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Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1988: Massillon 18, Altoona, PA 7

Fan-tastic! Massillon supporters fill local motels

By Kay Stephens
Staff Writer
(Altoona Mirror Sept 10, 1988)

When the high school football team from Massillon, Ohio, comes to Altoona today, at least 2,000 fans are expected to follow.

And because the Massillon vs. Altoona game is at night, local motels and hotels are booked solid.

Each of those fans will probably spend an average of $70 to $75 each for room, meals and other expenses, James Caporuscio of the Altoona‑Blair County Chamber of Commerce estimated. So the mass of fans from Massillon should be pumping an additional $150,000 into local businesses.

Those Massillon fans who come early or leave late are likely to help make the Keystone Country Festival at Lakemont Park a success. Some fans are expected to stop at the festival today before the 7:30 p.m. game or on Sunday before they go home.

The Sheraton Altoona set aside 35 rooms for the team and about 35 for the fans. In addition to a convention and some rooms for the Keystone Country Festival vendors, the 226 room facility is sold out.

Other Altoona motels like Days Inn, Knights Inn and Holiday Inn, in addition to smaller motels like the Wye Motor Lodge and Rogers Motel, have no rooms for tonight.

Some motel clerks said they were referring room requests to motels in nearby towns.

Some Massillon fans are expected to come by camper, Caporuscio added. A group called last summer and was referred to the Sanderbeck Campgrounds near Duncansville where they’re expected to spend the night.

While the motels and hotels are sold out, Mansion Park is not.

As of Friday, the high school athletic office estimated attendance at 4,400 to 4,500, but more tickets will be sold tonight. If the weather is good, attendance is expected to be higher, Mansion Park seats 10,471.

As of Friday, 2,600 Altoona were expected to show up for the game. There are 700 season ticket holders and the athletic office sold 1,900 game tickets.

Fans who did not buy tickets by Friday can purchase them tonight at Mansion Park. The gates open at 6 p.m,

This is the second year of a two­ year contract that the Altoona Area School District struck up with Mas­sillon School District for a football game between the two teams which used to face off regularly in the 1960s when fans traveled by trains to the games,

Massillon is bringing its band to the game, just as Altoona had to take its band last year to Massillon.

Altoona lost last year’s game, 34‑3.

When the Tigers travel,
so do the fans

Altoona amazed
by sea of orange

Independent Sports Editor

ALTOONA, Pa. ‑ A lost member of the “Trekkers from Tigertown,” fresh down the mountain that con­tains “world famous” Horseshoe Curve, needed directions to the sta­dium here Saturday evening.

A man standing in his front yard was hailed.

“You folks from Massillon?” the Altoona resident deadpanned. “Well, you, ‘just go right up there and keep going for about 10 miles.”

The man pointed to a remote peak in the wilderness. Then he laughed and gave the real directions to Man­sion Park, seven blocks from his mail box.

When he was finished he said, “I usually go to the games, but not tonight. You guys will kill us.”

Three hours later, a maroon army of fans on the Altoona High side of Mansion Park was whooping ‘it up. A little split end named Dave “Whitey” Berardinelli was dancing in the end zone, having just caught a touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Altoona was not exactly getting killed. The Mountain Lions had seized control of the action and, when the extra‑point boot sailed through, trailed the Massillon Ti­gers by just a 12‑7 margin.

In downtown Altoona, across the street from the old Penn‑Alto Hotel where some visitors from Massillon spent the weekend, stands a res­taurant called Frank n’ Joe’s.

“Breakfast is our specialty” is what the sign outside the greasy spoon says.

The restaurant can’t live on breakfast, though, so it stays open 24 hours.

“Passing is our specialty” is a sign one might hang on the 1988 Ti­gers, but they play the survival game, too. And Saturday night, they departed from their specialty to survive.

The possession after the Altoona touchdown loomed as the life‑or-­death moment in this game.

“It was time to put the finesse stuff on the shelf,” said Massillon head coach Lee Owens.

It was time, Owens said, to play “slug nose football.”

Some noses got flattened, all’ right. The Tigers marched for a touchdown in 11 plays. Nine of them were running plays. The offensive line fired out, and the running backs ran over defenders.

Owens’ ballyhooed “run and boot” offense did, however, make a cameo appearance during the march.

“The touchdown run was a boot‑leg,” Owens smiled, referring to quarterback Lee Hurst’s 8‑yard scoring roll around the right side.

Now the score was 18‑7, and would stay that way. Now it was time for the Orange Army on the visitors’ side to erupt.

The crowd at Mansion Park was about 9,000. The visitors’ grand stand was stocked to about 85 per cent of its capacity, and about percent of its inhabitants we wearing something that screamed “I’m a Tiger fan.”

More than 2,000 Trekkers from Tigertown made the trip, which, took four to 5 1/2 hours, depending on the weight of each driver’s foot.

Altoona residents marveled at the Massillon turnout.

“Why do they do it?” The ques­tion kept coming up.

They are what makes Massillon unique.” That was as good an answer as any.

The parking lot at Mansion Park was wall‑to‑wall Winnebagos, cam­pers and vans ‑ all decorated with something orange ‑ by 6:30 pm., an hour before kickoff.

Just before kickoff, members of the Reese’s Raiders club descended to the field to wave huge orange flags. The 100‑plus team members who bussed to Altoona then ran through a hoop that blared the mes­sage, “Massillon, Ohio … where everyone is a Tiger.”

At halftime, the man introducing the Massillon Tiger Swing Band – naturally, the band was there ‑ declared, “and from Massillon, Ohio, the high school football capital of the world …”

Most of the Trekkers from Tiger­town, it seemed, stayed the night.

An hour after the game ended be­came rush hour at Altoona’s fast food parlors.

“Lord, you people from Massillon eat a lot of pizza,” said a harried worker from Domino’s Pizza.

Altoona people weren’t the only ones marveling over the Trekkers from Tigertown.
Coach Owens, eating pizza and watching the Notre Dame ­Michigan game at the Sheraton, called the size of the Massillon con­tingent “amazing.”

“Would you get something like this from any town but Massillon?” Owens said.

He didn’t really need an answer.

‘Weak Two’ is tough Week two

Tigers have tough time knocking out Altoona,
await rampaging Magics

Independent Sports Editor

ALTOONA, Pa. ‑ Forget that preseason about the Massillon Tigers not having their La‑Z‑Boy Recliners until the week of the high school football.

Tigers had to fight their way out of a op before winning in Week Two. They led the Altoona Mountain Lions 18‑7 before a crowd of 9,000 here Saturday night. Four, as you probably know because preseason hype, will send the Tigers Fairfield.

Fairfield, a next‑door neighbor of Cincinnati Princeton, beat eventual state champion Solon last year and, in 1986, claimed the crown for itself. If you’re looking ahead, Fairfield is 2‑0 after beating Cincinnati Oak -21 in a track meet Friday.

Don’t look ahead.

Tigers had trouble digesting ‘Toona Saturday. And Week Three will pit the orange and black against a knuckle sandwich named Barberton Friday in Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

The Magics are back from scholastic foot­ball under old timer Don Ault, a former college head coach who came to the Magic City last year. They, too, are 2‑0. And they got there not by bullying habitual bung­lers. Their resounding 30‑12 victory Friday came against Walsh Jesuit, hardly a paroc­hial pipsqueak.

Walsh, usually a playoff contender, was tenderized by what veteran Massillon assis­tant coach Eric Schumacher, speaking from the Altoona Sheraton late Saturday, called “the best Barberton team I’ve seen.”

“It’ll be a big ball game,” added Lee Owens, the Tigers head coach.

Some Barberton folks in the over‑40 crowd still hold a big grudge over something that happened in 1959. Namely, a 90‑0 Massillon victory over the Magics.

You can bet the gross annual income of the Altoona Sheraton that this year’s Massillon­-Barberton game won’t be a 90‑0 job.

Meanwhile, you might have had a few tak­ers on a 90‑0 score in Saturday’s Massillon­-Altoona game.

