Tag: <span>Earl Straughn</span>


1927: Massillon 0, Canton McKinley 13

Local Gridders Hold Canton Scoreless for Two Periods, Then Weaken to Lose, 13 to 0

Eleven members of Washington high school’s greatly tossed about football team, dug their cleats into the hard wrinkled turn of Lakeside stadium, Canton, Saturday afternoon and showed 7,500 fans how a never die spirit could hold Canton McKinley’s high vaunted grid machine to two touchdowns and a score of 13 to 0.

For 24 minutes those snarling Tigers from Massillon turned back the desperate thrusts of the attacking Bulldog and for 12 minutes they held a decided advantage over their eastern rivals.

But a defensive game is a hard strain on any team and with the opening of the second half, things took a different turn. The orange and black, battered badly in its efforts to stem the Canton attack, failed to come back with its gallant defensive stand and was brushed aside by a powerful red and black offense which swept across the Massillon goal line after five minutes of the third period had expired. In these few minutes of the game, the condition of the two teams was the deciding factor and the McKinley players showed greater endurance than the youthful Tigers.

Two forward passes tossed by Lab, Canton substitute, carried the ball across the muddy part of the gridiron to within striking distance of the Massillon goal and paved the way for a touchdown. Then Canton’s galloping ghost, Sam Hodnick, forgot about his injured nose and began ripping the orange and black line to shreds. He carried the ball to the 12-yard mark for a first down. It appeared as though the youthful Tigers, fighting within the shadow of their own goal posts, would turn back the Canton threat. Three times McKinley backs smashed at the orange and black. Once it held. Then it yielded three yards and then five more. With fourth down coming, the ball on the four-yard line and two yards needed for a first down, Hodnick’s signal was called and the McKinley ace drove this165-pounds through the left side of the line with a force that carried him across the Massillon goal.

It was McKinley’s first touchdown. It took the red and black gridders 29 minutes to do what they should have accomplished in five minutes if comparative scores mean anything. McKinley scored one other touchdown, that coming when only half a minute of the game was left to play and was a direct result of a poor pass from the Massillon center which Leiber recovered on the orange and black’s 13-yard line. Goss and Maurer plunged the pigskin to the youthful Tigers one-yard line for a first down and Maurer went across on the next play. McKinley had one other opportunity to score, the ball being placed in position on the local team’s 37-yard line as a result of a blocked punt recovered by the Canton gridders, but after passes had carried the oval to within 12 yards of the goal, the McKinley quarterback like President Coolidge, did not choose to carry the ball, but elected to pass and the pigskin was grounded behind the orange and black goal line. The way in which Reese Price brought Hodnick to the earth after he had received a pass placing the ball on the 13-yard line, probably had as much to do with stopping the Canton gridders from scoring on that occasion as anything. Hodnick had evaded several tacklers until Price pounced on him, bringing the plunging fullback down with a heavy thud and injuring his nose, which slowed him up considerably for the remainder of the half.

While McKinley scored twice on three of its opportunities, the orange and black failed to even threaten the Canton goal line, The local lads got the ball once on the red and black’s 37-yard line after an exchange of punts, but there the Cantonians braced and forced the youthful Tigers to punt. Play during the greater part of the game was between the 35-yard markers and with the exception when McKinley scored its first touchdown; the ball was seldom advanced into enemy territory except through a poor punt or a break in the game.

The game Saturday was a case of a well oiled, fine functioning football machine pitted against an outfit with an unbeatable, defiant spirit. When the orange and black squad trotted out on the field it could be likened to that famous painting, “The Spirit of
Seventy-Six.” Several of the players had slight limps, others possessed injuries that they vainly tried to cover and only a great determination to hold Canton to a low score and preserve Massillon’s high score record, kept them in the game. One player, Dommer, a tackle, tossed away his crutches in order to play Saturday afternoon; another with a torn ear and a heavy bandage over the side of his face, went in and mixed it roughly with the Canton boys, while still another took a chance of being put on crutches for a week or more by playing his first game in five weeks, all because Massillon’s record on the gridiron had to be preserved and such it was. The McKinley team failed to do the thing that it most desired: to set a new high score for a Massillon-Canton game. When the two elevens met five years ago with Massillon being much the stronger team, the Washington high gridders set a record by beating the red and black 24 to 0 and that record still stands as a result of Canton being unable to score more than 13 points Saturday.

At that, granting that McKinley did play a better brand of football than the orange and black Saturday, its game was in reality only one touchdown better than the youthful Tigers. While the teams shared evenly in the breaks, McKinley’s were far more valuable for they came in Massillon territory, one of which contributed to a touchdown. On the other hand the youthful Tigers benefited very little by the breaks they received, practically all coming in their own territory, 50 yards or more from the Canton goal line.

First downs also show that McKinley failed to outplay the youthful Tigers by more than seven points. The red and black made nine first downs to Massillon’s four, but four of the host team’s downs were made on their first touchdown march while the others were scattered throughout the game. McKinley failed to make the required yardage a single time in the second period, while the orange and black negotiated the distance twice. The youthful Tigers had an edge on the red and black that period, outplaying the McKinley gridders. Two more first downs were rolled up by the Massillon aggregation in the fourth quarter, one as a result of a forward pass in the last few seconds of the game and the other on a 15-yard run by “Whitey” Laughlin on a triple pass.

The local eleven never managed to get a pass away until the final period because of the fast charging McKinley linemen. On several occasions Grant was smothered for a loss by a host of tacklers when he was attempting to find a man uncovered to receive a pass. Thus the youthful Tigers were unable to harness the air for gains until after the game was lost. McKinley completed three passes for a gain of 65 yards, while the local gridders made three passes, gaining 35 yards.

The Massillonians lost many yards on poor passes from center. Buttermore played a whale of a defensive game and was a regular bulwark in the center of the line, but after the first quarter he was badly used up by the McKinley players and was unable to bend over sufficiently to pass the ball accurately to the backfield receivers. He was taken from the game shortly after the start of the second half and soon after McKinley scored a touchdown. Whether McKinley would have scored had not Buttermore been injured and taken from the game will never be known but the fact remains that he made it miserable for Canton line smashes when he was playing.

The bad passes from center caused Foster plenty of trouble in getting away his punts. In spite of the fact that the ball was rolled back to him on the ground four times, he had only one kick blocked. These grounders, however, did cut many yards off his punts, as he had to boot the ball hurriedly when surrounded by Canton players, with the result that Kauffman had the edge in the punting for the day though that edge was very slight. Had Foster received as good passes from center as Kauffman, there is every reason to believe that he would have out punted the Canton player by many yards.

