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1926: Massillon 0, Canton McKinley 0


COMING through with the greatest exhibition of fighting spirit it has shown all season Coach John H. Atkinson’s orange and black eleven of Washington high school last Saturday afternoon held the powerful red and black aggregation of McKinley high, Canton, to a scoreless draw in their annual battle on the snow-covered gridiron at Massillon Field. About 8,000 spectators, the largest crowd to ever witness a scholastic football duel in Massillon, were on hand to see the fall classic and were treated to a spectacular contest in which both teams distinguished themselves by their hard but clean playing.

And once again the old dope bucket was given a wallop in the solar plexus. Entering the fracas as the under dog with Canton McKinley ruling the favorite because of a long string of impressive victories behind it, Coach Atkinson’s boys flung back at their critics the charges that they lacked fighting spirit and uncovering as much grit and courage as any Massillon eleven in the past, came within one yard of scoring a touchdown that would have brought victory over their ancient rival.

Only a desperate fighting Canton eleven, that was battling with all its strength to stave off defeat, kept Massillon from shoving across a touchdown in the third quarter when two blocked Canton punts, the first to be flocked on the east enders this year, gave Massillon the ball deep in Canton’s territory. The last blocked punt gave Massillon the ball on Canton’s four-yard line but four smashes into the line failed to take the oval over, although the orange and black had lugged the ball to Canton’s one-yard line before fourth down.

It was the best chance either team had to score. Canton launched its strongest attack in the first half and in the second quarter twice advancing the ball inside Massillon’s 20-yard line but was never equal to the task of pushing back a determined orange and black eleven that bristled with courage and gameness when its goal line was in danger. Massillon held the upper hand throughout most of the second half, throwing more than one scare into the hearts of Canton rooters.
Nine of the eleven Massillon players who started the game were still in the lineup when the final whistle blew. Massillon made but two substitutions, Dave Smith replacing Mauger in the line in the first quarter and Easterday going in for Spencer in the last few minutes when the big guard was injured after playing a whale of a game throughout. Injuries couldn’t keep the Massillon regulars out of the contest. Several of them were hurt and had to take time out but not a one of them would give up. All of which indicates that the orange and black Saturday had plenty of fighting spirit and physical fitness, the two things which worried local fans considerably before the game.

Canton sent quite a number of players in to the game. At the start of the third quarter Coach Peabody had three fresh halfbacks and two new ends in the lineup, saving his regulars for a late spurt. But the regulars did not get much of a rest. They were rushed into the battle again in a hurry after Massillon had blocked two of Holmes’ punts and was driving through the Canton eleven toward the east enders’ goal line. Only Peabody’s quick action in jerking his replacements kept Massillon from scoring.

Snow fell during most of the game. Both teams were hampered by the wet condition of the field. A slippery ball made it difficult for both teams to do much with the aerial game, although Canton uncovered quite a puzzling forward pass attack that succeeded in registering numerous gains.

So far as ground gaining was concerned Canton held a big edge on the Massillon lads making 11 first downs to one for Massillon but while Canton could gain on passes and end runs in midfield it never was able to do much against the fighting orange and black eleven once it had worked the ball into Massillon territory.

Despite the slippery condition of the ball fumbles were very scarce. Both teams played cleanly throughout and few penalties were inflicted by the officials.
Massillon’s line came through in great shape, Saturday, every lad on the forward wall giving a good account of themselves but the heroes of the conflict were Sam Benson, center, and Fox, left tackle. Both played brilliant defensive games and it was their hard charging that enabled them to burst through the Canton line at the start of the third quarter and block two of Holmes’ punts.

Fox, a lad who has played a steady game all Fall, rose to heights of greatness Saturday by his wonderful performance. He was in practically every play, tackled hard and blocked the punt that gave Massillon the ball on Canton’s four-yard line. Benson also distinguished himself by his playing. The Massillon center was pitted against Ballard, captain of the Canton team and one of the best lineman the east end school has ever had but he met more than his match Saturday in Benson and was badly outplayed by the Massillonian. It was Sam who crashed through the Canton line to block a punt in the third quarter, gaining the distinction of being the first player of the year to block a kick on Holmes, the Canton punter.

Assisting Benson and Fox in their star defensive game was Captain Bill Price, the Brewster Welshman. Price’s work in the secondary defense was brilliant throughout. He was all over the field and tackled like a demon. Dave Smith, Ott and Spencer also played good games. Gump and Fulton on the ends had a busy day as Canton depended a great deal on end runs for its gains. They had difficulty stopping the Canton charges in the first half but both played strong games in the last two quarters.

Massillon’s offense, however, was not equal to its defense. This was largely due to the strong defensive games played by Canton. The best offensive game was played by “Whitey” Laughlin who never failed to gain a yard or two on his smashes into the Canton line. Courtney Smith also played well but McConnell and Price had difficulty gaining. Canton knew the ability of both of these lads and watched them closely. McConnell, however, got away for the longest gain of the game at the start of the third quarter when he went through Canton’s left tackle for 28 yards, having cleared the entire visiting eleven except Holmes, the safety man, who brought him down on Canton’s 22-yard line.
It was in punting that McConnell did his best work, Saturday. His exhibition of kicking was one of the best of the season and he clearly out-punted Holmes, Canton’s backfield star, gaining considerable yardage for the orange and black by his long and well placed punts.

Canton as usual depended largely upon Holmes for its offensive strength but outside of several brilliant returns of punts the Canton quarterback was held in check. He tossed several neat forward passes but most of the Canton gains were made by Hodnick, Clark and Taubensee on plunges through the line or dashes around the ends.
Massillon received to open the game and punted on third down. Holmes immediately launched an aerial attack and after his first pass had failed, tossed to Ritterspaugh and Kaufman for gains of seven and 15 yards. Canton then shifted to line plays and end runs and worked the ball to Massillon’s 34-yard line where the orange and black held for downs and took possession of the leather.

Then followed an exchange of punts, before Hodnick went through the line for eight yards before being tackled by McConnell.
A 25-yard return by Holmes of McConnell’s punt gave Canton the ball on Massillon’s 45-yard line early in the second quarter. After three plays had failed Holmes skirted right end for 11 yards and a first down before being chased out of bounds by Fulton. This put the ball on Massillon’s 32-yard line. Holmes was hurt but continued in the game. Hodnick hit the line for three and Holmes then passed to Hodnick for eight.

This gave Canton a first down with the ball on the 19-yard line. Kaufman was stopped without gain but Taubensee and Hodnick made seven in two plunges. On fourth down Holmes passed to Hodnick but the Canton receiver caught the ball out of bounds and it went to Massillon on its 13-yard line. McConnell punted out of danger but Massillon was penalized 15 yards for holding and the ball was back on Massillon’s 22-yard line.

The orange and black, however was equal to the occasion and held the red and black getting the ball on its 15-yard line. McConnell again punted and Holmes brought the ball back to Massillon’s 35-yard line. Four plunges gave Canton a first down. Only a few seconds of play remained in the second quarter and Kaufman dropped back to the 32-yard line for a field goal but his kick was short.
Canton received at the start of the third quarter but after Goss had been tossed for a four-yard loss Holmes punted to midfield. Then McConnell ripped through Canton’s left tackle for 28 yards taking the ball to the Canton 22-yard line. Three attempts to gain netted only four yards and McConnell attempted a drop kick from the 30-yard line. The pass was low and his kick was blocked by Ritterspaugh who was downed on his 35-yard line.

Canton failed to gain and Holmes dropped back to punt. But his kick never got across the line of scrimmage. Big Sam Benson breezed through the line and threw himself in front of Holmes, blocking the punt. The ball rolled back toward the Canton goal line and McConnell fell on it on Canton’s 22-yard line. After two attempts at the line had failed McConnell passed to Price for five yards. He then attempted a pass to Smith but the ball was grounded and Canton took it on its 15-yard line.

Holmes dropped back for another punt but this time Fox crashed through and blocked the kick and Gump dropped on the ball on Canton’s four-yard line. Canton’s regulars were coming back into the game as fast as Coach Peabody could send them in.

That blocked kick gave Massillon its best chance to score. McConnell failed to gain at right tackle. Laughlin made two yards at the line.

Smith made yard, taking the ball to the one-yard line but on the next play McConnell failed to get through the line and Canton got the ball on its three-yard line. Holmes then punted from behind his goal line to Smith who was downed on Canton’s 37-yard line.

Holmes then intercepted McConnell’s pass and ran it back to Massillon’s 43-yard line. Holmes passed to Hodnick for 20 yards, putting the ball on Massillon’s 29-yard line but on the next play Hodnick fumbled and Fulton covered on his 23-yard line.
A 25 yard penalty in Canton territory at the start of the fourth quarter put the ball on Canton’s 11-yard line. After several exchanges of punts Massillon got a break when Holmes punted out of bounds on his 19-yard line. Laughlin and Price made five in two plunges and McConnell dropped back to the 25-yard line for another shot at the Canton goal posts. The pass, however, was low and McConnell ran around Canton’s right end to the 12-yard line before being pushed out of bounds.

On the next play he tried another drop kick from the 22-yard line but the ball went wide and Canton put it in play on its 20-yard line.

Canton then began a determined march up the field and made two first downs before Massillon held and took possession of the oval in midfield as the game ended.
A Good Finish
Massillon – 0 Pos. Canton – 0
Gump LE Ritterspaugh
Fox LT L. Miller
Spencer LG Spence
Benson C Ballard
Mauger RG Carnahan
Ott RT Esmont
Fulton RE Sheets
McConnell QB Holmes
C. Smith LHB Clark
W. Price RHB Hodnick
Laughlin FB Kaufman

Massillon – D. Smith for Mauger, Easterday for Spencer.