The Tigers grabbed a 12‑0 lead by the time the game was 17 plays old.

Pro‑rating the score over four quarters ‑ slightly less than half of the first quarter was gone when the Tigers scored their second TD ‑‑ you were looking at a 96‑0 final.

And that’s how outmanned Altoona looked.

But something strange happened as the twilight disappeared and darkness swal­lowed the mountains behind Mansion Park.

‘Toona made like a shark and bit back .

The Mountain Lions played the Tigers on no less than even terms for the better portion of three periods.

And, when Altoona’s short passing game, by then clicking on eight cylinders, produced a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, the Lions trailed by only 12‑7.

“We got behind, but we were never afraid of them,” said Dave Berardinelli, the Altoona split end who caught the touchdown pass.

“I can’t say it was the same last year when we got beat pretty bad in Massillon. We were a slightly intimidated by the mystique. I re­member that their booster club gave us gifts in the hotel and I was thinking, ‘Gee, this must be some football town.’

“We just looked at them as another team this time.”

Yet, maybe there’s something to the mysti­que after all.

Just as mysteriously as the Tigers went flat and stayed that way for three quarters, they discovered their roar again after Altoona closed to 12‑7.

The Tigers drove 76 yards in 11 plays for a clinching touchdown.

Whereas the short passing game had click­ed during the 12‑0 getaway, the running game now became the force of the offense.

“It was time to put the finesse stuff on the shelf,” Owens said. “It was time to play slug nose football.”

Senior fullback Jason Stafford fired haymakers.

The 5‑foot‑9, 183‑pound speedster turned beat up would‑be tacklers in a series that be­came the jewel of one of the biggest night’s any Tiger rusher has ever had.

Stafford’s final, official totals were 24 carries for 182 yards and two touchdowns. The Massillon football press guide shows that Bill Harmon, Art Hastings, Tom Hannon, Mike Mauger and Mark McDew all exceeded 200 rushing yards in a game for the Tigers. Stafford’s outing is believed to rank in the top 10 all time.

The entire offense looked to be running on nitro during the critical drive.

“I looked in their eyes and knew they were ready to go,” Owens said.

The Tigers took over on their own 24 and quickly got a tough 13 yards from “A‑back” Ryan Sparkman. Quarterback Lee Hurst passed six yards to Robert Spencer, then Staf­ford crossed midfield on an 11‑yard blast.

Hurst bootlegged for 12 yards, then Stafford ground out 5 more to bash the Tigers inside the 30. Spark­man was stopped for no gain, but Hurst connected with tight end Jeff Harig for five yards that turned into a first down after a measurement.

Then Stafford rumbled 8 yards to the 16. It was Stafford again for 4 brutal yards for a first down to the 12.

Sparkman churned out 4 more to the 8. Then, on third and a short 2, Hurst took off on a bootleg around right end. By now, Altoona’s defen­ders were wondering whether it would be Stafford or Sparkman steamrollering inside, and the boot became a perfect call. Hurst scored easily.

The extra point failed, but the Ti­gers led 18‑7 with 8:06 remaining. They had the game on ice.

“As disappointed as I am in some things about the game, we still gained more than 400 yards (403), and the defense did some good things, including a very important goal‑line stand,” Owens said.

“We were ready at the start of the game then we scored twice and kind of lost it. We didn’t smell the blood and put ’em away. It takes a team a while to get to that point. We haven’t arrived yet. But we’re getting close.”

They looked more than close in the early going.

The Tigers received the opening kickoff then drove 73 yards in only eight plays for a touchdown. After an incomplete pass, Massillon plays covered 11, 4, 5, 9, 16, 9 and 19 yards. The last play was a draw to Stafford that turned into a touchdown. Hurst’s kick was wide and the Ti­gers led 6‑0 with 9:45 left in the first quarter.

The Tiger defense started as dominantly as the offense, forcing a punt after three nonproductive plays.

Massillon proceeded to cover 77 yards in only five plays ‑ a 7‑yard run by Stafford, a 5‑yard pass to Harig, a 7‑yard pass to Troy Manion, a 25‑yard bootleg run by Hurst and a 33‑yard touchdown sprint by Staf­ford, who broke a tackle and easily outran the secondary to the right corner of the end zone.

The two‑point conversion try failed and the Tigers led 12‑0 with 6:41 left in the first period.

The Tigers got the ball back quick­ly on an interception by Chad Buck­land. That’s when the offense seemed to go flat, although Altoona head coach John Franco saw it another way.

“They have great athletes and they hit us with tremendous execu­tion on their first two series,” Fran­co said. “We made an adjustment, bringing our coverage people in closer to the receivers, and it seemed to work.”

The Mountain Lions took over on downs at their own 32 late in the first quarter then used a mix of sideline passes and shots to the tight end over the middle to drive to the Tiger 1‑yard line on first and goal.

Massillon used its up‑against‑the­ wall unit to stage one of its great goal‑line stands of recent years. With T.R. Rivera leading the charge of the front wall, the stubborn Tigers stopped two running plays for no gain at the 1, then sniffed out a quar­terback bootleg and tackled QB Jon Ruff for a 5‑yard loss. Berardinelli couldn’t catch up to a fourth‑down pass and the Tigers took over on downs.

“My Lord, if we score down there, it’s a different ball game,” said Franco.

As the defense ran off the field, end Monte McGuire was greeted by a hearty hand slap from assistant coach Curt Strawder.

Strawder once gave defenses fits as a Massillon receiver. He is in third place on the Tigers’ all‑time list for catches in a single game (eight). He now shares that position with Harig, whose outstanding night included eight catches for 73 yards.

Hurst completed 13 of 23 passes for 103 yards and was credited with 52 rushing yards in 11 carries.

For Altoona, Ruff completed 13 of 23 passes for 177 yards before leav­ing with a knee injury. He twisted the knee on the last play of Altoona’s touchdown drive and did not return.

The injury did not have a big im­pact on the game since the Tigers scored the first time they had the ball after the Altoona TD.

The Massillon defense came through its second straight week of shutting out an opponent in the first half. The defense has allowed only one second‑half touchdown in each of the season’s first two weeks.

Just as the offense rose up after the Altoona touchdown, the defense upgraded its play down the stretch.

After the Tigers’ final touchdown, Altoona still had eight minutes to get something going. The Tigers, however, stuffed the Mountain Lions by putting heavy pressure on backup quarterback T.J. Keith.

First downs rushing 17 3
First downs passing 7 8
First downs by penalty 0 1
Totals first downs 24 12
Yards gained rushing 292 33
Yards lost rushing 13 42
Net yards rushing 279 -9
Net yards passing 124 214
Total yards gained 403 205
Passes attempted 24 34
Passes completed 14 16
Passes int. by 1 0
Punts 3 5
Punting average 33.0 35.4
Fumbles 2 3
Fumbles lost 1 0
Penalties 6 2
Yards penalized 63 20
Number of plays 68 59
Time of possession 24.01 23.59
Attendance 9,000

Individual statistics

Massillon) Stafford, 24‑182; Hurst, 11‑52; Sparkman, 6‑37; Dixon, 2‑8.
(Altoona) Farris, 14‑22; Rusnak, 4‑minus 3.

(Massillon) Hurst 13‑23‑0 107; Slutz, 1‑1‑0 17.
(Altoona) Ruff 13‑22‑1 177; Keith 4‑11‑0 36.

(Massillon) Harig, B‑73; Pierce, 1‑17; Smith, 2‑14; Spencer, 2‑13; Manion, 1‑7.
Altoona) Berardinelli, 10‑111; Saylor, 3‑34; Farris, 3‑60.

ALTOONA 0 0 0 7 7
MASSILLON 12 0 0 6 18

M ‑ Stafford 19 run (kick failed)
M ‑ Stafford 32 run (pass failed)
A ‑ Berardineill 5 pass from Ruff (Swogger kick)
M ‑ Hurst 8 run (pass failed)

T.R. Rivera
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1987: Massillon 34, Altoona, PA 3

Making an impression… Tigers Al(toon)a up for GlenOak with 34‑3 blowout

Independent Sports Editor

Who were the Massillon Tigers trying to impress, anyway?

