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Tigers Maul Toledo Waite, 56-14
Hastings Scores Trio, Gugov Adds Pair As Locals Post 8th Win


Washington high’s Tigers delighted ‘Dad’ with their biggest football victory of the season 56-14, over Toledo Waite Friday night.

But the only real news at Tiger stadium poured from the public address system announcing Springfield South’s 22-21 win over second ranked Lima Senior and Steubenville’s
near-upset of the third rated Alliance.

Add fifth ranked Marion Harding’s 40-14 loss to Fremont Ross and fourth ranked Sandusky’s final period come-from-behind win over Findlay and the Tigers’ path to a second straight Ohio scholastic grid championship is considerably cleared.

For a little more interest, toss in sixth ranked Warren’s 44-14 defeat at the hands of Sharon (Pa.) and eighth ranked undefeated Salem’s 8-6 loss to East Liverpool.

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ART HASTINGS, at his familiar best, and then some, tallied three times, passed for a fourth and added a conversion as the Bengals hung up their eighth win in nine while bouncing back from the 19-18 loss to Warren. It was Coach Leo Strang’s 26th win against two defeats, both to Warren, and a tie since coming to Massillon in 1958.

There was some sadness on the part of the Tigers despite the overwhelming victory and finest offensive show of the year. Martin Gugov, whose two touchdowns aided the 28-0 half time lead, was helped from the field in the third period when he re-injured his right knee. It isn’t expected to be serious.

Early in the second period Quarterback John Larson re-injured the ankle he first hurt in the Mansfield game. He was helped from the field. The extent of the injury was not known immediately after the game but it may prove serious.

Larson’s mishap proved Dave Null’s good fortune as the defensive ace took over, hit on six passes, one a 23-yarder to Ron Schenkenberger for the final TD of the first half, ran the ball well and engineered all but the first two touchdown drives.

For Strang it was a sweet win. “We finally got everybody out to practice all week,” Leo stated, “and it really showed.”

As for the next week and Springfield, Strang said he’ll “just wait until we see the scouting reports.”

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TOLEDO’S COACH, Pete Fanning, summarized the Tigers “as a great football team.” Of his own kids, he added, “they never quit trying.”

The two touchdowns garnered by the invaders in the final period bears out his statement although they were scored after Strang had emptied the bench.

All told, 42 Tigers poured into the contest and rolled up 517 yards in the process.

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GUGOV STARTED the Tigers rolling when he broke off tackle and streaked 56 yards from his 31 to the Toledo 13 before Ralph Kimbers pulled him down from behind. After Larson picked up five to the eight, Marty with Vigil Bukuts, Jay B. Willey and Bob Herring opening the path, swept into the end zone for the score. His PAT attempt was stopped as the locals led 6-0 halfway through the opening periods.

After Waite picked up a first down, Charlie Whitfield grabbed a Bill Nopper aerial on the Toledo 48 and the Tigers were on their way.

Hastings streaked 31 yards on a pitchout around his short side end, then Larson raced the final 17 yards, after a fake handoff for the tally. Art plunged for the extra points with 3:22 left in the opening stanza.

The defense again thwarted the Indians and Nopper quick kicked on third down to the Massillon 41.

A clipping penalty shoved the Bengals to their own 31. From there it took Hastings and Gugov only 12 plays, behind some ferocious blocking, to move the distance. Gugov went in from three yards out but missed the conversion making it 20-0 halfway through the second period.

Still again the defense permitted only a single first down and forced Nopper to punt. The ball went out on the locals’ 21.

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HASTINGS reeled off 45 yards in three carries and Gugov 11 in one moving the Tigers to Toledo’s 23. Then null and Schenkenberger combined for the TD, Ron sneaking into the right corner of the south end zone. Hastings ran for the PAT and a 28-0 lead.

The locals nearly scored again in the closing seconds of the period when Null pounced upon a Waite fumble on the visitors’ 43.

Dave whipped an aerial to Larry Ehmer, in the open but Ehmer couldn’t hang on to it.

Bob Herring, displaying his old form chipped in with a 17-yard gain to the 23. Null then flipped to Herring for 20 yards to the three as the half ended.

Hastings crashed in for his first of three touchdowns after Massillon grabbed the second half kickoff and marched 63 yards in seven plays. Art’s 28-yard pickup set the six-pointer up. Null passed to Ehmer for the two-point conversion and a 36-0 lead four minutes into the half.

Two big gainers, a 17-yard reverse by Herring and a 22-yard Null to Charlie Brown pass set up Hastings’ second tally. It came from five yards out for a 42-0 lead as Ivan’s placement was wide.