Canton – Taubensee for Clark, Samuels for Spence, D. Miller for Carnahan, Goss for Taubensee, Brinson for Kaufman, Wilgus for Hodnick, Taubensee for Goss, Kaufman for Brinson, Hodnick for Wilgus, Carnahan for D. Miller, Clark for Taubensee, Jurevoki for Ritterspaugh.

Referee – Lambert, O.S.U.
Umpire – Shafer, Akron.
Head Linesman – Barrett, Salem.

Time of quarters – 12 minutes.

Bill Price
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1926: Massillon 6, Warren Harding 0


A GALLANT little band of red and white grid warriors from Warren was unable to stand up under the terrific onslaught of the orange and black of Washington high school and bowed their heads in defeat at the close of 50 minutes of play on Massillon Field Saturday afternoon in a loosely played contest.

The score was 6 to 0 in favor of the orange and black. Had it not been for unfortunate fumbles and penalties when points were in sight, the local team would have piled up a much larger score.

There was no comparison between the two teams in strength, but the orange and black proved to be the better fumblers and thus the score was small. Fans on the bleachers became rather impatient when time after time the Massillon machine would make a long march of 40 or 60 yards towards the Warren goal and then pull a freakish stunt by fumbling when victory was in sight. If such is the case next Saturday when McKinley high of Canton plays here – well, make your own guess.

When it came to offense Saturday afternoon, the local team had two taps on the Warren gridders. Twenty first downs were piled up by the Massillonians, a greater amount than has been registered in any game this season, and yet the score was only 6 to 0. True the locals had a half dozen other chances to score, but each opportunity was passed up with a miss-play, and the orange and black came near to holding themselves to a scoreless tie. As it was, Warren only had the pigskin once in Massillon territory, and it came out of there so fast the Trumbull county gridders are still trying to catch it.

Warren was jubilant when it looked as if it were going to have an opportunity to score with a first down on Massillon’s 16-yard line, the ball getting there through a severe penalty inflicted upon the youthful Tigers when Matthews couldn’t hold his fists when treated roughly in a scrimmage.

Thornton’s fumble, however, sent the Warren gridders’ only hopes of victory flying away for Foster was right on the job and pounced on the pigskin and after a drive of more than 35 yards, Smith punted the ball over the Warren goal line and the easteners were playing on their own 20-yard line instead of the Massillon 16.

Had Warren a few more Pohto’s the score might have been different. Pohto was the man who continually harassed the local team’s ends, often getting away for long gains. He was the bulwark of the visiting gridders’ offense and his runs counted for most of his team’s first downs. The Warren backfield as a whole worked well together, but with a poor line in front had little opportunity to flash its form and power.

And one reason the Warren backs did not shine so brightly was due to the brilliant and fierce talking of Fox, Massillon left tackle, who was on the bottom of most every play, fighting to win. And Fox’s good playing was a result of the fighting spirit he showed during the entire afternoon. He was out to make Massillon win and gave every ounce of his strength to do so. Another player appeared endowed with that same pepper, especially during the last period when the time was speeding towards the close of the game. He was “Danger” Smith, guilty of fumbling in the earlier quarters, but out to give all to make up for his misplay. “Danger” played his best game of the year Saturday and showed some real offensive strength when he tore up the Warren line with his light body, and carried the pigskin across the goal when but four and three-quarters minutes remained.

What the orange and black needs next Saturday if it is going to defeat Canton McKinley, is 50 minutes of the same kind of fight it displayed in the last 10 minutes Saturday. If every player on the team gives his all during the entire game next Saturday as he did during the last 10 minutes when Warren was being rushed off its feet, the orange and black may win but if such is not the case, the local gridders are likely to be on the short end of the score with their Canton rivals for the second consecutive year.

The game Saturday, was rather costly to Massillon. Captain “Bill” Price had to be taken out because of injuries and “Fritz” Gump’s leg was once more put out of commission, probably meaning that he will be unavailable for the Canton game, for Gump’s support is in a pretty bad shape.

The officials were strict Saturday and heavy penalties were inflicted on both teams, Massillon suffering the worst. The local team was set back a total of 86 yards and these penalties came usually at times when big orange and black advances were in progress. Warren was penalized 75 yards.

Two of Massillon’s 20 first downs came as a result of penalties, but to even up matters, the same can be said of Warren, for it was enabled to make the required yardage twice because of assisting penalties. Another way to show some strength of the Massillon drive can be seen from the number of punts each team made. The orange and black punted once in the third period and twice during the last quarter, only three times during the game while Yaunt, Warren fullback, had to boot the ball on 10 different occasions.

Hess showed good form in the backfield when injected into the game late in the first period. He made many substantial gains during the afternoon, being accorded good interference on most of his runs.

“Whitey” Laughlin returned to the game amidst a burst of cheers from the Massillon stands. “Whitey” has been absent from the orange and black lineup since the Akron South game, but is now ready to play again. His interference aided in many of the local’s gains and he should be in tip top form by next Saturday.

The local team had an opportunity to score in the first five minutes of play, but with the ball on the Warren 18-yard line, Price fumbled on the third down but recovered, losing four yards and a pass, Smith to Foster, gained eight yards, and Warren took the ball from the locals on its own 14-yard line. The same kind of a story goes for the remainder of the game up to the close of the third period when Warren made a spasmodic flash and aided by a penalty threatened the Massillon goal.

As usual, a Massillon march was halted with a fumble Warren recovering on its 40-yard line. Pohto cut loose around end for 10 yards and a first down. A buck by Thornton gained three yards and Pohto then passed to De Santis for 12 yards and a first down on the orange and black’s 32-yard line. On the next play, Matthews was ejected from the game for slugging and the orange and black were penalized half the distance to the goal line, giving Warren the ball on the locals’ 16-yard line. Pohto put the Massillonians in a little easier spirits when he was tossed for a loss of 16 yards on a trick double, pass. A pass, Kempke to Thornton, gained eight yards, but Thornton fumbled on the next play and Foster jumped on the ball.

A blocked punt late in the fourth quarter put the local team in a position to score, getting the pigskin on the 25-yard line. Smith rammed through the Warren line for three yards, and Laughlin cut loose around right end for seven more and a first down on the 15-yard line. Smith hit the center of the line for a gain of four yards and Foster made three more. Smith then carried the ball to the five-yard line and the orange and black had four chances to push the pigskin over. Smith hit the center of the line for four yards, and on the next play carried it over, for the only points of the game. Foster missed his attempted dropkick.

The orange and black tried seven passes and completed three for a total of 27 yards. One was intercepted and three incomplete. Warren tried 11 passes, completing three for a total of 26 yards. Six were incomplete and two intercepted.
Warren – 0 Pos. Massillon – 6
Estabrook LE Fulton
Gardner LT Fox
Santis LG Mauger
Lisby C Potts
Mountain RG Spencer
Allen RT Ott
Kempke RE Gump
De Santis QB Hax
Geissman LH Smith
Pohto RH Foster
Yount FB Price

Warren – Bevan for Geissman, Corsetea for Gardner, Daheringer for Bevan, Harris for Corsetea, Thornton for Daheringer.

Massillon – Hess for Hax, Briggs for Foster, D. Smith for Mauger, Davenport for Fulton, Benson for Potts, Easterday for Spencer, Laughlin for Briggs, Fulton for Davenport, Foster for Price, Matthews for Gump, Ressler for Matthews, Bast for Foster, Henderson for Fox.

Touchdown – Smith

Referee – Barrett, Sebring.
Umpire – Howells, Sebring.
Head Linesman – Jenkins, Akron.

Time of periods — 12y minutes.

Bill Price
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1926: Massillon 6, New Philadelphia 6


STACKING up against the gamest little fighting machine developed at New Philadelphia high school in years Washington high of Massillon last Saturday afternoon was held to a 6 to 6 score by the Tuscarawas county warriors in the annual rumpus between the schools, staged at Tuscora Park, New Philadelphia, before a crowd that jammed the field and about half of which was made up of orange and black rooters. And Massillon was rather fortunate in being able to limp off the gridiron with a tie score rather than a defeat chalked against it.

For New Philadelphia that tie score last Saturday was a moral victory. Of course moral victories don’t mean a thing when the won and lost column is totaled up at the end of a campaign but just the same the fact that the little red and black aggregation of scrappy warriors down in New Philadelphia was able to hold the Massillon outfit to a 6 to 6 score puts quite a feather in the collective caps of the Tuscarawas county lads.

For Massillon the game resulted in nothing but a tie score in which defeat was staved off by a touchdown in the fourth quarter that resulted from a beautifully executed forward pass. But there is a little credit, if any, due Massillon because it succeeded in holding New Philadelphia to a tie score. For most of the combat Massillon played just ordinary football. At times it played absolutely poor football. At others it played the kind of a game it is capable of putting up and when it played that kind of football New Philadelphia was not so formidable.

But those flashes of good football were almost entirely missing until the fourth quarter when with defeat staring them in the face the local lads got down to business and began to make things interesting. The brand of football the orange and black showed Saturday will never defeat Canton McKinley and that game in now less than two weeks away. In fact it will be hardly good enough to defeat Warren high which is due to pay Massillon a visit next Saturday.
What Massillon lacked most Saturday was that old fighting spirit. Captain Bill Price had it but he always has it. Art McConnell also had it and so did Courtney “Danger” Smith but they couldn’t supply enough to put over a victory.

Massillon’s judgment on plays often was quite bad. It had practically no interference for the man attempting to lug the ball through the New Philadelphia team for gains and it couldn’t keep out the Tuscarawas county forwards who smashed through the line and swarmed over the ball carriers like bees.

Defensively Massillon was strong enough to stop most anything New Philadelphia tried except some of its forward passes. Offensively it showed nothing to enthuse over except one 36 yard dash by Bill Price on a smash through tackle and a 19 yard forward pass which resulted in the touchdown.

