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Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1945: Massillon 26, Cleveland East Tech 6

Tigers Romp Over East Tech 26-6, For Fifth Victory
Morningstar Uses Flock Of Players As Bengals Play Final Home Game


And now, folks, the Bulldogs are next.

Turning loose a lot of potent power on the ground, some effective strafing from the air, along with their usual high class performance on defense, Coach Augie Morningstar’s Washington high school Tigers Friday night kept their 1945 record free of defeats by shellacking a rather formidable Cleveland East Tech aggregation 26 to 6 at Tiger stadium in their final home appearance of the current campaign.

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By turning back the invading Clevelanders, the orange and black comes up to its all-important battle a week from today with Canton McKinley’s Bulldogs still in the unbeaten class with a string of five triumphs against four ties. By conquering East Tech last night, the Tigers notched their fifth 1945 victory, the win coming after they had been held to tie scores in their last two battles, one a scoreless deadlock with Warren and the other a 6-6 shindig with Cleveland Cathedral Lath.
Sixth Defeat for East Tech
For East Tech the defeat was its sixth of the season with but a single victory to brighten an otherwise dismal fall.

Using at least 25 players, regulars and reserves, and starting off with a lineup that was generously sprinkled with second team performers, Coach Morningstar last night was able to give some of his key regulars a much needed rest which should do them no harm as the Bengals Monday begin their final week of practice in preparation for the clash with Bulldogs.
Tigers Romp To Second Period
Held scoreless in the first quarter, the Tigers unleashed a devastating ground and air attack in the second period to tally three times and they added their fourth set of counters in the third period. East Teach chalked up its lone marker in the final period on a long aerial that was good for a 50-yard gain and their points.

With off tackle thrusts as their best ground weapon, the Tigers picked up a lot of yardage through a determined Cleveland team that battled hard all the way but was not quite equal to the task of stopping Massillon’s power plays or halting the Tiger aerial attack. Some fine work by the Tiger line, which opened plenty of gaping holes in the East Tech forward wall, and some equally fine blocking and interference paved the way for many nifty gains by Tiger ball toters.

The visitors were rather badly outplayed by Morningstar’s warriors, the Tigers making 16 first downs to four for East Tech. Three of East Tech’s first downs came on forward passes while another brought them their lone touchdown.

The Tigers completed three of seven passes for 51 yards and two of them were good for touchdowns. East Tech took to the air 15 times, completing five for 116 yards. Tech had three intercepted, one interception bringing a Tiger score.

The forward pass was by far the visitors’ best ground gaining weapon as they made but 44 yards on ground plays with a loss of 16. They had an overall yardage of 160 and a net of 144.

How badly they were outclassed is revealed by the Tiger yardage. The Tigers romped to 385 yards on the ground and made 51 through the air for 436. They had a loss of 35, giving them a net of 401, not a bad evening’s work.

The Tiger line, regulars and reserves, played a steady, bang up game until late in the contest when the Massillonians began to miss quite a few tackles. The backfield also performed in a highly efficient manner with regulars and reserves sharing the spotlight when it came to ground gaining.
Flock Of Good Ground Gainers
Of the regulars Bert Webb and Mickey McGuire did a lot of ground gaining with MdGuire showing as much, if not more, drive than at any time this season. Webb left the game in the second quarter after Massillon had tallied its first touchdown. Gene Zorger, regular fullback, also only played a short time.

Virgil Edie, regular quarterback, played most of the game and put on tap his usual steady performance and broke into the scoring column for the first time when he intercepted a Tech pass and scampered 32 yards for the points.

Sharing ground gaining honors with Webb and McGuire were Alex Giloff, Bill Gutshall and Dan Byelene, all of whom made life quite miserable at times for the Tech forwards.

