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Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1959: Massillon 90, Barberton 0

10 Players Score As Tigers Scuttle Magics
90-Point Total Misses Massillon’s One-Game Record by 4 Markers


Even a team of horses couldn’t have slowed down the mighty Massillon Tigers Friday night.

This pigskin powerhouse, only two games away from Massillon’s first undefeated season since 1953 and an apparent state championship, blitzed Barberton’s Magics 90-0 before 8,197 fans at Tiger stadium where Tiger fans yelled for more right down to the fading seconds.

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When sub halfback Bob Herring scooted 65 yards to pay dirt with only 28 seconds remaining and Martin Gogov followed with a blast for two bonus points, the Bengals became Tiger town’s fourth team ever to score over 80 points in a single game.

They ran over, through and around the woefully weak Magics and a sharp passing attack added kindling to the fire as they finished with the second highest one-game scoring avalanche in Tiger grid annals.

Only the unbeaten 1922 combine had a more astronomical figure, 94-0 over Akron North and only the 1918 team (82-0 over Uhrichsville) and the 1923 array (by the same score over Salem) ever tallied more than 80 markers in a single engagement.
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THE TENACIOUS Tigers, winners of eight in a row this season and 11 dating back to 1958, are the highest scoring Washington high school outfit since 1953 (399 points in 10 games) and seem a lead-pipe cinch to reach the charmed 400-point circle in the two remaining games.

They have rattled off 375 points for an average of 46.8 points per tilt and are destined to become the ninth 400-point team in all history, the previous teams being those of the 1934, 35, 36, 39, 40, 49, 50 and 52 campaigns. Most points scored in a single: 483 by the ’35 crew.

The win was Massillon’s 11th straight over Barberton and put the series standing at 23 victories, four losses and one tie. It was Barberton’s worst licking by the Tigers, the biggest margin heretofore being 54-0 in the 1934 fray.

The Tiger express gained 608 yards (to 93) and 10 different players figured in the scoring led by that adept Art Hastings and speedster Jim Wood.

Hastings, his best effort being on a second half kickoff return of 82 yards, hit in for three touchdowns and Wood made two, both on passes. Art got two more points on a conversion run to bring his season total to 88. Wood twice converted on runs and brought his mark to 66.

Smoothie Joe Sparma pegged two six-point aerials, one to Wood and the other to End Bob Barkman while Wood made his other TD on a toss from sub quarterback John Larson. Sparma, who completed four aerials for 112 yards, also sneaked across for a TD.

Sub, halfback Martin Gugov, one of seven boys having single touchdowns, added four conversion runs to finish with 14 points.

With the help of his 65-yard payoff prance, scatback Herring wound up with 108 yards in five carries to lead the leather-luggers.
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HOWEVER, HASTINGS, Wood, Gugov and Bill Finney (one touchdown churned off lots of yardage). Hastings accumulated 98 in seven trips, Wood 76 in eight, Gugov 63 in nine and Finney 50 in seven.

Another sub, small but strong Doug Toles, carted four times for 42 yards and made one touchdown. The other TD was reeled off by nimble-footed, Nick Daugenti on a six-yard run in his only try,

On the other hand ,the out-manned Magics had a meager 56 yards rushing and five of 17 passes added another 37.

Their best bid came early in the final quarter. A 14-yard run by Halfback Tracy Marsh helped them advance to the Bengal 23. But sophomore End Larry Ehmer tossed Quarterback Ron Molloric for a four-yard loss and on the next play, Molloric fumbled as Tackle Ken Herndon put the squeeze on and Jay B. Willey recovered for the Tigers.

Barberton became a loser for the fifth time in eight starts. Two wins and a tie are on the “black” side of the ledger.

The Magics never had a chance after the first period in which the host team made 24 points. In the second, third and fourth quarters the Tigers added 22 markers.

Leo Strang’s boys splurged to 436 yards in 40 rushing plays while the passing of Sparma and Larson (six for 16) tacked up an additional 172 yards. Further more, the Orangemen had possession 16 times and failed to score only four times.

The scoring summary:

FIRST QUARTER – Barberton received, had to punt on fourth down and John Mackovic, rushed by McKey, kicked high but not far, the ball being grounded at the Magic 32. On the very first play for the Tigers, Sparma faded back, passed to Barkman on a “perfect” 32-yard scoring play at 10:15. Finney made it 8-0 on a slant off tackle. A minute later McKey intercepted a pass and Massillon took over at the opponents’ 40. With Finney rambling for 24 on a sweep, the Tigers reached the five before Hastings tallied standing up on a five-yard scoring play at 5:07. Gugov ran the extra points. Barberton again had to punt. Daugenti returned 10 yards to the Tiger 35, and Wood promptly zipped 50 yards, fighting and twisting the last 10. From the two, Sparma sneaked across behind Guard Jim Houston. At 1:27, Hastings converted on a run.

SECOND QUARTER – On the first play, Barkman recovered a fumble as Frank Midure banged into Jim Whitman. Tigers moved 21 yards before Larson, on the first play he was in the game, passed to Wood for 33 yards and another score at 9:52. This was another picture pass with Wood catching on the dead run. Several minutes later Bednar recovered a fumble at the Tiger 32. Hastings legged for 26 before Sparma unlimbered his arm again, tossing to Wood who raced 26 yards to complete a 43-yard maneuver at 6:25. Wood also ran the points. On the second play after the kickoff, Wally Brugh recovered still another Magic fumble at the Barberton 24. Toles scored by smashing off the right side from five yards out after previously gaining 17 yards on a sweep. Gugov ran across two more points with 4:35 left in the half.