New Philadelphia had fighting spirit galore. Out weighed considerably by the local team the little Tuscarawas county lads made up that disadvantage by fighting so savagely that they smeared Massillon hard and repeatedly. True the New Philadelphia boys sometimes let their spirit get the best of them and on a few occasions they played a bit rough, but they were in there fighting to win a football game and their great exhibition of pluck staved off what most everybody thought would be a defeat.
In a battle such as the one last Saturday there is generally a lad who rises to the heights of stardom by his brilliant playing. New Philadelphia had that boy in Dean Smith, slender black haired end who was an entire football team in himself. But for Dean Smith New Philadelphia probably would have been socked and socked hard but Dean was the boy in a pinch and how he delivered.

Weighing less than 150 pounds this slender wingman time after time dashed by the Massillon interference as if it was not there – and generally it wasn’t – and rushed in to tackle the Massillon back before he could get out of his tracks. Smith might have been muzzled if he had been played right but a man is never out of play unless some force is sent against him and Massillon didn’t have it.

But it was not alone on defense that Smith stared. It was his nerve and educated toe that gave New Philadelphia its tie score – its moral victory over Massillon. Twice this slender stripling drop kicked goals, one in the third quarter to score the first points of the game and again in the fourth quarter to knot the count at six all, after Massillon had registered its touchdown. His first kick was from the 36-yard line. His second was from the 23-yard stripe.

His first effort sailed over the bar with room to spare. His second was a close shave. It was one of those lazy, floating kind that kept the crowd in anxious suspense as the ball sailed slowly and serenely toward the Massillon goal posts to fall over the bar with a scant few inches to spare. But it was enough to bring three points to New Philadelphia.

But still that was not all Dean Smith did for New Philadelphia Saturday. He did all his team’s punting and did a good job of it. Then he hurled passes when called upon and caught others when his signal to scamper down the field for a pass was barked out by the New Philadelphia quarterback. They think quite a lot of that boy in the Tuscarawas county capital and they have a right to. He’s one mighty sweet football player. And Massillon gives him all the credit due him.
It looked as if Massillon played the wrong kind of a game against New Philadelphia. Instead of hammering the line and wearing down the Tuscarawas county forward wall, which was none too strong to stand a stiff battering and had a few capable reserves to rush into a breach, Massillon went in for the forward passing and end running game and was neatly turned back because Smith and Shafer, the other end, and the downstate team’s secondary defense were mighty hard to handle.

The type of game Massillon tried to play was far more exacting on the Massillon backfield than it was on the New Philadelphia team. Had the Tuscarawas county line been subjected to a stiff hammering, it might have crumbled.

As it was Massillon was robbed of a touchdown in the last quarter through an illegal pass and that lost touchdown meant the difference between a victory and a tie score.

Outside of the fourth quarter when the New Philadelphia boys were on the run Massillon’s best chance to score came within five minutes after the game had started.
The local team received, failed to make its yardage and Price booted a long punt to Neff who was flopped on his three-yard line. Massillon drew a five-yard penalty for offside but Bill Price cut around right end for 14 yards. Briggs made it first down. New Philadelphia then took a five-yard penalty for offside and Briggs made it another first down on two smashes.

The ball was on New Philadelphia’s 12-yard line. But then Dean Smith began to play. Three times he tackled Bill Price and Bill could gain but one yard. Then Hax tried a field goal from the 28-yard line and it was short. The downstaters then punted out of danger.

Massillon started with McConnell, Fulton and Gump out of the game because of injuries but before very long, McConnell was hustling into the fray. Fulton came in a short time later and Gump went on the battlefront in the fourth quarter.

After losing that chance to score Massillon did not have another good chance during the remainder of the half. Neither did New Philadelphia and the half ended with the battle standing a scoreless draw.

But New Philadelphia was fighting gamely and its great defensive play smashed most of Massillon’s attempts to gain before they got a good start.
Early in the third quarter after an exchange of punts New Philadelphia secured the ball on Massillon’s 41-yard line. K. Mathias hit the line for five and Winspear made it a first down. Neff sneaked through for five and Massillon held.

Then Dean Smith dropped back to his 36-yard line and drop kicked the first of his two field goals, giving New Philadelphia the first points of the game.

A few moments later after Price had been flopped for a 15-yard loss when a triple pass fizzled, Massillon began its best offensive march of the day. Getting the ball on the 40-yard line through a punt Massillon began playing. McConnell sped off six yards through left tackle. Foster hit the same hole for five and a first down. Then Bill Price went through right tackle like a bullet and dashed down the field 36 yards before being downed. The ball was on New Philadelphia’s 17-yard line. McConnell lugged it to the 12-yard line as the quarter ended.

On the first play in the second quarter Price tore through for four but Massillon was penalized for being offside. Then Price fumbled. Fox planted his frame on the 20-yard line. McConnell made one at the line and then came the big play of the day from a Massillon standpoint. Taking the ball from Benson, McConnell ran nearly across the field looking for a teammate in the open.
Finally he saw Courtney Smith “Danger” they call him, way down the field. Art shot the ball, through the air. Smith leaped up grabbed it in his hands and shot across the goal line for Massillon’s only touchdown as a swarm of New Philadelphia tacklers crashed into him. McConnell, however, was not able to produce the extra point, a point by the way which would have meant victory. His drop kick smashed into one of the uprights and the score stood 6 to 3.

But New Philadelphia was not defeated. It still had a few tricks up its sleeve. It opened up a deadly aerial game a few moments later after W. Mathias had intercepted a Massillon pass but then the downstaters had to punt. Massillon returned the kick and again Winspear opened up. He flipped on pass to Smith for 36 yards. Then he tossed to Shafer for 15 and the ball was on Massillon’s 12-yard line.
But here Massillon stopped the advance and Dean Smith dropped back to his 23-yard line to hoof over the field goal that tied the score.

Shortly after McConnell passed to Price and Matthews for sufficient yardage to take the ball deep into New Philadelphia territory. Then he heaved a pass to Fulton . The Massillon end took the ball over his right shoulder but with a clear field ahead slipped. The ball went out of his hands and into the waiting arms of Courtney Smith who dashed across the goal line. It looked like a touchdown but here the officials stepped in and ruled that Fulton had made an illegal pass to Smith and the score did not count. It was a tough one to lose. The Massillon players and Coach Atkinson argued forcibly that the play was O.K. but the officials couldn’t be convinced and their decision stood. The game ended shortly after with Massillon in possession of the ball in midfield.
The Smith Boys
Massillon – 6 Pos. New Philadelphia – 6
Matthews LE Dean Smith
Fox LT W. Smith
Spencer LG Hensel
Benson C Thomas
Dave Smith RG H. Mathias
R. Price RT Westhafer
Ressler RE Shafer
Hax QB Mizer
C. Smith LHB K. Mathias
Briggs RHB Neff
W. Price FB Winspear

Score by quarters:
Massillon 0 0 0 6 6
New Philadelphia 0 0 3 3 6

Massillon – McConnell for Hax, Straughn for R. Price, Fulton for Ressler, Mauger for D. Smith, Foster for Briggs, Ott for Straughn, Gump for Matthews.

New Philadelphia – Given for Hensel, Hensel for Given, Maloney for Neff, Jones for Maloney.

Field goals – Dean Smith 2, (drop kicks).

Touchdown – C. Smith.

Referee – Roudebush, Denison.
Umpire – Bletzer, Mt. Union.
Head Linesman – Jackson, Zanesville.

Time of quarters – 12 minutes.

Game Statistics
First downs:
Massillon 10
New Philadelphia 5

Massillon completed nine passes out of 17 attempts; seven were incomplete; and one intercepted. Total gain 55 yards.
New Philadelphia completed five passes out of 12 attempts for a total of 90 yards. Seven were incomplete.

Massillon was penalized 30 yards.
New Philadelphia 15 yards.

Massillon punted 12 times, averaging 41y yards on each kick.
New Philadelphia punted 14 times, averaging 39y yards to the kick.

Massillon gained 136 yards from scrimmage and lost 51 yards. Captain Price alone made 78 of his team’s 136 yards.
New Philadelphia gained but 32 yards from scrimmage and lost 13 yards from scrimmage.

Massillon carried the ball 41 times gaining three and one-third yards each time.
New Philadelphia toted it 17 times, gaining 1 4/5 yards on each attempt.

All told the orange and black, by passes and running, carried the ball from scrimmage a total of 191 yards.
While New Philadelphia, in the same manner, gained 122 yards.

Bill Price
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1926: Massillon 0, Elyria 2


A NARROW margin of two points spelled victory for Elyria high school and defeat for Washington high of Massillon last Saturday when the football teams of these two institutions tangled in Elyria in the first scholastic gridiron battle between the schools. Through the medium of a blocked punt in the third quarter, recovered by Massillon a yard back of its goal line, Elyria scored two points on the orange and black through a safety and held its slim margin throughout the remainder of the game, winning in a steady downpour of rain that fell throughout the entire struggle, drenching players and spectators alike.

Battling back and forth on a gridiron ankle deep in mud and water neither team was able to show any high class football. The slippery condition of the field made footing uncertain and speed an important item in the Massillon offense, was almost entirely out of the question. The ball, covered with mud, was a dangerous article to handle and fumbles were numerous.

Massillon has no alibi to offer for its defeat. The victory in such a game as that of Saturday generally goes to the team that gets the “break” and in this case Elyria secured the break after having been robbed of a touchdown by a plucky orange and black eleven that fought fiercely within the shadow of its own goal post and hurled back the charges of the Elyria backfield.

The two teams appeared to be evenly matched when they stepped out on the soggy gridiron. Elyria possibly had a slight edge in weight, especially in its backfield, but from the outset it looked as if neither team would score unless Dame Fortune smiled upon it and favored it with the break. On a dry field, with footing solid, a different outcome might have resulted.
Massillon with an offense built around its speedy backfield was at a distinct disadvantage in the mud. It showed flashes of power in the first half and twice was within scoring distance but couldn’t uncover the drive to shove over a touchdown. On a dry field Massillon, in all probability, would be good enough to win from Elyria.

