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Tigers Trounce Steubenville Big Red 58-0

55 Players See Action In ‘Dad’s Night’ Game


The Massillon Tigers reached the half-way point of the 1964 football season Friday night by blasting an out-manned Steubenville Big Red team 58-0 before 12,754 fans at Tiger stadium

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It was the fifth straight win for the Tigers and the 27th straight for head coach Earle Bruce who carried a 22-game winning streak with him from Sandusky before taking over as head man at Massillon this year.

The victory was a “nice game for Dad’s Night,” as Bruce used 55 players in the rout, which saw the Tigers tie a 58-0 score of 1941. This stands as the highest score Massillon has ever made against the Stubbers in 27 games.

The Tigers didn’t get their first score until there were 2 seconds left in the first quarter. After the opening kickoff Massillon went from its own 35 to the Steubenville 15 where the drive ended on a 4th and 1 situation. Steubenville couldn’t move and punted to the Tiger 42.

Taking the ball with 4:10 left to play the Tigers moved the 57 yards in 9 plays with fullback Jim Lawrence going the four yards for the score with 2 seconds left. The extra point play failed and the Tigers kicked off to the Stubber 38 as the quarter ended.


STEUBENVILLE made on yard in 3 carries and went back to punt, but a bad pass from center got away and fullback Dennis Conti recovered for the Tigers on the Stubber 26. Quarterback Steve Kanner wasted little time and hit Ed Franklin all alone at the 5 with a pass. The senior end stepped into the end zone unmolested. Dave Sheegog made the first of 6 extra points around end to put the score at 14-0 with 10:25 left to play. Before the period was ended the Tigers were to score 30 points.

The outgunned Stubbers picked up a first down at their own 24 and were forced to punt 2 plays later from their 29, but Conti blocked a kick on the 23 and recovered. On the first play, halfback Ed Herring, went off his left tackle, broke outside and went the 23 yards for the score. Sheegog picked up the extra points and the Tigers were ahead 22-0.

An interception of a Steubenville pass by cornerman Franklin set up the next Massillon touchdown, the Tigers taking the ball on the visitor’s 45. A 19-yard pass play from Kanner to halfback Bobby Hewitt put the ball on the Stubber 7 and 2 cracks at the line by Paul Shanor and Herring put the ball on the one from where fullback Terry Manson made the first of his 2 touchdowns. The extra points by Jim Lawrence brought the score to 30-0 with 1:15 left to play.

The Tigers booted to the Steubenville 25 where guard Tom Whitfield recovered a Bob Smith fumble. Edgar Herring picked up 12 to 15 from where Kanner hit Ken Gilmore in the end zone with 41 seconds left to make the score 36-0. The extra points were no good.

With the second unit in for the start of the second half, the Tigers went 62-yards in 13 plays, highlighted by 10-yard runs by Sheegog, Shanor and an 11-yarder by Walt Lemon. Shanor went over from the 3 for the 42-0 score and picked up the extra points on nifty fake around end by Sheegog, who pitched out to Shanor going wide to make the score 44-0.


STEUBENVILLE moved to the Massillon 37 from its own 24, mainly on a sparkling run by quarterback Bob Endres but couldn’t penetrate any farther.

The Tigers then took the ball and went 63 yards in 10 plays with Lemon ripping off a
42-yard run to the Stubber 16. Two runs and an 8-yard pass from Sheegog to Shanor put the ball on the 4 where Manson got his second touchdown. Sheegog made the extra points on another wide run to make it 52-0.

Shanor recovered a Steubenville fumble on the 38 on the first scrimmage play after the kickoff, to set up the final Tiger tally. Jim Schaar picked up 30 yards, Sheegog 8 and an offside penalty put the ball on the Stubber 10. Sheegog then hit Lemon with a pass, the junior halfback making a lunging catch and being carried into the end zone by his momentum. Place-kicker Bill Pearch tried to boot the extra point, but the kick was blocked.

Neither Steubenville coach Abe Bryan nor Bruce had much to say after the ball game. Bryan commented, “Massillon has a fine club. Solid in every aspect. We were outplayed and out coached.”

Bruce was pleased that his offense was “starting to come around a little bit.” “Now we come into the meat of our schedule when we get it thrown at us,” he said looking head to the second half of the season which calls for successive games with Benedictine, Altoona, Pa., Warren, Eastlake North and Canton McKinley.

The Tigers next two home games, against Benedictine and Altoona will be Saturday night affairs. Both teams play tonight, the Bennies meeting Cleveland East and Altoona traveling to Easton.

Ends – Henry, Hicks, Johnson, Sims, Spahn, Burkey.
Tackles – D. Wilson, Simmons, Jones, Garofalo, Bass.
Guards – Ohle, Mahfood, Anderson , D. Smith, Parris.
Center – Beard.
Quarterbacks – Spon, Endres, Vacarro.
Backs – Cunningham, West, R. Smith, Palmer, Wise, Davis.

Ends – Goodnough, Crone ,Hoffman, B. Williams, Gilmore, Franklin,
Garcia, McGuire, Pollock, Lash.
Tackles – Morgan, Binge, Stevens, Paul, Ehmer, Petroff, Rhine,
Anderson, Simon, Bednar, Hartley.
Guards – Larsuel, T. Whitfield, Mazon, D. Whitfield, McGeorge,
Richards, Zorger, Rose.
Center – Muhlbach, Hartman, F. Williams, Rambaud, Biddle.
Quarterbacks – Kanner, Sheegog, Pribich, Frieg, Doolittle.
Backs – Herring, Hewitt, Schaar, Manson, Lawrence, Lemon,
Foster, Healy, Shanor, Marks, Schenkenberger, Sainato,
Shammo, Smith, Pearch, Conti.

MASSILLON …………. 6 30 8 14 – 58
STEUBENVILLE …….. 0 0 0 0 – 0

Touchdowns – Lawrence (4-yard run), Manson 2 (runs of 1 and 4 yards),
Shanor (3-yard run), Herring (3-yard run),
Franklin (26-yard pass from Kanner).

First downs—rushing 17 6
First downs—passing 6 1
First downs—penalties 1 1
Total first downs 24 8
Yards gained rushing 320 121
Yards lost rushing 6 41
Net yards gained rushing 314 80
Net yards gained passing 95 31
Total yards gained 409 111
Passes attempted 15 8
Passes completed 6 2
Passes intercepted by 2 0
Yardage, passes intercepted 5 0
Times kicked off 9 1
Kickoff average (yards) 49.2 50.0
Kickoff returns (yards) 25 155
Times punted 0 1
Punt average (yards) 0 29.0
Punt returns (yards) 6 0
Had punts blocked 0 1
Fumbles 2 5
Lost fumbled ball 0 3
Penalties 3 2
Yards penalized 35 15
Touchdowns rushing 5 0
Touchdowns passing 3 0
Total number of plays 68 45

John Mulbach