Stunned silence lingered in the Massillon locker room following the Tigers’ loss Saturday night.
Late in the fourth quarter, the Tigers were waiting for a break to open the door to victory – as has happened time and time again for Massillon.
This time, the Tigers didn’t get to finish the script. Miami (Fla.) Southridge dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s in the second half and left Paul Brown Tiger stadium with a 20‑7 win.
Southridge refused to open the door for Massillon to win and ground out a 15‑play drive for the go‑ahead score. Miami halfback Jameel Cook ended the seven‑minute drive when he went untouched into the end zone to put Southridge up 13-7. I think our kids were waiting for something to happen because that is what we’ve done all year,” Massillon head coach Jack Rose said. “But, again, we can’t rely on that to win games.
We lost the game for two reasons: No. 1 (quarterback George) Whitfield wasn’t 100 percent and we couldn’t get him on the perimeter; No. 2, they were much quicker than we were.”
Whitfield played with a badly sprained right ankle. “If he’s, not ready to go next week, we’ll throw someone else in there.”
It didn’t take long for someone to ask Rose what was inevitably on his mind… A Massillon player asked, “Can we still make the playoffs, coach?”
“I don’t know … we have to win all our games … We just have to win,” was the reply.
The loss to Miami may have eliminated the Tigers from post season play. If Massillon is to sneak in, it will have to beat McKinley to end the season and get a lot of help from its opponents for compute points.
For the first time this year Massillon will have somewhat of a break. North Park, Ontario, will travel in for Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. game. Massillon played the Trojans two years ago and smacked them around 61-3.
Line. Southridge gained 22-yards on its first three plays – all off tackle plays – to get inside the 30. However, the Tiger defense pushed Miami back five yards on third and fourth downs and the Tigers took over.
The first of two crucial turnovers would bite Massillon on its first drive.
The Tigers drove to the Southridge 36, but a fumbled snap allowed Miami defensive end Reggie Brown to recover.
The Massillon defense however adjusted to Miami’s speed and shut out the Spartans in the first half.
“I was very pleased with the way our defense played.” Rose said. “One of our problems was we weren’t able to simulate their speed in practice so we were getting a crash course on the field.
I thought our defense got faster as the game went. I didn’t think we were that fast. Once again, they played another exceptional game. We just can’t keep asking. them to be on the field like that.”
Massillon may have had its finest drive on the season the second time it took the ball over.
It was a 15‑play.drive. that started on the Tigers 26‑yard line and it took 7:44 off the clock. Massillon converted three third down plays for first downs and one second-and‑15 when Whitfield threw a strike to tight end Brett Wiles with Miami linebacker James Sutton in his chest.
“I think this was the most consistent we played for four quarters,” Rose said. “They were a very good team.”
On that drive, senior tailback Vinny Turner gained 49 of his 129 yards. It was capped when Whitfield rolled left and found Turner wide open in the flat for the score. Josh Hose’s point after boot gave Massillon a 7‑0 lead, and that’s how the first half ended.
At halftime, though, the Miami brain trust made two key adjustments. The Tigers were blitzing often in the first half to try to prevent the Spartans from running outside.
“We have some of the best coaches, around. I’d put them up against anybody,” Miami head coach Mark Guandolo said. “We figured we had to get the ball outside on sweeps and options. The sweeps worked.”
On Southridge’s second play in the second half, quarterback Faraz Ali faked a sweep and handed the ball off to fullback Danny Frith. Frith broke through a hole and didn’t stop until he was at the Massillon 11 for a 49‑yard gain.
‘It took the Spartans six plays to break into the end zone from 11 yards out. Cook bolted in from a yard out.
After that, it was apparent what Miami’s second adjustment was.
“We knew they were going to stick with Turner.” Guandolo said. “The kid is a good. running back. We put eight men on the line of scrimmage, sometimes 10 and. he still gained yards. If they were going to beat us they were going to have to throw the. ball.”
Miami tacked on a cheap touchdown with eight seconds left in the game. Southridge’s Edwin Greene picked off a Whitfield pass and returned it 12 yards for a score.
The Massillon offense was stalled most of the second‑half because of that adjustment. Turner carried 33 times, but was held to less than four yards a carry.
Luther Emery, whose picture was on the cover of Saturday’s game program, was honored before the game for his many contribution to Tiger football. Emery, former sports editor and editor of The Independent, covered the‑team for more than 40 years, including the glory years of his friend, the late Paul Brown. From helping start the Tiger Booster Club to steering state and national media focus on the Tigers; Emery has been a key builder of the Tiger tradition.
CRAFTY TIGER DRIVES BULLDOG BACK INTO KENNEL FOR ANOTHER SEASON POWERFUL OFFENSE CRUSHES McKINLEY UNDER 31-6 SCORE
By LUTHER EMERY
With the alertness and craftiness of the famous jungle cat the Washington high school Tiger sneaked through the traps that had been set for it at Canton Saturday afternoon, clawed the turf four times behind the Bulldog goal line and roared out of Lakeside stadium with a 31-6 victory, the greatest score that has ever been rolled up in a Canton-Massillon high school football clash.
The real Obie could not be captured like the paper Mache Tiger that was taken from the clubhouse last week and returned to the school Saturday. It would not be captured, and though 11 fighting Bulldogs tried every known bit of strategy to subdue the orange and black terror, the Tiger was still on the field as the sun began to sink in the west and the Bulldogs were cooped up in their kennel and the door locked for another season.
Fought With Vengeance “Canton – why did you steal Obie? It wouldn’t have been so bad – but you stole Obie.” Those words created a laugh in the stands when uttered by an enthusiastic Massillon fan, but they emphasized the spirit of vengeance with which the Massillon gridders split their traditional rivals asunder in the third and fourth periods Saturday afternoon.
Striking as swiftly as a tornado, the whirlwind offense found its golden gate in sight shortly after the start of the third period and swept through it to victory with a suddenness and power that not only shocked the Canton spectators but left the Massillon fans gasping.
An intercepted forward pass did it, and it changed defeat into victory so quickly that the morale of the McKinley players was broken and the fighting spirit lost.
Trailing 6-3 at the half, none but the Tigers and probably their coach were confident of victory when the teams took the field after the rest recess. A bit of hard luck gave Canton the ball on its 40-yard line. But just when Massillon fans were looking on with abated breath for fear McKinley would get away with another of these passes such as scored a touchdown in the second period, Blatz came out of no where to spear Hartsel’s wild heave and sprint 60 yards for a touchdown. All the Massillon tackle had to do was run and that he did and what McKinley players remained in his path were blocked out of the way by the orange and black interference that was mustered together quickly to produce the decisive score of the day. Clendening kicked the extra point from placement, and Canton was whipped. But the Tiger wasn’t through. It came back to score three more times in the fourth quarter on offensive drives that left no doubt as to which was the better team on the field.
