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Harry Agustus Stuhldreher – Wall of Champions

Harry Agustus Stuhldreher — Everyone’s All-American

Written by Mike Riordan
Contributors: Gary Vogt and Ron Prunty

“Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, The Four Horsemen rode again.  In dramatic lore their names are Death, Destruction, Pestilence, and Famine.  But those are aliases. Their real names are: Stuhldreher, Crowley, Miller and Layden.  They formed the crest of the South Bend cyclone before which another fighting Army team was swept over the precipice at the Polo Grounds this afternoon as 55,000 spectators peered down upon the bewildering panorama spread out upon the green plain below.”

The Foursome achieved football immortality when Grantland Rice, a sportswriter for the former New York Herald Tribune, penned “the most famous football lead of all-time.” This was written after Notre Dame’s 13-7 upset victory over a strong Army team on October 18, 1924.

Notre Dame Four Horsemen: Dan Miller, Elmer Layden, Jim Crowley, Harry Stuhldreher


Harry Stuhldreher was born October 14, 1901, in Massillon, Ohio. He grew up there and delivered papers with Luther Emery, the legendary Massillon sports writer.  When Knute Rockne played for the pro Massillon Tigers (according to his biography in the College Football Hall Of Fame) Harry gained free entry into a pro Massillon Tiger game.  While reaching for Rockne’s gear he asked, “Carry yer bag, Mr. Rockne?” Fate had drawn the two together and fate would bring them mutual immortality.

Harry (known as Hessie and Stuhlie) played for Coach John Snavely on the Tiger teams of 1917, 1918 and 1919. He was not a regular on the 1917 team, which ended with a 7-2 record and beat Canton McKinley, 7-6.

But that changed the following year.  The 1918 team was 2-2-2.  This was a unique season, when several games were canceled due to the Spanish Flu epidemic, including the one against the Canton McKinley game. In addition, the New Philadelphia game was forfeited when Coach Snavely pulled his players from the field because of what he believed was a biased ruling against the Tigers.  Final score: New Philadephia 1, Massillon 0.

Paul Brown, Dave Stewart, Harry Stuhldreher

The 1919 team finished 8-1.  Playing at a paltry 5′-5″ and weighing just 137 lbs., Harry started the first nine games.  The Tigers beat McKinley that year 21-0, but he was held out due to an injured arm.

During his 3-year career at Massillon, Harry was described as a good, although not outstanding player.  Unfortunately, Harry never got the chance to play in a Canton McKinley game.

In 1920 Harry moved to Pennsylvania where he played football for Kiski Prep and graduated in 1921. He was coached at Prep by future Massillon Head Coach Dave Stewart.  It was Harry that recommended Coach Stewart to the Massillon administration for consideration as the coaching to succeed Elmer Snyder.  Of course, Stewart (Paul Brown’s coach) went on to a very successful tenure with the Tigers.


In college Harry played for Notre Dame’s legendary coach Knute Rockne in 1922, 1923 and 1924.  Notre Dame’s record during his three years was 29-2-1 and his team captured the National Championship in 1924.  “Stuhldreher was a self-assured leader who not only could throw accurately but also returned punts and proved a solid blocker. He was often labeled cocky, feisty and ambitious, but his field generalship was unmatched.”

Harry Stuhldreher – Notre Dame

Four games into his sophomore season, he beat out the older but slower Frank Thomas (future coach of Alabama). At that time players were not eligible for varsity competition until their sophomore year. Notre Dame finished 1922 with a record of 8-1-1. They tied Army 0-0 after winning the first 6 games the lost their season finale at Nebraska on Thanksgiving Day, 14 – 6.

Rockne once said of Harry Stuhldreher, “Harry made an error in his sophomore year. He never made another.”

As a junior his team recorded a record of 9-1, again losing to Nebraska late in the season. Harry would not lose another game at Notre Dame. In fact, Harry only lost to one team while at Notre Dame and that was Nebraska, in 1922 and 1923.

Luther Emery once wrote, “When Harry Stuhldreher was at Notre Dame the Massillon Tigers would start their summer practice before Notre Dame. “Stuhlie” would come down and work out with the Massillon team.”

As a senior Harry was one of the smallest quarterbacks in Notre Dame’s history, standing 5′-7” tall and weighing just 150 lbs.  Notre Dame started the season 2-0 but it was after their rivalry game, a 13-7 win against Army at the Polo Grounds, that The Four Horsemen became immortalized.  Notre Dame finished the season 10-0 with a season finale Rose Bowl victory over Stanford, 27-10 on New Year’s Day, January 1, 1925. Notre Dame was proclaimed National Champions by 10 poling/foundations/associations of the day.  This would be Notre Dame’s last bowl appearance until the 1969 season. Harry had made All-American twice but this year he was voted Consensus First team All-American Quarterback.

