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1930: Massillon 0, Lorain 14

Lorain Backfield Cracks Inexperienced High Line

Special to The Independent

LORAIN, Sept. 29 – Weakening before a persistent Lorain attack in the first and third quarters, Washington high of Massillon lost its second game of the season here Saturday, by a score of 14 to 0.

Although outplayed most of the way, the Massillon eleven made a hard fight of it, never allowing Lorain any ground that was not hotly contested.

Massillon’s lone opportunity to score came late in the last quarter after a pass from Singer to Williams put the ball on the 13-yard line from the 35. Kester made a charge at the line and placed the ball on the 10-yard marker. Lorain held Massillon to a yard gain on the next down and on the third, Urbanic, Lorain’s star tackle broke through to throw Kester for a four-yard loss and their chance was gone.

Pass Brings Score
In beating off the invasion of orange and black, the Lorain team made nine first downs to Massillon’s four, scoring six of them in the first half. In the second half, both teams resorted to a kicking duel which cut down the number of downs. Kester had a slight advantage in the exchanges.

Lorains’ first touchdown against the Tigers came in the first quarter when after marching from their own 35-yard line to Massillon’s 30-yard line in three straight downs, Nickolette heaved a 15-yard pass to Bahoric who raced across the line. Bahoric, in turn place-kicked the point to his own touchdown.

The second touchdown came in the third quarter. This time, it was a one-man proposition. Starting on Massillon’s 35-yard line, Stan Pincura Lorain’s star quarterback, carried the ball eight times in succession, to put it across the line. He drove at the Tiger right guard and tackle each of these eight times, making two first downs on the way to the goal line by himself. After scoring the touchdown, Pincura plunged over the line for the extra point.

Clendening, Kester Star
Massillon’s line showed its inexperience in the more crucial moments when it was unable to withstand the rush of the home town attack. They seemed to hold better when in neutral territory.

The veteran backfield of the invading team was not able to do much against a powerful Lorain line and Clendening succeeded in circling the local ends only on two occasions for any appreciable gains.

However, Clendening and Kester were the outstanding stars of the game for the Tiger team. Kester pounded at the Lorain line hard but often met his own forwards backing into him. Twice he was able to make first downs when he could find a hole but they were rare. His kicking was up to its usual fine form.

Clendening played a fine game in the safety positions despite a treacherous wind which frequently made it almost impossible to catch the kicks of Nickolette.

The summary follows:
Lorain – 14 Pos. Massillon – 0
B. Urbas LE Getz
Donohue LT Willison
J. Urban LG Snodgrass
Busick C Schott
J. Pincura RG Mudd
Urbanic RT Price
Cinniger RE Hess
S. Pincura QB Singer
Bahoric LH Kester
Nickolette RH Clendening
Kohlmyer FB Williams

Score by periods:
Lorain 7 0 7 0 14

Touchdowns: Lorain – Bahoric and S. Pincura.

Points after touchdown: Lorain – Bahoric (placekick); S. Pincura (scrimmage).

Referee – Howell (Sebring).
Umpire – Houghton (Oberlin).
Head Linesman – Johnson (Navy).

John Kester
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1929: Massillon 0, Lorain 6



Second Quarter
On the first play of the second session Chaszar made five on a long end run. Lepkowski got two before Lorain got another fine yard penalty for offside. Chaszar punted to Massillon’s 30-yard line. Worthington made two and Clendening eight in three plays. It was Massillon’s second first down. Kester made no gain around end and Massillon got another five yard penalty.

Worthington carried the ball without gain and Clendening punted, putting the ball on Lorain’s 25-yard line. Lepkowski made one yard before Chaszar punted to Massillon’s
25-yard line. Williams made no gain. Massillon received another five yard penalty. Kester punted to Lorain’s 40-yard line. Lepkowski made five yards through the line. The visitors got a five yard penalty for offside. After another try which netted them four yards the visitors received a 15-yard penalty for holding. Chaszar made no gain and punted to Massillon’s 45-yard line. Urbas recovered Clendening’s fumble. Lepkowski made no gain before Lorain was given one more 15-yard penalty for using hands on offense.