His punting held the Cantonians in check during the first half but in the third quarter his kicks failed to travel as far and McKinley gained ground on nearly every exchange. To the fans it appeared at the end of the first half that 1926 history might be repeated and the game result in another scoreless tie. Up to that time, each team had scored but two first downs and neither was able to get anywhere in advancing the ball. Captain Laughlin and Grant had smashed the McKinley line twice for the required distance, while Hodnick, through a forward pass and off tackle dashes, had made McKinley’s yardage.

However, with the opening of the third period McKinley showing greater recuperating power began to mix passes with its running attack. The touchdown march started when the Canton gridders took a Massillon punt in midfield. Hodnick made two yards at right end and Kauffman’s pass fell into unpopulated territory. Lab then heaved the ball to Hodnick for 12 yards, placing the ball on the 36-yard line. With the orange and black on the run, Lab tossed another pass to Farrell for a gain of 13 yards, placing the ball on the orange and black’s 23-yard line. Then Hodnick, forgetting the bump handed him by Price, began a series of plunges. Two drives at the Massillon line brought him a first down on the 13-yard line. Sam then struck to his right for two more. Brinson attempted to carry the ball but was smothered in his tracks, after a gain of two yards. Lab then found an opening and gained four more. With the ball only four yards from the Massillon goal and two yards needed for a first down, Hodnick smashed through Massillon’s right guard for a touchdown. Kauffman kicked the extra point from placement.

Briggs made a neat return of the kickoff, carrying the ball back 25 yards to the 48-yard line before being downed. That was one of two runs that featured the orange and black’s play during the afternoon. The other was Captain Laughlin’s 15-yard dash on a triple pass. Following the touchdown, the ball see-sawed back and forth, with neither team threatening to score until the last minute of the game. Then with the ball on the Massillon 28-yard line, Evans passed the oval over Laughlin’s head, McKinley recovering on the orange and black’s 13-yard line. On the first play, Maurer slashed through the left side of the Massillon line for six yards. Goss then hit the same spot for six more and a first down within half a yard of the goal. Maurer, carried the ball across. L. Miller’s kick was blocked.

A large number of Massillon fans attended the game, although not as many turned out as in former years. There were probably 2,000 or more fans from this city present, including Mrs. Mary Merrell, Massillon’s 87-yard old football fan. Mrs. Merrell attended the game, unaccompanied, via trolley car. If you don’t think she’s a rabid fan, you should have heard her discussing the game on her way to Canton.

The roughness that was a common factor in Canton-Massillon games 10 years back has disappeared. Instead of the customary sight of flying fists between halves, the bands of the two schools staged a drill on the field in front of their respective student bleachers. Everything was orderly Saturday. The sidelines were well guarded and the crowd was kept back of a strong fence so that it could not surge on to the field as it did two years ago. It was as orderly a Canton-Massillon game as has ever been played and credit should be given to the Canton management for making it so.

The game ends the season for the two elevens. In point of victories it has been one of the most successful for McKinley which dropped but one game, an early season 19 to 0 contest to Steubenville. The season, however has been just as disastrous for the orange and black as it has been good for McKinley. The youthful Tigers have won three games, lost five and tied one. In the last three years that Canton and Massillon have met, the McKinley gridders have won two games while last year’s contest ended in a scoreless tie.
Lineup and summary:
Canton – 13 Pos. Massillon – 0
Farrell LE Fox
Miller LT Dommer
Samuels LG Henderson
Rittersbaugh C Buttermore
Zeren RG Mauger
Esmont RT Price
Barrett RE Straughn
Kauffman QB Grant
Combs LHB Foster
Brinson RHB Briggs
Hodnick FB Laughlin

Score by periods:
Canton 0 0 7 6 13

Massillon – Evans for Straugh, Shanabrook for Fox, Fox for Shanabrook, Shanabrook for Evans, Evans for Buttermore, Garland for Dommer, Schnierle for Shanabrook.

Canton – Lab for Combs, Jurekovic for Farrell, Farrell for Barrett, Leiber for Zeren, Maurer for Brinson, Goss for Lab, Lab for Kauffman, Beidler for Jurekovic, Fraunfelter for Samuels, Schubach for Esmont, Green for Hodnick, Harbert for Miller, Kelly for Farrell.

Touchdowns – Hodnick, Maurer.

Point after touchdown – Kauffman (placekick).

Referee – Shafer (Akron).
Umpire – Morgan (Youngstown).
Head Linesman – Barrett (Sebring).

Earl Straughn
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1927: Massillon 12, Warren Harding 0

Orange and Black Score 12 to 0 Victory Over Trumbull County Gridders Saturday

Football gridders of Washington high school unraveled a supposed tightly tied knot of defeat Saturday afternoon and brought forth a 12 to 0 victory over Warren high in a fast game in the Trumbull county seat.

The sun was rapidly setting in the west, casting deep shadows over the field, announcing the approach of evening, when the final whistle blew, ending the contest, a victory for Massillon.

To the 2,000 or more fans who filled the narrow Warren bleachers or stood along the sidelines, it seemed as though the game would never end. The fourth period was a long drawn out affair. Warren only came close to scoring in the entire contest and this threat was turned back by the youthful Tigers. The last 12 minutes of the game, however, certainly seemed like 25 minutes to the fans who began shivering when the strong rays of the sun passed below the horizon.

It was a great showing put up Saturday by the youthful Tigers, who probably played their beat game of the season and at that showed little more than straight football since Canton McKinley’s assistant coach was perched at an advantageous spot in the stands where he could scout the Massillon team.

The local team had a better offensive attack than Warren, showed a little better defense and secured nearly every break of the game. In fact the local school was so favored by the breaks that it recovered within the 20-yard line, but the Warren gridders were equal on these two occasions and held the Massillon threat on the two and three yard lines, respectively.

Warren, however, was by no means a setup for the Massillon team. The host team showed a speedy backfield that could run the ends with ability. The Trumbull county gridders evidently have been scouting the orange and black and had seen the poor showing of the Massillon ends in games earlier in the season. However, the red and white’s sweeping runs around the flanks often resulted in large losses, as the Massillon ends dumped the interference and the secondary defense smothered the ball carrier. Warren was able to do little through the center of the Massillon line. Buttermore, the rolly polly boy holding down that position as a result of the ineligibility of Evans and Pott’s injury, played a whale of a game. He clearly demonstrated to the Warren center that it takes two men and a derrick to hoist him out of a play when it’s coming through the bulls-eye of the line. But Buttermore did not distinguish himself any better than the other 10 wearers of orange and black Saturday, for all played a nip and tuck game. Captain Laughlin bore the brunt of the attack and ripped the Warren line to shreds. He brought a moan out of the Warren rooters’ throats when he intercepted a pass on his own 35-yard line and nearly got away for a touchdown. And the Warren fans had reasons to moan for it was “Whitey” who snagged two Warren passes out of the air two years ago within the 20-yard line and made long runs, one of which resulted in a touchdown.

