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Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1961: Massillon 12, Cincinnati Roger Bacon 0

Tigers Beat Tough Roger Bacon 12-0
Cincinnati Defeated First Time On Home Field In Three Years


CINCINNATI – The Massillon Tigers got what they came for. They beat Roger Bacon high school here Friday night and proved to the fans of southern Ohio that the focal point of high school football in the state is Stark County without a doubt.

For the second year in a row the Bengals shut out an outstanding Bacon eleven, this time 12-0, before an overflow crowd of 10,000 fans at Bacon stadium. It was the first loss for the Spartans on their home field in three years.

The bleachers on the north side of the field and both end zones were jammed. Fans were standing two deep around the perimeter of the field. A steep hill on the north side was packed with spectators.

Although his charges notched their sixth straight victory of the season and took a giant step toward a third straight championship, Coach Leo Strang was not all smiles.

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“WE SHOULD HAVE scored more points for the yardage we gained,” the skipper said. “We played hard but we also made some mistakes. Bacon had a fine team.” The Tigers had a fumble at an inopportune time and were hurt by penalties.

The Tigers gained 374 total yards while holding Bacon to 159. Again it was a tremendous defensive effort by the entire team which was so important in the victory.

Bron Bacevich, Spartan mentor called the Tigers, “What we feel is the best high school team in the midwest and certainly one of the best in the country.” He continued, “We played as well as we could except we made too many errors. I was happy that this one was a clean hard-hitting game.”

The Tigers played possession football, grinding out the yardage on the ground with Charlie Brown doing most of the carrying. As last week, Brown garnered a lot of real estate between the long side end and outside tackle on the fake ridge play. He picked his opening well.

Brown gained 165 yards in 23 carries. This figures to an outstanding 7.2 yards per carry against a rugged defensive line which out weighed the Tiger blockers by at least a 10-pound average.

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ALTHOUGH it’s tough to single out any one boy for opening up the holes, Long Side Guard Charlie Whitfield and inside Tackle Larry Strobel came in for a lot of praise from their area coaches.

The Tigers lost the toss again for the fifth time in six weeks so Bacon had the first opportunity.

The Spartans opened up a drive that carried from their own 28-yard line to the Massillon 42 where Safetyman Bob Baker hauled in an aerial tossed by Sophomore Quarterback Pat Case, intended for Jim Teed. The Tigers took over on their seven.

Bacon didn’t reach Massillon territory again until late in the final period. The Spartans opened up an aerial attack, which was stopped on the Bengal six.

The Tigers moved to their first score after Baker’s interception. It took the Bengals 20 plays to cash in with their first tally. They got six first downs in the 94-yard jaunt.

Brown carried on 12 of the plays. The big run was 21 yards from the Bacon 34 to the 13 on a second and three situation.

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BUT AN EVEN bigger play was a fourth down gamble on the Tiger 44. Massillon had one yard to get, Brown made three.

The final score came on a fake into the line and pitch to Fullback Fred Philpott who swept the short side from three yards out with 9:01 left in the second period. The Tigers caught Case playing too tight at cornerback and that was all they needed.

Philpott tried the same run for the extra two points, but this time Case played him right.

Bacon carried from its 25 to the 47 on the next series. Here their attack stalled and Case punted.

After another Massillon series failed to get the Tigers anything (unreadable) fumbled on first down, and the Bengals took over on the Spartan 33. The Tigers drove for another TD only to have it called back due to holding.

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ON THE FIRST play after the fumble, Alexander hit Ron (Glue Fingers) Schenkenberger, senior Wingback, on the hook on the 25. Schenk carried to the five.

This was the first of several fine catches by the little toehead who is fast becoming a great receiver.

Brown went through on his pet play inside the long side end for the score. But the penalty nullified a fine run.

Set back to the 20 and stymied for two plays Alexander again tried to hit Schenk, this time down the middle on the “banana,” but Dan Westerbeck intercepted in the end zone. The half ended a few minutes later.

Massillon scored its other TD in the third period and controlled the ball so well that the Spartans had only two series in that canto.

The Tigers got their other score so quickly in the third period that the Spartans didn’t know what hit them. Baker ran the kickoff back from his 10 to his 40. Then came the score.

BROWN SHOT off the short side and with the help of a fine block by Center Ben Bradley scampered 60 yards for the six-pointer at 11:26. Philpott was caught on a pitch to the short side, and the conversion attempt backfired.

Then came Bacon’s only series of the quarter. The Tigers took over on their 27 after a punt with Brown doing almost all of the carrying. They got four first downs. A penalty in the middle of the drive nullified a long gain.

The Bengals took another gamble on fourth down in their own territory. But this time, with a two-TD lead, they could afford to tempt lady luck. Needing two yard from their 35 they called on Ken Dean. He got the deuce.

Schenkenberger made a tremendous catch while falling backward to help the drive move from the Bacon 43 to the 16.

