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Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1977: Massillon 41, Steubenville 22

Tigers crush Steubenville 41-22
Big Red scores on two blocked punts

The Tigers blasted Steubenville out of its own stadium Friday, 41-22, in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicates.

The Massillon air commandoes combined for 237 yards on 12 completions and two touchdowns and the ground attack accounted for 162 yards. Steubenville had a scant 15 net yards rushing and 99 passing – 64 of which came on a fourth-quarter touchdown pass that gave the Big Red its only offensive points of the game.

STEUBENVILLE’S two other touchdown came in the fourth period on runbacks of blocked punts.

Tiger coach Mike Currence was so pleased with the team’s performance even the blocked punts didn’t bother him to any noticeable degree. Only one thing got to Currence – a third-quarter brawl that eventually contributed to the blocked punts.

We did everything well except we didn’t hold our tempers well. That ruined my whole night,” he said, and added that he didn’t feel the fight was the fault of the Tigers but it still shouldn’t have occurred.

The brawl took place on the Tigers’ second possession of the third quarter. On the first play, from Massillon’s 27 yard line, quarterback Ron Wright threw an incomplete pass to end Mark Pringle and Pringle was roughed up out of bounds. The Big Red was tagged for a personal foul and on the next play, from the 32, halfback Mike Grove took a reverse ran to the left and a battle erupted on the right. Steubenville ‘s middle guard, Jerome Holmes, started some “unsportsmanlike conduct” with Tiger center Dick Lutz: Lutz retaliated and for a few moments many of the players and several officials were knotted up around Massillon’s 40 yard line.

The end result was that both Lutz and Holmes were ejected from the game and each team was called for a personal foul.

“HAVING LUTZ ejected definitely hurt us, and I thick Steubenville was offsides on both of the blocked punts,” Currence said.

The Big Red defenders were extremely fast in getting to the punter and the snaps from junior center Scott Kasunick were not as accurate as Lutz’s, slowing up the punter. The first punt, by Wright, was blocked with 9:18 left in the final period and Steubenville defensive back Buzz Bell scooped up the ball at Massillon’s 22 and ran it in. Quarterback Greg Taylor pitched to Chris Mills and he scored the two-point conversion, making the score 35-8.

Steve Michalak, Big Red’s kicker, put the ball in the end zone on the ensuing kickoff and the Tigers were stalled on their 29 after a penalty and two incomplete passes. Mark Westover attempted to punt but it was blocked and linebacker Selmond Johnson picked the ball up as it bounced backwards and trotted five yards for the TD. Taylor tried to run in for the conversion but was stopped short and the score was 35-14 with 7:04 left.

Grove then took the kickoff at Massillon’s nine and ran past the 25. As he was being tackled an enthusiastic teammate grabbed him and dragged him to the 32, and the Tiger were flagged for illegally advancing a runner.

Wingback Greg Carpenter and fullback Richard Cleveland ran the ball from the 17 to the 28 yard line. Wright passed to end Curtis Strawder for 13 yards but the play was wiped out by a procedure penalty.

WRIGHT THREW a pass over the middle on the next play to Grove. The pass was a bit too high but Grove made a fantastic one-handed catch to give the Tigers a first down on their 42 yard line.

Two plays later Wright found Carpenter open in the same area and connected on a pass that Carpenter carried down to Steubenville’s 19. Wright followed that up with a touchdown pass to Strawder in the deep left corner of the end zone. Wright’s pass for the conversion was no good and the Tigers were on top 41-14 with 3:14 left.

Big Red ended the scoring when Taylor, on third-and-four at the Steubenville 36, couldn’t find anyone open downfield and passed to running back Terry McKinney at the line of scrimmage. McKinney weaved his way through Tiger tacklers and went the distance. Bernard Stevenson ran a sweep to score two points, making it 41-22.