Gene Krisher, shifted from his regular right tackle berth, played center while Merle Darrah watched most of the game from the bench, getting a much needed rest. Jim Young was in the right tackle slot while Steve Tomasevich and Tom Brooks alternated as right guard. Captain Fred Bonk was at right end with Bob Richards at left end, replacing Jack Zellar, laid up with a broken foot. Bernie Green was at his regular left tackle post while Tony Uliveto and Bob Waltz took care of the left guard chore. Gene Yost and Milan Chovan saw action in the backfield while Schumacher, Ceckler, Dowd and Bishop saw duty on the line.

East Tech, coached by Humphrey Harmony, who starred for Canton McKinley 25 years ago, brought a big, rangy team to Massillon with several outstanding performers. Defensively Lou Strnad at right end played a fine game while John Hrasch, Al Jicha, Dosio Ginnerini and Tee Chapman did some good work in the backfield with Hrasch as their best ground gainer and passer.
Three Long Marches
Three long, sustained marches gave the Tigers three touchdowns while the fourth came on a pass interception. In their scoring spree the orange and black turned loose marches of 83, 81 and 77 yards for points and were hammering at the touchdown door when the game ended, having the ball on the visitors’ eight-yard line.

But once again an unfortunate offside penalty robbed Coach Morningstar’s charges of an early touchdown and nullified a beautiful 58 yard run by Bert Webb.

Webb took the opening kickoff and was downed on his 35. Giloff and Gutshall hammered the line for six yards and then Webb streaked through a big hole at right tackle, reversed his field and raced 58 yards without a hand being laid on him for what looked like a touchdown.

But the officials were waving their arms frantically down around midfield as Bert was showing a clean pair of heels to the East Teach lads and the ball was called back and a five yard penalty slapped on the Tigers for offside.

That halted their offensive march for the time being and East Tech narrowly missed scoring a touchdown, when Chapman heaved a beautiful long pass to Strnad who dropped the ball on the Massillon goal line.

After getting out of that hole the Tigers buckled down and went to work. Jicha punted to Krisher who was downed on the Massillon 17. Zorger and McGuire cracked through for nine yards in two plays and then Webb found a hole at right tackle and scampered 52 yards to Tech’s 25 before being brought down by Hrasch.

That thrilling dash set the stage for Massillon’s first touchdown. Webb picking up five more in another off tackle thrust just as the first quarter ended.
Webb To Bonk For Score
On the first play of the second period Webb tossed a neat pass to Edie, good for 10 yards and the Tigers were knocking on the touchdown door. An offside penalty on Tech took the ball to the five but Webb was tossed for a five yard loss on his next attempt. He then caught the visitors flatfooted on the next play, tossing a pass to Bonk who took the ball in the end zone with not a Cleveland lad anywhere near. Webb failed in his attempt to plunge the ball over and the score stood 6-0 Massillon.

It did not stay that way long. East Tech received and Ginnerini was dumped on his 34 by Zorger and Giloff. Bonk then tossed him for a loss of four and the invaders took to the air with disastrous results. Attempting a screen pass, Chapman cut loose a heave and the ball sailed right at Edie, out in the open. The Tiger quarterback tucked the leather under his arm and with a clear field ahead raced 32 yards for Massillon’s second touchdown. Darrah came in at center as Krisher dropped back to try his hand – or rather toe – at place kicking and the hefty Tiger lineman booted it squarely between the posts for the extra point.

Now all steamed up and going places, the Tigers were not long in manufacturing their third set of counters and a beautiful McGuire-Richards pass for 34 yards climaxed a march of 81 yards.

Massillon gained the ball when Chapman punted to MdGuire who was tagged on the Tigers’ 19. With McGuire spearheading the drive by some beautiful plunging and running the Tigers traveled right down the field. Giloff ripped off seven at right tackle and McGuire made it a first down to Massillon’s 34. On the third play in the next series McGuire again went to town for another first down to Massillon’s 46 and came back to hammer his way through the visitors for nine more.

