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Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1993: Massillon 28, Akron Garfield 7

Tigers 3-0 after repulsing the Rams

B.J. ‘Paynes’ Garfield ‘11’

Independent Sports Editor

The Massillon Tigers didn’t, wait until after the band show to get going this time, putting up 14 first‑half points on their way to a convincing 28‑7 victory over always‑rugged Akron Garfield before 13,245 at Paul Brown Ti­ger Stadium Friday night’

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While the Tigers’ offense roared to life in the first half, the game’s turning point did in­deed come after halftime, when the Massillon defense forced I he Rams to go three‑and‑out on their first possession of the third quarter.

In fact, Tiger defensive tack­le B.J. Payne was a one‑man gang, making three consecu­tive tackles as Garfield netted zero yards in the key sequence.

After the Rams punted, Mas­sillon drove 53 yards in eight plays Danzy capping the march on a nine‑yard touch­down pass to Ali Dixon in the right corner of the end zone. The score gave the Tigers a 20‑7 lead and Garfield ‑ with its ground based attack ‑ was pretty much out of the game.

“We needed that series right there,” recalled Tigers coach Jack Rose. “They had a chance to go back down and tie it up and that could’ve been a big drive for them. B.J. did a great job. The whole defense did on that we got the ball back and we scored.”

Payne admitted he felt the momentum might be slipping away from the Tigers at that point of the game. They had just received a good kickoff return and a fortunate bounce on a fumble but failed to capitalize with a score.

“Offensively when we got stopped, I knew we had to hurry up and get three plays and out,” [ Payne said. “I just tried to do my job and make some plays to get us out of it.”

On first down, Payne smelled out a draw play and tackled Rams halfback Antoine Win­field for a yard loss. On second clown, Winfield again got the football and Payne took him down for a four‑yard loss. Gar­field gave the ball to fullback Frank Idley on third down, and Payne tripped him up just as it appeared he might find some daylight.

“There are certain times in the game when you have to step it up,” Payne. explained. “We have a lot of seniors on defense and we all know we have to step it up at certain times and that was my time right there.”

Garfield head coach Bill McGee couldn’t agree more.

B.J. is an outstanding play­er,” McGee said. “He’s the ideal size for a defensive tackle. He’s a guy where your offensive linemen have to stay down on him. He was outstanding. They had a lot of outstanding people on defense tonight.

“The turning point in the game was the first touchdown of the second half. Massillon kind of established control with that score. We felt at that point we had to do some things diffe­rent and they just didn’t allow it. They played outstanding de­fense. They swarmed us and we couldn’t block them.”

Things didn’t look quite so bright for the locals in the first quarter. Garfield took the open­ing kickoff and marched 54 yards in 13 plays before a touch­down saving deflection by Lon­nie Simpson in the end zone kil­led the drive. A 29‑yard field goal attempt hit the crossbar ­and bounced back.

But the Rams got another chance moments later, re­covering a Massillon fumble at the Tiger 43. Four plays later, Idley found a hole over his left guard and tackle and rumbled 23 yards to pay dirt. Mark Glockner hit the extra point and it was 7‑0 Garfield with 1:40 to go in the opening period.

The Tigers came right back. On second‑and‑12 from the Mas­sillon 43, Danzy rolled right and hit Eddie Griffith for a first down at the Garfield 44. On the very next snap, Danzy rolled the opposite direction and found Simpson alone in the end zone for a 44‑yard touchdown bomb. Randy Endsley’s conversion kick made it 7‑7 with less than a half minute gone in the second quarter.

More than any other, that score drew McGee’s ire:”

“They made the big play,” he said. “We allowed a guy (Simp­son) to get behind us. We play zone coverage and that’s some­thing you simply cannot have happen.”

“It’s a bootleg and there’s a lot of play action,” Danzy ex­plained. “I saw the free safety bite on the play fake. Then Lon­nie got behind him and it was just a matter of getting the ball to him. Lonnie was wide open and I hit him.”