At this point the Massillon defense started to show itself. Andres lost seven and Chaszar was thrown for three more. Chaszar punted, the ball being held on Massillon’s 15-yard line. Kester returned the punt to Lorains’ 40-yard line. A Lorain man fumbled and Houriet recovered, giving the Tigers the ball on the opponent’s 45-yard line. A beautiful short parallel pass from Kester to Clendening and a snappy run by Clendening put the ball on Lorain’s 10-yard line. Williams made no gain through the line. Kester got two in a line plunge. Worthington put a neat pass in Kester’s hand and Kester took the ball to the
two-yard line. The center threw the ball high on the throwback and it hit Worthington’s forehead, bouncing behind the line. Andrews fell on it for a touchback.

Lorain took the ball on the 20-yard line. Lepkowski made two through Chaszar made no gain as the half ended.

Third Quarter
Kester kicked to the opponent’s 35-yard line. Chaszar and Pincura made two yards. Chaszar punted to Massillon’s 25-yard line, Clendening returning the ball 17 yards before being downed. Kester made no gain. Kester punted to Lorain’s 45-yard line. Lorain received a five-yard penalty when its center tossed the ball outside the line. Lepkowski made three and Chaszar none. Chaszar kicked to Massillon’s 10-yard line. Williams made 21 yards around right end, giving Massillon another first down. Clendening made eight through the line and Kester lost one. Williams tossed the ball to Kester who made a yard.

Kester punted, Lorain getting the ball on its own 30-yard line. Lorain made a yard in two tries. Chaszar punted to Massillon’s 30-yard line. Clendening fumbled and Wellet recovered. A long pass gave Lorain 22 yards but it was declared illegal, two men having grabbed it.

Chaszar made four yards through the line. Lepkowski added two more.

Andrews took the ball from the center, pivoted and handed it to Pincura who made a
five-yard pass to Chaszar. Chaszar raced around the left end near the sidelines for the only touchdown of the game. Chaszar kicked for goal and missed, making the score Lorain, 6; Massillon, 0.

Andorka punted, Kester took the ball and carried it 18 yards to his own 28-yard line. Williams made no gain through the line. Lepkowsi grabbed Kester’s pass on the 50-yard line and carried it to Massillon’s 25-yard line. Picura lost four yards and Lepkowski made two through the line. A pass, Chaszar to Lepkowski, was good for five yards as the quarter ended.

Fourth Quarter
Chaszar fumbled on the first play of the quarter and Kester recovered on his own 20-yard line. Kester kicked to Massillon’s 45-yard line. Pincura crashed through for five yards and Chaszar added five more, giving Lorain a first down. Chaszar made nine and Kepkowski added two more, the visitors getting another first down. Andrews made 11 in a neat run around left end, Lorain getting its third first down in succession. The Massillon defense came to the fore again, Pincura being taken back for 13 yards. Andres lost eight in the next attempt. A short pass, Andres to Chaszar, netted the visitors 16 yards but it wasn’t enough for a first down. A Lorain pass was unsuccessful and Massillon got the ball on its own 18-yard line.

Clendening made three through the line. He was hurt in the play and was removed. Rice made four and lost two. Kester punted to the 50-yard line. Chaszar made 17 yards on a pretty run around right end, but the play was called and Lorain got a five-yard penalty for offside. Wellet took the ball around right end for 35 yards, stepping out of bounds two yards from the goal. The play did not count as the visitors had held and Lorain got 15 yards more from the officials. Wellet took the ball through the line for six yards. A Lorain pass was unsuccessful. Wellet made three, not enough for a first down, and Massillon got the ball. Massillon was penalized five yards because the backfield was in motion. Houriet made no gain. Kester’s pass to Houriet was incomplete. Kester’s punt was blocked, Ursic recovering for Lorain on Massillon’s nine yard line. Chaszar made three. Pincura added two more and Wellet got two. Lepkowski got two, one less than enough for a first down and it was Massillon’s ball on its own two-yard line. Kester punted to Massillon’s 40-yard line, Pincura returning it to the 25-yard line. Lorain, to put a grand climax on the game, got a 15-yard penalty for holding as the gun went off.

