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1975: Massillon 15, Canton McKinley 21


Repository Sports Editor

It was a rude way to treat a visitor, Massillon got mugged in Canton Saturday.

The visiting Massillon Tigers had to believe they were in “fun city” and the McKinley Bulldogs stole everything but the orange-and-black sox.

The Bulldog bandits, better known as the McKinley defense, picked off four Massillon passes and pounced on three fumbles to slap the Tigers wit a 21-15 defeat.

There were 20,435 witnesses to the “crime” at Fawcett Stadium as the weatherman misplaced his calendar and provided a beautiful September day on Nov. 8.

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It was the 80th game in the scholastic football classic that dates back to 1894. McKinley now has won 32, Massillon 43 and five were ties.

The victory concludes the season with McKinley winning its ninth straight to finish 9-1. Massillon is 6-3-1.

The win also gave the Bulldogs an unbeaten 5-0 mark and undisputed championship of the All-American Conference. Massillon finishe4d 3-2 in the conference in a second-place tie with Warren Harding.

Bill Poulos and Eric Llewellyn were the heroes for the Bulldogs.

Poulos, who has played in the shadow of the Pups fine quarterback Roch Hontas, turned in a magnificent performance as he intercepted two Massillon aerials in the first half to set up two McKinley touchdowns.

Massillon Coach Chuck Shuff called Poulos’ second interception the key to the game.

“It allowed them (the Bulldogs) to get that second score just before the half and I think that made a great deal of difference in the game,” Shuff said.

Llewellyn pounced on two Massillon fumbles in the second half, but he made the big play in the fourth period when he intercepted another errant aerial and returned it 25 yards to the Tigers’ 12-yard line to set up the winning and final McKinley TD.

“It was a great effort by our kids,” said a jubilant McKinley Coach John Brideweser. “The defense was great, just super. You can’t ask any more of those guys.”

“All year our kids have been doing things they really shouldn’t be able to do and they do it on sheer determination and guts,” Brideweser praised.

Four minutes into the game Poulos stung the Tigers the first time quarterback Todd keller put the ball in the air.

The 5-foot-9, 195 pound senior cornerback stepped in front of the Tiger receiver at the 50, grabbed the pass and raced all the way to the Massillon 16. From there Hontas got four yards on a rollout after scrambling back to the 40 and after fullback Ken Hall was stopped for no gain, an offside penalty against the Tigers put the ball on the 7.

Hontas pitched left to swift Tom Grafton who sped into the end zone behind the blocking of Larry DuBose and Elmer Jackson.

A McKinley fumble gave Massillon the ball at midfield 35 seconds before the end of the half.

Keller was sacked by McKinley’s Tim Moore and also was called for intentionally grounding the ball, to put the ball at the Tigers’ 34.

Poulos then pulled his second theft of the Keller pass, returning it from the 44 to the 27. Hontas completed a 15-yarder to Mel Weatherspoon, who got out-of-bounds at the 12.

Then Hontas fired into the end zone where Massillon defensive back Anthony Grizzard tipped the ball, but McKinley’s Ray Ellis snared it for the TD just six ticks of the clock before halftime.

The third quarter was less than three minutes old when another McKinley fumble (the Bulldogs lost three of four) gave Massillon the ball at its own 40, where the Tigers mounted their only drive of the game.

Massillon went 60 yards in 15 plays, with fullback Bill Harmon running 12 times for 47 of the yards, including the five-yard TD plunge. His brother, Keith kicked the point and the Tigers trailed only 13-7.

McKinley deep back Fred Haywood, a 6-2 senior, came up with a defensive gem saving a Tiger TD early in the fourth period when he batted down a halfback pass from Bill Harmon and intended for Bill Bammerlin who had beaten the Bulldogs’ secondary.

On the next play, middle guard Gerald Jackson belted Keller loose from the ball and Llewellyn covered his second fumble. But the Pups had to punt it away, with Poulos kicked it to the Tigers’ 23.

After Harmon got a yard, Keller put it in the air again and disaster struck. Llewellyn picked it off at the 35 and raced to the 12. Mike Beadle then got six on his lone carry of the day and Grafton swept to the one. Hontas then used the silent count quarterback sneak to ice the game with 6:50 left on the clock.

Massillon put the fans on their feet for the final time two plays later when Tom Grizzard found a hole in the left side of the McKinley line, cut back using the umpire for a key block and raced 75 yards for the final Massillon score. Bill Harmon’s run cut the margin to
21-15, the final score, with 5:37 left.

The Pups put together a time-consuming march from their own 47 to the Tiger’s 23, before losing the ball on downs with 1:32 remaining.

Keller threw two incompletions and Haywood picked off the fourth interception of the day and ran it back to the Tiger’s 16, where Hontas fell down twice to run out the clock and give Canton McKinley fans peace and tranquility for another 364 days.

Ends – Bill Bammerlin (6-2, 167, Sr.); Mark Matie (6-0, 225, Sr.).
Tackles – Mike Lauber (5-11, 207, Sr.); Sylverster Drobney (6-1, 216, Sr.).
Guards – Todd Schumacher (5-11, 200, Sr.) Carl Christoff (5-8, 172, Sr.).
Center – Dan Nagle (5-11, 232, Sr.).
Quarterback – Todd Keller (6-1, 185, Sr.).
Halfbacks – Tom Grizzard (6-0, 185, Sr.) Keith Harmon (6-2, 195, Sr.).
Fullback – Bill Harmon (6-1, 237, Sr.)

Ends – K. Harmon; Drobney.
Tackles – Steve Easter (6-1, 203, Sr.); Matie.
Middle guard – Jess Toles (5-10, 192, Jr.).
Linebackers – Anthony Grizzard /(5-10, 163, Jr.); T. Grizzard).
Secondary – Glenn Arner (6-1, 173, Sr.); Don Stewart (5-11, 151, Sr.); Willey Conley (5-11, 173, Sr.); Harold Dorsey (5-11, 188, Sr.).

Mass. McK.
First downs-rushing 8 4
First downs-passing 1 5
First downs-penalties 2 2
Total first downs 11 11
Yards gained rushing 222 121
Yards lost rushing 18 24
Net yards gained rushing 204 97
Net yards gained passing 17 82
Total yards gained 221 179
Passes completed 1-10 7-12
Yardage on passes intercepted 0 4-100
Kickoff average (yards) 3-44.3 4-54.7
Kickoff returns (yards) 51 0
Punt average (yards) 4-40.0 6-39.0
Punt returns (yards) 11 4
Had punts blocked 0 0
Lost fumbled ball 3-3 3-4
Yards penalized 8-56 6-60
Touchdowns rushing 2 2
Touchdowns passing 0 1
Total number of plays 55 53
Total time of possession 27:05 20:15

City getting steamed up for big grid game

Independent Sports Editor

The victory bell was ringing, Washington High hallways were decorated with pep signs, a car parade wound its way up Oak Ave SE past Washington High. You could tell it was Thursday – two days before the season ending football game with arch-rival Canton McKinley.

The schools are closed today because of a county-wide teachers’ in-service training day.

IN HIS OFFICE, Tiger Athletic Director and Head Coach Chuck Shuff concentrated on plans for Saturday’s contest which is to start at 2 p.m. at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium before a sellout crowd of 22,000. Standing room only tickets will go on sale at 1 p.m. at the stadium’s Blake Ave. gate.

Fans were advised to use car pools and get to the stadium early because parking spaces will not be as plentiful this year. This is because of construction work on the McKinley High School, slated to open for the 1976-77 school year.

“McKinley will be the most well-balanced team offensively we will have faced,” Shuff said. “Roch Hontas is the hub of the Bulldogs’ offense. The way he goes is the way McKinley’s offense will go.”

Hontas is the All-American Conference’s leading passer. Split end Mel Weatherspoon and wingback Ray Ellis, his favorite targets are among the league’s leading receivers.

The Bulldogs, on the strength of Hontas’ arm and aided by the quick threats of tailback Tom Grafton (9.7 clocking in the 100) and halfback Ken Hall, will be out to get revenge for a last-second 20-15 loss pinned on them by the Orange and Black in 1974 at Tiger Stadium. A win will give McKinley a 5-0 record, the AAC title and an outside chance of getting into the state’s Class AAA playoffs.

THE BULLDGOS, who would end the season 9-1, if they win, (they lost their opener), were knocked out of the playoff picture by the Tigers last year. The Orange and Black (6-2-1, 3-1) are in second place in the AAC and would like to spoil the Pups’ chances again and tie for the league title.

McKinley is in second place in the Region 3 computer poll. Massillon is in fifth.

“We have to put pressure on Hontas Saturday,” Shuff said. “We can’t let him have a lot of time to throw.”

Hontas, who passed for one touchdown and kicked a 25-yard field goal in the 1974 game, has picked apart teams which have given him too much time to set up. He throws a lot of bootleg passes.

The Bulldogs use Hontas’ passing to help maintain control of the ball with short passes,” Shuff said. “He has the choice of running or passing on the bootleg. He’ll throw on any down and he will throw the bomb.”

Shuff expects the Bulldogs to use a six-man line against the Tigers in order to hobble Tiger fullback Bill Harmon, the AAC leading ground gainer and second leading scorer.

“They’ve been running it quite a bit this year,” the skipper said. “If we feel we can pass to break it up, we will pass.”

SHUFF REPORTED that practices have been spirited this week. The team knows it has a job to do, the students are ready and both groups hope all fans will show their support tonight and Saturday. Because one of the biggest crowds ever turned out for last year’s parade and rally and because they gave their loud support at the game, the Tigers sprang an upset on the Bulldogs.

“Desire is always a big part of this game and it will be again Saturday,” said Shuff, who will be in his second game as the Tiger chief.

