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Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1990: Massillon 23, Cincinnati Moeller 24

Owens. Forget and move on
Moeller wins on pass with seconds left

Independent Sports Editor

The Browns were on live Sunday but the Massillon Tigers watched re­runs.

The game they watched was bet­ter than the Browns vs. the Jets, too.

It was, of course, the game film of the previous night’s 24‑23 loss to Cin­cinnati Moeller before 16,764 in Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. You could give it the title: “The Ecstasy and the Agony.”

But head coach Lee Owens prefer­red another: “History.”

“We’ve officially closed the book on Cincinnati Moeller,” Owens said at 3:45 p.m., just after the team film viewing ended.

“It was a great game to coach in. It was one big chess match … there were literally adjustments made by both sides on every play.

“It was also an extremely difficult game to lose. But it’s over. It’s time to prepare for another tough challenge.”

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The Tigers, whose 3‑1 record is the same as Moeller’s, will play Friday at Austintown‑Fitch. Fitch is off to a 4‑0 start, including a dominating performance against a Mentor team that thought this might be a playoff year. The Falcons have won their only two games against the Tigers in Austintown.

In fact, the most recent loss at Fitch was quite like Saturday’s set­back to Moeller.

At Fitch in 1988, Jeff Wilkens kick­ed a 43‑yard field goal on the last play of the game to reverse a Tiger lead.

At Tiger Stadium Saturday, with the Tigers leading 23‑17 in the clos­ing seconds, Carlos Collins streaked open over the middle and caught a perfectly thrown 39‑yard touchdown pass from Moeller quarterback Neil Dougherty.

The play ended with 14 seconds left to tie the game at 23‑all. Senior Terry Knecht, who has the same thunder in his right leg as Wilkens, easily boomed the extra point through the uprights.

It was a crushing moment for Tigertown.

Prior to Moeller’s final posses­sion, which began with 2:55 left in the game and 67 yards away from the Massillon goal line, the Tigers had clearly played well enough to end their 10‑year jinx during which the Cincinnati powerhouse had won the only four games ever played be­tween the teams.

Prior to the final possession, the Tigers led 234‑198 in total offense…and looked good doing it.

Dougherty, however, led Moeller downfield and came up with a couple big plays. He converted twice on crucial fourth downs, including a fourth‑and‑10 one play before Collins’ dramatic catch.

Yet, wrenching as it was, one of the elements that makes Massillon Tigertown was exposed even as Col­lins danced back to the sidelines.

Spontaneous applause broke out among the Tiger fans.

“I thought the boys played a good game,” explained one woman who was applauding.

No question about that. This was by far the best of the Massillon‑Moeller games. It also was the first one in which the Tigers had the lead.

The Tigers took the lead by ram­ming the ball 69 yards on the first possession of the second half. They got the second‑half kickoff following a little bit of macho ‑ they had de­ferred after winning the opening coin toss, choosing to kick off to Moeller.

Knecht’s 33‑yard field goal on’ Moeller’s first possession of the second half made it 21‑17. The Tigers took a 23‑17 lead on the fourth play of the fourth quarter when Knecht, serving as Moeller’s punter, couldn’t reach a high snap that squirmed out of the end zone for a safety.

The Tigers couldn’t capitalize on good field position off the ensuing ‘fee kick, nor on similarly good field position after a Moeller punt.

Scott Karrenbauer’s fair catch of that punt gave Massillon possession on its own 29 with 6:46 left. Two play­ers who had their finest games adv­anced the ball downfield. Tight end Chris Roth caught a Barry Shertzer pass for 14 yards. Later, running back Travis McGuire twisted and churned for a 17‑yard gain for a first down on the Moeller 32.

On fourth‑and‑one from the 23, as the clock wound near 3:00, the Ti­gers decided to go for a first down.

“I thought they’d try to kick a field goal there,” Moeller coach Steve Klonne said. “If they’d have made a field goal, we’d have been dead.”

Owens said a field goal was not a realistic option, the coaches having determined from practice kicks that their range is 30 to 35 yards. The field goal would have been around 40 yards.

