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1968: Massillon 6, Canton McKinley 26

’69 Tigers’ task: bring bell back
Few bright rays in 26-6 defeat


The locomotive bell rests today at Canton McKinley high school – a symbol of one of the tasks that await the Washington high grid team in 1969.

Not many bright rays come out of a beating like the Massillon Tigers took last Saturday, but the realization that there is always a next year helps somehow to soften the blow.

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Tigers fans know that the Orange and Black – like the fabled Phoenix bird – will rise from the ashes of defeat to begin anew when next September rolls around. The Tigers never stay down long.

There’s only one way to describe their 26-6 defeat before 22,300 at snowy Tiger Stadium. The Orange and Black were out manned – but not out fought.

The Tigers were unable to cope with the hard-firing Bulldog offensive line, the powerful rushes of juniors Rocco Rich and Rich Brown, fullback and halfback respectively. Another junior, wingback Ed Floyd, got timely big yardage on reverses.

The slight-of-hand of senior quarterback Mark Hontas and the pursuit and penetration of McKinley’s defensive line led by Jon Brandyberry, Lonnie Ford and Brown’s brother Mark were also factors.

Adding to their miseries, the Washington high eleven lost the services of senior tailback Jim

George Whitfield (66)

Smith, leading rusher and scorer in the All-American conference (AAC) in the first quarter via an ankle injury. Trainer John Whitmer called it a “freak muscle stretch” of a type he’d never seen before.

“It sure couldn’t help us,” Massillon coach Seaman said. “It had to hurt us.”

The loss of a great back like Smith is bound to hurt a team,” McKinley Coach Ron Chismar, said.

McKINELY HIT Massillon with two quick scores in the first quarter after capitalizing on a couple of breaks. A poor snap and a short punt gave McKinley the ball on the Massillon 46. Floyd and Rich combined 18 and 13-yard runs to set up the Pups’ first score.

Rich drove over right tackle from the one with 7:38 left. Hontas’ conversion-attempt pass to Rich was incomplete.

Another short punt following the kickoff put the ball on the 40. Floyd and Rich again combined their talents for 12 and 28-yard runs to set up the second score.

Rich went over left tackle – this time from the two – at 5:40. Brown ran the conversion through left tackle.

The Orange and Black’s only touchdown drive – a 64-yarder after Mark McDew’s 26-yard runback – saw the Tigers grind out the short yardage after Smith got hurt at the beginning of the drive. A 15-yard personal foul penalty and five-yard off side walk off were important.
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FULLBACK MIKE AUTREY scored around right end from 27 yards out, using the sideline like a tightrope and putting forth great second and third efforts. Malinowski’s attempted conversion pass to McDeew was broken up by Ed McMillan with the clock showing 1:14.

The Tigers never got out of their own territory after that.

1968 Massillon vs. Canton McKinley

Dave Couto and Chuck Stoner stopped a McKinley drive at the Massillon six and Bert Dampier hauled in a Bulldog pass on the Tiger 10 to stop another in the second stanza.

In the third period, Mosie Hunter nabbed a Tiger aerial at the McKinley 44 and added an 11-yard runback to the Massillon 45 to set up another Bulldog pay dirt trip. Aided by a personal foul step off and the running of Hontas, Brown and Rich, the Bulldogs made it
20-6 at 8:16 as Hontas scampered for four off right tackle.

The conversion attempt on a run by Brown off left tackle failed.

Rick Laase kayoed a McKinley drive in the third canto with a fumble recovery at the Massillon 36 shortly before Hunter’s interception.
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MASSILLON stopped a Bulldog march on the Tiger eight in the last period, but the Bulldogs got the ball right back on the Massillon 38 after a punt. A fourth down, 13-yard pass-run combination from Hontas to Floyd and a 19-yard romp around right end by Hontas after a fake set up the final Canton score.

Hontas rammed through the middle from the one with 2:13 left but missed around right end on the conversion attempt.

“Anytime you beat the Tigers, you’ve got to be happy because they have a great team,” Chismar said. “Our kids were great, I’m proud of them.”

He added, “Our backs were not fantastic, just strong. We didn’t run anything we hadn’t used before. Floyd got us yardage when we had to have it.”

Chismar praised Calvin Ellis, Hunter, McMillan and Monroe Jackson who, Chismar said, sacrificed themselves to play in the defensive secondary this year.

HE ALSO GAVE a pat on the back to backup quarterback Nick DeGregorio, first to jump up and congratulate Hontas after the game.

“They were a good team – one of the best I’ve seen since I’ve been here, if not the best,” Seaman said of McKinley. We played the biggest part of the game behind the 50. That was the game. I’d say we let them have the football too darn much. Hontas really hid the ball well.”

It was the second time in three years that Chismar had beaten Seaman – both times at Tiger stadium. McKinley (9-1) finished in a tie with Warren Harding for the All-American conference title, both with 4-1 league marks.

Massillon (7-3, 3-2) finished runnerup, only the second time the Tigers have ended out of the throne room in the loop’s six-year history.

McKinley 14 0 6 6 – 26
Massillon 6 0 0 0 – 6

First downs –rushing 2 17
First downs – passing 2 3
First downs – penalties 3 1
Total first downs 4 21
Yards gained rushing 81 206
Yards lost rushing 30 26
Net yards gained rushing 31 236
Net yards gained passing 29 37
Total yards gained 80 273
Passes completed 3-15 3-6
Passes intercepted by 1 2
Yardage on passes intercepted 0 23
Kickoff average (yards) 3-44.5 3-47.6
Kickoff returns (yards) 96 36
Punt average (yards) 6-27.3 2-36.5
Punt return (yards) 2 0
Had punts blocked 0 0
Lost fumbled ball 0-1 1-2
Yards Penalized 4-40 2-20

George Whitfield
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1968: Massillon 30, Cuyahoga Falls 6

Jim Smith’s night as Tigers win 30-6

Gets good blocking, aids WHS bounce-back


It was Jim Smith’s show Friday night at Tiger stadium.

Aided by fine blocking – especially down field – the big senior tailback ran wild as the Washington high eleven downed a bigger Cuyahoga Falls eleven 30-6.

The non-league win, before 11,277 on Dad’s night, represented a comeback from last week’s loss at Warren to a 7-2 record. Falls came out with the same record and had a
six-game winning streak.
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THE BLACK Tigers were without the services of their outstanding senior fullback Doug Root from the third play on, when he injured an ankle. A sprain is suspected but X-rays were taken after Falls arrived home last night because a break wasn’t ruled out.

So the big back battle never materialized but Smith went on to his finest performance of his career, picking up 179 net yards in 22 carries, to account for all but eight of his team’s ground total. He scored three of the Tigertowners’ four touchdowns – all on beautiful, long runs and added a two-pointer.

Normally, Massillon grinds out the yardage, but it was Falls which did the three yards-and-a-cloud of dust bit this time, using almost twice as many plays as the WHS squad and out gaining the Orange and Black by 16 yards on the ground.

However, the Tigers had their best night in the air with 91 yards to roll up more total yardage.

Smith had 125 of his total in the first half but Falls made some alterations during the intermission and held him to 54 yards thereafter. Coaches Bob Seaman of Massillon and Terry Ross of Falls differed on the reason with Ross picking the firing of his linebackers more often and Seaman tabbing the inability of his line to pick up the inside stunts.

* * *

WHILE SMITH was displaying his foot fireworks, the Tigers’ defense couldn’t keep Falls from mounting long drives. But once inside the 20, in Seaman’s words, “Our defense got tough.”

Twice in the second period senior safety Chuck Stoner picked off Falls’ passes to half possible scoring drives and put Massillon on the road to touchdowns.

Falls had second and 10 on the Massillon 13 when Stoner hauled in a Rick Prunty aerial in the end zone and raced 66 yards to the Falls 34. On the next play, Smith took a pitch to the left end and scored with 8:11 remaining. He missed the conversion, trying to go over right tackle.

On the fourth and 10 on the Massillon 32, Stoner pilfered another Falls’ aerial at the 17 and raced 20 yards to the 37. With Smith carrying six consecutive times and taking an option pitch right and from the 42 cutting back across the field on the final play, the Tigers had another score with 15 seconds left.

Quarterback Marc Malinowski’s attempted pass to wingback Mark McDew for the conversion failed but he had two other key catches on the night.

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TIGHT END Mike James may get credit for key blocks on both TD runs when the movies are graded.

McDew’s first big catch caught everybody by surprise when Malinowski passed on first down from his own 29 in the first quarter. McDew completed the “M & M Special” with a running catch on the Falls 40 and went the rest of the way for the 77-yard score.

