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Massillon vs. McK - Throwback (Large) History

1930: Massillon 14, Canton McKinley 6


Canton Miscues, However, Lead To Both Orange And Black Scores


Hartsel’s Accurate Passing
Has Opponents Worried In Second Half


THE Bulldogs of McKinley High school owned an excellent and impressive 1930 football record until they ran the gauntlet of county competition. Now it is merely good. Alliance erased the impressiveness of it eight days ago, but only yesterday Massillon reduced it to just a mere shadow of its former brilliance.

That’s just another way of breaking the sad news that football as it is played by those Washington High Tigers who yesterday romped to a 14 to 6 victory over McKinley is still a bit too tough and complicated a solution for the Bulldogs. It was too much for them last year, too, and primarily because it was delivered by that same three-pointed weapon – Jack Kester, Glenn Williams and Jack Clendening.

Those three Tiger backs romped up and down the Massillon athletic field yesterday, even as they did at Lakeside stadium one year ago. But their thrusts on this occasion were deadened somewhat more effectively than they were in 1929 but only because they were running headlong into a team that refused to die or even wilt in the very path of complete destruction.

Yes, that combination of the best ball-lugging machinery Massillon has claimed in many a gridiron moon was prancing in true anti-McKinley form. There was Williams shooting off tackle with a viciousness that is unique in scholastic circles, there was Kester punting like his foot was mad at the ball and riddling the Bulldog line to shreds with his delayed bucks and last but not least there was Clendening, the ebony flash, circling the ends with a vengeance that left nothing to be desired.

That stellar brand of straight football execution, coupled with just one aerial, gave the Tigers an advantage in the first half that was nothing short of amazing. It left the Bulldogs in the lurch for an offensive of their own and shoved them in the shadow of their own goal post on no less than five occasions two of which were productive.

While their efforts, both offensively and defensively, were almost negligent during the first two quarters, the men of Dwight Peabody, profiting by a good tongue lashing during the recess period, came out to put on exhibition an entirely different brand of ball. Massillon continued to threaten and on one occasion carried the ball over only to have it called back for an offside penalty, but its charges met with a more stubborn resistance and its defense was put to test for the first time during the fuss.

Even though Massillon clearly outplayed McKinley, as the 18 to 10 advantage in first downs will indicate, both Tiger touchdowns came as the result of fumbles deep in Canton territory. The first, midway in the initial quarter, saw Hartsel bobble on his own 29. Captain Willison recovered for the Orange and Black, and the march, which was soon to produce the first score of the game was on with the very next play.

Williams smashed off tackle for eight yards and after Clendening had failed, Kester made it a first down on McKinley’s 17. Kester hit center for four more and a pass, Clendening to Hess, the first Tiger aerial of the game, was good for the touchdown. Clendening’s place kick was good for the extra point. Peculiarly enough, this drive followed two others that failed within the McKinley 10, the first dying on the half-yard line and the second fading on the nine when a pass was incomplete.

The second touchdown followed a fumble by Plaver when he foolishly attempted to scoop up a punt on his own 23. Massillon recovered. Kester picked up seven yards on two line plays and then Williams broke loose to the 14. An offside penalty placed the ball on the nine-yard line. Kester clicked three on a delayed buck and Williams added two on a pair of off-tackle smashes. Clendening went over for the touchdown when he cut between end and tackle. McKinley was offside on the try for the extra point. Before the half had ended, the Tigers again carried the ball to the McKinley one-yard line only to have the gun cheat them out of another probable score.

The Bulldogs unleashed a heavy overhead bombardment at the outset of the third quarter and for a time seemed destined to march the length of the field. It so happened, however, that they were stopped on the Massillon 17-yard line when Hartsel, who had thrown the ball with deadly accuracy on no less than four occasions, was forced to run when he found no eligible pass receiver open.

McKinley launched its touchdown march from its own 30 late in the third period. A pass, Hartsel to Clark, was good for 20 yards just as the quarter ended. At the opening of the final heat, Hartsel circled right end for nine and Clark made it first down on Massillon’s 30. Hartsel smashed right tackle for five and a pass, Hartsel to Clark carried the ball to the 17. Hartsel picked up five more on a fake play and Dick Miller carried it to the six on two thrusts. On the third play, Hartsel carried it over. Bob Schreiber was rushed in to dropkick for the extra point but his effort was blocked.

