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Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1939: Massillon 47, Canton Lehman 6

Lehman Second Team Of Season To Score On Massillon Eleven; Tally Touchdown On Intercepted Pass After Having Two Scoring Attempts Stopped


It was Polar Bear weather, but Tiger might, and today Washington high school’s consecutive victory chain had the 21st link welded into it, a 47-6 triumph over Canton Lehman, last night before 10,000 shivering fans in Tiger Stadium.

Not a one of the 10,000 regretted sitting through the game and most of those who had intended leaving at the half remained to the very end.
All Sorts of Formations
The lopsided score doesn’t tell the reason why, but had you been there, the intricate formations of the Lehman gridders would have had an appealing effect to your football weakness too.

Were it not for the difference in suits, you might have thought it was the Massillon band when the Lehman gridders spread themselves over the field in squares and something resembling a company front.

It was effective in pushing twice as many first downs over the Tigers than any other opponent has been able to do and most of all, it kept the fans in an excited mood, wondering what to expect next.
Intercepted Passes Inevitable
But when you spread your team offensively, you also spread your protecting defense for the play should anything go wrong and here the boomerang bounced back on the Polar Bears. Four passes went into the arms of Tiger players and two of them, Horace Gillom and Jim Moody, had nothing to do but run 80 and 60 yards respectively for touchdowns. A third intercepted pass by George Fabian, behind the goal line, stopped a Lehman touchdown drive that had reached the seven-yard line.

The Polar Bears were just as unruly on defense. They lined up with only two men on the line of scrimmage, then as the Tigers shifted, hopped from four to five players into the line and moved two and three of the secondary forward several paces in an attempt to confuse the Tigers in their blocking assignments and upset the Massillon offense.

It didn’t work so successfully, however, for the varsity moved over the Polar Bear goal three times the first quarter and then went to the bench to watch the second and third stringers play the remainder of the game.

Aside from the Lehman offense and defense the game was screwy from another standpoint. The first quarter and part of the second was played without an official timekeeper.

It appears that someone had told Head Linesman Barrett that C.P. Hoffee, who goes to bed and gets up with a stop watch, would keep time. But nobody told Hoffee. The coaches thought Barrett was timing the game.

After the first quarter had lasted 14 minutes, Hoffee, who sure enough was following his hobby of timekeeping for fun, reported to Coach Brown. The Head Linesman was notified. He didn’t have a gun. Time was called. The coaches and officials held a discussion. The quarter ended there and it was agreed that the two minutes would be deducted from the second period which was cut to 10 minutes. Hoffee times the remainder of the game.

The Polar Bears’ desire to make a game of it and give the fans their money’s worth carried them deep into Tiger territory twice in the first half, once to the 16-yard line and again to the seven-yard line. Their fervent desire to score on the local eleven, something only Cathedral Latin had previously been able to do, was finally rewarded in the third quarter and Massillon fans were glad for it.
Santora Intercepts Pass
The Tigers here hammering down on the Polar Bear 31-yard line when Fabian tried to pass; the ball was partially blocked as it left his hand and Pete Santora gathered it in and headed for the east sideline and south goal. Running with all his might he raced by several Massillon players who attempted to tackle him and collapsed when tackled behind the goal. The attempt by Elsaesser to kick the extra point failed, but it mattered not, for Lehman’s work was done.

The Polar Bears ability to move the ball, kept the game an offensive duel from start to finish. In the entire first three periods, there was but one punt that coming at the end of the first series of plays, when Fuller punted after his team had failed to gain after the kickoff.

The punt put the ball in Massillon’s possession on the Lehman 40. Spectators’ eyes popped out at the sight of Lehman defense and Red James, carrying the ball on the first Massillon play was thrown for a three-yard loss by Bob Fuller. George Slusser felt the Polar Bears out as he got back the three yards on a charge at left tackle. He sized up the situation immediately and the Polar Bear unorthodox defense paid dearly. Slusser dropped back and Horace Gillom streaked down the east sideline toward the south goal.

He was past the Lehman secondary in a flash and took Slusser’s perfect pass with no one between himself and the goal. All he had to do was run and Gillom can do that right handily. Ray Getz kicked the extra point, the ball striking the left post and bounding over the crossbar.

Did that touchdown discourage Lehman? No, sir. The Polar Bears took the kickoff and came right back with their razzle – dazzle, spraddles that carried the ball from their own 27-yard line down to the Tiger 16. Fuller started it out by sweeping right end for 14 yards. Then Panella tossed a 20-yarder to Fuller for a first down on the Massillon 39. He came right back with another 20-yard heave to Fuller that caused the poor Tigers to take time out on their own 19 as Capt. Martin noticed the goal line wasn’t so very far behind him.
Tigers Get Ball
Fuller tried to carry the ball but was tossed for a three-yard loss. Panella’s pass was grounded. Panella tossed another to Fuller for a six-yard gain that took the ball to the Tiger 16-yard line. The Bears tried another wide spread formation, but took too much time. The referee blew his whistle just as the ball was passed. Fuller passed to Elsaesser and he went over the goal line, but about half the Tigers and Lehman players who heard the whistle, didn’t take part in the play. Lehman attempted another pass but Gillom grounded it and the Tigers took the ball on downs on their 21, thus ending the threat.