Smith converted off right tackle.

He got his final score after McDew had caught a 14-yard third down, fourth quarter pass to give the Tigers a first down on the Falls 30. Three plays later, Smith went 33 yards off left guard on a handback trap to make it 28-6 with 5:56 remaining in the game.

Malinowski skirted left end for the conversion.

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THE TIGERS’ other score came on a first quarter safety. Keith Autrey blocked a punt from the end zone, sending it behind the goal post. A snap over the punter’s head and into the end zone on the fly from the 29 was the break the Tigers needed. The time was 0:28.

Falls’ tally came on a 10-play drive aided by the 15-yard personal foul and five-yard illegal procedure penalties. Larry Valentine, converted from a quarterback to a fullback last week, scored off left tackle from the one with 11:19 left in the game.

McDew knocked down Prunty’s pass intended for Valentine on the PATs attempt.

“I thought our down field blocking was real good,” Seaman said. “The running wasn’t too bad either.” Ross also felt the Tigers’ down field blocking was “great.”

“We came back real strong tonight,” Seaman said. “Those early scores and especially that long pass to McDew helped.”

“We missed our big boy,” Ross commented. “It changed our game plan. I think we would have scored a few more times if we had had him. Once he’s gotten into the open, those guys wouldn’t have caught him. We would have controlled the ball well with him in there.”

Ends – Caldwell, Wiant, Parker, Mercer.
Tackles – Lipinski, Richardson, Vujanov.
Guards – Weahry, Ray, Heideman, Wasnac, Whitney,
Centers – Saylor, Meyers, Kuhn.
Quarterbacks – Prunty, Chaboudy.
Halfbacks – R. and K. Parsons, Farabee, Neiman, Phillips,
Kaser, Ispan.
Fullbacks – Root, Valentine.

Ends – Dampier, James, Robinson, Engler, Cline, Conley,
Couto, McLin.
Tackles – Laase, McGeorge, Harris, Dorman, Midgley, Doll.
Guards – Whitfield, Harig, Hout, Indorf, Arnott, Ferguson,
Miller, Fichter.
Center – Cocklin.
Quarterbacks – Malinowski, Fromholtz, Lombardi.
Halfbacks – Smith, McDew, Shumar, K. Autrey, Stoner,
Hodgson, Sheaters, Gamble.
Fullbacks – M. Autrey, Streeter, Johnson.

Falls 0 0 0 6 – 6
Massillon 10 12 0 8 – 30

Touchdowns: Massillon – Smith 3 (34, 42 and 32-yard runs);
McDew (77-yard, pass-run from Malinowski).
Falls – Valetine (one-yard run).

Extra points: Massillon – Smith 2 (run).

Safety – K. Autrey blocked punt in end zone.

Player Att. Net. Ave.
Malinowski 8 -5 0
M. Autrey 2 8 4
Smith 22 179 8.1
McDew 1 -3 0
Streeter 2 8 4

Player Att. Net. Ave.
Root 3 20 6.7
Neiman 13 33 2.5
Phillips 14 62 4.4
Valentine 20 67 3.4
Parsons 5 21 4.2

Referee – Harvey Hodgson, Jr.
Umpire – Ross Kemper.
Head Linesman – Del Groezinger.
Field Judge – Hugh Davis.

First downs – rushing 8 14
First downs – passing 2 1
First downs – penalties 0 2
Total first downs 10 17
Yards gained rushing 218 209
Yards lost rushing 31 6
Net yards gained rushing 187 203
Net yards gained passing 21 20
Total yards gained 278 223
Passes completed 2-7 3-17
Passes intercepted by 2 2
Yardage on passes intercepted 79 15
Kickoff average (yards) 4-42.5 2-19.5
Kickoff returns (yards) 19 70
Punt average (yards) 4-31.8 6-31.0
Punt return (yards) 15 2
Had punts blocked 0 1
Lost fumbled ball 0-2 0-1
Yards Penalized 5-44 3-25
Total number of plays 47 79

George Whitfield


Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1968: Massillon 12, Warren Harding 23

Tigers fumble to 23-12 loss at Warren

AAC race now has a three-way deadlock


When you fumble the ball away against a good football team, you’re bound to be in trouble.

Such was the case Friday night with the Massillon Tigers as Warren Harding’s Black Panthers picked off all five of Washington high’s bobbles – three by tailback Jim Smith – and went on to a 23-12 victory before 10,000 fans at Mollenkopf stadium in Warren.

Even though Co-Captain George Whitfield picked off three of five Harding fumbles and Kim Cocklin nabbed another, the Tigers’ miscues negated that effort.
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INABILITY TO stop Warren from moving the ball didn’t help either. Tiger Coach Bob Seaman’s pre-game prediction that possession ball might be the key came back to haunt him.

The outcome left both teams with 6-2 records, threw the All-American conference race into a three-way tie and obliterated Massillon’s slim state title hopes.

The Panthers became the second team to outgain the Orange and Black this season. Mentor turned the trick in the opener.

Harding shocked the WHS eleven with two quick touchdowns in the first quarter.

“That put the pressure on us,” Seaman said.
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BOTH OF Warren’s early TDs came as the result of Coach Bill Shunkwiler picking on the Tigers’ Achilles heel – pass defense.

The Panthers marched 63 yards after the opening kick-off with quarterback George Cooley combining with end Ron Cambridge on a 17-yard, fourth down, pass-run play with 7:37 left. Halfback Jerry Hall bulled through the center for two more points.

The Tigers looked as if they were going to come right back, but Smith fumbled on his 48 with Ed Exler recovering. One play later Gerald Wesley rolled to the 18 on a 25-yard hand-back trap to the left.

Cooley found end Chuck McIntyre in the end zone at 4:30 two plays later and hit Hall on a sprint-out pass for two more points.
Early in the second quarter, Cocklin recovered a fumbled punt on the Warren 36, but on a first down play from the 25, Smith fumbled again and Rick James recovered.
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BEFORE THE period was over, Smith fumbled a third time, Co-Captain Larry Shumar intercepted a pass, Whitfield had two fumble recoveries and the Tigers lost a pass via an interception.

Although neither team got anywhere for most of the second quarter, the Tigertowners got one of their TDs near the end of the stanza. Mark McDew almost ran a punt back for a score but was stopped after 29 yards on the Warren 26. Smith blasted off right tackle for 17 more to the nine.

This was one spot where the Tigers picked up yardage consistently all night thanks to the blocking of Gary Harig, Rick Laase, Tom Engler, and Tom Robinson.

Malinowski went over on a keeper from the six shortly thereafter but the Orange and Black were in motion. However, he hit McDew in the end zone from the 11 with 28 seconds remaining. Smith slipped trying to skirt right end for the conversion.

Early in the third quarter came what Seaman termed the turning point when the Tigers drove from their 43 to the Warren 20, losing the ball on downs.
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THE TIGERS had another pass picked off in this period. Darnell Streeter fumbled with John Harkins recovering on the Warren 41, canceling a 26-yard romp around right end by Smith after Whitfield’s third fumble recovery on the Massillon 30.

Warren scored its final six pointer on the drive following the fumble recovery, aided by Exler’s 14-yard jaunt through the center and 12-yard trek to the left on the handback trap. He also made the TD from six yards away over right tackle with 8:17 remaining in the game.

Paul Metzendorf booted the extra point.

The Tigers drove 65 yards after the kickoff to end the night’s scoring. A Gary Herring to Bert Dampier 12-yard screen and a fourth down “M & M Special” (Malinowski to McDew pass) were key plays.

Malinowski hit McDew in the end zone form nine-yards out with 3:55 left and missed on another to McDew on the conversion attempt.
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“THEY DID a good job moving the ball,” Seaman said. They have good backs and a good all-around team.”

“Our kids were wonderful in the first quarter,” Shunkwiler said. “Our plan going in was to keep the ball. Massillon has a heckuva offense. When they had the ball, we were in trouble.”

As to his team’s success running over the right side of Massillon’s defensive line, Shunkwiler said, “We just picked something up. As far as I’m concerned, it dies with us.”

Smith had his normal 100-yards plus night with 133 net in 25 carries. Hall tried 22 times for 110.

Shunkwiler has now taken two of three from Seaman and the Tigers have lost five of the last six games at Warren.

Ends – Dampier, Engler, Robinson, Conley, Cline,
Dorman, Jackson, James.
Tackles – Laase, McGeorge, Midgley, Harris, Doll.
Guards – Whitfield, Harig, Couto, Hout, Indorf, Arnott.
Center – Cocklin.
Quarterbacks – Malinowski, Herring, Fromholtz, Lombardi.
Halfbacks – J. Smith, McDew, Shumar, Hodgson, Stoner,
McLin, Gamble, Sheaters, K. Autrey.
Fullbacks – Streeter, M. Autrey, Johnson.