The lateral pass was used consistently against the Massillon gridders for the first time this season, but never failed to gain more than a few yards and often resulted in losses. The orange and black pulled several tricks out of its bag, one of which worked successfully and resulted in a nice gain.

However, the youthful Tigers played nothing but straight football during most of the game.

Warren might have kept the local eleven from scoring had it had a better punter. Pohto, who did the booting the greater part of the time, had a habit of getting off miserable kicks when standing near his own goal line. This assisted the youthful Tigers considerably in scoring their touchdowns.

Massillon’s first touchdown came in the first minute of the second quarter. Getting the ball on their own 30-yard line on a punt, the local eleven made a determined drive toward the Warren goal line. Laughlin made three yards and Briggs got away for a gain of six. Massillon was penalized five yards for being offside. Laughlin then tore through for five more and on the next play carried the ball to Warren’s 18-yard line. In three more attempts Captain Laughlin had pushed the pigskin to the seven-yard line for another first down. Here the quarter ended and the teams exchanged goals. Briggs made a yard with the opening of the second period. Laughlin made two more. With the ball on the three-yard line, “Whitey” put all his weight behind a plunge that made the red and while line wilt and the Massillon captain was across for the first score of the game. He attempted to buck the ball over for the extra point but failed.

The second touchdown came in the last period. The drive started when Photo’s punt dropped on the 28-yard line. The orange and black had previously carried the ball to the three-yard line where it was surrendered on downs to the Trumbull county gridders. Pohto was hurried with his kick by the Massillon ends and was lucky to boot the ball as far as the 28-yard marker. On the first play, Briggs made nine yards on a triple pass. Laughlin then went through for a yard making a first down on the 18-yard line. Grant made four yards and Schnierle hit left tackle for three more. Laughlin could gain but a yard. With fourth down coming and two yards needed for a first down, Grant heaved a short pass to Briggs that placed the ball on the eight-yard line. Schnierle made a yard and Briggs stepped along the sidelines on the next play not stopping until the goal line was behind him. His attempted drop kick for the extra point was short.

On several other occasions the local team was in scoring position, but lacked the punch to push the pigskin across. Had the youthful Tigers shown a determined touchdown punch they might have run up a score of 24 to 0 on the Trumbull county gridders, but as it was, they lost the ball on the three, four and five-yard line and two other times within the 22-yard line. The nearest Warren got to the Massillon goal was the 16-yard line where the local eleven braced and held for downs. This position of the Warren gridders was attained largely through the brilliant running of Pohto, chunky halfback.

In first downs, the youthful Tigers also excelled the red and white, making the required 10 yards on 14 occasions, while Warren negotiated the distance but six times. The youthful Tigers were penalized 30 yards and Warren 35 yards.

While the orange and black secured nearly all the breaks of the game, yet none of the breaks were directly responsible for touchdowns. Pohto’s two worst punts went out of bounds with the 12-yard line, but on neither of these occasions did the local team muster sufficient strength to score. However, the poor punts did aid materially for they kept the ball deep in Warren territory when play might have been in midfield had Warren had a punter the equal of Earl Foster, who got off a number of nice kicks during the afternoon.

While there was not the Massillon crowd in the stands that attended the last two games played in the Trumbull county seat, a large number of orange and black rooters did attend. No estimate could be made of the size of the Massillon delegation however, since they were scattered among Warren fans.

The defeat was the third for Warren this season, the easterners having previously dropped games to Youngstown South and Rayen high schools. It was the sixth consecutive triumph for a Massillon team over Warren high school.

The lineup and summary:
Massillon – 12 Pos. Warren – 0
Fox LE Puegner
Garland LT Pardee
Henderson LG Baltzly
Buttermore C Lea
Mauger RG Mills
Anthony RT Yeager
Straughn RE Reed
Grant QB Boyd
Foster LHB Pohto
Briggs RHB De Santis
Laughlin FB Lattimer

Score by periods:
Massillon 0 6 0 6 12

Massillon – Fisher for Garland, Shanabrook for Fox, Schnierle for Foster, Hourriet for Briggs, Minger for Fisher, Mann for Minger.

Warren – Dann for Pardee, Dirk for Mills, Allen for Yeager, Lodge for Pohto, Campbell for Lattimer, Horner for De Santis, De Santis for Horner.

Touchdowns – Laughlin, Briggs.

Referee – Morgan.
Umpire – Alexander.
Head Linesman – Howells.

Earl Straughn
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1927: Massillon 13, New Philadelphia 7

WASHINGTON HIGH WINS SECOND TILT Beats New Philadelphia 13 to 7
Here Saturday; Local Team Scores touchdown With Second to Go

Washington high school chalked up its second victory of the season, Saturday afternoon when it defeated the red and black of New Philadelphia, 13 to 7 on Massillon Field.

The game was marked by few thrills and was not a typical Massillon-New Philadelphia game. The strong rivalry that usually displays itself when the two teams battle was lacking Saturday afternoon, and New Philadelphia fans strongly accused their team for not displaying the proper amount of fighting spirit.

The orange and black showed little football Saturday afternoon in an offensive way. The only time the Massillon gladiators showed any punch was when their captain, “Whitey” Laughlin got into the game. “Whitey” played about eight minutes Saturday and during that time the youthful Tigers chalked up their two touchdowns.

With a secondary backfield starting for Massillon and New Philadelphia lacking sufficient drive to gain much ground through the heavier orange and black line, neither team threatened to score until late in the second period.

The drive for a touchdown was started when Briggs took Kobelt’s punt on the New Philadelphia 48-yard line. On the next play he made three yards, while Grant went through right tackle for eight more and a first down on the visitor’s 37-yard line. With less than a minute remaining in the half, the local team began a forward passing attack. Grant tossed a four-yard pass to Laughlin and on the next play tossed another to Foster for a first down on the red and black’s 22-yard line. A pass from Grant to Briggs was good for 22 yards and brought a touchdown. Only one second remained in the half when the play was started. Laughlin carried the ball through left tackle for the extra point.

The second Massillon touchdown came early in the fourth quarter. With the ball on the Massillon 41-yard line, Fox circled right end on an end around play for a gain of 20 yards, but the ball was called back and the locals penalized 15 yards on a Massillon foul. Laughlin ripped off five on the next play and Evans then duplicated Fox’s stunt by circling left end behind good interference for 25 yards and a first down. Grant made five yards and Laughlin four more. Laughlin then found an opening and raced to the 28-yard line before he was tackled. Briggs made six yards on two plays and Laughlin made three more. Laughlin then plowed through for eight yards and a first down on “Philly’s” 12-yard line. Briggs made five yards and Laughlin four more, placing the ball three yards from the red and black’s goal. Laughlin made two yards on the next play and it was first down and goal with only a yard to go. “Whitey” plunged across. An attempted pass for the extra point was grounded.

