1964 Season


1964 Class AA State Champions

Record: 10-0
Combined Statistics: Link

Head Coach: Earle 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) (UPI State Champion, 2nd in National Poll) – defeated Canton McKinley
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 Earle 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 a TV station from Cleveland 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.

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The Niles game was played at the Akron Rubber Bowl