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Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

2005: Massillon 49, Eastlake North 14

Tigers go 9-0


With the annual season-ending rivalry game with McKinley looming one week from today, Massillon Tiger coach Tom Stacy didn’t want any slip-ups against underdog Eastlake North Friday night at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

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Stacy was adamant that his players focus on Eastlake, so much so that early in the week he banned them from addressing McKinley.

“We had a gag order on talking about McKinley,” Stacy said. “We did. We said don’t mention the name. Don’t talk about it.

“This program has had some slip-ups in Week Nine. I was part of a couple of those.”

Despite a steady drizzle for the first half of the game, the Tigers didn’t slip or slide or otherwise screw up their perfect record. Instead they blew Eastlake away 49-14 in front of 6,936 fans to improve to 9-0.

“I’ve coached in a lot of places and I’ve seen some very good football teams,” said Eastlake North head coach Nick Toth. “One of the things that makes Massillon a good team is they’re really well coached from top to bottom.

“I watched nine films on them and I only saw one thing I thought we could take advantage of that they were a little bit structurally weak. This is a well-coached football team. That guy is doing a very, very nice job over there.”

Eastlake North finished with 211 total yards but most came after the Tiger starters were out of the game.

“Our starters really got after them,” Stacy said. “That’s good to see. We told them they better go out and play hard. I thought our starters did a good job with that.”

Bobby Huth had a superb game at quarterback, connecting on 9 of 13 for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Stacy wanted to get his junior signal caller in a groove for the showdown next weekend.

“We wanted to get him in a rhythm and get a little bit more balance in our offense tonight,” said Stacy, noting the Tigers had 300 yards rushing and 274 yards passing. “If the weather had been better we’d have thrown a little bit more.”

The Tigers broke on top without the benefit of an offensive snap as senior cornerback Troy Ellis picked off a Mitch Weisbarth aerial at the Eastlake North 42 and ran it all the way back for a touchdown at 10:31 of the first quarter. Steve Schott’s point after was good and Massillon was up 7-0.

“If he hadn’t picked off that pass and ran it back, we’d have lost 42-14 instead of 49-14,” Toth quipped.

Massillon’s first offensive possession ended in a fumble but the next time the Tigers touched the ball there would be no such relief for Eastlake.

Huth hit Zack Vanryzin for seven yards along the right sideline on first down. Then senior running back Lanale Robinson ripped off 16 yards around right end and tacked on 22 more on a similar play to reach the end zone. Schott’s kick was true and the Tigers were up 14-0 with almost four minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Another three-play drive the next time Massillon had the ball yielded yet another touchdown. The possession began with a flea flicker play as Huth stood in the face of the North pass rush and found Vanryzin wide open at midfield. The senior wideout caught the ball and then weaved his way through the Ranger secondary down to the North 15.

Two plays later Robinson went over his right guard, ran through at tackle at the 5-yard line and scored the Tigers third touchdown of the evening. Schott’s conversion boot made it 21-0 with just under a minute to play in the opening stanza.

Massillon’s only sustained drive of the first half began at its 31. Eight plays later – six of which were runs by Gamble – Huth found senior tight end Brett Huffman all by himself at the North 14. Huffman snatched the ball out of the air and ambled in for the touchdown.

“I went up the line and I saw there was nobody around me and I was hoping Bob saw it too,” Huffman said. “He did and he got it to me. It was perfect pass. Good throw, good catch, good touchdown.”

Schott’s conversion was on target and Massillon’s lead grew to 28-0 at 4:06 of the first half.

Gamble made an incredible diving catch to key the Tigers final first-half possession. The drive began at the Massillon 20 with a 23-yard Huth to Gamble hook-up.

Two plays later Huth wound up and let fly in Gamble’s direction down the right hash. The ball looked to be overthrown but Gamble dove and – with his body parallel to the ground – latched onto the ball for a 30-yard gain to the North 26.

“That was a heck of a catch,” Stacy said. “I didn’t think he was going to get to it. I didn’t think there was any way.

“It gets to the point where you kind of take him for granted some times. He is a great player.”

