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Reisert era begins as Tiffin takes on Timberwolves

Northwood and Tiffin should be familiar with each other.

The teams played last season in a non-conference contest, and before that, were rivals in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference.

And even though Tiffin has a new coach, even he is familiar with the Timberwolves.

Cris Reisert was on the Ohio Dominican staff when the Panthers were in the GLIAC.

But regardless of that familiarity, it is the beginning of a new era for TU, as Goff begins his first season after the departure of Gary Goff.

So far, Resiert said he’s enjoyed things here.

“I think its been awesome, a smooth transition,” Reisert said. “Good kids, good players who are good people. We’re putting our own touch on it, trying to keep moving it forward.”

The first opportunity will come today, when the Dragons travel to Michigan for a 1 p.m. Game.

While Tiffin has a new coach, it has a number of returning players, none more important than quarterback Nick Watson.

“Nick’s a three-year starter with lot of experience, game experience,” Reisert said. “I’ve been impressed with his willingness to be coached and willingness to learn. He cares about game and cares about his performance.”

Reisert has a number of players who have been with the Dragons, including four starters. The test, he said, has been to make the veteran players and the new players mesh together.

“We’ve got some guys who have gone through it,” Reisert said. “It’s really been a race to maturity, trying to get everybody to blend together.”

On defense, the Dragons also have some returners, led by defensive end Charlie Cleveland, a redshirt sophomore who was injured last season.

“Our defensive staff has done a great job,” Reisert said. “Our motto is out run and outhit… we’ve got some talented guys on that side of the ball.”

Northwood and Northwood are meeting for the 13th time. The Timberwolves won the first nine meetings, but the Dragons have taken the last three.

Northwood went 3-7 a year ago, but is hoping to bounce back with the help of eight returning starters on offense, including quarterback Joe Garbarino.

The Timberwolves defense brings back six starters, led by defensive back Dimitri Abro.

“They’re always a well-coached football team, they make you earn everything you get,” Reisert said. “It’s gonna have to come from execution and doing things the right way.”

Which is all Reisert wants from the Dragons.

It’s three things,” he said. “Effort. Be the hardest playin football team. (Second), compete entire day, third, we’ll have adversity, we want to be able to respond … play with awesome effort,.”

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