Steubenville coach Bill Bohren said of the blocked punts. “We go after them all the time and we do it as good as anyone in the league. We’ve blocked four so far this year and had 13 last season.” He added that his charges were penalized six times for roughing the kicker in one game while trying to block punts. Assessing the entire game, he said, “it gave us a lift.”

The Tigers built a 35-0 lead before the fourth quarter fireworks. They got on the board before some Tiger fans had found parking spots around the stadium.

THE FIRST score came on a 60-yard drive that was highlighted by a 27-yard pass from Brent Offenbecher to Strawder and a 20-yard pass from Offenbecher to Grove. Five plays later Cleveland punched in from the three. Westover kicked the conversion and the Tigers were on top 7-0 with 8:27 left in the first period.

Stevenson ran the kick-off back to his 40 and the Big Red marched to the Tiger 27. On first down Stevenson was tackled for a two-yard loss, and Big Red was called for clipping. That put the ball on the 44 and Stevenson and Taylor were thrown for losses on the next two plays, which killed the only semblance of a drive Steubenville had all night.

The Tigers started from their 20 on the next series and after four plays and two penalties, were staring at a second-and-23 at their 12 yard line. Cleveland took the ball on a draw and rambled 29 yards and Offenbecher followed up with a 13-yard pass to Mark Pringle. Two plays later the junior quarterback hit Grove for a 43-yard scoring strike and Cleveland ran in the two- point conversion with 11:18 left in the second quarter.

Fifty-four seconds later, the Steubenville quarterback was hit as he pitched wide and defender Mike Hickey grabbed the ball and ran 22 yards for a touchdown. Westover’s kick made it 21-0.

The Tigers started their last scoring drive of the half on their own 32. They moved to the Big Red two yard line in seven plays, with Offenbecher hitting Pringle with two passes, Strawder with one, and Grove charging 26 yards on a double reverse. Carpenter took the ball in from the one with 2:23 left and Westover’s kick made it 28-0. The 28 points equaled the amount Steubenville’s defense had surrendered in the first live games of the season combined.

THE TIGER faithful got a scare on Massillon’s first possession of the first period when Offenbecher pitched to Cleveland and was flattened. He lay motionless for a few moments, then peeled himself off the turf and walked to the sidelines. Wright went in and handed off to Carpenter over right tackle and he went 26 yards for the score. Westover added the kick and with 7:11 left in the third and the score at 35-0, the stage was set for the wild fourth period.

Currence said Offenbecher appeared to be alright after a few moments but the coach decided to keep him out and Wright did a great job for the rest of the game. Offenbecher finished the night with eight completions on 12 attempts, 153 yards and a touchdown. Wright completed four of eight for 84 yards and a touchdown. Pringle and Grove each caught four passes, Strawder pulled in three and Carpenter caught one.

Currence also applauded the defense for an out standing job. “Our defense stopped them on that first drive and that gave us a psychological boost.”

And after that first drive, there were none. The Tiger defenders nailed Big Red runners for 50 yards in losses, Dan Venables intercepted a pass, Hickey returned a wayward pitch for a score and he also intercepted a pass, but the play was wiped out by a penalty.

Coach Brunei was impressed by the Tiger defense but he was overwhelmed by the offense. “That’s a super offense. If you don’t get to Offenbecher you’re done because he is a very skilled athlete and he has great receivers. I’d say Massillon has the best offensive football team in the state.”

MASSILLON, now sporting a 5-1 record, Bonds powerful Columbus Eastmoor next Friday night for the WHS homecoming. Steubenville 2-4 hosts city rival Steubenville Central next Saturday.

Friday’s contest was the second All-American Conference game for both teams. Massillon is 2-0 in the league and the Big Red is 0-2.