Ends – McIntyre, Cambridge, Beach, Myhand, Metzendorf,
Ryder, G. Smith.
Tackles – O’Donnell, Larata, Kollar, Baughman, Harkins, Helman.
Guards – Dyer, Kittie, Moran, DeJacimo, Antenucci, Mix, Burin.
Centers – McCreary and Wallace.
Quarterbacks – Cooley, Bohyer, Jerina.
Halfbacks – Hall, Turner, Wesley, Paully, Exler, Vilcek, Cooks.
Fullbacks – Simmons and James.

Massillon 0 6 0 6 – 12
Warren 16 0 0 7 – 23

Player Att. Net. Ave.
Malinowski 3 2 0.7
Streeter 8 26 3.3
Autrey 5 29 5.8
Smith 25 133 5.3
McDew 4 -1 0

Player Att. Net. Ave.
Cooley 8 1 0.1
Hall 22 40 1.8
Wesley 5 40 8
Exler 7 34 4.8
Cooks 8 31 3.9

Mass. War.
First downs –rushing 9 14
First downs – passing 3 4
First downs – penalties 1 0
Total first downs 13 18
Yards gained rushing 207 248
Yards lost rushing 16 6
Net yards gained rushing 189 242
Net yards gained passing 50 59
Total yards gained 239 301
Passes completed 3-14 4-7
Passes intercepted by 1 2
Yardage on passes intercepted 12 14
Kickoff average (yards) 3—44.0 4-28.8
Kickoff returns (yards) 13 27
Punt average (yards) 3-41.3 4-33.2
Punt return (yards) 35 0
Had punts blocked 0 0
Lost fumbled ball 3-5 4-5
Penalties 2 4
Yards penalized 20 60
Touchdowns rushing 0 1
Touchdowns passing 2 2
Total number of plays 62 64

George Whitfield

1968: Massillon 20, Steubenville 12

Tigers beat Big Red
in 20-12 thriller

Fourth quarter drive turns tide for WHS


It was one of those games during which you’d like to jump out of your skin or see the nearest doctor for a tranquilizer.

Using a great fourth quarter drive, the Massillon Tigers came roaring back from a 12-point deadlock to a 20-12 win over long-time rival Steubenville at rain-soaked Tiger stadium Friday night.

The season’s smallest crowd (10,500) was held spellbound until the final tick of the clock wrote a finish to a great effort on the part of two powerful football teams.

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The win was the sixth consecutive for the Washington high eleven since an opening game defeat to Mentor and gave the Tigers a 3-0 slate in the All-American conference (AAC), putting them two victories away from third consecutive title and their fifth in the six-year history of the league.
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THE BIG RED’S third loss in seven games left them alone in the AAC cellar with an 0-3 rating since alliance (0-2) played out of the league.

Steubenville’s lefty quarterback Craig Misselwitz found end Bob Washington, all alone in the center of the end zone on a fourth down pass from the five to know the count with 7:10 left in the game.

After Misselwitz missed end Ron Styles on the conversion try, Marc Malinowski ran back the kickoff 22 yards to start a 51-yard pay dirt drive, which chopped six minutes, two seconds off the clock.

Tailback Jim Smith carried on 10 of the 13 plays gaining yardage in excruciatingly short snatches. He fumbled on the two but tight end Tom Robinson recovered on a disputed call.

“There was nobody else around,” Robbie said later. “I saw the ball lying there and grabbed it.”
* * *
ON THE next play Smith scored the last of his three right-side, off-tackle touchdowns from the two. Time remaining was 1:02 as quarterback Marc Malinowski faked to Smith and skirted right end for the 19th and 20th points.

Smith intercepted on the 50 shortly thereafter to end Steubenville’s final effort.

“A combination of things occurred on that last touchdown desire,” Bryan explained. “I think it was the blocking of the fullbacks and wingbacks that was as effective as Smith’s running.”

Seaman remarked, “That’s probably true and the line did not do that bad of a job either. We wanted that touchdown badly and blocked like crazy.”

Smith’s other off –tackle scores were from the one and two in that order. Near the end of the first quarter, Keith Autrey’s disputed fumble, Keith Autrey’s disputed fumble recovery on the Steubenville 45 sent the Tigers to their first score with a non-frequent Malinowski to Smith pass-run combination for 12 yards, helping to set up the tally, which came with 6:48 left in the second canto.

Malinowski’s pass to tight end Mike James was no good.
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EARLIER LONG drives by both teams had fizzled, Chuck Stoner’s fumble recovery on the Massillon 24 halting the Stubbers.

Dave Doll grabbed off a fumble on the Big Red 17 shortly after the second half kickoff. Smith’s second tally came with 9:15 remaining in the period.

McDew missed on a left tackle conversion try.

Gary Rapella snared a Tiger fumble on Massillon’s 33, took advantage of a personal foul penalty and sent fullback Bob Sims in on fourth down from the half-yard line with 3:07 left in the third chapter. Steubenville had had a first down on the two.

“I think we had it stopped,” Seaman said, “but Sims appeared to roll off the pile and into the end zone. They did a good job pounding at us.”
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MISSELWITZ’ PASS to Dennis Madama on the conversion attempt was nixed by Keith Autrey and Bert Dampier.

After one post-kickoff series, Steubenville got its 45-yard final scoring drive underway. A 15-yard Misselwitz to Ray Culbreath pass on the nine helped set up the score.

“I rhought we had Washington covered,” Seaman explained, “but we gave them too long to throw the ball” – a major Tiger fault all season.

The big back battle never materialized as Smith carried 28 times for a net 119 yards to preserve his margin over Sims for first place in the AAC. The Big Red piledriver carried 19 times for 87 yards but Bryan mixed things up between his backs with all of them giving a fine performance.

“I’ll say again,” Seaman reiterated. “It takes a heckuva fine team to turn the momentum of the game as we did.
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HE SAID that Sims was a fine back that Steubenville gave a great effort.

Both coaches said their game plans had been changed due to the rain, with Seaman having decided to run outside and Bryan hoping to rely on a pro-type offense because of Altoona’s success in throwing against Massillon with a wide formation last week. Neither wanted to speculate on what difference the changes made.

Seaman thought an opponent’s line once again beat his to the punch in the first half.

Bryan preferred not to comment on why the Big Red declined a procedure penalty against Massillon on a play which saw the Tigers move to the one and then score their first TD.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen us lose a game before when I was able to tell the kids I was real proud of them,” he said. “They put forth a real great effort.”

Ends – Washington, Styles, DeLeonardis, Spencer,
Mavromatis, Radakoyich, Wesley.
Tackles – Brown, Muklewitz.
Guards – Patterson, Jakcson, Trimmer, Magyar.
Centers – Barren, Monroe.
Quarterbacks – C. Misselwitz, Repella.
Halfbacks – R. and E. Culbreath, Mitchell, Madama,
K. Smith, Perine.
Fullbacks – Sims, Williams.

Ends – James, Engler, Robinson, Dampier, Conley, Dorman,
Cline, Jackson.
Tackles – Harris, Laase, McGeorge, Midgley, Doll.
Guards – Couto, Harig, Whitfield, Hout, Indorf, Arnott.
Center – Cocklin.
Quarterbacks – Malinowski, Fromholtz, Lombardi.
Halfbacks – J. Smith, McDew, Shumar, K. Autrey, Stoner,
McLin, Sheaters, Miller, Gamble, Hodgson.
Fullbacks – M. Autrey, Streeter, Johnson.

Steubenville 0 0 6 6 – 12
Massillon 0 6 6 8 – 20

Massillon – Smith 3 (one and two, two-yard runs);
Steubenville – Sims (half-yard run); Washington (five-yard pass from Misselwitz).

Extra points: Massillon – Malinowski 2 (run).

Player Att. Net. Ave.
Malinowski 7 5 0
M. Autrey 5 34 6.8
J. Smith 28 119 7.3
McDew 10 38 3.8
Streeter 8 49 6.1

Player Att. Net. Ave.
Misselwitz 0 0 0
Sims 19 87 4.6
K. Smith 8 23 2.9
Mitchell 8 25 3.1
Culbreath 8 26 3.3

Referee – John Cseh.
Umpire – Harold Rolph.
Head Linesman – Chuck Hinkle.
Field Judge – Beauford Hatfield.