Then Giloff took a hand in the proceedings and flashed his way down the field for 18 to Tech’s 34. McGuire made three at the line and on the next play faded back and heaved a long pass right down the alley to Bob Richards who was far out in front. Bob sailed across the goal line without hesitation and the Tigers had struck pay dirt for the third time in the period. Krisher again tried a place kick but it failed.

That was all the scoring until the start of the third quarter when the Tigers again unleashed another power attack during which they marched 77 yards for their fourth and final touchdown. Again it was McGuire and Giloff who powered the drive with Gutshall lending a hand and Giloff finally going over.
Another Touchdown March
Tech received but found the task of denting the Tiger forward wall a bit too stiff. Chapman punted and the ball was downed on Massillon’s 23. McGuire smashed for five and then Giloff took off on a spectacular run that was to net 42 yards before he was stopped. Ginnerini finally brought him down on East Tech’s 30.

For a moment the Tiger attack sputtered but a five-yard penalty on East Tech for being offside helped and then McGuire roared through the line to the 15 for a first down. Massillon, however, drew a five yard penalty for backs in motion but Giloff picked it up and more by lugging the leather down to the six on a neat driving play. Then he smashed right through the line and over for Massillon’s fourth set of counters. Krisher tried another place kick but failed, East Tech, however, was offside and he got another chance. This time he rammed through the line to make the extra point.

East Tech’s passing attack looked threatening all night and it finally began to pay off dividends in the fourth period when the visitors, taking a leaf from the Tigers’ book, rambled 66 yards on the ground and through the air for their lone set of counters.

It all began when Byelene punted to Hrasch who was downed by Richards on Tech’s 34. Hrasch flipped a pass to Strnad for 11 but the visitors lost this gain when they were handed a 15-yard penalty for illegal use of hands. But Hrasch came right back to toss an aerial to Champman for 16 yards and then heaved another long one to Al White, substitute end, who took the ball deep in Massillon territory and raced over for the touchdown, gaining all told 50 yards and six points. Chapman’s attempted place kick fizzled.

With Byelene doing some neat dashing through the tackles and Gutshall smashing through the line the Tigers were deep in East Tech territory as the watch ran out. A ripping sprint of 32 yards by Byelene took the ball to East Tech’s six-yard line where Dan was chased out of bounds. The Tigers tried hard to put the ball over but were checked by an offside penalty and they had the ball on the eight with fourth down coming up when the final gun popped.
Bulldogs Next
Massillon – 26 Pos. East Tech – 6
Richards LE Edge
Green LT Selavko
Uliveto LG Malsano
Krisher C Froelich
Tomasevich RG Stalzer
Young RT Goldfarb
Bonk (c) RE Strnad
Edie QB Jicha
Webb LHB Hrasch
Giloff RHB Chapman
Gutshall FB Ginnerini

Score by quarters:
Massillon 0 19 7 0 26
East Tech 0 0 0 6 6

Massillon – Bonk; Edie; Richards; Giloff.
East Tech – White.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Krisher 2 (place kick and plunge).

Massillon – McGuire, rh; Zorger, fb; Brooks, rg; Darrah, c; Waltz, lg; Gutshalll, fb; Yost, qb; Byelene, lh; Ceckler, lt; Bishop, re; Schumacher; Chovan, rh (unreadable line).
East Tech – Sarkisian, rg; White, le; Gahagan, rg; Kustich, re; Semala, rt; Vecchio, c; Strnad, re.

Referee – Gross.
Umpire – Lobach.
Head Linesman – Boone.
Field Judge – Pfeiffer.

Mass. Tech
First downs 16 4
Yards gained by rushing 385 44
Passes attempted 7 15
Passes completed 3 5
Yards gained by passing 51 116
Gross yardage 436 160
Yards lost 35 16
Net yardage 401 144
Number of kickoffs 5 2
Average distance of kickoffs 37 39
Average return of kickoffs 18 16
Number of punts 3 1
Average distance of punts 34 33
Average return of punts 4 6
Fumbles 5 1
Times ball lost on fumbles 1 0
Times penalized 3 6
Yards lost on penalties 16 39

Fred Bonk
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1945: Massillon 0, Warren Harding 0

Tigers, Presidents Battle To Scoreless Tie At Warren

Massillon Gridders Lose Pair Of Touchdowns When Penalties Rub Out Points


Getting exactly nowhere on the path that leads to championships, Augie Morningstar’s Washington high school Tigers, at least, are going to create some unique records before they wind up their campaign in three weeks with their annual conflict with the Canton McKinley Bulldogs, now steaming along like nobody’s business.