“Mike has a good feel for that play,” praised Rose. “We want him to run it sometimes, too. If it’s open deep, throw it. Mike did a good job reading that and putting the ball down there.

“That really turned the momentum our way, especially after fumbling away the ball. The passing game was much better this week and it’s only going to get better.”

Rose admitted this week he’s heard from the fans about the aerial attack. So has Danzy.

“Sure, it becomes a challenge,” Danzy said. “I love challenges. People might criti­cize but I can take criticism and move on.”

With the game knotted at 7, Garfield retaliated. The Rams drove from their 20 to the Mas­sillon 3S, with Winfield account­ing for 42 yards on two slashing carries over the right side of his offensive line.

The Tiger defense stiffened at that point and quarterback Shane Legg dropped back to pass on third‑and‑11. Legg fired a short slant pass but Tim Men­ches timed it perfectly and step­ped in front of the intended re­ceiver for a drive‑killing in­terception at the 29.

Then Massillon mounted a drive that Garfield fans could appreciate, taking 12 plays to cover 75 yards and eating up over five minutes of game clock in the process. Danzy sustained the march with two key 17‑yard passes, the first to Dixon and the second to tight end Isaiah Jackson.

On second‑and‑goal from the 5, Danzy rolled right and ex­ecuted the pitch option to perfection, getting the ball to Dixon at the last possible mo­ment. The senior tailback hand­led the toss and sprinted un­touched into the right corner of the end zone for a 14‑7 Massillon lead at 2:31 of the second period.

McGee thinks Danzy’s play is the spark in the Tiger attack.

“Danzy throws the ball well and he’s an outstanding run­ner,” McGee observed. “He really puts pressure on the de­fense. When you have to worry about containing him, it puts pressure elsewhere on the de­fense.”

After the Danzy‑to‑Dixon TD connection in the third quarter put Garfield in a hole, the Ti­gers threw dirt on top of the visi­tors with their final scoring drive of the evening. Massillon moved 77 yards in 10 plays as Leon Ashcraft and Dixon took turns running through holes created by the right side of the offensive line.

On third down from the 10 Danzy rolled left after a play fake, took a hit at the 2 but dove into the end zone for the final touchdown of the evening. The senior signal caller hit Ashcraft with a two‑point conversion pass to make it 28‑7 with 6:30 to play.

A late Garfield drive died when Willie Spencer Jr. picked off a pass on the game’s final play.

“The second half of the ball game they were more physic­al,” McGee said. “I was dis­appointed with that. We held our own physically in the first half. The second half they were more physical. They came out and went at us harder. They ran right at us and took it to us.”

Payne indicated the Rams may have stirred the Tigers’ emotions with some comments made following last season’s 14-­13 Garfield victory.

“They said last year we we­ren’t physical enough and I think this year we showed them how physical we are,” Payne said.

“This is the kind of game I love. Somebody who’ll bring it right at me. Bring it on. Let’s see what you’ve got. I don’t think there’s anybody who can drop me. That’s my feeling.”

First downs rushing 11 8
First downs passing 7 1
First downs penalty 0 3
Total first downs 18 12
Net yards rushing 171 135
Net yards passing 119 16
Total yards gained 290 151
Passes attempted 11 8
Passes completed 7 1
Passes int. by 2 0
Times kicked off 5 2
Kickoff average 45.8 48.5
Kickoff return yards 70 94
Punts 0 3
Punting average 0.0 32.0
Punt return yards 26 0
Fumbles 1 2
Fumbles lost 1 0
Penalties 7 3
Yards penalized 45 15
Number of plays 47 47
Time of possession 20:44 27:16
Attendance 13,245

GARFIELD 07 00 00 00 7
MASSILLON 00 14 06 08 28

G ‑ Idley 23 run (Glockner kick)
M ‑ Simpson 44 pass from Danzy (Endsley 1kick)
M ‑ Dixon 4 run (Endsiey kick)
M ‑ Dixon 8 pass from Danzy (kick failed)
M ‑ Danzy 10 run (Ashcraft pass from Danzy)

Ashcraft 14‑70,
Dixon 9‑62,
Danzy 10‑33,
Fraelich 2‑2,
Paul 1‑4;
Winfield 17‑76,
Idley 12‑64,
Bell 5‑8.