Instead, the give went to Falando Ashcraft, who had a touch of day­light inside but seemed to spot a big­ger opening to the outside. He bounced outside but was stopped by Moeller’s best defensive player, linebacker Jason Knecht.

Moeller proceeded to move the ball despite sacks by Massillon line­men Mark Murphy and Jermaine Hinton. Dougherty came up with the big completions when his team needed them the most. None was bigger than the fourth‑and‑10 pass to senior Jon Hess to the Massillon 39.

The play was somewhat controversial. Replays suggested Hess may have caught the sideline pass on a short hop. The spot of the ball seemed generous. Klonne seemed in agony on the sideline, apparently fearing it was over.

But when the measurement was made, Massillon coach Jim Letca­vits observed with quiet resolve on the sideline, “They got it by half the ball.”

Collins then scored on the next play, The big one had slipped away, leaving the Tigers hoping for better things in the next big one, this week.

First downs rushing 9 4
First downs passing 4 8
First downs Penalty 0 0
Total first down 13 12
Net yards rushing 156 151
Net yards passing 92 160
Total net yards 234 265
Passes attempted 15 23
Passes completed 9 12
Passes intercepted 0 1
Fumbles/lost 2‑1 1‑1
Punts 4 5
Punting average 42.0 38.0
Penalties 0 5
Yards penalized 0 40

Moeller 7 7 3 7 24
Massillon 7 7 7 2 23

MOE – Langenkamp 11 pass from Dougherty (Knecht kick)
MAS ‑ Ashcraft 1 run (John kick)
MOE ‑ Collins 4 run (Kncecht kick)
MAS ‑ McGuire 9 run (John kick)
MAS ‑ Ashcraft 1 run (John kick)
MOE ‑ FG Knecht 34
MAS ‑ Safety, Punt snapped out of end zone
MOE – Collins 39 pass from Dougher­ty (Knecht kick)

Moeller rallies
to stun Massillon

Repository sports writer

MASSILLON ‑ It was a simple play, but not an easy one to exe­cute unless you have an athlete with composure, good hands and 4.4 speed.

Unfortunately for an estimated crowd of just over 18,000 at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, the Cincin­nati Moeller High School football team has just that type of athlete, senior running back Carlos Col­lins.

Collins, who last year stabbed the hearts of Massillon Washing­ton football fans with 322 yards rushing in a 41‑7 rout of the Ti­gers, did it again Saturday night. His 39‑yard TD reception with 14 seconds left in the game lifted Moeller (3‑1) to a 24‑23 victory over the Tigers.

Lined up as the inside receiver in the trips formation on fourth­and‑10, Collins blew past the out­side linebacker, streaked by the free safety and snared a perfectly thrown pass by quarterback Neil Dougherty. Terry Knecht’s PAT gave Moeller the one‑point win and raised the Crusaders’ lifetime record against the Tigers to 6‑0.

“The play is nothing fancy,” said Moeller head coach Steve Klonne. “Carlos just streaks ‑zoom! Right down the field. We knew there was nobody on the field who could stay with Carlos.

Not many high school kids can.”

Massillon defensive coordina­tor Greg Gillum said he knew the game‑winning formation was trouble, even though the Cru­saders had lined up in it earlier and not thrown to Collins.

“They’ve hit that play for big yardage in all the games they’ve played,” Gillum said. “We knew they’d be looking for Carlos. We had a guy play about five yards off to try and give them the under­neath stuff, but Carlos just blew by everyone.”

Collins, who finished with a game‑high 131 yards rushing on 23 carries, knew he was going to score as soon as he lined up.

“After about six steps, I saw the whole thing develop,” said the 6­foot‑1, 187‑pound Collins. “This was a thing of beauty, much more exciting than last year.”

The game also was a thing of beauty for the Tigers ‑ until the final drive, that is. But on that drive, which started at the Moeller 22 with 2:39 left to play, Moeller converted a third‑and‑ 10 situation at the Moeller 37, a fourth‑and‑seven at the Moeller 40 and the final fourth‑and‑10 sit­uation that crushed the Massillon faithful.

Massillon’s offense gave the Ti­gers a 21‑14 lead by taking the second‑half kickoff and going 69 yards on 14 plays. Junior Falando Ashcraft finished the drive 5:54 after it began by driving into the end zone from a yard out. Ryan John added the PAT.

