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Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1990: Massillon 51, Stow 0

No go for Stow; Tigers 51-0

Coach sees Massillon as probable playoff team

Independent Sports Editor

It’s not time to get carried away with the Massillon Tigers, even if they did knock the stuffing out of Stow 51‑0 in a high school football season opener Friday night.

It is most certainly time, however, to be impressed with their poten­tial.

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“I’m looking forward to seeing them in the state playoffs,” said Gary Mattes, the head coach who led Stow to five Metro Conference championships in the 1980s. “They should make it.

“It was just our misfortune to have to play them tonight. I’m sor­ry we didn’t give the people of Mas­sillon a better show.”

Actually, coach, the good citizens liked the show just the way it was. They were delighted that:

* The revamped 5‑4 “Bengal de­fense” stopped Stow for no gain or a loss on 17 of 26 first‑half plays.

* Massillon rolled up a 473‑124 advantage in net offensive yards.

* A passing game stocked with a new quarterback, new receivers and mostly new blockers amassed 213 yards.

* The running game produced 102 yards in seven carries from Travis McGuire and 93 yards in 13 rushes from Falando Ashcraft.

* A team that looked good in scrimmages against Cleveland St. Ignatius, Lima and Central Catho­lic looked even better in the first game that counted.

Some pigskin philosophers be­lieve a coaching staff needs two years to streamline its system. Third‑year Tiger head coach Lee Owens just might be ready to un­leash a juggernaut capable of, say, beating Cincinnati Moeller and win­ning a state title.

“If we play like real Tigers,” said Ashcraft, “we can make the play­offs and go all the way to the title.”

Make no mistake. Owens believes a state title is possible this year.

“This was a great way to start the season. It was a great way to start the decade,” he said.

Owens said he has never had a team come close to scoring 51 points in a season opener; yet, he thought “the story of the night” was the defense’s shutout.

“We were truly dominant on de­fense,” he said. “Looking back, we could really start to see the defense coming together in our scrimmage at Lima.

“Tonight, we shut out a team that has a very good offense. They moved the ball all over the place in their scrimmage against Buchtel. But we stopped them by being very aggressive and very quick. We were also much more physical than they were.”

Senior tackle Mark Murphy set the tone for the night when, on the game’s first play from scrimmage, he nailed star running back Kalonji Werts for a two‑yard loss. On the next play, he plowed into Werts and caused a three‑yard loss.

“They gave me the inside splits,” said Murphy, a 6‑foot, 228‑pound senior. “I used my speed to get through.”

Stow naturally adjusted to Mur­phy, reducing the gaps and block­ing at his knees, but that only cre­ated openings for his teammates.

“The whole defensive front play­ed an excellent game,” said senior defensive back Chad Buckland. “We played well together. I knew we could play like that.”

Murphy said the defense “didn’t play to its full potential.” He wants to see even more intensity next Saturday when the Tigers take on Covington Catholic in Cincinnati at the Buddy LaRosa Classic.

His teammate Mike Martin, a senior defensive end, thinks the in­tensity will be there.

“The defense played great … and it will the rest of the season, too,” predicted Martin. “We came out pumped and we beat them physical­ly and mentally.”

The beating manifested itself in injuries.

Werts, a speedy senior regarded as Stow’s best player, didn’t see ac­tion after the first quarter after suf­fering a deep thigh bruise.

Stow quarterback Jeff Behrman missed the second half with broken ribs.

Running back Charles Harris was knocked out with a strained knee.

They were “key injuries,” Mat­tes said, though not pretending the Bulldogs would have made it a dog­fight had they played.

“They gave us a lot of problems,” the Stow coach said. “Their execu­tion was excellent. And whoever calls their plays did an excellent job. We couldn’t draw a bead on any one person. And they have an excel­lent quarterback.”

Barry Shertzer got his first start as the Tigers’ varsity QB. In three quarters, he completed 13 of 26 pas­ses for 175 yards with a mixture of short, medium and long‑range throws.

Flanker Ken Weber, playing de­spite a dislocated toe, caught three passes. So did split end Steve Brown and tight end Chris Roth.