Five plays later Huth lofted the ball into the end zone and Trey Miller pulled it in for Massillon’s fifth touchdown of the first half. Schott was accurate with his conversion kick and the Tigers carried a 35-0 lead into the halftime locker room.

The Tiger defense was relentless, limiting North to 82 total yards in the first two quarters and only 16 yards rushing.

Massillon sacked Weisbarth three times, with Lorenzo Grizzard, Dirk Dickerhoof and Paris McCall doing the honors for the Tigers.

Robert Morris opened the second half scoring with a 16-yard burst into the end zone, capping a drive that got started with a 59-yard Shawn Weisend to Vanryzin aerial. Schott’s kick pushed the tiger lead to 42-0 midway through the third quarter.

Massillon’s final touchdown came on an electrifying 80-yard run by Robinson on the second play of the fourth quarter.

Robinson finished with a career high 169 yards rushing on just 11 carries.


Antonio James
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1965: Massillon 18, Eastlake North 0

‘Beat McKinley Week’ Kicked Off
Eastlake Sunk 18-0 By Bengals; Undefeated Tigers Coast to 9th Win


“Beat McKinley!”

The squad room in the Washington high dressing quarters at Tiger stadium was lined with signs which welcomed the Tigers in that manner as they came off the gridiron following Friday night’s game. Leaflets floated down from the roof at the end of the game with the same message.

And you know the Bengals were thinking ahead to next Saturday’s game at Canton when they closed their home season with an 18-0 “Dad’s Night” victory over Willoughby Eastlake North. It was expected there would be a letdown.

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But even so when you pick up a total of 335 yards and limit the opposition to 133 and register 20 first downs to the foe’s 6, you’ve done a pretty fair night’s work. And when you score 5 touchdowns – even though losing 2 – while holding an opponent scoreless, there can’t be many complaints.

A CROWD of 11,141 watched the Orange and Black roll to its ninth straight victory and its 27th over a 4-season span. The Obiemen’s 22nd consecutive win at home gave the Bengals their third-longest win steak in their history.

For Coach Earle Bruce it was 42 victories without a loss, including the August all-star game. Bruce has been tied 3 times since his string started in 1960 at Sandusky.

The loss for Eastlake was its second in 9 games.

The Tiger victory came as the result of good possession football. The Tigertowners ate up a lot of real estate and a lot of time during the 3 drives in which they scored and the 2 in which they just missed the mark.

It was a game, which saw almost as many different backfields for the Earlemen as the locks on the dressing room lockers have combinations. In fact, Bruce said afterwards, “I was really confused. I was never sure of who was in the backfield and what play to run.”

The cause of the confusion was the absence of “Sweet Walter” Lemon, senior left half, who had a bad ankle. Bruce switched junior right half Tommy James to Lemon’s spot. Junior Will Foster moved from fullback to right half, Senior Tri-Captain Terry Manson was back at fullback after several weeks’ absence due to an injured knee.

Before the game was over, Bruce had used senior Rick Healy, who for the first time Friday didn’t have to punt, at left half – a position at which he started the year, before shifting to split end. He had also used junior John McFadden and sophomore Greg Evans in that spot and sophomore Bill Simon at fullback.

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IT WAS EVANS who surprised. Playing his first varsity game, he scored 2 of the Bengals’ touchdowns and picked up quite a few yards, prompting Eastlake Coach Vic McIntire to tab him as “slippery” and Bruce to laud him for a job well done.

Bruce also was happy with Foster’s power running and McIntire said: “He really ran over us.” Foster carried unofficially 22 times for 154 yards which averages out to 7 yards a try. He “missed” 3 touchdowns.

The Obiemen took over after Eastlake’s first punt and scored on a 15-play, 65-yard drive, which almost was short-circuited before it got started but was helped along by a face mask penalty. Foster got 24 yards on the drive but James got the big romp of 23 fourth downs yards to the 2-yard line for a first down.

It took the Bengals the full 4 plays to score with Sheegog faking to Manson and circling left end for the score with 3:16 remaining after the 6-minute, 48-second drive.

Foster failed to run the conversion.

The Tigers held Eastlake at their 47 after some fine running by fullback Al Lunder and halfback Damon Infalvi. Sheegog ran the punt back 25 yards to his 35 but the Earlemen were guilty of clipping.