Massillon’s defense then held Moeller to a 34‑yard field goal by Knecht at the 1:51 mark of the third.

Massillon punter Chris Roth had a big hand in the next score for Massillon ‑ a safety with 9:52 left in the game that gave Massillon a 23‑17 lead.

Roth boomed a 56‑yarder that backed the Crusaders up on their own 8. Four plays later, a high snap went through punter Knecht’s hands and out of the end zone.

What would have been Massil­lon’s game‑winning drive was stopped on fourth‑and‑1 at the Crusader 22. With 3:13 to go in the game and after Massillon had driven 49 yards in eight plays, Ashcraft plowed into the line, but was stopped for no gain.

Moeller out gained the Tigers in total yards, 265‑234. Moeller had one turnover, while Massillon had none.

Ashcraft led Massillon in rushing with 48 yards on 20 carries. He scored two TDs, the first coming on a 1‑yard run that tied the score at 7‑7 in the first quarter.

Massillon running back Travis McGuire, who had some big gains off the draw play, set up Ash­craft’s second TD with a 23‑yard burst to the 1. He also scored on a 9‑yard draw up the middle to knot the score at two TDs apiece with 1:17 left in the first half.

Moeller 7 7 3 7 24
Massillon 7 7 7 2 23

MO ‑ Lagenkamp 8 pass from Dougherty (Knecht kick)
MA ‑ Ashcraft 1 run (John kick)
MO – Collins 4 run (Knecht kick)
MA ‑ McGuire 9 run (John kick)
MA ‑ Ashcraft 1 run (John kick)
MO ‑ FG Knecht 34
MA ‑ Safety. Punt snap out of end zone
MO ‑ Collins 39 pass from Dougherty (Knecht kick)

Chad Buckland
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1989: Massillon 7, Cincinnati Moeller 41

Tigers’ 7-year itch turns ouch vs. Mo
Fitch next after 41-7 loss to Crusaders

Independent Sports Editor

Most of Ohio will only have seen the ugly numbers. Cincinnati Moeller 41, Massillon 7.

They won’t know that this was the first time in four trips the Tigers gave Mighty Mo a run at it deep into the fourth quarter.

In the end it looked worse than any of the previous Moeller victories over Massillon: 30-7 in 1980, 24-6 in 1981, 35-14 in 1982.

Yes, the last time these teams met was 1982. The Tigers had a chance to soothe their seven-year itch.

Alas, this wound up like a barefoot stroll through a poison-ivy farm.

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As Massillon head coach Lee Owens put it after Saturday’s battle witnessed by 16,764 in Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, Someone said the score was not indicative of the game. I totally disagree. They dominated us on both lines of scrimmage.”

That certainly was true, even as the fourth quarter began with the Tigers trailing 21-7.

Yet, the fact remained that Massillon linebacker Craig Turkalj recovered a Carlos Collins fumble at the Moeller 42-yard line with 11:24 left in the game.

And moments later, there was tight end Doug Harig rambling past the Moeller bench on a 13-yard gain on a Lee Hurst pass.

There was hope. There was time to make up the 14-point deficit.

Moments earlier, the Tigers had gambled on fourth-and-inches at mid-field by calling a pass instead of a run. Split end Rameir Martin broke into the clear, poised to score a relatively easy touchdown. Hurst’s arm was hit as he threw, though, and Moeller came up with an interception.

But now the Tigers had the ball back on the Moeller 27. They could make the score respectable, maybe even have a chance to win.

Hurst, however, suffered his fifth sack of the night on first down. The Tigers eventually lost the ball on downs with 6:45 left.

Up to that point, Collins, a junior tailback, was having a big night, with 187 rushing yards but with no gains longer than 14 yards.

That changed quickly. With six minutes left, he finished off a 52-yard touchdown sprint and it was 27-7. With 2:30 left, he broke loose for an 83-yard TD run and it was 34-7. With 1:19 left, after the Tigers fumbled deep in their own territory, Moeller inflicted the final pain with a 2-yard TD run.