THIRD QUARTER – Barberton’s Jack Romain kicked off, the ball going to Wood who reversed to Hastings at the 18. Art sped down the east sidelines and with Midure slowing up the last defender just enough, Hastings went all the way, 82 yards for another TD. Time left: 11:43. Three plays after the kickoff Bednar intercepted a pass and Massillon had possession at the enemy 28. Hastings bolted off left tackle, got a fine block from Tackle Virgil Bukuts, cut away from two would-be tacklers and scored again. Gugov converted on an off-tackle smash at 9:52. Late in the period, the Tigers marched 51 yards to pay dirt with the big gains being a 20-yarder by Hastings and an 18-yard burst by Toles. From the five, Finney roared through right tackle to score at 2:25 and Herring made the conversion points standing up.

FOURTH QUARTER – After Willey recovered a fumble on the third play of the final stanza, the orange and black rolled 65 yards in 10 plays. Enroute Hastings made 15 before stumbling and Gugov barreled for 16. The 12-yard touchdown run was made by Gugov at right tackle and at 5:39, Baker passed to McKey to make it 76-0. After the kickoff Barberton had to punt, Daugenti returned 10 yards to the Tiger 48. Gugov gained 15 on a sweep, Larson passed to Oliver for 27 and Daugenti then scored at 1:59 on a six-yard burst off the right side. With 34 seconds remaining, Massillon got the ball at its 20 after a Barberton punt rolled into the end zone. With the fans yelling “Go, Go, Go!” a pass failed and with the opposition looking for another pass, Herring ripped off the left side and dashed 65 yards to score. With 16 seconds left, Gugov rammed through the right side and that was it, 90-0.

How Sweet It Is!

ENDS – Barkman, Zumbrunn, McKey, Oliver, Bodiford, Pierce, Royer, Ehmer, Ivan.
TACKLES – Appleby, Bukuts, Brugh, Herndon, Wells, Haines, Spees, Herbst, Paul.
GUARDS – Bednar, Houston, Willey, Anzalone, King, Crenshaw, White.
CENTERS – Snyder, Snodgrass, Demis, Radel.
QUARTERBACKS – Sparma, Larson, Null, Baker.
HALFBACKS – Finney, Wood, Daugenti, Gugov, Herring, Kurzen, Philpott.
FULLBACKS – Hastings, Hershberger, Toles.

ENDS – Toth, C. Smeller, Jernigay, Boley.
TACKLES – Postak, Linkowski, Muckelroy, Chordas, Adkins, Jung, Jensen, Gross, Brown.
GUARDS – Carey, Theriault, Skinner, Kotnick, Smith, Johnson, Ferguson.
CENTERS – Lutz, Wiant, Away.
QUARTERBACKS – Molloric, Mackovic, G. Smeller.
HALFBACKS – Onusic, Romain, Marsh, Dukes, Young, Biggs, Debevic.
FULLBACKS – Whitman, Sabo, Mesek.

Scoring by quarters:
Massillon 24 22 22 22 90
Barberton 0 0 0 0 0

Massillon touchdowns –
Hastings (Kickoff return 82, R-5, R-28); Wood (P-33, P-43); Barkman (P-32); Sparma (R-2); Toles (R-5); Finney (R-5); Gugov (R-12); Daugenti (R-6); Herring (R-65).
Extra points –
Wood (2) runs; Gugov (4) runs; Hastings (1) run; Herring (1) run; McKey (1) pass.

Referee – George Ellis.
Head Linesman – Clarence Rich.
Umpire – John Russ.
Field Judge – Bill Holzworth.

Mass. Barb.
First downs, rushing 18 5
First downs, passing 3 2
First downs, penalties 1 0
Total first downs 22 7
Yards gained rushing 444 106
Yards lost rushing 8 50
Net yards gained rushing 436 56
Yards gained passing 172 37
Total yards gained 608 93
Passes attempted 16 17
Passes completed 6 5
Passes intercepted by 3 1
Times kicked off 13 1
Kickoff average (yards) 40 42
Kickoff returns (yards) 72 21.3
Times punted 0 8
Punt average (yards) 0 26.6
Punt returns (yards) 34 0
Had punts blocked 0 0
Fumbles 3 6
Lost fumbled ball 2 5
Penalties 3 6
Yards penalized 25 36½

Massillon Raps Barberton, 90-0
Tigers Roll Up Highest Score Since 1922;
Hastings Tallies Three

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MASSILLON, O. – Massillon’s top-rated Tigers put on one of the hottest offensive showings in their history before 8,197 frigid fans here last night as they buried Barberton’s Magics, 90-0.

The triumph was the eighth straight for the Bengals, and it was their biggest since the 1922 Massillon team blasted Akron North, 94-0. That was the all-time high score for the Tigers.

The Tigers erupted for 12 touchdowns. Nine players took part in the scoring parade. Art Hastings led the way with three tallies and Jim Wood had two.

Massillon scored three times in every quarter. A 32-yard Joe Sparma to Bob Barkman pass gave the Tigers a tally on their first scrimmage play of the game. A few moments later, Hastings went five yards through center. Then Sparma capped a 65-yard drive with a one-yard quarterback sneak.