First downs – rushing 17 12
First downs – passing 1 3
First downs – penalties 0 2
Total first downs 18 17
Yards gained rushing 258 171
Yards lost rushing 22 11
Net yards gained rushing 236 160
Net yards gained passing 12 38
Total yards gained 248 196
Passes attempted 4-1 14-4
Passes intercepted by 1 0
Yardage on passes intercepted 4 0
Kickoff average (yards) 4—45.2 3-41.1
Kickoff returns (yards) 26 15
Punt average (yards) 3-43 2-41.5
Punt return (yards) 0 7
Lost fumbled ball 2-4 3-4
Yards penalized 3-33 1-15
Touchdowns rushing 3 1
Total number of plays 65 61

George Whitfield
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1968: Massillon 30, Altoona, PA 0

Tigers have mission


While the Massillon Tigers were holding the Altoona Pa., Mountain Lions to 98 net rushing yards Saturday night at Tiger stadium, Canton McKinley’s Bulldogs were holding Steubenville’s Big Red to 48 at Fawcett stadium in Canton.

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When the River City team comes here Friday night for its second consecutive All-American conference (AAC) contest, the Tigers will be out to show they can do better than their
arch-rivals. The Washington high eleven will also be out to pick up the one-half game lost to McKinley.
* * *
ANOTHER CONCERN of the Orange and Black will be stopping Steubenville’s Craig Misslewitz, the AAC’s leading scorer going into last weekend’s contests. The Bit Red’s Bob Washington is ranked the No. 2 receiver.

In light of the 205 yards through the air given up by the Tigers while defeating Altoona
30-0 Saturday night – the most allowed by the Orange and Black’s secondary this year – Steubenville’s passing game can’t be taken lightly.

Altoona quarterback Jim Pry completed 13 of 34 passes.

Lion receivers, termed by Coach Earl Strohm, “the best crop we’ve had for awhile.”

On Altoona’s last time with the ball blockers kept defenders at bay long enough to make Pry effective. But many passes were dropped by receivers and the Tiger defense thwarted others, making it the first time this season the Lions had completed less than 50 per cent of their attempts.

We’ve been trying to capitalize on our passing game since we started getting a lot of injuries,” Strohm explained.

It must have been the longest night of the season for Tiger fans who provided the major part of the 14,038 attendance. The Lions got to the Tigers one, eight, nine, 29, and 14-yard lines in the first half – twice on fumbles by Jim Smith – before the defense stiffened.
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ON TWO of those occasions, Dave Redline missed 18 and 21-yard field goals. On another, Dave Hout, Jerry Harris and Elijah McLin stopped Jeff Simms just short of the goal line. Hout’s fumble recovery aborted one drive.

Meanwhile Altoona was jamming the off-tackle holes and guarding the corners so well that the WHS squad didn’t get out of its own territory until Bert Fampier, back in action for the first time since he was injured in the season opener, ran a pass interception back 26 yards and set in motion a drive which fizzled moments later on the Altoona 36.
* * *
THE TIGERS got on the scoreboard with five seconds left in the half via a 71-yard drive and one of the weirdest plays ever seen at Tiger stadium.

Quarterback Marc Malinowski threw from the Altoona 23 to wingback Mark McDew, in the center of the end zone. Two defenders blasted into McDew, causing the ball to pop into the air. One of the defenders batted the ball again and tight end Tom Robinson grabbed it for the six points.

Malinowski missed the conversion off right tackle.
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ALTOONA GOT to the 11 in the third quarter before John Hodgson and Dampier broke up a fourth down pass. The Lions had been stopped at their 37 but the Tiger’s very aggressive junior middle guard Dave Hout roughed punter Doug singer, giving Altoona new life.

Hout was also called for being offside and clipping on the run-back but his aggressiveness paid off as he had an unofficial 15 tackles followed by George Whitfield with 12, and Stoner and Larry Shumar each with nine.

Simms had 12, Wayne Mascia and John Fusco each 10 and Dave Elvey nine for Altoona.

Massillon got out of its own territory only once in the third quarter and then Harris picked up Elvey’s fumble on the Lions’ 11 early in the goodbye canto. Two plays later Malinowski faked to fullback Darnell Streeter and skirted right end for the score with 7:56 remaining.

Fullback Mike Autrey went off right tackle for the conversion.
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STONER INTERCEPTED a pass on the Tigers’ 24 shortly thereafter and on the next play Autrey went off tackle, made a great cut and raced 76 yards to pay dirt with 5:40 remaining. The left side of the Orange and Black line opened a nice hole.

Streeter went around left end for the conversion.

The Tigers stopped a Lion drive on Massillon’s 34 and the resulting drive, abetted by Smith’s 24-yard run, netted the final score with Malinowski hitting McDew on the five and Mark carrying in for the score. Forty-four seconds remained.

Smith navigated left-end with the ball, another of those tip catches occurred as Hodgson batted a pass into end John Imler’s hands at the Massillon 30 and he raced to the 14. Time ran out two plays later.
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“OUR BOYS did a heckuva job defensively inside the 20 where it counts,” Tiger coach Bob Seaman said. “I thought their kids were pretty tired by the end of the game.”
He added, “They did a fine job against us but Autrey’s long run took the starch out of them.”

“We were in the game for 3 ½ quarters,” Strohm said. “That long run took us right out of it. We got close several times but couldn’t score. Nothing we expected to work did work.”

About his double slot formation, Strohm commented, “It was a little different look than we had been using.”

The Tigers’ fifth victory against one loss saw Smith with another 100-plus yards night on the ground – 114 of the Orange and Black’s 254 net in 25 carries. Altoona is 2-4.

Ends – Imler, Singer, Young, Plummer, Rehm.
Tackles – Beatty, hench.
Guards – Schraff, Keown, Costlow, Mascia.
Center – Strohm.
Quarterbacks – Pry, Redline, Ellis.
Halfbacks – Diehl, Simms, Lutchko, Robinson, Fusco.
Fullbacks – Balestino.

Ends – Dampier, Jackson, James, Robinson, Cline, Engler, Conley.
Tackles – McGeorge, Laase, Harris, Dorman, Doll, Midgley.
Guards – Whitfield, Couto, Harig, Hout, Arnott, Indorf, Fichter.
Centers – Cocklin, Gengo.
Quarterbacks – Malinowski, Fromholtz, Lombardi.
Halfbacks – Smith, McDew, Shumar, K. Autrey, Hodgson, Stoner.
Sheaters, McLin, Gamble, Miller.
Fullbacks – M. Autrey, Streeter, Johnson.

Massillon 0 6 0 24 – 30

Touchdowns: Massillon – Robinson (23-yard deflected pass from Malinowski); Malinowski (20-yard run); M. Autrey (76-yard run); McDew (13-yard, pass-run play from Malinowski).

Att. Net.
Malinowski 8 21
Smith 25 114
McDew 7 12
Streeter 3 20
M. Autrey 5 87

Att. Net.
Lutchko 10 28
Balestino 6 15
Pry 11 10
Simms 5 21
Elvey 4 18

First downs –rushing 8 3
First downs – passing 4 10
First downs – penalties 2 2
Total first downs 14 17
Yards gained rushing 272 135
Yards lost rushing 18 37
Net yards gained rushing 254 98
Net yards gained passing 62 205
Total yards gained 316 303
Passes completed 4-6 13-34
Passes intercepted by 2 0
Yardage on passes intercepted 29 0
Kickoff average (yards) 5-36.2 1—29
Kickoff returns (yards) 17 57
Punt average (yards) 5-35.8 2-32.0
Punt return (yards) 0 0
Had punts blocked 0 0
Fumbles 2 6
Lost Fumbled ball 2 2
Penalties 8 5
Yards penalized 83 55
Touchdowns rushing 2 0
Touchdowns passing 2 0
Total number of plays 62 76

See Altoona
pics tonight

Films of last Saturday’s Massillon – Altoona football game will be shown to Tiger Booster club members tonight at 8 at Washington high school. President Duane Knight will preside in the school’s auditorium.
Coach Bob Seaman will answer questions on that game as well as the Tigers next outing. The Orange and Black will host Steubenville Friday at Tiger stadium in an All-American conference encounter.

George Whitfield
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1968: Massillon 16, Niles McKinley 8



Tuesday’s Associated Press gridiron poll should have some good news in it for the Massillon Tigers – a third place ranking.

The 13,000 who saw the Washington high eleven Saturday night rip apart Niles McKinley’s “Thunder Defense” with a powerful running attack and stymie a previously powerful offense would agree that a poll change was inevitable.
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THE TIGERS – fourth ranked last week – should take over Niles’ third spot thanks to their 16-8 upset victory at the Dragon’s Riverside stadium. Niles had been undefeated in four games while Massillon had lost one.