Danzy 7‑11‑119‑0, 2 TDs.
Legg 1‑8‑13‑2.

Simpson 1‑44,
Dixon 2‑29,
Jackson 2‑25,
Griffith 1‑13,
Merchant 1‑8;
Cook 1‑16.

McGee rates
Tigers over the Bulldogs

Akron Garfield head coach Bill McGee knows a good opponent when he plays one.

Garfield has played a cou­ple of them in the first three weeks of the season, arch riv­als Massillon and McKinley. The Rams lost to the Pups 7‑0 in Week 1, and 28‑7 to the Ti­gers Friday.

So, Bill, which is better? Massillon or McKinley?

“At this point in the season, I’d have to rate Massillon an advantage,” McGee said. “They are quicker on defense and there’s the quarterback, situation.

“(Mike Danzy) made some big plays for them tonight. He makes their offense go be­cause he opens things for other people.

“So I’d have to rate them a little bit ahead. But there’s a long way to go until Week 10

Mark Fair
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1993: Massillon 40, Alliance 6

Tigers ground Aviators in 2nd half

Ashcraft stars with 3 scores

Independent Sports Editor

Jack Rose had a reminder for his Massillon Tigers prior to their 1993 season opener against the Alliance Aviators.

Rose warned his charges that teams coming to Massillon see the Tigers as THE opponent on their schedule and will play their hearts out.

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“But I told our guys if we keep after them, we expect to win,” Rose said. “It may take until the second quarter or the third quarter or the fourth quarter, but we expect to wear them down and win,”

The Aviators proved Rose a profit, fighting to a 6‑6 halftime tie with the Tigers with an in­spired first half of football. But Massillon came out of the lock­er room for the third quarter with a new resolve and roared to a 40‑6 victory that left no doubt among the 10,326 in attendance on a rain‑swept Friday night which team was su­perior.

“We just had to come out and play hard and that’s what we did in the second half,” said Ti­gers quarterback Mike Danzy as he enjoyed a congratulatory embrace from his mother. “The offensive line really came off the ball after halftime. The second half is going to be our half all year.”

“We got pumped up at halftime and we took control,” agreed Tigers offensive tackle Trevor Paisley. “We just went to work and we played with a lot more intensity.

”As soon as we started ham­mering it at them, we could feel them give up.”

There was no surrender in the Aviators in the first 24 minutes of play. The 6‑6 halftime tie was reflective of the game statistics to that point. But Alliance failed to get into the Tiger end zone on its second possession when the Federal League entry had first­-and‑10 at the Massillon 15. Quarterback Joe Brady tried to sweep left end and pitched the ball as the Tiger defense con­verged on him. The problem ‑ for Brady ‑ was the pitch was nowhere near the intended re­ceiver. B.J. Payne pounced on the loose ball for the Tigers and some of the air came out of the Aviators.

“We squandered that scoring opportunity in the first half and you simply can’t get away with that when you play a team like the Massillon Tigers,” ex­plained Alliance coach Ron Kuceyeski.

“Then we just got out muscled in the second half. They just played ‘iso’ football and we couldn’t stop them. But there’s no excuse for the way we played in the second half.”

Rose said Kuceyeski was right on target with his analysis.

“We did use more inside ‘iso’ plays in the second half and then we ran the option off of it,” Rose said.

“But the key to the second half was taking the opening kickoff and scoring and then pinning them deep in their terri­tory and keeping them there. After that, it was a game of field position and we kept it in our favor the rest of the half.”