First downs rushing 10 3
First downs passing 10 1
First downs penalties 1 2
Total first downs 21 6
Yards gained rushing 178 65
Net yards gained rushing 162 15
Net yards gained passing 237 99
Total yards gained 399 114
Passes attempted 20 8
Passes completed 12 3
Passes intercepted by 1 0
Yardage on passes inter. 0 0
Times kicked off 7 4
Kickoff average (yards) 48.3 49.5
Kickoff returns (yards) 45 122


Quarterback: 14 – Brent Offenbecher (Jr., 6 0, 167);
fullback: 28 – Richard Cleveland (Jr., 5 11, 185);
halfbacks: 44 – Mike Grove (Sr., 5 9, 175), 33 – Greg Carpenter (Sr., 6 0, 208), 45 – Jeff Beitel (Jr., 5 7, 150);
ends: 20 – Mark Pringle (Sr., 6 1, 182), 80 – Curtis Strawder (Jr., 5 10, 147), 86 – Bobby Grizzard (Sr., 5 5. 150), 87 – Eric Clendening (Sr., 5 10, 174);
tackles: 75 – Tim Daniels (Sr., 6 8, 260), 78 – Mark Namany (Sr., 6 4, 210 ), 73 – Bob Kovacsiss (Sr., 5 11, 246);
guards: 65 – Bob Berquist (Sr., 5 10, 195), 61 – Toby Leonard (Sr., 5 8, 183), 66 – Ken Nagle (Sr., 5 10, 191);
center: 50 – Dick Lutz (Sr., 6 1, 212).

Ends: 85 – David Engler (Sr., 5 9, 190), 51 Frank Sweterlitsch (Sr., 6 1, 193);
tackles: 68 – Tony Matie (Sr., 6 1, 218), 39 – Jerry Shafrath (Sr., 6 1, 214);
middle guard: 59 – Carl Dorsey (Sr., 5 10, 192);
linebackers: 62 – Kurt Walterhouse (Sr., 5 11, 187), 47 – Steve Dottavio (Sr., 5 9, 212);
monster back: 27 – John Letcavits (Sr., 6 1, 173);
safety: 21 – Marc Longshore (Sr., 6 1, 182);
halfback: 22 – Mike Hickey (Sr., 5 10, 171), 11 – Darren Longshore (Jr., 6 0, 165).
Kicker: 75 – Mark Westover (Sr., 6 1, 218).

Quarterback: 9 – Greg Taylor (Sr., 5 11,185);
fullback 25 – Lennoe Brown (Jr., 6 0, 180);
halfbacks: 31 ‑ Bob Rush (Sr., 5 11, 190), 32 – Bernard Stevenson (Jr., 5 11, 170);
ends: 80 – Dan Constanitine (Sr., 5 11, 150), 81 – Mike Lockett (Sr., 6 3, 210);
tackles: 76 ‑ Mark Vulekic (Sr., 6 1, 230), 78 ‑ Bob Hays (Sr., 6 1, 253);
guards: 51 ‑ Rusty Lewis (Sr., 5 10, 180), 62 Sam Petrides (Sr., 5 11, 190);
center: 50 ‑ Frank Prolago (Sr., 6 0, 165).

Ends: 81 ‑ Lockett, 54 – Ken Wilson (Jr., 5 11, 185);
tackles: 78 – Hays, 75 – Bruce Biggio (Sr., 6 0, 220);
middle guard: Jerome Holmes (Jr., 5 11, 170);
linebackers: 60 – Anthony Baldin (Sr., 5 10, 175), 40 – Selmond Johnson (Jr., 6 0, 185);
safeties : 35 – Jimmy DeFrank (Sr., 5 10, 165), 14 – Brian Bell (J r., 5 9, 145);
halfback: 22 ‑ Terry Creech (Sr., 5 10, 160), 12 – John Maltese (Sr., 5 10,150)

41st meeting, Massillon holds 35-3-2 edge.

Points scored by:
Massillon 124,
Steubenville 54.

Points scored against:
Massillon 51,
Steubenville 28

Big Red Eyes Tiger Invasion

On Sports
By John Phillips

“Massillon does every everything well,” said Steubenville Football Coach Bill Bohren Thursday. “I don’t think there is a team in the state which could do as well as the Tigers.”