Wood caught both his touchdown passes in the second period. One was a 43-yarder from Sparma and the other a 32-yard toss from substitute quarterback John Larson. Doug Toles blasted over from five yards out to give Massillon a 46-0 halftime advantage.

Barberton kicked off to open the second half and Hastings took a handoff and sped 78 yards down the sidelines. Just two minutes later, after a pass interception, Hastings went 28 yards for this third tally. Bill Finney ended the third period with a five-yard touchdown burst.

Martin Gugov went 12 yards and Nick Daugenti five for the Tigers in the last quarter, then Bob Herring wound things up with just 16 seconds to play when he raced 65 yards into the end zone.

The Tigers racked up 608 total yards against Barberton, while holding the Magics to 93.

But Barberton never stopped scrapping. The Magics are made up primarily of underclassmen.

End Jerry Toth sparked Barberton on defense, while fullback Jim Whitman led the Magic ball carriers with 52 yards in 14 carries.

Barberton now has a 2-5-1 record for the season. It has lost 19 times, won 3 and gained one tie in its long series with Massillon.

Magic Coach Raps Massillon’s Strang
Hits ‘Pouring It On” In Wake Of 90- Rout


Somewhere between the sixth and the 90th point in Friday nights’ stunning loss to Massillon Washington, Barberton High’s Tom Phillips made up his mind.

“There definitely is going to be something done about that 90-0 trimming,” he said bluntly. “Barberton must decide. Do we take such beatings – at a price – or do we find our own level of competition?”

“A lot of Barberton people feel we should play and beat Massillon. Perhaps we should, but now is the time to decide. It’s not fair to the kids to take a merciless beating like that. How do you go about reconciling the work that went into preparing for a game that turned out like that one.”

“It is bad for squad morale, bad for the coach’s confidence in his own ability – bad for football itself!”

Thirty-five-year old Tom Phillips in his first season as varsity coach of the Magics, was angry for his players and angry for himself. He took a deep breath and leveled the verbal finger squarely at Massillon grid boss Leo Strang.

“That’s what happens when you have a coach who obviously wants to get to the top fast,” he said gruffly. “Barberton was just another rung in the ladder to get him there.”

“He knew early we didn’t have a chance. So what happened? In the second quarter we made two first downs. He immediately rushed in another defensive unit to stop us.”

With 22 seconds to go in the first half and the score 46-0 he still had Hastings (Art), Sparma (Joe) and his other guns in there.”

“I’ve taken trimmings before – although never this bad – including a couple from Massillon. There is a difference, though, primarily in coaches. Did you ever hear of a coach running up 90 points before while using only part of his squad.”

“He had every reason to use them all, too. It was Dads’ Night at the stadium.”

It was pointed out by Barberton Athletic Director Karl Harter that Massillon’s point standing in the high school football polls served as a challenge to the Tiger team and coaches and affected Friday night’s score. Phillips agreed.

“No doubt about it,” he said. “Springfield has been gaining on Massillon, which lost ground last week despite that one-sided win over Warren.”

“This goes a bit deeper, though. Other Massillon coaches – Tom Harp, for example – didn’t believe in pouring it on. In the long run Massillon will suffer. You won’t resign yourself to the nine beatings you’ll take before you beat’em once – not when the beatings are like last night’s.”

“Canton Lincoln finally dropped’em and there will be more. I had calls from as far away as Niles – from friends and acquaintances who wanted to say how sorry they were to hear about that score – sorry for me and sorry for football.”

Harter took a more philosophical view. His experience runs through much of the 23-game Barberton-Massillon series – and the 19 Tiger victories.

“Certainly, Massillon was intent on getting points,” he said. “I hold the polls to blame. They create pressure on teams and coaches. It is bad for high school football.”

“You can’t take it away from Massillon’s team. They have speed and depth and marvelous balance. I’ve never seen a better Massillon team. They can score any way they want to score.”

“Phillips used all his kids and fortunately none of them were injured.”

Not physically, perhaps, but Phillips seems to detect cracks in the morale.

He said he plans to do something about it, but soon!


THE BARBERTON coach Tom “Red” Phillips, was a very upset man after his team was given a pummeling Friday night. He refused to shake hands with Tiger Coach Leo Strang and he waved his players off the field before they could go through the usual post-game compliments.

The Magic mentor would not allow newsmen in the team dressing quarters and as one reporter tried to get in, a voice from within the locker room said “Go see Strang.”

In the Tiger dressing room, Strang showed he was upset too.

He explained that all 43 Tigers dressed for the night got into the game and that all but two or three played in all four quarters.
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SIX SOPHOMORES got to suit up with the varsity for the first time this year and two of them were plugging away even before the first period was concluded. The sophs were Quarterback Bob Baker, Halfback Fred Philpott, Center Ed Radel, Tackle Dan Spees and Ends Larry Ehmer and Ken Ivan.

“We can’t tell them not to play to the hilt or not to try to score” commented Strang, who was carried off the field by a few players.

Actually, Leo didn’t have much to say about the landslide. What can a guy say about a game like that?

“I was pleased in that the boys showed they wanted to play their best football and that so many got a chance to score.”