In the years to come when future typewriter jockeys write about Washington high school’s 1945 grid campaign they probably will refer to it as the season of ties, for that is just what it is fast becoming.
Toss Away Golden Opportunities
The Tigers Friday night tossed into the ash can a golden opportunity to score their most impressive victory of the season; they kicked away a chance to gain splendid revenge for a defeat sustained in 1944 and put themselves back into the Ohio scholastic picture as one of the dominant football powers in the Buckeye state.

All this happened in Harding stadium in Warren when the unbeaten Tigers and Warren Harding Presidents clashed in their big gridiron classic before an overflow crowd of 12,000 – all the humanity that could be packed into the Trumbull county capitals’ stadium. And because they kicked away their scoring chances the Tigers today had to be content with another tie score – their third in seven games.
Flock Of Scoring Chances
Coach Morningstar’s lads actually scored two touchdowns against the formidable Presidents last night and otherwise made those rugged eastern Ohioans look bad but they lost both touchdowns because of offside penalties. On at least three other occasions they drove deep into Warren territory, once inside the five yard line, but they could not capitalize on their big chances and as a result what was billed as Ohio’s biggest scholastic battle of 1945 ended in a scoreless draw.

Reverting to the kind of football they played against Canton Lincoln and Steubenville Wells, the Tigers last night pushed the brawny, speedy Warren Presidents all over the gridiron but saw the punch in their attack wither and fade away when they came within striking distance of pay dirt. It was against Lincoln and Steubenville that the Tigers played their other two tie games, the duel with Lincoln ending in a scoreless draw and the Steubenville shindig in a 7 to 7 count.

Had the orange and black played the kind of football it put on tap in its two previous games against Mansfield and Alliance it would have smothered Warren under a flock of touchdowns and returned hone with a convincing triumph over a team that had been rated among the top notchers in the state.

Last night’s battle was the 21st between Massillon and Warren teams but it was the first game to end in a tie. Prior to last night the Tigers had defeated Warren 15 times while the eastern Ohio school has five victories to its credit.

The Tigers, as said before, actually scored two touchdowns against Warren only to lose both on penalties and messed up several other fine scoring chances, while Warren with its highly advertised speed merchants and formidable forward wall never actually threatened to score. In fact Heinie Beck’s gladiators never got inside Massillon’s 30 yard line at any stage of the conflict.

With the Warren battle a matter of history, the Tigers now have a record of four victories and three ties in their seven battles. Warren has a mark of five victories and two ties. Next Friday night the orange and black invades Cleveland for another big encounter, meeting the undefeated Cathedral Latin Lions who scored a 6 to 0 victory over the Tigers in 1944 and who are hoping to repeat next week.

In the Warren press box last night was Herb Eisle, veteran coach of the Lions, and a detail of scouts. They withheld comment after the game but they saw what most of the 12,000 fans jammed into the stadium also saw – a Washington high school football team that can play the finest kind of a defensive game but, after seven weeks, has still not become an opportunist – taking advantage of the opportunities which come its way to tally points.

The statistics once again reveal how thoroughly the Tigers out played an opponent but as in the games against Lincoln and Steubenville, statistics do not pay off – it still takes points to win football games.
Tigers In Great Defensive Game
The Tigers, by playing a brilliant defensive game, one of their best of the campaign, thoroughly bottled up Warren’s famed speed merchants – Len Corbin, all-Ohio end in 1944, Abe Williams and George Pulca. As a matter of fact they stopped them dead in their tracks throughout most of the encounter. And with Corbin, Williams and Pulca stopped the Presidents were out on the gridiron with only a prayer. In justice to the speedy Len Corbin it must be said that he was not up to par last night. Injured in the game against Cleveland Shaw a week ago, Len was slowed down to a walk and spent most of the time on the bench, nursing that bad shoulder and some other bumps he picked up through some vicious, but clean, tackling on the part of the Tigers.