In addition to Kester, Clendening and Williams, Hess and Willison played stellar ball for Massillon. For McKinley, Buddy Hartsel stood head and shoulders above the backfield performers and Duffy, DeStefano, George and Billings looked good on the line.

What’s Wrong
Massillon Pos. Canton
Getz LE Forsyth
Willison LT George
Worthington LG Neil
Hoyman C Billings
Monroe RG Jones
Price RT Duffy
Hess RE Smith
Kester QB Hodnick
Clendening LH Brinson
Singer RH Hartsel
Williams FB Plaver

Score by quarters:
McKinley 0 0 0 6 6
Massillon 7 7 0 0 14

Massillon – Hess; Clendening.
McKinley – Hartsel.

Point after touchdown: Massillon – Clendening.

McKinley – DeStefano for Neil; Clark for Plaver; Black for Jones; Miller for Brinson; R. Schreiber for Forsyth; Gottsheck for Black.
Massillon – Bordner for Hess; Hess for Bordner; Foster for Hess; Bordner for Singer; Snodgrass for Monroe; Mudd for Worthington; Schott for Hoyman.

Referee – Howells (Sebring).
Umpire – Schaeffer (Akron).
Head Linesman – Barrett (Ohio State).


Sidelights On Saturday’s Battle

It takes a game with Canton McKinley to bring out the best in a Washington high school football team. That was demonstrated Saturday when the Tigers mopped up the gridiron with the Bulldogs, winning 14 to 6. Coach Elmer McGrew’s boys did everything just about right.

Their fighting spirit was magnificent. Their offensive attack was pretty to watch. The interference for the first time this season was well nigh perfect. The blocking and charging also were good. And the tackling – well ask the Canton ball carriers how effective that was. Great holes were torn into the Canton line by the hard charging Massillon forwards. On end runs the backs came around like a streak to take out Canton’s secondary defense and open holes for the ball lugger.

The kind of ability the Tigers displayed Saturday night have put a blemish on the record of Steubenville’s great team had it been in evidence three weeks ago.

The crowd Saturday was a typical Massillon-Canton gathering. The enthusiasm was there and the cheering was plentiful. But it was an orderly crowd. Ten policemen and a corps of firemen worked diligently to keep some of the more enthusiastic rooters off the field and for the most part succeeded. About 6,000 paid to see the game. Another thousand saw it from a knoll just south of the field.

On form of greeting among the youngsters Saturday was, “How did you get in?” indicating that probably more than one youthful Tiger rooter climbed over the fence when a policeman’s back was turned.

The day was ideal for football, just enough snap in the air. The wind was a bit strong but it did not interfere with the punting.

It certainly looked like a big game along the sidelines. A flock of reporters were busy dashing up and down the field getting all the dope. Then a radio broadcasting company sent out details of the game over the air. Several special telephone wires also were in operation and the cameramen were there with everything from a pea shooter to a motion picture outfit. Amplifiers carried details of the game to the crowd.

The opening ceremony was the raising of the Stars and Stripes to the top of the flag pole at the north end of the field. The crowd stood bareheaded as the flag was run up the pole and the massed bands of Canton and Massillon played the Star Spangled Banner.

Canton McKinley’s band was in natty uniforms of red and black coats and white trousers. Massillon’s band was in civilian dress. Both furnished lots of music.

Just before the game started the Canton band lined up in the center of the field

John Kester
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1929: Massillon 31, Zanesville 6

Washington High’s Improved Offense Downs Zanesville, 31-6


Eleven fighting, snarling Tigers were uncaged at Massillon field, Saturday afternoon, and not until they had fanged and clawed out a 31 to 6 decision over the Zanesville Blues did they satisfy their appetites. With knots already tied in their tails by Akron East and Lorain the young orange and black warriors pounced upon the Muskingum river team with the same attacking spirit that a jungle cat springs upon its prey.