A flock of substitutions followed the second Massillon touchdown and “Philly” found it comparatively easy to gain ground against the less experienced orange and black team. It was against these players that the visitors scored their touchdown in the last two and one-half minutes of the game. Getting the ball on their own 40-yard line, the red and black gridders began a passing attack. The first was completed for eight yards and the second brought a gain of 25-yards. From all appearances the second pass should not have been allowed for the receiver was not the first New Philadelphia man to touch the ball. The pass, however, was declared complete and a 15-yard penalty inflicted on the youthful Tigers gave “Philly” the ball on the 12-yard line. Four plays netted first down and Witmer went across for a touchdown from the one-foot line in two plays. Olmstead drop-kicked the extra point across.

The orange and black excelled in number of first downs, making the required yardage 12 times to “Philly’s” nine. The youthful Tigers completed four out of seven passes for a gain of 37 yards, while New Philadelphia gained 31 yard by the aerial game. Massillon was penalized 65 yards and the r4ed and black 70 yards.

Several hundred rooters attended the game from the Tuscarawas county seat. The team was accompanied by the school’s 55-piece uniform band which paraded the gridiron between halves. The Massillon school band also staged a drill, forming a large “M” in front of the student section.

New Philadelphia has failed to make much of a showing on the gridiron yet this year. The red and black has yet to win a game and has been defeated by two secondary teams.

However ,it is hopeful of taking Dover high into camp in the big game of the year, Thanksgiving Day.
Lineup and Summary:
Massillon – 13 Pos. New Philadelphia – 7
Fox LE Noble
Geis LT Carey
Henderson LG Fish
Buttermore C Alexander
Mauger RG Wheatley
Anthony RT Knauss
Shanabrook RE Shaffer
Grant QB Olmstead
Foster LHB Jenkins
Schnierle RHB Ankney
Andrews FB Kobelt

Score by periods:
Massillon 0 7 0 6 13
New Philadelphia 0 0 0 7 7

Massillon – Fisher for Geis, Evans for Shanabrook, Garland for Anthony, Laughlin for Andrews, Briggs for Schnierle, Swaford for Laughlin, Andrews for Swaford, Laughlin for Andrews, Schnierle for Laughlin, Harris for Evans, Malone for Fox, Appleby for Fisher, Mann for Garland, Hourriet for Briggs, Straughn for Malone, Anthony for Appleby.

New Philadelphia – Airhart for Carey, Carey for Airhart, Witmer for Kobelt, Tinker for Carey.

Touchdowns – Briggs, Laughlin, Witmer.

Points after touchdown – Laughlin (carried), Olmstead (Drop kick).

Referee – Lobach (F. & M.).
Umpire – Connors (Bates).
Head Linesman – Kirk (O.W.U.).

Times of periods – 12 minutes.

Earl Straughn
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1927: Massillon 0, Alliance 13

Uncorks Powerful Deceptive Offense in Second Half to Beat Orange and Black 13 – 0

Fighting with blood in their eyes, the orange and black of Washington high school made a gallant but vain attempt to show the Massillon public Saturday afternoon it could beat Alliance and went down to a 13 to 0 defeat in the second half of the game under a powerful and deceptive Alliance offense.

The team fought as it never fought before this season, and might have accomplished its purpose had not injures wrecked the backbone of the squad at crucial moments when it was apparent that the team was marching to victory. Had not Laughlin been injured in the first quarter when the local team lost the ball on downs on the Alliance 12-yard line, the game might have had a different ending.

Although “Whitey” continued in the game, the injury sapped his strength and his knee gave way when he failed by a yard to make a first down on Alliance’s 12-yard line. On the visitor’s return punt, “Whitey’s” knee again gave way and he had to be taken from the game. With Laughlin out of the game, the local team had little to show in an offensive way. Injuries also wrecked the line in the last two periods of play which helped the visitors no little in pushing across their two touchdowns.

The fighting spirit of the team Saturday won favor with the fans even though the youthful Tigers were defeated. The players were out to vindicate themselves after an idle week of practice and three weeks of steady criticism. They had signed a statement three days before to stand by their coach and their only end Saturday was to go in and fight for him, something they failed to at any other time this year. The boos and hisses which accompanied misplays on other days were not heard Saturday. Words of encouragement took their place for those in the stands could see that the team was not laying down but was making every effort to win and that is what the citizens of Massillon have been clamoring for since the second game of the year – a fighting team.

Yes, it was evident to all that the players were using the best of their football knowledge Saturday, but that was not of a high caliber. Their attack was not deceptive and the team itself was in poor condition, as the number of injuries plainly show. A week’s idleness may have been partly responsible for the battered condition of the Massillon squad and again may have had nothing to do with it. Nevertheless it looked pitiful to see five players on the bench from injuries. Captain Laughlin was taken to the city hospital where his injured hip was treated Saturday night. However, he was removed from the institution later in the evening and was able to get about Sunday.

In tackling Alliance Saturday, the youthful Tigers bumped into the strongest opposition of the year. The eastern county gridders are large and rangy, have a very deceptive attack, are hard as nails, and team nicely together. When Coach Wilcoxen ordered his men out to practice at the start of the season, he found he had but two lettermen in the pack and that nine vacancies had to be filled. This he completed in short order and the team opened the season by playing two tie games with Akron Central and Warren. At this time in the year, however, the green players have become seasoned veterans and from all indications the team as yet does not realize its strength, it may wind up the season without a defeat. At least it has that possibility before it.

The victory Alliance registered over Washington high Saturday was the first since 1921 when a badly battered wrecked Washington high team was given a trouncing on Mt. Union field.

Alliance made but one substitution during the entire game and with one or two exceptions the team appeared in as good a shape at the end of the 48 minutes of playing as at the start of the battle.

The local team had but one good scoring opportunity and that was in the first period. Alliance started off with a rush and worked the pigskin to the Massillon 21-yard line where an incomplete pass on the fourth down gave the locals the ball. Then the best offensive punch of the day was shown by the youthful Tigers. On a series of line plays and end runs, the team carried the ball to the Alliance 19-yard line, where a group of visiting players bent Laughlin into the shape of a crooked banana and “Whitey” slumped on the ground with a painful injury to his right knee. The spirit of the Massillon captain, however, kept him in the game and when he should have been carrying the ball, were it not for the injury, he was content with forming interference for Grant and Briggs. On the fourth down, however he was given the pigskin with four yards to go for a first down. He made three of the yards and would have made the required distance had not his knee buckled throwing him a yard short of a first down and a possible touchdown. It was the only real scoring opportunity for the orange and black and the youthful gridders appeared disheartened as their captain was taken from the field on the next play with his leg again injured. Injuries to players who make up the backbone strength of the team kept the playing eleven continually weakened and a little less confident than it otherwise would have been. Dommer, Potts and Straughn were all forced from the contest, which made it necessary for Coach Atkinson to shift tackles to ends and a guard to center in an effort to strengthen his line where most necessary.