Both teams will be in top shape. Senior defensive end Jeff Lab is expected to see some action. He has been sidelined a good part of the season with an injury.

One change in the Tigers’ starting defensive lineup will see senior Steve Easter at left tackle.

The Tigers and their coaches will be feted one last time tonight by the Tiger sideliners. Dinner will start at 5:45 p.m. at the Massillon American Legion Post 221.

Then it will be on to the “Beat McKinley” downtown parade and bonfire rally at Agathon Field. Starting time for the parade will be 7 p.m.

The team will have a pancake and steak breakfast at 9:30 a.m., Saturday at the high school. Then they’ll walk to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and the traditional service conducted by the Rev. Wayne E. Yeager, the church’s pastor.

After that buses will take them to Fawcett Stadium.

Large crowd cheers
Tigers in parade,
bonfire rally


Many Massillonians took one last fling Friday night in getting their Tigers ready for today’s 80th renewal of the famed Massillon-Canton McKinley grid classic. The game will be played before a sellout crowd of 22,000 at 2 p.m., at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium.

One of the largest crowds ever to witness a pre-game parade and rally turned out for the pep events.

The traditional “Beat McKinley” parade started at Washington High School and wound its way through downtown streets to Agathon Field, where a bonfire rally was held. Leading the parade was the Tiger Swing Band.

COACHES, school officials and Tiger Booster Club officials spoke to the fans, all assuring them that the Orange and Black would not disappoint their faithful today.

For the team and their coaches, the night’s festivities began at the home of American Legion Post 221, where the Tiger Sideliners held the final meal of the season with the team. Then came the parade and rally.

The team and coaches ate a pancake and steak breakfast this morning at the high school. They then proceeded to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church for the traditional pre-game service.

McKinley tops Massillon by 6

By Hymie Williams
Plain Dealer Bureau

CANTON – Alert defensive plays that turned Massillon miscues into dividends propelled the Canton McKinley Bulldogs to a 21-15 victory Saturday at Fawcett Stadium before 20,435 in the 80th renewal of the nation’s best known scholastic football rivalry.

Four interceptions and three fumble recoveries by the Bulldogs helped them to their ninth straight victory after an opening game setback to Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. The triumph also handed them the championship of the All-American Conference. Massillon finished the season with a 6-3-1 mark and leads in the series with McKinley, 43-22-5.

Massillon trailed, 13-0, at the half but tallied in the third period to cut the margin to 13-7. McKinley snapped back when linebacker Eric Llewellyn, the defensive star for the Canton team, intercepted a Tiger aerial on the 12 in the fourth period. Three plays later, McKinley had another touchdown which proved enough. Llewellyn had two fumble recoveries, one interception and was the leading tackler.

McKinley was led on offense by Roch Hontas, senior quarterback who started the game for the second straight year. He hit on seven of 12 attempts for 82 yards. One of the passes went for a touchdown. Hontas also scored the final McKinley touchdown on a one-yard sneak.

Big Billy Harmon, the 237-pound Massillon fullback, was stymied in the first half with only 25 yards but he wound up with 94 yards and scored Massillon’s first touchdown.

The first touchdown for the Bulldogs, which came at 6:48 of the opening quarter, was set up by corner Bill Poulos, who intercepted and ran to the Tiger 16. Hontas made it to the 12 before 190-pound linebacker Tommy Grafton zipped around left end for the score. Hontas kicked the extra point.

Midway in the second quarter, Massillon had driven to the McKinley 30 but fumbled and Llewellyn hopped on the bouncing ball.

It appeared the half might end without further scoring when Massillon recovered a McKinley fumble late in the stanza. But Poulos was Johnny-on-the-spot again on the 23.

Hontas hit Melvin Weatherspoon on the 12. On the next play, Hontas rifled a pass towards wingback Ray Ellis in the end zone.

Two Tiger defenders took turns at swatting at the ball but the ball oozed into the waiting arms of Ellis, who did a happy dance in the end zone after the catch. Hontas’ attempt for the extra point was wide to the left.

Massillon was inspired for the second half. The Tigers recovered a McKinley miscue and with Bill Harmon carrying the mail in 12 of 14 plays the Tigers covered 60 yards for the score. Keith Harmon, Billy’s 205-pound brother, kicked the extra point.

Massillon appeared headed goal-wards again soon after but Llewellyn discovered a Tiger fumble on the 42 and captured it. McKinley could make no headway and was forced to kick.

Quarterback Todd Keller of Massillon, who had a disturbing afternoon, attempted a pass which was intercepted by Llewellyn on the Tiger 12. In three plays, McKinley was across the goal line on Hontas’ one yard sneak. Grafton ran over for the extra points.

Massillon didn’t quit. The Tigers roared back as tailback Tommy Grizzard ran 75 yards in a scintillating dash down the field. Bill Harmon bulled over for the extra points.

Massillon had a final chance with the ball with 90 seconds to play but Weatherspoon intercepted a Keller pass to extinguish the Tigers hopes. McKinley ran out the clock and walked off the field with its sweetest victory of the season.

’75 puzzling season
for Tiger grid team

Independent Sports Editor

What’s the answer?

Two days after the season closing 80th renewal of the Massillon-Canton McKinley gridiron classic the Tigertown faithful are still asking that question. What made a season which appeared to have so much promise never live up to its rave notices?

How can a team be so snake bitten in one afternoon before 20,435 fans at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium that is has four passes intercepted, setting up all of Canton McKinle4y’s touchdowns in its 21-15 win? How can a team be so unlucky that it also has three fumbles recovered by the opposition, each killing promising drives?

HOW CAN “Tiger Luck” desert the Orange and Black as disastrously that what Washington High defensive coordinator Joe Siesel called a “super defensive effort” might as well not have been. The Tigers held a well-balanced McKinley offense to 179 total yards. Eighty-two of those yards came in the air, compared to Massillon’s 17.

The Bulldogs felt the pain Tiger defenders dished out, to the tune of losing three of their four fumbles. McKinley assistant coach Bill Michaels, a former aide, described the situation well.

“You should have seen us at halftime,” he said. “We left it all out there on the field.”

Hashing and rehashing the 1975 season may help to make the 10 long months until the 1976 season opens pass faster for the Tiger faithful. There are many factors to consider. Even Tiger Coach Chuck Shuff isn’t sure of all the answers.

“I don’t know what the problem was in the first half,” Shuff said. “If you could be too ready for a game, maybe that was the case. I know our kids were ready. We showed it the second half. We just made mistakes you can’t go with.

“IT WAS a physical game. I can’t be prouder of our kids. We hit them. We didn’t receive any hitting. We made very few adjustments at halftime. We just reassured the boys of the things we had to get done and they came out and did it. Joe Siesel and the defensive staff did a whale of a job. The defensive kids played great football. They kept coming back and making the plays.”
But a team can stand only so much pressure.

McKinley halfback Bill Poulos started the heart breaking afternoon for Tiger quarterback Todd Keller by picking off a pass on the Bulldog 38 and running back to the WHS 16 where Keller knocked him out of bounds. Two plays later tailback Tom Grafton skirted end from the seven – after a Massillon encroachment penalty – with 6:48 left in the first quarter. Roch Hontas kicked the conversion and the 7-0 lead gave the Bulldogs the momentum early.

Poulos picked off another pass on the Massillon 42 late in the second quarter and ran to the Tigers’ 27. Hontas threw consecutive passes to Mel Weatherspoon and wingback Ray
Ellis – who had the help of Willie Conley’s deflection to aid his catch – but Hontas’ kick was wide left to keep the score at 13-0 with six seconds left in the half.

The third steal was by linebacker Eric Llewellyn who returned from the Massillon 35 to the Tigers’ 12 in the last quarter. Three plays later Hontas sneaked over from the half-yard line – with 6:50 left in the game – after a Massillon personal foul penalty. Grafton raced outside end for the conversion.

LLEWELLYN ALSO recovered a pair of Tiger fumbles inside McKinley territory to put the brakes on the Orange and Black.

The Tigers scored in the third quarter on a 59-yard, 15-play drive after halfback Don Stewart had recovered a McKinley fumble on the Bulldogs’ 41. Fullback Bill Harmon carried on 13 of the plays and over guard from the five for the score with 1:40 left. Brother Keith kicked the conversion.

Harmon ended with 94 yards to 25 attempts and 1,278 yards for the season to make him the second all-time leading rusher in the All-American Conference.

The Obiemen’s other score came on a 75-yard draw play in the fourth quarter. After a
15-yard punt runback by Pete Killins, tailback Tommy Grizzard, obviously tired from playing an outstanding game at linebacker, made the run with 5:37 left on the clock. Bill took a pitch off tackle for the conversion.

“Our kids played with pain all season,” McKinley Coach John Brideweser said. “Roch Hontas had a broken hand twice and never said a thing. Ray Ellis had a broken thumb. Cliff Frazier had a sprained shoulder and re-injured it when he hit Harmon.

Shuff plans to
stay as coach

Tiger head football Coach Chuck Shuff cast aside today, weekend rumors which had him tendering his resignation as coach.

“I have a three-yard contract and for all loyal Tiger Boosters, I’m saying I plan to stay,” Shuff said.

Shuff has one year to go on a three-yard contract. He came to Massillon in 1974 from Fremont. His two-year record is 12-7-1.

Tiger Boosters
postpone meeting
until Tuesday

The final Tiger Booster Club session of 1975 will be delayed one day due to a meeting of All-American Conference coaches which will find the mentors selecting this year’s all-league team.

The booster will meet Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Washington High School auditorium. Films of the McKinley game will be shown and head Coach Chuck Shuff will answer questions on the game.