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Collins ,who says he runs 100 meters in 10.9 seconds (.3 slower than Euclid’s Robert “Mr. Football” Smith, who gained 358 yards against Jackson recently), finished with 35 carries for 322 yards.

“I thought it would be a very difficult game and as a matter of fact it was,” said Collins. “We just pulled away at the end.”

It wasn’t the way Tiger fans had hoped to prolong the 50th anniversary celebration of The House That Brown Built.

It was, in fact:
<Massillon’s most lopsided home defeat since a 42-3 loss to Toledo Scott in 1920, when
“home” was Agathon Park.
<The worst Massillon defeat ever at Tiger Stadium. It tied the 34-point margin by which
the Tigers fell 40-6 to Toledo Waite in 1946, three years before Tiger Stadium opened.
<The Tigers’ most one-sided setback since 1962, when they bowed 46-0 at Alliance.

The outcome left Moeller with a 4-0 record and the Tigers with a 3-1 mark. Massillon will try to rebound Friday at home against Austintown-Fitch, 4-0 following a 46-12 win over Glenville Friday. Take note of the fact Glenville opened its season by defeating a Wooster team that is 3-0 since then.

“It doesn’t get any easier at all,” Owens said. “I believe Fitch is even more dominant on the offensive line than the Moeller team whose line dominated us tonight.”

“We have o put this game behind us as soon as we can. We’re going to find out how much resiliency we have.”

Moeller wound up with a 368-74 advantage over the Tigers in rushing yards and a 485-239 edge in total offense.

“We thought we’d line it up and run and see if they could stop us,” said Moeller coach Steve Klonne, who runs a one-back offense similar to the one GlenOak deployed against the Tigers recently, except GlenOak had nobody like Carlos Collins.

“Carlos doesn’t have the swivel-hipped style of the classic dominant back. He’s more of a loper…but all of a sudden, he’s in the secondary. I think we hit Massillon with more traps and counter plays than they’d seen us use.”

Collins said his job was easy.

I just followed the tackles all night,” he said.

Moeller’s lines are smaller than usual but the tackles – Paul Barkey (6-3, 270) and Keith Fulmer (6-2, 246) are big enough.

Moeller punted after three plays on its opening series but was unstoppable after that.

During one stretch of the first half, Collins had consecutive gains of 14,7, 8, 8, 2, 9, 4, 10, 6, 2, 3, 9 and 10 yards.

The one-back offense spread the Tiger defense and kept it spread because quarterback Adam Hyzdu was effective when he did pass. Hyzdu showed by far the strongest and most accurate arm of any quarterback the Tigers have seen – probably any they will see – in completing seven of 13 passes for 117 yards.

“I think Adam was the key to the whole game,” Klonne said.

The 6-foot-3 Hyzdu will attract major football scouts, Klonne said.

“He’s firmly committed to playing baseball,” Klonne said. “He won’t be playing college football.”

The Tigers counted on bating Moeller’s disciplined defense into biting on fake keys. It worked on shovel passes and draw plays until late in the game.

Running back Ryan Sparkman was credited with seven receptions for 62 yards, mostly on shovel passes flicked to behind the line of scrimmage by Hurst.

Leading 14-0, Moeller bit hard on fakes, allowing Lamonte Dixon to hit wide-open territory on a draw play that sent the ball to the 4. Sparkman scored from a yard out and the Tigers trailed 14-7 with 5:20 left in the first half.

Moeller regained control by taking the ensuing kickoff and driving inside the 10 before missing a 26-yard field goal attempt at the end of the half.

Owens said the Tigers threw the kitchen sink at Moeller in the way of stunts and blitzes and gambling with extra men on the line of scrimmage.

But whatever the Tigers did, Moeller kept blocking it.

“They were trying to mix us up,” said Moeller split end Matt Birrell, who caught four passes. “We just had it going tonight.”

It was going so well, in fact, that it’s hard to imagine anybody slowing Moeller down.