Stuhldreher’s obituary reads, “The undefeated 1924 team went to the Rose Bowl and defeated Stanford 27-10. It was that year that Mr. Stuhldreher was selected virtually unanimously as All-American quarterback”

“Even as a freshman, Harry had the most promise of the Four Horsemen.  He sounded the leader on the field.”  —  Knute Rockne

Don Miller, Harry’s roommate and member of the Four Horsemen said, “Harry was the greatest quarterback in the history of Notre Dame University … not only a great passer and blocker but also a great safety man on defense.”

Harry Stuhldreher will always be associated with the “Hail Mary” desperation touchdown pass.  Jim Crowley, a member of the Four Horsemen, used this story in many of his speeches.  “During a tense game against Georgia Tech, Fighting Irish lineman Noble Kizer (member of the Seven Mules) suggested a Hail Mary prayer.  Shortly thereafter, Stuhldreher threw a touchdown pass on fourth down.  After the game, Kizer said, “That Hail Mary is the best play we’ve got.”


September 16, 1925 Stuhldreher had offers to play for three pro teams in the Connecticut area, but signed a contract to play for the Providence Steam Roller in the team’s inaugural NFL season. The Steam Roller had a non-league game on September 20th, annihilating West Point Artillery club 127-0.  Stuhldreher played in that game, but he jumped teams when his demand for a salary increase was refused. He immediately signed with the Waterbury/Hartford Blues for $7,500 plus a $500 bonus. On October 11, Jim Crowley, another member of the Four Horsemen, signed and joined Stuhldreher against Adams, Massachusetts.

Crowley scored three touchdowns and Stuhldreher booted two field goals and three extra points. Crowley picked up his check after the game and said adios to the Blues. On Sunday December 13 all Four Horsemen were signed (for a speculated cost of $5000 for one game) to play the Cleveland Bulldogs in their last game of the season. The Bulldogs prevailed 13-6 and the Blues ended the season 10-2

In 1926 the Brooklyn pro team of the American Football League (AFL) was named “Horsemen” after the signing of Harry Stuhldreher and Elmer Layden, two of Notre Dame’s Four Horsemen.  The team’s first game was decided by a 60-yard pass from Stuhldreher to Ed Harrison.  Unfortunately, that was their only offensive highlight and their only win. The Horsemen ended with a 1-3 record, playing their last game on November 7, 1926, with a 21-13 loss to the New York Yankees. They then merged with the NFL’s Brooklyn Lions to complete the season.  The local media dubbed the team the “Horse-Lions.”

On November 14, 1926, and playing for the Brooklyn Lions, Harry finally got his win against the Canton Bulldogs, winning 19-0.  Notable players on the Bulldog team included Washington High School’s own Ben Roderick and Canton’s greatest player Jim Thorpe.


Harry Stuhldreher was named head football coach of Villanova in 1925 and found immediate success, being tabbed, “The Man who brought horsepower to Villanova Football.”

Villanova’s president, Father Hickey, asked, “How can we bring that winning Notre Dame spirit to Villanova?”  The answer was to bring on a 23 year old, a three-time All-American from Notre Dame to be the 17th head coach of Villanova.

In his 11 years (1925-1935) as head coach, his teams were 65-25-9, with an undefeated season in 1928 at 7-0-1. He had only one losing season.  His winning percentage of .722 remains the highest among all Villanova head coaches with at least a 2-year tenure.  And his 65 victories were more than Villanova’s first 12 coaches accumulated in 31 seasons.

Coach Harry was instrumental in picking his replacement before moving on.  His choice was Maurice J. “Clipper” Smith, a Notre Dame 1920 graduate and lineman coached by Knute Rockne.  “Clipper” coached eight years at Villanova.  Beginning late in his first year his teams had a record of 25-2-2, sixteen shutouts and was undefeated in 1937.

Outgoing Villanova Coach Harry and Replacement Clipper Smith


In 1936 Harry Stuhldreher was hired as the 19th head football coach for Wisconsin, which the Wisconsin State Journal called, a “Coaches Graveyard.”  “The little man with the big job.”  Harry responded, “Gentlemen, I’ve bought a one-way ticket from Philadelphia.  I plan to stay here for a long time.”

Harry served in a dual role as Director of Athletics (1936-1950) and Head Football Coach (1936-1948).  In 13 seasons his teams posted a 45-62-6 record. This gives him a career record of 110-87-15 in 24 seasons.

1941 – Wisconsin played at Ohio State and first year coach Paul Brown. Ohio State prevailed 46-34. The Wisconsin band did not travel to this game and it was Harry Stuhldreher, not Paul Brown, who invited the Massillon Tiger Swing Band to perform at halftime (the band’s first appearance at Ohio State) under the direction of George “Red” Bird. George “Red” Bird would later become the Cincinnati Bengals Entertainment Director for Paul Brown.