Maybe it was the hundreds of former Tiger football players who turned up Saturday on “Alumni Night” to see the old school wipe out an old rival, Altoona, Pa., by a 34‑3 score.

Maybe it was the fans who didn’t show up after a season opening 22‑8 loss to Garfield ‑ Saturday’s crowd, held down by a pre‑game rain was just 8,576.

Maybe it was the GlenOak Golden Eagles, winners in Tigertown last year, and next up on the schedule.

(A quick note on the GlenOak game: ”It’s gonna be a street fight,” Tiger co‑captain John Miller said).

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Somebody say Miller? Say it again. The 6‑foot‑1, 201‑pound senior was a main man against Altoona, looking like Bronko Nagurski as he plowed for 51 yards in nine rushes. He also kicked the Mountain Lions on defense, intercepting a pass, sacking the quarterback twice, and looking like he was having a good time at inside linebacker.

“As the game progressed, I started to feel more comfortable at linebacker,” said Miller, who helped limit the Lions to 118 yards in total offense, nearly half of which came on a trick play that set up Altoona’s only points, a 27‑yard field goal in the first quarter.

“I want to show people I can play,” said Miller, who is in a new role after playing quarterback last year. “As a team, we started to come together more tonight. Altoona was quick, but not as good on the physical side. It’s good to get a win.”

The pre‑season hype billed the Tigers as a potentially explosive team with a balanced offense. Saturday, hype equaled fact.

Senior Jerome Myricks scored on three breakaway touchdown plays and on a 15‑yard run.

The Tiger running attack, featuring a cast of several, ground out 198 yards at 5.8 a carry. The passing attack further advanced Erik White as an all‑county candidate and yielded 157 yards.

White completed nine of 13 passes for 157 yards. Through two games, he has connected on 22 of 34 aerials for 312 yards, three TDs and one interception ‑ which ain’t bad.

The 6‑foot‑5 ½ inch, senior was celebrating his 17th birthday Saturday. White is what football coaches call a “young senior,” in that some of his teammates are more than a year older than him.

Yes, there were some impressive performances Saturday. But it’s not time to get carried away of course.

A year ago, the Tigers wiped out Cincinnati Mount Healthy one week before bowing to GlenOak.

“A lot of people may think we played very well,” Tiger head coach John Maronto said. “There were some good things that happened. And it’s obviously great to win. But we really didn’t play that well, certainly not as well as we need to next week. We’re going to have to reach the level of improvement next week we were hoping for this week.”

Altoona, 0‑1‑1, was simply out muscled, said second‑year head coach John Franco. “Their size was too much for us,”

Franco said. “We aren’t yet the kind of team that can play with a Massillon. We’re young and we’re trying to re‑establish what Massillon has had for so many years, tradition. Next year, I think you’ll see a more competitive Massillon‑Altoona game when it’s at our place.

“Massillon just has an awesome program. They’re a very good football team this year and John Maronto does an outstanding job. They could play with the top so schools in Pennsylvania. Massillon, in my view, may have a down year every now and then. But even when they have a down year, they’re competitive with the best teams in Ohio.”

As to aspects that did impress Maronto, the Tiger defense was one. “The defense deserves the credit,” Maronto said. “Miller and (linebacker) Scott Sampsel played very well. Vern Riley looked pretty good. Brendan Kasunick was effective. Dave Hackenbracht did a good job at linebacker.”

The Mountain Lions stayed in it for a while, forcing a punt on Massillon’s next possession, then recovering from a nasty situation in which its punter touched his knee to the ground at the 16‑yard line before he could get off the boot. The Tigers failed to convert the punt‑that‑never‑was when they made one of their seven fumbles (they lost two), giving Altoona the ball at the 7.

Massillon finally kicked into high gear late in the first half. Miller’s interception gave the Tigers the ball at the Altoona 15‑yard line, and on the next play Myricks went around the left side and carried two tacklers with him into the end zone. The Tigers led 14‑3 with 4:06 left in the half.

A sack by Miller and a subsequent Altoona punt to midfield set up the next score ‑ on the play after the punt ‑ as White flipped a screen pass to Myricks, who got excellent blocking and took off down the left sideline on a 50‑yard touchdown play. The point‑after kick was no good at the 1:40 mark and the Tigers ‘ lead stood at 20‑3 at the half.

Myricks’ 33‑yard touchdown run, set up when the right side of the line blew out the Lions, and Hurst’s kick made it 27‑3 with 5:52 left in the third quarter.

Altoona punted to end its next possession, and two plays later Myricks took a slant‑in pass from White at the 43, then exploded out of a pack of four defenders on his way to a 60‑yard TD. Hurst’s kick cemented the final score at 34‑3 with 1:36 left in the third quarter.

The second unit got in plenty of action, as evidenced by the fact Ashcraft gained 56 yards in six rushing attempts in relief of Miller and Myricks. Myricks was the game’s rushing leader with 67 yards in only seven carries. White threw passes to seven different receivers, including Jeff Harig, Gerald Pope, Kester, Stafford, Tim Pope and Craig York.

Alexander’s production was limited to the trick play. He otherwise gained 26 yards in six rushing attempts.

Altoona did manage to get 12 completions from two quarterbacks.

surprise 6‑0 loser Friday to Akron St. Vincent‑St. Mary), the Tigers got a chance to dominate a lesser foe. Some tinkering with personnel seemed to help.

Riley, usually the starting fullback, was inserted in the middle of the defensive line to address the “quickness” issue that came up after the Garfield game.

“Anything they need me for, I’m ready,” Riley said. “We needed this game tonight. We were hurt and we were angry about the Garfield game. Now we’re back on track. Against Glen0ak, We’re looking to do some paybacks.”

Saturday’s game lost its suspense after the Tigers took a 20‑3 halftime lead. But there was some early drama.

The Tigers scored on a 17‑yard mini‑march after Sean Ascraft recovered a fumbled punt return attempt. Runs of 8 and 4 yards by Miller set up Jason Stafford’s 5‑yard TD run. Lee Hurst’s kick made it 7‑0 at 8:08 of the first quarter.

A razzle‑dazzler Franco called “a junk play” gained 58 yards and put Altoona in what seemed to be a contending position. Quarterback Jeff Ruff flipped a flare pass to Art Fink, who would have been stopped for a short gain had he not pitched the ball to speedy back Alan Alexander, who turned on the jets down the left. sideline. Mark Kester, who caught five passes against Garfield and has good speed himself, made a saving tackle at the 15, which helped, since Altoona had to settle for the field goal.

Massillon tattoos Altoona

Repository sports writer

MASSILLON ‑ Massillon tailback Jerome Myricks ran berserk Saturday night, but Tigers’ coach John Maronto regarded it as just a dress rehearsal of things to come this season.

In Massillon’s 34‑3 win over Altoona, Pa., at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, Myricks scored four touchdowns , one on a 33‑yard run, and two on receptions of 50 yards or over. But Maronto isn’t ready to put Myricks on a pedestal.

“He’s capable of playing even better than he did tonight,” Maronto said. “He’s just starting to come into his own. Just watch him the rest of the season.”

Although Maronto has even higher expectations for him, Myricks certainly wasn’t displeased with his showing against the Mountain Lions (0‑1‑1), who were playing Massillon (1‑1) for the first time in 19 years.

This was the most memorable game of my career, ” said the 5‑foot‑11, 181‑pound senior who wears No. 1, and has certainly become No. 1 in the hearts of Tigers’ fans.

Myricks ran for 67 yards on seven carries,, and caught two passes for 110 yards, both for touchdowns.

Myricks’ first touchdown, a 15‑yard run early in the second quarter, gave Massillon a 14‑3 lead and broke open what looked like, might be a tight game.