Walter Corbin, Len’s brother, starting his first game for the Presidents, bothered the Tigers more than any other member of the Warren team but he never got free long enough to become a scoring threat.
Getting back to the statistics, they show that t he Tigers manhandled the Presidents quite thoroughly but most of that manhandling took place in precincts other than those usually referred to as scoring territory.

Figures complied on last night’s battle show that the Tigers made 11 first downs to three for Warren, that they had a net yardage from both rushing and passing of 181 yards to 70 for Warren and that they fumbled four times and lost the ball on each miscue while Warren fumbled five times and recovered three of its bobbles.

The Tigers missed connections last night on both their running and passing games. Against both Alliance and Mansfield they swept to convincing victories behind some effective aerials and a torrid running attack. Last night this type of game sputtered and finally died out entirely.

But there was a reason for this. Warren’s scouts had been following the Tigers for weeks and they knew that the orange and black had developed its passing and running game to quite an effective point.

So this week Warren’s preparation for repelling the Tiger invasion was devoted to building up a defense designed to stop Massillon’s running attack and its forward passing. And the Presidents succeeded quite well because the Tigers completed only two of 13 attempted passes and had two intercepted.
Presidents Watch Webb
The Tigers kept an eagle eye on Len Corbin, Williams and Co., but the Presidents also kept an equally potent eye on one Bert Webb, the little Massillon Negro speed merchant with the result that Bert was quite effectively checked, except on one occasion and that was early in the battle when he tore off a brilliant dash of 34 yards to set up Massillon’s first opportunity for a touchdown – a touchdown that was lost because of over anxiety on the part of the local lads to get that “quick one” for which they had been aiming for all week and a touchdown which might have turned the battle into another Massillon victory instead of a scoreless draw.

With Webb fairly well shackled by the alert and determined Presidents, the task of toting the ball for Massillon gains fell upon the shoulders of Don McGuire and Gene Zorger and they did quite a good job of it, particularly McGuire who many times ripped and fought his way through the Warren forward wall for substantial gains.

On defense the Tigers were out-standing. The entire team played a bang up game in this department with the result that Warren’s pet offensive, speed on end around plays and off tackle thrusts, was smashed to smithereens.

The Presidents had hoped to turn Len Corbin and Abe Williams loose around the ends but Jack Zeller, playing in the secondary, took care of one side in brilliant fashion while Bernie Green and Capt. Fred Bonk were always messing up Warren’s pet plays on the other side.

Zeller and Green were particularly outstanding, turning loose some brilliant defensive playing, while Bonk, Merle Darrah, Gene Krisher, Tony Uliveto and Tommy Brooks also did their part when it came to nailing Warren ball toters. Virgil Edie, Zorger, McGuire and Webb also contributed their share to stopping the Warren attack.
The jammed spectators had hardly quit trying to squeeze closer together to make room for just one more person on the Warren stands before the Tigers were knocking at the touchdown door.

The orange and black received and Zorger raced Bill Balekly’s kickoff back 11 yards to the Massillon 31. McGuire smashed off tackle for eight and Webb made it first down on the Massillon 43. Massillon picked up five yards when Warren was offside and then Zorger rammed through the line for another first down to the Warren 43.
Webb Picks Up 32 Yards
On the next play, Webb, on a beautiful reverse, scampered through his right tackle and raced 32 yards to Warren’s nine before being pulled to earth. It looked as if the Tigers were on the loose again.