1942 – Wisconsin finished 3rd in the Nation in the final AP poll with an 8-1-1 record and 2nd in the Big Ten at 4-1.  They tied Notre Dame 7-7 and beat Paul Brown and Ohio State’s first National championship team by a score of 17-7, Wisconsin’s first ever win over a top-ranked team.  This team featured All-Americans Dave Schreiner, Pat Harder and Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch.

1943 – Stuhldreher coached a college All-Star team to a 27-7 win over the Washington Redskins.

1947 – Wisconsin finished 3-2-1 in the Big Ten which placed them 2nd.

As Athletic director he developed a concept of “Athletics for All” and his leadership produced a well-rounded development of all sports and the accompanying facilities.

Harry Stuhldreher retired from football in 1950 after 33 “Hall of Fame” years as player, coach and executive.


After his years with Wisconsin he was known as Mr. Football.  He was extremely involved and active while being so called “retired.”

This is a list of some of the activities in which he was involved:

  • Past President, American Football Coaches Association
  • Assistant to Vice President, U.S. Steel Corp.,1959 – 1965
  • He was past President or Director of
  • Junior Achievement of S.W. Pennsylvania, Inc.
  • Allegheny Council, Boy Scouts of America (Silver Beaver)
  • Boys Club of Pittsburgh
  • Kiski Preparatory
  • Pop Warner Midget Football Conference

He was principal speaker at the Canton Junior Achievement banquet in the spring of 1956

Harry Stuhldreher – 1964

Mr. Stuhldreher wrote the books, “Quarterback Play” and “Knute Rockne, Man Builder.”  The latter was a source for the movie, “Knute Rockne, All American,” starring Ronald Reagan as George Gipp.  He also wrote a short novel titled, “The Blocking Back.”  Along with his books he was a regular contributor of articles for the Saturday Evening Post.   His wife was also a writer and the couple had four sons.

In August 1962 Mr. Stuhldreher was master of ceremonies at ground-breaking ceremonies for the National Professional Football Hall of Fame. Then during Football’s Greatest Weekend in 1963, the charter class of 17 pro football greats were enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. During the ceremony, Mr. Stuhldreher made the formal presentation of Hall of Fame membership to ‘Slingin’ Sammy Baugh.’

Mr. Stuhldreher passed away at age 63 on January 26, 1965, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Before his death, Harry told his family that he never really enjoyed the role of a ‘horseman.”  “He hated horses, and he hated getting on that horse they always made him get on,” Harry Jr. recalled. He used to tell us he was always afraid he would fall off and get hurt or embarrass himself, and my dad did not like to be embarrassed.His son Michael said, “He loved Massillon as his home, and he was very, very proud of it ”

Harry Stuhldreher will be forever linked with Knute Rockne and Notre Dame.  Towards the end of his life he made appearances with the other members of the famous Four Horsemen.  One was in Massillon in 1963 and they visited the Massillon Tigers locker room prior to the Cleveland East game.

His wife once said, “Harry has become a football legend. No matter where he speaks or what he says, he is always remembered as the quarterback of the Four Horsemen.”

1963 – Four Horsemen: Elmer Layden, Jim Crowley, Harry Stuhldreher, Don Miller

Mr. Stuhldreher’s Awards include

  • Walter Camp Consensus 1st Team All-American Quarterback, 1924
  • Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, 1965
  • Staff Award  for the American Football Coaches Association, 1965
  • Massillon, Ohio Washington High School Distinguished Citizen Award ,1994
  • Four Horsemen of Notre Dame $.32 U.S. Postage Stamp, issued 1998
  • Villanova Wall of Fame, 2002

Mr. Stuhldreher’s Hall of Fame Inductions include

  • Helms Foundation Hall of Fame
  • Notre Dame University Hall of Fame, 1958
  • National Football Foundation / College Football Hall of Fame at Rutgers University, 1958
  • Massillon, Ohio, Washington High School All-American Hall of Fame Charter Class Inductee, 1964
  • Madison, Wisconsin, Sports Hall of Fame ,1966
  • Wisconsin University Football Hall of Fame,1994
  • Massillon, Ohio, Washington High School Wall of Champions Charter Class Inductee, 1994
  • Stark County Ohio High School Football Hall of Fame Charter Member, 2002
  • Kiski Prep School, Saltsburg, PA. Sports Hall of Fame, 2015
  • Massillon, Ohio, Washington High School Tiger Hall of Fame, 2015
Harry Stuhldreher – Wall of Champions Plaque



1919: Massillon 21, Canton McKinley 0

High Gridders Trim Canton, 21-0

Father Massillon knew no sorrow Saturday night.

While bonfires blazed merrily and hundreds of shouting youngsters paraded the streets, that venerable old gentleman, with his face wreathed in smiles paid homage to those stalwart sons of his who during the afternoon, had taken unto themselves large chunks of fame by their stellar performance on the gridiron at League Park, Meyer’s Lake.

The orange and black of Washington high school waved triumphant in the breeze, Saturday night, for Massillon’s crack scholastic combination had dealt its perennial enemy. McKinley high of Canton, a sound lacing, inflicting defeat upon its red and black antagonist by a 21 to 0 count, the battle closing the present campaign for both schools.

