Tigers' fifth win in a row
improves record to 8‑1
By JOE SHAHEEN
Independent Sports Editor
The Massillon Tigers have shown they can run the football this season, but on Friday Rick Shepas' crew sharpened up the aerial attack and racked up over 400 yards passing to torch Dayton Chaminade‑Julienne 48‑27, in front of 8,138 fans at Paul brown Tiger Stadium.
was a record‑setting performance for two Tigers. Quarterback Justin Zwick passed for 407 yards to eclipse his own single‑game
record of 403 set one year ago. Wide receiver Devon
much Justin Zwick," said C‑J head coach
Place wasn't exaggerating. The 6‑foot‑5, 221‑pound senior completed 24 of 39 passes for four touchdowns, and at least four other throws were dropped. He was sharper than at anytime this season and scored a touchdown on a scramble for good measure.
"I'm happy with my performance but it is a team game," said Jovingo. "We could've put more points on the board. We've got some good running backs and that's the reason we get open because the defense is playing the run and that leaves fewer guys to cover us."
Shepas was pleased his quarterback spread it around.
"You never know who he's going to," Shepas said. "You know how you like to have it ‑ different receivers catching the ball each week."
Zwick had plenty of time sit in the pocket and find open receivers, thanks to an offensive line that was without starting tackle J.P. Simon and began the game without starting center Chad Hennon.
"Our guys up front did a nice Job of pass protecting," said Shepas. "A lot of it has to do not only with our offensive line getting better but also our backs checking up into protection with them."
Starting guard Doug Dickerhoof revealed the Tiger coaching staff prepared the line for C‑J's pressure.
"We gave Justin a lot of time and picked up all the blitzes," said Dickerhoof. "He got the ball to his receivers. They caught the ball and took it in."
While all is good with the Massillon offense, Chaminade's 426 yards of total offense ‑ 230 of it on the ground ‑ did not sit well with Shepas, who knows McKinley scouts were in the stands and saw his team miss a few tackles.
"I really wasn't happy with the defense," Shepas admitted. "We were just a little sloppy tonight. It just felt sloppy tonight."
Were some Tigers looking ahead?
"I don't think so," said Shepas. "I don't know what to attribute it to. Our guys have maintained a high level of intensity throughout the season. We saw a good, fast football team and we had to get adjusted to their speed. Mckinley has great speed."
Abdul opened the scoring with a 22‑yard field goal on the Tigers second
Chaminade's Anthony Turner showed that Zwick wasn't the
only talented quarterback in the house when he hit Andre Chattams
with a 34‑yard laser on the Eagles ensuing possession. That throw
advanced the ball to the
Three plays later, Pernell Williams took an option pitch around left end and exploded past the Tiger defense and into the end zone for a 22‑yard touchdown. Bryan Fecke nailed the extra point and Chaminade owned a 7‑3 lead at 3:24 of the first quarter.
Stephon Ashcraft provided the Tigers with a shot on the arm by returning the C‑J kickoff 47 yards to the Eagles 45‑yard line.
After an incompletion on first down, Tiger junior Ricky Johnson turned a sweep that had no gain written all over it into a 45‑yard touchdown run. Johnson started around left end, changed direction and found daylight to his right. He cut back to the middle of the field at the 30 and sprinted untouched into the end zone.
kick was true and
dropped pass doomed Chaminade's next possession and
plays later, Zwick scrambled into the end zone from
eight yards out. Abdul's conversion kick was true and
Craig McConnell picked Turner off on the first play of the Eagles next possession, returning the football 26 yards to the C‑J 25.
first down Zwick found a wide open Jovingo at the 8. The senior wideout
turned, found no one within 10 yards and scooted into the end zone for the
score. Abdul made it 24‑7
Chaminade still had some life and marched 30 yards in eight plays to get back in
the ball game. Turner's 33‑yard run got things going for the Eagles. The
sophomore signal caller would score from eight yards out on a broken play. Fecke's kick made it 24‑14
the Tigers regained momentum quickly, thanks to a 21‑yard kickoff return
by Ashcraft that gave
McConnell's interception and slick 34‑yard runback set up the Tigers next
tally. David Hill made a juggling catch for a 19‑yard gain to the C‑J
8, then Jovingo latched onto
his second TD pass of the night from 13 yards out. The scoreboard read
First downs rushing 2 12
First downs passing 18 7
First downs by penalty 1 1
TOTAL first downs 21 20
Net yards rushing 75 230
Net yards passing 407 196
TOTAL yards 482 426
Passes attempted 39 24
Passes completed 24 13
Passes intercepted 0 2
Punts 2 5
Punting average 31.5 32.8
Fumbles/Lost 1/1 3/0
Penalties 9 5
Yards penalized 49 35
CHAMINADE 7 7 0 13 27
M ‑ Abdul 22‑yard field goal
C‑J ‑ Williams 22‑yard run (Fecke kick)
M ‑ Johnson 45‑yard run (Abdul kick)
M ‑ Zwick 8‑yard run (Abdul kick)
M ‑ Jovingo 25‑yard pass from Zwick (Abdul kick)
C‑J ‑ Turner 6‑yard run (Fecke kick)
M ‑ Jovingo 13‑yard pass from Zwick (Abdul kick)
C‑J ‑ Williams 1 ‑yard run (Fecke kick)
M ‑ Abdul 48‑yard field goal
Chaminade rushing: Williams 17‑112, Turner 15‑109.
Chaminade passing: Turner 13‑24‑196 TD, 2 INTs.
Chaminade receiving: Chattams 6‑91, Patrick 3‑24, Sanford 2‑38.
‑ Statistics courtesy of RICHARD CUNNINGHAM