Although this is not meant to detract from the fine showing of the visitors, Alliance’s two touchdowns were scored under such conditions.

The red and white scored its first touchdown near the middle of the third period. Taking the ball on their own 40-yard line, the visitors used a deceptive open formation that carried the ball to the Massillon 34-yard line. Here a sneak play was worked successfully with the ball snapped back when the backfield appeared in an argument and Grimes was not downed until he had reached the Massillon 15-yard line. On the next play Massillon was penalized half the distance to the goal line, giving Alliance the ball on the 7y yard line, with four chances to put it over.

Grimes, however, carried the ball across in two crashes at the center of the line and the Alliance rooters seeing the first victory in seven years over Massillon in sight, went wild with joy. Raber kicked the extra point from placement.

The visitors brought their score to 13 points in the fourth period, after a steady march of 46 yards down the field. Passes figured largely in advancing the ball, one being completed for a gain of 20 yards and another for a gain of nine yards. Dickens carried the ball across from the one-yard line. Raber’s attempted placekick went wild. Shortly afterwards Trump, Alliance halfback, took a Massillon punt in midfield and crossed the goal line after a pretty run along the side of the field. However, the touchdown was not allowed, the umpire ruling he stepped out of bounds on the 24-yard line. From this point the visitors began another hammering attack on the Massillon line and had the ball on the two-yard line with two chances to put it over when the whistle blew ending the game.

A large crowd turned out to see the first game of the county series, approximately 3,000 fans finding places in the stands, a thousand or more coming from Alliance.

The visitors were far superior to the orange and black in the number of first downs scored. Massillon made the yardage seven times, five times in the first quarter and twice in the third period, but Alliance made first downs on 15 occasions, nine coming in the last two periods. Massillon completed three passes for a gain of 23 yards; had nine incomplete and two intercepted. Alliance completed five passes in nine attempts for a gain of 85 yards. Three were batted down by Massillon backs while one was intercepted. The local team was penalized 40 yards and Alliance 45 yards.

The high school students showed a much better spirit Saturday than in any of the other games this year. The cheering was far better than at any other time. The band too showed a little more ginger by getting out on the field and drilling between halves. It looked as though the spirit of the students had come back to what it used to be.
Lineup and summary:
Alliance – 13 Pos. Massillon – 0
Daly LE Straughn
Kunkle LT Fox
Miller LG Henderson
Dixon C Potts
Speidel RG Mauger
Hammontree RT Dommer
Raber RE Shanabrook
Keefe QB Grant
Dicken LHB Schnierle
Trump RHB Briggs
Grimes FB Laughlin

Score by periods:
Alliance 0 0 7 6 – 13

Alliance – Nagy for Millre.

Massillon – Foster for Laughlin, Gise for Straughn, Laughlin for Schnierle, Straughn for Gise, Gise for Fox, Anthony for Shanabrook, Fox for Straughn, Buttermore for Potts, Baltzly for Buttermore, Schnierle for Dommer, Garland for Fox, Fisher for Gise, Swaford for Laughlin.

Touchdowns – Grimes, Dickens.

Point after touchdown – Raber (placekick).

Referee – Shafer.
Umpire – Barrett.
Head Linesman – Howells.

Time of periods – 12 minutes.

Earl Straughn
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1927: Massillon 0, Akron South 20

Orange and Black, Showing Lack of Proper Training, Proves Easy for Old Rival in Slow Contest Here

Washington high school’s football team, after putting up a fairly good game of football the greater part of the first half, Saturday, went to pieces in the last two quarters and was decisively beaten 20 to 0, by the fighting Corsairs of Akron South high school.

The Massillon team began to slip about the middle of the second period and from then on the South backs ripped the line to pieces while the Massillon offense failed to retaliate.

Contrary to other games played this year, it was the poor defensive game put up by the Massillon eleven that brought about South’s victory.

The defense was poor from the very start and only braced in the last period of the game when it turned back the thrusts of the Akron backs on the one-foot line, thus thwarting the enlarging of the score to 26 points or a possible 27. The orange and black offense got off to a good start and ripped the Akron line to pieces, carrying the ball from its own 20-yard line to Akron’s 30-yard line before losing the pigskin on downs. Then again in the second period the local team smashed its way from its 20-yard line to Akron’s 15-yard line where the visitors braced and held for downs. Turned back twice in its efforts to score, the local gridders appeared to lose heart, while the Akronites gained in confidence, strengthened their defense and kept the local team out of scoring distance the remainder of the game.

The South gridders tallied 10 first downs to Massillon’s eight during the first half and then made the required yardage nine more times in the last two periods, while the local gridders failed to make a first down.

Akron’s first touchdown came shortly after the start of the second quarter, Hedderly going across after a 20-yard run and a march of 40 yards down the field. Grahame caught the local team napping by carrying the ball across for the extra point instead of kicking.

The second set of points made by Akron was the result of a break. With the locals in possession of the ball on their own 35-yard line, a fumble occurred in the Massillon backfield when the ball was snapped back and Geisinger, Akron end, scooped up the oval and raced for a touchdown. A pass, Grahame to Winkleman was completed after being bounced around between three players and brought Akron’s score to 14 points.
The last touchdown was made in the final period, penalties being greatly responsible. Akron was continually playing in Massillon territory the second half and shortly after the start of the fourth quarter worked the ball to the five-yard line where the local team held for downs. Briggs punted the ball back to the 25-yard line, Grahame returning five yards. Captain Laughlin declared Grahame stepped out of bounds but Umpire Barrett could not see it so where upon Whitey’s language became strong and the local team was penalized. This enraged the Massillon captain so that he used his fists on the umpire and the referee again began stepping off the yards, stopping at the one-yard line. Here South had difficulty in shoving the ball across. Massillon was offside on the very first play and the referee moved the ball up to within a foot of the goal line. Hedderly then plunged across with the ball after three attempts. In the final minutes of the game South again carried the ball to the one-yard line where it lost it on downs.

South’s opportunities to score were many, while Massillon had but one good chance. The local team had the ball on very few occasions in the last half, and failed to make any progress when it did try to carry the pigskin.

Akron surprised fans with a powerful offense. Heretofore this department of the team failed to respond for Coach Weltner, but Hedderly and Sauer had their day Saturday and the orange and black tacklers had difficulty in stopping them.