But there were few dry fields in Ohio Saturday and so Massillon took its second trimming of the season, its’ second reverse in six games.

Even with all the mud and water Massillon might have won had it found some way to throttle France and Mastin, Elyria’s pair of brilliant ends. Over in Elyria the fans call these boys their “All American” ends and they were certainly worthy of some such title. Art McConnell, Massillon’s punter, probably will never want to see them again for they gave Art a most miserable afternoon so far as getting his punts away were concerned.

Charging in like demons and sifting through the Massillon defense these two ends continually hurried McConnell’s punting and on no less than five occasions blocked the kicks of the Massillon quarterback. It was Mastin who blocked the Massillon punt that gave Elyria its two points on a safety.
But despite this pair of Elyria wingmen McConnell gave a great exhibition of punting. Twice he drove the ball far down the field on kicks right in front of his own goal posts. Considering that his teammates were not able to throttle the Elyria ends, McConnell’s punting Saturday was brilliant.

Elyria also had a splendid punter in Archshambau but the Elyria kicker was not faced with the same difficulty that McConnell was. His line was able to hold out the Massillon forward wall and he generally had plenty of time to get his kicks away. Massillon blocked but one of his punts.

Starring with McConnell Saturday was Captain Bill Price, the Brewster Welshman. Bill was up against it on offense because of the mud and was unable to get his pair of educated dogs in motion for any gains but what a game he played on defense. Smashing through the line, diving over it or racing out to the ends Price made tackle after tackle and he seldom missed. He roamed the field like a wild bull on defense and more than one Elyria lad is nursing bruises today, resulting from his impact with the well knit form of the Brewster lad. Elyria uncovered no great ground gaining prowess.

Had the battle been decided on first downs Massillon would have won for it made five first downs to two for Elyria. All of Massillon’s ground gaining, however, was done in the first two quarters. Elyria made a first down in the first quarter and one in the third. During the balance of the afternoon it hammered vainly against a sturdy Massillon line and Captain Bill Price.

Because of the slippery condition of the ball forward passing was almost out of the question. Massillon tried a number of forwards but they all failed. Elyria tried the overhead game a few times but never completed a pass. It came near scoring a touchdown on a pass in the second quarter but the ball slipped out of the Elyria lad’s hands on the goal line and went for an incomplete pass.
Massillon struck terror into the hearts of Elyria rooters in the first period when after Elyria had received and punted, McConnell took the leather and ripped off 15 yards through left tackle. Then he played a big part in registering two more first downs with dashes of five and 10 yards, taking the ball to the Elyria 30-yard line but here Elyria began to collect its scattered senses and the orange and black march was halted.

But a moment later Massillon was again back in Elyria’s territory when “Danger” Smith grabbed one of Archshambau’s punts and raced it back 30 yard before being dumped into the mud on Elyria’s 20-yard line. Three Massillon plunges failed to gain and McConnell dropped back to the 22-yard line for a shot at the Elyria goal posts with a drop kick. The kick, however, went wide.

Early in the second quarter Elyria got its first chance to enthuse. Massillon lost 20 yards when two bad passes caused the slippery ball to drop out of McConnell’s hands and Elyria finally secured possession of the oval on Massillon’s seven-yard line. But on the first play Cook fumbled and Bill Price recovered on his six-yard line.

Massillon couldn’t gain the required 10 yards and then McConnell showed his gameness by dropping back to his goal line and booting the ball 55 yards down the field and out of danger.

Elyria punted right back and the ball went out on Massillon’s 1-yard line. Bill Price made eight in two plunges and on third down McConnell dropped back to kick but the Elyria ends swooped in on him, blocked the kick and Moelk covered for Elyria on Massillon’s
13-yard line. Elyria couldn’t gain an inch on line plays and on fourth down attempted a forward. The ball went true to its mark but the Elyria receiver couldn’t hold the slippery thing. It bounced out of his hands, eluded the grasp of a Massillon player and finally landed in the mud.
Massillon gained the ball on its eight-yard line. Two plays made but five yards, and then McConnell again cut loose a great punt, hoofing the ball 70 yards down the field to Elyria’s
30-yard line. The orange and black was giving Elyria a real argument and the local team’s best chance to score came a short time later when Archshambau punted out of bounds on his 25-yard line.

The Massillon offense began a driving attack and McConnell churned up mud and water in a five yard dash around end. Smith crashed through the line for six and a first down, taking the ball to the 14-yard line. McConnell made two at right tackle but was stopped in his next two attempts. The quarter was nearly over and McConnell dropped back to the 24-yard line for another try at a field goal but Elyria blocked the kick as time was up.
Now comes the period when the game was won for Elyria and lost for Massillon. Early in the quarter France blocked one of McConnell’s punts on Massillon’s 28-yard line. But on the next play Benson smashed through to cover an Elyria fumble.

After an exchange of punts Massillon had the ball on its 30-yard line. McConnell was thrown for a loss of six. He dropped back to punt but the ball slipped out of his hands and he lost 10 more. Then France charged in and blocked his punt and Moelk covered for Elyria on Massillon’s six-yard line.

Now the Elyria fans began to beg for a touchdown. Six yards to make in four downs. Mortimer, Elyria quarterback, elected Robinson, the big plunging halfback, to carry the ball. Four times Robinson smashed into the Massillon line. He gained two yards each on his first three plunges. Then came fourth down, the ball on Massillon’s two-yard line and goal to gain. Again Robinson was called upon but just as he smashed into the line the ball slipped out of his grasp. He recovered it but was down on Massillon’s 4-yard line and Massillon took possession of the ball. The day had been saved for the orange and black but not for long.

McConnell dropped back behind his goal line to punt. As he planted his foot against the ball the Elyria ends charged in on him and Mastin blocked the kick. The ball dropped behind the Massillon goal line as the entire Elyria team made a frantic dive after it but Fritz Gump, Massillon’s left end, slip under the charging mass and fell on the ball, a yard back of Massillon’s goal line. It was a safety and two points for Elyria.

From then on the game was a punting duel. Massillon tried desperately to gain but could hardly get out of its tracks. The Elyria gridders sensing victory with their two points, played hard.

One big chance remained for Massillon. That was to recover a fumble punt by Elyria. That chance came but Massillon couldn’t take advantage of it. About the middle of the quarter, McConnell punted to Mortimer who grabbed the ball back of his 30-yard line. But the oval slipped through his hands and went bounding away in the mud. A Massillon player dove on it but the ball slid from under him and Elyria finally covered. Had Massillon been able to cover that fumble it still might have won.
Rather Damp
Massillon – 0 Pos. Elyria – 2
Gump LE France
Fox LT Moelk
Spence LG Schuster
Benson C Raney
R. Price RG Archshambau
Fulton RT Clifford
McConnell QB Mastin
C. Smith LHB Robinson
Briggs RHB Hess
W. Price FB Cook

Score by quarters:
Massillon 0 0 0 0 0
Elyria 0 0 2 0 2

Massillon – Mathews for Gump, Gump for Mathews, Mathews for Gump, Ressler for Fulton, Foster for Briggs. Ott for Fox.

Elyria – Yuka for Mortimer, Mortimer for Yuka, Yuka for Mortimer, Benger for Yuka, Moelk for Clifford, Clifford for Raney.

Safety – Elyria.

Referee – Jones, Oberlin.
Umpire – Minnick, Oberlin.
Head Linesman – Morris, Oberlin.

Time of quarters – 12 minutes.

Bill Price
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1926: Massillon 26, Cleveland John Adams 0


NOT all lessons are taught in the classroom. The gridiron at Massillon field Saturday afternoon furnished the setting for a lesson to the orange and black football team of Washington High school that will not be forgotten. It should have a lasting effect. And it taught quite forcibly the folly of over confidence.

Playing an important role as instructors were members of the John Adams high school football team of Cleveland here for their first athletic engagement with a Massillon scholastic team. The visiting Clevelanders eventually were defeated 26 to 0, thus tacking on the record of the orange and black its fourth straight victory in five starts. But even though they were walloped John Adams’ husky gridders in 24 minutes imprinted deeply in the minds of Coach John H. Atkinson’s boys that to become too well satisfied with one’s ability with an almost total disregard for what the other fellow may be able to do generally means a swift and disgraceful tumble.

The local team Saturday was able to ride on to victory because it took to heart in the second half the lesson it had been taught during the first two periods when its exhibition of how the great autumnal pastime should be played was terrible to say the least. Having paid the price of its folly in the first half the orange and black came out for the start of the third quarter a different aggregation and soon inaugurated an attack that rolled up three touchdowns in the third period and produced the fourth and final set of counters in the fourth chapter.

Two things were responsible for Massillon’s poor showing in the first half when John Adams was able to hold the contest to a scoreless tie despite the fact that play was continually in the visitors’ territory. The first and biggest thing was that spirit of over-confidence which had woven its way into the orange and black camp.
The other was the fierce and deadly tackling of the John Adams gridders whose defense in the first 24 minutes of play was the stiffest the orange and black has been called upon to face this year.

Few teams have ever come to Massillon and shown a better brand of tackling than the John Adams team exhibited Saturday. It seemed to be coached largely to play a defensive game for its offense was woefully weak and cumbersome. From the start however it looked as if the scoring of a touchdown would break the back bone of the Cleveland defense but it took Massillon over two quarters to hang up that first touchdown and from then on John Adams faded rapidly out of the picture.

The Massillon team Saturday looked little like the smooth working machine which ripped Akron South to pieces the week before, inflicting a 36 to 0 defeat. Had it been John Adams would have been routed early and the score much larger than it was. But the orange and black machine Saturday, for two periods at least, resembled a worn out old lizzie rattling along on one cylinder and about to expire with every cough of its sputtering engine. But the old machine was fairly well repaired between halves and made the grade with room to spare.