With their backs to the wall fighting down two early season defeats, the Tigers of the 1st St., SE, institution unleashed an attack that started with the opening whistle and sent the downstate gridders homeward bound with a good case of blues as it was their first defeat of the year and came after they had climbed to a pinnacle by crushing the strong Coshocton team but a week previous.

Coach Elmer McGrew not only had his orange and black ball toters imbibed with a fighting spirit, but he had them working with more precision and smoothness than shown against either Akron East or Lorain. The backs ran the ends and plunged the line, using successfully pretty double and triple pass plays. The team showed a far better offensive with the line, and blocking backs opened large gaps in the forward wall spilling prospective tacklers.

Score Early in Contest
Three minutes and 45 seconds after the kickoff, the Tigers had the highly touted river city eleven staggering with shock and surprise as Williams plunged across the goal line for the first points to go into the orange and black record books this year. It was a bit of flashy field running and ball toting by Kester and Clendening, the colored flash that placed the pigskin in position for a one-yard plunge over the scoring line.

Not even momentarily did the drive halt and three minutes later another set of orange and black scores had been chalked up. As on the first set of counters, Kester and Clendening did the brunt of the ball carrying with the former being credited with the touchdown.

Skirt Zanesville Ends
Kester and Clendening collaborated in skirting the woefully weak Zanesville ends and driving off tackle and Worthington and Williams were good for substantial and repeated gains through the line, but it was left to Singer, big dusky athlete of the Zanesville eleven to furnish the sensation of the day. Taking a kickoff in the second period on his own 23-yard line he dashed behind the perfect interference down along his right side of the field for 77 yards and a touchdown. Not an orange and black player laid hands on him in his touchdown spring.

Again in the fourth period he furnished a thrill but the level headedness of Clendening, Tiger safety man, put taboo on another set of counters for him. Grabbing the leather on his own 21-yard line he shook free of several orange and black linemen and sprinted by the secondary defense. Forty yards up the field he raced with Clendening the only obstacle between him and the goal posts. The little Massillon safety man drove Singer toward the boundary line and then left his feet sending the Zanesville star sprawling out of bounds.

Tigers Are Improved
Massillon showed a vast improvement in both defensive and offensive play over that displayed last Saturday against Loran. However this building up process, the matter of attack especially must continue if the eleven is to bring defeat to its perennial foe from McKinley high, Canton, in its windup tilt. The team play as a whole was better Saturday but again it must be considered that the Blues are not in a class with either Akron East or Lorain. Zanesville may be considered a tough proposition in the southern part of the state but there is not doubt that either of the teams that trounced Massillon could run roughshod over the Blues.

Zanesville had only one real good offensive threat, who not only did most of the visitors ball lugging but also the passing and kicking. The invaders had a fair aerial attack completing five forwards out of 13 tries for a net gain of 52 yards. Massillon tried but two forwards and both were grounded. However, the lateral pass was brought into use several times with worthwhile effect.

Worthington Scores
Massillon’s two touchdowns in less than seven minutes ended the scoring scene for Worthington who plunged from the three yard line. Williams added the extra point by diving across from the two-yard strip. Then followed the spectacular dash of Singer to end the scoring for the half.

Bynum’s fumble of a punt and recovery by Blatz paved the way for some fancy stepping by Clendening and his scoring of the fourth Massillon touchdown in the third period. Blatz took possession of the ball on the 36-yard line and from there Clendening did most of the lugging, his travels culminating when he crossed the goal line from the two yard mark on an off tackle play.

Pretty runs by Kester and Clendening were the makings of the final touchdown in the same period. The touchdown followed a rapid fire drive of 62 yards. Kester carrying the ball across from the five yard strip. Clendening’s kick for a goal was wide of the mark.

Second Stringers Get Chance
Early in the fourth period Coach McGrew began sending his second stringers into the fracas and to some it was their initiation to varsity football. At the final whistle practically the entire first string squad was already taking shower baths, having been replaced by substitutes. It was the first time this season that the orange and black mentor had an opportunity to put his reserves under fire. Although their attack did not have the drive of the first squad they played well and held the downstaters scoreless.

Massillon clearly outplayed the Zanesville team and toted the ball far greater distances in their marches as can easily be determined from the fact that the orange and black registered 19 first downs, seven in the first and eight in the third period, against seven for Zanesville. Five of Zanesville’s 10 yard allotments came in the final period.