The Tigers jumped out to a 7‑0 lead four minutes into the game when Jason Stafford scored on a 5‑yard run, ‑ which followed a fumbled Altoona punt.

Yet on their very first play from scrimmage, the Mountain Lions stunned the crowd of 8,576 with a play right off an elementary school playground. Quarterback Jeff Ruff threw a flare pass to Artie Fink, who immediately lateralled to Alan Alexander, who sprinted 58 yards down the left sideline to the Massillon 15. Only a diving tackle by Massillon’s Mark Kester saved a touchdown.

But then the Massillon defense, abused last week in a 22‑8 loss to Akron Garfield, got tough, and Altoona had to settle for a 26‑yard field goal by Ruff.

“That kind of hurt our momentum,” said Altoona coach John Franco. “If we had been able to punch the ball in there, maybe we would have had a chance.”

Franco’s probably wrong. Take away the 58 yards on the trick play, and Altoona Managed only 60 yards of total offense. Altoona had all of minus‑eight yards rushing, and had six turnovers.

So it isn’t hard to see why Massillon dominated the remainder of the game.

Myricks got his second touchdown with 1:40 left in the half, when he turned a screen pass from quarterback Erik White into a 50‑yard touchdown. That gave the Tigers a 20‑3 halftime bulge.

Myricks’ final two touchdowns came in the third quarter, one on a 33‑yard run and the other on a 60‑yard pass from White, who completed 9‑of‑13 passes for 157 yards.

White is relishing his role as a Massillon quarterback who actually gets to throw the ball.

“I like the fact that we’re throwing the ball more,” White said. “I think it really diversifies the offense.

Although the Tigers rolled up 355 yards of offense, Maronto preferred to praise the defense.

“I’m still not completely satisfied with the offense. but I thought the defense showed a tremendous amount of character this week,”, Maronto said. “(John) Miller, (Vernon) Riley and (David) Hackenbracht really did a great job. And we had five interceptions, you know.”

Unlike after the Garfield game, when he was somewhat perplexed, Maronto was obviously more upbeat Saturday.

Altoona 3 0 0 0 3
Massillon 7 13 14 0 34

M ‑ Stafford 5 run (Hurst kick)
A ‑ FG Ruff 26
M – Myricks 15 run (Hurst kick)
M ‑ Myricks 50 pass from White (kick failed)
M ‑ Myricks 33 run (Hurst kick)
M ‑ Myricks 60 pass from White (Hurst kick)

John Miller
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1968: Massillon 30, Altoona, PA 0

Tigers have mission


While the Massillon Tigers were holding the Altoona Pa., Mountain Lions to 98 net rushing yards Saturday night at Tiger stadium, Canton McKinley’s Bulldogs were holding Steubenville’s Big Red to 48 at Fawcett stadium in Canton.

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When the River City team comes here Friday night for its second consecutive All-American conference (AAC) contest, the Tigers will be out to show they can do better than their
arch-rivals. The Washington high eleven will also be out to pick up the one-half game lost to McKinley.
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ANOTHER CONCERN of the Orange and Black will be stopping Steubenville’s Craig Misslewitz, the AAC’s leading scorer going into last weekend’s contests. The Bit Red’s Bob Washington is ranked the No. 2 receiver.

In light of the 205 yards through the air given up by the Tigers while defeating Altoona
30-0 Saturday night – the most allowed by the Orange and Black’s secondary this year – Steubenville’s passing game can’t be taken lightly.

Altoona quarterback Jim Pry completed 13 of 34 passes.

Lion receivers, termed by Coach Earl Strohm, “the best crop we’ve had for awhile.”

On Altoona’s last time with the ball blockers kept defenders at bay long enough to make Pry effective. But many passes were dropped by receivers and the Tiger defense thwarted others, making it the first time this season the Lions had completed less than 50 per cent of their attempts.

We’ve been trying to capitalize on our passing game since we started getting a lot of injuries,” Strohm explained.

It must have been the longest night of the season for Tiger fans who provided the major part of the 14,038 attendance. The Lions got to the Tigers one, eight, nine, 29, and 14-yard lines in the first half – twice on fumbles by Jim Smith – before the defense stiffened.
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ON TWO of those occasions, Dave Redline missed 18 and 21-yard field goals. On another, Dave Hout, Jerry Harris and Elijah McLin stopped Jeff Simms just short of the goal line. Hout’s fumble recovery aborted one drive.

Meanwhile Altoona was jamming the off-tackle holes and guarding the corners so well that the WHS squad didn’t get out of its own territory until Bert Fampier, back in action for the first time since he was injured in the season opener, ran a pass interception back 26 yards and set in motion a drive which fizzled moments later on the Altoona 36.
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THE TIGERS got on the scoreboard with five seconds left in the half via a 71-yard drive and one of the weirdest plays ever seen at Tiger stadium.

Quarterback Marc Malinowski threw from the Altoona 23 to wingback Mark McDew, in the center of the end zone. Two defenders blasted into McDew, causing the ball to pop into the air. One of the defenders batted the ball again and tight end Tom Robinson grabbed it for the six points.

Malinowski missed the conversion off right tackle.
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ALTOONA GOT to the 11 in the third quarter before John Hodgson and Dampier broke up a fourth down pass. The Lions had been stopped at their 37 but the Tiger’s very aggressive junior middle guard Dave Hout roughed punter Doug singer, giving Altoona new life.

Hout was also called for being offside and clipping on the run-back but his aggressiveness paid off as he had an unofficial 15 tackles followed by George Whitfield with 12, and Stoner and Larry Shumar each with nine.

Simms had 12, Wayne Mascia and John Fusco each 10 and Dave Elvey nine for Altoona.

Massillon got out of its own territory only once in the third quarter and then Harris picked up Elvey’s fumble on the Lions’ 11 early in the goodbye canto. Two plays later Malinowski faked to fullback Darnell Streeter and skirted right end for the score with 7:56 remaining.

Fullback Mike Autrey went off right tackle for the conversion.
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STONER INTERCEPTED a pass on the Tigers’ 24 shortly thereafter and on the next play Autrey went off tackle, made a great cut and raced 76 yards to pay dirt with 5:40 remaining. The left side of the Orange and Black line opened a nice hole.

Streeter went around left end for the conversion.

The Tigers stopped a Lion drive on Massillon’s 34 and the resulting drive, abetted by Smith’s 24-yard run, netted the final score with Malinowski hitting McDew on the five and Mark carrying in for the score. Forty-four seconds remained.

Smith navigated left-end with the ball, another of those tip catches occurred as Hodgson batted a pass into end John Imler’s hands at the Massillon 30 and he raced to the 14. Time ran out two plays later.
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“OUR BOYS did a heckuva job defensively inside the 20 where it counts,” Tiger coach Bob Seaman said. “I thought their kids were pretty tired by the end of the game.”
He added, “They did a fine job against us but Autrey’s long run took the starch out of them.”

“We were in the game for 3 ½ quarters,” Strohm said. “That long run took us right out of it. We got close several times but couldn’t score. Nothing we expected to work did work.”

About his double slot formation, Strohm commented, “It was a little different look than we had been using.”

The Tigers’ fifth victory against one loss saw Smith with another 100-plus yards night on the ground – 114 of the Orange and Black’s 254 net in 25 carries. Altoona is 2-4.

Ends – Imler, Singer, Young, Plummer, Rehm.
Tackles – Beatty, hench.
Guards – Schraff, Keown, Costlow, Mascia.
Center – Strohm.
Quarterbacks – Pry, Redline, Ellis.
Halfbacks – Diehl, Simms, Lutchko, Robinson, Fusco.
Fullbacks – Balestino.

Ends – Dampier, Jackson, James, Robinson, Cline, Engler, Conley.
Tackles – McGeorge, Laase, Harris, Dorman, Doll, Midgley.
Guards – Whitfield, Couto, Harig, Hout, Arnott, Indorf, Fichter.
Centers – Cocklin, Gengo.
Quarterbacks – Malinowski, Fromholtz, Lombardi.
Halfbacks – Smith, McDew, Shumar, K. Autrey, Hodgson, Stoner.
Sheaters, McLin, Gamble, Miller.
Fullbacks – M. Autrey, Streeter, Johnson.