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The victory gave the defending champion Orange and black undisputed possession of first place in the All-American conference with a 2-0 mark. The Dragons are 1-1.

Niles hadn’t lost at home since 1959 – a stretch of 63 straight games. The Dragons had been averaging about 32 points per game and had allowed only one touchdown.

Massillon blasted out 231 net yards on the ground with four backs amassing over 40 yards apiece. Quarterback Marc Malinowski led with 82 yards, 70 on one run.

“Both of our fullbacks did a good job,” Seaman said. “Niles ignored them because they hadn’t been used much previously.”
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THE BESPECTACLED Autrey and Streeter had good off-tackle holes through which to run. The left-side slant seemed to be Niles’ Achilles heel. It was here that Mike James,
Co-Captain George Whitfield and Ernie McGeorge did their blocking.

“They split an end out and pulled us outside,” Dragons Coach Fred Conti explained. “We shut off a bit in the second half but then they ran Smith in there and ran that sweep at us.”

Because Smith and the two fullbacks were able to run so well, it made Malinowski more dangerous off the fake. He also did some outstanding punting to keep Niles in the hole.

His out-of-bounds boot on the Dragons’ five-yard line midway in the fourth quarter when the Tigers bogged down on the Niles, 29, about clinched the upset because the Dragons had to kick from their end zone minutes later.

Seaman had said that the Orange and Black would win if there were no big errors. There was one – a first quarter motion penalty from the half-yard line which prevented the Tigers from scoring a touchdown.

* * *

BUT THE TIGERS forced the Dragons into five fumbles, picking up four – one in each quarter. The recoveries, in order, were by Dave Couto on the Massillon 24, Bill Dorman on the Tigers 37, Chuck Stoner on the Niles 46, and Gary Gamble on the Dragons’ 28.

After Couto’s recovery, Malinowski broke off his 70 yard run to the four where two of the fastest Dragons – Bob Henry and Rick Gales – brought him down. This was the series which was blunted by the motion penalty.

Massillon drove 64 yards following a second quarter punt for its first score. The key play was a 20-yard pass-run combination from Malinowski to tight end Tom Engler on third and 12. Streeter ran for 10 more and Smith ploughed through right tackle – from the four with 6:48 remaining.

Streeter converted on a pitchout to the left.

The other Washington high score came with 8:23 left in the last stanza after Niles failed to get further than its eight following a Malinowski put to the four. The Tigers moved in from the Niles 49 with Autrey’s 29-yard, off-tackle jaunt to the 20 setting up the six-pointer.

Smith scored over right tackle from four yards away and repeated the procedure for the conversion.
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NILES’ TALLY came after a third quarter punt and Gales 20-yard runback to the Massillon 39. Gales threw a halfback pss off the pitch-out to end Randy Hardy on the eight. Two plays later Gales took a pitch-out and raced around end with 6:49 left, for the score.

Gales passed to end John DeCamp in the right corner of the end zone for the conversion.

Another Niles threat came about when Gales broke loose down the sideline from the Massillon 47 in the first quarter but was tripped up by Co-Captain Larry Shumar on about the 30 and knocked out of bounds by Chuck Stoner on the 24. Then came Conte’s recovery.

After the Dragons brought a Massillon 42-yard drive to a halt on the one with 1:53 in the game, quarterback Scott Conway tossed to Gales on the 20. Shumar intercepted, was hit immediately, fumbled and Gales recovered on the 25.

Conway lofted a desperation bomb, McDew intercepted on the Massillon 38 to end the game.

Player Att. Net. Ave.
Malinowski 13 88 6.8
Streeter 11 44 4.0
McDew 5 9 1.8
Smith 20 51 2.6
M. Autrey 4 45 11.3

Player Att. Net. Ave.
S. Conway 11 36 3.3
Henry 12 54 4.5
L. Tabor 10 65 6.5

Ends – Engler, James, Cline, Dorman, Conley.
Tackles – Laase, McGeorge, Harris, Midgley, Doll.
Guards – Whitfield, Harig, Couto, Indorf, Arnott.
Center – Cocklin.
Quarterbacks – Malinowski, Fromholtz, Lombardi.
Halfbacks – McDew, Smith, Shumar, K. Autrey, Gamble,
Miller, Stoner, Hodgson, Sheaters, McLin.
Fullbacks – M. Autrey, Streeter, Johnson.

Ends – Hardy, DeCamp, DeMont, N. Gatta, Joseph, J. Tabor.
Tackles – R. Santangelo, R. Sypert, Calderone, Rogers.
Gaurds – Joseph, D. Sypert, Hammel, Baragona.
Centers – Gaul, Rose.
Quarterbacks – S. and M. Conway, Fusco.
Halfbacks – Henry, D. Gatta, Gales, Pallante.
Fullbacks – L. Tabor, J. Santangelo.

Massillon 0 8 0 8 – 16
Niles 0 0 8 0 – 8

Massillon – Smith 2 (r-yard runs).
Niles – Gales (5-yard run).

Extra points:
Massillon – Streeter 2 (runs); Smith 2 (runs)
Niles – DeCamp (pass from Gales).

Referee – Ted Humphrey.
Umpire – Bob Bodnar.
Head Linesman – Paul Hoskins.
Field Judge – Tom Ascar.

Rec. Ovl. Pts. Opp.
MASSILLON 2-0 4-1 123 68
Niles 1-1 4-1 103 22
McKinley 1-1 4-1 91 29
Warren 1-2 3-2 100 40
Alliance 0-1 2-3 80 80
Steubenville 0-1 4-1 104 50

Mass. Niles
First downs –rushing 14 7
First downs – passing 1 2
Total first downs 15 9
Yards gained rushing 252 135
Yards lost rushing 21 11
Net yards gained rushing 231 124
Net yards gained passing 23 34
Total yards gained 254 158
Passes attempted 2-5 2-9
Passes intercepted by 2 1
Kickoff average (yards) 3—46 2-31
Kickoff returns (yards) 18 23
Punt average (yards) 4-27.7 4-41.2
Punt return (yards) 39 19
Fumbles, lost 1-1 4-5
Penalties 5 1
Yards penalized 33 5
Touchdowns rushing 2 1
Total number of plays 61 52

George Whitfield
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1968: Massillon 32, Alliance 6

Tigers’ ability to move ball tops Alliance

Hold Aviators to 5 net yards


You can’t beat good defensive football, but when the other team is matching your effort, you’d better be able to move the ball when you get the chance.

That was the difference Friday night at Hartshorn stadium in Alliance as the Massillon Tigers picked up their third consecutive victory, beating the Aviators 32-6 before an estimated 10,000 fans.

The near-capacity crowd watched the Orange and black capitalize one a couple of breaks and put together two 50-yard drives to score in each quarter except the first and jump into a tie for first place in the All-American conference with Niles McKinley. The Tigers will play at Niles next Saturday. Both are 1-0 in league play.

For Alliance it was an unhappy league debut and its second loss in four outings.
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“SOMEBODY ELSE made the mistakes instead of us for a change,” Massillon Coach Bob Seaman said, adding, “Our defense hit like the devil.”

“I felt our defense played a good game, “Alliance coach Mel Knowlton commented, “but we couldn’t move the ball and errors killed us. You can’t play defense all night and expect to be great.”

“When you’re playing a team whose backs can run like Massillon’s, somebody’s bound to get loose sooner or later.”

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The miscue, which damaged Alliance the most, came shortly before the end of the first half with Massillon leading 8-6. Punter Ray Biery had to chase an errant snap from the
28-yard line into the end zone, got back out to the three, but was stopped by end Dave Couto.

Two plays later quarterback Marc Malinowski burst through the center from the two for Massillon’s second touchdown with 26 seconds left. Tailback Jim Smith scored the second of his three conversions for a 16-6 lead. He also accounted for a six-pointer.
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BOTH KNOWLTON and Seaman pointed out that a safety at this point would have been better for the Alliance cause. “That mistake really broke out backs,” Knowlton said.

The Aviators had taken a 6-0 first quarter lead when junior John Fromholtz, punting for the first time this year, saw his effort downed on the Massillon 45. Quarterback Jim Albu found end Rowland Purdy on two of the next three plays for a quick tally for Alliance. The first pass was a 14-yarder, the paydirt toss went for 28 yards with 1:48 left.

Albu chose the aerial route in a try for a conversion, but safety Chuck Stoner intercepted.

The Carnation City eleven failed to get out of its own territory again with the exception of late in the final quarter when an unsportsman like conduct penalty aided them. The Tigers held Alliance to five net yards on the ground and 81 passing for their best defensive effort of the season.

