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Dozier has been to East Liverpool before

SALEM — Toronto running back Garrett Dozier has found a level of comfort being named to the Penn-Ohio Stateline Classic. Not just because he is used to being a jolt of energy, but because his new elite teammates have made times on the field easier for him.

Dozier ran 201 times last season for 968 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Red Knights. He also tallied 198 carries for over 1,000 yards and eight scores during his junior season.

The football standout said he has enjoyed seeing how fast his all-star teammates have meshed together.

“It’s been great being around all the great high school players from the other areas. With the bonding that we have, it’s like we have been together for years now. It’s been great,” Dozier said.

Dozier’s brother, Austyn, played in the 2016 Penn-Ohio game after spending time at linebacker for East Liverpool.

“They’re going to be aggressive just go out there and perform,” Garrett Dozier said when asked about the helpful tip his brother gave him.

He added that his Toronto coaches and teammates pushed him to be the best that he could be.

Toronto went 5-4 last season and won four of their last five contests.

Dozier definitely has a few moments that he’ll never forget about his time donning the red, white, and blue.

“I think the couple of playoff appearances that we had will definitely stick with me for awhile,” he said.

The Red Knights fell to Aquinas, 35-0, during the 2019 postseason. During last season’s playoffs Toronto lost to East Knox, 20-6. But, it did defeat Union Local, 32-20, before the rest of its season got canceled due to COVID-19.

Dozier plans on going to trade school and putting an end to his playing career, but he thinks that one day he’ll be coaching or helping out a team in some way.

The Penn-Ohio Stateline Classic will be played at 7 p.m. Thursday at Patterson Field in East Liverpool.

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