Massillon 0 6 0 24 – 30

Touchdowns: Massillon – Robinson (23-yard deflected pass from Malinowski); Malinowski (20-yard run); M. Autrey (76-yard run); McDew (13-yard, pass-run play from Malinowski).

Att. Net.
Malinowski 8 21
Smith 25 114
McDew 7 12
Streeter 3 20
M. Autrey 5 87

Att. Net.
Lutchko 10 28
Balestino 6 15
Pry 11 10
Simms 5 21
Elvey 4 18

First downs –rushing 8 3
First downs – passing 4 10
First downs – penalties 2 2
Total first downs 14 17
Yards gained rushing 272 135
Yards lost rushing 18 37
Net yards gained rushing 254 98
Net yards gained passing 62 205
Total yards gained 316 303
Passes completed 4-6 13-34
Passes intercepted by 2 0
Yardage on passes intercepted 29 0
Kickoff average (yards) 5-36.2 1—29
Kickoff returns (yards) 17 57
Punt average (yards) 5-35.8 2-32.0
Punt return (yards) 0 0
Had punts blocked 0 0
Fumbles 2 6
Lost Fumbled ball 2 2
Penalties 8 5
Yards penalized 83 55
Touchdowns rushing 2 0
Touchdowns passing 2 0
Total number of plays 62 76

See Altoona
pics tonight

Films of last Saturday’s Massillon – Altoona football game will be shown to Tiger Booster club members tonight at 8 at Washington high school. President Duane Knight will preside in the school’s auditorium.
Coach Bob Seaman will answer questions on that game as well as the Tigers next outing. The Orange and Black will host Steubenville Friday at Tiger stadium in an All-American conference encounter.

George Whitfield
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1967: Massillon 12, Altoona, PA 7

Seaman Must Continue to Draw Aces


Tiger Coach Bob Seaman pulled an ace out of the deck in Massillon’s 12-7 decision over homestanding Altoona, Pa., Saturday night.

Trailing 7-6 at the end of the first half, the Obies took the second half kickoff and stormed down field for the winning touchdown.
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Program Cover

IT WAS NOT the kind of offense some 4,000 Bengal fans in Mansion Park were used to seeing under the former Sandusky skipper. The line blocked with powerful quickness and the backfield ran with utmost authority.

One big reason in the change was the periodic insertion of tight end Bill Houser into the backfield. He led the interference – mainly through the Tiger’s right side of the line.

Another factor was the blocking of tackle Bill Snowball, who had 6 stitches put into the bridge of his nose early in the first half.

Houser, who scales 215 teamed up with tailback Jim Smith (187) and fullback Reggie Moore (199) to give the Orange and Black a 601-pound backfield.

Seaman will have to keep pulling aces from his deck of plays, or else come up with equal performances from the team for the remaining 4 games.

THE BENGALS will host Upper Arlington – ranked No. 2 this past week by Associated Press – followed by Warren Harding, Steubenville and Canton McKinley. Upper Arlington may come into Tiger stadium as the No. 1 team in Ohio, since Steubenville knocked off previously top-rated McKinley 20-15 Friday night.

The Mountain Lions didn’t score the first 2 times they had the ball. Massillon, also unable to move the pigskin on its first series, took over the ball again midway through the first period.

Quarterback Trevor Young rolled to his right and pitched out to Smith, the ball squirting through his hands with Tim Tyler recovering for Altoona at the Massillon 30-yard line.

On the next play, the sensational Greg Campbell, a 170-pound senior halfback, shot through right guard on a dive play, shook off a Tiger at the 24, and scampered straight into the end zone for a 6-0 lead at 4:20. Doug Dean hiked the margin by one point with his extra point kick.

Halfback Mark McDew put a 20-yard return on the following kickoff to the Massillon 30. The Tigers then drove 70 yards in 13 plays for their first TD of the night.
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MOORE LED the drive with 30 yards in 4 carries, Smith added 10 in 3 tries, McDew 8, Bill Simon 9 and Young 13 yards in 4 carries. Young capped the effort from the 1 on a sneak over left guard. Moore’s run on the point try failed, and Altoona was still in control, 7-6.

Altoona stormed right back and drove 62 yards in 17 plays to the Massillon 3, where they were stopped by a stingy Obie defense. Massillon marched to its own 40-yard line before the halftime gunned sounded.

Altoona had the ball 33 plays to 26 for Massillon in the first half, but the Tigers showed the Pennsylvanians what ball control was in the second half as they had it for 35 plays to a mere 16 for Altoona.

The “Suicide Squad” formed a line down the right sideline on the second half kickoff and that “Magnificent Massillon Madness,” as it was called by an Altoona radio announcer, took over.

McDew scampered 31-yards on the return to the Massillon 42. The Tigers stormed to pay dirt in 12 plays, as Smith carried 7 times for 40 yards. At 6:44 Young rolled to his left, attracted 2 Lion defenders on his fake and pitched out to Moore who went the final 7 yards for the score.
* * *
YOUNG’S RUN on the extra point play failed but the Tigers had the winning 12-7 margin on the scoreboard.

Altoona’s Campbell busted up a near Tiger TD later in the third quarter. At the Altoona 26 on fourth down and 12, Young dropped back and threw to Bert Dampier, who appeared to have Campbell beat. But Campbell dove at the last minute and tipped the ball.

The Tigers drove to the Altoona 13 late in the final frame, but Simon fumbled and Dave Gengo recovered for Altoona. Lion QB Jim Fry fumbled on the next play and Snowball recovered for Massillon. On 4th and 3 yards to go for pay dirt, a Young pass bounced off the pads of Tim Richards to end the Tigers’ final threat.

Ends – Houser, Dampier, Richards, Robinson, Twiggs.
Tackles – Ricker, Snowball, McGeorge, Laase.
Guards – Ertle, D. Gipp, Cardinal, Whitfield, Doll, Russell.
Centers – B. Moore, Skelton.
Quarterbacks – Young, Malinowski, Schumar.
Halfbacks – McDew, Smith, Fenton, Autrey.
Fullbacks – R. Moore, Simon.

Ends – Dean, Esponlaub, Withers, Plummer.
Tackles – Askey, Reid, Kitt, Costlow.
Guards – Turchetta, Luciano.
Centers – Wieble, Strohm.
Quarterback – Fry.
Halfbacks – Delozier, Campbell, Fusco, Duncan, Simmes, Tyler.
Fullback – Rabenatine.

Massillon 0 6 6 0 12
Altoona 7 0 0 0 7

Altoona – Greg Campbell (30 yards).
Massillon – Young (one-yard), Moore (7 yards).

Extra points: Altoona – Dean 1 (kick)

Player Att. Net. Ave.
Young 12 36 3.0
Moore 15 89 5.9
Smith 24 118 4.9
McDew 4 13 3.2
Simon 3 23 7.6

Player Att. Net. Ave.
Campbell 14 89 6.3
Rabenstine 13 48 3.6
Delozier 6 26 4.3
Pry 1 -8 -8

Massillon Opp.
First downs (rushing) 31 10
First downs (passing) 1 0
First downs (penalties) 1 0
Total first downs 22 11
Yards gained rushing 299 175
Yards lost rushing 20 0
Net yards gained rushing 279 166
Net yards gained passing 14 6
Total yards gained 293 172
Passes attempted 4 8
Passes completed 1 1
Passes intercepted by 1 0
Yardage on passes intercepted 0 0
Times kicked off 3 2
Kickoff average (yards) 46.7 47.5
Kickoff returns (yards) 51 51
Times punted 1 1
Punt average (yards) 36.0 38.0
Punt return (yards) 0 0
Had punts blocked 0 0
Fumbles 2 2
Lost fumbled ball 2 2
Penalties 3 1
Yards penalized 15 5
Touchdowns rushing – 1
Touchdowns passing 0 0
Touchdowns by interception 0 0
Miscellaneous 0 0
Total number of plays 64 49

Ron Ertle
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1966: Massillon 14, Altoona, PA 20

Bengals Lose 2nd Straight 20-14

Independent Sports Editor

It may have gone unnoticed in the wake of the unhappiness at Tiger stadium Saturday night. But the Massillon Tigers’ offensive unit gave its best performance to date.