Bacon put on a tremendous stand with its back to the wall and stopped Massillon with fourth and one from the seven.

The two teams exchanged fumbles in the last period. The Spartans bobbled on their 48. Massillon on the Bacon 37.

Bacon moved from its 33 after the Tiger fumble, to the Bengals’ 12 on a combination of passes and sweeps only to be stopped by the Tigers on a great stand in the shadow of their goal posts.

The Tigers took over and ran the clock out.

Nice Going

ENDS – Ivan, L. Ehmer, Garland and Pierce.
TACKLES – Strobel, Spees and Mercer.
GUARDS – Clendenin, Whitfield, Migge, Poole and Radel.
CENTER – Bradley.
BACKS – Alexander, Schenkenberger, Brown, Philpott, Dean, Baker, Snively and Davis.

ENDS – Henninger, Tood and Plum.
TACKLES – Schmidt, Fein, Puiskamp and Workman.
GUARDS – Butts and Norton.
BACKS – Sexton, Anthony, Hobbin, Galiagher, Meyer, Westerbeck, Case and Fitzpatrick.

Score by Quarters
Massillon 0 6 6 0 12

Touchdowns – Philpott (three-yard run);
Brown (60-yard run).

Referee – Harry Meyer.
Umpire – Jim Heieradurfer.
Head Linesman – Vic Kauffman.
Field Judge – Russ Kemper.

Mass. Bacon
First downs – rushing 12 8
First downs – passing 5 3
First downs – penalties 0 0
Total first downs 17 11
Yards gained rushing 257 112
Yards lost rushing 3 6
Net yards gained rushing 254 106
Yards gained passing 120 53
Total yards gained 374 159
Passes attempted 8 6
Passes completed 3 4
Passes intercepted by 1 1
Times kicked off 3 1
Kickoff average (yards) 50 48
Kickoff returns (yards) 28 8
Times punted 1 2
Punt average (yards) 48 39
Punt return (yards) 0 38
Had punts blocked 0 0
Fumbles 2 3
Lost fumbled ball 1 2
Penalties 3 1
Yards penalized 35 5

Charlie Brown
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1960: Massillon 8, Cincinnati Roger Bacon 0

Tigers Make It 19, Nip Bacon, 8-0
Hastings’ 3rd Quarter Score Breaks Rugged Defensive Grid Battle


Washington high school’s Tigers did it again.

The opportunist band of scholastic football precisionists converted an early second half recovered fumble into the lone touchdown of the game, then forced invading Cinncinnati Roger Bacon to fumble on the Tigers’ three, again pouncing upon it, for a scrambling 8-0 victory at Tiger stadium Friday night.

The largest crowd of the season 12,797 (paid), cheered wildly as Art Hastings slithered home for the decisive touchdown of the defensive struggled from a yard out, then circled his short side end for the two-point conversion midway through the third period.

Bacon’s Coach Bron Bacevich, envisioning a possible state title for his club saw the illusion whisked away early in the fourth period.

After rugged 6-2, 200-pound Tackle Bob Steltenpohl furnished the Spartans with their “break” by busting past the Tiger defense to block Ken Dean’s punt, the Bacon Quarterback Jim Swagart fumbled on the second play following with Bengal Linebacker Ed Radel gathering it on his three.

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THE SOUTHERN Ohio power never threatened seriously again.

The triumph, Coach Leo Strang’s 19th in succession and 24th in 26 starts since taking over in 1958, was indeed sweet. But his praise of the Bacon team and Bacevich was high.

Summing it up, Leo started slowly and precisely: “They have a real good ball club.”

The sweetness of the victory stemmed from the issue at stake. Stark county’s reputation as the focal point of high school football was maintained. However, and Strang will be the first to agree, it was the narrowest of margins.

A proud, though understandably disappointed Bacevich was “very pleased” with his team’s performance.

“I talked to Leo before the game,” Bacevich said, “and we both knew we were in for a real battle. It was a tough one for either team to lose.”
“We thought we should have had a tie. But the difference was they took advantage of their break and we didn’t. The fumbles also hurt us.”

Hundreds of an estimated 1,500 Bacon rooters, who made the trip by bus, car or any other available transportation means, heaped congratulatory wishes upon Bacevich and his squad while filing past the visitor’s dressing room.

With the Bacon game now history, the Tigers open their only extended road trip of the season in Mansfield next Friday. The Friday after that, the state’s No. 1 ranked football power battles always dangerous Warren.

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IT DIDN’T take long for the opposing grid giants to establish the setting for the entire Friday night encounter.

After the Bengals grabbed the opening kickoff, they failed to move and punted.

Bacon could manage only one first and ten of its own before booting back to the locals 24.

With Hastings and Martin Gugov combining, the Tigers managed their first, first down. The drive bogged down quickly on the 43 with Dean kicking out of trouble to the Spartans 35.

Scatback Jim Mahon scooted to mid field but Safety Bob Baker rapped him from behind forcing a fumble, recovered by Hastings on the Washington high 49.