Tiger-Moeller grid lineups
Here are the probable starting lineups for Saturday’s game between the Massillon Tigers and Cincinnati Moeller Fighting Crusaders. Kickoff time is 8 p.m. in Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

Quarterback – No. 15, Lee Hurst, 6-3, 180, Sr.
A-back – No 44, Lamonte Dixon, 5-9, 185, Sr.
B-back – No. 34, Ryan Sparkman, 5-8, 175, Sr.
Flanker – No. 8, Troy Manion, 6-0, 180, Sr.
Wide receiver – No. 21, Rameir Martin, 6-4, 170, Sr.
Tight end – No. 83, Doug Harig, 6-2, 195, Sr.; No. 87, Steve Brown, 6-5, 195, Jr.
Center – No 57, Nick Hill, 5-10, 165, Sr.
Guards – No. 65, Mike Silverthorn, 6-1, 230, Sr.; No. 60, Jim Goff, 6-0, 180, Sr.
Tackles – No. 74, Ray Kovacsiss, 6-4, 265, Sr.; No 66, Tom Menches, 6-0, 240, Sr.

Tackles – No. 80, Chris Roth, 6-6, 225, Jr.; No. 77, Brent Bach, 6-1, 225, Jr.
Ends – No. 94, Jeff Perry, 6-1, 180, Jr.; No. 95, Mike Martin, 6-1, 185, Jr.
Inside linebackers – No. 37, Craig Turkalj, 6-2, 206, Sr.; No 55, Mark McGeorge, 5-8, 205, Jr.; No. 45, Eric Wright, 5-9, 185, So.
Outside linebackers – No. 9, Joe Pierce, 6-2, 190, Sr.; No 22, Kevin McCue, 6-3, 167, Sr.
Backs – No. 20, Keith Rabbitt, 6-4, 170, Sr.; No. 5, Chad Buckland, 6-0, 185, Jr.; Eddie Williams, Sr.; No. 23, Don Blake, 6-1, 165, Jr.

Quarterback – No. 9, Adam Hyzdu, 6-3, 211, Sr.
Running backs – No. 21, Carlos Collins, 6-1, 187, Jr.; No. 32, Jody Smith, 5-11, 201, Jr.
Center – No. 76, Todd Shaffer, 6-2, 235, Sr.
Guards – No. 66, Matt Baer, 6-1, 195, Sr.; No. 65, Rob Steltenpohl, 5-11, 217, Sr.
Tackles – No. 77, Paul Barkey, 6-3, 272, Jr.; No. 63, Keith Fulmer, 6-2, 246, Sr.
Tight ends – No. 87, Joe Currin, 6-5, 200, Sr.; No. 84, Chris Ashbrook, 6-4, 193, Sr.
Split end – No. 18, Matt Birrell, 5-10, 170, Sr.

Tackles – No. 90, Brad Hindersman, 6-0, 188, Sr.; No. 75, Chad Whitaker, 6-2, 230, Sr.
Ends – No. 80, Todd Ille, 5-11, 160, Sr.; No. 98, Dan Buckley, 5-11, 165, Jr.
Inside linebackers – No. 51, Jeff Poore, 6-0, 195, Sr.; No. 59, Jeff Crable, 6-3, 193, Sr.
Outside linebackers – No. 56, Jason Knecht, 6-1, 175, Jr.; No. 33, Brian Zelina, 6-0, 195, Sr.
Backs – No. 37, Ken Darby, 5-10, 147, Sr.; No. 34, Tony Walker, 5-10, 166, Sr.; No. 43, Chris Woycke, 5-10, 150, Sr.


First downs rushing 5 15
First downs passing 9 6
First downs by penalty 1 0
Totals first downs 15 21
Yards gained rushing 118 374
Yards lost rushing 44 6
Net yards rushing 74 368
Net yards passing 165 117
Total yards gained 239 485
Passes attempted 30 13
Passes completed 14 7
Passes int. by 0 1
Times kicked off 2 7
Kickoff average 45.5 50.7
Kickoff return yards 139 29
Punts 3 2
Punting average 41.7 39.5
Punt return yards 0 19
Fumbles 2 1
Fumbles lost 2 1
Penalties 0 6
Yards penalized 0 66
Number of plays 57 63
Time of possession 19:11 29:49
Attendance 16,764

Individual stats

(Mas) Dixon 12-81, Sparkman 6-26, Manion 1-2, Hurst 8 –(minus) 35.
(Moe) Collins 35-322, Hyzdu 10-32, Smith 2-7, Adkins 2-7.

