SEPTEMBER 12, 1905


Captain Merwin, of the football team, is looking up candidates for the varsity eleven and expects to turn out a winning team.  The players must keep up a fair average in school work and Superintendent Cronebaugh will attend to the matter of scheduling games.  Merwin, Smith, Burkhart, Jones and Hollinger are some of  the announced candidates.


Schedule of Football Games for the Season

The first real musical exercises conducted by Miss Brosman, the new instructor in this department, were held Wednesday morning.  A few of the simpler songs were gone over, Miss Brosman expressing herself as well pleased with the manner of the rendition.

A schedule for the football season has been arranged and Massillon high will have a season of good hard work and all the practice which it is possible for the team to get as necessary.  Captain Merwin is putting the team down to steady work and the way they go through practice is good for the hearts of the old high school men to see.

The following is the scheduled:
September 30               New Phildadelphia high, at home.
October 14                  Wooster high, abroad
October 19                  probably Barberton high, at home
October 25                  Dover high, at home
November 1                 Wooster high, at home
November 11               New Philadelphia high, abroad
November 17               Dover high, abroad

By the above the quality of ball required by the boys may well be seen.  New Philadelphia was a hard proposition last year, though Massillon defeated them two straight games.  Wooster won from Massillon twice last season, walking all over the home boys the second game.  Barberton was easy last time and Dover is an unknown quantity.

SEPTEMBER 29, 1905

Tomorrow the local football season opens at the park, when the Massillon High and New Philadelphia High clash.  The teams are about equal in strength, although the visitors outweigh the locals quite a few pounds to the man.  New Philadelphia comes determined to win and get even for last year’s defeats.  Special cars will be run to the park.  The game will be called at 3 o’clock sharp.  It is certain that a large crowd will witness the game.  The expenses will be quite heavy.

The line-up will be as follows:  Klotz, center; Miller and Fiegenschuh, guards; Jones and Scott, tackles; Kline and Kirchhofer, ends; Merwin, quarterback; Smith, fullback; Burkhart and Thompson, halves; Taggart and Heckman, subs.

Locals Though Outweighed,
Played the Best Game

Coach Benedict and the High School Fans
Perfectly Satisfied With the Result
Against Such a Heavy Team as That from the Southern City

The Massillon high school football team celebrated the opening of the football season in Massillon Saturday on the baseball park grounds by playing a tie game with the big New Philadelphia high school team, the score being 0-0 after two bitterly fought halves.  Superintendent Cronebaugh, of the Massillon public schools, and Superintendent Maurer, of New Philadelphia, were the timekeepers.

The locals were outweighed at least fifteen pounds to the man, and perhaps twenty, and the feat is therefore the more creditable, as the heavy visiting team looked able to down the local light team by a big score.

Coach Verne Benedict was referee and Thompson umpire for the visitors.  The work of both was satisfactory, very few protests being registered.  Massillon high kicked off and New Philadelphia brought the ball back to the middle of the field, where it went to Massillon, then to the visitors, until the half was over.  Massillon’s line did some great work in holding down the visitors, and the halfback, fullback and quarterback surprised the New Philadelphia team with their hard tackles.  As a result of the hard work in the hot sun the visitors were well exhausted in the beginning of the second half and the lighter Massillon players swept them off of their feet, carrying the ball to the fifteen yard line before the big New Philadelphia linemen could recover.  Here the visitors held and took the ball on downs, Massillon again holding and getting the ball, but losing at once on a fumble.  It was at this stage of the game that Farrel, the visiting right end, took the ball and skirted Massillon’s end for a forty yard run before being brought down by Captain Merwin who was backing up the line.  This was as close as New Philadelphia came to scoring, the game being called with the ball well toward the middle of the field.

Coach Benedict and the players on the Massillon high school team are deserving of considerable praise for the plucky fight made against such a heavy team, and if the work Saturday is improved upon, M.H.S. will bother many of the high school teams of this state.

Kline, Kirchhofer, Merwin, Burkhart and Smith all played unusually good games, while the rest of the men, although outweighed, more than held their own with the visitors.

The line-up was as follows:

Phila.                Position                   M.H.S.
Orr                      RE                 Kirchhofer
Rippert                 RT                 F. Wagner
Kustic                  RG                     Willison
Paige                     C                           Klutz
Cunning               LG               Fiegenschuh
Senhauser            LT                 H. Wagner
Farrell                  QB                      Merwin
Amstead              RH                         Jones
Cabel                   LH                    Burkhart
Gintz                    FB                         Smith

Time, fifteen and twenty minutes halves.

Referee and umpire alternating:
Benedict of Massillon;
Thompson, of New Philadelphia.

Superintendent Cronebaugh, of Massillon;
Superintendent Maurer, of New Philadelphia.
Head Linesman – Jack long, of Massillon;
Assistants – Souers, of New Philadelphia; and Tucker of Massillon.