The Dover-Phila Football Rivalry: A Tradition Shared Through Its Greatest Games

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It was 1908, and Dover had just upset a far superior New Phila football team. A group of DHS students set forth on a streetcar to gloat in the Phila square. They were met with eggs, and the football rivalry, which had been simmering, began in full. Through the lens of this rivalry's greatest games, traditions emerge and passions mount as The Game becomes Game Week and community pride hinges on the outcome. Whip through the first snake dances, paint the rock and revisit the early clashes in the fairgrounds through the 100th game and beyond. Whether you remember Paul Miskimen's field goal in 1946 to beat the Tornadoes, Don Watsons ninety-four-yard fumble return for Dover in 1989 or Richard Sindiland's dominating performances in 2004 and 2005, this book commemorates triumphs for all fans of this classic Ohio rivalry.
ISBN: 9781596299917
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Ohio
Series: Sports
Images: 61
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Matthew Lautzenheiser is a native of Dover, Ohio, and a 1995 graduate of Dover High School. His love of football began at the age of ten when he joined the Dover Pee Wee Football League. He would continue to play football for the next eleven years. While playing on Dover's varsity team in 1992, 1993 and 1994, he took part in three Dover-Phila rivalry games. As a sophomore in 1992, he was fortunate enough to play in one of the best Dover-Phila games in recent memory. Lautzenheiser attended Hiram College, where he continued his football career, lettering twice. In 1999, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in history from Hiram, and in 2002, he was awarded a master's degree, also in history, from the University of Akron. For the past ten years, he has worked in public history, first with the Western Reserve Historical Society as a historian and later as the director of the Dover Historical Society and J.E. Reeves Home. Lautzenheiser's return to Tuscarawas County has been rewarding both personally and professionally. Lautzenheiser currently lives in Louisville, Ohio, with his wife, Kelly, and sons, Douglas and Benjamin. This is his second book.
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