If you travel about 30 miles south of Canton on I-77 you can easily find Dover High School, the home of Daniel Ifft, Perci Garner and the Dover Tornadoes.
The Division III football Tornadoes of Tuscarawas County are a member of the East Central Ohio League.
Dan Ifft is the head football coach at Dover.
Next season Dover returns two first-team All-State performers in quarterback Perci Garner and wide receiver Daniel Ifft, the head coach's son.
Dover finished this past season with a 7-4 record...
...losing to Newark Licking Valley in the first round of the playoffs.
In his first season as a starter, Garner, at 6-2 and 210 pounds, threw for 4,003 yards and 40 touchdowns, with 10 interceptions, in 11 games...
...completed 242 of his 363 pass attempts (67 percent) with a long of 80 yards...
...and he was the Division III Co-Offensive Player Of The Year.
Already a three-year starter, Ifft, at 6-3 and 185 pounds, had 102 receptions for 1,606 yards and recorded 21 touchdowns.
Ifft, who wears number 7 as a tribute to Ben Mauk, the prolific quarterback who won state titles at Kenton in 2001 and 2002 and is now at Wake Forest, was the starting quarterback for Dover in his sophomore year. Ifft completed 59 percent of his passes that season for 2,333 yards and 27 touchdowns to go with nine interceptions. He also ran for 410 yards.
He also started as a freshman from the second game of the season on as a wide receiver and had 54 receptions for 849 yards and seven TDs.
Both Ifft and Garner, who also play on the school's basketball team that finished the regular season at 19-1 (losing only to Massillon Washington), are still waiting to land that first big-time scholarship offer for football. The versatile Ifft, who averages almost 17 points a game on the hardwood and set the school record for steals in a season, may be their league's best hoop player.
There's a lot for Dover to be excited about next season as they return strong senior and junior classes...
...and have two of the best prospects in the state to run their wide-open offense. Dover opens up the 2006 campaign on a Thursday night at home against Canton South.
Stories on Ifft and Garner will soon follow.