Unless the local team braces and plays better football than it has to date, Canton is going to have easy sailing on November 19, for the McKinley gridders took over South 33 to 0 a week ago and Saturday beat Youngstown Rayen 19 to 0.

Massillon was hurt by penalties, being set back 40 yards, but South suffered even worse, being penalized a total of 50 yards.
Lineup and summary:
Akron South – 20 Pos. Massillon – 0
Klipstein LE Straughn
Robinson LT Fox
Piry LG Mauger
Bowers C Potts
Harty RG Henderson
Smith RT Anthony
Winkleman RE Evans
Grahame QB Grant
Shepparde LHB Garland
Sauer RHB Briggs
Hedderly FB Laughlin

Score by periods:
Akron 0 7 7 6 20

Massillon – Dommer for Fox, Andrews for Garland, Buttermore for Potts, Potts for Buttermore, Fox for Anthony, Price for Dommer, Anthony for Price, Baltzly for Mauger, Mauger for Baltzly, Shanabrook for Evans, Evans for Henderson.

Akron – Geisinger for Klipstein, Klipstein for Geisinger, Roeger for Smith, Schill for Sauer.

Touchdown – Hedderly 2, Geisinger.

Point after touchdown – Grahamme (carried), Winkleman (forward pass).

Referee – Shaffer.
Umpire – Barrett.
Head Linesman – Howells.

Earl Straughn
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1927: Massillon 12, Wooster 6


A well directed offense in the second period, Saturday afternoon, brought the season’s first gridiron victory for the orange and black of Washington high school, when the South Mill street institution, with difficulty, succeeded in bowling over the fighting purple warriors from Wooster high, 12 to 6 on Massillon Field.

Though the youthful Tigers won, there is little glory in the victory, for the same Wooster team was trampled upon earlier in the season by Canton McKinley, 46 to 0. In fact many Wooster fans expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the game and even though their team was on the short side of the score, considered the result a moral victory for Wooster.

And such it probably was, for the fighting purple squad not only held the Massillon team to a pair of touchdowns, but crossed the orange and black goal line once, registered 11 first downs to Massillon’s eight and decisively outplayed and outfought the youthful Tigers in the last half of the game.

True the local team was hampered somewhat with injuries, Briggs, Dommer and Schnierle being out of the game. Yet, these injuries should not have kept Massillon high from being at least four touchdowns better than their Wooster rivals. However, it must be said in fairness to the orange and black’s defense that several of Wooster’s first downs were made as a result of penalties inflicted on the Massillon team.

The Massillon crew showed its most powerful drive near the middle of the second quarter which resulted in the scoring of two touchdowns. Getting a punt on the Wooster 41-yard line the youthful Tigers started a drive that did not end until Grant carried the ball across from the two-yard line. It all happened this way. Wooster punted to Foster who was downed in his tracks on the visiting team’s 41-yard line. Grant lost a few yards, but on the next play, Foster tossed a pass that was knocked down by a Wooster player into the arms of Shanabrook. Massillon end, who scampered several yards before being tackled. The play was good for 16 yards and brought a first down on Wooster’s 27-yard line. Laughlin rammed through for five yards and Grant dashed off left tackle on the next play for a gain of 20 yards, placing the ball on Wooster’s two-yard line. Andres failed to gain and Laughlin failed to move the ball any closer to the goal. On the next play, however, Grant bucked his way through left tackle for the first points of the game. The kick was missed.

The second touchdown for Massillon came shortly afterwards and was the direct result of a forward pass and a pretty run for 40 yards for a touchdown by Captain Laughlin. Foster tossed the pass to Laughlin.

Fans expected to be treated to another offensive drive by the orange and black in the second half, but it did not come. Instead, however, Wooster began hammering the Massillon line and tossing passes, to score a touchdown early in the last period, W. Franks carrying the ball across. The visitors; chance came as a result of the recovery of a blocked Massillon punt on the local team’s 19-yard line, by Ralph Rutter, a former Massillon boy. Three plays netted nine yards for Wooster and on the fourth play, Franks bucked his way through the Massillon line for three yards and a first down on the seven-yard line. In two cracks at the Massillon line the same diminutive Wooster player carried the pigskin across for his team’s only points.

In winning Saturday the local team showed a greatly improved aerial attack, completing six passes out of 12 attempts for a total gain of 99 yards. Five of the passes were incomplete and one intercepted. Wooster completed three passes for a gain of 18 yards. Two of the visitors’ overhead attempts to gain were not complete and one was intercepted.

Massillon was set back 35 yards in penalties and Wooster five yards.

The game Saturday brought out several facts, chief of which was the lack of spirit displayed by the Massillon team, on the bench as well as on the field. The team does not have the pepper, snap and spirit of confidence and alertness that will give it the jump on its opponents and cause its members to fight to the last notch and give every ounce of its efforts to keep pushing ahead. Either the members of the team are not of a fighting nature or else the spirit of battle has not been instilled into them. The same lack of sprit was shown on the bench Saturday afternoon. In the second half of the game, two orange and black players were pulled from the conflict when they weakened under the strain of the battle. Tired and perspiring freely so that their jerseys and moleskins were wet with perspiration, they made their way to the bench and took their places beside fellow players. A gentle breeze was blowing across the field, making an excellent condition for the two benched players to catch a bold and yet in spite of the fact that plenty of blankets were about and in the hands of other players on the bench, neither of the lads were offered any cover for several minutes and during that time no one made it his duty to see that the tired youths were provided with wraps to protect them from the weather.

Another factor was again demonstrated Saturday and that is that the local team lacks the last and greatest team lacks the last and greatest punch to push cross a touchdown. Had the orange and black had this final punch, the score Saturday might have been larger, for the youthful Tigers on several occasions had the ball within the 20 and 30-yard zones but lacked the drive to push it across. This same factor was demonstrated in the Akron East and Lorain games and appears to be the result of poor interference accorded the ball carrier. Either the backfield forgets the art of giving interference when facing opposition, cannot learn, or has not been properly instructed in this department of the game. The fact remains, there was certainly little interference accorded a runner Saturday afternoon or in any of the other games this year.

In Donald Grant, Coach John Atkinson has uncovered a quarterback who runs the team in good style, using a varied attack continually to bewilder his opponents, Grant also made several nice gains Saturday.