Distance no deterrent
to fans of Pups, Tigers


One’s first indication that the Massillon vs. McKinley football game is not just another high school contest might have come by walking to Fawcett Stadium Saturday afternoon.

There are not many games that will draw so many out-of-state license plates, as seen on cars parked around Fawcett Saturday. Distance is no deterrent to some fans of the annual clash.

It certainly wasn’t for Tom Beadle of Tamp, Fl. Tom was on hand in the crowd of 20,435 to see his brother Mile play defense for the Bulldogs and to run once out of the McKinley backfield for 6 yards.

Helium balloons were big for both sides. The Massillon fans had a few hundred black and orange orbs contained in giant plastic bags on the sidelines, waiting to be released when the Tigers took to the field.

It looked like Massillon’s helium show would outdo host McKinley’s. But, as the Bulldogs emerged from their locker room, the roof suddenly came off a replica of McKinley high positioned on a trailer on the field and from out of the school came McKinley’s spheres of black and red.

Like a flock of birds, the balloons from both cheering sections rose and floated out of the stadium to signal the start of the contest.

Meanwhile, Obie, Massillon’s Tiger mascot, was inspecting the Massillon sideline, stopping to lick the hands of friendly fans while tethered on the leash of his trainer.

He playfully pawed and nuzzled the orange-clad faithful, but one has to wonder if Obie is trained to see the color red in a different light.

A psychological war took place between the opposing teams before the real battle began. McKinley took to the field and assumed more than its half of the 100 yards to perform warm-up exercises. To counter, this, the Tigers, grouped in the end zone suddenly jumped into a sprint across field, stopping just short of colliding with the first row of Bulldogs.

Fans, sporting orange or red, depending on their persuasion, participated in their own kind of mayhem in the seats.

But soon the contest began and the festival trappings of the game took a back seat to the action.

In total net rushing, Massillon out-legged McKinley 189-93.

Leading in the individual-offense figures were a couple of runners for the losing Massillon Tigers. Tailback Tom Grizzard totaled 90 yards in 5 carries, including a 75-yard scamper in the fourth quarter for Massillon’s second touchdown. Fullback Bill Harmon carried 24 times for 87 yards.

McKinley’s leading rusher was halfback Tom Grafton, who managed 50 net yards on 15 totes. Backfield mate Ken Hall rushed for 35 yards in 7 tries.

Roch Hontas’ passing was much the story of McKinley’s offensive success. Hontas hit on 7 of 13 aerials for 83-yards and a touchdown. In comparison, Tiger signal caller Todd Keller netted only 17 yards on one completed pass. He tried 10 and had 4 intercepted.

McKinley lost 3 of its 4 fumbles, while the Tigers gave up all 3 of their bobbles. In first downs, the Pups led 13-11. Bill Poulos averaged 36.8 yards per attempt on 5 punts for McKinley. Tiger punter Keith Harmon booted 4 times and averaged 38 yards per shot.

McKinley lost 67 yards on 6 penalties, while the Tigers had 60 markers stepped off against them in 8 incidents.

Bill Harmon
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1975: Massillon 3, Alliance 6

State title goes out window for WHS
Alliance makes its season with 6-3 win

Independent Sports Editor

A state championship went out the window for one team and a season was made for another Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

A state title went out the window because the Tigers made too many mistakes against a team they were supposed to beat handily.

SO SURE were Alliance fans that they were going to lose that the small entourage which they sent to Massillon swelled the crowd to only 8,507, the second smallest turnout at Tiger Stadium this season.

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In losing 6-3 to the Aviators and former Tiger Julius Tonges, the Obiemen made a
180-degree turn in their caliber of play. Last week they controlled every phase of the game in beating Warren. On Friday night they controlled nothing. Alliance had the ball for seven minutes more than the Tigers.

The Aviators won their first game ever at Tiger Stadium . Their last win in Tigertown came in 1927 via 13-0 count at Massillon Field.

The Aviators last victory over the Tigers was a 46-0 win in 1962 at Hartshorn Stadium in Alliance.

The Orange and Black led in the overall statistical parade but in the rushing
department – in which they should have greatly overshadowed Alliance – they fell behind 176-186. Quarterback Keith Keller completed five of 12 passes – under great
pressure – adding 49 yards to the ground total for a 225 overall count.

ALLIANCE COMPLETED only one of four passes for nine yards and a 195 total.

The Tigers played a miserable first half, getting only 76 yards overall in 110 for Alliance, with 71 coming on the ground. The Aviators had 101.

Against Alliance’s seven-man front the Tigers had trouble running during the whole game, but the Tigers’ final six passes didn’t come until the last quarter. Interceptions by Gilbert Goodwin at the Alliance 37 and by Russell Goodwin at the Aviator’s three – on the final play of the game – killed both threats.

“We had the ball enough times to win, but we fumbled four times (the Tigers lost two of them) and had two passes intercepted,” Shuff said. “We did not play heads up football. They controlled the line offensively and defensively.

“We weren’t in the right game of mind. Woody Hayes says 90 per cent of football is played from the neck up. We just didn’t learn our lesson well enough earlier.”

(A REFERENCE to a 6-6 tie with Nordonia in the second game of the season – another game which the Tigers were expected to win.)

In the other dressing room Tonges was on cloud nine.

“We told our boys if they got this one, it would make amends for our last five games,” the Alliance first-year mentor said. “From the Ravenna game on we have played nothing but outstanding team. Nobody in Ohio has played a tougher schedule than we did this year. That made us tougher for the big ones. This team gave all it had for 48 minutes. I’m proud of them all.”

Tonges thought Alliance could have beaten Canton McKinley if the Aviators had gotten some breaks in the officiating. He thought the Pilots fumbled the game away at Warren.

“We put a little pressure on Keller,” Tonges said. “We also felt we had to use a seven-man line. We ran the cross buck and a lot of quick dives, mixing it up pretty well.”

TIME AND again Alliance fullback Art Kennedy powered through the center or between the guards and tackles for big gains. But Tiger fullback Bill Harmon was not able to cut loose until the second half.

He gained all the Tiger yardage in the third quarter, ending with the 128 net yards in 22 carries. Kennedy picked up 115 yards in 23 attempts and fullback Richard Scott garnered 49 yards in 16 carries.

The Tigers converted only four of nine third-down attempts to Alliance’s two of 12.

The Tigers scored first on a 54-yard, 10-play drive, culminated by Keith Harmon’s 43-yard field goal with 11:32 left in the second stanza. Tailback Pete Killin’s 22-yard scamper around end with a pitchout set up the tally.

Keith Harmon’s three-pointer was his third of the season, tying Bob Pflug’s effort in 1923.

HE HAD another chance on the final play of the second stanza. He had recovered a bad pitchout from Alliance signal caller Ed Tremoulis on the Aviators’ 49.

Aided by a 15-yard interference penalty, the Orange and Black got to the Alliance 29 in five plays. However, Harmon’s 47-yard boot went to the left.

Alliance’s lone touchdown came after a handoff from Keller to Grizzard went awry and was recovered by Chuck Banks at the Massillon 29. Three plays later Kennedy burst through center from the 16, raced to the two, fumbled the ball into the end zone and Don Johnson hopped on the pigskin for the TD with 5:22 left in the second stanza.

Tiger, Aviator Facts

Ends – Bill Bammerlin (6-2, 167, Sr.); Mark Matie (6-0, 225, Sr.).
Tackles – Mike Lauber (5-11, 207, Sr.); Sylverster Drobney (6-1, 216, Sr.).
Guards – Todd Schumacher (5-11, 200, Sr.) Carl Christoff (5-8, 172, Sr.).
Center – Dan Nagle (5-11, 232, Sr.).
Quarterback – Todd Keller (6-1, 185, Sr.).
Halfbacks – Tom Grizzard (6-0, 185, Sr.) Keith Harmon (6-2, 195, Sr.).
Fullback – Bill Harmon (6-1, 237, Sr.)
Ends – K. Harmon; Drobney.
Tackles – Tim Tourney (6-2, 265, Jr.); Matie.
Middle guard – Jess Toles (5-10, 192, Jr.).
Linebackers – Anthony Grizzard /(5-10, 163, Jr.); T. Grizzard).
Secondary – Glenn Arner (6-1, 173, Sr.); Don Stewart (5-11, 151, Sr.);Willey Conley (5-11, 173, Sr.); Harold Dorsey (5-11, 188, Sr.).

Ends – Russell Goodwin (5-8, 150, Sr.). Brad Siefke (6-1, 175, Sr.).
Tackles – Dave Baker (5-9, 170, Sr.); Homer Miller (6-1, 200, Sr.).
Guards – Paul Bowman (5-8, 175, Sr.); Dave Kellerher (5-8, 180, Sr.).
Center – Don Baker (5-8, 170, Sr.).
Quarterback – Ed Tremoulis (5-10, 155, Sr.).
Halfbacks – Art Kennedy (5-8, 170, Sr.); Richard Scott (5-8, 155, Sr.).
Fullback – Gilbert Goodwin (5-7, 155, Sr.).
Ends – Siefke; Steve Clunk (5-11, 171, Jr.).
Tackles – Larry Schenk (5-7, 165, Jr.); Don Crockett (5-11, 205, Sr.).
Linebackers – Dave Baker; Miller; Charles Handock (5-11, 180, Jr.).
Secondary – G. Goodwin; Phil Grove (5-8, 155, Jr.); Don Johnson (5-7, 150, Jr.); Scott.

Weight Comparisons

offense (line 203, backfield 198, overall 201);
defense (line 204, secondary 172, overall 189).
offense (line 174, backfield 159, overall 169);
defense (line 181, secondary 154, overall 171).

Series – Tigers 54-8-2.

Points scored – Tigers 1,639; Alliance 423.

Points scored this year – Tigers 150; Alliance 48.