Crafty And Alert The Tiger was alert Saturday, following the ball continually and getting nearly all the breaks. And it was crafty, deceiving the red and black defenders time and again with reverse and spinner plays executed through the good judgment of Quarterback John Kester. The deception of the Tiger attack was most plainly noticeable on the try for point on the last touchdown, when the entire McKinley team rushed to knock down an expected placekick while Williams waltzed through the line for the extra marker. Again the craftiness of the Tiger came to light when the star of the game won the game by not carrying the ball. “Watch Clendening”. Those two words were drilled into the red and black nightly for the past two weeks and the Bulldogs were so intent upon watching the orange and black shadow that they forgot that Massillon had three other ball carriers who could plunge for gains.
Used For Deception Realizing that Clendening, his star open field runner, would be trailed like a criminal Saturday, Coach Elmer McGrew built his running attack around Kester, Williams and Getz, and left Clendening to take carrying the ball on reverse and spinner plays. In the first half of the game Clendening carried the pigskin but a few times and being watched so closely gained only a few yards but when the red and black began to pay less attention to him in the latter part of the game, Kester gave him the ball and he got away for several nice runs, scoring one touchdown.
Backfield Worked Smoothly But Clendening was only one of a quartet of backs who performed like a machine, Saturday. Williams’ hard smashes left an impression every time he collided with the Canton line and Kester’s off tackle dashes cut the red and black line to pieces. Getz, playing his second game in the backfield, made several neat gains and played a great defensive game as did the entire Massillon line; Lewis, Williams and Houriet outstanding. But to Blatz goes the glory of turning the tide of battle and upsetting the spirit of the Canton team.
The Tigers were first to score. After passing up two opportunities in the first period, the orange and black, early in the second quarter got the ball on the 24-yard line as a result of a poor punt by Fehn. Kester immediately smacked left tackle for seven yards. Williams added two more and Getz made it first down on the 11-yard line. Clendening failed to gain more than two yards in three plunges and with the ball on the nine-yard line, the colored flash dropped back to the 20-yard stripe and with Kester holding the pigskin, applied his educated toe to the leather for a field goal, giving the orange and black three points.
McKinley Scores But the lead was short lived, for after the kickoff there was an exchange of punts, which would up with Kester getting a bad pass and juggling the ball which kept him from getting away his punt on the fourth down, McKinley gaining the leather on its 33-yard line. A four-yard plunge and a short pass gave the red and black a first down on the 23-yard line, and after Plaver had plunged for a two-yard gain, Hartsel stepped back and tossed a long pass to Smith who had slipped from his right end over to the left side of the field unnoticed to take the ball and scamper for a touchdown. Rich’s attempted kick was low.
That ended the scoring for the first half and Blatz’s sprint of the day in the early minutes of the third period has already been described. While the Tigers’ second touchdown was not scored until the fourth period it was in the making in the closing minutes of the third period. The drive started when the Tigers got the ball in midfield on a punt. A running attack carried the pigskin to the eight-yard line as the quarter ended. On the second play of the fourth period, Kester lugged the ball across, and Clendening kicked goal. Getting the ball in the center of the field the orange and blacks a few minutes later again hit their stride, rushing the leather to the 17-yard line where Rich, Canton end, was caught slugging and a 15-yard penalty was inflicted on the red and black. Williams went through for the touchdown and Clendening kicked goal. Hartsel fumbled the following kickoff and Houiet recovered on the 26-yard line. Clendening and Kester carried the ball to the one-yard line where Clendening took it across. Williams plunged over for the extra point.
Tigers Excel in Every Way The orange and black was superior in every department of play, making 17 first downs to Canton’s seven, and averaging 48 yards on punts to Canton’s 34 yards.
The Tigers completed on pass in five attempts for a gain of 20 yards. McKinley completed five passes in 18 attempts for a gain of 37 yards. Four passes were intercepted by the local team.
The crowd was small compared to the usual Massillon-Canton gathering, officials estimating the size at 5,000. The McKinley band which drilled gaily between halves when winning, left the field before the end of the game as did about half the red and black spectators.
Canton’s main threat was Hartsel and he played his head off during the day, being identified in three out of every four plays run off by the red and black. He was over worked to such an extent that he could barely stand on his feet at the end of the game. Mottice and Rich were the main defensive threats of the Canton gridders.
First Quarter Following the raising of the colors, McKinley which had won the toss, elected to receive at the south end of the field. Willison kicked off to Plaver who returned 13 yards to the 28-yard line. Hartsel failed to gain, and Lewis intercepted his pass on the next play on the 43-yard line. Clendening and Williams made seven yards. Fife, McKinley fullback, was hurt on the play and was replaced by Fehn. Williams went through for a first down on the 31-yard line. Kester struck for five yards and Canton was offside on the next play giving the Tigers another first down on the 22-yard line. Williams hit for three yards, but Kester failed to gain. Kester hit right tackle for four yards on the next play. On a fake placekick formation, Williams failed to make first down by less than a yard, Canton getting the ball on the 13-yard stripe. Hartsel hit for eight yards, but Fehn lost one. Hartsel moved the ball up two yards more and Fehn made it first down on the Canton 25-yard line. A trick lateral pass lost eight yards for Canton. When Hartsel could gain but a yard, Fehn punted to the Massillon 35-yard line where Rich downed the ball. Williams plunged for two yards but Getz lost the same amount. Kester punted back to the Canton 20-yard line. Houriet tossed Hensel for a four-yard loss. Getz covered Fehn’s fumble on the 20-yard line. Kester waded through for a 10-yard gain, but fumbled, McKinley recovering. Hartsel and Plaver made a first down in three plays on the 28-yard line. A reverse play failed but Hartsel slipped through his left guard for five yards. His pass was grounded and Fehn was called upon to punt. He booted the ball to the 45-yard line. Williams and Getz could gain but a yard and Kester returned the kick to the Canton 15-yard line.
Second Quarter Hartsel’s pass was grounded and Lewis was hurt on the play. Snodgrass replaced Willison and the latter went to center. Hartsel was stopped after a one-yard gain and Fehn got off a poor punt, the ball going out of bounds on the 24-yard line. Kester hit center for seven yards. Williams and Getz made it a first-down on the 11-yard line. Clendening made three yards in as many line plunges but standing on the 20-yard stripe, kicked a field goal from placement with Kester holding the ball, placing the Tigers in the lead, 3-0.