First Period
Massillon received and Kester returned the kickoff 10 yards to his own 43-yard line, Williams plunged for four and Kester rammed through the line for 14 more. A Massillon guard was offside and drew a five yard penalty. Kester punted out of bounds on Zanesville’s 16-yard line. Clendening fumbled Singer’s punt after an 11 yard return and Herman covered for the locals on the 40-yard line.

Kester hit off tackle for 15. Clendening added one and Kester five and Clendening’s
six-yard gain made it first down on the nine-yard line. Kester circled his left end for eight and Williams lunged across. Clendening’s kick for the extra point failed.

Singer returned the Massillon kickoff 12 yards to his own 26-yard line. He lost four on the next play and then punted out of bounds on his own 39-yard line. Clendening ripped 10 yards off tackle. A drive through the center of the line netted Kester 19 and it was first down with 10 yards and goal to gain. Williams crashed the line for five. Kester netted one and on the next play Moorehead dropped him in his tracks. On the fourth down the orange and black quarterback skirted around his left side for the second touchdown. The pass from center in the try for the seventh point was wide and Clendening was downed almost in his tracks. Score Massillon, 12; Zanesville, 0.

The orange and black kickoff again went to Singer and he carried back the oval 15 yards to the 30-yard line. Singer was driven out of bounds with no gain. Reilly found the orange and black line like a stonewall and was stopped with no gain. Singer punted out of bounds in midfield. Williams and Kester netted four yards and a forward pass was incomplete. Kester punted to Bynum whose 18 yard return placed the oval on the 24 yard mark.

Singer hit off left tackle for five and after Bynum was held punted to Clendening on the 43 yard line. An exchange of punts then gave Massillon possession of the ball in midfield. Worthington gained five on a triple pass and Kester added three. On a double pass Worthington advanced the ball nine yards to the 28 yard line was the period ended.

Second Period
The backfield in motion brought a five yard orange nad black penalty. Kester’s pass to Clendening was a trifle too far. On a lateral pass from Kester, Clendening gained eight yards. Worthington added two and Clendening made it first down on the 12-yard line. Drives by Kester, Williams and Clendening gave the orange and black another first down and Worthington had the scoring punch. Williams bucked his way across the line for the added point. Score: Massillon 19; Zanesville 0.

The third time proved to be the charm for Singer. He received his third kickoff on the
23-yard line and not a Massillon man as much as touched him as he sprinted the remaining distance for the only Zanesville score. He missed his try for the additional point, the ball hitting the cross bar.

The Zanesville kickoff went to Houriet. He was downed on the 27-yard line. Worthington was held and Rice who replaced Clendening advanced five on a double pass. Williams was held and Kester punted. Houriet downed Bynum in his tracks on the 28-yard line as he received the kick. Delaying the game cost Zanesville five yards. Sheridan failed to gain and then Singer’s boot slipped off the side of his foot and went out of bounds on his own 26-yard line.

Kester gained seven yards and Williams’ plunged through the line for five yards went for naught as the orange and black backfield was in motion and a five yard penalty resulted. A Kester-Williams lateral pass failed to gain. Another attempt to break through the Zanesville defense failed and the ball went to the downstaters on the 26-yard line. Willison stopped Singer without a gain. A new player inserted into the fray by Zanesville talked before a play was executed and cost his team a 15-yard penalty.

Singer punted to Kester in midfield, who caught the ball and on the same play booted it back across the Zanesville goal line. The play cost the Tigers nine yards as the ball was brought out to the 20 yard line whereas it had been on the 11-yard line when Singer punted. Singer passed to Piper for 13 yards and the first time the downstaters negotiated the required 10 yards. Singer executed another pass for nine yards with Moorehead on the receiving end and then plunged through the line for eight and another first down as the half ended.

Third Period
Worthington took the kickoff and returned it to the 27-yard line. After Williams had plunged for two yards Zanesville was penalized 15 yards. Clendening who was back in the game gained a yard and two five yard penalties, both for offside, then were inflicted upon Massillon. Worthington advanced 10 yards but Clendening was held and Kester punted. Bynum fumbled and Blatz recovered for Massillon on the Zanesville 36 yard line.