Rated as one of the strongest elevens in Buckeye scholastic circles Coach John Snavely’s youthful Tigers showed their quality by unfolding a piercing attack in the last two quarters that netted three touchdowns and three goals and registered the most decisive victory over Canton that a local team has annexed in more than a decade. While several thousand highly strung spectators cheered lustily, the orange and black, in a most precise and deliberate manner, trampled under foot its red and black foe and emerged from the annual conflict with the east enders with a record of only one engagement lost during a string of nine tough battles.

Surely the reason for hilarious conduct Saturday night was sufficient. The decisive mauling, which the local gridders administered to the Cantonians left the east enders without even a whimper, and the orange and black has taken unto itself the undisputed claim of scholastic champions of Stark county, having disposed of Alliance early in the season by a 23 to 0 victory.

When the struggling gladiators left the gridiron at the close of the first half, with the battle still a scoreless draw and the outcome not at all decided, Massillon would not have believed that Coach Snavely’s youngsters would be able to emerge from the duel with a 21 point margin in their favor.

Canton, with its regular lineup in the fray, was putting up a stiff encounter and holding the local eleven on better than even terms. Massillon, on the other hand, with Stuhldreher, its crack halfback, on the sidelines because of an injured arm, was not playing at its customary gait. Its defensive work was not up to par and its offense was ragged, failing to make any great headway against the sturdy defense of the red and black.

The beginning of the second half-looked still more gloomy, for Hess, another stellar light of the orange and black backfield, was unable to re-enter the battle because of a bump on the head, sustained in the second quarter.

But with its determination and fighting spirit strengthened rather than weakened by these reverses which had robbed it of two of its stars, the orange and black settled down to business and before the second quarter had progressed far the local team commenced a march from its four yard line that was not halted by the red and black until Russell Oberlin smashed his way through Canton’s left tackle for Massillon’s first touchdown.

Massillon received to open the third quarter, and after an exchange of punts Oberlin started the march that was to score the first touchdown by smashing through Canton’s right tackle for nine yards. Archbold made it a first down and Greenfelder skirted the red and black’s left end for 38 yards, bringing the ball to Canton’s seven-yard line. He made three more on the next play and then Oberlin plowed through Canton’s left tackle for the first touchdown. Greenfelder kicked goal.

The fourth quarter found Massillon in possession of the ball on its 40-yard line. A pretty 10-yard pass from Greenfelder to Howells and a 20-yard sprint by Howells carried the ball to Canton’s 14-yard line, but the red and black fought stubbornly and held. Greenfelder attempted a place kick from the 16-yard line, which was low. A few minutes later Oberlin intercepted a Canton forward on the 50-yard line. On a cross buck which caught the Canton eleven napping Archbold dashed through Canton’s right tackle, and neatly evading the two tacklers, scampered across the red and black goal line for Massillon’s second touchdown. Greenfelder added a point by kicking goal.

But the youthful Tigers were destined to register another touchdown before the game passed into history. After Canton had lost the ball on downs on its 33-yard line, the orange and black commenced another drive that ended with Oberlin shooting around Canton’s right end for 25-yards and the third touchdown.

Three first downs, the result of some brilliant plunging by Greenfelder, Archbold and Oberlin, and a 15-yard penalty brought the ball to Canton’s 25-yard line, from where Oberlin set his pedal extremities in the direction of the red and black goal posts. Greenfelder made the score 21 by kicking goal.

The showing of the orange and black in the last half was a complete reversal of the form they displayed in the first two quarters. Unable to give proper interference or to successfully combat the efforts of the red and black to gain ground, Coach Snavely’s lads found themselves battling their opponents on their own territory during the first quarter, the quarter ending with Canton in possession of the ball on Massillon’s 16-yard line.

In the second half the battle shifted to Massillon’s side but not enough to give the orange and black any decided advantage. A 35-yard run by Greenfelder, which took the ball to Canton’s 27-yard line, gave Massillon a chance to score, but the red and black fought gamely and Canton came into possession of the pigskin on its 18-yard line. Then, after an exchange of punts, Hess and Archbold negotiated two first downs in as many plays, bringing the ball to Canton’s 11-yard line. Archbold made two on a line plunge and Hess dashed through Canton’s left tackle for eight, only to fumble on his one-yard line, Canton covering the misplay. This gave strength to the Cantonians who stemmed the orange and black tide for the balance of the period, although Greenfelder barely missed a goal from a placement from the 42-yard line. The drive was low and sailed under the cross bar.

The third and fourth quarters found the orange and black machine in perfect working order and the faults that had marred the first half of the battle were entirely missing, as Coach Snavely’s lads battled their way to a 21-point victory.