Willison kicked off to Ross who returned 25 yards to the 30-yard line. Schott was hut on the play and after making menacing threats at Pfister, continued in the game. Hartsel slipped through for a seven-yard gain at left tackle. On the next play he made a first down on the Canton 40. A Canton pass was grounded but Massillon was found guilty of being offside and was penalized five yards. A pass, Hartsel to Rich gained yard, while another pass lost two yards. A third pass was batted down. Kester returned Plaver’s punt from the 20 to the 37-yard line. Williams made a yard and Kester two yards. A flock of McKinley players broke through and blocked Kester’s punt, Canton recovering on the 33-yard line. Hartsel made four yards and Canton took time out. A short pass, Fehn to Hartsel gained six yards and a first down on the 23-yard line. Plaver made two yards and Hartsel passed 21 yards to Smith for a touchdown. The attempted kick was low. Score: Canton, 6; Massillon 3.
Two kickoffs for Canton went offside and the Tigers were given the ball on their own 40-yard line. A pass was incomplete, but Canton was penalized five yards for offside, Williams made the other five yards and a first down in two plunges in midfield. Kester got two yards Houriet stumbled as he was about to take Kester’s pass and the ball was grounded. Kester on a fake reverse play to Clendening ran 15 yards to the 35-yard line. Clendening lost three yards, and Getz’s pass was grounded. Kester made two yards and then punted out of bounds on the 10-yard line. Hartsel gained seven yards on two plays before the end of the period.
Third Quarter McKinley kicked to Williams who returned from his own 10-yard line to the 45-yard line. Clendening failed to catch a pass that would have resulted in a touchdown. Williams and Kester made seven yards and Kester punted over the goal line. Canton, however, was offside on the play and was penalized five yards.
This gave the Tigers a first down, but on the next play they were penalized 15 yards, taking the ball back to the locals 42-yard line. A pass to Clendening gained 20 yards. A second pass was grounded. Kester, trying to punt, was tossed for a loss of 15 yards when he juggled a high pass from center. Hartsel failed to gain, but on the next play, Blatz intercepted Hartsel’s pass and ran 60 yards for a touchdown. Clendening placekicked the extra point. Score: Massillon, 10; Canton, 6.
Willison kicked off to Ross who returned to the 30-yard line. Fehn could not gain and Plaver lost a yard. Clendening returned Plaver’s punt 15 yards to midfield. Kester and Clendening got eight yards and Kester punted over the goal. Hartsel and Fehn negotiated a first down on the local’s 37-yard line. Hartsel made a yard but on the next play his pass was grounded. Fehn could not gain so he punted out of bounds on the 50-yard line. Kester got seven yards in two off tackle plunges and Williams made it a first down on the 34-yard line. Williams hit for three, Getz three and then Williams on two more smashes at the line brought a first down 22 yards away from the Canton goal. Kester struck through tackle for four yards and McKinley took time out; Williams made three yards and Kester got away for a neat gain, plunging for a first down on the eight-yard line as the quarter ended.
Fourth Quarter Kester plunged to the one-yard line and took it over on the second play of the final period. Clendening placekicked the extra point. Score: Massillon, 17; Canton, 6.
Williams kicked off to Ross who returned 18 yards to the 28-yard line. Hartsel made two yards, but Williams pulled down Hartsel’s pass on the Canton 35-yard line. In three consecutive plays, Williams plunged for a first down on the 25-yard line. Clendening made a yard. Williams banged away for six but the locals were penalized five yards for being in motion. Clendening and Kester could get but six yards and the Tigers surrendered the ball on the 18-yard line. Plaver could not gain, and Hartsel lost five yards. Plaver lost two more yards, Fehn punted to midfield, Clendening fumbled, but Pfister recovered the ball. Massillon fumbled again, but Kester recovered after a five-yard loss. Canton was penalized five yards for being offside however, and Clendening on the next play broke away for a 15-yard run to the 35-yard line. Williams hit tackle for seven yards and Kester made it a first down on the 23-yard line. Williams hit for nine yards and Canton was penalized 15 more yards when Rich was caught using his hands too freely. With the ball on the two-yard line, Williams banged across for the touchdown, Clendening again kicked the extra point. Score: Massillon, 24; Canton, 6.
Willison kicked off to Hartsel who fumbled, Houriet recovering on the 26-yard line. Williams made a yard and Canton was penalized five yards for taking time out too frequently. Clendening made it a first down on the 17-yard line. Kester in two plunges made it first down on the eight-yard line and Clendening took the ball across in three plays. McKinley expecting another placekick rushed Clendening but Williams took the ball off tackle and walked through unmolested for the extra point.
McGrew then sent in his entire second team. Massillon kicked off to the 28-yard line. A pass gained 12 yards and a first down for the red and black on the 40-yard line. When passes failed to gain the Tigers took possession of the ball, Rice gaining a couple of yards as the game came to an end.
Line up and summary: Massillon Pos. McKinley Worthington LE Rich Willison LT Hinton Herman LG Niederhouser Lewis C Mottice Pfister RG Everett Blatz RT Schott Houriet RE Smith Kester QB Ross Clendening LH Plaver Getz RH Hartsel Williams FB Fife
Points after touchdown: Massillon – Clendening 3; Williams.
Substitutions: McKinley – Fehn for Fife; Crawford for Everett; Sleighter for Schott; Glaser for Crawford; Fife for Plaver; Benson for Sleighter; Davis for Mottice; R. Schreiber for Smith; E. Schreiber for Hartsel; Forsythe for Hinton. Massillon – Williams for Lewis; Snodgrass for Willison; Lewis for Willison; Willison for Snodgrass; Hoyman for Lewis; Knowlton for Kester; Price for Herman; Mudd for Williams; Snodgrass for Willison; Singer for Lewis; Spencer for Pfister; Hoagland for Willison; Rice for Clendening; Beck; Myers; Monroe; Roderick; Shankling.
Referee – Shaffer (Akron). Umpire – Morgan (Youngstown). Head Linesman – Barrett (Sebring).
ORANGE AND BLACK WARMS UP FOR CANTON DUEL BY BEATING KENMORE 46-8 REGULARS SCORE WITH EASE AFTER RESERVES STOP FOE’S ADVANCES
By LUTHER EMERY
A warm up game with Kenmore Saturday as a part of preparation for the coming game with Canton McKinley this weekend, turned into nothing short of an exhaustive foot race that saw the Washington high school Tigers roll up their largest score of the season in downing their Akron opponents 46 to 8.
Kenmore came to Massillon with the reputation of having one good man and 10 other players and the score was somewhat as expected. In fact the Massillon reserve team was just about balanced with the Kenmore first stringers.
Seconds Start Game Notre Dame’s plan of attack was used at Massillon Field Saturday afternoon when the Washington high regulars doffed their varsity shirts and handed them over to the yannigans. This deception somewhat fooled the Kenmore fans who were jubilant over the fact that their team had held the Tigers scoreless during the first quarter and had gained almost equally as much ground from scrimmage.
But the shouts grew faint when the regulars with torn and faded jersyes stepped upon the field and began giving the visitors a neat lesson in football.