The WHS eleven then hammered out a 92-yard drive for their second score. A big play was a 44-yard charge up the middle by Foster on which he might have gone all the way but tripped over one of his blockers and fell at the Eastlake 39. He totaled 58 yards on this drive.

End Rick Paige caught a 14-yard pass on the Eastlake 23 to change a fourth down into first. Eight plays later Evans shot off right tackle from the 2 on first down to cross pay dirt with 6:10 remaining in the second stanza. A pass to Paige for the conversion misfired.

The drive took 11 plays and wiped 6 minutes off the clock after starting with 10 second left in the first period.

Infalvi ran the kickoff back 31 yards only to fumble on his 49. James hopped on the ball and the Tigers set sail for the golden shores again. But this push was to be ill-fated.

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TWELVE PLAYS and 4:03 later Foster fumbled into the end zone from the one after picking up 20 yards on this drive. Eastlake junior safety Bill Kettunen recovered for a touchback.

Eastlake took over with 1:57 left in the half and drove to the Massillon 23 before being thrown back to the 29 on a broken pass play as time ran out. Two beautiful pass plays highlighted the quest. One was a pass-run combination from Kettunen to junior halfback Bob Terrill that went down the middle for 39 yards to the 50. The second was a 27-yarder to the left from the 50 with the same combination involved.

The Tigers took the second half kickoff and moved 71 yards in 16 plays with 8:22 going by the board and Foster picking up 26 yards. Evans started things off with a 27-yard runback to the Bengal 39.

Evans took a pitchout from Sheegog and rounded the left side on third down from the 6 for the score with 3:23 remaining in the third episode. Another pass to Paige on the conversion was incomplete.

Again Eastlake was forced to punt. Sheegog ran the Rangers’ offering back 28-yards to Eastlake’s 42. In 10 plays, Massillon almost scored again. Foster went over from the one but holding was detected setting the Orange and Black back to the 16 from where their effort was halted. Another 3:57 had ticked off with the game now 2 ½ minutes into the good-bye frame.

Eastlake was forced to punt again shortly thereafter. Massillon came back to the Ranger 39 but Foster fumbled. Terry Collins recovered and the Rangers went on their last safari of the evening on which Lunder got a big 16-yard trap run up the middle for a first down on the Massillon 34.

The Drive got as far as the 24 but was reversed to the 25 by Tiger defenders from where Massillon took over and ran out the clock.

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AFTER THE GAME, Bruce felt his team didn’t “look sharp all around.” He admitted that “team morale was low” and didn’t think the blocking was real good. “You don’t get that many boys hurt when you’re hitting.” (The Bengals came out with a lot of bumps and bruises, which don’t appear to be serious.)

Bruce lauded James for “sacrificing for the team” by switching away from his normal right half slot to the left side.

The Tigers’ ringmaster praised Eastlake for being a “well-coached team” and doing a “real good job.” He thought Lunder did some outstanding work from his fullback position.

McIntire was unhappy with the work of the striped shirts, saying he thought they overlooked some of the little things.”

He said he didn’t think Sheegog had hurt the Rangers as much as he had other teams but admitted he “fakes you out of your pants.” McIntire was happy with the performance of Lunder although “I should have run him more but we didn’t have the ball enough.”
Mass. Opp.
First downs—rushing 18 4
First downs—passing 2 2
First downs—penalties 0 0
Total first downs 20 6
Yards gained rushing 306 76
Yards lost rushing 4 19
Net yards gained rushing 302 57
Net yards gained passing 33 76
Total yards gained 335 133
Passes attempted 6 9
Passes completed 2 4
Passes intercepted by 1 0
Yardage on passes intercepted 15 0
Times kicked off 4 1
Kickoff average (yards) 43.6 49
Kickoff returns (yards) 18 65
Times punted 0 4
Punt average (yards) 0 36
Punt returns (yards) 24 0
Had punts blocked 0 0
Fumbles 4 1
Lost fumbled ball 2 1
Penalties 2 2
Yards penalized 25 30
Touchdowns rushing 3 0
Touchdowns passing 0 0
Touchdowns by interception 0 0
Total number of plays 71 37

Ends – Kirschensteiner, Spots, Collins.
Tackles – Carter, Flavin, Gilmour, Schimmelman.
Guards – Wank, Brendt, Yee.
Center – McGlew.
Quarterbacks – Kettunen, Kuchenbecker.
Halfbacks – Terrill, Beuhner, Haworth, Fawcett, Infalvi, Murton.
Fullback – Lunder.