“It also gave us an excellent opportunity to look at some of the kids who will be coming back next year,” he added.
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THE 90-POINT total was Leo’s personal high. One of his Upper Sandusky teams paddled Mifflin 86-0 several years ago.

The barreling Bengals used spread formation plays more than usual as they toyed with the visiting club. By actual count, they used 25 different plays to slice out a whopping 608 yards net gain.

Much will be said, and written, and rightly so, about the offense so we’ll take an opportunity to plug the Tiger defense.

It has allowed only four touchdowns and an average of 101 yards per game!
Last night the Magics made only 56 yards on the ground and 37 in the air. Massillon’s ball-hawkers intercepted three passes and recovered five fumbles.
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PASSES WERE intercepted by Hase McKey, “Sluggo” Bednar (after the ball was deflected by Frank Midure) and sub Joe Smith while enemy fumbles were pounced on by Bednar, Bob Barkman, Wally Brugh, Gary Wells and Jay B. Willey.

Barberton had only two plays good for over 10 yards all night. Keep it up you Tigers!
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THE VICTORY should increase Massillon’s stock with some of the voters in the scholastic poll.

Second place Springfield, which trailed the Tigers by 36 points this week, finally beat Lima after being behind 6-0 in the first half. When the score was announced at Tiger stadium, Massillon fans let out a real roar. But there was not much noise when Bob Smith gave the 22-6 score.
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THE CROWD included Dennison university’s gridders who play at Akron today.
Ex-Tiger Al Slicker was among the group but Al, who had worked his way up to a regular job as an offensive guard, won’t get to play because of a torn ligament in his right knee. He is expected to be back in the starting lineup for the Big Red’s season finale against Ohio Wesleyan, Nov. 14.

Joe Sparma
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1958: Massillon 32, Barberton 0

Tiger Gridders Beat Barberton 32-0
Bengals Hot And Cold In Chalking Up their Sixth Of The Season


It was just like somebody was continually twisting a couple of water faucets. First hot, then cold, hot then cold, hot then cold.

That’s the way the Massillon Tigers ran (and passed) as they took the steam out of the Barberton Magics before 10,158 paid fans at Tiger stadium Friday night.

The Bengals weren’t “up” for the tussle. They had all the earmarks of a world-beater at times, but at other times stumbled along and yet ran up their highest point total of the season, 32-0, for their fourth shutout of the campaign plus their 10th victory in a row over the Magics.

A combination of Tiger boo-hoos, their apparent lackadaisical mood, and some battling on the part of the invaders whose defense, featuring crashing linebackers, occasionally tipped the local lads off balance, probably kept the score from being more lop-sided.
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THIS “PARLAY” helped Barberton hold onto the football with the Purple having possession for 33 running plays and eight passes.

Offensively, the Magics – in becoming the sixth Tiger victim of the season – averaged less than two yards a play in 38 rushes as they gained 64 yards overland and added 23 when they put the pigskin in orbit.

The visiting array never did pose a serious threat. Their longest gain amounted to 13 yards and that pass connection, coming on the last play of the third panel, was nullified by a penalty.

Along the same lines, the Bengals showed only flashes of a sustained effort.

They marched 60 yards right off the bat for a lead touchdown and before the first period was over, hiked the count to 16-0 with a second six-pointer climaxing a 54-yard drive prodded along by a roughing-the-kicker call against Barberton.
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CORNELIUS CLARK, pepper-pot defensive back and punt return specialist, hauled back a Magic kick 24 yards and the Tigers drove 40 yards for a third TD in the third round. A 45-yard pass play, Joe Sparma to Bill Zorn, helped the hosts cover 65 yards in the last period.

On only one other occasion did the boys coached by Leo Strang move deep into enemy territory. This scoring overture occurred in the scoreless second period when the ball was lost on a fumble at the Barberton six.

The running of reliables Dave Dean, Art Hastings and Jim Snively and the passing of Sparma and Bill Finney who made his first start and played most of the game and the pass catching of Dean, Zorn, Bob Vogel and Bob Oliver sparked the attack which accounted for 310 net yards.

In 54 plays the Tigers made 238 yards on the ground and 117 in the ozone. They had 16 first downs to seven for the losers.

Finney completed five of eight passes with one being intercepted while two Sparma tosses were on target for 54 yards in two plays before the final touchdown of the night. Finney once ran for 18 yards on a keeper but Tiger fans were moaning as he was thrown for losses totaling 23 yards on four pass plays.
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HASTINGS, the touch-and-go running sophomore, put his hands on the ball 20 times and gained 110 yards for an average of 5.5 yards per try while Snively averaged over six yards in eight carries netting 52 yards. Dean, getting some rest, carried only four times and gained 33 yards.

Vogel latched onto three passes for 37 yards and one touchdown, Zorn caught two for 58 yards, Dean one for 13 and Oliver one for nine.

Massillon won the toss, chose to receive and Hastings planted the ball on the Bengal 40 to get the ball rolling. In four of the 12 plays which followed, the Tigers lost 13 yards, but a 10-yard sweep by Snively, an 18-yard bootlegger by Finney, a 12-yarder by Dean, a Finney to Dean pass for 13 and a Finney toss to Vogel good for nine, placed the pigskin at the Barberton six. Then Dean exploded off right tackle and nobody touched him until he hit the final stripe at 6:57.

Snively veered through the right side for the two extra points.