John Adams brought a big, husky squad of lads to Massillon who seemed determined to hold Massillon’s scoring activities as near zero as possible. But it was as poor on offense as it was good on defense and never had a chance to score. It made only one first down, that coming in the fourth quarter and never got beyond Massillon’s 45-yard line. But its defense nearly wrecked the show.
In the first half Massillon lacked its customary punch on offense. Its plays were slow in getting started, its interference was bad and the line was continually out charged by the Clevelanders who busted through like a pack of wolves. Even such a fleet footed ground coverer as Captain Bill Price couldn’t get out of his tracks before being nailed by a flock of hard tackling yellow and maroon clad warriors.

And how those Cleveland boys could talk. They nearly talked the orange and black out of the game. At first the local lads were bewildered. Then they began to get mad and see red and the more red they saw the poorer became their play. But all this was changed when the second half began. The same Massillon men were back in the lineup but they were playing a different game.

The game, so far as Massillon was concerned, did not really begin until the start of the third quarter. The contest was slowed up and marred by frequent penalties inflicted on both teams but Massillon was the worst offender. The second half was not so bad but during the first half after nearly every down the eagle eyes officials plastered a penalty on one of the two teams.

A penalty cost Massillon one touchdown in the third quarter. Other penalties, while not actually snatching away points, at least halted more than one march that might have been successfully concluded with a touchdown.
The third quarter was the best of the four and produced some thrilling dashes, two resulting in touchdowns. Massillon received to start the second half and after being tossed for a 10-yard loss McConnell punted out of bounds on Cleveland’s 20-yard line. Adams punted right back and the exchange of kicks netted Massillon about 30 yards, the orange and black getting the ball on John Adams’ 40-yard stripe. Fulton tore off eight yards around right end on a double pass and McConnell hit the line for a first down.

Price smashed through for three but McConnell was dumped for a four-yard loss. John Adams was still shining on defense but on the next play McConnell flipped a pass to Price and the Massillon captain dashed 27 yards and across Cleveland’s goal line for the first touchdown of the game. McConnell drop kicked for the extra point.
John Adams received and punted but “Danger” Smith, the Massillon safety man, fumbled and Cleveland covered on Massillon’s 49-yard line. The visitors completed a pass for six yards but were destined to receive a shock on their next aerial attempt when Earl Foster dashed across the field, snatched the ball out of the air with one hand and raced by the entire John Adams team for 55 yards and the second touchdown. The youngster made a brilliant catch and a brilliant run.

By this time John Adams was beginning to find the pace a bit too fast. Near the close of the quarter an exchange of punts gave Massillon the ball on Cleveland’s 43-yard line. McConnell made five at the line and then passed to Foster for a 25-yard gain, punting the ball on the 14-yard line. “Danger” Smith hit the line for four. Bill Price made it first down, toting the leather to the four-yard line. McConnell took it to within one foot of the goal line on the next plunge and then Smith crashed through center for the third touchdown.
The fourth touchdown came early in the fourth quarter and was the result of a beautifully executed triple pass with Bill Price doing the running. Mauger covered a Cleveland fumble on the visitors’ 47-yard line. Then the triple pass sign was hung out for the first time during the game. Price grabbed the ball, circled Cleveland’s right end while most of the visitors were watching for the play to come around the opposite end and galloped 47 yards for the touchdown.

After that Coach Atkinson kept a steady stream of substitutes pouring on the field. John Adams also used practically all of its squad. Its boys for the most part were big and powerful and out weighed the local team. Price’s two brilliant runs and Foster’s long dash were the features of the contest. Defensively Sam Benson stalwart lineman, was the shining light. He played a whale of a game from start to finish.

Massillon lost a touchdown in the third quarter because of clipping by “Danger” Smith. Massillon had the ball on Cleveland’s 33-yard line and McConnell passed to Bill Price who made his way across the goal line unmolested but he was called back for the officials ruled Smith guilty of clipping a Cleveland player on the 18-yard line and Massillon took a 25-yard penalty, one of the many it received during the afternoon.

Potts, Massillon center, and Kubic, John Adams center, were injured and had to leave the contest. Potts received a kick in the head in the first quarter. Kubic was put on the shelf in the fourth when he went down under a pile of orange and black tacklers after taking a kick off.

Massillon made 15 first downs to one for Cleveland. It completed seven passes for 89 yards and nine failed while two were intercepted. John Adams worked four for 15 yards had two incomplete and one intercepted. Massillon lost 115 yards on penalties; John Adams 50.

Massillon carried the ball 44 times from scrimmage and gained a total of 184 yards. Of this number 104 were made by Price and 53 by McConnell.
Four Straight
Massillon – 26 Pos. John Adams –0
Gump LE Mandula
Benson LT Hindulak
Spencer LG Soukup
Potts C Kubic
D. Smith RG Marusa
R. Price RT Miller
Fulton RE Goss
McConnell QB Benis
Bast LHB O’Bell
C. Smith RHB Jamieson
W. Prise FB Kolesar

Score by quarters:
Massillon 0 0 20 6 26

Massillon – Fox for Benson, Benson for Potts, Foster for Bast, Mauger for D. Smith, Hosso for Foster, Bickle for W. Price, Briggs for McConnell, Ott for Fox, Easterday for Spencer, Ressler for Fulton, Mathews for Gump, Ess for R. Price.

John Adams – White for Kubic, Dayton for Jamieson, Shafer for Benis, Kubic for Mandula, Schlaudeker for White, Hipple for Marusa, Allen for Schlaudeker, Dancheck for Soukup.

Touchdowns – W. Price 2, Foster, Smith.

Points after touchdown – McConnell 2 (drop kick).

Referee – Shafer, Akron U.
Umpire – Conner, Bates.
Head Linesman – Jenkinson, Akron U.

Time of quarters – 13 and 10 minutes.

Bill Price
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1926: Massillon 36, Akron South 0


FIVE touchdowns plus three points after touchdowns with an added three points from as pretty a field goal as was ever hoofed over the cross bar in any high school football contest amounts to a sum total of 36. And that’s the number of points John H. Atkinson’s golden tornado at Washington high school rolled up last Saturday afternoon while smearing a 36 to 0 defeat upon Akron South at Wooster stadium, Akron, in the annual argument between these two scholastic rivals.

To some who are not yet aware of the fact that the South Mill street institution harbors a real honest-to-goodness football team that top heavy 36 to 0 victory might be a bit amazing; but it certainly ought to be convincing. Any team that can face Akron South in its own balliwick and inflict a 36 to 0 defeat upon a Weltner coached aggregation must be a pretty fair sort of a team. Well, Washington high’s outfit was a pretty fair team last Saturday – and then some.

Just a week before Canton McKinley defeated South 32 to 14 at Canton and it was described as one of those breath-taking affairs, full of thrills every minute. Massillon last Saturday did better than that and so far as thrills are concerned it was a one-sided affair. Massillon furnished them all much to the glee of the hundreds of local fans who witnessed the contest and to the sorrow of Akron South’s supporters.

To say that South never had a chance to win is putting it mildly. South could have put 22 players and its high school band on the field Saturday against Coach Atkinson’s man-eaters and still the orange and black would have triumphed. You can’t stop a team that won’t be stopped. South never threatened. It never worked the ball inside Massillon’s 30-yard line. Weltner’s boys never got a chance to see what the Massillon goal line looked like until after the game when a few of them were seen taking a sorrowful peek at it.
There was one man in the Washington high lineup Saturday that certainly spelled gloom for Akron South. In fact he did so much to upset the Akronites that the mere mention of his name to an Akron South fan makes him turn white and ring for an ambulance. That lad is none other than William “Bill” Price, captain of that line busting golden tornado and the best known citizen in the railroad village of Brewster.

Bill can have anything he wants in Brewster or Massillon but if he ever wants anything in Akron he better never tell anybody in the rubber city that he is the same Price who wrecked so much damage on Akron South’s 1926 football team. If he does it’s all off.

Coach Weltner of Akron South is still wondering what he might have told his boys to do in order to stop this chunky Welshman, who streaked around and through his team so fast that all his gridders saw was a flash of orange or felt a thump that made them think they were hit by a ton of bricks.

Price was by far the outstanding star in the Massillon lineup Saturday. Not only did he shine on offense with his brilliant dashes but he was nearly a whole team by himself on defense. It certainly will be a gloomy day when Captain Bill hangs up his football togs at Washington high school for good.

The Massillon leader however was ably assisted on offense by Art McConnell and “Whitey” Laughlin, a pair of illustrious teammates who were almost as hard to stop as their brilliant general. Akron can’t figure how three such good boys were ever landed for one team. Akron, however, ought to know by this time that one of the best things they do in this neck of the woods is raise football players.
Offensively the orange and black was far superior to Akron South. Massillon scored in every quarter and started off with a punch that rolled up 16 points in the first period in such quick time that Akron fans began having dizzy spells. South was never within a city block of scoring. Its offense never got much chance to show for Massillon’s forwards piled through the Akron line like water through a sieve and plastered South’s plays before they even got started. Nothing South tried would work consistently, largely because Massillon was right on top of the ball at all times.

The first blast of the referee’s whistle had hardly died away before Coach Atkinson’s boys had their offense in motion and were on their way to score points. South received but couldn’t gain and Picken’s punt was blocked. Fulton falling on the ball on South’s 31-yard line.

Right off the bat McConnell dashed around Akron’s right end for 15 yards. Then Price got away under a full head of steam and flashed through left tackle for 10 more but a Massillon man was ruled guilty of holding and the local team received a 15-yard penalty. That robbed the orange and black of a touchdown within the first two minutes of play.
But the golden tornado was not to be denied. After three plays had failed to gain any great amount of ground McConnell dropped back to Akron’s 39-yard line for a shot at the Akron goal posts. And a moment later Massillon had three points for McConnell drop kicked a perfect goal, one of the greatest ever seen in a high school football game. The Massillon lad’s attempt would have gone over the cross bars from the 50-yard line as well as the 39 for when it cleared it was still many feet in the air and good for another 10 yards at least.