Points allowed this year – Tigers 24; Alliance 180.

Referee – Chuck Hinkle.
Umpire – Jim Keefer.
Head Linesman – Tom Coleman.
Field Judge – Don Miller.
Back Judge – Steve Nagy.

Mass. All.
First downs-rushing 8 10
First downs-passing 3 0
First downs-penalties 3 1
Total first downs 14 11
Yards gained rushing 193 196
Yards lost rushing 17 10
Net yards gained rushing 176 186
Net yards gained passing 49 9
Total yards gained 225 195
Passes completed 5-12 1-4
Passes intercepted by 0 2
Yardage on passes intercepted 0 3
Kickoff average (yards) 2-51.5 2-36.5
Kickoff returns (yards) 17 13
Punt average (yards) 3-36.0 6-34.6
Punt returns (yards) 25 0
Had punts blocked 0 0
Lost fumbled ball 2-4 1-3
Yards penalized 3-35 5-45
Touchdowns rushing 0 1
Total number of plays 51 55
Total time of possession 20:42 27:18

Bill Harmon
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1975: Massillon 17, Warren Harding 0

What a show! Tigers 17, Warren 0

Independent Sports Editor

“You gotta believe!” Tigertown has said all week.

The Tigers believed! The fans believed! Now all Buckeyeland has to believe!

MASSILLON HAS a great football team! The Orange and Black took a giant Friday night step toward a state championship and the title in the All-American Conference by putting together one of the greatest displays of offensive and defensive football ever fashioned by a Tiger football team!

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Before 17,267 fans, the largest crowd of the season, the Orange and Black upset a great Warren Harding team 17-0. Everything you could ask for was there: powerful offensive football, two of the greatest goal line stands high school football fans ever have seen, an
eye-popping brother scoring combination, a record-setting field goal and team football at its best!

The Tigers scored the first three times they handled the ball. They made Harding, defending state Class AAA champion, play catch-up football and made sure the Panthers didn’t catch up

The Black Panthers, who had won 20 of their last 21 games, including seven this year, saw their AAC record drop to 2-1.

The Tigers’ state jumped to 6-1-1 overall and 3-0 in the league. The Orange and Black remained tied with Canton McKinley (7-1, 3-0) for the AAC lead.

“THIS WIN made my whole body feel good,” said Tiger Coach Chuck Shuff, a former Harding assistant who lost to the Black Panthers 35-10 last year at Warren.

The first thing that made the skipper fell good was a 47-yard field goal by senior Keith Harmon with 7:45 left in the first quarter. Harmon had put Harding in the hole with a 54-yard kickoff. End Syl Drobney and tackle Steve Easter made the situation worse with a nine-yard spill of tailback Gus Tucker to the three, Scott Ingram’s punt went out on the Harding 43.

Quarterback Todd Keller ran two great end runs to put the ball on the Harding 30. Then Harmon booted the field goal with plenty of height and distance to spare.

The previous longest field goal was one kicked 40 yards by Bill Edwards, later a great coach and athletic director at Wittenberg University, in 1924 in a 77-0 win here against Alliance.
Harmon’s 56-yard kickoff again put Harding into a hole. Safety Willie Conley and linebacker Anthony Grizzard threw Tucker into another tailspin from the 21, a procedure penalty was thrown in for good measure and Ingram punted from the 15.

JAY HARDPER made a fair catch of the punt on the Tiger 47 and the Tigers were off and running again as Bill Harmon picked up 37 yards in 10 carries on the drive, ultimately scoring from the two over left guard with 9:04 left in the second quarter. He also jumped over a Harding player while bulling his way over the middle for the conversion.

Keith Harmon kicked off 51 yards to the nine, Junior Robby White ran back to the 22. On the next play, Tiger tackle Mark Matie hopped on a fumble at the 28.

Quarterback Todd Keller hit Keith Harmon, out of his swingback spot over the middle, on the next play for a TD with 8:07 left in the second quarter. Harmon’s attempted conversion kick was wide left.

At this juncture Warren Coach Tom Ross inserted star tailback Tyrone Hicks, who had been on crutches Wednesday, nursing a knee injury. He and quarterback Frey, with some tricky ball handling, ignited the Black Panthers’ offense.

Harding rolled to the Tigers’ six in 13 plays after Keith Harmon’s 56-yard kickoff. The big play was Tucker’s 20-yard romp between right tackle and right end to the seven.

On third down Frey tried to hit senior wingback Weibush in the end zone but Conley dived in at the knick of time.

“I saw two players go back over there and jumped between them and batted the ball away,” Conley said.

On fourth down Frey passed into the flat to Hicks who dropped the ball.

HARDING THREATENED after taking Keith Harmon’s kickoff at the 25. In 11 plays they were on the Massillon one.

Defensive coordinator Joe Siesel sent in the “Tank Corps” including 6-2, 265-pound tackle Tim Tourney and Bill Harmon, 6-1, 237-pound end. The Orange and Black held on four running plays.

The Tigers then began to move with the help of junior tailback Pete Killins, but ran into a flock of penalties and lost the ball on downs at their 45.

Later after Keith Harmon’s third down quick kick, Frey hit Weibush with a 26-yard pass to the Tigers’ 41. Two plays later he hit senior end Ezra Alls with a 15-yarder to the Tigers 22.

On second down Frey connected with Alls again, in the left corner of the end zone, but he dropped the pass.

THE TIGERS, with Killins and Bill Harmon doing the carrying again, took the Orange and Black machine to the Harding 36 where the Obiemen lost the ball on downs.
They had the ball on the Black Panthers’ 22 when the game ended to a tumultuous standing ovation for the team and for sure-fire All-Ohioan Harmon who, during the Tigers’ final drive of the first half, went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season.

He carried the ball 24 times Friday night, netting 112 yards, to put his total at 1,056 for the season. Mike Mauger’s 1,200 in 1970 is the next highest Tiger total. Then comes Tom Hannon’s 1,236 in 1972 and Willie Spencer’s 1,251 in 1971. They fill the AAC’s second through fourth all-time spots.

Rick Gales of Niles McKinley holds the lead at 1,266 in 1969. Just above Harmon is Steubenville’s Mike Palmer at 1,093 in 1966 in sixth place.

“It was tough running against their line,” Co-Captain Bill Harmon said. “I earned everything I got. The line did a great job opening the initial holes. Tom (Grizzard) and Pete (Killins) did a great job of taking the pressure off me. I’m happy about Keith’s field goal and going over 1,000 yards.”

“Our defense was great,” said Shuff. “I think Conley was thinking of Upper Arlington and wasn’t going to let that (winning touchdown pass) happen again. Warren had a good defense.”

“THE OFFENSE kept possession when they had to and the pass from Todd (Keller) to Keith (Harmon) was great,” said Shuff. Billy (Harmon) rammed hard in there. We had some nice movement. I thought our offensive line started taking charge in the fourth quarter.”

Harding surprised, according to Shuff, by running unbalanced left.

“I’m proud of our boys’ performance in both the first and second halves,” Warren Coach Ross said. “We felt we got out physicalled at the line of scrimmage tonight. Harmon had a great night, the kids hit him with all they had.”

“We have to pick up the pieces and go back and get ready for another football game.”

As to Hick’s playing on a bad knee, Ross felt he was ready mentally and physically.

“WE TRIED to deemphasize his importance because that’s the way he wanted it,” Ross said. “He’s not a selfish football player.”

Hicks’ carried the ball 12 times for 74 net yards. Tucker carried six times for 46 net yards.

Massillon, Warren Lineups

Ends – Bill Bammerlin (6-2,167, Sr.); Mark Matie (6-0, 225, Sr.).
Tackles – Mike Lauber (5-11, 207, Sr.); Sylvester Drobney (6-1, 216, Sr.).
Guards – Todd Schumacher (5-11, 200, Sr.); Carl Christoff (5-8, 172, Sr.).
Center – Dan Nagle (5-11, 232, Sr.).
Quarterback – Todd Keller (6-1, 185, Sr.).
Halfbacks – Tom Grizzard (6-0, 185, Sr.); Keith Harmon (6-2, 195, Sr.).
Fullback – Bill Harmon (6-1, 237, Sr.).
Ends – K. Harmon; Drobney.
Tackles – Tim Tournay (6-2, 265, Jr.); Matie.
Middleguard – Jess Toles (5-10, 192, Jr.).
Linebackers – Anthony Grizzard (5-10, 163, Jr.); T. Grizzard.
Secondary – Glenn Arner (6-1, 173, Sr.); Don Stewart (5-11, 151, Sr.); Willie Conley (5-11, 173, Sr.) Harold Dorsey (5-11, 188, Sr.).
Ends – Russ Porter (6-2, 205, Sr.); Aaron Reed (5-7, 150, Sr.).
Tackles – Ed Kowalczyk (5-11, 210, Sr.); Jamie Candella (6-3, 215, Sr.).
Guards – Dave Maurice (5-10, 191, Sr.); Ed Farah (5-10, 175, Sr.).
Center – Ed Bolino 95-10, 175, Sr.)
Quarterback – Bill Frey (5-10, 160, Sr.).
Halfbacks – Gus Tucker (5-11, 195, Sr.); Kurt Weibush (5-9, 165, Sr.).
Fullback – Dave Terpin (5-0, 185, Sr.).
Ends – Ernie Epitropoutos (6-0, 183, Jr.); David Allen (6-2, 200, Jr.).
Tackles – Porter; Candella.
Middle Guard – Erick Lewis (5-10, 175, Jr.).
Linebackers – Tucker; John Epitropoulos (6-0, 183, Jr.).
Secondary – Gary Angel (5-7, 150, Sr.); Bruce Davenport (6-0, 175, Sr.); Timothy Hall (6-1, 170, Sr.); John Canty (5-11, 170, Sr.).

offense (line 203, backfield 198, overall 201);
defense (line 204, secondary 172, overall 189).

offense (line 191, back field 176, overall 186);
defense (line 193, secondary 166, overall 184).