Actually, the second half, didn’t start all that well for the locals. After Kevin Buckland returned the kickoff to the 33, the Tigers were caught holding on first down to set up a first­and‑22 from their 21.

But senior tailback Ali Dixon got it all back and more on first down, eluding a tackler at the line of scrimmage and squirting 26 yards up the middle to the Aviator 47. Dixon found another hole on the very next play, gain­ing 14 yards to the 39.

One play later, Danzy broke containment around right end, cut back at the 30 and outran the pursuit for a 39‑yard touchdown run to make it a 12‑6 game with less than three minutes elapsed in the second half. Danzy found a hole over left guard for the two‑point conversion and Mas­sillon was on its way with a 14‑6 lead at the 9:38 mark.

“When Danzy broke free for the first score in the second half, we just didn’t respond,” Kuceyeski said. “We knew we had to stop him to win and we just weren’t able to in that situa­tion.”

The Tigers didn’t let their foe off the hook. Randy Endsley boomed the kickoff to the Aviator 10 and the visitors were only able to return it to the 17. B.J. Payne and Tim Menches sacked Brady on second down and Alliance had to punt two plays later.

Massillon smelled blood and proceeded to put the game away. After a holding penalty set them back to the 39, the Ti­ger offensive line again began opening huge cavities in the Alliance defense. Leon Ashcraft gained 13 yards on first down. Mike Paul added nine more on two carries. Then Ashcraft found another hole in the middle, left Alliance’s Der­rick Jones grasping for air at the 5 and skated into the end zone.

The Tigers failed to convert the point after, but held a com­fortable 20‑6 lead with 5:18 to play in the third quarter.

Alliance had better field posi­tion following the ensuing kick off, but a fierce pass rush by Joel Smith on third‑and‑seven forced Brady into an incompletion and the Aviators were forced to punt once again.

Massillon moved the ball to the three‑yard line but couldn’t punch it in and lost possession on downs. Again the defense re­fused to allow the momentum to swing back to the Aviators, forcing the Carnation City crew into another three‑and‑out series of downs.

After an eight‑yard punt re­turn by Buckland, the Tigers had ideal field position at the visitors’ 36. Dixon ripped off 17 yards over left tackle. Then Danzy rolled right and fired a strike to Lonnie Simpson in the right corner of the end zone to put the game out of reach at 33‑6 with 7:46 to play.

“Those three series put us in the driver’s seat,” Rose said. “You could see them get de­flated. With that field position, they just couldn’t run their offense.”

The Tigers put the finishing touches on Alliance after the Aviators turned the ball over on downs at their own 12. Two plays later, Ashcraft found a gap and the end zone with 4:40 to play.

Ashcraft opened the scoring by powering over right tackle from five yards out to make it a 6‑0 game at the 5:32 mark of the first period. The run capped a picture perfect nine‑play, 82­yard march that consumed 4:12.

Alliance counter punched with a 10‑play, 66‑yard scoring drive, capped by Jason Sieg­fried’s 1‑yard burst over right guard that made it a 6‑6 contest at :34 of the opening period.

The Aviators moved the ball to the tune of 172 yards of offense in the first half. But when the final whistle was tooted, Alliance had managed but eight net yards in the second half.

First downs rushing 15 5
First downs passing 6 4
First downs by penalty 2 1
Total first downs 23 10
Net yards rushing 334 72
Net yards passing 103 108
Total yards gained 437 180
Passes attempted 8 15
Passes completed 7 5
Passes intercepted 0 1
Punts 1 6
Punting average 33.0 34.8
Fumbles 1 3
Fumbles lost 0 1
Penalties 7 7
Yards penalized 60 46

Massillon 0 6 14 20 40
Alliance 0 6 0 0 6

M ‑ Ashcraft 5 run (Kick failed.)
A ‑ Siegfried 1 run (Kick failed.)
M ‑ Danzy 37 run (Danzy run.)
M ‑ Ashcraft 23 run (Kick failed.)
M ‑ Simpson 19 pass from Danzy (Run failed.)
M ‑ Dixon 11 run (Endsley kick.)
M ‑ Ashcraft 2 run (Endsley kick.)