While all of the local warriors acquitted themselves creditably, the brilliant performance of Russell Oberlin, who until a week ago had been playing a tackle position, was an important factor in Massillon’s triumph. The sturdy gridder proved Massillon’s mainstay on defense by his hard tackling and dogged determination to hurl himself into every play, while on offense his smashing tactics produced two of Massillon’s three touchdowns. Canton found him hard to stop at all times.

Archbold, orange and black captain, Greendelder and Hess also did notable work in the backfield, Archbold’s 50-yard dash for a touchdown being the longest of the game. Greenfelder on several occasions tore through the Canton defense for gains of from 25 to 35 yards. Massillon’s forwards displayed stonewall characteristics, especially in the second half, when their attack tore large gaps in the Canton line.

Renner, Harmony and McCarel were the bit offensive stars for Canton. The two teams were evenly matched in weight. Canton having the advantage if any existed.

Massillon – 21 Pos. Canton – 0
Hermann LE D. Miller
Taylor LT Witter
Clay LG Lautenhiser
Angstadt C Smith
Harrison RG Heltzel
Tilton RT E. Miller
Howells RE Duckworth
Hess QB Renner
Greenfelder LHB Harmony
Oberlin RHB Kreuffine
Archbold FB McCarel

Score by quarters:
Massillon 0 0 7 14 21

Subsitutions: Massillon – Adams for Clay, Graber for Tilton,
Hollerback for Hess.
Canton – Jackson for Duckworth, Barthlewmew for McCarel.

Touchdowns – Oberlin 2, Archbold.

Goals after touchdown – Greenfelder 3.

Referee – Blythe, of Mount Union.
Umpire – Snyder of Harvard.
Head linesman – Miller.

Timer – Ligget.
Time of quarters – 12½ m.

Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1919: Massillon 56, Wooster 7


Massillon High’s crack football team established itself more firmly as one of the best high school teams in the state last Saturday when it invaded Wooster and smothered the Wayne county school under a 56-7 score.

Eight touchdowns and eight field goals after touchdown was the result of Massillon’s flashy attack which was featured by the open field work of Stuhldreher and Greenfelder, star performers of the local team.

Wooster scored its lone touchdown in the second quarter on line bucks after a Massillon penalty had given them their opportunity. The Wayne county team, which equaled Massillon in weight, couldn’t do a thing against the local team and depended largely upon forward passes for gains

Coach Snavely’s lads also displayed a good forward passing attack, completing over
two-thirds of their overhead attempts. In the last quarter the local team was made up entirely of second string men.

Greenfelder scored three touchdowns, Stuhldreher two, and Hollerback, Archbold and Angstadt one each. Greenfelder kicked the goals after touchdowns.

Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1919: Massillon 39, Youngstown Rayen 6

High School Crew Downs Rayen High, Saturday, 39-6

High school football teams of Youngstown ought to have a healthy respect for the sturdy orange and black eleven of Washington high school. A week ago Youngstown South attempted to put a crimp in the victorious march of Coach John Snavely’s youthful Tigers only to be sent back home with a 2 to 0 defeat hung upon them. On Saturday Rayen high, another Youngstown school sent its gridiron celebrities on a Massillon invasion and the local scholastic combination was the recipient of more gridiron honors for it smothered the Steel Town crew under a 39 to 6 score.

Six touchdowns and three goals followed in the wake of Massillon’s smashing attack, which was illuminated by the brilliant dashes of left halfback Hess, who is rapidly developing into Massillon’s big offensive star. Four of the six touchdowns were the result of Hess’ brilliant work, one coming on a spectacular 60-yard dash through the Rayen eleven and another on a 35-yard sprint around the visiting aggregation. His other two sets of counters came on short plunges.

With Hess skimming around the ends and Stuhldreher and Archbold giving the Rayen line an acid test, it was not long until Massillon had piled up a lead sufficient to clinch the contest. The offensive work of the orange and black stood out prominently in the first half but in the second it did not show so much, with a result that Rayen outplayed coach Snavely’s warriors during the last two quarters.

Rayen had a heavy team but it possessed only one player whose performance was at all noteworthy. Elliott, Captain and husky fullback for the visitors, was Rayen’s best bet but he could not play the entire game himself although he figured in practically all of Rayen’s plays and did most of the defensive work.

Finding Massillon’s line a bit too tough to dent because of the brilliant work of Oberlin and Taylor, who are about as fine a pair of tackles as ever wore the orange and black, Rayen depended largely upon shift plays and forward passes. The visitors attempted 35 overhead plays, completing nine, having four intercepted and 23 astray. In the last quarter it tried desperately to score by the air route, attempting 16 passes, only three of which were successful. Massillon attempted but six passes none being successful.

In making first downs Rayen out-pointed the orange and black, registering 13 to 11 for the local team.

Rayen hardly had time to get warmed up before Massillon scored its first touchdown. The visitors received and punted to Archbold in midfield. Hess and Stuhldreher commenced a march around Rayen’s ends that brought the ball to the six-yard line from where Hess dashed across for a touchdown.