A Kester-Clendening lateral pass was good for four yards. Williams registered for eight yards and a first down. Drives by Kester and Williams earned five yards and on the fourth down Clendening took the oval on a double pass for an 18-yard advance being downed on the two-yard line. In two plays Clendening carried the ball across. Williams was stopped on a plunge for the seventh point. Score: Massillon 25; Zanesville 6.

Massillon received the ball on the 38-yard line. Clendening ripped off 10 yards and a lateral pass, Clendening to Kester, netted two more. Kester broke through for a 20-yard run to the 30-yard line, Williams, Worthington and Clendening registered enough ground for a first down on the 17-yard line. Williams, Worthington and Kester gained seven yards in three tries and an offside Zanesville player gave Massillon a first down on the five-yard line, from where Kester carried the ball across. Clendening missed goal. Score: Massillon 31; Zanesville 6.

Massillon tried a short kick but Zanesville covered on its own 40-yard line. Keloski was thrown for a loss and on the next play a 15-yard penalty was inflicted on Zanesville when the team failed to halt sufficiently long on a shift play. Singer punted as the period ended.

Fourth Period
Clendening gained 12 yards in two tries advancing the ball to the 25-yard line. Massillon was penalized 15 yards when Blatz used his hands on offense. Massillon lost the ball on downs on the 21-yard line. A Zanesville pass was incomplete. Coach McGrew began sending substitutes into the fray. Singer dashed around left end for a 40-yard run being knocked out of bounds by Clendening on Massillon’s 21-yard line.

The Zanesville backfield was in motion on the next play and a five-yard penalty resulted. A forward, Singer to Moorehead, was good for five yards. Singer was on the receiving end of a pass from Reilly that was good for 21 yards. Lewis broke through and threw Bynum for a two-yard loss. Singer failed to gain and two passes were incomplete, Massillon gaining possession of the ball on the 13-yard line. Williams and Rice, who had replaced Worthington, gained six yards and then Clendening punted to Bynum. Singer made a pretty 15-yard run. Massillon was penalized five yards and then Bynum made it a first down with a five-yard gain. Singer gained nine yards on a lateral pass and then plunged for another first down.

Zanesville however tried to score by the aerial route and lost the ball on downs a moment later on the Massillon 35-yard line. Mudd replaced Williams and plunged for three yards and followed with a five-yard drive. Massillon lost the ball on downs in midfield. Singer passed to Moorehead for five yards. Zanesville then lost the gain on the next play, being penalized for offside. A pass was incomplete and Singer punted out of bounds on Massillon’s 48-yard line. On the next play Massillon was offside. Time was up before the referee had stepped off the five yards.

Lineup and summary:
Massillon Position Zanesville
Toles LE Moorhead
Willison LT Slack
Herman LG Buzza
Lewis C Blickel
Pfister RG McKeowan
Blatz BT McFarland
Houriet RE Sheridan
Kester Q Reilly
Clendening LH Singer
Worthington RH Keloski
Williams F Bynum

Score by periods:
Massillon 12 7 12 0 31
Zanesville 0 6 0 0 6

Massillon – Rice for Clendening; Clendening for Rice; Getz for Toles; Singer for Kester; Rice for Worthington; Mudd for Williams; Knowlton for Singer; Shanklin for Lewis.
Zanesville – Piper for Sheridan; Sheridan for Keloski; Wittlinger for Reilly; Reilly for Wittlinger; Taylor for Buzza.

Massillon – Worthington; Williams; Kester 2; Clendening.
Zanesville — Singer.

Point after touchdown: Massillon – Williams (line plunge).

Referee – Barrett.
Umpire – Maurer.
Head Linesman – Range.

Time: 12 minute periods.

Alfred Lewis
Massillon vs. McK - Throwback (Large) History

1928: Massillon 0, Canton McKinley 7



Picked to lose by three or four touchdowns, a fighting Washington high school football team smeared Canton McKinley during three and one-half quarters on Massillon Field, Saturday afternoon, and weakened only momentarily in the second period, when the invading bulldogs succeeded in pushing across a touchdown and kicking the extra point to win 7 to 0.

