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Orange and Black Score 12 to 0 Victory Over Trumbull County Gridders Saturday

Football gridders of Washington high school unraveled a supposed tightly tied knot of defeat Saturday afternoon and brought forth a 12 to 0 victory over Warren high in a fast game in the Trumbull county seat.

The sun was rapidly setting in the west, casting deep shadows over the field, announcing the approach of evening, when the final whistle blew, ending the contest, a victory for Massillon.

To the 2,000 or more fans who filled the narrow Warren bleachers or stood along the sidelines, it seemed as though the game would never end. The fourth period was a long drawn out affair. Warren only came close to scoring in the entire contest and this threat was turned back by the youthful Tigers. The last 12 minutes of the game, however, certainly seemed like 25 minutes to the fans who began shivering when the strong rays of the sun passed below the horizon.

It was a great showing put up Saturday by the youthful Tigers, who probably played their beat game of the season and at that showed little more than straight football since Canton McKinley’s assistant coach was perched at an advantageous spot in the stands where he could scout the Massillon team.

The local team had a better offensive attack than Warren, showed a little better defense and secured nearly every break of the game. In fact the local school was so favored by the breaks that it recovered within the 20-yard line, but the Warren gridders were equal on these two occasions and held the Massillon threat on the two and three yard lines, respectively.

Warren, however, was by no means a setup for the Massillon team. The host team showed a speedy backfield that could run the ends with ability. The Trumbull county gridders evidently have been scouting the orange and black and had seen the poor showing of the Massillon ends in games earlier in the season. However, the red and white’s sweeping runs around the flanks often resulted in large losses, as the Massillon ends dumped the interference and the secondary defense smothered the ball carrier. Warren was able to do little through the center of the Massillon line. Buttermore, the rolly polly boy holding down that position as a result of the ineligibility of Evans and Pott’s injury, played a whale of a game. He clearly demonstrated to the Warren center that it takes two men and a derrick to hoist him out of a play when it’s coming through the bulls-eye of the line. But Buttermore did not distinguish himself any better than the other 10 wearers of orange and black Saturday, for all played a nip and tuck game. Captain Laughlin bore the brunt of the attack and ripped the Warren line to shreds. He brought a moan out of the Warren rooters’ throats when he intercepted a pass on his own 35-yard line and nearly got away for a touchdown. And the Warren fans had reasons to moan for it was “Whitey” who snagged two Warren passes out of the air two years ago within the 20-yard line and made long runs, one of which resulted in a touchdown.

The lateral pass was used consistently against the Massillon gridders for the first time this season, but never failed to gain more than a few yards and often resulted in losses. The orange and black pulled several tricks out of its bag, one of which worked successfully and resulted in a nice gain.

However, the youthful Tigers played nothing but straight football during most of the game.

Warren might have kept the local eleven from scoring had it had a better punter. Pohto, who did the booting the greater part of the time, had a habit of getting off miserable kicks when standing near his own goal line. This assisted the youthful Tigers considerably in scoring their touchdowns.

Massillon’s first touchdown came in the first minute of the second quarter. Getting the ball on their own 30-yard line on a punt, the local eleven made a determined drive toward the Warren goal line. Laughlin made three yards and Briggs got away for a gain of six. Massillon was penalized five yards for being offside. Laughlin then tore through for five more and on the next play carried the ball to Warren’s 18-yard line. In three more attempts Captain Laughlin had pushed the pigskin to the seven-yard line for another first down. Here the quarter ended and the teams exchanged goals. Briggs made a yard with the opening of the second period. Laughlin made two more. With the ball on the three-yard line, “Whitey” put all his weight behind a plunge that made the red and while line wilt and the Massillon captain was across for the first score of the game. He attempted to buck the ball over for the extra point but failed.

The second touchdown came in the last period. The drive started when Photo’s punt dropped on the 28-yard line. The orange and black had previously carried the ball to the three-yard line where it was surrendered on downs to the Trumbull county gridders. Pohto was hurried with his kick by the Massillon ends and was lucky to boot the ball as far as the 28-yard marker. On the first play, Briggs made nine yards on a triple pass. Laughlin then went through for a yard making a first down on the 18-yard line. Grant made four yards and Schnierle hit left tackle for three more. Laughlin could gain but a yard. With fourth down coming and two yards needed for a first down, Grant heaved a short pass to Briggs that placed the ball on the eight-yard line. Schnierle made a yard and Briggs stepped along the sidelines on the next play not stopping until the goal line was behind him. His attempted drop kick for the extra point was short.

On several other occasions the local team was in scoring position, but lacked the punch to push the pigskin across. Had the youthful Tigers shown a determined touchdown punch they might have run up a score of 24 to 0 on the Trumbull county gridders, but as it was, they lost the ball on the three, four and five-yard line and two other times within the 22-yard line. The nearest Warren got to the Massillon goal was the 16-yard line where the local eleven braced and held for downs. This position of the Warren gridders was attained largely through the brilliant running of Pohto, chunky halfback.

In first downs, the youthful Tigers also excelled the red and white, making the required 10 yards on 14 occasions, while Warren negotiated the distance but six times. The youthful Tigers were penalized 30 yards and Warren 35 yards.

While the orange and black secured nearly all the breaks of the game, yet none of the breaks were directly responsible for touchdowns. Pohto’s two worst punts went out of bounds with the 12-yard line, but on neither of these occasions did the local team muster sufficient strength to score. However, the poor punts did aid materially for they kept the ball deep in Warren territory when play might have been in midfield had Warren had a punter the equal of Earl Foster, who got off a number of nice kicks during the afternoon.

While there was not the Massillon crowd in the stands that attended the last two games played in the Trumbull county seat, a large number of orange and black rooters did attend. No estimate could be made of the size of the Massillon delegation however, since they were scattered among Warren fans.

The defeat was the third for Warren this season, the easterners having previously dropped games to Youngstown South and Rayen high schools. It was the sixth consecutive triumph for a Massillon team over Warren high school.

The lineup and summary:
Massillon – 12 Pos. Warren – 0
Fox LE Puegner
Garland LT Pardee
Henderson LG Baltzly
Buttermore C Lea
Mauger RG Mills
Anthony RT Yeager
Straughn RE Reed
Grant QB Boyd
Foster LHB Pohto
Briggs RHB De Santis
Laughlin FB Lattimer

Score by periods:
Massillon 0 6 0 6 12

Massillon – Fisher for Garland, Shanabrook for Fox, Schnierle for Foster, Hourriet for Briggs, Minger for Fisher, Mann for Minger.

Warren – Dann for Pardee, Dirk for Mills, Allen for Yeager, Lodge for Pohto, Campbell for Lattimer, Horner for De Santis, De Santis for Horner.

Touchdowns – Laughlin, Briggs.

Referee – Morgan.
Umpire – Alexander.
Head Linesman – Howells.

Earl Straughn