Ends – Paige, McGuire, Gallion, Griffin.
Tackles – Hartley, Neago, Sherrett, Petroff, Campbell, Skelton.
Guards – Richards, Rose, Whitifield, Kraft.
Centers – Marks, F. Williams, Ehmer.
Quarterbacks – Sheegog, Doolittle.
Halfbacks – James, Foster, Healy, McLendon, McFedden, Evans, Smith.
Fullbacks – Manson, Reed, Simon.

Score by Quarters:
Massillon…………… 6 6 6 0 –18

Massillon – Sheegog (one-yard run); Evans 2 (2 and 6-yard runs).

Attendance: 11,141.

Referee – John Dairymple (Akron).
Umpire – Russ Kemper (Cincinnati).
Head Linesman – Bill Makepeace (Cincinnati).
Field Judge – Chuck Lorenze (New Philadelphia).

Dave Whitfield
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1964: Massillon 36, Eastlake North 0

Tigers Set Stage For McKinley Title Duel

Kanner-Paige Passes Trounce Eastlake 36-0


The stage is set. . . Massillon and Canton McKinley meet head on for the state championship next Saturday afternoon in what the politicians call an eye-to-eyeball confrontation.

Both won their ninth straight game Friday night, the Tigers beating Eastlake Willoughby North 36-0 and McKinley romping over Paul Cary’s Cuyahoga Falls team 53-0 at Fawcett stadium.

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Massillon and McKinley have run 1-2 in the Associated Press poll most of the season. The poll and its emblematic state championship are at stake in next week’s annual classic between the schoolboy and grid giants.

“We’re looking for McKinley,” said Tiger Coach Earle Bruce in the post game meeting with reporters Friday night. “They want us and we want them. The state championship is on the line Nov. 14,” Bruce said.


NEXT WEEK’S GAME, the 69th meeting between the 2 schools, is already sold out. More than 22,000 fans are expected to jam Tiger stadium to witness what promises to be one of the greatest games in the long series.

And the final audience, which sees the clash, may go well into the millions if plans to have the game televised materialize. Adding to the pre-game hoopla is the visit of ABC television coming to make a special feature on the Tigers and the game itself.

The week promises to be one of the most hectic and exciting in Tiger history. But there was a game played last night.

The Tigers started out sluggishly and were never as sharp as they have been in past games. “We were flat,” said Bruce. Massillon didn’t get on the board until 4:38 left in the first quarter after failing to move the ball the first time it had possession.

Willoughby had the ball twice moving once from its own 29 to its 36. The second time the Rangers went from their own 31 to the Massillon 47.


THE SECOND TIME the Tigers got the ball, they wasted little time. On the very first play, Steve Kanner hit end Rick Paige with a pass at the Willoughby 42 from his own 28 and the big end went all the way on a 72-yard play for the first of 3 touchdowns he was to score. A kick for the extra point by Dave Paul was wide to the left.

Massillon got the ball again on its own 11 after a punt by Willoughby’s Chuck Hoban. It took the Tigers 11 plays to cover the 89 yards before Kanner found Paige in the end zone again from 21 yards out for the score, making it 12-0. The drive was highlighted by a 14-yard run by Brock Herring. Jim Lawrence, who was to score 2 touchdowns, picked up the extra points on a run around end.

Willoughby got the ball on its own 15 and moved it to the 19 when Hoban went back to kick again. A bad snap from center wound up in the Ranger end zone and Hoban tried kicking out but the ball went out of bounds at the Willoughby 13.

Dave Sheegog came in to quarterback and in 2 plays he carried to the 1 from where Lawrence plowed over to make the score 20-0. Sheegog hit Paige with a pass for the extra points.