Massillon – 0 Position Lorain – 6
Toles LE B. Urbas
Willison LT Romoser
Pfister LG McGue
Lewis C Bunn
Herman RG J. Pincura
Blatz RT Andorka
Houriet RE Ursic
Kester QB E. Andrews
Worthington LH S. Pincura
Clendening RH Nickolette
Williams FB Lepkowski

Score by periods:
Lorain 0 0 6 0 6
Massillon 0 0 0 0 0

Massillon – Snodgrass for Lewis; Rice for Williams; Getz for Houriet; Houriet for Clendening; Singer for Worthington; Hoagland for Snodgrass.
Lorain – Chaszar for Nickolette; Kalb for Romoser; Rogers for Bunn; Beers for Andrews’ Romoser for Kalb; B. Andorka for W. Androka; Andrews for Beers; Homola for Urbas; Wellet for Andrews.

Touchdown: Lorain — Chaszar.

Referee – Howells (Sebring).
Umpire – Kirk.
Head Linesman – Maurer (Wooster).

Alfred Lewis
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1928: Massillon 0, Lorain 20


Lorain, the tornado swept Lake Erie city, battered by the winds four years ago, knows the power of air, and harnessed the ozone last Saturday afternoon to pass its way to a 20 to 0 victory over the orange and black of Washington high school.

Lorain was entertaining fears of a second tornado Saturday when the Washington high eleven blew into the city, but as the game proceeded the host team showed that it knew a little more about tornadoes than the Massillon eleven and preceded to sweep the local gridders off their feet. It was a false wind that blew from Massillon. The orange and black showed nothing Saturday but a good punter and a strong line from tackle to tackle and was completely outclassed by its opponents.

Lorain, in beating the local team, shook off the jinx that follows dedications of football stadiums, and in a colorful and brilliant manner opened its new field to athletics.

Massillon was honored by having the opportunity to play the first scholastic game in the new stadium. No athlete was permitted to trod on the heavy turf until last Wednesday when the Lorain gridders began prepping on the new field for the “hard” tussle with the orange and black. Only five minutes before the referee’s whistle sounded for the start of the duel, the Stars and Stripes were raised to be fanned by the breeze for the first time from the top of the new flagpole. It was the formal opening of the stadium and approximately 3,500 fans, one-fourth of whom were from Massillon, gathered for the event.

The dedicatory exercises were simple. Led by the flag and the school’s pennant, a parade formed in front of the Lorain bleachers and proceeded to the flagpole, marching to music of the Lorain high school band. The two football squads, Lorain’s 95 strong, followed the band as well as officials and coaches. As customary, Old Glory was raised to the tune of “the Star Spangled Banner,” at the conclusion of which the whistle sounded and the teams took the field.

Lorain found in Massillon, Saturday, a team with a stout line, weak on the ends, with a good punter, and weak offense. The Lorain gridders failed to gain through the orange and black’s line, but skirted the ends for substantial gains and hurled passes for touchdowns.

The game had hardly started until Giasomo, as speedy a back as ever tucked a ball under his arm, took a pass from Chaszar and scampered 35 yards around Massillon’s right end for a touchdown. Jones missed his attempted kick, but Massillon was ruled offside on the play by the referee and the point counted. Chaszar scored Lorain’s second touchdown on a run around Massillon’s left end. The ball was placed in a scoring position as a result of Hageman recovering a Massillon fumble on the 35-yard line. A Massillon man offside again contributed the extra point to Lorain. The home team’s third set of points came in the middle of the fourth quarter, the result of another pass from Chaszar to Giasomo, who ran 29 yards before crossing the goal line. Again Lorain failed on the try for point, and Massillon did not get offside on the play.

The orange and black seldom had the ball in Lorain territory, due to the fact that the local team failed to show any offensive strength. The nearest the youthful tigers came to the windy city’s goal was the 23-yard line, but with fourth down and three yards to go a pass fell short of its receiver and the ball went into Lorain’s hands. The local team never came close after that, being kept behind the 40-yard line by the scrappy Lake Erie gridders.