Individual statistics

Dixon 12‑94,
Paul 9-­82,
Ashcraft 10‑76,
Danzy 6‑55.
Cameron 6‑41.

Danzy 7‑8‑0 103.
Brady 5‑15‑1 108.

Simpson 5‑86,
Grif­fith 1‑10,
Paul 1-7.
Craig 2‑30,
Cameron 2‑11.

Mark Fair
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1992: Massillon 38, Bloomington South, IN 0

‘Best 3‑4 team in country ‘ Tigers sack South 38‑0

Independent Sports Editor

For the first time in more than a month, the end of a football game didn’t hurt for B.J. Payne.

“We’ve got to be the best 3‑4 team in the county,” Massillon’s punishing defensive tackle said after the Tigers snapped a four game losing streak with a 38‑0 romp over Bloomington (Ind.) South before 9,571 Saturday in Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

Payne didn’t like the sound of that. After all, this was a 7‑0 team the Tigers had tamed.

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“No,” Payne said, “We’ve got to be the best 3‑4 team in the state.

Payne still didn’t like the ring. Shucks, the Tigers had put up their first shutout of the year against some guys whose chances of winning the Indiana state title are supposed to be better than in 1991, when South made the state semifinals.

“We may be the best 3‑4 team in the country,” Payne said.

He grinned. That sounded right.

It was grins all around for the Tigers, who hadn’t won since Sept. 11, when they outlasted Walsh Jesuit 28‑24 in overtime.

Head coach Jack Rose, who hadn’t wanted it to be that way in his first year on the job, didn’t really sound relieved. He sounded more like a man who knew this sort of business was coming.

“These guys never did stop practicing well,” Rose said of his 3-4 team. “I was saying again all week that we were having a great week of practice. A lot of people thought I was blowing smoke I wasn’t. These guys have never given up on themselves.

It was an early blowout. Massillon led 32‑0 at halftime. The first‑stringers for the most part got in one more series in the second half then took a rest.

How could this be? How could the Tigers wipe out an Indiana team Hoosier State football types were saying was about as strong as the Indianapolis North‑Central squad that beat the tigers 35‑20 one week earlier?

Mo Moriarty, the Bloomington South head coach, suggested a couple of reasons. This time, Moriarty said, it was the Indiana team and not Massillon that had to put up with the long bus trip. The other factor: The Tigers are tough customers.

“This kind of trip is too long for high school kids,” Moriarty said. “We checked into the motel at 11:30 p.m. Friday and we spent all day away from home, touring the Hall of Fame and a lot of other things. By the time the game came around we were very sluggish.

“But give Massillon a lot of credit. I hate it when a coach gives every reason for a loss except the fact the other team is better. Let’s face it. They beat our butts tonight.

“They were very physical, and they hurt us with the blitz.”

Massillon’s defense was out outstanding South never mounted a serious scoring threat. In the first‑half, when it was first unit against first unit, Massillon led 206‑67 in net offensive yardage. Throw in the kickoff and punt returns of Leon Ashcraft, Dan Hackenbracht and Kevin Buckland and you get another 138 first‑half yards.

In the end, Massillon led 307‑134 in net offensive yards and 220‑122 in punt/kick return yards.

Speaking for his position the TNTs (tackles/nose guards) ‑ Payne said the game plan was superb.

“Coach (Gary) Wells had them figured out pretty well,” Payne said. “I don’t think they had a clue what our defense was going to throw at them next.”

The defense wound up throwing the Panthers for 41 yards in losses, resulting in a net rushing total of minus‑2 yards.

Payne seemed to be happiest about the performance of the Tigers’ offense.

“They really made our job easy tonight,” he said “It was a never‑ending story. They just kept scoring and scoring and scoring.”