(Mas) Hurst 14-30-1 165.
(Moe) 7-13-0 117.

(Moe) Birrell 4-70, Collins 1-15, Valerius 2-32.

Moeller 7 7 7 20 41
Massillon 0 7 0 0 7

MO – Hyzdu 1 run (Hyzdu kick)
MO – Smith 1 run (Hyzdu kick)
MA – Sparkman 1 run (Miller kick)
MO – Collins 12 run (Hyzdu kick)
MO – Collins 52 run (kick failed)
MO – Collins 83 run (Hyzdu kick)
MO – Adkins 2 run (Knecht kick)

Massillon mauled

Repository sports writer

MASSILLON – Massillon Washington High School, which knows just about everything there is to know about power football, learned a little more Saturday night.

No. Make that a lot.

The Tigers, playing host to the master of power football in Ohio, Cincinnati Moeller, were hammered by the Crusaders 41-7 in front of 16,764 fans at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. It was the worst beating a Massillon football team had rece3ived and the most points the Tigers have given up since Alliance beat the Tigers 46-0 in 1962.

If you like power football, then hang on for these stats.

Carlos Collins, a 6-foot-1, 187-pound junior All-Ohio candidate, broke two Moeller school records, rushing the ball 35 times for 322 of 368 yards rushing. He also scored on runs of 12, 52 and 83 yards in the second half as Moeller scored 27 unanswered second-half points in the rout.

“This is the greatest day “I’ve ever had running the ball,” said Collins, who also caught one pass for 15 yards and returned two punts for 28 more yards. “I never really seen anything in Massillon’s defense that made me think I could do this. It was just a matter of my linemen going out and kicking some butt.”

Moeller’s line certianly did kick some, especially guards Keith Fulmer and Rob Steltenpohl and center Todd Shaffer. They blasted the inside of the line wide open so Collins could run for 123 first-half yards to lead Moeller to a 14-7 lead.

“We were dominated on the line of scrimmage from start to finish,” said Masillon head coach Lee Owens, whose team is 3-1 and hosts Austintown Fitch next Friday. “I felt very lucky to be down 14-7 at the half. We’re a better team than we showed, but you have to give them credit for the way the handled the line of scrimmage.”

Overall, Moeller piled up 485 yards total offense while holding Massillon to 239. The Crusaders also had 21 first downs and held onto the ball for 29 of the game’s 48 minutes.

Moeller quarterback Adam Hyzdu completed 7-of-13 passes and ran the ball 10 times for 32 yards and one TD.

When Collins wasn’t running the ball, Hyzdu was throwing the ball to wide receiver Matt Birrell. Birrell caught four balls for 70 yards, with a long reception of 22.

“We originally planned to throw the ball a lot more than we did, but we got in here in front of this big crowd and got afraid of making a mistake,” said Moeller coach Steve Klonne, whose 4-0 team was ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press Division I poll, just ahead of the Tigers. “Then we started giving the ball to Carlos, and he was getting eight and nine yards a crack, so we let him run. That eventually opened up the passing.”

Moeller’s defense didn’t do badly either. The Crusaders sacked Hurst eight times for 35 yards. Hurst also had no time to throw the ball, leading to a 14-of-30 performance with one interception.

Hurst also didn’t get the ball much, especially in the first half when Moeller kept the ball 16 minutes. They scored twice, once going 72 yards in 10 plays and the other time going 64 yards in nine plays.

Moeller opened the scoring in the first quarter with a one-yard scoring run by Hyzdu. Hyzdu was held up by Joe Pierce and Keith Rabbitt at the goal line on third-and-inches, but Hyzdu, who stands 6-3 and weighs 215 pounds, still fought his way in for the score.

Moeller stretched its lead to 14-0 after holding the Tigers’ offense to three plays and a punt.

Taking the ball on their own 28, the Crusaders took 10 plays to go 72 yards in 7:08. Jody Smith walked the final yard untouched, and Hyzdu added the PAT.