After the ensuing kickoff, the Junie Ferrall – coached forces were forced to punt and this time the orange and black started winging from its own 46-yard line. In six plays and with a minute left in the quarter, the score was 16-0. On a crossbuck Dean plugged for 11 and a seven-yard gain by Hastings set the stage for the 18-yard scoring pass, Finney to big Vogel.

Bob got behind a Barberton defender in the end zone and grabbed the ball on the dead run. Snively again ran to the right for the extra points.
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AFTER A MAGIC punt and John Vargo’s intercpetion of a Finney pass, the Tigers provided the only excitement of the second canto. Clark pounced on a fumble at the Massillon 45 and Hastings zipped three times for 19 yards. Snively inserted 11 yards in two cracks and a 13-yard pass, Finney to Zorn (who played on offense for the first time in four weeks), put the ball on the Barberton 13.

At this point Martin Gugov, heretofore a member of the sophomore team, entered the game and promptly banged off tackle for what looked like a nice gain – or even a touchdown, but the ball was fumbled, Barberton’s Bill Mobley recovered, and that squashed the threat. Two plays later the half was over.

The third period was a little on the dull side until Clark returned a punt 24 yards to the Magic 40. Snively and Hastings took the ball to the three before Snively, finding a big hole at right tackle, went across standing up. Gugov dived through the same spot and it was
24-0 with 3:45 remaining in the quarter.

Midway in the final session the Tigers started from their 16 and gained 47 yards before a holding penalty slowed them. Two running plays netted nothing, a pass was off the
Finger-tips of Zorn and on fourth down a fake punt failed to pan out. Consequently Barberton too over at the Tiger 45.
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HOWEVER on the very next play Bob Mobley, the Barberton tow-head who played both quarterback and left half, fumbled and Gary “Sluggo” Bednar was Johnny-on-the-Spot for the hometowners. After his recovery at the 45, Sparma entered the game and immediately twirled to Zorn, who caught the oval over his shoulder at the 24 and barreled to the enemy 10. Sparma threw again, this time Oliver taking a flat pass for nine yards and on the next play, Hastings scored off tackle. Jerry Allen came in to run across and change the score to 32-0 with 1:49 left in the fray.

Barberton picked up two first downs before Clark intercepted a pass at the Barberton 35 on the last play of the game.

The loss was the fifth in eight starts for the Purple. It was the third straight year the Tigers have scored over 30 points against the Magics, they losing 33-0 last year and by 35-6 the year before. The series now reads Massillon 18 victories, Barberton three victories, one tie.

Mass. Barb.
First downs – rushing 13 7
First downs – passing 3 0
First downs – penalties 0 0
Total first downs 16 7
Number of rushing plays 54 45
Yards Gained – running Plays 238 96
Yards lost – running plays 45 32
Net yardage – running 193 64
Passes attempted 13 8
Passes completed 7 3
Passes had intercepted 1 2
Yards returned –
intercepted passes 0 1
Yards gained – passing 117 23
Total net yardage – running
and passing 310 87
Number of kickoff returns 1 5
Yardage – kickoff returns 13 75
Average length of kickoff
Returns 13 15
Number of punt returns 2 0
Yardage, punt returns 48 0
Average length of punt return 24 0
Number of punts 1 4
Total yardage on punts 36 132
Average length of punts 36 33
Number of penalties 4 2
Yards Lost on Penalties 30 17
Number of Fumbles 5 5
Own Fumbles Recovered 3 4
Ball Lost on Fumbles 2 1

Bob Vogel
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1957: Massillon 30, Barberton 0

Tigers Take Magic Out Of Barberton 30-0
Benjamin Romps For Three Touchdowns, Averages 17 Yards


It’s an exception rather than the rule when somebody in a Massillon Tiger jersey puts on a one-man show.

There was an exception Friday night and that “somebody” was the flashy fireball named Ivory Lee Benjamin.

The kid with dash, daring and 300-horsepower legs gave Tigertown fans a treat and Barberton the treatment as he sparked the Bengals to a methodical 30-0 victory over the not-so-magic Magics before some 7,000 chilled rooters at the Barberton stadium.

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He pranced to pay dirt three times on runs of eight, 41 and 56 yards. Well, actually four times, but a 43-yard trip was made null and void by a penalty.

He toted the pighide 13 times and wound up with a gain of 225 yards. He caught one pass for four yards, intercepted on enemy pass and made quite a few stops on defense. He now has made 13 touchdowns.

Any wonder why we say he was a one-man wrecking crew?
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BENJAMIN LEFT the Barberton fans buzzing. A few may have kept right on talking about him after they went to sleep.

After the show produced by the Tiger co-captain and left halfback was concluded, Barberton’s general mentor, Junie Ferrall wasn’t about to go into the whys and wherefores of the battle.

He just kept shaking his head and repeating, “That Benjamin…just too much Benjamin.”

Well, Mr. Ferrall, as you know and we all know, he couldn’t have done it all by his lonesome.

How about that line which opened holes you could have engineered a battleship through? How about the timely running of Scott Kanney, who was filling in at fullback in place of the injured Chuck Beiter? How about that fine ball-handling in the backfield? How about that defense which limited the Magics to 65 yards on the ground?

There were two big reasons why the Tigers didn’t do more damage.
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ONE – THE BARBERTON quarterback, Bob Mobley, whose faking, running and passing antics kept the defenders off balance all night. Two – the fact that the Bengals began to rest on their laurels once it appeared evident they could move the ball and Barberton couldn’t.

