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Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1967: Massillon 26, Steubenville 16

Bengals Stifle Big Red Title Hopes
Jim ‘Tiger Turbine’ Smith Scores 4 TDs, Gains 184 Yards


The Massillon Tiger showed Friday night why he has been king so many times. He put forth the strongest side of his twany, battle worn hide at monsoon like Harding stadium in Steubenville.
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THE WASHINGTON high gridiron aggregation rode into the “Valley of Death,” marches on through it and right out the other side with a hard-fought 26-16 victory over the state’s previously top-ranked and undefeated Big Red, apparently stifling the River City’s title hopes 2 years in a row.

The estimated standing room only crowd of 13,000 got the word that the Tigers believe they still have a right to the Buckeye throne even though showing an 8-1 record. The Stubbers, likewise 8-1, also hung out the message ensigns in a formation which read, “We still deserve second spot.”
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THE BIG HERO had to be junior Tailback Jim Smith. The “Tiger Turbine” was at his best power wise, unstoppable outside, off tackle, up the middle and probably anywhere else Quarterback Trevor Young had directed him to go. He scored all 4 of his team’s touchdowns – may have had a fifth but slipped on the wet turf – and gained 184 yards in 39 carries for a 4.7 average.

Smitty’s effort got him a new team number for number of carries. The late Bob Glass had the previous mark at 31 when Massillon beat Steubenville 13-0 in 1937.
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THE WIN ALSO put the Tigers into first place in the All-American Football conference with a 3-0 mark. The Big Red, the strongest and most versatile team Massillon has played to date, dropped to second at 2-1. They do not play Niles.

Another thing which the contest served to point out is what sound, conservative football will do for you – like hatching valuable time, which the opposition would like to use, off the clock, thereby limiting the foe’s potential scoring opportunities.
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THE GAME also served to show that when the Tigers are at full strength offensively – which they weren’t when Upper Arlington handed them their only defeat – that Bob Seaman’s crew is hard to beat.

Tight End Tom Houser and Fullback Reggie Moore, both seniors and both out with injuries since the Altoona game 3 weeks ago, were back at their bruising best. Houser hacked away at defenders on his end of the line. Moore mangled them out of Smith’s path off tackle and added some timely running. Neither he nor Smith suffered any losses.
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THE BENGAL Landers stepped out to a 14-0 lead at the beginning of the second period but the tough Stubbers were in front 16-14 at halftime. The toast of Tigertown roared in front again to stay with 12 points in the goodbye canto.

Three of the 4 TDs by the Tigers came on long drives, the last after a fumble recovery close in. The Tigers moved 69 yards on 14 plays after the opening kickoff for a tally with 4:38 remaining in the first quarter.
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SMITH SCORED over left tackle on third down from the one-yard line after charging
20 yards around end on third down to the Steubenville 30 minutes earlier to keep the drive going. He might have also scored the conversion on a pitchout but slipped on the muddy turf and fell short of his target.

A 10-play, 51-yard drive after Russ Fenton’s 19-yard runback of the Stubbers’ next punt put Tiger fans into ecstasy again and took the game into the second period. As in the first drive, Smith picked up most of the yardage and tallied on second down from the one-foot line off right tackle with 11:12 left in the half. Young helped with a beautiful 33-yard scamper around end to the 3.

Young’s pass to Ertle made it 14-0.
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STEUBENVILLE took over a Massillon punt on the Tigers’ 49 midway to the second period. Six plays later junior Fullback Bob Sims, a great runner even though hobbled by a leg injury, slipped off right tackle on first down from the 25 and got the Big Red’s first 6 points with the clock showing 6:49 left.

Halfback Keith Burke got a lateral from Quarterback Dave Corsi and hit End Jim Smith for the conversion.

Sims, who picked up 65 yards on 10 carries without a loss during the night, scored the other Big Red TD. After Burke had recovered Young’s fumble on the Massillon 39, the Stubbers got their deadly passing game into high gear and scored after 10 plays.
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CORSI BEGAN hitting flanker Don Osby, connecting for 4, 14 and 16 yards. The crucial sky counter was a 4-yard fourth down pass from the 5 to Burke for a first down on the one. Smith scored over left tackle on the next play 27 seconds left in the half.

Corsi threw Bob Young for the conversion. Young making the catch on the one and going on in to put the Stubbers in the lead.

It began to look like the Big Red’s passing warfare might be too much for the Tigers, but secondarymen Mark McDew, Bert Dampier and Marc Malinowski, all juniors, were equal to the task in the second half.
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ANOTHER JUNIOR, Larry Shumar, starting at “monster” back for the first time as senior Bill Simon was lost to the team for the remainder of the season with fractured neck vertebra put a lot of pressure on to dent the Big Red’s running hopes. Simon’s injury showed up in X-rays taken Friday after he had complained of neck pain all week.