The first stringers took no time in getting the ball into scoring position and soon after the opening of the second period Rice knifed through tackle for a touchdown. Two more followed in rapid succession as a result of recovered Kenmore fumbles within the 40-yard line. The teams’ first touchdown via the forward pass came when Kester flipped the ball to Clendening behind the Kenmore goal. It was followed by a drive from the 36-yard line which finally terminated when Williams bucked the ball across the goal.
Kenmore Can’t Stop Attack Kenmore fought back at the Tigers with all its strength but that was only sufficiently strong to momentarily stop the locals at times during the game. At the conclusion of the first half the locals were out in front 20 to 0 and the third quarter had hardly opened until the score was boosted to 27 by a sensational run of 70 yards by Jack Clendening, shifty backfield ace. Rice, Getz and Kester banged across the visitors’ goal line before the end of the game, all three touchdowns coming as a result of long offensive drives directed at the Kenmore wings and tackles.
But the locals could not keep the visitors from scoring and therein the Akron supporters found great delight. The first points came on a safety when a substitute Massillon center passed the ball over Kester’s head, the ball rolling out of the end zone. The touchdown was no fluke and was scored on a succession of forward passes, one of which was muffed but declared complete when “Smiley” Weltner, umpire, ruled that Rice, Massillon back had interfered with the receiver. Forward passes carried the ball to the one-yard line and Caston, ace of the Kenmore backfield lugged the pigskin across.
Caston Constant Threat Caston was a threat all the time but he was given little support by his teammates. Had he a good line in front of him he would make it miserable for his opponents. He hurls passes with deadly accuracy and is shifty when carrying the ball. Several times he got away for long runs and twice was tackled by the Massillon safety man.
The orange and black tried more passes Saturday than they have at anytime during the year and succeeded in completing four out of 13 for a gain of 83 yards. Kenmore tossed 20 passes and completed nine for a gain of 173 yards. Three were intercepted by the Massillon backs. In a matter of first downs the local eleven had a wide advantage, making the required yardage 26 times while Kenmore made 13 first downs. The Tigers were penalized 10 yards and Kenmore 25 yards.
Clendening Hits Stride Clendening who was stopped in his tracks at Warren a week ago, got going again Saturday but played only a little over a quarter of the game. In that time he scored two touchdowns, one on a forward pass and the other on a brilliant run of 70 yards. He kicked three points after touchdown. Rice played his best game of the season and made many good gains while Williams and Kester carried on in their usual aggressive style.
Saturday’s crowd was small and would have been much smaller had it not been for the large number of junior high students who turned out to see the junior high preliminary.
First Quarter Cargill kicked off to Mudd who returned from the 10 to the 39-yard line. Two plays failed to gain, and Kenmore was penalized five yards for being offside. Singer slipped through for a first down on the 47-yard line. Knowlton carried for seven yards and Bordner and Mudd made it a first down on the 36-yard line. Three plays gained seven yards but Singer’s pass on the fourth down to Bordner was too high for the latter to reach and the Tigers surrendered the ball on the 30-yard line. Stopped after a gain of six yards on two plays, Bachtel punted out on the Massillon 40. When his team could not gain Bordner returned the kick to the 35-yard line. Caston returning the ball five yards, Pullo failed to gain and Bachtel punted to Knowlton who was tackled without return on the Massillon 38-yard line. Mudd hit left tackle for three yards. Singer’s pass to Bordner was high, but on the next play Bordner got away around on a dash to the Kenmore 38-yard line. Mudd made four at tack le and a penalty advanced the ball five more yards. Singer slipped through for a first down on the Kenmore 27-yard line. A pass was incomplete but Singer found an opening for seven yards and Knowlton followed up with a first down on the 15-yard line. Three plays gained but four yards as the Kenmore line braced and Singer’s attempted pass on the fourth down was blocked, the Tigers losing the ball on the 11-yard line.
Caston got away for an 18-yard run for a first down on the 29-yard line. Pullo failed to gain but Caston ripped off 11 yards for a first down on the 40-yard line. Caston made three at left but Pullo failed to gain, as the quarter ended.
Second Quarter Bachtel punted out on the Massillon 30-yard line. The Massillon first string team replaced the shock troops. Clendening passed over Williams’ head, but Rice and Williams picked up enough yards to make a first down on the 46-yard line. Clendening made two yards but consecutive penalties set the orange and black back 10 yards. Rice, however made up the loss and on a reverse play dashed to the Kenmore 25-yard line. Kester made five yards and Clendening a first down in two plays. Williams took the ball to the 8-yard line and Rice skirted left end for the touchdown. Clendening kicked the extra point from placement. Score: Massillon 7; Kenmore 0.
Caston returned Willison’s kickoff to the 37-yard line. Herman recovered a Kenmore fumble on the latter’s 42-yard line. Clendening ripped off 12 yards on the first play and Williams and Kester made it a first down on the 11-yard line. Kester stepped back and flipped a pass to Clendening over the goal line. He kicked the extra point from placement. Score: Massillon 14; Kenmore 0.
Willison kicked off to Caston who returned to the 27-yard line. Miller got away for a nine-yard run but fumbled and Williams pounced on the pigskin on the 36-yard line. Rice and Kester brought a first down on the 25-yard line in two plays. Rice made a yard and Kester’s pass was blocked but Clendening broke loose for a first down on the 15-yard line. Kester picked up seven more and Williams plunged for a first down on the three-yard line. He went over for a touchdown on the next play. Clendening’s attempted placekick was blocked. Score: Massillon 20; Kenmore 0.
Willison kicked off to Caston who was dropped on the 25-yard line. Two plays and a five-yard penalty gave Kenmore a first down on the 35-yard line as the half came to a close.
Third Quarter Caston kicked off to Getz, who was tackled on the 30-yard line. A pass was incomplete, but on the next play Clendening circled right end and raced along the east side line 70 yards for a touchdown. He kicked goal. Willison kicked off to the 40-yard line. A pass, Caston to Stover brought a first down on the Kenmore 49-yard line. Another pass to Stover advanced the ball to the 32-yard line. Pullo failed to gain and Kester ended the threat by intercepting Caston’s pass on the 23-yard line. Williams made six yards.
Getz passed to Kester for a first down on the 38-yard line. Rice reeled off six yards around right end and Getz made it a first down on the Kenmore 45-yard line. Getz, Singer and Williams carried in turn and made a first down on the 30-yard line. Singer and Getz again advanced the ball to the 12-yard line, and Williams, Getz and Kester carried it to the two-yard line where Getz took it across. Williams bucked across for the extra point. Score: Massillon 34; Kenmore 0.
Caston returned Willison’s kickoff from the 20 to the 36-yard line. He passed to Pullo for a first down in midfield. When another pass failed and an end run lost eight yards, Caston punted out of bounds on the 34-yard line. Getz’s pass was wild. Williams made six yards. Kester ran to the nine-yard line and then placed the ball on the four-yard line as the quarter ended.