Anyway you looked at it, the Tigers put their sixth victory of the season in the record books.

It was Massillon’s ninth straight win in the 21-game series, which has now seen the Tigers cop the duke 17 times.

And now in 1957 two remaining – unbeaten Akron Garfield and once-beaten, Canton McKinley.

The loss was the fifth in eight starts for Barberton, which will end the season against Roger Bacon high at Cincinnati next week.
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COACH LEE TRESSELL summed things up this way:

“As a whole we moved the ball pretty well. Ivory looked real good. So did Scott (Kanney) and Leaman (Williamson).

“That Mobley was something. He kept us guessing, as we thought he would. Although our pass defense allowed seven completions, we weren’t hurt too much. But between their passing and the running of Burroughs (Bob) we had enough to worry about.”

Kanney averaged over 12 yards a carry and tallied a first period touchdown on a 17-yard blast up the middle. The other Tiger TD was made by speedy Jim Snively, who zoomed 50 yards on a punt return to add icing to the cake in the last quarter.

Williamson made tackles in wholesale lots and blocked a punt.

Mobley, a southpaw slicker, ran the Barberton team with plenty of nerve. The junior standout handled the ball like a pro, hit on five of 10 passes, caught two aerials, intercepted one Massillon forward and ran five times for 17 yards.
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BURROUGHS, a 215-pound sophomore, who is built like a tank, churned through the line 15 times and averaged over three yards a clip.

All told, the host team connected on seven of 16 aerials but failed to offset the crunching ground attack of the Orange and Black.

With Benjamin averaging 17-yards per carry, Massillon had a net rushing gain of 347 yards.

Total yardage was Massillon 351, Barberton 136.

Yet the Magics had the ball for 49 running and passing plays and Massillon was limited to 33 rushing-passing attempts.

But like Ferrall said, “Benjamin was the big difference.”
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IVORY HAD Tiger fans roaring in the first three minutes of the game. The Bengals received and started to roll from their own 19.

The first Time Benjamin carried he went 15 yards. Then he whizzed for 36 and 31 to help set up his own touchdown from the eight-yard line with only two minutes and 48 seconds elapsed.

On the pay dirt foray he hit off the right side and went in standing up. It was almost a carbon copy of the plays that were good for 15, 21 and 36 yards. Soph Quarterback Joe Sparma tried the extra point but his kick sailed to the left.

After the teams exchanged punts and pass interceptions, Massillon was knocking at TD door again.

Defensive Halfback Jerry Mitchell pounced on a fumble at the 33 and in two plays the rambunctious Kanney covered the remaining distance. He shot through the left side for 16, then came back over the right side, found a hole, and went 17 yards with only one Barberton player getting a hand on him.
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THIS TIME Sparma’s placement was low and to the right and it was 12-0 with 45 seconds remaining in the opening round.

Barberton bolted back and for a while it looked like the purple was going to tighten the issue.

With Mobley twirling to End Alan Cooksey for 19, Halfback March Ferguson gaining seven and John Howe, from kick formation, throwing to Mobley for 14, the Magics advanced to the Tiger 19.

Then the Magics were penalized 15 yards for holding and after Halfback Norm Spencer gained one, Joe Brownlee and Williamson decked Mobley for an 11-yard loss on a pass play. On fourth down Ferguson took off on a double reverse but slipped and fell as he turned the corner and Massillon had possession on the 43.
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A MOMENT later Mobley intercepted a pass by Gene Stewart but the Tigers held and took possession at the 35. Kanney ripped off 17, then 17 more after Benjamin banged for 25 but time ran out and the score was still 12-0 at intermission.

Benjamin’s 41-yard jaunt to the Promised Land came after his 43-yarder was nullified. At the start of the second half Howe kicked dead at the 23 and the Tresslelmen rolled to the Barberton 43 before Ivory turned on all jets and outran Mobley to the end zone.

A backfield-in-motion penalty put the oval back on the 41. Sub Fullback Dave Dean rammed for seven before Benjamin made his second official trip to pay dirt. He slammed through the middle, was stopped momentarily at the Magic 38 and then was long gone.

On the PAT attempt the snap from center went astray and McKey, the kicker, picked up the ball and attempted to run across only to be stopped a yard short. And so it was 18-0 with 4:48 remaining in the panel.

There was no further excitement in that period.
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EARLY in the final canto Barberton gambled and lost. With fourth and four at its own 44, the host club went in punt formation but Howe passed and it was a little too far for Mobley.

Massillon took over and after Sparma’s pass to Mark Anthony failed to hit the target, Benjamin again did a little hurrying. He found a hole at left tackle and steamed 56 yards to make it 24-0 at 5:40. McKey again kicked but the ball veered off to the right.

Following the kickoff the Magics were forced to punt with Howe booting from his 19, Snively fielded the ball at midfield and set sail down the west sideline. Behind a cordon of blockers he ran in a direct line until he got to the 15 where he cut away from one would-be tackler and continued on to touchdown land. McKey’s kick was partially blocked and that was the final 30 to zero.

Barberton proceeded to move from its own 27 to the Bengal 29 as three passes picked up 30 yards but the Magics needed time, a lot more than was left on the clock.

