1964 Season

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1964 Varsity Football Team

Record: 10-0
Combined Statistics: Link

Head Coach: Earl Bruce (1st year)
Record To-Date at Massillon: 10-0

Team Captains: John Muhlbach, Don Schenkenberger

All-Ohio: Larry Larsuel (1st), John Muhlbach (2nd), Tom Whitfield (3rd)

All-American Conference Standings:
Massillon (3-0)
Canton McKinley (1-1)
Niles (1-1)
Warren Harding (0-3)

AP State Poll:
1. Massillon (10-0) (also 2nd in National Poll) – defeated Canton McKinley, Niles
2. Canton McKinley (9-1) – lost to Massillon
3. Springfield South (10-0)
4. Elyria (9-1)
5. Louisville (10-0)
6. Upper Arlington (9-0)
7. Sandusky (9-1)
8. Rossford (9-0)
9. Cleveland St. Ignatius (9-0)
10. Fremont St. Joseph (9-0)

All-Time Record: 446-136-30
Series Record vs. Canton McKinley: 37-27-5

Noteworthy Items: (1) Massillon broke Niles’ 48-game unbeaten streak with a 14-8 victory at the Akron Rubber Bowl in front of 30,128 fans. Coach Earl Bruce stated later that it was the night he became a Tiger. (2) Massillon and McKinley were both 9-0 entering the finale and ranked No. 1 and 2 respectively in the A.P. Poll. The high level of interest in the game prompted Cleveland TV to broadcast the annual fracas. Behind 14-0 at the half, the Tigers scored 20 fourth-quarter points to pull out the win, 20-14, capturing the state title and finishing second in the national poll. Earl Bruce would later become head coach of Ohio State, while McKinley’s Coach Don Nehlen would become mentor of West Virginia.

OpponentRecordH/AMass.Opp.W/LAttendanceMedia Links*Statistics Links
Cleveland EastH160W9,733Game StoryGame Stats
Niles8-2N148W30,128Game StoryGame Stats
MansfieldA260W9,500Game StoryGame Stats
Alliance5-5A268W12,000Game StoryGame Stats
Steubenville4-6H580W8,970Game StoryGame Stats
Cleveland Benedictine6-4H550W11,582Game StoryGame Stats
Altoona, PAH3418W16,556Game StoryGame Stats
Warren Harding6-3-1A120W13,000Game StoryGame Stats
Eastlake NorthH360W9,363Game StoryGame Stats
Canton McKinley9-1H2014W22,685Game StoryGame Stats
TOTAL29748145,517Season Stats

The Niles game was played at the Akron Rubber Bowl