Three plays later the Tigers had their second touchdown. Slusser made three yards at left tackle and on a quick break, Foster sneaked through for 11 and a first down on his 35. There Slusser tucked the ball under his arm and raced 65 yards for a touchdown, outrunning Fuller and another Lehman secondary as he streaked down the west sideline to the south goal. Getz booted the extra point on a perfect bullseye between the uprights and the score was 14-0.

The Tigers kicked off to the Polar Bears and back they came with their razz-a-ma-taz. A shot from Fuller to Elsaesser gained 16 yards, another to Uebing produced five and a
15-yard penalty on Massillon put the ball on the Tiger 35.

Clear the decks for Gillom. And that’s what his teammates did as he gathered in Panella’s next pass on the 20-yard line and headed for the south goal. It was an 80-yard run and the third touchdown of the game.

Out came the Lehman first team and in went the second stringers. Getz booted the 21st point and the varsity’s evenings work was finished. In went the Tiger second stringers and with it, Coach Jim Robinson of Lehman shoved his first team back on the field.

The Polar Bears received, but when Fuller tried a pass, Freddie Blunt gathered it in on the Lehman 37 to launch another Tiger drive. The Tigers got down to the 25-yard line, overcoming a 15-yard penalty for clipping that nullified a fine 22-yard mouse trap end run by George Kester, when the prolonged first period ended.
Blunt Goes Over
Fabian, Blunt and Clendening took turns carrying the ball until they reached the two-yard line. Lehman was offside and a one-yard penalty advanced the ball to the one-yard line where Blunt took it over. He failed to make the extra point and the score was 27-0.

Lehman struck back again after the kickoff was downed on the 27-yard line. A 10-yard peg, Panella to Fuller put the ball on the 37-yard line and there followed the prettiest play of the game. Fuller passed laterally two-thirds the width of the field to Panella who in turn heaved the ball 23 yards to Elsaesser for a first down on the Tiger 32-yard line. A 15-yard penalty on Massillon advanced the ball to the 17. Santora and Fuller made it first down on the seven and sent the Tiger team into an eight-man line. Fuller tried to buck it but hit a stone wall. Panella then attempted a pass, but George Fabian hauled the ball in behind the goal and ran back to the five-yard line. The half ended two plays later.

Lehman kicked off as the third period got underway and Clendening was downed with the ball on his 28-yard line. On the first play he broke fast through the Lehman team and was hauled down from behind on the Lehman 27, after a run of 45 yards. Kester went to the 15 on an end around play and Blunt hit through tackle for the touchdown, Clendening went over for the extra point.

The Polar Bears were still on the loose, however, and aided by a 15-yard pass from Panella to Fuller, came back to the Tiger 44-yard line. They had Jim Moody to reckon with, however, and Jim timed Fuller’s next throw to intercept the ball and race 60 yards for a touchdown. Fabian attempted to toss a pass for the extra point but it failed.
Santora Brings Joy To Lehman
The following kickoff found the Bears pecking away again. Fuller found Panella for a
25-yar pass as the visitors took the ball to the Tiger 30. There the locals stopped the drive and marched back to the Lehman 31, where Fabian’s blocked pass found the waiting arms of Santora who raced for Lehman’s touchdown. At this stage of the game, the score was about as good as a victory for the Lehman rooters who shouted themselves hoarse. And they were joined by almost as many Massillon supporters who were glad to see the Bears rewarded for their pleasing efforts.

The Tigers scored but once the last period in a drive that began from their own 42. It was Clendening seven yards, Fabian seven yards and a first down on the 28. Fabian lost two but got back five on his second attempt. The Bears left an opening on the left side of their line on the next play and that was all Pokey Blunt needed. He was through and away for a 25-yard touchdown dash, the last of the game. Clendening plunged the 47th point across.

The statistics would not indicate the Tigers as 41 points better than Lehman. They made 13 first downs to the Polar Bears’ dozen and gained 342 yards rushing to the Bears’ 40. On the other hand the Bears’ made the huge total of 155 yards passing to the Tigers’ 40.

Massillon attempted but three passes, completing one, while the visitors made 11 of 21. The Tigers punted but once and Lehman three times, three of the four punts coming in the last quarter.