Bohren was asked to evaluate tonight’s All‑American Conference opponent at Harding Stadium. Massillon comes to Steubenville with a 4‑1 log while Big Red is 2‑3. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.

“We’ve had a good chance to look at some films,” added Bohren, “and they don’t really have any weaknesses.”

Big Red has, as usual, been working hard all weak for tonight’s invasion by the Tigers, the rivals meeting for the 41st time with Massillon holding a commanding 35‑3‑2 edge in the series.

“I just look at the difference in that series and it really surprises me,” continued Bohren. “It shouldn’t be like that…but it is.”

The players are apparently looking at this game the same as they did any other this year. “In the past, the week of the game, the boys are usually jabbering away like crazy about the Tigers, but this week it seems to be a low‑key approach. Maybe that’s the way it should be. There’s no reason we can’t beat this team.”

There will be a few lineup changes for Big Red tonight, Dave LaRue, a 180‑pound junior, moves in as fullback for Lennie Brown while junior Terry Mckinney starts at one of the halfback slots opposite Chris Mills.

Asked if he planned anything different for tonight’s game , Bohren said no, “but, we would like to get a little more balance in our offense. We’ve got to make their defense respect us.”

As for Big Red’s defense, Bohren voiced pleasure with that group’s effort. “Our defense has been playing as well as we expected it to play,” continued Bohren. “They haven’t given up that many points. We’ll have to be alert tonight, though, to stop Massillon’s big play offense.”

“Our offense was expected to do great things this year,” said the Big Red mentor, “but it just hasn’t materialized. We need better performances from our line so that we can shake our backs loose.”

The usual large crowd is expected for tonight’s game. The only tickets available are general admission in the end zone for $3.

Pigskin Predictions

One only has to spend a few minutes answering my phone here on Tuesdays to find out things are getting fairly difficult in making these selections.

Just when it’s felt we’ve got everything figured out, there’s a few surprises along the way. However, we’re strugging now at a .723 percentage with 94 correct and 29 wrong. There’s been a few ties thrown in.

Just hoping to keep above the dreaded .700 level, here we go again.


MASSILLON AT BIG RED ‑ Look for a hard‑hitting defensive battle between these rivals. I’d like nothing better than to see Big Red turn the trick here, but everything points to the Tigers. MASSILLON 14, Big Red 6.

Probable Lineups

Big Red
No. Wgt. POS.
80 Dan Costantini 145 SE
76 Mark Vukelic 230 LT
61 Kevin King 240 LG
50 Frank Prolago 165 C
62 Sam Ferrules 190 RG
78 Bob Hay 250 RT
81 Mike Lockett 210 TE
9 Gret Taylor 190 QB
21 Chris Mills 165 LH
10 Terry McKinney 170 RH
33 Dave LaRue 180 FB

E –Luckett, 81, Wilson 54.
T ‑ Hays, 78, Pearce 74.
NG – Holmes, 66,
LB ‑ Johnson, 41, Baldwin, 60.
DB ‑ Bell, 14, Maltese, 12, DeFrank, 35, Creech, 22.

Wgt. No.
150 Curt Strawder 80
210 Mark Namanny 78
180 Toby Leonard 61
212 Dick Lutz 51
195 Bob Berquist 65
260 Tim Daniels 75
196 Mark Pringle 20
170 B. Offenbecher 14
208 Greg Carpenter 33
176 Mike Grove 44
185 D. Cleveland 28

E ‑ Sweterlitsch, 52, Engler, 85.
T ‑ Shofroth, 39, Matie 68.
NG – Dorsey, 59.
LB ‑ Dottavio, 47, Walterhouse, 62.
DB ‑ Letcavits, 27, Longshore, 11.
M.- Longshore, 21, Hickey, 22.