Steubenville failed to get past the Massillon 46 in the second half as the Tigers put on a great defensive show to go with their offensive masterpiece.
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TAKING OVER ON their 21 after a Steubenville punt near the end of the third quarter, the Obies opened up their ground attack still more by utilizing Wingback McDew on short, sliding pass pattern to the right, the first time the locals attempted to pass during the night.

Eleven plays later Smith had his third score with 10:41 left in the last quarter. Big plays were on Young-to-McDew connections on the aforementioned slides – 32 yards to the Big Red 48 and 16 yards to the Stubber 28, both setting up first downs on third down strategy.

Smith scored through the middle on first down from the 3. Burke knocked down a conversion aerial headed for McDew.
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DAMPIER INTERCEPTED a pass intended for Burke on the Steubenville 47 with 3:04 left in the game. Massillon was unable to get the first down, Malinowski’s punt traveled only about 20 yards but Steubenville was offside, giving Malinowski another try.

Burke muffed the catch attempt on his 15, senior Tackle Bill Ricker, replacing the injured Ernie McGeorge, hopped on the ball and the Tigers continued in business. Three plays and 2 penalties later, Smith went off tackle from the 3 for the clincher with 30 seconds remaining in the contest.

Corsi grounded Young’s conversion pass to Ertle.

Ends – Houser, Dampier, Richards, Ertle, Twiggs.
Tackles – Snowball, Ricker, Laase, M. Snyder.
Guards – Whitfield, D. Gipp, Russell, M. Cardinal, Doll, Couto.
Centers – B. Moore, Skelton.
Quarterbacks – T. Young, Malinowski, Shumar.
Halfbacks – Jim Smith, Fenton, McDew, Fichter, Autrey, Evans.
Fullbacks – R. Moore, M. Gipp. Streeter.

Ends – Jim Smith, B. Smith, Styles, Monroe.
Tackles – Reid, Mills, Brimmer, Muklewitz, Manfred, Brondo.
Guards – Jackson, Patterson, (unreadable) Haire.
Quarterback – Corsi.
Halfbacks – Osby, B. Young, (unreadable) Burke, Edwards.
Fullbacks – Sims, Culbreath.

Massillon 6 8 0 12 26
Steubenville 0 16 0 0 16

Touchdowns: Massillon – Jim Smith 4 (1, one-half, 3 and
2 yard funs).
Steubenville – Sims 2 (25 and 1-7ard runs).

Extra points:
Massillon – Ertle 2 (pass from T. Young).
Steubenville – Jim Smith 2 (pass-lateral from Corsi to Burke);
B. Young 2 (pass from Corsi).

Player Att. Net. Ave.
Young 17 49 2.9
Smith 39 184 4.7
McDew 4 16 4
Moore 6 23 3.8

Player Att. Net. Ave.
Sims 10 65 6.5

Referee – Dr. Phil Davidson.
Umpire – Tom Costello.
Head Linesman – Tom Stratis.
Field Judge – Ed Sutton.

Attendance: 13,000 (estimate)

Mass. Steub.
First downs – rushing 16 5
First downs – passing 2 3
Total first downs 18 8
Yards gained rushing 288 86
Yards lost rushing 17 9
Net yards gained rushing 271 77
Net yards gained passing 49 75
Total yards gained 320 152
Passes completed 2-3 7-20
Passes intercepted by 2 0
Yardage on passes intercepted 15 0
Times kicked off 5 3
Kickoff average (yards) 43.8 40.3
Kickoff returns (yards) 31 80
Punt return (yards) 5-33.0 6-35.8
Had punts blocked 15 41
Fumbles 2 1
Lost fumbled ball 1 1
Yards penalized 6-55 3-20
Touchdowns rushing 4 2
Total number of plays 72 47

Ron Ertle
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1967: Massillon 12, Altoona, PA 7

Seaman Must Continue to Draw Aces


Tiger Coach Bob Seaman pulled an ace out of the deck in Massillon’s 12-7 decision over homestanding Altoona, Pa., Saturday night.

Trailing 7-6 at the end of the first half, the Obies took the second half kickoff and stormed down field for the winning touchdown.
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IT WAS NOT the kind of offense some 4,000 Bengal fans in Mansion Park were used to seeing under the former Sandusky skipper. The line blocked with powerful quickness and the backfield ran with utmost authority.

One big reason in the change was the periodic insertion of tight end Bill Houser into the backfield. He led the interference – mainly through the Tiger’s right side of the line.

Another factor was the blocking of tackle Bill Snowball, who had 6 stitches put into the bridge of his nose early in the first half.

Houser, who scales 215 teamed up with tailback Jim Smith (187) and fullback Reggie Moore (199) to give the Orange and Black a 601-pound backfield.

Seaman will have to keep pulling aces from his deck of plays, or else come up with equal performances from the team for the remaining 4 games.

THE BENGALS will host Upper Arlington – ranked No. 2 this past week by Associated Press – followed by Warren Harding, Steubenville and Canton McKinley. Upper Arlington may come into Tiger stadium as the No. 1 team in Ohio, since Steubenville knocked off previously top-rated McKinley 20-15 Friday night.