That both teams were in fine condition, there was no doubt. There were few times out for injury and no dragging on the field. The Polar Bears had a wealth of spirit but were poor in tackling and blocking, particularly the former. Many a time Bear defensive players had opportunities to spill Tiger ball carriers for losses, but spoiled the opportunity with weak tackling.

Good Old Bear
Massillon Pos. Lehman
Getz LE Uebing
Pedrotty LT Lee
Russell LG Cline
Martin C Wilson
Henderson RG Butler
Swezey RT Mack
Gillom RE Loucks
Foster QB Panella
Slusser LH Fuller
James RH Elsaesser
Zimmerman FB Santora

Score by periods:
Massillon 21 6 13 7 47
Lehman 0 0 0 6 6

Massillon – Kester; Wallace; Broglio; Appleby; Cardinal; Croop; Moody; Kingham; Fabian; Blunt; Clendening; Hill; White; Pettay; De Mando.
Lehman – Bauer; Brown; Neading; Wyler; Julian; Eicher; Uebelhart; Nicholson; Marconi; Hungerford; Williams.

Massillon – Gillom 2; Slusser; Blunt 3; Moody.
Lehman – Santora.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Getz 3 (placekicks); Clendening 2 (carried).

Referee – Hetra.
Umpire – Bechtel.
Head Linesman – Barrett.

Game Statistics
Mass. Lehman
First downs 13 12
Yards rushing 342 40
Yards passing 40 155
Total yards gained 382 195
Yards lost 11 18
Net yards gained 371 177
Passes attempted 3 21
Passes completed 1 11
Passes intercepted 1 4
Passes incomplete 1 6
Punts 1 3
Average punt (yards) 30 34
Kickoffs 8 2
Average kickoff (yards) 45 47
Punts returned (yards) 11 3
Kickoffs returned (yards) 39 124
Times penalized 2 4
Yards penalized 30 26
Fumbles 1 1
Fumbles recovered 1 1

George Slusser
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1938: Massillon 52, Canton Lehman 0


Long Pass And Interception Crack Stubborn Lehman Resistance In Second Period; Band Sparkles In Flat Foot Floogie


Those Gold Dust twins, Fred Toles and Horace Gillom and an up and coming substitute, George Fabian, by name, pulled downs heaps of glory here Friday evening as the Washington high Tigers stretched their season’s record to eight straight victories and advanced a step in the Stark county series at the expense of Canton Lehman 52-0.

A crowd of between 13,000 and 14,000 spectators, as large as any this season, was treated to another of those football shows that have made this season’s attendance a record in the history of Washington high athletics. Already 87,000 people have seen the Tigers play and two games that will draw at least 25,000 more, remain to be played.
Fabian Leading Ground Gainer
Give every member of the team credit and place the Massillon and Lehman bands high in your praise, but don’t overlook the performance of Toles, Gillom and Fabian.

It was the Gold Dust twins, first Toles, and then Gillom that made a stubborn Lehman team crack early in the second period and it was Fabian in the role of substitute who scored more yards than any other person on the field as well as the honor of making the longest run of the evening.

And while handing out the glory, don’t forget the weatherman, who held off a rain storm for two hours. And keep your fingers crossed, for that is what the Tigers want Nov. 19 when they meet their second Canton foe and arch rival, McKinley high.

McKinley beat Lehman, 48-6 and there you have a comparison.

The Tigers chalked up their 52-0 triumph last night with the first team on the bench for two and one-half periods. The victory was more than anyone had expected in view of Lehman’s achievement last week in trimming the previously unbeaten Columbus North, the potential central Ohio champions.
Tigers Improving
The varsity, from all indications is just beginning to come into its own. Its performances of the last three weeks have heaped surprise on surprise until one wonders just how strong the eleven really is.

It didn’t look a whole lot better than Lehman the first quarter, but Lehman weakened after Toles speared Fuller’s pass to end its only scoring threat and it lost its spirit completely when Gillom six plays later went high into the air to pull down George Slusser’s pass from his own 41-yard line and race 25 yards to a touchdown.

Those two plays cracked Lehman wide open and before the period could end the Tigers had dug their cleats behind the Lehman goal three more times.

“My team appeared to lose all of the fight after that touchdown pass,” said James Robinson, Lehman coach, after the game. “I think I have a better ball club than the score indicates. In fact I know I have.”

Then turning to Coach Paul Brown, Robinson added, “I want to thank you for playing your substitutes, but honestly I wish you would have let your first team continue in the game.”

Brown replied, “Your players are young and –“. But Robinson broke in with, “I know, but if a team can run up 100 points, it has a right to do so. That is my honest opinion.”

Lehman used an unorthodox defense that confused the Tigers in the early stages of the game. The Bears lined up with a five-man line, but hopped one and sometimes two players in as the ball was passed to confuse the Massillon linemen on their blocking assignments.

