4, 285, Jr.), LB/DL Kyle Erwin (6-1,
250, Sr.), LB/DL Jason Orr (6-2, 220, Sr.)

* Outlook – Dover has only missed the playoffs once
this decade (2004) so it is safe to say the Tornadoes don’t rebuild, they
reload.

Despite the loss of all-state quarterback Cory Lisowski
(Dayton) to graduation and his go-to receivers in head coach Dan
Ifft’s patented spread offense, Dover will be a force in the D-III, Region 11 once again.

“Some of our personality on offense might change losing
Cory and some of those fleet receivers,” Ifft said. “But we’re going to try and
do the same things – just get it done in a different way.”

Mamarella steps in at quarterback after tossing for 49
yards and two touchdowns last season. He also had 202 yards rushing and nine
touchdowns.

Drapcho will be his main target coming off 461 yards receiving on 26
catches and four touchdowns a year ago.

Alex Aubihl, Orr, Gordon, Jeandervin and Erwin will provide
experience on the line.

“We think we have a good base (on the line), it is just a matter of
developing the skill around it,” said Ifft.

Defense will keep Dover in games early with nine starters returning as the offense gels together.

“We’re going to try and continue to throw the ball but we
might run it more – I won’t know that until we get rolling,” said Ifft.
“Hopefully we can throw the ball as well as we did last year.

“Cory Lisowski was a pretty exceptional player. Marcus has
a lot of skills but his skills are a lot different than what Cory had. He is a
strong kid that can run and we are going to incorporate more running plays in
that five-wide set for Marcus just because of his ability to run the football.”

Ifft said he has the utmost confidence in Mamarella in
taking over the offense.

“If you are going to run this offense you have to start
developing quarterbacks in junior high,” he explained. “We identify the kids
that can handle this offense then and Marcus has been backing Cory up the last
two years and now he is ready to take the reins.”

Ifft is pleased with the senior group overall.

“We have a great group of seniors that have been raised
properly and they are good people. I feel like things are coming along real
well,” he said.

“Last year, we had such great chemistry and that came from
the senior leadership. We are emphasizing to our senior leaders that we want
everyone to feel like a part of this program. That will really help the
chemistry if everyone enjoys coming to practice and enjoys being a part of it. I
want to smallest, weakest sophomore to feel as much a part of the team as the
biggest, strongest senior.”

Schedule

Aug. 27, at Canton South, 7 p.m.

Sept. 4,
Ashland
, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 11, at Canfield, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 18, Dresden Tri-Valley, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 25, at Warsaw River View, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 2, Uhrichsville Claymont, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 9, at Cambridge, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 16, Byesville Meadowbrook, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 23, at Coshocton, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 30, New Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

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