The Mountain Lions didn’t score the first 2 times they had the ball. Massillon, also unable to move the pigskin on its first series, took over the ball again midway through the first period.

Quarterback Trevor Young rolled to his right and pitched out to Smith, the ball squirting through his hands with Tim Tyler recovering for Altoona at the Massillon 30-yard line.

On the next play, the sensational Greg Campbell, a 170-pound senior halfback, shot through right guard on a dive play, shook off a Tiger at the 24, and scampered straight into the end zone for a 6-0 lead at 4:20. Doug Dean hiked the margin by one point with his extra point kick.

Halfback Mark McDew put a 20-yard return on the following kickoff to the Massillon 30. The Tigers then drove 70 yards in 13 plays for their first TD of the night.
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MOORE LED the drive with 30 yards in 4 carries, Smith added 10 in 3 tries, McDew 8, Bill Simon 9 and Young 13 yards in 4 carries. Young capped the effort from the 1 on a sneak over left guard. Moore’s run on the point try failed, and Altoona was still in control, 7-6.

Altoona stormed right back and drove 62 yards in 17 plays to the Massillon 3, where they were stopped by a stingy Obie defense. Massillon marched to its own 40-yard line before the halftime gunned sounded.

Altoona had the ball 33 plays to 26 for Massillon in the first half, but the Tigers showed the Pennsylvanians what ball control was in the second half as they had it for 35 plays to a mere 16 for Altoona.

The “Suicide Squad” formed a line down the right sideline on the second half kickoff and that “Magnificent Massillon Madness,” as it was called by an Altoona radio announcer, took over.

McDew scampered 31-yards on the return to the Massillon 42. The Tigers stormed to pay dirt in 12 plays, as Smith carried 7 times for 40 yards. At 6:44 Young rolled to his left, attracted 2 Lion defenders on his fake and pitched out to Moore who went the final 7 yards for the score.
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YOUNG’S RUN on the extra point play failed but the Tigers had the winning 12-7 margin on the scoreboard.

Altoona’s Campbell busted up a near Tiger TD later in the third quarter. At the Altoona 26 on fourth down and 12, Young dropped back and threw to Bert Dampier, who appeared to have Campbell beat. But Campbell dove at the last minute and tipped the ball.

The Tigers drove to the Altoona 13 late in the final frame, but Simon fumbled and Dave Gengo recovered for Altoona. Lion QB Jim Fry fumbled on the next play and Snowball recovered for Massillon. On 4th and 3 yards to go for pay dirt, a Young pass bounced off the pads of Tim Richards to end the Tigers’ final threat.

Ends – Houser, Dampier, Richards, Robinson, Twiggs.
Tackles – Ricker, Snowball, McGeorge, Laase.
Guards – Ertle, D. Gipp, Cardinal, Whitfield, Doll, Russell.
Centers – B. Moore, Skelton.
Quarterbacks – Young, Malinowski, Schumar.
Halfbacks – McDew, Smith, Fenton, Autrey.
Fullbacks – R. Moore, Simon.

Ends – Dean, Esponlaub, Withers, Plummer.
Tackles – Askey, Reid, Kitt, Costlow.
Guards – Turchetta, Luciano.
Centers – Wieble, Strohm.
Quarterback – Fry.
Halfbacks – Delozier, Campbell, Fusco, Duncan, Simmes, Tyler.
Fullback – Rabenatine.

Massillon 0 6 6 0 12
Altoona 7 0 0 0 7

Altoona – Greg Campbell (30 yards).
Massillon – Young (one-yard), Moore (7 yards).

Extra points: Altoona – Dean 1 (kick)

Player Att. Net. Ave.
Young 12 36 3.0
Moore 15 89 5.9
Smith 24 118 4.9
McDew 4 13 3.2
Simon 3 23 7.6

Player Att. Net. Ave.
Campbell 14 89 6.3
Rabenstine 13 48 3.6
Delozier 6 26 4.3
Pry 1 -8 -8

Massillon Opp.
First downs (rushing) 31 10
First downs (passing) 1 0
First downs (penalties) 1 0
Total first downs 22 11
Yards gained rushing 299 175
Yards lost rushing 20 0
Net yards gained rushing 279 166
Net yards gained passing 14 6
Total yards gained 293 172
Passes attempted 4 8
Passes completed 1 1
Passes intercepted by 1 0
Yardage on passes intercepted 0 0
Times kicked off 3 2
Kickoff average (yards) 46.7 47.5
Kickoff returns (yards) 51 51
Times punted 1 1
Punt average (yards) 36.0 38.0
Punt return (yards) 0 0
Had punts blocked 0 0
Fumbles 2 2
Lost fumbled ball 2 2
Penalties 3 1
Yards penalized 15 5
Touchdowns rushing – 1
Touchdowns passing 0 0
Touchdowns by interception 0 0
Miscellaneous 0 0
Total number of plays 64 49

Ron Ertle