Defense had been the strong part of the Bengals’ game heretofore. But the WHS gridders were little match for a powerful Altoona, Pa., eleven, falling 20-14.
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Program Cover

IT WAS THE second straight loss for the Bengals and the first home defeat since 1962. The Bengals had also not lost 2 contests or 2 in a row since 1962. Their season slate now reads 3-2-1.

For Altoona, which stretched its slate to 5-1 in administering the first out-of-state loss to the Tigers in 29 years, it meant the continuation of a win streak to 4 games. The Mountain Lions had lost both of the 2 previous games between the Buckeye and Keystone rivals.

Altoona’s success story was written in superior line play and excellent ball-handling and deception in the backfield. The Mountain Lions’ superior weight opened up giant-sized holes in the Tigers’ defensive line. Quarterback Walter Beatty handed off and flipped out with the skill of a Houdini, mixing his plays well to take advantage of all of his backs. The faking of halfbacks Phil Witherspoon and Greg Campbell and fullback Gary Madden was perfect.

Seaman applauded his backs. “I was well pleased with them,” Seaman said. “They ran exceptionally well. Simon (Bill) was 1,000 percent improved and Maurer (Craig) is gaining confidence.”
* * *

SIMON, the left halfback, right half Tommy James and Fullback Will Foster also had some big holes to go through – but not as many as the Altoona backs. This time the Bengal runners found the holes, something they had failed to do with regularity all season.

The Tigers almost threw more passes Saturday night than they had all season, getting a touchdown via that route for the second time this fall. But Maurer also had an unfortunate bit of luck.

With the Tigers driving for what would have been a tying touchdown with just over 2 minutes remaining in the game and third and one on the Altoona 11, he and center Tim Senften miscued and a fumble occurred. Foster was short by inches through the center on the next play and Altoona had its victory, although having to fend off the Tigers following a short punt and pass to split end Jim Smith for 18 yards to the Lions’ 24. For awhile the scene resembled a Chinese fire drill the Bengals out of time outs and trying to get plays off quickly.

It was a game of other close calls, too, with Mountain Lions being stopped by a gnat’s eyelash from scoring in the first quarter after an 18-play, 76-yard drive all on the ground. Ron Ertle put the clincher to the Lions’ plans on the opening series by recovering Campbell’s fumble.

Campbell twice just managed to bring down Tiger ball carriers seemingly on the way to scores. He caught James on the Altoona 7 after a 26-yard run in the third quarter. He tripped up Foster on the Lions’ 20 after a 25-yard romp in the fourth.
* * *

THE TIGERS’ got the first score following a fumble recovery by Ron Muhlbach and Earl Beiter on the Altoona 33 with 1:12 left in the welcome quarter.

A Statue of Liberty play had gone awry. The Bengals got into pay dirt 12 plays later with 8:33 remaining in the second stanza.

Foster, continuing his fine second effort running, went in around right end on third down from the 3. He also got the conversion – one of the few of the season – over right guard.

Altoona came right back after the kickoff, going 68 yards in 10 plays with only the pay off maneuver going overhead. Beatty hit Speacht on the 5 with second down, 16, on the 17. Campbell slipped between left guard and left tackle, a spot the Lions picked on frequently, for the equalizing conversion.

The Tigers got into a big hole on the next kickoff, which came from the Tigers’ 45 following a personal foul stepoff. Safetyman John McFadden slipped in the mud, went down on the one and the Orange and Black had to give up the ball via a punt from the 24.

Both teams scored in the third quarter. Campbell tallied first for Altoona on a left pitchout on fourth down from the 3 following a 72-yard, 9-play drive on the opening series. Campbell missed the conversion on a sweep right. A 24-yard pass to Speacht and 24 and 10-yard runs by Campbell highlighted the push.
* * *

MASSILLON drove back 61 yards in 7 plays featured by a 29-yard kick runback by James, a 22-yard pass to split end Tim Moyer and the 26-yard right side, off tackle slash by James which Campbell just was able to abort. James caught a pass into the right corner of the end zone from Maurer on a fake to Foster. James missed the conversion over left tackle.

Altoona’s winning offensive came after Dale Gallion recovered a fumble on his 23 to halt a 44-yard drive. Maurer had a pass pilfered by Dave McGarth on the next play. Altoona moved in from the 21 in 7 plays. Beatty went through the center on fourth down from the one with 7:45 left in the contest and then fumbled on the conversion attempt.

“This loss was mine,” Seaman said later. “We threw after the fumble recovery. That was a mistake. I got too hoggish. We should have stuffed the ball down their throats like we were able to do all night.”
“This was a team victory,” Altoona Coach Earl Strohm said. “The kids did a job blocking. We had worked against their stack defense all along. We knew they didn’t pass much. I told the boys this was our best chance to beat them. We knew this was their weakest team in the 3 years we had played them, but they rank along with McKeesport and Pennsbury.”

A crowd of 15,810, largest of the season, sat in after a heavy rain had let up one-half hour before game time.

Ends – Conrad, McGrath, Cochran.
Tackles – Clark, Traficante, Askey, Potter, Parsons.
Guards – Carnicella, Kitt, Nedimyer, Turchetta.
Centers – Thompson, Bosso.
Quarterback – Beatty.
Halfbacks – Witherspoon, Campbell, Singer, Speacht.
Fullbacks – Madden, Launchi, Tyler.

Ends – Moyer, Smith, Liggett, Gallion, Richards, Griffin, Sterling.
Tackles – Ricker , Snowball, Campbell, Turley, Sherrett, Neago.
Guards – Ertle, Beiter, Hauenstein, Russell, Porrini.
Centers – Senften, Kraft, Skelton.
Quarterbacks – Maurer, Young, Henderson, Malinowski.
Halfbacks – James, Simon, Fenton, McFadden, Staples, Evans,
McDew, Muhlbach.
Fullback – Foster.
Punter – Krenzer.

Altoona 0 8 6 6 20
Massillon 0 8 6 0 14

Massillon – Foster (3-yard run); James (2-yard pass from Maurer).
Altoona – Speacht (16-yard, pass-run play from Beatty);
Campbell (3-yard run); Beatty (one-yard run).

Extra points:
Massillon – Foster 2 (run).
Altoona – Campbell 2 (run).

Referee – Jack McLain (Columbus).
Umpire – Tony Pianowski (Cleveland).
Head Linesman – Chet DeStefano (Canton).
Field Judge – Ken Newlon (Canton).

Attendance: 15,810

Massillon Opp.
First downs – rushing 7 15
First downs – passing 1 3
First downs – penalties 0 0
Total first downs 8 18
Yards gained rushing 168 250
Yards lost rushing 9 14
Net yards gained rushing 159 236
Net yards gained passing 57 52
Total yards gained 216 288
Passes attempted 7 7
Passes completed 4 4
Passes intercepted by 0 1
Yardage on passes intercepted 0 17
Times kicked off 4 3
Kickoff average (yards) 41.0 48.3
Kick returns (yards) 68 39
Times punted 2 2
Punt average (yards) 35.5 24.5
Punt return (yards) 6 0
Had punts blocked 0 0
Fumbles 3 5
Lost fumbled ball 0 3
Penalties 7 2
Yards penalized 75 10
Touchdowns rushing 2 2
Touchdowns passing 0 1
Touchdowns by interception 0 0
Miscellaneous 0 0
Total number of plays 45 64

Will Foster
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1965: Massillon 14, Altoona, PA 0

Tigers Ready For Panthers;  Warren Next As Altoona Falls 14-0


The “finest hour” is perhaps the best way to describe the Massillon Tigers’ performance at Altoona, Pa., Saturday night. But after the finest hour, off times come a stunning reversal of form.

