September 24, 1903

The Massillon high school football players are beginning to organize and expect to turn out a strong team this season.  According to the Canton schedule, published in the Canton papers some days ago, the first game of the season will be played against the Massillon team at Canton.  If this is correct it would behoove the local high school stars to begin their work at once.

September 29, 1903

The Massillon high school football team held practice Monday evening on the high school grounds in anticipation of the game Friday afternoon against the Canton high school team, in Massillon.  Placards advertising the coming game have been placed in conspicuous places about town and the management expects a large attendance.  The local team is putting in some hard work at practice and expects to make a good showing.

CANTON WON
BY SMALL SCORE
Massillon High School Team Defeated 5-0

LOCAL TEAM WAS OUTWEIGHED

The Cantons Averaged
Twenty Pounds More Per Man Than the Local line
Wert and Albright the Stars for the Locals
Benny Gans Ruled Out as Ineligible

Although outweighed almost twenty pounds to the man, the Massillon high school football team succeeded in holding the strong Canton high school team down to a single touchdown in thirty-five minutes of play on the high school grounds Friday.  This, too, was made after Massillon had been given the opportunity to boot the ball out of danger and only a short time before the first half was over.

In the second half, the Massillon team not only did the greater part of the work, but almost scored a touchdown within the last few seconds of play, on a beautiful fifty yard run by Wert, who was playing left end for the high school boys.  Wert was easily the star of the game.  His tackling and running with the ball were the best.  At times when a few yards were needed on the last down, Wert could be depended upon to make the required distance.