The Tigers came out of the fray in fairly good shape. End Maury Snavely sustained a broken nose and Stewart received a leg injury in the third period.

The summary:
ENDS – Childers, Snavely, Williams, Mitchell, Wood, Steele, Pierce, Hagan, Zorn.
TACKLES – Slabaugh, Slicker, Brownlee, Halter, Donat, Karrenbauer.
GUARDS – Heine, Heimann, McKey, Perry, Taylor, Cook.
CENTERS – Williamson, Swartz, Reese, Shilling.
QUARTERBACKS – Getz, Sparma.
HALFBACKS – Benjamin, Stewart, Anthony, Pledgure, Snively, Lawson, Clark, Allen, Hershberger.
FULLBACKS – Kanney, Dean.

ENDS – Bill Mobley, Skrabe, Dawson, Cooksey, Howe.
TACKLES – Thomas, Goletz, Memeth.
GUARDS – Smith, Mystovich, Alexandre, Tonoyitz.
CENTERS – Schenz, Velloney.
QUARTERBACKS – Bob Mobley, Blough.
HALFBACKS – Spencer, Ferguson, Hudgens, Luetig, Stanley.
FULLBACKS – Burroughs, Nemeth.

Score by quarter:
Massillon 12 0 6 12 30

Massillon scoring: Touchdowns – Benjamin 3, Kanney, Snively

Mass. Bar.
First downs, rushing 13 5
First downs, passing 0 4
First downs, penalties 0 2
First downs, total 13 11
Yards gained, running plays 364 116
Yards lost, running plays. 17 51
Net yardage, running plays 346 65
Passes attempted 6 16
Passes completed 1 7
Passes had intercepted 2 1
Yards returned, intercepted
Passes 6 31
Yards gained, passing 4 71
Total yardage, running,
Passing 351 136
Number of punt returns 2 0
Yardage punt returns 63 0
Average length of punt
Returns 21 0
Number of punts 2 4
Total yardage on punts 52 135
Average length of punts 26.0 33.7
Number of penalties 7 2
Yards lost on penalties 65 20
Number of fumbles 2 4
Own fumbles recovered 2 3
Ball lost on fumbles 0 1

Ivory Benjamin
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1956: Massillon 35, Barberton 6

Tigers Beat Barberton 35-6
Score Three Touchdowns In First 10 Minutes


Rolling up 159 yards via 10 running plays, Massillon’s Tigers rocked Barberton with three touchdowns in the first 10 minutes of play Friday evening and it looked like a simon-pure rout was in the making at Tiger stadium.

But the Orangemen apparently suffered a let down except for brief spurts in the third and fourth periods and a Dads’ Night crowd, including only 9,945 paid admissions, watched them grind out a methodical 35-6 triumph, their seventh in eight starts.

The Magics, anything but tricky or reminiscent of some of their previous arrays, were outplayed all around and had it not been for their passing game would have been sadly outclassed.

There wasn’t much difference in first downs as the Tigers had only two more than the opposition but the host crew hipper-dippered and blasted its way for 258 net yards rushing while the Magics gained only 96 on the ground.

Passing gave the Magics their only touchdown and all told netted them 105 yards on eight compleltions in 15 attempts.

The aerial game benefited the Tigers too as one connection went for the jackpot and Bob Rinehart, the sweet thrower and neat manipulator of the Tiger “T”, had a pretty fair night with five completions in seven tosses.

The handwriting was on the wall in a jiffy. There wasn’t much for Bengal followers to shout about the last three periods but Coach Lee Tressel was not too discouraged.

He thought the defense, on Barberton running plays, was more than adequate and noted that the pass defense needs polishing up. The only time the Magics didn’t fare too well in the airlanes came in the final session when they resorted to spread formations.

Until that time Junie Ferrall stayed with the straight T with a balanced line and the Magics’ tactics in the ozone kept the Tigers on their toes.

Barberton was weak at the middle and the Tigers quickly took advantage of the situation as Chester Brown, the big fullback who hammers then gallops, carved out the first two scores on lengthy jaunts of 48 and 53 yards. Then Ivory Benjamin, the twinkle-toed speedster, took over the burden and made the last three six-pointers, two on runs (six and 16 yards) and the other on a pass play which covered 16 yards.

Little Davie Richardson, with Mike Hershberger sidelined by a pulled leg muscle, handled the conversion chores in fine fashion. He split the uprights on four with his other shot barely clearing the crossbar.
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BROWN and Benjamin each gained more yards than the entire Barberton team on the ground as chuggin’ Chester averaged over 14 yards per try on 143 yards in 10 trips and hurrying Ivory made 107 in 15 carries. Larry Washington, Jimmy Bivings and “Chuck” Beiter worked at Hershberger’s right half slot and although none of the trio was scintillating, all were just as instrumental in giving Massillon its 16th victory in 20 meetings with Barberton teams. Beiter also played some at fullback.

It required the Tresselmen just 53 seconds to draw blood.

Washington grabbed up a short kickoff and got back to the Tiger 27. Benjamin made four at right tackle, then came back and zipped around the right flank. The junior standout reeled off a 21-yard run (the last man having a chance shot at him got him) to put the oval on the Magic 48.

Then Brown got a big hole at the middle, wriggled free at the 34 and raced into the end zone standing up.