Coming off a 14-0 win over one of Pennsylvania’s toughest, the Altoona high Mountain Lions, the Washington high eleven must guard against complacency. The Bengals will have another tough nut to crack Friday night when Warren Harding becomes the fourth straight to pit an undefeated record against Massillon this season.

The Obiemen took another big step in pursuit of a second straight state title Saturday night at Mansion Park before an estimated record standing room crowd of 16,000.
The Tigers got their 25th straight victory and gave Coach Earle Bruce his 40th in a row, including this year’s high school all-star game.

The Bengals’ running game operated to perfection. The blocks opened large holes in what must have been the finest up-front exhibition of the season for the Tigertowners. The backs did their best running of the season picking the holes just right. The defense hit about as hard as it ever has, diagnosing Altoona plays perfectly.

To do it, the Tigers had to beat a bigger team and one of the best they’ve played to date. The Lions battled down to the bitter end tenaciously but were thwarted at every turn by a gallant bunch of Ohioans determined to show the world that their brand of football is best.

The Orange and Black held the Altoonans to only 80 net yards rushing while picking up 255 yards themselves. Passing was almost even, 48-40. Total yardage 313 to 120 with first downs 18-7.

* * * * *

ALTOONA got only one threat going. That was at the start of the second period when the Lions took over on their own 24-yard line after a punt and drove to the Bengal 17. But junior “monster back” Dale Gallion picked off a Dick Frasca pass in the end zone after it had been batted into the air and a touchback resulted. Massillon then moved for its first score of the night.

Altoona had seemingly lost the ball on downs at the Massillon 45 – the only time the Lions got out of their territory the whole night – but on the first play of the quarter, Massillon jumped off side with fourth and five, Altoona got a life.

Dick Beard, one of Pennsylvania’s finest halfbacks, took a pitchout from Frasca with third and 13 on the 43, cut right and raced to the 29 for a first down. Seven plays later came Gallion’s interception.
The Bengals went 80 yards to score, after the touchback, in 12 plays, chopping 6:35 off the clock. Key plays were passes from quarterback Dave Sheegog to fullback-halfback, Will Foster, playing on the wing this time, and right end Rick Paige and runs by Sheegog and left half Walt Lemon.

Sheegog ran right end for 10 yards and a first down from the Massillon 24. The aerial to Paige came on third down and carried to the 50. The pass to Foster covered 20 yards to the Altoona 20. Lemon ran straight ahead for 6 yards to the Lions’ 8 on a night when he amassed 132 yards in 22 times. All picked up first downs except Lemon.

Sheegog scored 2 plays after Lemon’s run on a first down play from the 7 on the option left. He tossed to Foster for the conversions with the clock showing 2:10 left in the first half.

After the touchdown, Frasca tried 3 straight passes from the Altoona 36, one to end Kevin Stitt, who was wide open, but that Lion aerial was too long. The third was intercepted by Paige on his 26 and run back to the Altoona 45.

With the help of an 8-yard run by Lemon and a 10-yard pass to Paige, Massillon got as far as the Altoona 30 when the first half ended.

* * * * *
THE TIGERS had 2 promising drives stopped in the first quarter. They got a life on a fourth down, clipping penalty under a punt drive after the opening kickoff and drove to the Altoona 16 but ran afoul of holding and motion penalties.

After regaining the pigskin moments later following a punt, the Tigers got to the 50 but were slapped with a motion call.

In a touchdown drive, a procedure penalty set the Brucemen back 5 yards at one juncture.

Massillon’s other TD came early in the second half. The Tigers forced Altoona to punt after its first series. Paige ran back from the 40 to the Tiger 49, to start the drive.

The Obiemen took 8 plays and 4:45 to go the distance. Lemon got some more important yardage in this drive. “Sweet Walter,” having perhaps the finest night of his career, streaked off tackle for gains of 12, 11 and 14 yards, the last play taking the ball to the one from where Foster bulled over with 5:05 remaining. Sheegog faked to Foster, who had had a key, third down, 9-yard gain in the drive, and went left to make it 14-0.

The Tigers had a motion penalty during the drive, which looked like it was to have dire consequences. But then came Lemon’s run to the one.

Foster line-drived the kickoff into an Altoona player and recovered the rebound on the 50. However, Tony Lepore intercepted a pass on his 20 and returned to the 36.

On the second play from scrimmage, Paul Marks took his turn at intercepting, on the Altoona 40, and zipped down the sideline to the 25. Lemon came up with another sterling off-tackle run, this one for 7 yards. But Tommy James’ fourth down dive was inches short of a first down on the 4.

The fourth quarter saw only several changes of possession by both teams. Altoona came back from its 4 to its 38 after a Massillon drive fizzled, utilizing pass plays of 12 and 19 yards with Beard on the receiving end both times.

Late in the period, Mike Kraft grounded one of Rick Healy’s punts on the Altoona 5, putting the Lions deep in the hole. They got no runbacks at all off Healy’s fine punts, thanks to good coverage by the Tigers.

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BRUCE SAID of his team’s play, ‘They put forth a real good team effort! They were up for this one and had to be because Altoona had a great team, a club with a lot of talent.”

He went on, “We were about as well prepared for this game as any all season. The coaching staff really did a job.”

As to Lemon’s performance, Bruce exclaimed, ‘He played a great game!”

Bruce said that the quick pitch hurt early but then his team adjusted. Before the acclimation, Beard reeled off gains of 29 and 14 yards.

A dejected Altoona coach Earl Strohm said, “We just didn’t have it tonight. They were better than we were. We got one touchdown behind and when you do that on a muddy field, you’re in trouble. If the field hadn’t been wet, it might have been a high-scoring game all the way.”

Strohm thought things also might have been different had Frasca connected with Stitt at the end of the first half, because the Lions undoubtedly would have been back in the contest.

He praised the 2-way performance of halfback and linebacker Beard. “He’s a real good kid,” Strohm said.

Massillon came up with one injury. Sheegog sustained a bloody nose.

Ends – Paige, McGuire, Gallion, Healy.
Tackles – Hartley, Neago, Sherrett, Petroff, Campbell.
Guards – Whitfield, Rose, Richards, Kraft, Zorger.
Centers – Marks, Ehmer.
Quarterbacks – Sheegog, Doolittle.
Halfbacks – Foster, Lemon, James, Muhlbach, McFadden, McLendon.
Fullback – Manson.

Ends – Stitt, McGrath, Steinbugle.
Tackles – Traficante, Showalter, Ebersole.
Gaurds – Jeffco, Nedimyer, B. Geis.
Center – Thompson.
Quarterback – Frasca.
Halfbacks – Beard, Neaffer, Lepore, Speacht.
Fullbacks – Launchi, Madden.

Massillon 0 7 7 0 – 14

Touchdowns: Sheegog (7-yard run); Foster (one-yard run).

Extra points: Foster 1 (2-yard pass from Sheegog);
Sheegog 1 (2-yard run).

Attendance: 16,000.

Referee – Lee Moyer.
Umpire – John Solic.
Head Linesman – Tony Senapole.
Field Judge – William Goodfellow.

Mass. Opp.
First downs—rushing 14 4
First downs—passing 3 2
First downs—penalties 1 1
Total first downs 18 7
Yards gained rushing 269 93
Yards lost rushing 14 13
Net yards gained rushing 255 80
Net yards gained passing 48 40
Total yards gained 313 120
Passes attempted 7 15
Passes completed 3 4
Passes intercepted by 3 1
Yardage on passes intercepted 45 11
Times kicked off 3 1
Kickoff average (yards) 37.6 31.0
Kickoff returns (yards) 0 30
Times punted 3 5
Punt average (yards) 34.3 40.6
Punt returns (yards) 14 0
Had punts blocked 0 0
Fumbles 1 1
Lost fumbled ball 0 1
Penalties 5 1
Yards penalized 35 15
Touchdowns rushing 2 0
Touchdowns passing 0 0
Touchdowns by interception 0 0
Miscellaneous 0 0
Total number of plays 61 45

Dave Whitfield
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1964: Massillon 34, Altoona, PA 18

Tigers ‘Owned” Lion Defense In 34-18 Win

Altoona Coach Lauds Massillon’s Blocking


A few years ago when the Green Bay Packers ruled the professional football roost, Coach Vince Lombardi made it a point to play to the opponent’s strength, beat him at his own game.