M – Keith Harmon, 47 field goal;
M – Bill Harmon, 2 run (B. Harmon run);
M – K. Harmon, 28 pass from Todd Keller (kick failed).

Series – Tigers 35-14-1.

Points scored – Tigers 1,023; Warren 426.

Points scored this year – Tigers 133; Warren 207.

Points allowed this year – Tigers 24; Warren 38.

Referee – Chuck Lorenz.
Umpire – Brenton Kirk.
Head Linesman – Bill Kerr.
Field Judge – Nick Costello.
Back Judge – Wilson Murray.

ATTENDANCE – 17,267.

Mass. War.
First downs-rushing 10 7
First downs-passing 1 2
First downs-penalties 2 1
Total first downs 13 10
Yards gained rushing 181 165
Yards lost rushing 5 39
Net yards gained rushing 176 116
Net yards gained passing 28 42
Total yards gained 204 158
Passes completed 1-2 2-10
Passes intercepted by 0 0
Yardage on passes intercepted 0 0
Kickoff average (yards) 4-54.8 3-50.0
Kickoff returns (yards) 24 72
Punt average (yards) 3-30.3 3-30.3
Punt returns (yards) 0 0
Had punts blocked 0 0
Lost fumbled ball 0 1-2
Yards penalized 4-20 4-40
Touchdowns rushing 1 0
Touchdowns passing 1 0
Total number of plays 45 47
Total time of possession 26:50 21:10

Harmon AAC’s top scorer

Massillon’s Bill Harmon lost his All-American Conference rushing lead to Niles McKinley’s Phil Chelsea last weekend, but held on to his all-games lead. He also continued to lead in league and all-games scoring.

Harmon has rushed for 415 yards (6.2 average) while Chelsea has rushed for 418 yards (5.6). Harmon has scored 38 points in league games and 80 overall.

CHELSEA IS second in league scoring with 24 points and tied for second overall with Warren Harding’s Tyrone Hicks with 72.

Other rushers and scorers from the Tigers: rushers – Tom Grizzard (10th league, 93 yards, 4.4 average; 10th overall, 300 yards, 4.9 average); scorers – Keith Harmon (sixth, league
15 points).

Alliance, Massillon’s foe this week, has Richard Scott fourth in league rushing (217 yards, 6.4 average) and Art Kennedy eight (98 yards, 3.9 average). Scot is also seventh in overall rushing (378 yards, 4.4 average).

Todd Keller continues to be sixth in overall passing (16 for 48, 336 yards, three touchdowns, three intercepted). He does not show league passing for the first time this week.

Canton McKinley’s Roch Hontas leads both passing departments. His figures: (overall – 45 for 91, 688 yards, five touchdowns, three intercepted: league – 23 for 45, 343 yards, two TDs, one intercepted.)

BILL FREY of Warren Harding is second in both passing categories. His figures: overall – 29 for 78, 596 yards, five touchdowns, five intercepted; league – 15 for 36, 295 yards, one TD, one intercepted.

Aliance’s Ed Tremoulis is fourth overall (17 for 61, 245 yards, no touchdowns, nine intercepted) and third in the league (11 for 35, 63 yards, no touchdowns, three intercepted).

Keith Harmon is sixth in overall receiving (seven catches, 160 yards, two touchdowns) and does not show in league receptions. Alliance’s Scott is fourth (14 catches, 122 yards) and Russell Goodwin sixth (12 catches, 128 yards) overall. Scott is third in league receivers (seven catches, 25 yards) and Goodwin fourth (five completions, 63 yards).

Canton McKinley’s Ray Ellis leads in overall catches (17, 253 yards, one touchdown) and league receptions (11 catches, 163 yards). Dan Gatta of Niles McKinley is second overall (17 catches, 224 yards, one TD) and second in league receptions (seven catches, 92 yards).

Saturday, October 25, 1975
A great victory!

Massillon’s Washington High School Tigers took a big stride forward in Ohio scholastic football Friday evening when they defeated the previously unbeaten and defending state champion Warren Harding High School team in Tiger Stadium.

It was one of the great game in Tiger history and certainly one of the best in the
Warren-Massillon series.

The game was closer than the 17-0 score would indicate and the Warren players need not feel ashamed of their performance. They, too, played a terrific game. But the Tigers were masters of the goal line offensively and defensively. They crossed it twice for touchdowns, once for points after touchdown and kicked a 47-yard field goal, the longest in Tiger history.

The high mark of the game was when the defense stopped Warren in a first down situation on the one-yard line in the third quarter. They looked like the Tigers of old when they didn’t yield an inch in four plays. Earlier in the game they had also stopped a Warren effort inside the 10.

It was a great victory for Massillon, a team effort and Coach Chuck Shuff and his young athletes deserved all the plaudits they received from the crowd . . . a demonstration of what can be done when team and fans get together and shove for victory.

Keep it up, Tigers!

Bill Harmon
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1975: Massillon 24, Dayton Colonel White 0

Tigers shut out Colonel White 24-0
Before cold and wet homecoming crowd


The Massillon Tigers (5-1-1) shut out Dayton Colonel White (4-3) 24-0 Friday, on a cold and wet homecoming night.

Tim Hassel, Dayton coach and Tiger Coach Chuck Shuff agreed the inclement weather hampered the offensive output of both teams.

“THE FIELD wasn’t too bad until the end of the second quarter,” Shuff said, “and after that it was miserable.”

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The weather definitely kept the score down. In the second half neither team could conquer the muddy, slippery field to establish a ground game and the passing attacks were hampered even more.

The only thing that resembled a drive in the final half was on Massillon’s first possession, when the Tigers marched from their 33 to Dayton’s 33, where a fourth down run was stopped short by a fumble.

After losing a touchdown on a penalty in the first quarter, the Tigers got down to business and pushed across the Cougars’ goal three times in the second period for all the points of the evening.

Massillon started on its own 20 after the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards for the touchdown that was nullified.

Dayton used a six-man defensive line and three linebackers in an effort to stop the Tigers’ powerful ground game, but the Tiger interior linemen still overpowered the defenders and fullback Bill Harmon gained 19 yards on the first three plays.

After a snafu play the Tigers had a third-and-six on their 37 and Keller threw to Wingback Keith Harmon at Dayton’s 40. Harmon picked up another 10 yards before being tackled. Five plays later Keith got the ball on a reverse and scampered 13 yards into the end zone, but the score was called back on a clipping penalty.

QUARTERBACK TODD Keller threw to End Bill Bammerlin a few moments later from the 23, but the pass was short and Dayton defender Rich Vaughn picked off the pass at the one and was tackled at the six by End Mark Matie.

Dayton ran three plays and punted. Pete Killins caught the ball at Massillon’s 45, slipped by several tacklers and scampered downfield, but was denied a touchdown when he slipped and fell at Dayton’s eight. Killin’s run was wiped out by a clipping penalty anyway and the Tigers had to start from their 30.

Harmon, who gained 135 yards to 28 carries to bring his season total to 944 yards, split the rushing duties with Tom Grizzard and the two got the ball to Dayton’s 10-yard line in 10 plays. Harmon ran through a hole in the center of the line, sidestepped a linebacker and went into the end zone with 11:18 left in the second period.

Grizzard took the ball on a pitch and dragged two Dayton defenders into the end zone for the two point conversion, making it 8-0.

Keith Harmon kicked off and the ball sailed into the end zone. Dayton Quarterback Reggie Oglesby dropped back to pass on first down and was sacked by Grizzard at the 10. Fullback Barry Johnson gained three yards on the next play and on third down Tony Grizzard, the other half of the Tigers’ hard-hitting Grizzard brothers linebacking corps, batted down an Oglesby pass.

OGLESBY, WHO also served as Dayton’s punter was set to punt from near the goal line, but received a bad snap from center. By the time Oglesby was able to kick, several Tigers had penetrated the line and Keith Harmon blocked the punt. The ball rolled to the goal and sophomore tackle Kurt Walterhouse jumped on the ball for a touchdown.

Keller rolled out and threw to Tom Grizzard for the conversion and with 9:13 left in the half the score was 16-0.

Dayton, starting at its 20, drove to near midfield but on third down Tom Grizzard clobbered halfback John Smith in the backfield for a seven-yard loss and Dayton was forced to punt.

Massillon started from its own 27 following the punt and on third and five at the 32, Keller rolled out to pass. The ball slipped out of his hand as he attempted to throw and went straight up. Keller caught his own pass, broke a tackle and picked up the first down.

The Tigers got to Dayton’s 29, when Matie ran a pattern across the field, caught a Keller pass around the nine and went in for the score with 1:22 left in the half, Killins took a pitch from Keller and ran in for the Tigers’ final two points, making it 24-0.

THE BIGGEST highlight of the second half was Dayton’s “Polecat” offense. With the center in the middle of the field, three men lined up near one sideline and six lined up near the other. Oglesby would take the snap about 12 yards deep and throw to any one of the five eligible receivers.

Since there wasn’t anybody in the backfield to run the ball, Oglesby had to pass, but the aerial charades were rendered futile by some fine play from the Tiger secondary, assisted by the wind and rain.

The Tigers adjusted to the wild formation and on Dayton’s last possession Oglesby was sacked twice by Don Englehardt and Bob Dennison for a total loss of 27 yards.

Hassell said after the game the “Polecat” would have worked better in dry weather, but overall he was satisfied with is team’s performance.

“I wish the score would have been a little closer, but we know now we can play on Massillon’s level,” he said.