Washington high in turn picked up 142 net on the ground and 37 via the sky. Smith claimed 101 of the ground yardage in 23 tries for a 4.4 average as the Tigers spent a good part of the game in Alliance territory, running 70 plays to Alliance’s 51.
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HE PUT THE TIGERS on the scoreboard with 4:29 left in the second period with a
four-yard off-tackle jaunt and gave them the lead with a conversion run on the same play. He ran all five plays in the TD march after Mark McDew had run a punt back 18 yards to the Aviator 22.

Larry Shumar’s 13-yard punt runback to the Alliance 37 in the third quarter started the Tigers towards the Promised Land once again. Malinowski aided with a 19-yard trip through the center, fumbling on the way, but tight end Tom Engler, who started his first game as a replacement for the injured Tom Robinson, recovered.

Malinowski passed to McDew in the center of the end zone from 14 yards out for the TD as the period ended. Smith smashed over right tackle for the conversion.

Guard Tim Arnott recovered a Pilot fumble on the Alliance 32 just after the start of the fourth stanza. In eight plays the “M & M Special” clicked again as Malinowski deposited the ball in McDew’s arms in the right side of the end zone with 7:36 left. Darnell Streeter scored the conversion.

Seaman explained that the Tigers were able to pass effectively in the second half because the Aviators’ defensive alignment left the passing game open.
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CO-CAPTAIN and linebacker George Whitfield and safety Chuck Stoner both picked off passes in the second half and Dave Hout, a junior middle guard, grabbed a fumble in the second quarter but the steals led to nothing. The interceptions aborted Alliance drives and Whit’s runback almost resulted in a touchdown.

On the first play of the game, Purdy got loose deep in Massillon territory but couldn’t hold Albu’s pass.

“He was as open as you can ever be,” Knowlton moaned, “as open as a corn field. If you can score one like that you can really shake a team.”

Ends – James, Engler, Cline, Dorman, Conley.
Tackles – McGeorge, Laase, Midgley, Doll, Harris.
Guards – Whitfield, Harig, Hout, Couto, Indorf, Arnott.
Center – Cocklin.
Quarterbacks – Malinowski, Herring, Fromholtz.
Halfbacks – Smith, McDew, Shumar, K. Autrey, Hodgson, Stoner,
McLin, Sheaters.
Fullbacks – M. Autrey, Streeter, Johnson.

Ends – Beiry, Grimes, Malone, Purdy.
Tackles – Dietrich, Ferguson, Brienza, Bruderly.
Guards – Gemberling, Crockett, Post, Brunie, Horton.
Centers – Trieff, Fulop.
Quarterback – Albu.
Halfbacks – Terrell, Slifkin, Golden, Rogers, King, Young.
Fullbacks – Geltz, Petersberger.

Massillon 0 16 8 8 – 32
Alliance 6 0 0 0 – 6

Massillon – Smith, (4-yard run); Malinowski, (12-yard run); McDew 2 (8 and 13-yard passes from Malinowski).
Alliance – Purdy (26-yard pass from Albu).

Extra points: Massillon – Smith 2 (runs); Streeter 2 (runs).

First downs –rushing 11 1
First downs – passing 3 4
First downs – penalties 0 1
Total first downs 13 6
Yards gained rushing 152 20
Yards lost rushing 40 45
Net yards gained rushing 142 3
Net yards gained passing 37 62
Total yards gained 179 84
Passes completed 4-11 6-15
Passes intercepted by 2 0
Yardage on passes intercepted 52 0
Times kicked off 3 2
Kickoff average (yards) 42.2 45.5
Kickoff returns (yards) 33 29
Punt average (yards) 4-25 4-35
Punt return (yards) 38 0
Had punts blocked 0 0
Fumbles 2 5
Lost fumbled ball 0 2
Penalties 3 3
Yards penalized 35 25
Touchdowns rushing 2 0
Touchdowns passing 2 1
Touchdowns by interception 0 0
Miscellaneous 0 0
Total number of plays 70 51

George Whitfield
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1968: Massillon 46, Mansfield 16

Tiger make last Mansfield tilt a good one

Amass 442 yards in 46-16 win

Mark McDew tallies four Massillon TDs


“Merrily We Roll Along” was the Massillon Tigers theme song Friday night at Tiger stadium

Sweeping up and down the gridiron like one of the dread German panzer divisions of World War II, gobbling up more real estate than the great glacier during the ice age, the Orange and Black downed Mansfield 46-16

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WITH 11,574 fans watching the Tigers netted 442 rushing yards and 26 first downs on a tidal wave of power football, which brought them their second win in three games. It was Mansfield’s first loss in a like number as the Washington high eleven gave the Richland county aggregation something to remember them by in the last scheduled game between the two long-time rivals.

Senior wingback Mark McDew had his finest game as a Tiger, grabbing off 208 net yards in 17 tries for a 12.3 average and, scoring four touchdowns and three conversions. The kid with the educated feet thereby grabbed off the team scoring lead.

Senior tailback Jim Smith reeled off 116 net yards in 22 tries for a 5.3 average putting him well ahead of his total last year at this time, and scored his first touchdown of the season plus a conversion. Another senior, quarterback Marc Malinowski, averaged 7.4 yards for 11 carries off a total of 81 yards and scored on TD, a conversion and passed for six extra points.

The Tigers tried hard to hit the 50-point scoring mark for the first time since 1965, but once again ran afoul of long penalties and fumbles. For the six and seventh times in three games, the offense put the opposition in position for touchdowns with bobbles.

As it was, for the second consecutive week the Tigertowners gave Coach Bob Seaman his highest scoring mark in his three seasons here.
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“I THOUGHT the whole offense did a helluva job!” Seaman enthused. “McDew, Smitty, and Malinowski all ran well. I thought our blocking was good, especially guards Gary Harig, George Whitfield and Dave Couto cutting defenders down on the sweeps.”

Did Seaman think – as did Mansfield mentor Gary Prahst – that McDew’s 91-yard TD romp on the option play right after Mansfield’s first score in a rather long first period and 87-yard second half kickoff runback were turning points?

“They sure were nice! Seaman explained.

He thought another key was Smith’s fumble on the Tiger 18 in the first quarter, which set up Mansfield’s first score. Mike Autrey’s fumble on his own 48, also in the first period didn’t help.

“Our offense gave them two touchdowns,” he said. “I’m as unhappy as anybody about it.”

Dave Hoy picked off the ball when Smith couldn’t find the handle on Malinowski’s attempted option which bounced along the ground as a result of the Tiger signal-caller’s being hit just as he was ready to let fly. The Mansfield march was capped by quarterback Mark Smith’s fake to tailback Merrill Wittmer and two-yard run through the center with 7:07 left. A bad pass from center snarled Hugh Mask’s converions kick but Massillon was off-side and Smith ran the conversion.
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MIKE SANDS recovered the second fumble. Tom Nixon, Mansfield tight end converted from a tackle, combined with Smith for a 21-yard pass-run play to the one. After a motion setback, Smith hit Nixon in the center of the end zone with 2:47 left in the welcome frame. Smith’s attempted a pass for the conversion, broke out of a trap and ran the center for the two points.

Both of the Tigers’ first period scores were by McDew. Malinowski faked to Smith and ran left end for the conversion after McDew’s long romp with 6:47 left.

Taking over after the punt, the Tigers’ marched 84 yards for their second score with 28 seconds left. McDew skirted left end from the eight with Smith going left over left guard for the 16-16 score.

After the Tigers had moved 71 yards following a second period punt, McDew got the call again and dashed between the left end and tackle from three yards out with 33 seconds left. He added the conversion on Malinowski’s pass to the right flag.

Two plays after McDew’s jazzy runback of the second half kickoff, Smith rammed over left guard with 11 minutes left. Malinowski passed to McDew in the left side of the end zone for a 32-16 Tiger lead.
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ANOTHER 71-YARD drive culminated early in the goodbye canto with Malinowski going through the center from the one. Smith missed the run for the conversion.

The Orange and Blacks’ final tally came after a bad Mansfield punt which landed two yards ahead of the line of scrimmage at the Tygers’ 26. McDew ended the march going between the right end and tackle from the six with 3:04 remaining. Malinowski pitched to Smith who threw to McDew in the center of the end zone for the final brace of points.

Seaman thought the first quarter knee injury re-occurrence which felled Duane Hill, Mansfield’s All-Ohio end candidate, hurt the Tygers. Prahst felt his defense – not his offense – was to blame.

Seaman thought that because Mansfield was so far behind in the second half and couldn’t run the play action pass the WHS eleven was able to change its coverage effectively. He explained that Mark Smith was ducking back inside on pass attempts making it hard to catch the quarterback. Prasht said his team was exhausted after the game whereas Massillon was helped by its two-platooning.

