Throughout the long rivalry of Massillon vs. Canton McKinley there have surely been some great games. But within those games there have been several outstanding individual performances.  Here’s a look at the best of them:

Rushing

  • In 1991, the Tigers won 42-13 behind a great outing by running back Travis McGuire.  In that one, he rushed for 302 yards, scored five touchdowns and tallied 30 points, all of which are McKinley game records.
  • Jamir Thomas carried the ball 42 times in 2017 during a 16-15 victory.
  • The longest run by a Tiger in this game was 80 yards, by Homer Floyd in 1953, helping to propel his team to a 48-7 blowout.

Passing / Receiving

  • Kyle Kempt threw the ball for 285 yards to set a new passing record.  The feat was accomplished in the 2012 regular season game, a 37-29 victory.
  • The most completions in a game came from Justin Zwick,  who connected in 2001 on 34 passes.  Also in that game, Devin Jordan set a record for the most receiving yards with 154.  The Tigers won that one 29-26.
  • The longest completion came just a few years ago, in 2019, when Aidan Longwell hooked up with Jayden Ballard on an 80-yard touchdown pass to seal a 24-14 victory.

Defense

  • The record for tackle points is 11.0, set jointly by Stephan Laury in 2011 and Jamir Thomas in 2015.
  • The record for the longest interception return for a touchdown is owned by Darius Edwards, at 76 yards.  He set it during the 29-7 victory in 1971.

Special Teams

  • The record for the longest field goal belongs to Steve Schott, who kicked a 47-yarder in 2006, helping Massillon win 10-7.
  • The longest kickoff return for a touchdown was 97 yards.  The record is owned by Keyshawn Watson, who set the mark in 2015.
  • Ironically, the Tigers never returned a punt for a touchdown against McKinley, although Martavien Johnson had his called back for a penalty in the 2020 game.
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