The gallant Massillon gridders were victorious in defeat, that is if there is such a thing as a moral victory, and it appears as though there is for every Massillon fan, in spite of disappointment, was more or less satisfied with the result. But moral victories do not win football games and bring county championships and as a result Canton McKinley retains the grid title and also gets another leg on the University trophy to be awarded to the team first to win the county title three times.
Perfect Setting for Grid Classic
With the crowded stands a mass of color, a warm sun driving away the cold and a light wind brushing the field, a perfect setting was given for the classic, and one that will be remembered for many years. It demonstrated the power of 11 fighting hearts and served to prove the uncertainty of scores in a Canton-Massillon game.

“Lindy” won fame by flying and Canton used the ozone to win the Stark county title. The widely heralded passing attack of the McKinley gridders which swept aside half a dozen teams this fall carried the red and black to its one and only touchdown.
Canton Takes to Air.
The bulldogs took to the air to work the ball into the local team’s territory, and when line plunges failed to bring yards, tossed, passes on fourth downs putting the once tough skin of a pig on the six-inch line where it was carried across in a pileup of players, that completely hid Nick Green, the ball toter, from view. That was the only touchdown of the game and the only time either goal was seriously threatened, but it was a mighty sweet touchdown for Canton and brought a howl from the McKinley stands and a sigh from the Massillon rooters.
Defensive Game.
Massillon played a defensive game, and Canton knew it. The east-enders found it difficult to penetrate the forward wall and only did so on formations of deceptions. But where Canton had an offense, the orange and black had none. The local gridders found it difficult to penetrate the forward wall of the Canton team and were completely smothered when they attempted to beat the Cantonians at their own game and toss passes. Not a Massillon back was able to gain consistently and first downs for the local eleven were as scarce as hair on a frog’s back. Canton, however, succeeded in making the required yardage on nine occasions and thus rightfully deserved the victory.

Standing out on the line, head and shoulders above the rest, both teams included, were Goodman and Buttermore, McGrew’s pair of tackles, who could be found hanging on to some part of the ball carrier’s body on practically every play. Captain Miller, of Canton, ballyhooed as one of the greatest linemen ever produced at McKinley high, was even over-shadowed Saturday by these two orange and black gridders.
Play Even First Period.
Play during the first period was practically even, with Massillon having the first chance to score when a Canton fumble was recovered on the 28-yard line. However, two plays failed to gain, and Watkin’s attempted place kick on the third down was low.

Canton’s first offensive drive started shortly before the end of the first period. Getting the ball on their own 38-yard line on a punt, the visitors started a series of line plays. Spretnak made a yard, and Green slipped through for eight more. Ferral then crashed through for a first down on the Canton 48-yard line.
Canton Scores Touchdown.
Here the quarter came to an end. Canton defended the north goal in the second period. Zagray made three yards at left end and Green drove around right end for a first down on the Massillon 38-yard line. Ferral made a yard at center, but Zagray lost one. Spretnak then stepped back and passed to Green for a first down on the Massillon 19-yard line. Spretnak made a yard, Ferral -two yards, and Green a yard, and on the fourth down, the little Canton quarterback hurled a pass to Nick Green that sailed through the arms of a Massillon player, and the Canton gridder was dropped on the six-inch line. Green took the ball over on the next play, and Spretnak drop kicked the extra point. Not long before the end of the second period, the orange and black got the ball on the Canton 20-yard line, but after two attempts to crack the line failed, the Canton gridders knocked down two Massillon passes and took the ball on downs. Just as the second period came to an end, Hug, Canton right end, pulled the most sensational play of the day by grabbing up a fumbled Massillon punt and, racing ahead of a string of gridders ran 40 yards and across the Massillon goal line. But the run was without result, for the ball was dead at the point of recovery, and the deafening cheer from the Canton bleachers was echoed in greater volume by the fans in the Massillon stands.
Content With Lead.
Canton apparently was content with the seven-point lead, for the visitors were careful with their passes in the second half, and relied on line plunges for gains. Play during the latter part of the third period was largely in Massillon territory as a result of John Kester’s only poor punt of the day, the red and black working the ball to the 19-yard line on one occasion, only to lose it on downs, when two passes were batted to the earth. The fourth quarter was largely a punting duel between Kester and Spretnak, the former having the better of the argument even though he was kicking against the wind. Neither team threatened and the game ended with the ball in mid-field.
Plays With Broken Finger
It takes good internal organs to stay in a game with a broken finger, and that’s what Fisher, Massillon guard, did. Brought to the sidelines by Captain Potts, and suffering considerable pain, Fisher protested against leaving the field. Coach Elmer McGrew surveyed his bench, failed to find a substitute of any value, taped up the injured player’s finger, and he went back into the game and made the tackle on the next play. Fisher’s courage, however, was just a visible sample of the play of the entire Massillon line, for these stalwarts of the front ranks, whose praises are seldom lauded, were really the ones who held Canton to the small margin of seven points. Kester, however, should come in for his share of praise, for his long punts in spite of the poor passes he received early in the game, kept Canton in her own territory most of the contest. Kester has finished a season of remarkable kicking for a sophomore, and in spite of the fact that he stands but nine yards back of the passer, he has not had a punt blocked on him this year. Captain Miller tried to do it and tried hard, for he has blocked punt after punt this year, but he tossed out his hands Saturday only to find that the ball had already left Kester’s toe and was sailing on its way down the field.
Bands Stage Drill
There was plenty of music on Massillon field Saturday, with both Canton and Massillon bands blaring away frequently. The two musical organizations paraded together between halves, the Massillon band forming a large “M” in front of the student bleachers, while the students sang their school song. The bands also played for the flag raising.