The management of Washington high sprung a surprise on the fans Saturday afternoon by placing markers designating the difference yard zones. It makes it much easier for the fans in the bleachers to tell where the ball is in play with the yard lines marked.
The lineup and summary:
Massillon – 12 Pos. Wooster –6
Straughn LE Gerig
Fox LT Bridenstine
Henderson LG R. Franks
Potts C Conrad
Mauger RG Cappola
Price RT Gelewicks
Shanabrook RE Ports
Grant QB W. Franks
Foster LHB Dalby
Bickle RHB Rutter
Laughlin FB Shelly

Score by periods:
Massillon 0 12 0 0 12
Wooster 0 0 0 6 6

Massillon – Anthony for Price, Andrews for Bickle, Wofle for Laughlin, Price for Anthony, Laughlin for Wolfe, Evans for Shanabrook, Anthony for Price, Shanabrook for Straughn.

Wooster – Stehlhorn for Rutter, Rutter for Stehlhorn, Strock for Franks.

Touchdowns – Grant, Laughlin, W. Franks.

Referee – Shaffer, Akron.
Umpire – Michaels, Ohio State.
Head Linesman – Kirk, Ohio State.

Time of periods – 12 minutes.


Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1927: Massillon 0, Lorain 12


Lacking a smooth working or well directed offense, without which no football team can go very far, Washington high’s gridiron aggregation took a 12 to 0 pasting from Lorain high’s stocky eleven in last Saturday afternoon’s torrid tussle on Massillon Field, the first scholastic grid combat to be staged here this fall. Shoving over touchdowns in the first and fourth quarters Lorain piled up enough points to win its first scholastic battle with a Massillon team and displayed a clean cut superiority over the orange and black throughout most of the contest.

Massillon lost because it lacked a consistent attack. Its offense lacked punch and only once was the Massillon outfit able to work the ball inside Lorain’s 20-yard line. However, the orange and black several times was within scoring distance but twice lost chances for touchdowns because its aerial attack failed to function and its other chances went glimmering when the Lorain defense was too tough to crack.

The defense work of the line was the only bright spot in Massillon’s performance. Playing under a boiling sun, that brought mid summer temperatures, the orange and black forward wall for three quarters stood off the crushing line plunges of the heavy Lorain backs. But the pace was too much for the local boys and they cracked early in the fourth quarter when the visitors began a steady line hammering attack that carried the ball 40 yards down the field and across the Massillon goal line for their second set of counters.

Lorain, however, put the game on ice early in the first quarter. The fans had hardly become settled in their seats before the visitors had scored a touchdown. It took three minutes to do it and a brilliant 45-yard dash by Kissel, Lorain halfback, paved the way for the points. Massillon received and punted. Mauger stopped Ujhelyi, the Lorain quarterback, on Lorain’s 48-yard line.

On the first play Kissel tucked the ball under his arm and with splendid interference circled Massillon’s left end and dashed down the field as his teammates boxed in or spilled the Massillon secondary defense. Seven yards from the Massillon goal he was pulled to earth by Captain Laughlin and tackle Fox. But Lorain was not to be stopped within sight of Massillon’s goal. Wolfe, Lorain’s giant fullback, smashed through the Massillon line on the second play and planted the ball back of the goal line. Ujhelyi missed a place kick for the extra point.

With their backs to the wall the orange and black tried desperately to even up the score but Lorain’s defense was too tough. The local team confined itself almost entirely to line bucking plays in the first quarter. It gained some ground but could not dent the Lorain forward wall when in scoring precincts.

Near the close of the period Wolfe pulled his team out of a hole when he grabbed a Massillon forward on his 20-yard line and raced the ball back 19 yards before being forced out of bounds.

Massillon’s best chance of scoring came in the second quarter but the chance was lost when its aerial attack failed to materialize. Foster returned one of Wolfe’s punts to Lorain’s 20-yard line. Briggs flipped a pass to Shanabrook for 18 yards and the ball was on the visitor’s 21-yard mark. Then Briggs tried to pass to Straughn but it went over the Massillon end’s head when he turned and stopped to see where the ball was. Had Straughn pulled the pass out of the air he might have gone over for a touchdown.

A few minutes later Briggs covered a fumble on Lorain’s 34-yard line. Once again he attempted a pass to Straughn and again the ball went over Straughn’s head with a clear field ahead.

The third quarter was played largely in midfield. Massillon might have gained ground on end runs with proper interference, but only a few were tried. Most of them, however, produced some yardage.

It was at the start of the fourth quarter that Lorain showed its best punch of the day. The Massillon line, however, by this time was beginning to feel the effects of its battering and the heat. Ujhelyi intercepted a Massillon pass on Massillon’s 40-yard line as the quarter opened. He went through for 20 yards before being downed by Dommer. Three plunges gave Lorain a first down, putting the ball on the 25-yard line. With another first down in sight Lorain was penalized 15 for holding but it made up the penalty and gained enough ground for a first down when Ujhelyi tossed a pass to Kissel for 17 yards, taking the ball to the 14-yard line. Uhhelyi and Wolfe toted the leather to the one-yard line in three plunges. Ujhelyi plunged into the line again. He was stopped a half yard from his goal but on the next play he went over. He again missed a place kick for the additional point.

With the forward pass left as its only hope for overcoming the Lorain lead in the closing minutes of play, Massillon began to toss passes in a desperate fashion but only one out of 10 attempts in the final period worked and the game ended with Lorain in possession of the long end of the count.

Up until the fourth quarter the ground gaining ability of the two teams was about equal. But in the final period Lorain ripped off five first downs and had Massillon shaded 10 to six when the game ended. Massillon tried the air game a lot in an effort to gain but got nowhere with it.

The orange and black attempted 19 passes, but only two were completed, one in the second quarter for 18 yards and the other in the fourth for 10. Two were intercepted by Lorain. The visitors did not depend a great deal on passes for their gains. They attempted but four, working only one for 17 yards. Massillon intercepted one.
Lineup and summary:
Massillon – 0 Pos. Lorain – 12
Straughn LE Stevenson
Fox LT Crehore
Henderson LG Armstrong
Potts C Glorioso
Mauger RG Traub
Anthony RT Towner
Shanabrook RE Delcey
Briggs QB Ujhelyi
Foster LHB Kissel
Grant RHB Burge
Laughlin FB Wolfe

Score by quarters:
Lorain 6 0 0 6 12

Massillon – Dommer for Fox, Schnerlie for Straughn, Nichols for Briggs, Fox for Dommer, Dommer for Anthony, Straughn for Schnerlie, Briggs for Nichols, Evans for Fox, Garland for Henderson, Schnerlie for Dommer.

Lorain – Fitzgerald forTowner, Shade for Burge, Towner for Fitzgerald, Burge for Shade.

Touchdowns – Wolfe, Uhhelyi

Referee – Maurer (Wooster).
Umpire – Lobach (F. & M.).
Head Linesman – Jenkins (Akron).

Time of quarters – 12 minutes.