Those three points immediately put South on the short end and it stayed there the rest of the afternoon while Coach Atkinson’s boys romped over the gridiron with a devastating attack. A few minutes later Dave Smith pounced on a South fumble on Akron’s 45-yard line and once again Engineer McConnell pulled the throttle wide open. Laughlin and Price had made seven yards on three line plays when McConnell decided he had better try his hand at cracking the Akron line.

McConnell didn’t crack it. He simply busted it into pieces. The lanky quarterback smashed right through the center of South’s line and ambled on down the field for 37 yards and Massillon’s first touchdown, eluding any and all South tacklers. He drop kicked for the extra point, boosting the Massillon total to 10.
But South had not yet been punished enough. About this time Captain Price’s feet were beginning to itch for action. South received but was stopped in its tracks. Pickens tried to punt but his kick was partially blocked and Mr. Price, of the Brewster Prices, picked up the ball on Akron’s 30-yard line and stepped so fast that he had carried it back to South’s two foot line before finally being held down long enough so that the referee could blow his whistle. Then on the next play Price crashed through for Massillon’s second touchdown. This time McConnell’s educated toe failed to function and he missed his try for the extra point, the kick being blocked.

The first quarter ended a short time later. Early in the second period the local team lost the ball on downs. It was then that South succeeded in making its first first down of the game, a five-yard pass being of great benefit. But that was all for South. Gump then blocked a punt and Massillon got the ball on South’s 45.

Then followed an exchange of punts. When Massillon got possession of the ball again Price was called on the first play and the orange and black flash stepped around right end for 20 yards before being forced out of bounds. No one was harder to hold than Price was Saturday.

With the ball on South’s 25 yard line, McConnell rammed the line for 16. Laughlin and McConnell lugged the pigskin up to the one-yard line in three plays. Laughlin hit again and put the ball about three-sixteenths of an inch from the line and on the next play Price went over. McConnell drop kicked for the extra point, raising Massillon’s total to 23.

About the middle of the third quarter South punted to midfield. Once again Price was called upon and once again Bill delivered, smashing through right tackle and then dashing down the field for a 39-yard gain before being forced out on South’s 11-yard stripe. Laughlin hit for six but the umpire said Fritz Gump had committed some kind of an offense and Massillon was penalized 15.
But on the very next play Gump had the laugh on the umpire and the whole South team. McConnell called for a pass and Fritz sneaked out in the open about five yards from Akron’s goal with not a South player within 10 yards of him.

“Here I am Mac,” yelled Fritz.

“Here she comes,” shouted McConnell, and the ball sailed gracefully through the air into Gump’s outstretched hands and he pranced away for Massillon’s fourth touchdown. McConnell missed the try for the extra point.

It was getting toward the end of the fourth quarter when Fulton speared a South pass on the 50-yard line. McConnell heaved a pass to “Danger” Smith for 18 yards. Two cracks at the line were not successful and then McConnell called for a play that had not yet been used.
It was a triple pass and when the boys got through passing the ball around it was tucked under Bill Price’s arm. Bill, being a generous youngster, ran back about 15 yards before he really set sail for South territory. While doing this he shook off, ducked, out ran or otherwise eluded a flock of South tacklers and when he finally was brought to earth he had covered 28 yards and placed the ball on South’s one-yard line. Of all Price’s brilliant dashes Saturday this was his best. Laughlin then went over for the fifth touchdown. McConnell drop kicked for the extra point and the score was 36 to 0.

Here Coach Atkinson figured that some of his regulars had earned a bit of rest and he sent in seven fresh athletes. Up to that time he had made but one substitution. South got a bit gay with the substitutes and ripped off two first downs in succession but couldn’t go any farther. When the final whistle blew the golden tornado was once more steaming toward South’s goal, a 15-yard run by Bast and a 16-yard gain on a pass from Briggs to Bast taking the ball right back into South’s territory.

Statistics show South was greatly outplayed. Massillon made 15 first downs to eight for Akron. South showed its best offense in the second and fourth quarters, when all of its first downs were recorded. Massillon completed five out of 10 passes for 81 yards. South tried 13, completed three for 20 yards, had eight batted down and two intercepted.
Stepping Fast
Massillon – 36 Pos. Akron South – 0
Gump LE Hirschner
Ott LT Gardner
D. Smith LG Portz
Potts C Nidert
Spencer RG Antes
R. Price RT Sweet
Fulton RE Klipstein
McConnell QB Pickens
C. Smith LHB Schill
W. Price RHB Shephard
Laughlin FB Sirilla

Score by quarters:
Massillon 16 7 6 7 36

Massillon – Fox for Ott, Ressler for Fulton, Briggs for C. Smith, Bast for McConnell, Mauger for Spencer, Spencer for D. Smith, Ott for Fox, Hosso for R. Price.

Akron South – Roberts for Hirschner, Jeter for Sweet, Souers for Schill, Brown for Pickens, Winkleman for Klipstein, Bowers for Nidert, Pickens for Brown, Klipstein for Winkleman, Stewart for Gardner.

Touchdowns – W. Price 2, McConnell, Gump, Laughlin.

Points after touchdown – McConnell 3 (drop kick).

Field goal – McConnell (drop kick).

Referee – Shafer.
Umpire – McRay.
Head Linesman – Caldwell.

Time of quarters – 12 minutes.

Bill Price
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1926: Massillon 46, Akron Garfield 0


A SILVER lining shines through the cloud of gloom that for several weeks has hung over Washington high school with the defeat of Akron Garfield Saturday in Akron 46 to 0. It was only three weeks ago that Akron East sent a veteran team to Massillon to face eleven green youths who trotted out on the gridiron to tangle with their experienced and heavier opponents. It was a gloomy and dreary day for the few hundred high school students and a thousand or more loyal city supporters when they filed quietly through the gates from the field upon which their favorite team had gone down in defeat in its opening tussle.

Truly, predictions had come true. The orange and black had been defeated and a disastrous season was looked forward to. With everything to gain and nothing to lose, the youthful Tigers went into their second tussle, Erie Academy being their opponent. Many unfavorable remarks had been flung at the young gridders, before that game. Then the unexpected happened. The high school lads, with all the viciousness of their mascot, a Bengal Tiger, mauled and completely whipped Erie, scoring a 26 to 0 victory. A silver lining began to edge the cloud of gloom, but still remarks that Erie wasn’t powerful were heard.

Saturday afternoon, the Tiger stalked on Seiberling field, Akron, and at the end of 44 minutes of play, the cloud itself was gone; and no silver lining was necessary to bring a ray of hope to the several hundred Massillon fans who followed the team. After the 46 to 0 victory, they knew that Washington high school had one of the best teams in its history which, without an unexpected upset, should go through the remainder of the season undefeated.

Mother Nature herself seemed to take the condition of the Massillon team to heart much the same as local fans. Her sky and smiling sun were clouded over on the opening day and the rain fell as tears on the field. But the sun made things a little merrier for the second game, as the clouds would clear away for short intervals, giving Old Sol an opportunity to shine forth its encouragement. But Saturday afternoon there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. All were as certain of Massillon winning as they were of clear weather and the sun shone brightly on the gridirons as Akron Garfield was being tucked away for its afternoon nap.
The game Saturday, because of the lopsided score, wasn’t as interesting as it might have been. Were it not for a few sensational runs by Capt. “Bill” Price, and a couple of fancy plays, called more for the interest of the fans than for the good they would do in the game, there would have been little of interest to the football fan with the big exception of seeing the local team triumph.

The Massillon football world has been wondering just what kind of a backfield man this Price person would make; always before he has played a position on the line, having performed credibly at end and center. However, having recovered from a broken collarbone, he was sent to a halfback berth at the start of the game. As Captain William was making his first touchdown on a sensational dash of 30 yards around right end, one could have knocked the eyes of the fans off with ball bats as they stood in amazement. That Price will be one of the big mainstays in the orange and black’s offense for the remainder of the season can easily be seen for “Bill” played little more than a full quarter during the entire game and crossed the goal line three times. He gained practically every time he carried the ball and ripped yard after yard through the Akron team.

All of Coach Atkinson’s men played good football and nearly every member of the squad was given an opportunity to display his talent during the game. Following the first quarter, a continual steam of substitutes was poured into the Massillon ranks and the unknowing fan wondered where they all came from. Naturally Garfield can be thankful to Atkinson for this, for it kept the score from being doubled, but while the young members were not piling up points, they were gathering much knowledge and football experience for next season when a part of them will hold down regular berths on the team. And a few glances at this wealth of good looking reserve material puts the Massillon fan in an optimistic mood. What a whale of a team Atkinson should have next season.

While the regulars were in, it was only a question of how many points the Massillon steam roller would pile up. Laughlin, Smith, Foster and McConnell were continually thrusting at the line and running the ends for long gains, while the line was a veritable stone wall to the Akron gridders. Akron couldn’t gain any way at all and only twice during the entire fracas was play in the orange and black’s territory, a fumble being responsible for Garfield’s only chance to score, when it attempted to place kick during the fourth quarter which was blocked by a Massillon lineman.
As for the local gridders straight football was resorted to. The deadly passing attack which swept Erie completely off its feet was not tried. Only once did the orange and black throw a pass and it was completed, being good for four yards.

Passes were not necessary for the local team’s offense. A running attack gained the necessary ground and although the aerial game might have added interest to the contest, it would only have given Akron South scouts, who were undoubtedly watching the contest, a chance to gather information on the plays and plan a defense to combat it. Akron South is the next opponent of the orange and black.