“IT WAS a real thrill to come up here and with a 24-0 score we can still go back to southern Ohio respectable.

The Cougar coach stated that as an inter-city school, the opinion around Dayton was that Colonel White would get clobbered.

“Our whole school was excited about us playing Massillon and we had a lot of fun doing it. I’d love to come back again next year,” he added.

Shuff praised the Tigers’ and especially the teams’ defensive play. Dayton only penetrated Massillon territory once and only by a single yard and that drive was killed on an interception by defensive back Willie Conley. Colonel White finished with minus four yards rushing, 65 yards passing and four first downs.

ENDS – Williams, Davis, Harris, Veal.
TACKLES – Lowe, Lampley, Strobel, Young.
GUARDS – Lewis, Slauter, Smith, Thomas, Chapman.
CENTERS –Hopkins, France.
RUNNING BACKS – Smith, Johnson, McDaniel, Vaughn.

ENDS – Arner, Conley, Chovan, Butterfield, Eberhardt, Matie, Jones, Bammerlin.
TACKLES – Mark Lauber, Mike Lauber, Genet, Drobney, Baughman, Dennison, Tourney, Walterhouse.
GUARDS – King, Schumacher, Christoff, Baus, Hauser.
CENTERS –Mitcheal, Nagle, Englehardt.
QUARTERBACKS – Keller, Smith.
RUNNING BACKS – Stewart, Henderson ,Harper, McBride, B. Harmon, K. Harmon, Killins, A. Grizzard, Haas, Ellis, Rogers, Parson, Dorsey, T. Grizzard, Toles, Lash.

MASSILLON 0 24 0 0 24

M – B. Harmon, 9 run (T. Grizzard run);
M – K. Walterhouse punt block (T. Grizzard pass from T. Keller);
M – M. Matie, 29 pass from Keller (P. Killins run).

Referee – Warren Jones.
Umpire – Tony Pianowski.
Head Linesman – Charles Hinkle.
Field Judge – Harold Baker.
Back Judge – Clyde Shankle.


First downs-rushing 16 1
First downs-passing 2 3
Total first downs 18 4
Yards gained rushing 263 41
Yards lost rushing 4 45
Net yards gained rushing 259 4
Net yards gained passing 61 65
Total yards gained 320 61
Passes completed 2-8 7-17
Passes intercepted by 1 1
Yardage on passes intercepted 37 4
Kickoff average (yards) 3-46.6 2-53.5
Kickoff returns 9yards) 20 0
Punt average (yards) 0 5-26.2
Punt returns (yards) 0 0
Kicks blocked 0 1
Lost fumbled ball 1-3 0-1
Yds. Penalized 3-35 1-5
TDs rushing 1 0
TDs passing 1 0
Misc. TDs 1 0
Total number of plays 64 36
Total time of possession 33:01 14:59

Bill Harmon
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
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1975: Massillon 36, Cleveland Benedictine 8

Tiger offense explodes for 36-8 win
Harmon scores first 22 points


The Tiger defense continued its outstanding play and the offense finally got rolling Friday night at Tiger Stadium as Massillon thrashed Cleveland Benedictine, 36-8.

It was “Dads’ Night” at the stadium and the Tigers’ performance certainly made the group of fathers proud – and two of the men had double reason to smile.

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ONE WORE placards bearing numbers 32 and 43, identifying him as the father of Bill and Keith Harmon. The other wore numbers 35 and 45, identifying him as the father of Tom and Tony Gizzard. Bill and keith accounted for 30 of Massillon’s points. Tom and Tony gained any yardage needed when Bill wasn’t running the ball and together formed a
hard-hitting duo as Tiger linebackers.

Bill Harmon carried the ball 27 times, over, under, around and through the Bennies’ defense, gained 196 yards and scored Massillon’s first 22 points. He also threw some fine blocks for his fellow running backs.

“We didn’t know how many yards he had,” Shuff commented in the locker room. “We would have let him run the ball a few more times to break 200 yards if we had known.”

The concrete fullback did gain 201 yards but, unbelievable as it seems, he lost five yards somewhere and finished with a net 196 yards – and he didn’t touch the ball in the fourth quarter.

But Harmon was not alone on the Tiger side of the scrimmage line. The whole offensive team played an outstanding game and the defense held the Bengals to a total of eight first downs, (two on penalties) and only three of those were in the second half.

BENEDICTINE HAD only lost one game – by four points – prior to the battle at Tiger Stadium and Coach Auggie Bossu said his team’s defensive play was its strongest point. After the game he summed the loss up by saying, “We couldn’t stop the run.”

The Bennies kept the game interesting in the first half and the teams went into the locker rooms at the half with eight points each. Asked if the Tigers were worried about the halftime score, Shuff said, “I don’t know about anybody lese, but I was.”

“But we came out poppin’ it the second half…They (the Bennies) never gave up, we just wore then down,” Shuff added.

After exchanging punts, Harmon ran the ball six times, with Tom Grizzard running it once just to keep the Bennies guessing and with 3:05 left in the first quarter Bill went six yards for a score. Quarterback Todd Keller handed off to Harmon on the conversion and the big fullback crossed the line for two more points.

Benedictine moved into Tiger territory on the following series and on first-and-10, at Massillon’s 29, quarterback Steve Martuas threw a touchdown pass to end Bruce Kniola. Martuas and Kniola teamed up on another pass for the conversion and the score was tied at 8-8.

WHEN THE TIGERS got the ball in the third quarter the first time, runs by Harmon, Tom and Tony Grizzard got the ball to the Benedictine two-yard line and Bill drove in for the TD with 7:26 left in the period. Harmon ran for the extra points, making it 16-8.

A few moments later Massillon had the ball on Cleveland’s 49 and Harmon ran a sweep around the left end. Expert blocking took out most of the Benedictine defenders, Harmon ran over the rest and went THE distance for the score with 4:44 left in the third. Tom Grizzard tried a run for the extra points but was stopped short and the score was 22-8.

“We tried a couple new plays tonight, to get Harmon wide,” Shuff said. That sweep was one of them.

After that score, fresh troops for the Tigers poured into the game and the result was another 14 points. As the third period ended, reserve tailback Pete Killins followed the interior line and Bill Harmon into the end zone from two yards out for a score and Keith Harmon booted the extra point.

With 10:14 left in the final period reserve quarterback Dave Smith dropped back and threw an 18-yard pass to Keith Harmon for the final TD.

THE LAST POINT took some time to score. The Tigers lined up at the three and Keith was going to kick the conversion, but Massillon was penalized five-yards for illegal procedure. The Tigers lined up again but got another five-yarder tacked on, so Keith ended up kicking from the 20-yard line, which made it a 30-yard extra point.

Keith was wide on a 39-yard field goal attempt in the second period.

Though Bengal running backs Bob Conwell and Damian West both made some fine runs, gaining a combined total of 84 yards, the Cleveland rushing game couldn’t do the job and the Bennies resorted to the pass. The results were two interceptions, one by Willie Conley in the third period and one by Tom Grizzard in the fourth. Grizzard’s interception came at the Massillon 34 and he was prevented from going the distance by a shoe-string tackle that tripped him up at the Bengals’ 18. That’s when Smith stepped in and threw the bomb.

“It was a total team effort,” Shuff summarized. He gave the reserve players a lot of credit. Those athletes haven’t seen much action this season because of the rough going experienced by the starting units in previous games.

“The reserves work awful hard in practice to make our first unit go and they proved themselves tonight,” Shuff said.

The contingent of reserves that played contained four sophomores and one, fullback, Ken Nagle, was mistakenly identified as Van Jones. Jones is the regular number 24 and Nagle was also wearing a number 24 Friday night. Nagle played offense while Jones played defense.

The Tigers, now 3-1-1, travel to Steubenville Friday for a game against AAC foe Steubenville. Steubenville is 3-2.

MASSILLON 8 0 21 7 36

M – B. Harmon, 6 yard run (B. Harmon run);
B – Kniola, 29 pass from Martuas (Kniola pass from martaus);
M – B. Harmon, 49 run (run failed);
M – Killins, 2 run (K. Harmon kick);
M – Killins, run (K. Harmon kick);
M – K. Harmon, 18 pass from Smith (K. Harmon kick).

Ends – Arner, Conley, Chovan, Butterfield, Eberhart, Matie, Bammerlin, Jones.
Tackles – Mark Lauber, Genet, Drobney, Baughman, Mike Lauber, Dennison, Tourney.
Guards – Ricker, Brand, King, Schumacher, Christoff, Baus, Bettilyon, Ramsey, Hauser, Fatigati, Sweterlich.
Centers – D. Nagle, Grove, Mitcheal, Englehardt.
Backs – Smith, Traylor, Arner, Keller, Stewart, Warthen, Jones, Harper, B. Harmon, Killins, A. Grizzard, Ellis, Rogers, Parson, K. Harmon, Dorsey, T. Grizzard, Toles, K. Nagle, Walterhouse.

Ends – Peters, Kniola, Washington, Kogovsek, Few.
Tackles – Tanner, DiPietro, Glowik.
Guards – Cavers, Charles, Farris, Huesdash.
Centers – Martinez, Armelli, Augustine.
Backs – Martaus, Conwell, Hodakievic, Ford, Clayton, Adams, Marino, Burt, West, Manning, DiPaulo, Modzelewski, Germano.
Kicker – Szocs.