Fourth Quarter Kester plunged for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. Williams failed to carry the ball across on a line buck for the attempted point. Score: Massillon 40; Kenmore 0.
Caston took the kickoff and returned it to midfield. Massillon began running subs into the game. Plays failed to fain and after one pass had been knocked down, Caston’s second pass was declared complete on interference, giving Kenmore a first down on the 35-yard line. Caston circled right end for a first down on the nine-yard line. Kenmore was penalized five-yards for being offside. A pass gained five yards but further gaining effort failed and Kenmore surrendered the ball on the nine-yard line. Hoyman’s pass traveled over Kester’s head and rolled by the end zone, giving the visitors two points. Score: Massillon 40; Kenmore 2.
Kester punted the ball from the 20-yard line to the Kenmore 35-yard line following the safety. Interference was again charged a Massillon back on a Kenmore pass and the visitors were given a first down on the local’s 27-yard line. Two passes were too long and brought a penalty of five yards but a third pass carried into the arms of Pullo who was tossed out of bounds on the one-yard line. Caston went across on the next play. His dropkick for the extra point waswild. The Tigers received, Singer carrying the kickoff to the 41-yard line. When the Tigers failed to gain, Bordner punted to the Kenmore 30-yard line. Three passes were grounded and Caston punted back to his own 40-yard line. Bordner passed to Beck for 31 yards and a first down on the nine-yard line. Rice went over for the touchdown. The attempted kick was blocked. Score: Massillon 46; Kenmore 8.
Kenmore received and opened up with more passes, Caston tossing one to Stover for a gain of 25 yards putting the ball on the 40-yard line. Singer, however, intercepted the next on the 34-yard line, and when the locals could not gain, Bordner punted to Kenmore’s 30. Another pass was grounded and a second was intercepted by Price as the game came to an end.
Line up and summary: Massillon Pos. Kenmore Beck LE Simmons Spencer LT Clearwater Price LG Rodehaver Hoyman C Cargill Snodgrass RG Smith Shanklin RT Pyers Krug RE Stover Singer QB Caston Bordner LH Bachtel Knowlton RH Pullo Mudd FB Moyer
Warren Scores First Victory Over Tigers In Eight Years PASSES ENABLE RED AND WHITE TO BEAT HIGH GRIDDERS 13-9
By LUTHER EMERY
Just because it had an inefficient defense for the forward pass, Washington high school today is lamenting over its third loss of the season, and the first defeat suffered at the hands of a Warren high school team since 1921. Warren won, fair and square, 13 to 9, because it played better football than the Tigers in the second half of the game.
Given a touchdown in the second quarter largely as a result of poor judgment on the part of the Warren captain, the orange and black led 7 to 0 at the end of the first half. But Warren came to life in the third period, solved the Tigers’ weakness and began an air attack that brought two earned touchdowns and threatened to score a third.
Warren Defense Strong Out weighed by their opponents, the Tigers found their offense stopped throughout the game by the Warren backs. No Massillon player got away for a gain of more than seven yards carrying the ball, while only one forward pass was completed and that for a gain of 22 yards.
Beaten seven consecutive times by the Massillon Tiger, Warren set out to conquer the jinx Saturday and accomplished its purpose. The red and white line checked the charge of Massillon forwards, and orange and black ball carriers were dropped in their tracks, frequently for losses.
Clendening, star halfback of the local team was of no value Saturday, for the red and white kept an eagle eye on him all the time and he lost more yards from scrimmage than he could gain. Williams was the only member of the Tiger lineup who could gain ground and what advances were made Saturday were the result of his crashes through the line. Kester’s punting likewise was a high spot in the orange and black’s defensive play.
Local Team Scores The Tigers held the upper hand during the first half, and Warren’s efforts to advance the ball were made pitiful by the Massillon line. Massillon threatened once in the first period, but that was all.
Late in the first quarter the Tigers worked the ball to the 36-yard line where a pass was grounded on the fourth down. However, a Massillon man was found guilty of holding, and the Warren captain asked for the 15-yard penalty rather than the ball which set the Tigers back to their own 49-yard line. Kester punted and the ball went outside on the 18-yard line. When Latimer attempted to return the kick, the punt was blocked and Blatz recovered on the eight-yard line. Kester made a yard as the quarter ended and the first three plays of the second period with Williams carrying the ball each time, gave the orange and black a touchdown. Clendening place kicked the extra point.
Warren scored in the third period, passes taking the ball from midfield to the three-yard line, from which point Grizzerelli carried the pigskin across. The attempted passer for the extra point was tackled but the officials ruled that Massillon was offside and the point was awarded to Warren.
Triple Pass Wins Game Passes and a 15-yard penalty placed the ball on Massillon’s 22-yard line in the fourth period, and a triple pass Latimer to De Santis to McKinney was good for a touchdown. An attempted line buck for the extra point was stopped dead.
Warren made eight first downs to the Tigers’ four, and completed six passes in 11 attempts for a gain of 81 yards. One of the seven passes attempted by the orange and black was completed for a gain of 22 yards.
Standing out head and shoulders above the rest of the players on the field was Kelly Latimer, Warren’s 190-pound fullback, who did a lot of Warren’s ground gaining, tossed and received passes and was right in the midst of things on defense, intercepting one of the Tigers’ forward passes. Warren was penalized a total of 70 yards while the orange and black was set back 25 yards.
Ward Young, assistant Canton McKinley football coach, umpired the game.
First Quarter Titus kicked off to the Tigers, the ball being downed on the 33-yard line. Williams made a first down in three plunges on the 45-yard line. Two plays failed to gain and Kester punted out on the Warren 30. When Latimer fumbled, Willison recovered for Massillon on the 35-yard line. After losing two yards on three plays and penalized an additional five for offside, Kester punted out on the 15-yard line. Latimer punted to Worthington who was downed on the Warren 40. Williams and Clendening negotiated a first down on the 30-yard line. Clendening tried a pass but the receivers were covered and he was downed for a loss of five yards. Two more plays gained but four yards, and a Massillon pass was grounded. The ball would have gone to Warren at this spot, but the red and white captain accepted a 15-yard penalty rather than the ball and the Tigers were given a chance to punt near midfield. Kester punted outside on the 18-yard line. Latimer made a yard at right end, and the Massillon ends broke through and blocked his punt. Blatz followed the ball toward the Warren goal and falling upon it on the eight-yard line. Kester made a yard as the quarter closed.