The Massillon Tigers played to the Altoona, Pa., strength, a tough defensive line, and overpowered the Mountain Lions on the ground for a 34-18 victory Saturday night in as an exciting a ball game as the 16,109 fans present at the weekend’s colorful inter-state game will see this season.

Not since 1954 has anyone scored 34 points on the Mountain Lions and the bulk of the credit belongs to the center of the Tiger offensive line, guards Larry Larsuel and Tom Whitfield and center John Muhlbach.

“THEY OWNED US down the middle in the second half,” said Altoona Coach Earl Strohm, headman of the Lions now in his 11th year at the Pennsylvania football
power house. The veteran coach was especially impressed with Larsuel, terming the senior all-county and all-state guard “a real good football player.”

Trapping the Altoona defensive line, the Tiger trio opened up holes for halfbacks Brock Herring and Bob Hewitt and fullback Jim Lawrence who played one of the best games of his career. Herring scored 4 touchdowns one of them a 37-yard run where he bolted through a hole and past the Altoona secondary before it realized what was happening.


Lawrence scored once, but the 186-pound senior was the Tigers’ bread-and-butter man getting yardage in crucial situations and faking beautifully when he wasn’t carrying the ball. Lawrence carried 22 times for 166 yards averaging 7 yards per carry. All told the Tigers rolled up 340 yards on the ground, with Herring carrying 19 times for 137 yards and a 7-yard average.

While the Tigers ground out the winning score, Altoona hit a porous Tiger pass defense with 9 completions in 19 attempts for 216 yards including 2 touchdowns of 62 and 42 yards.

Lion quarterback Dick Frasca connected on 8 of those to show Massillon fans one of the best high school passers seen this year. He also turned receiver on the last scoring effort taking a pass from halfback Buddy Geis, his best receiver, and stumbling into the end zone from 15 yards out for the final Altoona score. It was a 42-yard play. Frasca will be back next year when the Tigers go to Mansion Park in Altoona for a return match.


MASSILLON SCORED its first touchdown with 2:01 left to play in the first quarter when Herring went over from the 6 to cap a 56-yard drive in 8 plays.

The Tigers took a 12-0 lead in the second quarter when Herring went 9 yards to climax a 10-play, 64-yard drive highlighted by a Herring 14-yard gain and one of 13 yards by Hewitt. There were 7 minutes and 12 seconds left to play when Herring scored as Lawrence faked into the line, complementing quarterback Steve Kanner’s deft ball handling.

Altoona got back into the game as Frasca hit end Dave Thompson with an 11-yard pass and Geis with a 42-yard pass play up the middle, the shifty Geis lugging to the 14. Mike Reid, the Altoona 225-pound fullback just returning to offensive action and still slowed by a knee injury picked up 2 yards and halfback Dick Beard 5. On the following play Reid fumbled after being hit about the one, the ball squirting into the end zone where Mike Grove, the Altoona center, recovered for the touchdown.

Altoona tied it up with 4:51 left in the 3rd quarter when Frasca hit Geis with a 24-yard pass at the Massillon 38. Geis went down the east sideline the 38 yards for the score on a play covering 62 yards, bringing the better than 2,700 Altoona fans, who accompanied the Lions to their feet.

The score was set up when Altoona drove from its own 24 to its own 45 where with 3rd and 10 the Lions were called for holding. Massillon chose to accept the penalty making it 3rd and 25 instead of 4th and 10 and a punting situation coming up. With 3rd and 25 Frasca hit Geis with the 62-yard pass play.


MASSILLON BOUNCED back, starting a 74-yard drive with Lawrence going over from the 3 with 11:19 left to play in the fourth quarter. The Tigers picked up the extra points when quarterback Dave Sheegog lateraled to Herring just as he was about to hit the ground. The score put the Tigers ahead 20-12.

Altoona couldn’t move the ball past the 47 on the next series and lost 2 yards on a 4th and 3 situation with the Tigers taking over on the 45. Lawrence made 11 to the 37 on the second play and on the 3rd play Herring bolted out of a quick opener up the middle for the score.

The Tigers drove 58-yard in 11 plays featuring a 24-yard run by Herring to score from the 7 with Herring cutting over center for the TD. Kanner’s pass to end Rick Paige for the extra points made it 34-12 with 1:26 remaining.

On the following kickoff, Paul Marks tipped the ball, which rolled only 2 yards and the Lions had it on the 42 since it did not travel the necessary 10 yards.

On the next play, Geis got the ball started around his right end, stopped and hit Frasca who had gone down the west side with a pass at the 15. Frasca was almost tripped up but stumbled to the 2 where he lunged into the end zone for the score. A kick by Reid failed and the game ended 34-18.


COACH EARLE BRUCE called the Mountain Lions, “a tough ball club, with the best passer we’ve seen, and a good receiver in Geis.” While happy with the victory, Bruce said the outcome would call for some “real analyzation” of the Tigers pass defense.

Based on the game movies, fullback Lawrence was named player of the week for his running and faking. Lineman of the week was guard Tom Whitfield with Larsuel the runner-up. Back of the week was Herring, followed by Lawrence and Paul Marks who made 9 tackles and 10 assists on defense.

Ends – thompson, Ellis, Steinbugl, Williams.
Tackles – Kaltenbrunner, Ebersole, Showalter.
Guards – Hobson, Jeffco, Phillips, R. Geis, Nedimeyer, Brenner.
Center – Grove.
Backs – Frasca, B. Geis, Andros, Lepore, Beard, Reid, Noonan, Russo.

Ends – Franklin, Gilmore, Williams, Paige, Goodnough, D. Whitfield, Garcia.
Tackles – Morgan, Binge, Rambaud, Croop.
Guards – Larsuel, T. Whitifield, Richards.
Center – Muhlbach.
Backs – Kanner, Sheegog, Pribich, Frieg, Hewitt, Herring, Manson, Conti,
Foster, Shanor, Marks.

Massillon ……………… 6 6 0 22 – 34
Altoona ……………….. 0 6 6 6 – 18

Touchdowns – Massillon: Herring 4 (runs of 6, 9, 37 and 7 yards);
Lawrence (3-yard run).

Altoona: Grove (covered fumble in end zone); B. Geis (62-yard
pass-run) from Frasca; Frasca (42-yard pass-run from B. Geis).

Extra Points – Herring 2 (run); Paige 2 (pass from Kanner).

Referee – Harvey Hodgson (Massillon).
Umpire – Joe Romano (Mansfield).
Field Judge – Tony Pianowski (Cleveland).
Head linesman – Jack McLain (Columbus).

Mass. Altoona
First downs—rushing 18 6
First downs—passing 0 8
First downs—penalties 0 0
Total first downs 18 14
Yards gained rushing 340 102
Yards lost rushing 0 2
Net yards gained rushing 340 100
Net yards gained passing 11 216
Total yards gained 351 316
Passes attempted 3 19
Passes completed 2 9
Passes intercepted by 0 0
Yardage, passes intercepted 0 0
Times kicked off 6 4
Kickoff average (yards) 36.6 48.75
Kickoff returns (yards) 82 85
Times punted 3 2
Punt average (yards) 41.3 33
Punt returns (yards) 9 0
Had punts blocked 0 0
Fumbles 1 4
Lost fumbled ball 0 1
Penalties 3 2
Yards penalized 15 20
Touchdowns rushing 5 1
Touchdowns passing 0 2
Touchdowns by interception 0 0
Miscellaneous 0 0
Total number of plays 55 51

John Mulbach