First downs-rushing 15 2
First downs-passing 2 4
First downs-penalties 1 2
Total first downs 18 8
Yards gained rushing 290 88
Yards lost rushing 10 1
Net yards gained rushing 280 87
Net yards gained passing 62 51
Total yards gained 342 138
Passes attempted 10 17
Passes completed 5 7
Passes intercepted by 2 0
Yardage on passes intercepted 61 0
Times kicked off 6 2
Kickoff average (yards) 55.2 50.0
Kickoff returns (yards) 28 104
Times punted 3 7
Punt average (yards) 35.3 37.9
Punt returns (yards) 52 0
Had punts blocked 0 0
Fumbles 1 1
Lost fumbled ball 0 0
Penalties 7 3
Yards penalized 55 25
Touchdowns rushing 4 0
Touchdowns passing 1 1
Touchdowns by interception 0 0
Miscellaneous touchdowns 0 0
Total number of plays 61 48
Total time of possession 28:44 19:16

Bill Harmon
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1975: Massillon 3, Niles McKinley 0

Tiger field goal beats Red Dragons
Defense, fumble key to AAC win


Niles McKinley had the ball on Massillon’s six-yard line. It was fourth down and three yards to go for a first down, with 2:04 left in the game.

Massillon was ahead 3-0, a score that would have been unbelievable except for the somewhat bizarre results of the first three games of the Tigers’ 1975 season.

THERE WAS certainly noise in Tiger stadium at that moment, though it seemed as quiet as a museum at midnight.

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Niles called time out to decide what to do. The Dragons started to lineup for the play and the Tigers called time out.

The young athletes finally lined up to attack and defend. The ball was snapped, but not on cue. When the pile in the center of the line cleared away, Massillon’s Dan Nagle had the ball.

And the Tigers won their first All-American Conference game of the season 3-0. The winning margin was a 27-yard field goal by Keith Harmon in the second quarter.

“What can a guy say?” Niles Coach Tony Napolet asked rhetorically after the game.

IT’S TOUGH to get beat 3-0, real tough. We’re proud of our kids…A break here and a break there and the outcome would have been different,” he said.

The fumble, which seemed an anticlimactic way for the Niles’ drive to be halted, was a break for the Tigers and a welcome one. After the loss to Upper Arlington last Friday night, many of the comments in the coaches’ locker room centered around the idea that if the Tigers’ didn’t have bad luck, they wouldn’t have any. The fumble may have saved the game, but the Tiger coaches’ feel Niles would have been stopped short of the first down.

“We didn’t hit like last week,” (against Arlington), Tiger Coach Chuck Shuff said, “But when it counted we did the job.”

Why the fumble? Napolet said he was told by the Niles center that a Massillon defensive lineman yelled “HIT” and the center snapped the ball – just a bit too early. “HIT” was one of Niles’ signals and on that particular play it signaled the snap.

The play, Napolet said, would have been an option with quarterback Don Burlingham either keeping or pitching back to Phil Chelsea, a super tailback who gained 118 yards in the contest.

THE TIGER coaching staff was told the fumble resulted when a Tiger yelled “motion” to alert his defensive comrades that Niles’ fullback Chuck Gillespie had started to move and the center snapped the ball.

Harmon’s 27-yard field goal was kicked with 11:55 left in the second period. The Tigers started the drive on their own 23. One of the biggest plays of the drive came on a
third-and-10 at Massillon’s 47, when quarterback Todd Keller dropped back to pass.

Several Niles defenders slipped through the pass protection and as Keller scrambled for his life he threw a perfect strike to Keith Harmon who ran to the Niles’ 27 before being tackled.

Bill Harmon, who gained 79 yards in the game, ran the ball five times, getting just inside the five-yard line and putting the Tigers in a fourth-and-two situation as the first quarter ended.

An illegal procedure penalty put Massillon back on the nine and Keith Harmon came in and kicked the field goal, a perfect shot through the center of the uprights.

RED DRAGON Tailback Phil Russo ran the ensuing kickoff out to the Niles 42 and Chelsea ran six consecutive times, getting all the way to the Tiger 13. The defense stiffened and passes on third and fourth down for Niles fell incomplete.

With both defensive units giving outstanding performances, only two scoring threats were managed from that point on – the Dragon drive that went from the Niles 36-yard line and ended with the fumble and one by the Tigers in the third period.

The Tigers third-quarter drive was aided by a roughing-the-kicker penalty, which put the ball on Niles’ 45 and a 33-yard pass from Keller to Jay Harper on the next play. The drive was halted after a holding penalty was called on the Tigers and a 37-yard field goal attempt by Keith Harmon was a few feet wide.

Shuff was pleased with the performance of his team, especially in the improvement of the passing attack and the defensive secondary. Keller completed three of eight passes, all for long yardage and a couple of his aerials slipped away from the receivers. Keller was intercepted once.

The defensive secondary, which has been the subject of criticism in the past, played an outstanding game by shutting down the usually potent passing attack of Niles and making some bruising tackles.

THE DRAGONS completed three of 10 attempts and Don Stewart picked off a Burlingham pass in the first period.

Niles is now 3-1 and Massillon, after two weeks of frustration, is 2-1-1.

Looking to next week’s game against Cleveland Benedictine, Shuff said, “There’s no let-up. They were young last year, but have matured and are a very good football team.”

The Bennies were 2-1 before this weekend’s action.

Massillon 0 3 0 0 3
Niles 0 0 0 0 0

Ends – Arnrer, Conley, Chovan, Matie, Laase.
Tackles – Mark Lauber, Genet, Drobney, Easter, Mike Lauber, Tourney.
Guards – Brand, Schumacher, Chrsitoff, King, Hauser.
Centers – Nagle, Mitcheal.
Quarterback – Keller.
Running backs – Stewart, Warthen, Henderson, Jones, Harper, B. Harmon, A. Grizzard, Ellis, Parson, K. Harmon, Dorsey, T. Grizzard.

Ends – Salerno, Baiduc, M. Giangardella, DiEugenia, Bower, Bezilla, Blair, McClosky, Gatta, Ifft, Braun.
Tackles – Skiffey, Blair, Tenney, Crawford.
Guards – Blakely, Miller, Zubyk, Chance.
Centers – Vulanich, S. Giangardella.
Quarterbacks – Burlingham, Rein.
Running backs – Chelsea, Gillespie, Russo, Tabor, Weince.

ATTENDANCE – 12,314.

Referee – Steve Nagy.
Head Linesman – Tom Coleman.
Back Judge – Wade Lessig.
Umpire – Jim Keffer.
Field Judge – Fred Vicarel.

First downs-rushing 7 12
First downs-passing 3 1
First downs-penalties 1 0
Total first downs 11 13
Yards gained rushing 140 170
Yards lost rushing 21 6
Net yards gained rushing 119 164
Net yards gained passing 94 28
Total yards gained 213 192
Passes attempted 8 10
Passes completed 3 3
Passes intercepted by 1 1
Yardage on passes intercepted 20 0
Times kicked off 2 1
Kickoff average (yards) 50.5 55.0
Kickoff returns 9yards) 17 62
Times punted 3 4
Punt average (yards) 37.0 42.0
Punt returns (yards) 9 3
Had punts blocked 0 0
Fumbles 0 1
Lost fumbled ball 0 1
Penalties 6 4
Yards penalized 50 30
Touchdowns rushing 0 0
Touchdowns passing 0 0
Touchdowns by interception 0 0
Miscellaneous touchdowns 0 0
Total number of plays 50 58
Total time of possession 24:08 23:52

Bill Harmon
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1975: Massillon 20, Mentor 2

Tigers’ offense dumps Mentor Cardinals 20-2

Repository Sports Writer

MASSILLON – As the skies unleashed a mighty downpour, the Massillon Tigers unleashed fullback Bill Harmon, leaving the Mentor Cardinals both wet and defeated 20-2 Friday night at Tiger stadium.

Leading Massillon with 16 carries for 161 yards, Harmon rolled for three touchdowns. Two came on runs of 33 and 28 yards in the second quarter, but not without the aid of costly Cardinal turnover.

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Late in the first quarter, Mentor quarterback Mike Yutzy fumbled on the Tiger 27 and Massillon recovered. Harmon and tailback Tom Grizzard ground out 40 yards rushing before the senior fullback sprung for his 33-yard gallop.

In the second stanza, Yutzy again bobbled the ball, this time on the Mentor 34-yard line. Two plays later, Harmon carried for 28 and a Tiger score.

“Massillon has a terrific offensive line,” Mentor Coach Frank Domokos said after the game. The trenchmen repeatedly opened holes for Harmon, Grizzard and tailback Jay Harper.

And it’s good for Massillon that the line came through, since quarterback Todd Keller attempted only four passes without a completion.

It was a different story for Yutzy, who connected on five of 16 aerials for 81 yards. Sharing the Mentor offensive chores with Yutzy was fullback Joel Payton, who led the Cardinals on the ground with 55 yards on 14 carries.

But it was the defense that put Mentor’s only tallies on the scoreboard. In its second possession of the first quarter, Massillon elected to punt on a fourth-and eleven situation on their own 20-yard line.

Punter Keith Harmon jumped, but missed a high snap from center. As Harmon chased the skittering ball into the end zone, the Mentor defense chased Harmon, crushing him for a safety.

The Tigers wound up the game’s scoring in the third quarter by rolling for another touchdown. Massillon took possession on the Mentor 40-yard line after a Cardinal punt. Harper carried the brunt of the moving chores, rushing four times for 22 yards before fullback Harmon got the call from four yards out and bulled his way to the goal.

In the extra-point department, Massillon tried to run in each situation, but only after the second did Grizzard find the distance for two points.

All the while, rain drenched Tiger Stadium, causing blockers to bumble and runners to fumble.

“Weather like this takes the game out of the hands of the coach,” Tiger mentor Coach Chuck Shuff said after the game.

“With a drier field, we could have put the ball up in the air more,” Domokos said. “As it was, we had a breakdown in pass protection.

“I was not really displeased,” the Cardinal Coach continued. “We’re not going to be a bad team before this year is over.”