Earl Straughn
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1927: Massillon 15, Cleveland John Adams 19

Plucky Massillon Team Drops Game to Cleveland John Adams in Last Two Minutes

John Adams high school’s highly vaunted grid machine, was almost upset in Cleveland Saturday afternoon by what was rated as only a small obstacle in its path, Washington high school of Massillon. Adams finally won 19 to 15, but in so doing was given many severe jolts by this Massillon team, which like a mushroom, sprang in to a formidable looking football eleven overnight.

John Adams won, but had to play football and had it not been for a little bad judgment by the orange and black in the last two and a half minutes of play, there is little doubt but that the youthful Tigers would have returned to this city Saturday evening with a tie score rather than another defeat.

Yet there is little to cry over in the local gridders defeat. The few hundred Massillon fans who attended the game saw an eleven take the field that was only the remnants of the squad that started the first game on September 24, against Akron East. On the line: Dommer, Reese Price, Potts and Evans were missing, while Captain Whitey Laughlin, the teams’ most dependable ground gainer was not in uniform. Injuries and ineligibility had wrecked the team and the eleven did not have the weight that the other first stringers packed. But the subs, sent in by Coach John Atkinson, fitted into the vacant holes like swollen bungs in the old cider barrel, and the Massillon team played the Adams gridders on even terms during the first three periods and were leading, 13 to 7 at the end of the half. The local team, however, began to weaken under the strain in the fourth quarter when the Clevelanders found it easier to gain ground around the Massillon ends and pushed the winning touchdown across, with the help of a break in the game, in the closing minutes of play.

In tackling John Adams, the local gridders bumped up against a fast and well drilled team, a team that has made its defense its big boast of the year. Previous to Saturday, John Adams had played five games. In all those five contests, only five first downs were scored against the Cleveland team. Massillon, however, made the required yardage nine times Saturday, much to the surprise of the Clevelanders. The entertaining team used a deceptive end around play continually throughout the game, making many yards with sweeping runs on the Massillon flanks, coupled with short forward passes. It failed to roll back the Massillon line. The local team resorted to an open attack, using sneak plays and throwing many forward passes.

The John Adam’s coach’s bit of strategy proved disastrous to him at the start of the game when he sent his yannigans into the conflict. The “yans” didn’t last very long, however, for the youthful Tigers received, made a vicious onslaught towards the Clevelander’s goal line and Paul Briggs was across for a touchdown from the 25-yard line before the Cleveland mentor could assemble his regulars and rush them to the rescue. The score came in the first minute and a half of play.

With the regulars in, however, the Cleveland team of many nationalities began an attack from midfield that did not end until Benis had scored from the four-yard line. Cleveland attempted to pass for the extra point and it was incomplete, but the point was awarded to the John Adams gridders on a Massillon player’s interference. The first period ended with Massillon making a drive toward the John Adams’ goal line and the Cleveland team in the lead, 7 to 6. Forward passes placed the ball in a position for the local team to register its second touchdown of the game, three passes, a penalty and a nice run by Grant placing the ball on the five-yard line from where it was pushed across by Grant on three plays. Grant the dropped back and passed to Foster for the additional point. John Adams made frantic efforts to tie the score during the eight remaining minutes of the first half, but never came within striking distance of the Massillon goal and the local gridders trotted off the field, leading 13 to 7 at the close of the first half.

The Cleveland team, however, lashed out with a terrific attack in the second half of the game and scored a touchdown shortly after the opening of the third period on Dayton’s pass to the speedy Soukup who raced 20 yards over the Massillon goal line. The ball had been placed on the 20-yard line as a result of a series of end runs and passes and the touchdown climaxed a march of 60 yards. Mandula’s attempt to carry the ball across for the extra point was smothered by a flock of orange and black tacklers. The touchdown tied the score and from the following kickoff until the last 2y minutes of the game it appeared as though the fracas would end in a tie. Most of the play during this last period, however, was in Massillon territory. With only three minutes to go and the score standing at 13 to 13, the locals received the ball on a punt on their own 30-yard line. Not satisfied with a tie score, the orange and black gridders were trying frantically for another touchdown and began to toss passes in an effort to take home a victory. The first was successful and brought a gain of a few yards, but the second went into the hands of Mandula on the Massillon 40-yard line and the fleet halfback raced to the 11-yard line before he was downed. Four cracks at the Massillon line and ends netted a first down by inches, only half a yard from the orange and black goal line. Two more plays were required before Benis squirmed through for the winning points on a sneak play. Dayton’s attempted placekick was low and the extra point was lost.

The orange and black again tried to score with the forward pass but failed. The locals, however, did add two points to their total in the last minute of play through a safety which appeared intentional on the part of Koran, Adams gridder. Fox tagged Foster’s punt within a couple of yards of the Adams goal line. Adams was leading 19 to 13 and when Koran standing behind his own goal line saw his punt might be blocked by the rushing Massillon linemen, he decided to drop to the ground, rather than kick the ball, making a safety and two points for the orange and black. The Adams team was then given the ball on its 20-yard line and Koran punted out of danger as the game ended.

In first downs, Adams was superior, making the required yardage 13 times to nine times for Massillon. The local team completed five passes in 11 attempts for a total of 39 yards. Five passes were incomplete and one was intercepted. John Adams tried the aerial game 12 times, completing six passes for a gain of 30 yards. Two of Adams’ passes were intercepted by Massillon backs, while four were incomplete. The Cleveland gridders were penalized eight times for being offside. Massillon was set back but 10 yards in penalties.

Two hundred or more local fans attended the game Saturday.
The Score
John Adams – 19 Pos. Massillon – 15
Dick LE Fox
Atkins LT Geis
Baidisari LG Henderson
Danchik C Buttermore
Smudz RG Mauger
Sugarman RT Anthony
Battiator RE Straughn
Davis QB Grant
Howells LHB Foster
Finnigan RHB Andrews
Koran FB Briggs

Score by periods:
John Adams 7 0 6 6 19
Massillon 6 7 0 2 15

Adams – Hindulak for Atkins, Gideon for Baldisari, Reed for Danchik, Gaskill for Smudz, Belian for Sugarman, Serpowitz or Battiato, Benis for Davis, Mandula for Howells, Soukup for Finnigan, Dayton for Koran, Finnigan for Soukup, Miller for Gaskill, White for Reed, Koran for Dayton.

Massillon – Garland for Geis, Schnierle for Andrews, Shanabrook for Straughn, Fischer for Garland.

Touchdowns – Benis 2, Soukup, Briggs, Grant.

Points after touchdown – Mandula (Massillon foul), Foster (pass).

Safety – Koran.

Referee – Myer (Ohio Wesleyan).
Umpire – Sutter (W. & J.)
Head Linesman – Richards (Ohio Wesleyan).

Earl Straughn