But the receiver who had the big­gest day was Marc Stafford, both of whose catches went for touch­downs.

The Tigers scored the first two times they had the ball, first on an 11‑yard run by Ashcraft, then on an eight‑yard Shertzer‑to‑Stafford pass.

“We did exactly what Coach Owens wanted, and that was to hit them with points early,” said senior captain Brent Bach, an offensive tackle. “We did exactly what we wanted to do.”

The play that turned the game from a rout into a wipeout was a well‑thrown bomb that Stafford caught on the run and carried into the end zone. The play went 48 yards and gave the Tigers a 33‑0 lead late in the third quarter.

Assessing the offense, Owens said, “We really looked smooth on our first two drives. We were run­ning plays just the way you draw them up on the board.

“After that, we seemed to lose our intensity for a while. But were able to regroup.” Owens said “the only negative” of the evening was points after touchdown. The Tigers were unsuc­cessful on conversion tries follow­ing five of the eight touchdowns.

“We need to make those automa­tic,” he said. “But it’s hard to talk about any negatives after every­body played so well and there were so many positives.”

First downs rushing 16 3
First downs Passing 7 1
First downs Penalty 3 1
Total first down 26 5
Net Yards rushing 260 72
Net yards Passing 213 52
Total net yards 473 124
Passes attempted 28 13
Passes completed 14 2
Passes intercepted 0 1
Fumbles/lost 2‑2 6‑4
Punts 3 8
Punting average 47.3 28.6
Penalties 7 8
Yards penalized 70 62

Stow 0 0 0 0 0
Massillon 14 6 19 12 51

M ‑ Ashcraft 11 run (Miller kick)
M‑ Stafford 8 pass from Shertzer (Miller kick)
M ‑ McGuire 23 run (kick failed)
M ‑ Ashcraft 6 run (pass failed)
M ‑ Stafford 48 pass from Shertzer (Miller kick)
M ‑ Roberson 1 run (run failed)
M ‑ Turley 7 return with fumble recovery (kick failed)
M ‑ Slicker 1 run (kick failed)

(Massillon) McGuire 7‑102, Ashcraft 13‑93, McCullough 2‑16, Burick 2‑25 Roberson 2‑3, Slicker 3‑10, Young 3‑23.
(Stow) Foster 12‑51, Werts 4‑3 Harris 3‑2 Behrman 4-minus 9 Bleving 3-9, Feldman 3‑3, Galaska 3‑14.

(Massillon) Shertzer 13‑26‑0 175 yards, 2 TDs,
Mossides 1‑1‑0 32 yards,
Burick 0-1-0.
(Stow) Behrman 2‑10‑0 52 yards; Feldman 0-3-1.

(Massillon) McGuire 2‑36,
Brown 3‑17,
Roth 3‑32,
Ford 2‑56,
Weber 3‑34,
Haw­kins 1‑32.
(Stow) Gabele 1‑42,
Foster 1‑10.

Here is a summary of the Tigers’ scoring drives:

First quarter

8:22‑Falando Ashcraft 11 run over right side. Gary Miller kick. Drive: 45 yards, 5 plays. Keys: 11‑yard Barry Shertzer‑to‑Travis McGuire com­pletion on third‑and‑10; 17‑yard Ashcraft run.

5:14‑Marc Stafford 8 pass from Shertzer. Mil­ler kick. Drive: 56 yards, 8 plays. Keys: Ashcraft 17 run; offsides penalty on Stow on fourth‑and­-two; 11‑yard Shertzer‑to‑Chris Roth pass one play before TD strike.

Second quarter

4:01‑McGuire 23 run. Kick failed. Drive: 73 yards, 7 plays. Key: 18‑yard Shertzer‑to‑McGuire pass one play after 12‑yard loss on sack.

Massillon hammers Stow 51-0

Repository sports editor

MASSILLON ‑ With all the subtlety of a sledge, the Massillon Tigers opened their new season by hammering the visiting Stow Bull­dogs 51‑0 before 11,020 fans at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium Friday night.