“We’re not anywhere as bad as the score indicated,” he concluded. “Smith and McDew are fine runners. It’s too bad they (Massillon coaches) didn’t give someone else a chance to run earlier.

The game closed out Massillon’s current home stand. The Tigers’ will open All-American conference play next week at Alliance.

Player Att. Net Ave.
Wittmer 16 44 2.3

Player Att. Net. Ave.
McDew 17 208 12.3
Smith 22 116 5.3
Malinowski 11 31 7.4
Streeter 10 26 4.7

Ends – Hill, Allen, Nixon, Sands, Barnett, Hoy.
Tackles – Parr, Moga, Battisti.
Guards – Wilcox, Salyers, Scott, Harding.
Center – Porter.
Quarterbacks – M. Smith, Petty.
Halfbacks – Reed, Wittmer, Sweet, Bishop, Brooks, Mask.
Fullbacks – Gloriomo, Warndorf.

Ends – Robinson, James, Engler, Cline, Conley.
Tackles – Laase, McGeorge, Harris, Dorman, Dell, Midgley.
Guards – Couto, Harig, Whitfield, Hout, Muinick, Arnott, Indorf.
Center – Cocklin.
Quarterbacks – Malinowski, Fromholtz.
Halfbacks – Smith, McDew, K. Autrey.
Fullbacks – M. Autrey, Streeter.

Mass. Mans.
First downs –rushing 24 6
First downs – passing 0 9
First downs – penalties 2 0
Total first downs 26 15
Yards gained rushing 458 84
Yards lost rushing 16 41
Net yards gained rushing 442 43
Net yards gained passing 12 167
Total yards gained 454 210
Passes completed 1-5 15-34
Passes intercepted by 2 0
Yardage on passes intercepted 2 0
Times kicked off 7 3
Kickoff average (yards) 43.6 45.3
Kickoff returns (yards) 93 8
Punt average (yards) 0-0 7-31
Punt return (yards) 14 0
Fumbles 4 1
Lost fumbled ball 4 1
Penalties 10 9
Yards penalized 100 85
Touchdowns 6 2
Total number of plays 65 69

George Whitfield
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1968: Massillon 34, Cleveland Benedictine 19

Senior may give Tigers’ secondary fits


Mansfield Senior has a 6-5 end in Duane Hill, defending state high hurdles champion. So the Massillon Tigers’ secondary could be going from the proverbial frying pan into the fire Friday night.

While the Washington high team last Saturday night was running up the largest number of points Coach Bob Seaman has seen since coming here two years ago in beating Cleveland Benedictine, 34-19 at Tiger stadium, Gary Barnes, the Bennies’ 6-3 end, was giving the Orange and Black’s pass defense a working over.
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A CROWD OF 12,751 saw Barnes catch 8 passes, set up 3 touchdowns and put the ball in scoring position for another drive, which failed. His efforts on the catching end of quarterback Frank Petruziello’s offerings helped the Bennies to complete 13 of 22 passes for 170 yards.

“We had good coverage but didn’t get the ball,” said Seaman. “However, I think the defense did a fine job overall again.” Benedictine could net only 98 yards rushing.

In all fairness to the Tigers’ pass defenders, it must be pointed out that the tallest stands only 5-10. On most occasions they were right with Barnes, but he out-reached them.

The Tigers were at a decided disadvantage here with Bert Dampier, 6-2 senior, not dressed due to an ankle injury.

The WHS offense showed great improvement over the opening week, but still must function as well during the second half as the first. The Tigers scored only once after the intermission – when Co-Captain Larry Shumar, a cornerback, intercepted a pass on the 15 in the last stanza and returned to pay dirt with 6:25 remaining.
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QUARTERBACK Marc Malinowski hit tight end Tom Robinson in the right corner of the end zone for the final two points giving the Tigertowners a pair more of points than their previous highest total under Seaman – 34 against Canton Lincoln in the 1966 opener.

The WHS backfield, operating from the straight T and I with much improved blocking a good part of the game, netted 286 yards, but only 88 the second half. Tailback Jim Smith carried 22 times for 117 yards, wingback Mark McDew, 10 times for 63 yards and fullback Darnell Streeter, 11 times for 89 yards.

Malinowski scored two touchdowns on a keeper off the belly series with a big assist from Smith in the faking department. Streeter scored twice and one of those tallies was as unusual as they come.

The Tigers tried an option right from their own 44 after Smith had gotten off a sparkling 33-yard run through the left side of the Bennies’ line. Malinowski accidently tossed to Streeter when the ball should have gone to Smith. Streeter picked the ball off the ground and went all the way with 14 seconds left in the second period.
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STREETER’S other score came with 3:04 left in the second quarter. The Tigers moved 58 yards in 13 tries following a punt with McDew, Mike Autrey, Smith, Malinowski and Streeter taking turns running.

Streeter scored on a pitch left on third down from the two. An “M & M Special” clicked for the conversion as Malinowski hit McDew in the right side of the end zone.

The fact that the Orange and Black were able to mix up their running game on this drive and at other times during the game aided the cause tremendously.

“We had more backs in running position with a straight backfield,” Seaman said. “We were able to have a more balanced attack.”

Malinowski’s brace of six-pointers came in the first and second cantos. The Tigers mounted a 46-yard, eight-play drive in the opening period after an 18-yard punt runback by McDew. A 16-yard pass to McDew and 11-yard off tackle jaunt by Smith aided the march.

With first down on the five, Malinowski faked to Smith going through the center and scampered around the left side almost unmolested for the score with 5:12 remaining. Malinowski’s pass to split end Mike James failed to connect.

* * *

McDEW TOOK off with a punt for 49 yards to the Benedictine 33 shortly after the start of the second quarter. Six plays later it was touchdown again with Malinowski scoring on the same play to the opposite side on third down from the two. The clock showed 9:18 left.

Malinowski was snowed trying to pass for two more points.

The drive featured a 10-yard run off the left side by Streeter and a 14-yarder through the same side by McDew aided again by fine \ blocking.

“We got a better job by our offensive line this week,” Seaman explained. “We controlled the line at least during the first half.”

Starting linemen were James, Robinson, Ernie McGeorge, Rick Lasse, Co-Captain George Whitfield, Gary Harig and Kim Cocklin. But there were reserves who also helped.

On two of the occasions when Barnes put the ball in scoring position for Benedictine, the Tiger offense got the defense in trouble again. In the third quarter Malinowski and Cocklin failed to click on a fourth down snap and Malinowski was hauled down on the Massillon 32.
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TEN PLAYS LATER the Bennies had their second score as junior halfback Woody Vogel went off tackle on second down from the two with 2:33 remaining. The conversion run failed.

An 11-yard pass-run play to Barnes and a 12-yard pass to Barnes on the one were key plays.

The Orange and Black had just stopped a 73-yard Benedictine drive started by a Massillon fumble on the Bennies’ 14 late in the fourth quarter. The Tigers fumbled back to Auggie Bossu’s boys on the Massillon 12.

Petruziello hit Barnes on the one on the next play which also resulted in a face-mask penalty and fullback Mike Easler went over through the center from the half yard line after the step-off with 40 seconds left. A fumble cost the Bennies a conversion.

After Massillon’s first TD, Easler got off a 30-yard kick runback to start a 70-yard, 12 play drive for a score. The big play was Barnes’ catch on a steal on what looked like an interception. The 37-yard play put the ball on the Tigers’ 11. Halfback Denny Kaczmarek eventually scored from the one off right tackle with 11:43 remaining in the second period.

Wayne Bacik kicked the converion.

Kaczmarck gained 49 yards in 13 tries and halfback Woody Vogel 36 in nine.

“They controlled the ball on us in the first half,” said Bossu, “but we did a good job in the second half and bounced back well. Barnes helped keep us in the game.”

Seaman agreed.

Massillon is now 1-1 while Benedictine has yet to win in two outings.

Ends – Robinson, James, Stoner, Shumar, Midgley, Conley.
Tackles – Laase, McGeorge, Dorman, Doll.
Guards – Whitfield, Harig, Couto, Indorf, Mulnick.
Center – Cocklin.
Quarterbacks – Malinowski, Herring, Fromholtz.
Halfbacks – Smith, McDew, McLin, Hodgson, Gamble, K. Autrey.
Fullbacks – M. Autrey, Streeter.

Ends – Barnes, Brooks, Pomeroy.
Tackles – Marchmon, Fink, Bacik.
Guards – Jeannings, Belin, Oriti.
Center – Dalay,
Quarterbacks – Petruziello, Kestner.
Halfbacks – Kaczmarek, Vogel, Howland, Kacvinsky, Novak,
Randy Solly, Rick Solly.
Fullbacks – Easler, Johnson.