Massillon refused to be embarrassed by the visitors, at least in the first half. The Tigers took the ensuing kickoff and drove 64 yards in nine plays to score a touchdown at the 5:20 mark.

Ryan Sparkman scored from the 1, and Gary Miller added the point after. The key plays in the drive were a 22-yard shuttle pass to Sparkman and a 26-yard draw play to Lamonte Dixon down to the Moeller 3.

Cincinnati Moeller 7 7 7 20 41
Massillon 0 7 0 0 7

MO – Hyzdu 1 run (Hyzdu kick)
MO – Smith 1 run (Hyzdu kick)
MA – Sparkman 1 run (Miller kick)
MO – Collins 12 run (kick failed)
MO – Collins 52 run (Hyzdu kick)
MO – Collins 83 run (Hyzdu kick)
MO – Adkins 2 run (Knecht kick)

Collins helps Moeller
rush by Massillon 41-7

By Bill Lilley
Beacon Journal staff writer

Cincinnati Moeller junior running back Carlos Collins left a lasting impression Saturday night on the crowd of 16,764 at Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium as he rushed for a school-record 324 yards and scored three touchdowns.

But it was the Crusaders’ offensive and defensive lines that left a permanent dent in the Tigers’ pride – and unbeaten record – as Moeller dominated on both sides of the line.

The two factors were more than enough to lift the unbeaten Crusaders to a 41-7 victory over the Tigers.

Things didn’t start badly for Massillon as Moeller was forced to punt after three runs left the Crusaders 1 yard shy of a first down on their first possession.

The next two times, however, Moeller’s offensive line opened huge holes in the front wall of the Tigers’ 4-4 defense.

Collins took full advantage of the situation.

The 6-foot-1, 187-pounder used a combination of traps and counters to pick up 38 yards on the Crusaders’ next possession.

That sparked a 9-play, 63-yard drive that was culminated by quarterback Adam Hyzdu’s 1-inch sneak on third down. Hyzdu’s kick gave Moeller a 7-0 lead with 1:46 left in the first period.

The Crusaders went right back to Collins after they forced Massillon, which was held to 15 yards in the first quarter, to punt after three plays.

Collins netted 35 yards and Hyzdu hit senior Matt Birrell for gains of 14 and 20 to move the ball to the Tigers’ 1-yard line.

The Tigers figured Collins was an automatic to get his number called at this point.

Instead, Crusader coach Steve Klonne went from a 1-back to a 3-back offense and Collins, who gained 123 yards in the first half, was used as a decoy off left tackle.

The Tigers bit. That enabled senior Jody Smith to go off right tackle untouched into the end zone and up Moeller’s lead to 14-0 with 8:07 left in the first half.

The Massillon offense, on the other hand, showed very little sign of life in the first quarter.

Quarterback Lee Hurst was harried on his passing attempts by a ferocious rush. Running backs Lamonte Dixon and Ryan Sparkman were forced to run without the aid of progressive blocking – aka getting stuffed at the line.

Massillon offensive coordinator Tom Stacy went to a variety of misdirection, including shuffle passes, on the Tigers’ first possession of the second quarter.

Massillon, which had gained 15 yards in the first 16 minutes, used two shuffle passes to Sparkman for 29 yards and a 25-yard draw play to Dixon to drive 62 yards to the Crusaders’ 1.

Sparkman scored on second down and Gary Miller’s kick brought Massillon to 14-7 with 5:20 left in the half.

The Crusaders, who amassed 217 yards in the first half, drove to the Massillon 15, but Hyzdu’s 32-yard field goal attempt with 12 seconds left was wide to the left.

That spared the Tigers, but it was only temporary.

The Crusaders took the second-half kickoff and, again, used Collins’ running and Hyzdu’s passing to pierce the Tiger D. Collins finished off the 71-yard march with a 12-yard run.

Massillon had two chances early in the fourth quarter to cut into the 14-point deficit, but a fourth-down pass from mid-field was intercepted and a fourth-down pass from the Crusaders’ 30 fell incomplete.

Collins then put the game away for all practical purposes when he raced 52 yards for a touchdown that gave Moeller a 21-point margin with six minutes to play.

Rameir Martin