Tucked in the rolling hills of Ohio are two towns divided not only by a line on the road, but also by the historic football rivalry between Dover and New Philadelphia high schools. The first “Dover-New Phila” football game was played in 1905 and is the third oldest football rivalry in the state. The fact that the series record is nearly even adds to the intensity, and as with so many other classic rivalry contests the outcome of this game can define the teams’ whole season. The competition between the Dover Tornadoes and New Philadelphia Quakers extends beyond this football contest into other areas, including who has the best marching band in the state and even who has the best stadium.


Marcus Mamarella


Brian Applegate


Brian Applegate is a first-year letter winner in football. He plays safety for Dover and has a 3.952 GPA. The son of Bill and Colleen Appplegate, Brian is a member of the National Honor Society, Scholar Challenge, and the marching band. He plans to attend Ohio State to major in jazz studies.
Zachary Denham

New Philadelphia

Zachary Denham is the son of Kimberly Kavadas and has a 4.324 GPA. He is a four-year member of the New Philadelphia basketball, football, and tennis teams and a member of the National Honor Society. Zach attended the Essex School for the Gifted and the National Youth Leadership Forum this past summer. He is a four-year member of the Academy Challenge Team and the Student Council.


This year’s battle on the gridiron fell on an uncharacteristically warm October night. Crater Stadium reverberated with high energy of faithful fans who filed in to cheer for their respective team. Unfortunately, this was not the year for New Philadelphia to end a recent four-game losing streak to the Tornadoes. The game was filled with big hits and directly after kickoff the crowd could see Dover was out to send a clear message to the Quakers that this was their game. Their 35-7 victory gave the Tornadoes their fifth straight win and a 50-47-9 lead in the series record.