Hannon scores five touchdowns in rout
By CHUCK HESS, JR.
Independent Sports Editor
All week long Washington High Football Coach Bob Commings had said two things must be done to beat a surprising Cleveland Glenville football team – maintain a tight over all pass defense and possession of the ball in order not to give Glenville passer Terry Jones too much chance to show his wares.
The Tigers did both Friday night – with the possession game especially shining in the first half – before the season’s smallest crowd of 10,241 “Dad’s Night” fans – and came up with their seventh straight victory. The 34-0 romp was their biggest margin of the season and sent Glenville down to its third defeat in seven outings.
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WITH TOM HANNON scoring five touchdowns and picking up 130 net yards in 21 carries to lead 364 rushing yards – top total for the season – and the Tigers’ pass rush holding Jones to mostly short tosses while the Tarblooders’ ground game was held to minus seven, it was no contest from the opening whistle.
Hannon’s five touchdowns were three less than the record by the late Edwin (Dutch) Hill in a 94-0 victory against Akron North in 1922 – the highest scoring Tiger effort ever.
Hannon, ‘the Man in the Flying White Shoes”, scored over left tackle – with a good
cutback – from 31 yards out with 7:59 left in the first quarter, continued to show good second and third efforts running and got superb blocking from his teammates. Don Muhlback kicked the first of four conversions in five tries.
End Dari Edwards had recovered a fumble on the first play after an 18-yard left-end skirt which had surprised the Tiger defense on the first play of the game. The drive covered seven plays from the Glenville 44.
Hannon capped an 85-yard drive with a 17-yard romp through the center with 3:15 left in the welcome canto. A clip had nullified his 35-yard punt runback to the Glenville 35 and a holding penalty had set the Tigers back to their eight.
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FULLBACK CHARLES DANZY then went around right end for 16 yards to the 24 and right half Terry Edwards raced off left tackle on a reverse for 39 yards to the Glenville 33. It was a play the Tigers hadn’t used before but found the Tarblooder linebackers most obligating when they keyed on Hannon who scored three plays later.
Right corner Dan Gutshall put the Tigers in business again – this time with a second period interception on his 42. Westover and Terry Edwards combined for a 30-yard pass-run to the Glenville 28, but the Tigers clipped Edwards suffered a contusion of the left calf and saw no more action.
The drive took 10 plays with Hannon going over right tackle from the two with 3:18 left.
Hannon shook up Glenville with an 87-yard second half kickoff runback for his fourth TD, coming down the left side behind a good wall of blocking. The clock showed 12 seconds had ticked off the clock.
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HANNON’S FINAL effort came with 29 seconds left in the third period from 10 yards out off right tackle after a nifty 21-yard run around right end by right half Columbus Danzy. And an 18-yard rush through center by Charles Danzy. The drive had taken seven plays.
There was one other tiger drive – a 66-yarder started by Hannon’s 13-yard punt runback at the end of the first quarter and highlighted by a 47-yard pass-run from Westover to tight end Greg Sullivan and a good block by Dari Edwards.
The Tigers ran out of gas and Muhlbach’s 25-yard field goal attempt was wide.
Jones’ passing effort for the Tarblooders Friday night got him 13 completions in 26
tries – including 10 of 19 in the second half. He had two touchdown attempts on one drive called back in the second quarter. Fancy-running receivers ate up a lot of yardage.
Jones and tailback Henry Moore combined on a 62-yard screen pass play on which Moore ran all over the field – starting down the left sideline and ending in the right corner of the end zone. Glenville, however, was detected holding.
The possession saw the Tarblooders travel to the Massillon 37 from where Jones connected with end Greg Lee in the right corner of the end zone. But Glenville was offside and the Tigers had too many men on the field, resulting in an offset.
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“WE DIDN’T QUIT,” Glenville Coach Bob Hogue said. “We had a number of players hurt going into this one. John Rosebud, our running back, hurt an ankle last week and we didn’t use him at all tonight. The Tigers are the best team we’ve played. They deserve their No. 1 rating.”
Hogue thought the Tigers put more pressure on than any other opponent had this year.
“The best pass defense is the rush and they proved it,” he said. ‘Their coverage was also good.”
First downs, rushing 20 2
First downs, passing 2 7
First downs, penalties 0 1
Total first downs 22 10
Yards gained rushing 371 56
Yards lost rushing 7 63
Net yards gained rushing 364 -7
Net yards gained passing 73 143
Total yards gained 437 136
Passes completed 4-12 13-26
Passes intercepted by 3 0
Kickoff average (yards) 6-43.7 1-43.0
Kickoff returns (yards) 87 101
Punt average (yds.) 2-30.0 5-35.8
Punt returns (yds.) 28 0
Fumbles (lost) 3(2) 4(3)
Yards penalized 10-82 2-20
Touchdowns rushing 4 0
Miscellaneous 1 0
Total number of plays 71 54