Charlies Brown, then Gugov, Ron Schenkenberger and Hastings picked up a pair of first downs to the Bacon 24. Gugov chopped for three more, Hastings was stopped without a gain and Brown moved to the 19. Then on a fourth and five, Quarterback John Larson overshot Hastings as the Spartans took possession on downs.

The invaders then reeled off four successive first downs with bruising fullback Mel Anthony and Mahon dividing the ball carrying chores.

The drive chewed up nearly seven minutes of the second period but finally fizzled when Swagart was tossed down by Radel, Joe Snively, and Baker on the Tigers’ 31.

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AFTER Charlie Williams’ second half kickoff was returned by John Voss to Bacon’s 40. Swagart and Center Tom Kearns had another mix-up, which gave a huge profit to the Tigers. Linebacker Dean and Middle Guard Lawson White were there as the ball squirted from Swagart’s fingertips. One of them pounced on the loose ball at the 41.

After Hastings was stopped on the first play, Schenkenberger swept his short side end after a reverse handoff from Larson to the Spartans’ 28.

Gugov, Hastings, then Dean ripped through small holes at the outside tackle, inside tackle and short side guard slots to the Bacon one on nine more plays.

Hastings then rammed home for the score with 5:32 showing in the third quarter. The conversion was on a sweep around the short side left) end.
Bacon wasn’t fried yet. Anthony returned Dean’s kickoff to his 35. Then he, Mahon and John Schroder combined for a pair of first downs to the Tigers’ 35.

With a fourth and eight, the Spartans’ Swagart punted out of bounds on the Tiger 15-yard line moments before the conclusion of the period.

After two running plays and an incompleted pass had netted only three yards, Dean stepped back to punt. But Steltenphol, who had been just missing all night, rushed through on Dean’s kicking foot and caught the ball flush on his chest. The loose ball rolled crazily to the seven when Steltenpohl and a host of teammates scooped it in.

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SWAGART called on Anthony who, after a fumble and recovery, ended u on the two. Swagart then fumbled. This time Radel was there.

Again the tenacious Bacon defense thwarted the Bengal running game. With Dean in punt formation again, spectators and coaches alike were sensing the worst. This time Ken booted the ball high and far to his own 42. Coupled with a 15-yard clip against Bacon, the boot covered 43 yards from the 10 to the Bacon 47.

The never-say-die Cincy eleven stormed right back to the Washington high 34 before Charlie Whitfield broke up a fourth down toss by Swagart.

Swagart had two long near bulls-eyes as the game closed with the locals taking over on downs on Roger Bacon’s 48.

The entire defensive squad of both clubs fashioned the pattern of the contest. Bacon’s line limited the Tigers to six first downs and 133 yards rushing with the longest gain of the night being the 13-yarder by Schenkenberger.

Most of the night, the invaders were in an 8-3 defense with the safeties less than five yards back. It proved successful as Quarterback Larson attempted only four passes, each going astray.

Led by White and Tackles Wally Brugh and Gary Wells, and Radel, the Tiger middle was nearly impregnable most of the night.

Anthony, the strongest runner Washington high has met this year, clicked off 15 yards on one play late in the game and 14 yards earlier.

The one statistic, which counted, other than the final outcome, was fumbles. The Tigers didn’t fumble. Bacon dropped the ball five times, managed a recovery only twice.

19th In A Row

Ends – Ivan, Royer, Anzalone.
Tackles – Wells, Crenshaw, Spees, Herbst, Herndon.
Guards – Houston, Willey, Whitfield, Radel, White.
Center – Demis.
Backs – Larson, Hastings, Gugov, Brown, Baker, Snively,
Null, Schenkenberger, Williams, Kurzen.

Ends – Kaiser, Teed, Voss, LeVasseur, Ginn.
Tackles – Steltenpohl, Fein, Ruberg, Pendrix.
Guards – Workman, Norton, Frey.
Center – Kearns.
Backs – Swagart, Anthony, Mahon, Schroeder, Crowe, Wolf.

Massillon 0 0 8 0 8
Touchdown – Hastings (1, run).
Conversion – Hastings (run).

Massillon Bacon
First downs – rushing 6 6
First downs – passing 0 3
First downs – penalties 0 0
Total first downs 6 9
Yards gained rushing 137 134
Yards lost rushing 4 13
Net yards gained rushing 133 121
Yards gained passing 0 27
Total yards gained 133 148
Passes attempted 4 11
Passes completed 0 5
Passes intercepted by 0 0
Times kicked off 2 1
Kickoff average (yards) 33.1 26
Kickoff returns (yards) 5 26
Times punted 5 2
Punt average (yards) 29.8 26.5
Punt return (yards) 0 10
Had punts blocked 1 0
Fumbles 0 5
Lost fumbled ball 0 3
Penalties 1 2
Yards penalized 5 20

Art Hastings