“It was the only thing I could do,” Robinson said after the game. “I was afraid of that flat pass and I tried to come up with the wings as long as possible.”

Brown was well pleased with the performance of his eleven and most of all he was gratified that none of the first stringers suffered any injuries. To chance injury as little as possible and to give the subs an opportunity to play was the principal reason why he only used his regulars one and one-half periods. A second team carried on for two quarters and the third stringers finished the last half of the fourth period. The second stringers scored one half of the points, the score being 26-0 when they took over the evening’s work.
Tiger Line Shines Again
For the third straight week, the Tiger line played a whale of a game. It held the Polar Bears to two first downs while clearing the way for 16 for Massillon. It yielded but 66 yards from scrimmage and threw back players for 16 yards in losses. It charged forward to make it possible for Massillon backs to gain the net total of 365 yards from scrimmage and it helped the blockers in protecting Slusser so thoroughly that he had loads of time to pick out his receivers and hurl his passes down the field.

From tackle to tackle, there wasn’t an outstanding performer on varsity or yannigan teams. To name one you must name them all and that is done in the lineup. Every boy made his contribution to the victory which places Massillon on a level with Canton McKinley in the county series. Each team has won two games.

The Tigers resorted to little passing last night. They didn’t need to. In fact, the second stringers didn’t throw one the last two and one-half periods and Slusser tossed but four. Two of these were completed, both to Gillom. The first was good for a gain of 59 yards and a touchdown and the second also to Gillom for 11 yards and a first down on the 12-yard line.

A high wind made punters look good when kicking with their backs to it and just the opposite when kicking against it.

In punting Lehman held its only advantage in the statistics. Wallick averaged 36 yards on his punts while Gillom and Kaspar Lechleiter averaged only 23 yards. However, with one exception all of the Tiger punts were against the wind. The exception was a boot that rode the crest of a wave, 65 yards from scrimmage. Add 10 more yards for the distance Lechleiter stood behind the line of scrimmage and you find the flight of the ball was 75 yards.

Shriver also got off one of the same kind early in the game.

With Lehman tackling fiercely, there was no indication the first quarter of the game would develop into the walk-a-way it did. In fact the Polar Bears came fighting back after the first Tiger touchdown to wage a successful punting duel in the wind. A well placed boot went outside on the Massillon five-yard line and when Gillom tried to kick back, the wind caught the ball and blew it back to the 17-yard line.
Lehmans’ Big Moment
It was Lehman’s big moment and when two plays only gained two yards Fuller tried a southpaw pass to Shriver, Fred Toles was on the job and hauled in the ball on the
eight-yard line to end the threat. In five plays, Getz and Snyder carried the ball to a first down on their 41. There Slusser took the oval, dropped back and pegged it toward the speeding Gillom, who raced in between two Polar Bear players, timed a perfect leap, snatched it away from them and scampered 25 yards for a touchdown. Lehman seemed to realize it was useless after that, for touchdowns came cheaply the rest of the game and even a string of substitutes failed to stem the scoring.

Hooray For Subs
Massillon Pos. Lehman
Toles LE Uebing
Lucius LT Hale
Russell LG Bauer
Martin C Banks
Houston RG Steineck
Henderson RT Wallick
Gillom RE Oyler
Slusser QB Fuller
Getz LH Hankes
Zimmerman RH Shriver
Snyder FB Clark

Score by periods:
Massillon 6 26 14 6 52

Massillon – Fabian; Pizzino; R. Clendening; James; Lechleiter; Foster; Croop; Sweezey; Page; Wallace; Appleby; Mauger, Brogilo; W. Clendening; Kester; Kingham; Pettay; Oliver; Cardinal; Moody; France.
Lehman – Ashton; Elsaesser; Boone; Wyler; Cromley.

Massillon – Snyder; Gillom; Slusser; Getz; Pizzino 2; Fabian 2.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Getz 2 (placekick); James 2 (carried).

Referee – Brubaker.
Umpire – Howells.
Head Linesman – Wrobleski.

Game Statistics
Mass. Lehman
First downs 16 2
Yards gained rushing 372 66
Yards lost rushing 7 16
Net gain rushing 365 50
Yards gained passing 70 4
Total yards gained 435 54
Passes attempted 4 5
Passes completed 2 1
Passes incompleted 2 2
Passes intercepted 0 2
Number of punts 6 7
Average punts, yards 23 36
Number of kickoffs 9 1
Average kickoffs yards 46 49
Punts returned, yards 0 9
Kickoffs returned 18 82
Lost ball on fumble 0 4
Yards penalized 35 5

Player Gained Lost Total
Slusser 45 2 43
Getz 40 3 37
Snyder 85 0 85
Fabian 119 2 117
Pizzino 10 0 10
Toles 16 0 16
James 57 0 57
_______ _____ ______
Total 372 7 365