The orange and black made but two first downs, and one of these as a result of a 15-yard penalty. Lorain made the required yardage eight times.

The local team’s forward passing attack was woefully wear. Two passes out of 14 attempts were completed for a gain of seven yards, while Lorain completed five passes out of 13 attempts for a gain of 81 yards. Four of Massillon’s passes were intercepted while Captain Potts and Houriet grabbed three of Lorain’s heaves.

The local team finished the game in good shape. Garland was the only player hurt and forced to take time out. He suffered an injured leg.

Had it not been for the punting of Kester, the Lorain gridders might have scored more points. Kester had the advantage on Chaszar in kicking, but the Lorain team gained on exchanges of punts due to the superior runs of Giasomo in returning the ball.

Captain Potts played a fine defensive game for the youthful tigers. In addition to pulling down two Lorain passes and batting down several others, he made it his business to get into practically every play that came through the line or around the ends. The Lorain runners were accorded good interference on their sweeping end runs and the orange and black ends were boxed out of most every play.

The Lorain team had only two lettermen on it, but was picked from a squad of 105 youths who reported to Coach McCaskey at the opening of the season. Ninety-five members of the squad were in uniform Saturday, the lightweights playing a preliminary to the varsity tilt in which they took a 21 to 0 beating from Wellington high school.

A large number of Massillon fans attended the game. Orange and black colors were in evidence everywhere and it is probable that one-fourth if not one-third of the crowd was from this city.

Lineup and summary:

Massillon Pos. Lorain

Geis LE Fabian

Buttermore LT Romoser

Blatz LG Hageman

Potts C Glorioso

Fisher RG Arbanic

Garland RT W. Andonka

Minger RE Andrews

Lewis QB Giasomo

Schnierle LHB Jones

Kester RHB Pincura

Hollwager FB Chaszar
Score by periods:
Lorain 7 7 0 6 20

Substitutions: Massillon – Slinger for Geis, Mann for Garland, Houriet for Hollwager, Hollwager for Minger, Geis for Slinger, G. Hess for Lewis. Lorain – Ursic for Andrews, Newman for Romoser, McGue for Urbanic, B. Andorka for Newman, Lepkowski for Jones, J. Pincura for McGew.

Touchdowns – Giasomo 2, Chaszar.

Officials—Referee: Houghton (Oberlin); Umpire: Close (Oberlin); Headlinesman: Johnson (Navy).

Henry Potts
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1927: Massillon 0, Lorain 12


Lacking a smooth working or well directed offense, without which no football team can go very far, Washington high’s gridiron aggregation took a 12 to 0 pasting from Lorain high’s stocky eleven in last Saturday afternoon’s torrid tussle on Massillon Field, the first scholastic grid combat to be staged here this fall. Shoving over touchdowns in the first and fourth quarters Lorain piled up enough points to win its first scholastic battle with a Massillon team and displayed a clean cut superiority over the orange and black throughout most of the contest.

Massillon lost because it lacked a consistent attack. Its offense lacked punch and only once was the Massillon outfit able to work the ball inside Lorain’s 20-yard line. However, the orange and black several times was within scoring distance but twice lost chances for touchdowns because its aerial attack failed to function and its other chances went glimmering when the Lorain defense was too tough to crack.

The defense work of the line was the only bright spot in Massillon’s performance. Playing under a boiling sun, that brought mid summer temperatures, the orange and black forward wall for three quarters stood off the crushing line plunges of the heavy Lorain backs. But the pace was too much for the local boys and they cracked early in the fourth quarter when the visitors began a steady line hammering attack that carried the ball 40 yards down the field and across the Massillon goal line for their second set of counters.

Lorain, however, put the game on ice early in the first quarter. The fans had hardly become settled in their seats before the visitors had scored a touchdown. It took three minutes to do it and a brilliant 45-yard dash by Kissel, Lorain halfback, paved the way for the points. Massillon received and punted. Mauger stopped Ujhelyi, the Lorain quarterback, on Lorain’s 48-yard line.