Tim Daniels
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1975: Massillon 37, Steubenville 0

Harmon and company romp 37-0
Tigers make Steubenville see “Red’

Independent Sports Writer

Bill Harmon and Company, also known around these parts as the Massillon Tigers, crushed the Steubenville Big Red Friday night, 37-0.

Harmon’s effort in Big Red’s Harding Stadium put him over his rushing and scoring totals for the 1974 season, with four games yet to be played this year.

THE POWERFUL, fullback, who runs like something from the Cenoziac, carried the ball 22 times Friday, gaining a whopping 224 yards and scored 20 points. That put this season’s totals at 809 yards and 66 points. In 1974 Bill gained 789 yards and scored 54 points.

“Our team has come of age,” Massillon Coach Chuck Shuff said after the game, referring to the consistent improvement the Tigers have made since a bad start put a couple of dents in Tigertown’s title hopes. “We worked hard in practice all week . . . we haven’t quit working and it’s paying off. The blocking has improved quite a bit,” Shuff added.

The truth of that last statement was evident every time Harmon, Tom Grizzard and the other Massillon backs got their hands on the ball. In earlier games Harmon had to drag a few defenders right from the line of scrimmage for short gains. Friday night the Big Red defense hardly put a pad on Harmon until he got past the line and then it took a lot more to stop him, resulting in his better than 10-yard average per carry.

Steubenville’s head coach, Bill Bohren, had nothing but praise for Massillon after the game. “There wasn’t a phase of the game we could control,” he said and referring to Tiger talent and strength added, “That’s the most material I’ve seen on one football team since I’ve been coaching.”

If Massillon’s that good, I’d hate to see Upper Arlington’s team. It must be awesome,” Bohren said. (Upper Arlington beat the Tigers 8-7 in the third game of the season).

STEUBENVILLE, now 3-3 overall and 0-2 in the All-American Conference, only came close to scoring once in the ball game and that was when Massillon’s defense was loaded with reserves. It was late in the fourth period and Big Red had a first down at Massillon’s four-yard line, but a pitch out from quarterback Gary Williams to running back Billy Ware missed its destination and Junior Mike Ramsey recovered for the Tigers.

Massillon scored with 8:50 left in the first period when Bill Harmon capped a 67-yard nine-play drive with a 15-yard burst through the line for a TD. Keith Harmon added the extra point, making it 7-0.

Keith Harmon’s kickoff was to Big Red’s six, Ware bobbled the catch and was downed at the four-yard line. Steubenville then took most of the remaining time in the first quarter to gain 25 yards before punting.

Massillon got the ball on its own 26 and runs by Harmon, Tom Grizzard and a pass from Todd Keller to Mark Matie got the ball to the Big Red three-yard line in eight plays. Harmon took a pitch out on the next play and swept around the right side of the line for another TD. Bill ran right through the heart of Steubenville’s defense for the conversion and the score was 15-0 with 10:57 left in the second quarter.

Steubenville’s next drive went nine yards and was aided by a five-yard penalty against Massillon for being offside.

After the punt Massillon started another scoring drive, from its 36. Junior tailback Pete Killins got the ball on first down, but failed to gain any yardage and Harmon gained six on the next play. Bill then went through the middle of the line on third-and-four, ran over a couple tacklers and was finally collared on the Steubenville 20.

HARMON RAN the ball one more time, getting the ball to the 14 and Tom Grizzard took over. Grizzard carried the ball three times, to the five, the one and over the goal with 4:55 left in the half. Keith Harmon kicked the extra point and the tally was 22-0.

Steubenville made two first downs on the following series, but the drive came to a crackling halt when Big Red slotback Larry Jones took a pitch from Williams and attempted to run around the left side. Jones was hit with such force by Tom Grizzard, playing linebacker, that the ball flew out of his arms and rolled out of bounds. Jones spent the next few moments on his back until he was able to stand up and walk off the field.