A few minutes later Herman covered a bad Rayen pass on the visitors 11-yard line and Stuhldreher and Hess once more pierced the Youngstown team’s defense. Hess going around left end on a double pass for his second touchdown.
The second quarter had barely started before Hess, on another double pass, swung around Rayen’s right end and on a spectacular run in which he eluded practically the entire Youngstown team, carried the ball 60 yards for his third touchdown. Right end Howells was the next orange and black gridder to electrify the crowd when he snatched a Rayen forward out of the air and scampered 50 yards for a touchdown. Hess before the quarter ended, gathered another set of counters by a 35-yard sprint.

Rayen scored its lone touchdown in the second quarter. Stuhldreher punted out of bounds on his 30-yard line and a pass from Fried to Elliott took the ball to the 20-yard line. Elliott then heaved a pass to Hough who fumbled on Massillon’s two-yard line, the ball rolling over the goal line where Fried fell on it for Rayen’s touchdown.

Massillon’s last touchdown came in the third quarter when left end Herman picked up a Rayen fumble on Rayen’s 40-yard line and scampered across the visitor’s goal line.

Greenfelder, star halfback, did not get into the fray until near the close of the game, a bad hip keeping him on the sidelines. Coach Snavely switched Hess from quarterback to halfback and sent Stuhldreher to the pivot position. Stuhldreher played a good game although he was not able to elude Elliott, Rayen’s star, as successfully as Hess did.

Massillon – 39 Pos. Rayen – 6
Herman LE R. Smith
Oberlin LT Tonsmeier
Clay LG L. Smith
Angstadt C Davies
Harrison RG E. Brown
Taylor RT Reckert
Howells RE Meyer
Stuhldreher QB Fried
Hollerback LHB Carney
Hess RHB Hough
Archbold FB Elliott

Score by quarters:
Massillon 13 20 6 0 39
Rayen 0 6 0 0 6

Substitutions – Massillon: Siffert for herman, Herman for Siffert,
Tilton for Clay, Adams for Angstadt, Graber for Harrison,
Jamison for Howeels, Howells for Jamison, Limbach for Hollerback,
Greenfelder for Archbold.
Rayen: Fitzsimmons for R. Smith, McDonald for E. Brown,
Menninger for Carney, Carney for Menninger, Hameriki for

Touchdowns – Hess 4, Howells 1, Herman 1, Fried 1.

Goals after touchdown – Stuhldreher 3

Referee – Blythe, Mount Union.
Umpire – Bast, Massillon.
Headlinesman – Wilson, Massillon.

Timer – Ligget.

Time of quarters — 12½ m.

Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1919: Massillon 2, Youngstown South 0

Safety In Last Two Minutes Gives Local Crew 2-Point Victory

Defying J. Pluvius and his storm clouds, gridiron gladiators of Washington high school annexed football honors Saturday afternoon when they triumphed over South high of Youngstown 2 to 0, administering the first setback of the season to the Mahoning county gridders on the rain soaked Central Steel Field.

A safety during the last two minutes of play, the result of a desperate comeback by Massillon’s forwards which had been outplayed by the visiting aggregation, gave the orange and black its two point margin and its fourth scholastic victory of the season.

Playing in mud and water several inches deep, which made it impossible to play anything but straight football, the two contending eleven’s battled strenuously to gain a decision. After the first play it was difficult to distinguish the rival players so thoroughly soaked had they become with mud and water.

The poor field also made it impossible to judge the relative strength of the two teams and neither combination had a decided edge over the other until Coach Snavely’s lads made their determined stand toward the end of the fourth quarter and beat down the sturdy Youngstown defense.

Two blocked punts gave the youthful Tigers their chance to win. After keeping play in South’s territory during the greater portion of the fourth quarter, but lacking the punch to shove the ball over for a touchdown, the local gridders near the end of the game broke through South’s line and blocked a punt by Captain Brown of the visitors, the ball rolling back to the one yard line where South covered.

Then South attempted to punt again, Brown standing behind his own goal line to make the kick. As the ball was passed left tackle Taylor, of Massillon, crashed through the opposing line and blocked the kick before it crossed the line. Captain Brown pounced on the ball behind his own goal line and the orange and black had registered a safety, which was to be the deciding play of the contest.

The battle soon developed into a punting duel as neither team was able to do much on offense. In this respect Massillon had a decided edge as Greenfelder outkicked his opponent and the local team always gained ground in the exchange of punts.

Fumbles also were prominent and came near giving South a touchdown in the first quarter.

Captain Archbold of Massillon hit through center but the ball bounded out of his arms into the hands of a South player who scampered towards Massillon’s goal line. He had cleared the entire team with the exception of quarterback Hess, who brought him to earth on Massillon’s 35-yard line by a pretty tackle.

This Hess lad, by the way, was Massillon’s big offensive star. His return of punts on the heavy field was brilliant and whenever he was able to get under way returned the kicks from 2 to 20 yards. In the fourth quarter he grabbed a South punt in midfield and raced to Youngstown’s eight yard line before being downed. But here South stiffened and Massillon could not drive its way through for a touchdown.