On the first play Kissel tucked the ball under his arm and with splendid interference circled Massillon’s left end and dashed down the field as his teammates boxed in or spilled the Massillon secondary defense. Seven yards from the Massillon goal he was pulled to earth by Captain Laughlin and tackle Fox. But Lorain was not to be stopped within sight of Massillon’s goal. Wolfe, Lorain’s giant fullback, smashed through the Massillon line on the second play and planted the ball back of the goal line. Ujhelyi missed a place kick for the extra point.

With their backs to the wall the orange and black tried desperately to even up the score but Lorain’s defense was too tough. The local team confined itself almost entirely to line bucking plays in the first quarter. It gained some ground but could not dent the Lorain forward wall when in scoring precincts.

Near the close of the period Wolfe pulled his team out of a hole when he grabbed a Massillon forward on his 20-yard line and raced the ball back 19 yards before being forced out of bounds.

Massillon’s best chance of scoring came in the second quarter but the chance was lost when its aerial attack failed to materialize. Foster returned one of Wolfe’s punts to Lorain’s 20-yard line. Briggs flipped a pass to Shanabrook for 18 yards and the ball was on the visitor’s 21-yard mark. Then Briggs tried to pass to Straughn but it went over the Massillon end’s head when he turned and stopped to see where the ball was. Had Straughn pulled the pass out of the air he might have gone over for a touchdown.

A few minutes later Briggs covered a fumble on Lorain’s 34-yard line. Once again he attempted a pass to Straughn and again the ball went over Straughn’s head with a clear field ahead.

The third quarter was played largely in midfield. Massillon might have gained ground on end runs with proper interference, but only a few were tried. Most of them, however, produced some yardage.

It was at the start of the fourth quarter that Lorain showed its best punch of the day. The Massillon line, however, by this time was beginning to feel the effects of its battering and the heat. Ujhelyi intercepted a Massillon pass on Massillon’s 40-yard line as the quarter opened. He went through for 20 yards before being downed by Dommer. Three plunges gave Lorain a first down, putting the ball on the 25-yard line. With another first down in sight Lorain was penalized 15 for holding but it made up the penalty and gained enough ground for a first down when Ujhelyi tossed a pass to Kissel for 17 yards, taking the ball to the 14-yard line. Uhhelyi and Wolfe toted the leather to the one-yard line in three plunges. Ujhelyi plunged into the line again. He was stopped a half yard from his goal but on the next play he went over. He again missed a place kick for the additional point.

With the forward pass left as its only hope for overcoming the Lorain lead in the closing minutes of play, Massillon began to toss passes in a desperate fashion but only one out of 10 attempts in the final period worked and the game ended with Lorain in possession of the long end of the count.

Up until the fourth quarter the ground gaining ability of the two teams was about equal. But in the final period Lorain ripped off five first downs and had Massillon shaded 10 to six when the game ended. Massillon tried the air game a lot in an effort to gain but got nowhere with it.

The orange and black attempted 19 passes, but only two were completed, one in the second quarter for 18 yards and the other in the fourth for 10. Two were intercepted by Lorain. The visitors did not depend a great deal on passes for their gains. They attempted but four, working only one for 17 yards. Massillon intercepted one.
Lineup and summary:
Massillon – 0 Pos. Lorain – 12
Straughn LE Stevenson
Fox LT Crehore
Henderson LG Armstrong
Potts C Glorioso
Mauger RG Traub
Anthony RT Towner
Shanabrook RE Delcey
Briggs QB Ujhelyi
Foster LHB Kissel
Grant RHB Burge
Laughlin FB Wolfe

Score by quarters:
Lorain 6 0 0 6 12

Massillon – Dommer for Fox, Schnerlie for Straughn, Nichols for Briggs, Fox for Dommer, Dommer for Anthony, Straughn for Schnerlie, Briggs for Nichols, Evans for Fox, Garland for Henderson, Schnerlie for Dommer.

Lorain – Fitzgerald forTowner, Shade for Burge, Towner for Fitzgerald, Burge for Shade.

Touchdowns – Wolfe, Uhhelyi

Referee – Maurer (Wooster).
Umpire – Lobach (F. & M.).
Head Linesman – Jenkins (Akron).

Time of quarters – 12 minutes.

Earl Straughn