Big Red punted and Killins caught the ball at Massillon’s 27, got behind a wall of blockers and ran to Steubenville’s 15 before being tripped up. Two plays later Killins went over the goal line from five yards out, Keller passed to end Bill Bammerlin for the conversion and Massillon led 30-0.

Derrick Dorsey received the kick off for Steubenville to start the second half and ran from his nine all the way to the Tiger 28. Steubenville lost two yards on the next play and then lost the ball on downs and the Tigers started their final scoring drive from the 30.

Massillon faced a third-and-six on Steubenville’s 44, when Harmon ran over the Big Red defense for 29 yards (and went over the 200-yard mark). A few plays later Harmon scored from the six-yard line and brother Keith kicked Massillon’s final point, making the score 37-0 with 6:12 left in the third quarter.

SHUFF HAD been sending in reserve players since the second quarter and after the last score the reserves did most of the work. Harmon did not see action after the final touchdown.

“I was pleased with the way our reserves moved the ball against Steubenville’s first-string defense,” Shuff said. After the Steubenville fumble Massillon drove to its 37 before punting and Big Red lost its last chance to score when Tiger defensive back Ron Hykes intercepted a Williams pass at the Massillon 22.

Steubenville’s other AAC defeat was a 20-0 loss to Warren Harding, a game in which Big Red lost the ball 12 times on turnovers. When asked to compare Warren and Massillon, Bohren said without hesitation, “Massillon should cram the ball right down Warren’s throat.”

MASSILLON 7 23 7 0 37

M – B. Harmon, 15 run (K. Harmon kick); M – B. Harmon, 3 run (B. Harmon
Run); M – T. Grizzard, 1 run (K. Harmon kick); M – Killins, 5 run (Bammerlin
Pass from Keller); M – B. Harmon, 6 run (K. Harmon kick).

Ends – Arner, Conley, Chovan, Butterfield, Eberhardt, Matie, M. Jones, Moon, Bammerlin, Laase.
Tackles – Mark Lauber, Mike Lauber, Genet, Drobney, Toles, Baughman, Dennison, Tourney.
Guards – Brand, Ricker, King, Schumacher, Christoff, Bettilyon, Ramsey, Hauser.
Centers – Mitchel, Nagle, Englehart.
Quarterbacks – Smith, Traylor, Keller, Hykes.
Running backs – Stewart, Warthen, V. Jones, Dave Bylene, Harper, B. Harmon, K. Harmon, T. Grizzard, A. Grizzard, Killins, Haas, Ellis, Rogers, Grove, Dorsey, Szasz.

Linemen – Linn, Mavromatis, Barrett, Fahey, Hardwick, Littlejohn, Solomon, Zatta, Mosley, Denson, Nixon, Boles, Medich, Curt Klein, James, Fleishour, Edwards.
Backs – Williams, Talamine, Hicks, Jones, Dorsey, Byrom, Ware, Ford, Cook, Hedmond, Dameron, Welling, Traylor, Humienny, Cary Klein.


Mass. Steub.
First downs-rushing 16 8
First downs-passing 1 1
First downs-penalties 0 0
Total first downs 17 9
Yards gained rushing 302 166
Yards lost rushing 1 23
Net yards gained rushing 301 143
Net yards gained passing 16 33
Total yards gained 317 176
Passes attempted 4 14
Passes completed 1 3
Passes intercepted by 1 1
Yardage on passes intercepted 0 0
Times kicked off 6 1
Kickoff average (yards) 50.5 46.0
Kickoff returns (yards) 19 104
Times punted 2 5
Punt average (yards) 33.0 37.2
Punt returns (yards) 63 0
Had punts blocked 0 0
Fumbles 0 4
Lost fumbled ball 0 1
Penalties 3 8
Yards penalized 25 70
Touchdowns rushing 5 0
Touchdowns passing 0 0
Touchdowns by interception 0 0
Miscellaneous touchdowns 0 0
Total number of plays 46 51
Total time of possession 20:53 27:07

Bill Harmon