Both schools had their mascots “Obie”, the Washington high tiger, was carried up and down the sidelines by the cheer leaders while over on the Canton sidelines a bulldog snarled his viciousness.

Canton was penalized 80 yards to Massillon’s 40, the penalties being for holding and offside principally. The McKinley gridders completed four passes for a gain of 40 yards. Four were incomplete, and one intercepted. Massillon failed to complete a pass in four attempts.
A Perfect Day
The weather probably was the best ever for a Massillon-Canton game. Although the top of the field was slightly loose, slowing up the runners somewhat, yet it was much better than it has been for years. As for temperature, it too was right. Just cold enough to make the blood tingle in the spectators, and not too warm to interfere with the play of the teams.

A crowd of approximately 6,500 attended the game. All bleachers were filled and the sidelines jammed, and the crowd was probably the most orderly of any of the many large Canton-Massillon crowds.

Had Massillon possessed a fair offense, the local team probably would have pulled through on top. The youthful tigers had the ball in Canton territory on several occasions, once as close as the 20-yard line, but every attempt to advance the ball was met by a host of Canton tacklers and the ball was lost on downs.
Newspapers Busy
Three telephones on the field flashed the news of the game back to newspapers, and there were nearly as many cameramen as players on the field.

As a result of the Canton victory, the county seat team and the orange and black each have two legs on the University cup, the winner of which probably will be decided in 1929. With good material coming from the junior high schools, the Washington high students are already talking about how they are going to even matters up next fall and win the cup.

Lineup and summary:
Massillon Pos. Canton
Houriet LE Rich
Slinger LT Miller
Garland LG Miday
Buttermore C Tracey
Blatz RG Culp
Goodman RT Zeren
Schnierle RE Hug
Hess QB Spretnak
Kester LH Hutchinson
Hollwager RH Green
Watkins FB Ferral

Score by periods:
Canton 0 7 0 0 7

Massillon – Fisher for Garland, Potts for Buttermore, Buttermore for Slinger, Lewis for Watkins, Slinger for Buttermore, Buttermore for Hollwager.
Canton – Zagray for Hutchinson, Cordrey for Culp, Rudy for Green, Green for Rudy, Lieber for Ferral, Ferral for Rich, Hutchinson for Zagray, Walker for Cordrey, Kirk for Hutchinson.

Touchdown – Green
Point after touchdown – Spretnak (drop kick).

Referee—Lobach (F. & M.)
Umpire—Morgan (Youngstown).
Headlinesman—Shafer (O. S. U.)
Time of periods—15 minutes.

Henry Potts