Just as the second quarter ended Hess ripped his way through left tackle for 20 yards being downed on South’s 18-yard line. Had the field been dry he probably would have gotten away but the mud made dodging and sidestepping impossible. Massillon made numerous attempts in the fourth quarter to score from place kick but Greenfelder’s efforts to hoist the water soaked ball over the bars was futile.

South showed an excellent team. It used a shift play that would have been good for gains on a dry gridiron. Its defense appeared superior to that of Massillon and on several occasions, the Youngstown forwards broke though and stopped the local backs before they could get started. Offensively the two teams appeared equal, Massillon having a shade better of the argument because of Hess’ brilliant running in a broken field.

The work of Taylor and Oberlin, Massillon’s sturdy tackles, stood out prominently on defense and any drives directed at their positions were nipped in the bud.

Massillon – 2 Pos. Youngstown South – 0
Herman LE Rankins
Taylor LT Dawson
Clay LG Pettiford
Angstadt C B. Johnson
Harrison RG Williams
Oberlin RT Beeds
Howells RE Jones
Hess QB H. Jacobs
Stuhldreher LHB Brown (c)
Greenfelder RHG Borts
Archbold (c) FB Smith

Score by quarters
Massillon 0 0 0 2 2

Substitutions – Massillon: Jamison for Herman, Tilton for Clay,
Adams for Tilton, Clay for Adams, Graber for Clay, Fasnacht for
South: Splain for Jones, H. Johnson for Borts.

Safety – Massillon.

Referee – Blythe of Mount Union.
Umpire – Bast of Massillon.
Headlinesman – Chaney, Massillon.

Timer – Ligget

Time of quarters — 12½ minutes.


1919: Massillon 14, Toledo Scott 21

High Gridders Give Crack Toledo Scott Eleven Hard Battle

Gridiron warriors of Washington high school didn’t defeat Toledo Scott, one of the strongest scholastic teams in the state, at Toledo Saturday, but they did accomplish a feat which no other team has been able to do this season.

They gave the Toledo school its stiffest battle since it commenced its unbroken string of victories four years ago and made the first points scored against the upstaters this season. Had the breaks not favored the up-state eleven, a different tale might be recorded today. As it was Scott won 21 to 14, scoring the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter when Flues broke away from the local team and ran 40 yards for Scott’s third set of counters.

A fumble by Captain Archbold on Massillon’s 20-yard line in the second quarter gave Scott it’s first chance to score. An injury to Stuhldreher, who had been ripping the Toledo team to shreds by his brilliant offensive work, in this same period, forcing his retirement from the game until the second half hurt Massillon and shifted the offensive power, which had rested with Coach Snavely’s lads until Stuhldreher’s injury, to Scott. These combined breaks gave Toledo a chance to score two touchdowns in the second quarter and wrest the lead from the local team which had plowed through Scott for a set of counters in the first period.

Stuhldreher’s brilliant 45-yard run shortly after the game commenced gave Massillon its opportunity to register the first points scored on Scott this season. Scott held for three downs but on the fourth Stuhldreher bucked it over.

Massillon’s second touchdown came in the third quarter on a long forward from Greenfelder to Herrman, who ran 25 yards after receiving the pass. Scott’s best bet was a reserve play which it made several long gains. Stuhldreher twice went through the Toledo team for gains of 45 yards.

Scott outweighed Massillon but the orange and black fought on even terms with its husky opponents and had not fortune favored the upstaters the result might have been in Massillon’s favor.

Lineup and summary

Scott – 21 Pos. Massillon – 14
Schelling LE E. Herrman
Walker LT Taylor
Kalkhln LG R. Harrison
Schuey C Angstadt
Coombs RG Tilton
Frye RT P. Oberlin
Robb RE Howells
Scharer QB Hess
Vick RHB Stuhldreher
Skinner LHB Greenfelder
Andrews (c) FB Archbold (c)

Touchdowns – Massillon: Stuhldreher and Herrman.
Goals from touchdowns – Greenfelder 2.

Touchdowns – Scott: Skinner, Andrews, and E. Flues.
Goals from touchdowns – Scharer, 3.

Substitutions – Scott: E. Flues for Vick, Edwards for
Schelling, Chapman for Robb, Moll for Frye,
Meyers for Coombs, G. Flues for E. Flues, Reeder for
Andrews, and Andrews for Walker.

Referee – Walter Wright.
Umpire – Harry Selbert.
Headlinesman – Louis Moorehead.

Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1919: Massillon 23, Alliance 0

High School Crew Takes Measure Of Alliance, Saturday

Scoring points in all four periods and outclassing its rivals, the crack orange and black eleven of Washington high school Saturday afternoon won the first leg of the Stark County scholastic championship when it smothered Alliance high under a 23 to 0 score on Mount Union field, Alliance.