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LAWSON WHITE picked up a Waite fumble on the latter’s 32 late in the third period. Null hit Ehmer on a jump pass for 12, then Hastings, Jack Lash and Joe Heflin paraded to the one as the period ended.

Hastings scored on the first play of the final period and Heflin ran the conversion.

Waite finally showed its passing offense with Nopper connecting to Paul Reed for 44 yards to the Tigers’ 23 after the ensuing kickoff. Four plays later, the Waite eleven had its first tally with Kimbers slashing in from the three. Nopper’s conversion pass to Reed made it 50-8.

The locals’ offense was finally stymied moments later when Null’s pass was intercepted by Sam Pettaway at midfield.

Two Nopper passes, the first to Larry Bass 17-yards, the second to Reed from 26, after a personal foul had cost them 15 yards, moved the ball to the Washington high 26. They rammed it home in six plays with Fullback Grover Cummings getting the TD from a yard out with 2:25 remaining. The extra point attempt failed.

An onside kick went out of bounds on the Tiger 41 and they were rolling once more.

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BROWN paced off 15. Null hit Herring for seven and Brown picked up seven more to the 30. Hastings then turned passer connecting with Ehmer, who pulled it down from between a pair of defenders and dragged them into the end zone. Heflin was stopped on the conversion attempt with only 30 seconds remaining.

Only 8,328 fans, the smallest crowd of the season, sat in perfect football weather marred slightly by showers toward the end of the third quarter.

The locals amassed 27 first downs, 22 rushing to nine for the visitors. On the ground, they had 422 yards to 104 for the Indians.

Passing was nearly even with Toledo gaining 93. Massillon 95.

The Bengals weren’t forced to punt a single time. They failed to score only twice after they gained possession. The first time was at the end of the first half. The second was when Toledo pulled down Null’s pass.

Hastings himself accounted for 176 of the yards on 19 carries. Gugov was next with 130 yards on 10 attempts. Herring had 38 yards on four carries. That’s 344 yards, half of which has been missing from the lineup more than half the year.

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ONE OF the brightest spots in the lineup was Bukuts whose blocks sprung the backs loose on many occasions. It was his first complete game of the year.

Jim Houston hobbled by an injured ankle, failed to see any action Friday night. He’s expected to be back in action for the bout with Springfield next Friday at Tiger stadium.

The Right Way
Ends – Royer, Bodiford, Ivan, Ehmer, Fuchs, Anzalone, Dewald, Clendinin.
Tackles – Spees, Crenshaw, Bukuts, Herbst, Brugh, Garman, Herndon
Guards – Willey, Wells, White, Poole, Migge, Whitfield, Radel.
Centers – Demis, Strobel, Garland.
Backs – Baker, Larson, Null, Alexander, Hastings, Gugov, Herring, Lash,
Snively, Schenkenberger, J. Smith, D. Smith, Brown, Kurzen, Dena, Heflin.

Ends – Vorraber, Reed, Heider.
Tackles – Duran, Gersak, Leestman.
Guards – Adams, Lengel, Warner, White, Hornbeak.
Center – Miller.
Backs – Nopper, Cummings, Pettaway, Logan, Kimbers, Woodward,
Tucker, Coughlin, Bass.

Massillon 14 14 14 14 56
Waite 0 0 0 14 14

Massillon – Hastings 3, (2, run; 5, run; 4, run); Gugov 2 (8, run; 3, run);
Larson (17, run); Schenkenberger (23, pass from Null);
Ehmer (30, pass from Hastings).

Waite – Kimbers (3, run); Cummings (1, run).

Referee – Bud Shopbell.
Head Linesman – Bill Holswarth.
Umpire – George Donges.
Field Judge – Clarence Rich.

Tigers Waite
First downs – rushing 22 6
First downs – passing 5 3
First downs – penalties 0 0
Total first downs 27 9
Yards gained rushing 425 122
Yards lost rushing 3 16
Net yards gained rushing 422 106
Yards gained passing 95 96
Total yards gained 517 204
Passes attempted 12 10
Passes completed 6 5
Passes intercepted by 1 1
Times kicked off 9 3
Kickoff average (yards) 41.7 37.3
Kickoff returns (yards) 42 115
Times punted 0 3
Punt average (yards) 0 29.0
Punt return (yards) 13 50
Had punts blocked 0 0
Fumbles 1 4
Lost fumbled ball 0 2
Penalties 2 2
Yards penalized 25 20

Art Hastings