Benedictine 0 7 6 6 – 19
Massillon 6 20 0 8 – 34

Benedictine – Kaczmarek (one-yard run); Vogel (two-yard run); Easler (half-yard run).
Massillon – Malinowski 2 (five and three yard runs); Streeter (two and 56 yard runs); Shumar (15-yard pass interception return).

Extra points:
Benedictine – Bacik (kick).
Massillon – McDew (pass from Malinowski); Robinson (pass from Malinowski).

Player Att. Net. Ave.
Malinowski 10 9 0.9
Smith 22 117 4.7
McDew 10 63 6.3
Streeter 11 89 8.1

Player Att. Net Ave.
Kaczmarek 13 49 3.8
Vogel 9 36 4

Referee – Octavio Sirgo.
Umpire – Tony Pianowski.
Head Linesman – Jerry Katherman.
Field Judge – Henley Freeman.
Back Judge – Milo Lukity.

Mass. Opp.
First downs – rushing 19 7
First downs – passing 1 7
First downs – penalties 2 1
Total first downs 22 15
Yards gained rushing 330 124
Yards lost rushing 44 26
Net yards gained rushing 286 98
Net yards gained passing 32 170
Total yards gained 318 268
Passes completed 4-10 13-22
Passes intercepted by 2 0
Yardage on passes intercepted 31 0
Times kicked off 6 4
Kickoff average (yards) 43.9 37.3
Kickoff returns (yards) 55 81
Punt average (yards) 4-32 5-32
Punt return (yards) 65 13
Had punts blocked 4 0
Fumbles, lost 2-2 1-0
Penalties, yards 4-40 6-30
Touchdowns rushing 4 3
Touchdowns passing 0 0
Touchdowns by interception 1 0
Total number of plays 70 70

George Whitfield
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1968: Massillon 0, Mentor 19

One of worst opening losses for Tigers
Mentor shocks Orangemen 19-0


Near misses on offense and poor defensive field position caused by offensive errors cost the Massillon Tigers dearly Friday night.

The Mentor Cardinals handed the Orange and Black a 19-0 setback before 13,290 fans at Tiger stadium, the Tigers’ first opening game loss since Fremont Ross turned the trick 8-7 in 1962.

It was one of the worst opening game defeats in Washington gridiron history, the worst defeat for Coach Bob Seaman in his 3 years here and the worst shellacking handed a Tiger team since Alliance battered Massillon 46-0 in 1962. The last time the Orange was held scoreless was by Mansfield in 1966’s third game, a goose egg deadlock.

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TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE FOR Seaman, it was one of his best friends who defeated him. Mentor Coach Dick Crum has been close to Seaman since the 2 were assistants at Sandusky.

“Close is only good in horseshoes,” Seaman said. “Two or 3 times we had someone almost break away. We dropped passes with wide-open spaces ahead of us. There were only 12 yards difference in the total offense. We put the ball everywhere but in the end zone.”

Spitting out words angrily, Seaman continued, “The turning point was our fumble on the 2-yard line in the third quarter. Another was the 15-yard penalty when the ball was centered over the punter’s head in the first quarter.”

The first reference was to a 63-yard third quarter drive by the Tigers, which fizzled when Tailback Jim Smith tried to go off left tackle on third down from the 3-yard line and lost the ball when met by a host of Mentor tacklers. Lee Hauserman and John Weizer recovered on the one.

The second reference was to the fourth down play from Mentor’s 42 in the Redbird’s first series of the game. Center Paul Alexa flipped the ball over punter Chuck Williams’ head with the ball rolling to the 17 where Williams recovered but was hit immediately by Dave Couto, Jerry Harris and Tom Robinson. But the Tigers were called for a personal foul after the whistle, setting the ball back to the 32. Two plays later a clipping call pushed them back to the 44 after Smith had traveled to the 15.

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HAD THE ORANGE and Black been able to score either time the course of the game might have been changed. But the jinx which has permitted Massillon an undefeated season only once in a year ending in 8 cropped up again.

The only other time the Tigers came close to scoring was on a punt runback by Mark McDew for 38 yards to the Mentor 19 in the third quarter, one of the times when a Massillon runner almost got loose but the drive ended on 2 incomplete passes, one just out of tight End Tom Robinson’s hands in the right corner of the end zone.

It appeared Malinowski might get free on a 32-yard romp in the fourth quarter but was dropped on his 43. Smitty just missed getting loose on a long scoring jaunt earlier.

The Tigers offense sputtered badly, apparently suffering from a lack of blocking. Seaman preferred not to comment on this until seeing game films which he was to do at 10 a.m. today. Smith netted 95 yards in 29 carries but he and the other backs have to have some help.

“Malinowski having to go both ways took a little sharpness out of our offense,” Seaman commented. Safetyman Bert Dampier strained an ankle in the first period and didn’t return to the game.

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OTHER OFFENSIVE difficulties put the defense behind the 8 ball. “We had darn poor field position on all 3 of their touchdowns,” Seaman said. “I think the defensive team did a good job.”

Malinowski who had trouble with his kicking early in the game when the ball slipped off the side of his foot, was able to get a punt only from the end zone to the Massillon 28 late in the second period. Mentor scored in 3 plays as Quarterback Rick Galbos and Wingback John Viber combined on a 14-yard play and Tailback Mike Blistarkey ran to the one.

It was Galbos and Bistarkey who did most of the night’s damage to the Tigers, picking up 66 and 70 yards in 18 and 14 tries respectively.

Galbos sneaked through the center with 2:01 left in the second canto. Duane Derrick’s kick was wide.

Early in the fourth quarter Center Kim Cocklin got off a bad snap which sent Malinowski deep into his own territory to kick on the run from the end zone ending the drive.

Summing it all up, Seaman said, “We didn’t get a good break except the one early in the game and we didn’t capitalize on that one. I thought we hit pretty well and I think Mentor has a good team.”

Crum thought a big factor was, “We quick kicked 3 times. It got us off the hook and put Massillon in a hole. We felt we would have to play field position football because of the Tigers’ strong line so we quick kicked.”

He also cited penalties which set the Orange and Black back and felt the Tigers weren’t ready mentally for Mentor because they had never heard of the Cardinals before.

Individual Rushing
Player Att. Lost Net Ave.
Malinowski 5 0 56 11.2
Smith 29 7 95 3.3
McDew 4 0 16 4.0

Player Att. Lost Net Ave.
Galbos 18 11 66 3.7
Bistrakey 14 2 70 5.0
Derrick 2 0 20 10.0

Ends – James, Burkhart, Wancho, Lunceford, Dyke.
Tackles – Hathy, Weizer, Schuldt, Horn, Ryczek.
Guards – Kovacs, Hauserman, Hemberger, Lawson, Yeary.
Centers – Alexa and Harrold.
Quarterback – Galbos.
Halfbacks – Brandenburg, Osborne, Viber, Bistarkey, Caputo,
Williams, Kastning, Markovich.
Fullbacks – Matsko, Derrick.

Ends – Dampier, Engler, Robinson, Harris, Shumar, Stoner, Conley.
Tackles – Laase, McGeorge, Midgley, Doll.
Guards – Whitfield, Hout, Harig, Couto.
Center – Cocklin.
Quarterbacks – Malinowski, Fromholtz.
Halfbacks – Smith, McDew, K. Autrey.
Fullbacks – M. Autrey, Streeter.

MENTOR 0 7 0 12 – 19
MASSILLON 0 0 0 0 – 0

Touchdowns: Mentor – Galbos (2-yard run); Burkhart (7-yard pass-run)
Bistarkey (2-yard run(,
Extra points: Derrick (kick).

Referee – Howard Wirtz.
Umpire – Harvey Hodgson, Jr.
Head Linesman – Bill Makepeace.
Field Judge – Bud Shopbell.

Mass. Men.
First downs rushing 7 12
First downs passing 1 4
First downs penalties 1 0
Total first downs 9 16
Yards gained rushing 185 201
Yards lost rushing 16 39
Net yards gained rushing 187 102
Net yards gained passing 19 36
Total yards gained 186 196
Passes completed 3-11 8-11
Passes intercepted by 1 1
Yardage on passes intercepted 0 10
Times kicked off 1 4
Kickoff average (yards) 34.0 36.5
Kickoff returns (yards) 58 8
Punt average (yards) 5-17.4 5-43.2
Punt returns (yards) 47 0
Had punts blocked 0 0
Fumbles 2 2
Lost fumbled ball 2 1

George Whitfield