Amidst a post game locker room full of happy Tigers, Shuff found a lot of time for grinning. “We can’t argue about a little success from our backs,” he said.

Ends – Bill Bammerlin (6-2, 170, Sr.); Mark Matie (6-1, 220, Sr.).
Tackles – Mike Lauber (6-0, 205, Sr.) Sylvester Drobney (6-1, 220, Sr.);
Guards – Todd Schumacher (6-1, 200, Sr.); Carl Christoff, (5-9, 180, Sr.).
Center – Dan Nagle (6-0, 225, Sr.).
Quarterback – Todd Keller (6-1, 185, Sr.).
Halfbacks – Tom Grizzard (6-0, 180, Sr.); Jeff Lab (6-1, 195, Sr.).
Fullback – Bill Harmon (6-1, 237, Sr.).
Ends – Keith Harmon (6-1, 195, Sr.); Lauber.
Tackles – Steve Easter (6-2, 205, Sr.); Nagle.
Middle Guard – Jesse Toles (6-0, 195, Jr.).
Linebackers – Lab; Grizzard.
Secondary – Glenn Arner (6-1, 175, Sr.); Harold Dorsey (6-1, 190, Sr.); Don Stewart (5-10, 160, Sr.); Willie Conley (6-0, 175).

Mass. Men.
First downs rushing 14 2
First downs passing 0 3
First downs penalties 0 1
Total first downs 14 6
Yards gained rushing 286 75
Yards lost rushing 33 31
Net yards gained rushing 253 44
Net yards gained passing 0 81
Total yards gained 253 125
Passes completed 0-4 5-16
Passes intercepted by 0 0
Yards on passes Intercepted 0 0
Kickoff average (yards) 5-33.2 1-47.0
Kickoff returns (yards) 22 91
Punt average (yards) 4-33.2 6-29.1
Punt returns (yards) 0 0
Had punts blocked 0 0
Lost fumbled ball 2-4 3-4
Yards penalized 4-40 6-30
Touchdowns rushing 3 0
Total number of plays 51 55
Total time of possession 25:26 22:34

Bill Harmon
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1974: Massillon 67, Cleveland East 0

Streeter, Harmon lead Tiger rout
WHS effort best ever over a Cleveland team

Independent Sports Editor

If you’re the type who likes football with a lot of offense, you got your money’s worth Friday night at Tiger Stadium – if you were among the 9,048 fans who sat in on the worst slaughter ever administered a Cleveland football team by a Tiger team.

The Orange and Black took advantage of an early Cleveland East (0-1) mistake and went on to manhandle the Blue Bombers 67-0. They have yet to score against a Tiger team in four tries.

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THE LAST time the Tigers clobbered a Cleveland team so unmercifully was in 1935 when Paul Brown’s charges rolled 66-0 over East Cleveland Shaw on Massillon field. The last time a 67-0 score cropped up was when Sid Jones’ Massillonians turned the trick against Dover in 1913 on North Street Field.

Senior tailback and Co-Captain Mark Streeter and junior fullback Bill Harmon led the onslaught behind some beautiful blocking and senior quarterback Greg Wood’s faking. “Streets” scored four touchdowns and a conversion while carrying the ball 11 times for 110 yards (no losses). “The Big Bear” scored a touchdown while carrying the pigskin 18 times for 153 yards (no losses).

Streeter and Harmon’s efforts helped the Tigers roll up 417 net rushing yards, losing only seven and 27 first downs. East’s run and shoot offense was short circuited by the Obiemen’s defense and got only 51 net yards, losing 25 and our first downs.

The only place where East got the better of it was in the passing department, connecting on 11 of 23 for 69 yards, mostly on running tosses into the flat. The Tigers hit on two of seven tries for a TD and 41 yards.

“Anybody running behind a line which opened up holes like ours – it was just beautiful,” Streeter said. “It was like heaven compared to last week.” (The Tigers lost 14-6 to Youngstown Ursuline in their opener.)

“OUR LINE did a tremendous job for Mark and me tonight,” Harmon said.

Bill had had some trouble with his blocking last week but said it came along better this time. He threw a lulu for Streeter which opened the way for his second TD.

“I made a lot of mistakes last week and worked real hard in practice this week to get my blocking down,” Harmon said. “I feel I did a little bit better.”
East fumbled the opening kickoff, Jim Hoffner recovered on the “Bombers” eight-yard line Streeter scored over right tackle from the four three plays later and ran the conversion.

Thee Lemon intercepted an East pass on his 14 and the Tigers drove 75 yards in nine plays with Streeter going around end from the 18 on the block by Harmon for Streeter’s second TD. Wood ran the conversion.

IN THE second period Streeter put the finish to an 82-yard, seven-play drive with a
nine-yard end run . Wood ran the conversion.

Harmon recovered a fumble on the East 25. Four plays later junior tailback Tom Grizzard went off tackle from the five. Wood’s pass to Eddie Bell missed the conversion.

The Tigers took over on the Bombers’ 15 after a low fourth down snap prevented a punt. Four plays later Harmon bulled in from the two. Dave Dowd booted the conversion.

The Orange and Black took the second half kickoff and rolled 86 yards in 12 plays for a score with Streeter racing over tackle from the 13. Tiger head coach Chuck Shuff called on “The Barrister” for another conversion kick effort and Dowd socked it through for a 42-0 score.

After a punt the Tigers rolled 72 yards in seven plays. Junior fullback Jeff Lab lugged the leather four yards for the six points. Dowd’s kick was off to the right.

KEITH HERRING grabbed off a fourth quarter East pass on his 24 and raced 50 yards to set up the Tigers’ next score. Junior quarterback Todd Keller passed to junior split end Bill Bammerlin for 29 yards on a sprint out pass for the TD on the next play. Bammerlin made a stumbling catch going into the end zone. Dowd’s kick made it 55-0.

Senior line backer Dennis Bricker recovered an East fumble on the Bombers’ 10. Two plays later junior tailback Dennis Simpson went around end from the three for another score. On a fake conversion kick senior holder Mark Pifer tried to pass to Grizzard unsuccessfully.

Keller intercepted an East pass on the Bombers’ 46 and returned 37 yards to East’s nine, but a 15-yard penalty sent the Tigers back to the 33. Six plays later junior fullback Al Martin went off tackle from the one for the final score. Enzo Fatigati’s attempted conversion kick was low.

Another bad snap on fourth down enabled the Tigers to nail the punter on the East 16 with 11 seconds left in the game, but the block ran out mercifully for the Bombers.

“We made a mistake early, they kept piling up on us and Massillon kept hitting us hard,” East head coach Joe Pledger said. “They have a fine team.”

“THE KIDS went out there and went after people,” Shuff said. “When you go out after people, you don’t make mistakes. The defense looked real good. With East’s type of offense you have to make some small adjustments. The kids did a good job of adjusting.”

EAST – 0
Ends – Jones, Fitzgerald, Whatley, Turner, Reeves, Wallace, Franklin.
Tackles – Pickett, Dunham, Jones, Seay, Aldridge, Twiggs, Wade.
Guards – Dunham, J. Jones, Pollard, Ross.
Centers – Foster, Valentine.
Quarterbacks – Kizer, Holman.
Wingbacks – Hector, Yarborough, T. Jones, Daniel, Gue, Hunter.
Fullbacks – Crowell, Rogers, Sutton.

Ends – Lemon, Gutshall, Bammerlin, Conley, Coates.
Tackles – Matie, Lauber, Rambaud, Easter, Rich, Goff, Greshen, Drobney, Genet, Glick, Wilson, Johnson.
Guards – Lightfoot, Bricker, Parrish, White, Dowd, Christoff, Schumacher, Snell, Bettilyon, Venables, Brand, K. Waldrop, Ramsey.
Centers – Studer, Nagle, Mitchell, Peters.
Quarterbacks – Wood, Keller, Smith, Arner.
Halfbacks – Streeter, Grizzard, Pifer, K. Harmon, Butterfield, Simpson, Dorsey, Shilling, Herring, Stewart, Robinson.
Fullbacks – B. Harmon, A. Martin, Rogers, Hoffner, Lab, Waldrop.
Kicker – Fatigati.

MASSILLON 16 19 13 19 67
EAST 0 0 0 0 0

Mark Streeter, 4 run (Streeter run);
Streeter, 18 run (Greg Wood run);
Streeter, 9 run (Wood run);
Tom Grizzard, 5 run (pass failed);
Harmon, 2 run (Dowd kick);
Streeter, 13 run (Dowd kick);
Jeff Lab, 4 run (kick failed);
Bill Bammerilin,29 pass from Todd Keller (Dowd kick);
Dennis Simpson, 3 run (pass failed);
Al Martin, 1 run (kick failed).

Referee – Jack Werkowitz.
Umpire – Henry Mastrianni.
Head Linesman – Henry Armstead.
Field Judge – Richard Creed.
Back Judge – Ron Giacomo.

First downs – rushing 23 1
First downs – passing 2 2
First downs – penalties 2 1
Total first downs 27 4
Yds. Gained rushing 424 51
Yds. Lost rushing 7 25
Net yds. Gained rush. 417 26
Net yds. Gained pass. 41 9
Total yds. Gained 458 95
Passes completed 2-7 1-23
Passes inter. By 3 0
Ydge. On passes inter. 62 0
Kickoff ave. (yards) 11-44.5 1-44.0
Kickoff returns (yards) 3 153
Punt average (yards) 0-0 6-20.6
Punt returns (yards) 8 0
Had punts clocked 0 2
Lost fumbled ball 1-6 3-6
Yards penalized 3-35 18-108
TDs rushing 9 0
TDs passing 1 0
Tot. number of plays 62 39
Time of possession 26:15 21:45

Joe Studer