Coach Snavely’s warriors putting on tap an attack that combined both old and new football had little trouble in taking the measure of the Alliance youths. Greenfelder, star halfback, made the first points of the game in the first quarter when he annexed a field goal from the 30-yard line. He also scored one of the three touchdowns and kicked two goals after touchdowns.

Stuhldreher and Angstadt were the other Massillon lads to register points. Massillon’s defense was impregnable against the Alliance attack, which wilted when it tried to pierce the Massillon sector.

The county scholastic title will now be decided when Massillon and Canton meet. Canton took a 21 to 14 walloping from Akron West Saturday and from indications will not prove much of a stumbling block to the orange and black.

Lineup and summary:

Massillon – 23 Pos. Alliance – 0
Herman LE Segel
Taylor LT Hawkins
Tilton LG Miller
Angstadt C France
Harrison RG McGranahan
Oberlin RT Patrick
Howells RE Myers
Hess QB Donaldson
Stuhldreher LHB Morris
Greenfelder RHB Cleveland
Archbold FB Cohen

Score by periods
Massillon 3 7 6 7 23

Touchdowns – Greenfelder, Angstadt, Stuhldreher.

Field goal – Greenfelder

Goals from touchdowns – Greenfelder 2.


Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1919: Massillon 7, Akron Central 0


The First foe for the scholastic title has been vanquished.

The orange and black-clad warriors of the Washington high school, Saturday afternoon carried off honor Number 1, when they defeated 7 to 0, in a hard fought contest the strong touted eleven of Central high school of Akron at the Akron high school stadium

Evenly matched in weight, the youthful Tigers immediately brought joy to the several hundred Massillon rooters, when after the first kickoff they began a march for a touchdown. Zimmerman, the stellar halfback of the Rubber City crew booted the ball on the kickoff to Graybill, who was only downed after he had returned the kick 10 yards. Line plunges and end runs carried the ball within Akron’s 20-yard zone where the Washington high gridders lost the ball on downs.

Howells then broke through the Akron line and threw Zimmerman for a 20-yard loss. The Akron halfback punted 30-yards to Greenfelder. Hitting the Akron line with the persistency of a British tank, the varsity crew of the Washington high school carried the ball to Akron’s two-yard line whence Greenfelder scored the only touchdown of the contest. He also kicked goal bringing Massillon’s total of points to 7.

Though the orange and black eleven, under the direction of Coach Snavely annexed the first scholastic victory from Akron central the cost was most costly to Washington high gridders. Emmett Graybill, quarter-back and field general of the varsity sustained a broken left leg within the first six minutes of play, taking him out of the game and the remainder of the season. With Graybill gone the locals will lose one of their most dependable players. Playing his third season on the first team he had learned the fine points of the game and would have been a valuable asset to the eleven this year. Both bones were broken and he was taken to the Peoples hospital in Akron where the fracture was reduced. He was brought to his home in Wooster street Sunday afternoon.

The accident occurred in the first six minutes of play when the orange and black pivot man was carrying the ball around left end. Sloate made a clean tackle on the play but in falling Graybill’s leg snapped.

Hess, whom Coach Snavely moved from end to quarterback ran the team in great style and proceeded to lead the local eleven to the only score of the game, which came two minutes after Graybill was injured.

Greenfelder and Stuhldreher were the bright lights in the orange and black offense. The two orange and black halfbacks consistently gained through the Akron line and around ends. On defense the entire line showed up well and only few gains during the entire 40 minutes of play did the Akronites make by playing the line. The work of Oberlin and Taylor out shone that of the other linemen. The two tackles repeatedly broke through the line and threw the runners for losses while on offense they had big holes for the backfield men.

Beginning the second half the local eleven played mostly a defensive game and more ground was gained by the opponents than by locals. The Akron team opened up in the final half using the forward pass to advantage, successfully carrying out five passes, but failed to carry the pigskin within 25 yards of Massillon’s goal.

Only twice during the entire game was Zimmerman, the flash of the Akron school able to make decided gains, both of these were for about 30 yards around the ends.

Akron Pos. Massillon
Hrasky lt Taylor
K. Miller le Hess
Po each lg Clay
Davis c Angstadt
Schackner rg Harrison
Kinney rt Oberlin
Anderson re Howells
Baysinger q Graybill
Zimmerman lh Greenfelder
Sloate rh Stuhldreher
Spessard f Archbold

Hess for Graybill,
Fasnacht for Hess,
Tilton for Clay,
Graber for Taylor,
Taylor for Garber,
Siffert for Fasnacht,
Limback for Greenfelder,
Jameson for Howells.
Forco for Davis,
C. Miller for H. Miller,
McKnight for Keach,
Martin for Baysinger,
Carroll for Sloate.


Goal from Touchdown:

Time of periods:
10 minutes.

Referee – Geltz, Mount Union
Umpire – Bechtel
Headlinesman – Daily