Each year the Dover and New Philadelphia join together to host a Sportsmanship Breakfast the Saturday before the Dover-New Philadelphia rivalry football game. Please see the link below. 
 
 
NEW PHILADELPHIA Dover-Phila Week has officially begun.
 
The launch of the spirited rivalry week leading up to the 116th meeting between the Dover and New Philadelphia football programs began Saturday morning with the Rotary Sportsmanship Breakfast Banquet at Buckeye Career Center.
 
Senior players, cheerleaders, band members and trainers from Dover and New Philadelphia were lauded, in addition to the Quaker QT squad, as both schools began gearing up for Friday night’s crucial clash between the Quakers and Tornadoes at Crater Stadium in Dover.
 
Top-ranked New Philadelphia (9-0, 2-0) and Dover (6-3, 2-0) will meet for the 116th time with the Tornadoes holding a 56-50-9 edge in the series.
The outright East Central Ohio League Scarlet Division title is on the line for the teams. In addition, postseason positioning is in the mix. As of today, the Quakers are ranked No. 1 in Region 9, Division III and have clinched a playoff spot according to www.joeeitel.com. Dover is No. 8 in the region and a win over the Quakers would give them a big boost.
More importantly, bragging rights for an entire year hang in the balance.
 
Dover blanked New Philadelphia 35-0 at Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium a season ago.
 
Both head coaches commented on their players, the game and the rivalry.
 
New Philadelphia head coach Matt Dennison lauded his seniors.
 
“This has been an enjoyable season, one of the most enjoyable I’ve had,” said Dennison. “We’ve had success on the field, but that’s only a small part of it. This group has been a fun group to work with because they love to do the work. They love to grind and they’re great people. They’re accountable. They have a wonderful work ethic, but most importantly, they have wonderful character.”
 
The Quaker head coach gets excited this time of year.
 
“It’s a great pleasure to be part of this great week,” said Dennison. “This is my 17th go round in this rivalry and its really special because it is one of the greatest rivalries in high school sports. The community support and the events we have is something that is special and should be cherished. The older you get the more we realize that.”
 
“In the past eight meetings, five of the games have been determined on the last possession,” said Dennison. “That’s a great rivalry.”
 
Dover head coach Dan Ifft said his senior group is special.
 
“I’ve really enjoyed being around these young men,” said Ifft, who is in his 25th season at the Dover helm. “They’ve improved from week to week and they’re worked hard to get better.”
The Tornado boss knows his team is up for a big challenge Friday night.
 
“This is not coach speak,” said Ifft. “New Philadelphia is a really good football team. They’re fun to watch, but they present a tremendous challenge to us.”
Dennison said the Tornadoes will also present a challenge to his squad.
 
“Coach Ifft has done a wonderful job not only this year but throughout his entire career,” said Dennison. “Dover has had another great season and we will have to be at our best Friday night.”
 
Prior to the coaches’ addresses, master of ceremonies Bill Morgan of WJER Radio introduced New Philadelphia Rotary President J.J. Boroski and Dover Rotary Club Past President Scott Heil, while Dover Mayor Rick Homrighausen and New Philadelphia Mayor Joel Day also made remarks about the rivalry.
 
In addition, the senior band members and cheerleaders were announced, and the administrations from both schools were recognized.
 
The late Glenn “Dutch” Furbay, longtime Dover football coach, organized a joint meeting of the New Philadelphia and Dover Rotary Clubs to celebrate sportsmanship and launch the spirited rivalry week leading up to the annual football game between the two schools.
 
That traditional gathering of the Rotarians and the senior students involved had been held on the Monday evening starting Dover-Phila Football Week until a couple of years ago when the format was changed to a breakfast on Saturday morning.
 
Lynn Angelozzi