Barberton made one first down after the kickoff and on a fourth and two situation at the Massillon 36, Bob Savage, the tank-like fullback, fumbled the center pass and Tackle Jim Mercer pounced on the bobble to give the Tigers possession at their own 44.
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AFTER BROWN made 11 (Barberton’s Dave Lee Bartee came up with a shoe-string tackle to stop him from going the distance) and Bivings lost eight on a sweep, Massillon reached the Promised Land again.

It was Brown again. The play was the same as on his first trip. Given a key block by End Don Elavsky, Chester raced 53 vards, Richardson again converted and the Tigers led 14-0 with 5:22 remaining in the opening heat.

The third tally was set up by Benjamin’s interception of a pass by Magic Quarterback Marco Burnette. Massillon was pounding at the visitor’s 27 after Ivory returned 28 yards.

In five plays six more points flashed up. Beiter pounded for seven, ditto for Brown before Benjamin picked his way 10 yards to the three.

Barberton was then penalized to the one for being offside and on the next play Rinehart sneaked across. But the locals were offside and penalized five yards back to the six. From that point Benjamin found a hole at right tackle and his spurt came easy at 1:46.

Early in the second period Rinehart hit Clyde Childers for 18 yards but the locals stalled and Burnette returned Jim Dutton’s punt to the 32. The Magics digested a five-yard penalty and marched the rest of the way with three passes doing the damage.
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BURNETTE did all the throwing with Moses Iverson catching one for 13, Bartee one for 10 and Les Jones one for 27 – the final 27 yards. A 15-yard dash by Jim Hatula kept the drive going.

On the touchdown, which came at 3:40, the toss down the middle was snagged by Jones at the five and he could have walked past the final stripe. Barberton had to settle for six after Jones’ placement sailed wide to the right.

Tackle John Halter leaped on a Barberton bobble at the Magic 28 on the third play of the third frame and Massillon jacked the margin four plays later. Benjamin got one, Brown three before Ivory squirted eight to the 16. Rinehart then went to the air. His pitch to the left hit Benjamin, who juggled the oval momentarily at the 10, turned around, twisted away from one would-be tackler and fought his way into the end zone at 9:22.

An exchange of punts followed the kickoff and Barberton then threatened to score. Burnette passed to Sub End Bob Velloney, Regular End Alan Cooksey and another sub, Jerry Mattingly accounted for 41 yards with a 10-yard completion to Mattingly placing the ball on the Massillon 10 as the quarter came to a close.

But Barberton magic failed, and after three aerials went for naught, the locals took over. Benjamin, Beiter, Brown and Washington (text missing)

HOWEVER a holding penalty cost the locals. A Rinehart to Bivings pass made six but Brown got only six and Bivings just one and Dutton was called on to kick again.

Barberton fumbled four plays later and Mercer again recovered.

With 4:09 left and the ball at the 34, Rinehart sneaked for one, Benjamin ran three times for nine, Beiter got five and Brown three before Benjamin made his third TD trip from 16 yards out. He simply got some fine blocking off the left side and outran the defenders to pay dirt at 1:04. Three plays later it was all over.

In addition to the aforementioned Hershberger, Bob Brown, regular right left guard, missed the game because of a broken bone in his left hand. Luckily the locals came out of the scrap without any more serious injuries.

The summary:
ENDS – Brenner, Elavsky, Childers, Mitchell, Hagan, Williams, Zorn, Wells, Steele, Mays.
TACKLES – Whitfield, Meldrum, Bixler, Halter, Slabaugh, Mercer.
GUARDS – Heine, Meldrum, Heimann, Cook.
CENTERS – Krier, Kiplinger.
QUARTERBACKS – Rinehart, Dutton.
HALFBACKS – Benjamin, Washington, Beiter, Bivings, Pledgure, Richardson.
FULLBACKS – G. Brown, Reese, Dean, Beiter.

ENDS – Cooksey, Bartee, Gissinger, Bob Velloney, Hampton.
TACKLES – Creager, Shaffer, Goletz, Reeves.
GUARDS – Mystovich, Chaykoski, Dilbeck, Gardner, Johnson.
CENTER – Schens.
QUARTERBACKS – Burnette, Mobley.
HALFBACKS – Jones, Iverson, Mattingly, Spencer, Savage.
FULLBACKS – Savage, Hatula.

Scoring by quarters:
Massillon 21 0 7 7 35
Barberton 0 6 0 0 6

Massillon scoring:
Touchdowns – Benjamin 3 (runs 16, 6, pass 16); Brown 2 (runs 48 and 53)
Extra points – Richardson 5.

Barberton scoring – Touchdown – Jones (pass 27).

Massillon Barberton
First downs, rushing 11 5
First downs, passing 3 7
First downs, penalties 0 0
Total first downs 14 12
Yards gained rushing 280 126
Yards lost rushing 22 30
Net yards gained rushing 258 96
Yards gained passing 66 105
Total yards gained 324 201
Passes attempted 7 15
Passes completed 5 8
Passes intercepted by 1 0
Times kicked off 6 2
Kickoff average (yards) 47.5 37.0
Kickoff returns (yards) 17 130
Times punted 4 3
Punt average (yards) 34.3 30.7
Punt returns (yards) 15 20
Had punts blocked 0 0
Fumbles 0 6
Lost fumbled ball 0 2
Penalties 4 3
Yards penalized 40 12

Mike Hershberger