Willoughby had the ball for 3 plays when halfback Bob May fumbled at the 29 with Tiger linebacker Paul Marks recovering at the 33. Sheegog hit Walt Lemon with a pass and the junior back carried it to the 18. Three smashes by Terry Manson and Lawrence put the ball at the 7, then Lawrence went over the left side. A pass for the extra points was incomplete and the 28-0 score stood at halftime.


BRUCE SALTED his lineup liberally with second-liners and Willoughby, finding its pass receivers held up, went to the ground game. The Rangers moved from their own 29 to the Tigers 24 before running out of downs. Neither team scored in the third quarter.

The Tigers got the ball for the second time in the fourth quarter with 8:04 left to play. From their own 11 the Tigers went 89 yards in 13 plays with the help of a 5-yard penalty.

Runs of 11 yards by Don Schenkenberger, 16 by Hewitt and 15 by Kanner sparked the drive. With a third and 11 on their own 16, Massillon scored its final touchdown when Kanner connected with Paige again. The pass bounced off Willoughby’s safety Bill Nose with Paige getting the bouncing ball about the 2 and taking it in. Paul Shanor ran the extra points, with the clock showing 2:06.

Willougby Coach Vic McIntire blamed the loss on “big mistakes—The long bombs, the bad snap, the fumble.”

“The long bomb has never happened to us this year. Our boys missed their keys,” he said explaining the long passes.

“Masillon has a fine football team,” McIntire said. Not having seen McKinley, and just on what he has been told by others, McIntire said, “If McKinley does a job on defense, they can beat Massillon,” when asked how the Tigers would fare against the Bulldogs.

Massillon gained 359 yards to Willoughby’s 97 and had 16 first downs to the Rangers’ 6. The Tigers hit on 4 of 9 passes while Willoughby hit 4 of 12 for 22 yards. On the ground the Rangers made 75 yards.

Attendance at last night’s game was 9,363.

Ends – Hoban, Kerschensteiner, Nose.
Tackles – Effron, Dodds, R. Carter.
Guards – Fordyce, Zaharewicz, Beccia.
Centers – Mikulak, Flavin.
Backs –J. Carter, Pintaric, Stenot, Noggy, R. Infalvi, Howarth, Lunder,
D. Infalvi, R. May.

Ends – Paige, Goodnough, D. Whitfield, Crone, Williams, Gilmore, Franklin,
Garcia, McGuire.
Tackles – Morgan, Binge, Hartley, Petroff, Paul, Croop.
Guards – Laursel, T. Whitfield.
Center – Muhlbach, F. Williams, Rambaud.
Backs – Kanner, Sheegog, Pribich, Frieg, Doolittle, Manson, Herring, Hewitt, Lawrence,
Lemon, Schenkenberger, Conti, Marks, Shanor.

Massillon……….. 6 22 0 8 – 36
Willoughby…….. 0 0 0 0 – 0

Touchdowns – Paige 3 (72-yard pass-run from Kanner; 21-yard pass from Kanner;
16-yard pass from Kanner); Lawrence 2 (runs of 1 and 7 yards).

Extra points – Lawrence 2 (run); Paige 2 (pass from Sheegog); Shanor 2 (run).

Referee, Howard White (Cincinnati).
Umpire, Robert Strimer (Delaware).
Field Judge – W.P Shaughnessy (Akron).
Head Linesman – George Pappas (Akron).

Mass. Eastlake
First downs—rushing 16 6
First downs—passing 4 0
First downs—penalties 0 1
Total first downs 20 7
Yards gained rushing 245 87
Yards lost rushing 10 12
Net yards gained rushing 235 75
Net yards gained passing 124 22
Total yards gained 359 97
Passes attempted 9 12
Passes completed 4 4
Passes intercepted by 0 0
Times kicked off 6 1
Kickoff average (yards) 45.5 42
Kickoff returns (yards) 19 101
Times punted 3 5
Punt average (yards) 38.3 30
Punt returns (yards) 19 10
Had punts blocked 0 0
Fumbles 2 4
Lost fumbled ball 0 1
Penalties 7 2
Yards penalized 55 20
Touchdowns rushing 3 0
Touchdowns passing 3 0
Total number of plays 55 48

John Mulbach