Zorger picked up three yards in a smash at the line and McGuire also rammed for three, taking the ball to Warren’s three. Webb then scooted through a hole and went over but Massillon lost the touchdown when the officials called the ball back and slapped a five yard penalty on the Tigers for backfield in motion. That put the leather back on the eight, making it third down with goal to gain. Webb carried the ball twice but on his second attempt he was stopped short of a touchdown and Warren took possession on its one yard line.

Again late in the first quarter the Tigers opened another march toward the Warren goal. McGuire and Webb negotiated a first down in two plays. The next first down came in four plays with McGuire lugging the ball to Warren’s 38. At this stage Coach Morningstar replaced McGuire with Bob Richards and Brooks with Bill Piper. Webb then tossed a pass to Zeller, the first to be completed by the Tigers, for another first down to the Warren 22. It was good for 17 yards. This play was completed just as the quarter ended.

The Tiger drive for a touchdown, however, was washed out early in the second period when Richards fumbled and Nick Spelich, Warren right tackle, covered on his 34.

But the Tigers came roaring back for another touchdown bid late in the period, only to see another golden opportunity fade. The Tigers got their break when Webb snared a Warren pass, tossed by Walter Corbin, and raced it back from Massillon’s 45 to the Warren 26 before being grounded.

With McGuire doing the heavy work, the Tigers battered their way to Warren’s six yard line before the drive was halted by the Presidents. On second down with three to go for a first down Richards was stopped without gain; McGuire’s attempt to pass over the goal line was batted down and then he was nailed on Warren’s three, inches short of a first down and Warren once again took possession of the ball as the period expired.
Offside, Tigers Lose Points
An offside play robbed Massillon of its touchdown in the third period. Fullback Jack Phillips dropped back to punt but Bernie Green blocked the kick and Gene Zorger scooped up the ball and raced about 20 yards for what looked like a touchdown. But once again the points were washed out when the officials ruled the Tigers had been offside on the kick.

Massillon had two more opportunities to go places in the fourth quarter, once when McGuire, on a brilliant theft, stole the ball right out of George Pulca’s hands and raced it back to midfield. But Massillon’s passing attack failed again.

A short time later Pulca fumbled and Zorger covered on the Massillon 39. Steady plunging by McGuire and a neat run by Webb and a screen pass from McGuire to Webb took the ball to Warren’s 26 but here McGuire fumbled and Dan Lefhgerber covered for Warren to give the Presidents the ball which they retained until the final play of the game when Webb intercepted a Warren pass just as the gun sounded.
Goose Eggs
Massillon – 0 Pos. Warren – 0
Zeller LE L. Corbin
Green LT Spelich
Uliveto LG Lefhgerber
Darrah C Rogers
Brooks RG Blakely
Krisher RT Cardinal
Bonk RE Nader
Edie QB Dunkerton
Webb LHB W. Corbin
McGuire RHB Williams
Zorger FB Phillips

Referee – Lobach.
Umpire – Gross.
Head Linesman – Brown.
Field Judge – Shafer.
Tigers Put
In Fourth Place
Massillon’s Tigers were rated as the fourth
best scholastic football team in Ohio in Dunkel
high school ratings released by the Scholastic
Sports Institute at New York which took into
consideration games played through last week.

Newark’s undefeated grid club topped the Ohio
list with a rating of 72.5 while Cleveland
Cathedral Latin was second with 70.6; Warren
third with 70.1; Massillon fourth with 69.8; and
Canton McKinley fifth with 69.0.

Warren Mass.
First downs 3 11
Yards gained, rushing 102 153
Yards lost, rushing 32 —
Net yards gained, rushing 70 153
Yards gained, passing — 28
Forward passes, attempted 4 13
Froward passes, completed 0 2
Passes had intercepted 2 1
Number of punts 9 4
Average distance of punts 27 23
Distance of punts returned 27 23
Number of fumbles 5 4
Times ball lost on fumbles 3 4
Number of penalties 9 4
Yards lost by penalties 65 20
Total yards gained 70 181

Fred Bonk