In a game neither coach thought would happen. Massillon’s players belted the bejab­bers out of the visitors, rolling to a pair of quick TDs in the first period, and blowing open the game with a three-TD barrage in the second half that took only 2:13 of clock time. Two of the TDs came within 58 seconds of each other.

The Tigers’ defense, led by hit‑happy Mark Murphy, playing like his Green Bay Packers’ namesake, smacked back the Bulldogs’ first two offensive threats with some body banging that left Stow with minus yards and minus some semblance of sensibilities.

“Well, it certainly was a lot better than that Repository game,” quipped Massillon Coach Lee Owens, who “came a cropper” as the West Coach in The Repository’s inaugural Stark County All‑Star game in June at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium.

“We didn’t expect this,” said Owens after his Tigers amassed 473 yards to Stow’s 124. “The fans now want to know if we are this good, or if Stow was just not very good.

“We thought Stow was very good, but our kids really were fired up. They wanted to get out there and hit people, and they did,” said Owens, the 34‑year‑old mentor beginning his third season here. The win gives him a 17‑6 record in Tigertown.

He noted his team was not trying to score a lot of points, but that the depth of the Tigers this season may be exceptional.

“I was really proud of our second unit,” said Owens. “They played very well, and all our subs seemed to rise to the occasion.‑ I guess they were trying to tell us they should all be No. 1,” he said.

Stow coach Gary Mattes said the Tigers ferocious hitting was the major factor. “Our kids have been hit before, but not constantly like that. We lost a couple good backs, including our quarterback, early, and that didn’t help,” he said.

But he was quick to note be wasn’t making any excuses, and praised the Tigers, noting he was “looking forward to watching them play in the state playoffs. They certainly should be there.

“They have an excellent team, and their offensive execution was just so precise we couldn’t handle it,” he said.

Mattes said his team has to re­group, now. “We still think we have a pretty good football team. We just have to come back and be able to show it,” he said.

Junior running back Falando Ashcraft and junior receiver Marc Stafford each scored two
touchdowns, Stafford’s coming on passes from senior quarterback Barry Shertzer, an 8‑yarder and a 48‑yarder.

Ashcraft, who opened the night’s splurge of six‑pointers with an 11‑yard dash, also got the third quarter blitz begun with a 6‑yard run. He finished with 93 yards on 13 rushes, but wasn’t even the top dog.

Travis McGuire, a junior run­ning back who wears No. 1 and makes sure the fans know he thinks he is No. 1 by holding his index Finger aloft even before he gets to the end zone, scored on a 23‑yard scamper which was but one of his seven carries from scrimmage that totaled 107 yards.

The Tigers also got 1‑yard touchdown rushes by subs Ron Roberson and Scott Slicker.

The Tigers dominated every statistic: First downs 26‑5; rushing yards 260‑72; passing yards 213‑52.

Stow 0 0 0 0 0
Massillon 14 6 19 12 51

M – Ashcraft 11 run (Miller kick)
M ‑ Stafford 8 pass from Shertzer (Miller kick)
M ‑ McGuire 23 run (kick failed)
M ‑ Ashcraft 6 run (pass failed)
M ‑ Stafford 48 pass from Shertzer (Miller kick)
M ‑ Robertson 1 run (run failed)
M ‑ Turley 7 fumble return (kick failed)
M ‑ Slicker 1 run (kick failed)
A – 11,020.

Chad Buckland
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1984: Massillon 38, Stow Lakeview 31

Tigers win wild one 38-31

Independent Sports Editor

MASSILLON ‑ You’ve no doubt heard about the famed shootout at the OK Corral.

Well, that was nothing compared to what transpired Friday night at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium when Massillon outscored Stow 38-31 before 9,561 awe-struck fans.

A total of 912 yards in offense was generated, 577 of that coming on the passing arms of Massillon’s Mike Scott and Stow’s Pat Williams.

It was a blitzkrieg that left old, timers shaking their heads in disbelief. For the young of heart it was New Wave football at its best.

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The aerial display left Stow head coach Gary Mattes staring into the empty stands afterwards. He couldn’t believe what took place.

Not even a 19 point Tiger lead entering the final quarter was safe. Not with a football in Williams’ hands.

