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1961 Season

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1961 Varsity Football Team

Record: 11-0
Combined Statistics: Link

Head Coach: Leo Strang (4th year)
Record To-Date at Massillon: 39-2-1

Team Captains: Ken Ivan, Charlie Brown

All-Ohio: Ken Ivan (1st), Charlie Brown (2nd), Larry Strobel (3rd)

AP State Poll:
1. Niles (10-0) – defeated Alliance
2. Massillon (11-0) (also 1st in UPI State Poll; National Champion) – defeated Alliance, Cincinnati Roger Bacon
3. Bellevue (9-0)
4. Cincinnati Roger Bacon (9-1)
5. Martins Ferry (10-0)
6. Hamilton Garfield (9-1)
7. Fairmont (9-0-2)
8. Alliance (9-2) – lost to Niles, Massillon
9. Toledo Macomber (7-1-1)
10. Middletown (8-1-1)

All-Time Record: 421-130-30
Series Record vs. Canton McKinley: 34-27-5

Noteworthy Items: (1) Niles captured the AP State Poll title, while Massillon was named first by UPI. Massillon also won the national title. (2) Cincinnati Roger Bacon suffered its first home loss in three years, 12-0 to the Tigers (3) The Tigers overcame a 20-6 halftime deficit against Parma to post a 21-20 victory in Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

OpponentRecordH/AMass.Opp.W/LAttendanceMedia Links*
NewarkH506W10,307Game Story and Stats
Akron GarfieldH326W12,904Game Story and Stats
Cleveland Benedictine5-4H206W10,602Game Story and Stats
Alliance9-2H260W19,515Game Story and Stats
Steubenville7-3A3814W10,000Game Story and Stats
Cincinnati Roger Bacon9-1A120W7,500Game Story and Stats
MansfieldH346W13,619Game Story and Stats
Warren Harding6-4H360W16,542Game Story and Stats
Toledo LibbeyH560W8,267Game Story and Stats
ParmaN2120W10,219Game Story and Stats
Canton McKinley6-4A76W18,621Game Story and Stats