Second Quarter Williams hit for one yard, then three yards and then a touchdown. Clendening kicked goal with Kester holding the ball. Willison kicked off to Gizzerelli who caught the ball on the 15-yard line and returned to the 30. Three line plays gained but little and Latimer punted to the 30-yard line where Clendening touched the ball but failed to get hold of it and chased it back to the 10-yard line where he was downed with the pigskin. Williams made a yard and Kester punted back to his own 48-yard line, Warren gaining some 25 yards on the exchange. Dahringer passed to Latimer for a gain of 28 yards. A line plunge failed and a pass was incomplete and Warren was set backward on penalties totaling 20 yards. Kester intercepted Roger’s pass on the 20-yard line. Kester punted back to the Warren 36-yard line. Rogers gained seven yards but Dahringer lost the same amount. Latimer punted to Worthington who was tackled on his own 40-yard line. Williams made a yard but Clendening lost three. Kester punted out of bounds on the 20-yard line, gaining 16 yards on the exchange. Latimer punted to Clendening who returned the ball to midfield before the end of the half. Third Quarter Williams returned Titus’ kickoff to the 37-yard line. Clendening made two yards and Williams a yard but Clendening lost four on the next play. Kester punted out of bounds on the 33-yard line but the play was called back and Warren penalized five yards, giving the Tigers a first down on the 40-yard line. Two plays failed to gain, and Houriet went down fast under Kester’s punt to tackle Grizzereli without return on the 30. After two plays had gained seven yards Latimer punted to Clendening who fumbled the ball, Titus recovering on the 25-yard line. De Santis’ pass was grounded and Rogers was stopped without gain. Another pass was incomplete and Warren was penalized five yards when it had two successive incomplete passes. Failure of another pass brought another five-yard penalty. Latimer punted out of bounds on the 15-yard line. Kester returned the kick to midfield. Latimer circled his left end for a first down on the Massillon 40-yard line. Rogers made two yards, and a triple pass, Rogers to De Santis to Latimer, gained six more. Rogers circled his left end for a first down on the 20-yard line. He made a yard on the next play and De Santis tossed a pass to Gizzerelli for a first down on the three-yard line. Latimer picked up two yards and Gizzerelli sneaked through for the touchdown. A pass was called for the try for point but the passer was smothered. However, Warren was allowed the point when the officials ruled that a Massillon player was offside. Williams returned Titus’ kickoff to the 40-yard line. Three plays netted nine yards and Kester punted out of bounds on the 28-yard line. Two plays gained but little and Latimer returned the punt to the Massillon 40-yard line. The third quarter ended with the score tied at 7-7.
Fourth Quarter Latimer punted to the goal line. Clendening attempting to run with the ball and fumbling but luckily recovering. Kester, standing behind his goal line, booted the ball back to the middle of the field. Latimer passed to De Santis for a first down on the 37-yard line and a penalty carried the ball to the 22-yard line. A triple pass, Latimer to De Santis to McKinney gave Warren a touchdown. An attempted line buck failed. Score Warren 13; Massillon 7.
Blatz returned Titus’ kickoff to the 42-yard line. Kester passed to Williams for a 22 yard gain. Two incomplete passes drew a five-yard penalty, and Kester punted out of bounds on the two-yard line. Latimer’s kick was blocked, but the ball bounded back over the fence for a safety. Score Warren 13; Massillon 9.
Latimer punted to Willison who returned five yards to midfield. Latimer intercepted Kester’s pass, on the 20. When he failed to gain, Latimer punted to Rice who returned the ball to the Warren 35-yard line. Latimer intercepted one of Kester’s passes again; and the red and white kept possession of the ball until the end of the game.
Line up and summary: Massillon Pos. Warren Getz LE Davis Blatz LT Mills Herman LG Ripple Lewis C Titus Pfister RG Hilston Willison RT McKinney Houriet RE Humphries Kester QB Dahringer Clendening LH Rogers Worthington RH Gizzerelli Williams FB Latimer
Barberton Smothered Under 19-0 Score By Tigers Saturday MAGICIANS FAIL TO TALLY FIRST DOWN IN ONE-SIDED GAME
By LUTHER EMERY
Invading the jungles of their opponents, the Washington high school Tigers pounced upon the Barberton Magics in all their fury Saturday afternoon and today are licking their chops with a degree of satisfaction over a 19 to 0 score.
More than hypnotic power is needed to defeat the Massillon gridders this year and the Magicians lacked that necessary strength. So weak were they on offense that they not only failed to score a touchdown but did not as much as register a first down during the entire four periods of play.
Penalties Interfere Showing a powerful drive which has carried them through to victory in the past four games, the Tigers continually had the Magics fighting with their backs to the wall, frequently within the shadow of their own goal. Thrice the orange and black marched across their opponent’s goal, and they might have done it two or three more times had not penalties and other misplays interfered.
But while the Barberton lads were continually walking backward, the Tigers forward wall would not wrinkle under the thrusts of the Magic backs. The Barberton ball carriers failed at all times to gain sufficient ground to tally a first down and as far as they were concerned, the game might just was well have been played on a field 50 yards long, for the Magics found it impossible to advance the ball into the territory of the orange and black.
Linesmen Halt Opponents The Massillon linesmen battled like demons and frequently sifted through the front ranks of the Magics to stop Barberton ball carriers before they could reach the line of scrimmage.
Barberton only succeeded in keeping the score from mounting any higher by fighting through every minute of the game. Their spirited determination to stop the Tigers came to a climax in the third period when within a space of a minute, Barberton players intercepted a lateral pass and recovered a fumble to make long dashes from midfield for apparent touchdowns. But the shouts of the frenzied fans turned into boos and hisses when the officials brought back the ball both times, correctly ruling that the passer had been tackled on the one play before throwing the ball, and that the fumbled ball touched the ground, thus making it dead, before the Barberton player recovered it. The steam of the argument that followed the bringing back of the ball the second time waxed warmly and resulted in the Magics being penalized 15 yards when their coach dashed out on the field to register an objection without first getting permission to set foot on the soil.
Tigers Route Scowls Still protesting, but as usual getting nowhere with the powers to be, Barberton resumed play with a glare of fire and brimstone in every eye, but the scowls gave way to looks of weariness when a few minutes later the orange and black pushed over its third and final touchdown of the day.
The locals scored late in the first quarter when Clendening circled Barberton’s left end for a run of 20 yards and a touchdown. He placekicked goal. A march of 45 yards on straight football brought another six points in the middle of the second period with Williams lugging the pigskin across and the third touchdown was scored in the early minutes of the fourth quarter by Kester after a march of 60 yards.
The orange and black battered the Magic line for 17 first downs. While the Tigers did not use the forward pass, Barberton attempted four aerial heaves, having two intercepted, one grounded and completing one for a gain of six yards. Massillon was penalized a distance of 40 yards, while Barberton was set back 25 yards in penalties.
A small crowd witnessed the game, more than half of the fans being Massillon people. The Washington high band made the trip in a bus and played during the game and between halves.