The common belief among the fans was that whoever had the ball last would win … and Massillon had the ball last.

Not since a 68‑7 win over Akron St. Vincent in 1970 have the Tigers, now 3‑3 on the year, been involved in a game in which so many points were scored.

“If it’s all right with you,” Tiger head coach Mike Currence chided his offensive coordinator Nick Vrotsos, “I’d rather not see another offensive game like that.”

They both smiled at one another, because they liked what they had just witnessed on the field of play.

One person not smiling after the game was Mattes.

“I’m drained,” he said. “We did not expect the game to be as high scoring as it was. I think the fans more than got their money’s worth.

“I guess it was just one of those ballgames.”

Stow came into the game having permitted just 35 points in five games. They left wondering if they had any defense left at all.

But the same could be said of the Tiger defense, which has now given up 105 points. Not since the 1921 team gave up 140 points has a Massillon team yielded that many points after six outings.

And in a game dominated by the offense, it took a pass interception by Tiger safety Antwan Jones to seal the victory in the final minutes.

Scott’s numbers were awesome. The senior completed 19 of 32 attempts for 302 yards and two touchdown. He was not intercepted.

Williams was also up to the task. The Bulldog senior went to the air 24 times and completed 15 for 253 yards and four touchdowns.

With those kinds of numbers, someone at the receiving end was bound to post impressive numbers of their own. And the duo of Tiger Bruce Spicer and Bulldog Cyle Feldman did.

Spicer hauled in eight passes for 133 yards and one score. Feldman was on the receiving end a like number of times for 147 yards and three TDs.

Did someone mention a running game? It was there and in full force for the Tigers as well.

Massillon somehow came up with 231 rushing yards on 45 carries Fullback Duane Crenshaw had 72 yards, Cornell Jackson 71 and split end Wes Siegenthaler reeled off 64 on an end around reverse en route to a third-quarter score.

All told, the Tigers generated 24 first downs, and 533 yards. A big part of their success was an uncanny ability to convert third downs into first downs. That they did 12 of 18 times.

Massillon was the first to draw blood, scoring with 3:01 left in the opening period when Irwin Hastings ran in from five yards out. Dan Kozma added the first of his two point-after kicks.

The biggest play in that opening score was when George Olshawsky recovered a Jackson fumble at the Stow 36.

Stow (4‑2) came right back to even things up when Williams hit Feldman on a 45‑yard scoring strike 69 seconds later. Williams then added the PAT.

Following a 22‑yard punt return by Siegenthaler, the Tigers marched 55 yards in eight plays to paydirt when Duane Crenshaw went over from nine yards out. Kozma added the PAT.

Then things started to heat up in earnest.

First, it was Stow’s turn. The Bulldogs want 66 yards in nine plays with Mike Braccio punching in from a yard out. A big play was a Feldman pass ‑ he did a little of everything – to Braccio for 23 yards.

Now it was Massillon’s turn to score on the ensuing set of downs when Scott found Spicer on a 41‑yard TD pass down the right sidelines with 3:43 still left. The two connected earlier on a 14‑yard pass on a third‑and‑nine situation.

But, Stow wasn’t through yet. The Bulldogs lit the scoreboard up with 1:32 left in the halt when Williams hit Mike Tersigni from 22 yards out to culminate a nine‑play, 74‑yard drive.

Entering halftime, the Tigers were clinging to a 20‑19 lead.

And if play in the first half wasn’t enough for the fans to chew on during intermission, they were in for a double treat by each school’s band show.

Following a stimulating halftime show, the third period belonged strictly to the Tigers as Stow ran off just five plays.

The Tigers took the opening kickoff of the second half and promptly marched 75 yards in 12 plays, eating up nearly six minutes. The prolonged drive was capped by Crenshaw’s 2‑yard run.

But there were key plays galore in that drive, all pass plays from Scott. The first was a 14‑yard toss to Siegenthaler, the next a 27‑yard pitch to Hastings and the third an 11‑yard gain to Spicer. All three passes came in third‑down situations.

Massillon’s defense ‑ believe it or not! ‑ then set up the next Tiger score on a Pete Johnson fumble recovery. A shanked 7‑yard punt set up the second.