The Tigers used a mix of superb field position, passing and running to blow it open early.

On three different occasions, the early part of a touchdown drive included an 18‑yard completion from quarterback Mike Danzy to Jerry May.

“One of the things we worked on this week with Mike was looking to pass to the second level,” Rose said. “He had been tending to overlook the second level and throw deep. Tonight, he did a nice job going to the second level.”

Danzy wound up completing 6‑of‑11 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed four times for 37 yards.

Leon Ashcraft got the night off to a flying start when he returned the opening kick 57 yards to the South 32‑yard line.

The first play from scrimmage was one of those 18‑yard completions to May. Dan Seimetz scored from 3 yards out and Jason Brown converted the kick to make it 7‑0 with just 91 seconds gone in the game.

A long punt return by Hackenbracht to the South 22 set up the second Tiger TD.

“They had a weird way of covering punts,” Hackenbracht said. “They stayed back on the line of scrimmage longer than most teams.”

An 11‑yard option run by Danzy set up Andre Stinson’s 2‑yard run for a touchdown. South was penalized on the point‑after try, but the Tigers still elected to try for a kick with the ball 11/2 yards away. The snap went awry and the score stayed at 13‑0 with 3:00 left in the first quarter.

South went three‑and‑out, Hackenbracht returned a punt to near midfield, and the Tigers went to the run. Gains of 7, 9, 9, 4 and 17 yards put the ball on the 13, from where Hackenbracht bounced off a block by Stinson and went around the left side for an easy six. The conversion run failed and it was 19‑0 with 9:13 left in the second quarter.

South’s offense again was stuffed and Buckland returned a punt to the Panther 43. A procedure penalty cost the Tigers 5 yards but Danzy compensated by hitting May for 18 yards on the next play. The rest of the series featured more running. Stinson scored from a yard out, the conversion run attempt failed, and the Tigers led 25‑0 with 3:40 left in the half.

Moriarty gambled late in the half. South punched the ball to near midfield where it was fourth‑and‑one. The Tigers snowed under quarterback Eli Stoddard on a sneak attempt with 1: 55 left in the half.

The Tigers used the field position to drive 46 yards. Danzy scored from 5 yards out, Brown kicked the P.A.T., and it was 32‑0 with 54 seconds left in the half.

South’s last gasp was a 25 yard completion on the first play of the second half. A Vic Murray sack led to another punt, a 50‑yard punt return by Buckland, and a 14‑yard TD pass from Danzy to Eddie Griffith. The kick was wide but the Tigers led 38‑0 with 7:59 left in the third quarter.

After that, Rose substituted freely.

The Tigers will be back at Tiger Stadium Friday to take on Akron St. Vincent‑St. Mary.

St. V fell to 3‑4 Saturday with a 17‑0 loss to Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, the state’s sixth ranked team in Division‑III.

First downs rushing 15 0
First downs passing 5 6
First downs by penalty 0 1
Totals first downs 20 6
Yards gained rushing 217 39
Yards lost rushing 4 41
Net yards rushing 213 ‑2
Net yards passing 94 136
Total yards gained 307 134
Passes attempted 13 22
Passes completed 7 10
Interceptions 1 0
Times kicked off 7 1
Kickoff average 51.7 49.0
Kickoff return yards 57 122
Punts 2 7
Punting average 33.0 34.9
Punt return yards 163 0
Fumbles 2 1
Fumbles lost 1 0
Penalties 4 2
Yards penalized 33 17
Number of plays … 59 45
Time of possession 26:31 21:29
South 1 0 0 0 0
Massillon 13 19 6 0 38

M ‑ Hackenbracht 3 run (Brown kick)
M ‑ Stinson 2 run (kick failed)
M ‑ Hackenbracht 13 run (run failed)
M ‑ Stinson I run (run failed)
M ‑ Danzy 5 run (Brown kick)
M ‑ Griffith 14 pass from Danzy (kick failed)

Dan Hackenbracht