First Period Willison kicked off to Leiberth who returned to the 22-yard line. Three plays gained but little and a five-yard penalty set Barberton back for being offside. Lieberth punted to his own 45-yard line. Three downs gained six yards and Williams failed to make a first down by inches on the fourth play, the Tigers surrendering the ball to Barberton on the 37-yard line. Eight of the necessary 10 yards for a first down were picked up in three plays but an offside penalty hindered Barberton’s chance for a first down, and Lieberth punted to the 30-yard line. Rice picked up five yards, but when Clendening failed to gain, Kester punted back to the Barberton 27-yard line. After Weigand could get but two yards in a line plunge Lieberth punted out of bounds on his own 49-yard line. Clendening was covered in attempting a forward pass but he broke away from two tacklers and struggled two yards beyond the line of scrimmage before going under the pile. Williams made it a first down on the 36-yard line in two plunges. After Kester had skidded through a tackle for five yards, Clendening found an opening and got away for a 13-yard run to the 18-yard line. Williams, Kester and Clendening gained eight yards and the Tigers surrendered the ball to Barberton on downs when Clendening got but a yard on a double pass. Paolano immediately punted back to the 39-yard line, Clendening failing to return. Kester made a yard, but Rice lost two yards at left end. Kester circled Barberton’s right end for a first down on the 20-yard line. Clendening went around the other side for a touchdown. He placekicked goal.
Willison kicked off to V. Weigand who took the ball on his eight-yard line and aided by good interference carried it back for a run of 40 yards to the 48-yard line for his team’s feature dash of the day. The quarter ended before play could be resumed.
Second Quarter Paolano was tossed for a five-yard loss by Williams, and when end runs failed to gain more than two yards, Lieberth punted out of bounds on Massillon’s 41-yard line. Williams hit center for seven yards and Clendening made it first down on Barberton’s 47-yard line. Rice got through for four yards and Kester reeled off 11 more, bringing the ball to the 32-yard line. Clendening’s six yard run and Kester’s dash brought another first down on the 21-yard line. Williams made two yards but a spin play was muddled up for a loss of three yards. Two more plays netted but eight yards and the ball was surrendered to Barberton on the 14-yard line. Barberton punted back to its own 45-yard line. Rice and Williams made eight yards, but a penalty of five yards for being offside set the Tigers back a bit. Kester got away for a 17-yard run making a first down on the 25-yard line. Clendening and Williams required three plays for a first down on the 12-yard line. Kester carried to the five-yard line and Williams took the ball across on two plunges. Clendening’s attempted kick was wise of the goal posts. Score: Massillon 13; Barberton 0.
Willison kicked off to Bozin who fumbled but recovered without return. Three plays gained six yards and Weigand punted out of bounds on his own 41-yard line. Williams made a yard and Kester eight yards, and on the third down Williams slipped through for a run to Barberton’s 28-yard line. The half ended with the score 13-0 in favor of the Tigers.
Third Quarter Weigand kicked off to Blatz who returned to his own 40-yard line. Williams made yard. Kester was tackled just as he tossed a lateral pass to Clendening. Paolano intercepting the ball and running amidst the shouts of the student body for a touchdown. But the ball was called back and the touchdown ruled out, since the referee blew his whistle when Kester was tackled.
Kester punted out of bounds on Barberton’s 48-yard line. Two plays failed to gain, but a pass, Paolano to Brasamle gained six yards. Kester pulled down a second pass of Paolano’s. Kester fumbled on the next play, the ball hitting the ground and bouncing into the arms of Hackney who ran unmolested across the Massillon goal. But under the rules a ball is dead at point of recovery when it touches the ground and the ball was called back by the officials amidst a storm of protest from Barberton players and fans. Barberton was penalized 15 yards when its coach trotted out on the field without permission. Lieberth punted to Clendening, who returned to his 32-yard line. Massillon was penalized five yards for delaying the game. Barberton held, and Kester punted out of bounds on the Barberton 23-yard line. When two plays only gained four yards, Lieberth punted back to midfield. Kester made a yard, and Clendening got loose for a run of 29 yards for a first down on the 20-yard line. Kester picked up eight yards but the Tigers were penalized 15 yards for using the hands. Williams made three yards and Kester made 12 more. The Tigers failed to make the required yardage on the next two plays, however, and Barberton took the ball on the 14-yard line. Lieberth punted back to midfield. Three plays netted a first down on the 40-yard line with Williams gaining the greater distance. Clendening again found a hole and slipped and fell when he attempted to sidestep a tackler on the 23-yard line after a gain of 17 yards. Williams made five yards in two plunges and the quarter ended with the ball on the 20-yard line.
Fourth Quarter Kester lost seven yards on a left end run. Williams plunged through for a first down on the seven-yard line from a fake placekick formation. Kester took the ball over in two plays. Clendening’s placekick for the extra point was blocked.
Willison kicked off to Lieberth on the 10-yard line who returned to the 21-yard line. The Tigers held on three plays and Paolano punted to Kester who made a fair catch on the 40-yard line. Clendening made five yards but the play was called back and the Tigers penalized 15 yards. When Williams failed to gain more than two yards Kester punted out of bounds on the 25-yard line. Two plays failed to gain and V. Weigand punted to Kester in midfield. Both coaches began refreshing their teams with substitutes. Barberton held, and Kester punted out on the 10-yard line. Weigand immediately returned the punt, the ball going out on the 43-yard line. Singer failed to gain twice, and Knowlton got but five yards on an end run. Kester punted out of bounds on the 18-yard line. Mudd intercepted a Barberton pass on the 22-yard line. Bordner lost five yards on a sweeping end run, and Massillon was penalized 15 yards. Mudd got off a good punt over the Barberton goal line. When plunging failed, Barberton returned the kick to the 46-yard line. Singer failed to gain but Knowlton made it a first down on the 37-yard line. Bordner lost two yards on an end run as the game ended.
Line up and summary: Massillon Pos. Barberton Getz LE Hartman Willison LT Weigand Herman LG Anderson Lewis C Seryak Pfister RG Parker Blatz RT Hackney Houriet RE Brasaemie Kester QB Whitman Clendening LH Lieberth Rice RH Paolano Williams FB V. Weigand
Tigers Win First Game In Three Years From Akron South DEFEAT RUBBER CITY TEAM 10-6 IN HARD FOUGHT GRID BATTLE
By LUTHER EMERY
That old adage “the third time’s the charm: has once more withstood the attack of the unbelievers. Eleven husky boys wearing the blue and white of Akron South, tried vainly to break down the reliability of the old saying Saturday afternoon and now the Washington high gridders are gloating over their 10 to 6 victory, the first registered over a South high team in three years.
But the Akron team was not charmed into a mystic state of coma Saturday afternoon. In fact it was very much awaken, so much so that the Cavaliers dug their cleats into the turf of Massillon Field and played their best football of the year. This will be attested by Akron fans.