Johnson’s recovery gave the Tigers the ball back one play after Crenshaw’s score. Massillon then went 43 yards in six plays with a 10‑yard TD pass from Scott to Hastings capping things.

The shanked punt gave the Tigers the ball at their own 36. One play later and the Tigers caught the Stow defense off guard as Siegenthaler was off to the races on an end around reverse for 64 yards, with Scott throwing a key block down field.

Siegenthaler’s TD made it a 38‑19 score with less than a minute remaining in the third period.

A Tiger victory was assured, right? I mean, didn’t Ed Wentzel then recover a fumbled kickoff to give Massillon great field position again? Yes, but no to the assured win.

“We just seemed to lose our concentration,” said Currence about Stow’s belated rally in the final period. “We relaxed, and you can do that against a good team.”

Three plays after Wentzel’s fumble recovery, the Tigers returned the favor. And it didn’t take Stow long to take advantage of the miscue.

Williams made it a 38‑25 game when be hit Feldman from six yards out, The two‑point conversion was intercepted by Johnson in the end zone.

Once again the Tigers turned the ball over, this time two plays later with Feldman pouncing on the loose sphere near midfield.

Four plays later and Williams hooked up with Feldman again, this time from 40 yards out. Another two‑point pass play was intercepted, this one by Brian Miller in the end was.

With a shade more than six minutes still to go, it was suddenly anyone’s game with the Tigers holding a not‑so certain 38‑31 lead.

Massillon then drove for two first downs before punting the ball into the end zone, giving Stow the ball at its own 20 with 3:26 remaining.

On Williams’ arm, the Bulldogs drove to the Tiger 42 in five plays. The sixth play turned into Jones’ interception at the Massillon 12, and saved the day for the Tigers.

Still, the Tigers had to move the ball in order to kill off the clock and destroy the effectiveness of Stow’s remaining time outs.

Faced with a third‑and‑eight with 1:14 left, the Bulldogs used their last time out. The Tigers had to make a first down, or risk giving the ball back to the strong arm of Williams.

Scott, who surprised everyone, want to the air and launched a bomb down the right sidelines to Spicer, who made the catch in fount of Currence for a 30‑yard gain. That sealed the victory.
Tiger sophomore Lance Hostetler made his presence known in the game, blocking one of Williams’ PAT tries.
It was Junior High Football Night at Tiger Stadium and the young lads were treated to one of the most thrilling games at home in a long while.

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First downs rushing 11 7
First downs passing 13 11
First downs by penalty 0 1
Total first downs 24 19
Yards gained rushing 251 112
Yards lost rushing 20 9
Net yards rushing 231 104
Net yards passing 302 275
Total yards gained 533 379
Passes attempted 32 25
Passes completed 19 16
Passes int. by 0 1
Times kicked off 7 6
Kickoff average 42.9 43.7
Kickoff return yards 83 116
Punts 2 4
Punting average 38.5 28.5
Punt return yards 26 8
Punts blocked by 0 0
Fumbles 4 2
Fumbles lost 2 2
Penalties 8 3
Yards penalized 67 31
Touchdowns rushing 4 1
Touchdowns passing 2 4
Miscellaneous touchdowns 0 0
Number of plays 77 50
Time of possession 28:24 19:36
Attendance 9,561

MASSILLON 7 13 18 0 38
STOW 7 12 0 12 31

M ‑ Irwin Hastings 5 run (Dan Kozma kick)
S ‑ Cyle Feldman 44 pass from Pat Williams (Williams kick)
M – Duane Crenshaw 9 run (Kozma kick)
S ‑ Mike Bracchio 1 run (kick failed)
M ‑ Bruce Spicer 40 pass from Mike Scott (kick failed)
S ‑ Mike Tersigni 22 pass from Williams (kick failed)
M ‑ Crenshaw 2 run (kick failed)
M ‑ Hastings 10 pass from Scott (pass failed)
M ‑ Wes Siegenthaler 64 run (pass failed)
S – Feldman 6 pass from Williams (pass failed)
S ‑ Feldman 39 pass from Williams (pass failed)

Mike Scott