It took only a few minutes for the Massillon machine to get into motion and begin scoring points.
The local team received, Ott getting the ball and carrying it back to the Massillon 40-yard line. Then the drive started. Laughlin on the first play stopped away for 12 yards and a first down. McConnell plunged for nine more and Laughlin then lashed through center for another three. Price added three on a sweeping end run and Smith made four around left end. With the ball on the 22-yard line, Laughlin scampered through the Akron team and placed the pigskin over the goal line. McConnell drop kicked for the extra point.

Akron showed its best offensive strength a moment later, making two consecutive first downs, one coming as a result of a penalty inflicted on the youthful Tigers. The belated rally, however, was cut short when Laughlin intercepted a pass on the Akron 35-yard line and carried the ball back to the 12-yard zone before being tackled. Price hit for five yards and Laughlin made a first down by inches. McConnell then carried the pigskin across. His attempted drop kick was blocked.

Toward the close of the first period, Price grabbed a punt in midfield and raced back to the 30-yard line where he was tackled. On the very next play he dashed around right end for his first set of markers. This time McConnell’s toe functioned and he kicked goal. The quarter ended with the score 20 to 0 in favor of the South Mill street gridders.

A few minutes after the second period opened. Popeko punted to the Massillon 30-yard line, Massillon fumbling but recovering. Price made three yards and Smith a yard. McConnell made seven on two attempts bringing a first down. Drives by Price and Briggs, who had substituted for Laughlin, brought six yards, and Price then stepped away in a well covered trick formation for 45 yards and a touchdown. It was a neat play the orange and black pulled and so well did it work that all but one of Garfield’s secondary defense was drawn away by the other Massillon backs who faked carrying the ball. McConnell missed his drop kick.

McConnell kicked over the goal line and Akron was given the ball on its 20-yard line. Four plays netted but nine yards and the orange and black received the ball on downs on the
29-yard line. Briggs hit for four yards and Foster, who replaced Price knifed through left tackle for seven more and a first down. McConnell then carried the ball to the five-yard line for a first down. Foster cut the distance to three yards, but Smith lost a yard on the next play. McConnell then carried the ball to within a foot of the goal line and on the next play plunged it over. McConnell drop kicked for the extra point bringing the local team’s total to 33 points.

A brilliant run of 35 yards by Briggs, who intercepted a pass from Popeko, Akron back, paved the way for the final points of the first half with McConnell drop kicking for the extra point.
The only points scored in the second half were rolled up early in the last period after a march of 60 yards up the field. Bast received a punt on the Massillon 38-yard line and returned to the local’s 40. Schnerlie gained two yards on two plunges and the quarter ended with the ball on the locals’ 42-yard line. Here Atkinson shot in part of his regulars and Garfield was mowed down. Wagner ripped off two yards and Laughlin made 10 on the next play. Price made five yards around right end and McConnell added six more. Wagner failed to gain. Laughlin added two yards and Price carried the ball 19 yards to the 17-yard line. Laughlin struck for four and Wagner made three yards. McConnell hit center for two yards and Laughlin then went through right tackle for five more placing the ball on the three-yard line with four chances to put it over. On the next play, Price hit through right guard and rolled over the goal. McConnell failed in his attempt to dropkick for the extra point. During the remainder of the game, play was mostly in the center of the field, neither team getting into a position to score.

Garfield’s only opportunity to score came near the middle of the fourth quarter, when a member of the team covered a fumble on the orange and black’s 15-yard line. Three times the Akron gridders drove into the line, but on each occasion were repulsed without a gain. On the fourth down, an attempted place kick was blocked, Massillon recovering and starting a march that ended in midfield.

Akron , as expected was about as weak a team as the orange and black will face this year. It succeeded in making seven first downs as compared with 22 rolled up by the local gridders.

The Akronites attempted eight passes and completed two, one counting for four yards and the other for six yards; four were incomplete and two intercepted. Only a single pass was tried by the local team and that was good for four yards.

One of the outstanding features of the entire melee was the clean playing of both teams. Only two penalties were inflicted on the two teams. Massillon was penalized 15 yards at one time for holding, while Akron was penalized on one occasion for over use of the forward pass.
Boy, Page South
Massillon – 46 Pos. Akron – 0
Gump LE Denison
Ott LT Ripley
Spencer LG Nichols
Benson C Bland
D. Smith RG Franklin
French RT Fedor
Ressler RE Kroah
McConnell QB Moyer
Laughlin LHB Orthel
Price RHB Oakley
C. Smith FB Popeko

Score by quarters:
Massillon 20 20 0 6 46

Massillon – Briggs for Laughlin, Foster for Price, Buttermore for Benson, Henderson for Ott, Easterday for Spencer, Mauger for D. Smith, Strough for French, Mathews for Ressler, Bast for McConnell. Grant for Briggs, Bickel for Foster, Schnerlie for C. Smith, Price for Schnerlie, Laughlin for C. Smith,McConnell for Bast, Wagner for Bickel, Briggs for Price, Foster for Laughlin, Hax for McConnell, Smith for Wagner, Fox for Gump, Fisher for Mauger.

Akron – Burk for Franklin, Croix for Nichols, M. Oriehl for Denison, Sloakes for Oakley, Franklin for Burk, Ripley for Franklin.

Touchdowns – Laughlin, McConnell 2, Price 3, Briggs.

Point after touchdown – McConnell 4, (dropkick).

Referee – Koester.
Umpire – Lovell.
Head Linesman – Smith.

Time of quarters – 12 and 10 minutes.

Bill Price
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1926: Massillon 26, Erie, Pa Academy 0


The orange and black flies high today, At the top of the mast it waves and flaps defiantly in the air. And why shouldn’t it?

Under these colors, the golden tornado of Washington high school swept Erie Academy into oblivion Saturday afternoon on Massillon field. Even the most optimistic of the loyal supporters who turned out, scratched their heads in surprise as the vicious orange wave moved up and down the field, smashing the Erie defense and sweeping every barrier aside to mass a total of 26 points while the battered Erie team could show no score.

It was a game comeback the local team made. Picked by many of the “wise guys” to win by three or four touchdowns, Erie Academy was swept completely off its feet and after the first touchdown; there was a little doubt as to which was the better team on the field.

So decisive was the attack of the Massillon gridders that they registered 16 first downs, a large number for any team to make. Only Erie’s plucky fight kept the score from being larger, for several times the locals were in striking distance of the Erie goal Truly, Massillon had the breaks, if an intercepted pass can be called a break, but it was the determined drive of the youthful Tigers that brought the coveted reward and set the football world a talking. And it is talking. The many “critics” who stayed away from the game because they “knew” the boys couldn’t play football and would be beaten by an overwhelming score, are beginning to question their criticism and withdraw all unfavorable remarks. Saturday evening, wherever there was a crowd of fellows, football was the subject and it’s beginning to look as through the old Massillon spirit will return and the bleachers will be packed when the orange and black makes its next appearance, October 23.
Any team that plays football like those youthful Tigers played Saturday is deserving of a large crowd and loyal support and not the kind of a crowd that turned out Saturday afternoon to witness the first intersectional contest ever played in Massillon.

The crowd of more than 2,000 that did pass through the gates Saturday was a loyal crowd and all left satisfied that they had witnessed one of the best brands of football ever shown here.

It was the lightning like offense of the orange and black that turned back the favored Erie team. Laughlin and McConnell both showed wonderful ability at carrying the ball, while McConnell’s deadly accurate passes counted for many of the local’s long gains. It was a surprised little band of Erie rooters that watched its team being swept back toward its goal in the first quarter by a powerful Massillon offense, and it was an equally surprised and astonished Massillon crowd that saw the local team cross the Erie goal line, scoring the first points of the game.

To Price, husky guard, must go a lot of credit for the defense of the Massillon team. The center of the line was impregnable and at the bottom of most every pileup after an Erie gridder had driven into the line, could be found Price. He played the same hard game from start to finish, being taken out in the first half for a needed rest. “Fritz” Gump came back into his own and starred both offensively and defensively. Gump gave great interference on end runs and in the same manner broke up the interference on Erie dashes around his wing.

Though Massillon showed many stars, Erie had a player who was fast and classy and who several times during the fracas, pulled off exciting dashes that caused the Massillon fans to cease breathing until he was safely stretched out on the ground. This was Fuller, one of the few veterans from the Academy team of a year ago. The entire Erie attack was built around him, and he bore up well under his task.
The orange and black scored in the first eight minutes of play. Erie was driving towards the Massillon goal line when McConnell intercepted a pass on the Erie 35-yard line. He carried the pigskin 10 yards before being tackled, placing the ball on the 25-yard line. Smith then hit off tackle for seven yards and Laughlin cut off two more, but Massillon was declared offside and was penalized five yards. McConnell failed to gain on a line plunge but on the next play he passed the oval 10 yards to Gump who raced the remaining 15 yards for a touchdown. Gump came near being tackled after catching the pass, falling to his knees, but he quickly pulled himself loose and continued over the goal line. McConnell’s toe failed to respond and the extra point was lost.

Shortly afterwards, Erie punted to the Massillon 47-yard line. On the first play, McConnell stepped back and hurled a pass to Laughlin who carried the ball to Erie’s 18-yard line before being downed. Foster then made a yard and McConnell narrowed the distance to the goal by six yards on a sweeping end run. He then struck through the line for three yards, making a first down on the eight-yard line. On the next play, Laughlin tore through for four yards, placing the pigskin on the four-yard line as the whistle blew announcing the end of the first quarter. On the first play in the second period, McConnell ripped around left end and over the goal line. His toe obeyed and added another point. The half ended with the score 13 to 0 in favor of Massillon.
It was late in the third quarter before the local team could put across its third set of points. Again it was the forward pass that brought results. McConnell placed the local team in a position to score by intercepting an Erie pass in midfield and scampering back to the 28-yard line before being downed. On the next play he ripped off five yards, but Massillon was penalized five yards for being offside. A pass was batted down and on the next play McConnell hurled a short pas to Laughlin who ran 25 yards for a touchdown. McConnell kicked goal.

The last points were gathered late in the game and were accumulated as a result of the brilliant running of Bast, a substitute, who was playing his first game.

Bast returned an Erie punt 35 yards to the eight-yard line by a brilliant piece of open field running. Hax hit the line for a yard and on the next play Bast waded over the goal line. Hax failed to make the extra point.

Coach Atkinson’s men used the forward pass effectively Saturday. The aerial game was the big noise in the offense for it gained a total of 169 yards, 10 passes being completed, five incomplete and one intercepted by Erie. Erie was not so fortunate in its attempt to harness the air. The Erie gridders hurled 11 passes, completed three for a total of 35 yards, had four intercepted while four were batted down by Massillon players.

In the number of first downs the orange and black excelled, making the required yardage 16 times to 10 times for Erie.

McConnell made a beautiful catch when he intercepted Fuller’s pass in the third period to put the Massillonians in a position to score. “Mac” caught the ball over his shoulder while racing towards the Massillon goal. He pivoted quickly however and was about face shaking off tacklers as he headed toward the Erie goal, finally being thrown out of bounds on the 28-yard line.

The local team showed a wonderful defense against the forward pass, intercepting four Erie passes at critical moments, and batting down a like number.

Penalties were numerous during the game, both sides being setback often for breaking rules. However, both teams fought hard and clean and none of the penalties were inflicted for intentional rough playing.
Atkinson’s reserve material showed up well Saturday. It was the Massillon mentor’s first chance to see his reserves under fire and all played capable. Bast grabbed much of the lime light with his brilliant open field running, while Hosso showed up well.

The Massillon backfield which started the game, Laughlin, Smith, Foster and McConnell worked exceptionally well together. Excellent interference was given the ball toter, one thing that was sorely lacking in the Akron game, and the runner was given good protection until he could get beyond the line of scrimmage.
Just the Start
Massillon – 28 Pos. Erie –0
Gump LE Erhart
Ott LT Malthaner
Spencer LG Wagner
Potts C Parsons
R. Price RG Ferrare
Benson RT Temple
Fulton RE Lewis
McConnell QB Speicher
Smith LHB W. Kinsinger
Foster RHB Fuller
Laughlin FB Weed

Score by quarters:
Massillon 6 7 7 6 26

Massillon – Hosso for Laughlin, Carrol for Potts, Mauger for Price, Laughln for Hosso, Price for Mauger, Hax for Foster, Ressler for Fulton, Hosso for Laughlin, Easterday for Spencer, Mathews for Gump, Strong for Ott, Grant for Smith, Mauger for Price, Bast for McConnell, Schnerlie for Hax, Fox for Ressler.

Erie – Jennings for Erhart, Flint for Temple, C. Kinsinger for Weed, Tranis for Jennings, Schwartz for Lewis, Weed for C. Kingsinger.

Touchdowns – Gump, McConnell, Laughlin, Bast.

Point after touchdown – McConnell 2.

Referee – Archibald (Michigan).
Umpire – Tompkinson (Akron).
Head Linesman – Shafer (Akron).

Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1926: Massillon 0, Akron East 6


Showing a decided lack of actual combat experience Washington high school’s orange and black football team Saturday went down to defeat before Akron East 6 to 0 in the opening contest of the 1926 scholastic campaign on Massillon Field. Cold winds and intermittent showers cut down the opening day attendance but the stands were fairly well packed when the rival aggregation took the gridiron for the initial whistle.

Scoring a touchdown late in the second quarter on a series of desperate line plunges after a Massillon fumble had put them within the local team’s 20-yard line Akron East’s gridders annexed the only points scored during the contest and romped off the field with a victory over Coach John H. Atkinson’s warriors. Outside of the time when Akron East scored neither team threatened the others goal line to any serious extent and the game for the most part was devoid of any thrills, both aggregations adhering largely to straight football.

The field was a bit soggy but the footing firm. The rain however, made the ball slippery and hard to handle and a strong wind, driving across the field from the north, made punting difficult for the team which was defending the south goal. Fumbles, blocked punts and penalties worked a hardship upon the inexperienced Massillon eleven, a fumble giving Akron East a chance to score while several 15-yard penalties halted Massillon’s offense on several occasions when it seemed the orange and black was on its way to points.

A defeat is always a bitter pill to swallow but when time is taken out to analyze the Massillon eleven which took the field Saturday against Akron East it can be seen that even in defeat the orange and black gave a good account of itself and displayed enough ability to indicate that it has good possibilities of being drafted into a formidable machine as the season progresses.
The Massillon eleven which made its 1926 debut last Saturday was almost as green in actual playing experience as the grass under its feet. The team took the field with only two veterans from the 1925 aggregation in the lineup. And one of these did not become a regular until the last two games when an eligibility ruling knocked out several backfield stars and gave him a chance.

That player was Art McConnell who directed the team’s offense from the quarterback position. The other veterans, Fritz Gump at left end, acting captain in the absence of Bill Price who is laid up with a broken collar bone; “Whitey” Laughlin, plunging fullback, got into the game for a few minutes but was forced out with a bad knee which he had injured in practice last week.

With the exception of McConnell and Gump the team was made up of reserves from last year or players indulging in their first contest as varsity performers. And their experience weighed heavily against them. They fought gamely enough but fighting ability is not always enough. It was not Saturday.
Had Captain Bill Price been able to be in the game the line undoubtedly would have not wilted under Akron East’s pounding in the second quarter when the touchdown was scored. Price’s fighting spirit and his ability to plug up a hole in a crisis probably would have kept Akron from scoring but Bill, with his arm in a sling, had to watch the game from the bench. And if Laughlin had been at his best and able to stay in the game throughout a different offense also would have resulted.

It was only during those few fatal seconds in the second quarter that the Massillon line wilted. During the rest of the game it out played the Akron forward wall and continually stopped the visiting backfield in its tracks. However, it needs to be more aggressive. What the local team’s offense would have accomplished had its attack not been cut down by penalties is a matter of conjecture.

It showed flashes of power both at line plunging and end running and several times opened up with well executed forward passes. It missed a chance to gain heavily in the fourth quarter when two well hurled passes by McConnell were fumbled by the lads on the receiving end. McConnell also lacked experience in directing the team but Art, having passed through the heat of one battle as field general, should develop rapidly.

A number of McConnell’s punts were blocked Saturday largely because he did not drop far enough behind his line when kicking. The inexperienced Massillon line was not able to hold out the rushing Akron warriors long enough for Art to get his kicks away from a short distance back of the center.
Massillon received to open the contest and from the way it started off it looked like curtains for Akron. One first down was made on an end run and an off tackle buck and the orange and black was driving up the field when a 15-yard penalty took the steam out of its punch. Then McConnell’s punt was blocked and Akron got the ball on Massillon’s 22-yard line. But East couldn’t gain and a field goal failed.

Once again Massillon’s offense started well. McConnell made six and then heaved a pass to Briggs for six more. Two more line plays netted five and then McConnell hurled a pass to Matthews for 26 yards but East stopped the drive by intercepting the next Massillon pass.

The orange and black however held and Akron punted. Again the local team started to travel up the field but a 15-yard penalty again halted the march.

Fumbles began to make their appearance in the second quarter and McConnell fumbled on an end run, Akron covering the ball on Massillon’s 28-yard line. But once again the green Massillon line could not be dented and another attempt by Akron to score through a field goal failed.

Massillon got the ball on its 20-yard line and on the first play fumbled. Crisp, of Akron, plunged on the ball on Massillon’s 17-yard line. Then came Akron’s best offensive of the game.

With Keeney, flashy Akron quarterback and the individual star of the game, smashing through the Massillon line or off tackle Akron carried the ball to the seven-yard line on four plunges. Akron kept hammering the inexperienced Massillon line which was slowly but surely giving ground and three more plays took the ball over, Keeney going through the center of the line for a touchdown. He failed to add the extra point.

Neither team was able to do much in the third quarter but when the final period opened the orange and black, six points behind, started off with a desperate drive that cracked the Akron team wide open. Getting the ball on Massillon’s 32 yard line McConnell and Briggs smashed through tackle and around the ends for three first downs in a row. It looked like the Massillon march could not be halted but a penalty had to bob up and a 15-yard loss stopped the rush.

However, the orange and black got a break in luck but it could not take advantage of it. When McConnell punted an Akron man held Gump while the ball was in mid air and the oval was given to Massillon on Akron’s 28-yard line where the penalty occurred. But by this time Akron had regained its breath and held the Massillon backs, getting the ball after Massillon failed to make the required yardage in four plays.

A short time later McConnell opened up with passes but Smith and Briggs fumbled two well heaved passes. Either one of them would have enabled Massillon to get deep into Akron territory. As the game ended Akron was once more hammering away at the Massillon line and had worked the ball within the Massillon 30-yard line.

Although defeated, Massillon out played its Akron rival. The local team made eight first downs to six for Akron and completed three passes while Akron completed but one. Three of Massillon’s passes were grounded while Akron intercepted on. Akron only tried three forwards.
Erie Is Next
Massillon – 0 Pos. Akron East – 6
Gump LE Porosky
Ott LT Bell
Spencer LG Crisp
Potts C Wilson
Price RG Bergey
Benson RT Growden
Fulton RE Morgan
McConnell QB Keeney
Matthews LHB Coudriet
Briggs RHB Thomas
Foster FB Johnson

Score by quarters:
Massillon 0 0 0 0 0
Akron East 0 6 0 0 6

Massillon – Laughlin for Foster, Smith for Matthews, Foster for Laughlin, Carroll for Benson, Bickel for Briggs.

Akron East – Averitte for Porosky, Leibowitz for Johnson, Porosky for Averitte.

Touchdown – Keeney.

Referee – Maurer.
Umpire – Jenkins.
Head Linesman – Tompkinson

Time of quarters – 12 minutes.

Bill Price