Tigers Score Early Uncorking a fierce offense with the initial kickoff, the Tigers swept 38 yards down the field for a touchdown before four minutes of the game had expired. It was an inspired Massillon team that lined up for the kickoff after that sudden rush and another drive began for the opponent’s goal. It was then that the unexpected happened and the luckiest break that is possible in football today gave Akron a touchdown. A Massillon man fumbled on the Akron 38-yard line, and Akron player grabbing it before it touched the ground and racing unmolested 54 yards across the local team’s goal line.
The break awakened the spirit of the Rubber City gridders and they came back to put on a great battle and display their best football of the season. Had they not had that stimulant it is altogether probably that they would have been swamped under a heavy score by the orange and black.
With a team equally as heavy if not a little more so than the Massillon eleven. Doc Wargo brought his Cavaliers to this city Saturday hoping for a victory. Smarting under a defeat handed it by Wooster high the previous week the Akron aggregation was primed to the limit for Saturday’s battle with the Tigers. But the Washington high team tossed a monkey wrench into the Akron machinery right off the bat when it recovered the fumbled kickoff on the Akron 38-yard line and then waded through for a touchdown which added to the extra point, would have been sufficient to have beaten the blue and white.
15 First Downs Offensively “Doc” Wargo’s team had nothing. It scored two first downs in the first period after the grand awakening but from then on found its plays smothered by Tiger linemen with very few yards gained. On the other hand the local team showed sufficient offensive strength to score three or four touchdowns, producing 15 first downs, four of which were registered in each of the first, second and fourth periods and three in the third.
Though the local team crossed the Akron goal line but once it was within the shadow of the visitors’ cross bar on two other occasions, a fumble spoiling one chance to score and the final gun, another.
An October sun that penetrated the jerseys of the athletes and a screen of dust that gathered in clouds over the field made playing and visibility difficult. As a result time was called out Saturday more frequently than usual for injuries and brief rest intervals.
The Washington high band appeared in uniform for the first time this season, and drilled on the field between halves with the Akron South band. The local band still lacks sufficient uniforms to pass around to all its members.
Attendance Poor Saturday’s attendance was not up to expectations. Akron was not accompanied by a very large delegation which is probably due to the fact that the Rubber City team has not gone very far on the gridiron this fall. However, the turnout of Massillon fans also was small, probably no more than 1,500 attending.
Akron’s touchdown came as a result of the luckiest possible break. A fumble this year is dead at the point where the opposing team recovers the ball, providing the ball touches the ground before recovered. It is only on rare occasions that a fumble is caught in mid air, but such was the case Saturday when the ball flew into Hickman’s arms, and with the Massillon team massed on the right side of the line, he had a clear field ahead for a touchdown.
The touchdown gave the Akron team more fight and the addition of Huth, playing with a broken nose to the center of the line, strengthened the visitors defense and gave the Tiger ball carriers more than a battle.
First Quarter Massillon kicked off to start the game, but South fumbled and a Massillon player recovered on the 38-yard line. Toles was injured when he was caught under a pile of Akron players when diving for the free ball. He had to be carried from the field. Getz took his place, Williams and Kester hit for nine yards. A Massillon pass was incomplete but South was penalized five yards for being offside giving the locals a first down on the 24-yard line. Williams hit for seven yards, and Clendening failed to gain at right end. Williams slipped through for a first down on the 13-yard line, Kester reeled off five yards at right end and Williams followed through with a plunge to the one-yard line. He went across on the next play. Clendening kicked goal with Kester holding the ball. Score: Massillon 7; South 0.
Gabalac kicked off to Blatz who returned to the 42-yard line. Williams plunged for a first down on the Akron 46-yard line in two attempts. On the next play a Massillon man fumbled after crossing the line of scrimmage and Hickman grabbed the ball before it could reach the ground and raced 54 yards for a touchdown without a Massillon player laying his hand on him. Keller’s attempted forward pass for the extra point was incomplete. Score: Massillon 7; Akron 6.
Gabalac kicked off to Williams who returned to the 45-yard line. Kester tried a long pass, Hickman intercepting on his own 30-yard line. Gabalac made a first down in three dashes. Stark went out of bounds after a two-yard gain. Gabalac failed to gain but Mihalic passed to Keller for a first down on Massillon’s 43-yard line. Gabalac made three yards, Feiling two and Stark bucked for three more but Gabalac lacked a foot of making a first down and the ball was surrendered to the Tigers on the 33-yard line, the nearest they ever came to the Massillon goal. Williams lost two yards but made it up on the next play. South partially blocked a Massillon punt but the Tigers recovered without gain. Kester then got off a good punt to the 32-yard line, where the Akron safety man signaled for a fair catch but was tackled by a Massillon player. A 15-yard penalty was the result. Gabalac lost two yards and Stark failed to gain. Kester intercepted Keller’s pass on the Massillon 48-yard line. Clendening made three yards and Kester slipped around right end for a first down on the Akron 40-yard line as the quarter came to an end.
Second Quarter Clendening picked up three yards but failed to gain on a double pass. The play, however, was called back and South was penalized five yards twice on successive plays for being offside, giving the Tigers a first down on the 27-yard line. Williams made a yard and Kester three more at right end. Clendening broke through right tackle for a first down on the 14-yard line. Williams failed to gain on a spinner, and a double pass was fumbled on the next play. Mihalic recovering on the 20-yard line.
Sir Louis, who replaced Gabalac, lost two yards in two plunges and then punted to Clendening who was downed with the ball in midfield. Clendening lost two yards but came back to gain nine on the next play. After failing to gain, Kester punted over the goal line. The play, however, was called back and South penalized five yards for offside giving the Tigers a first down on the 38-yard line. Williams gained four yards in two plunges and Kester got two more on a lateral pass. Kester’s pass on the fourth down was incomplete and South took the ball on the 32-yard line. Sir Louis gained four yards and then was thrown for a two-yard loss. Feiling could get but two and Sir Louis punted to the 45-yard line. Clendening and Williams made six yards but a fumble resulted on the next play, Huffle recovering for Akron. Willison tossed Feiling for a seven-yard loss. Mihalic’s pass was grounded. He lost four yards on the next play, and Sir Louis punted out of bounds on the Massillon 45-yard line. Two plays gained but two yards as the half ended.
Third Quarter South kicked to Blatz who returned to the 36-yard line. Rice picked up six yards, but Clendening lost two. Kester punted to South’s 22-yard line. Sir Louis gained six yards in two plays and then punted to Clendening on the Massillon 49-yard line. Williams made a yard and Clendening four more on a double pass. Kester carried the ball out of bounds after a gain of a yard. Kester made two yards, but Clendening lost it. Kester punted out of bounds on the 23-yard line. Sir Louis gained two yards but a penalty for offside set South back five yards. Sir Louis punted to Clendening on the 37-yard line. Clendening reeled off six yards and Rice got a couple more. Clendening then found his way through for a first down on the 27-yard line. Rice picked up four yards and Clendening carrying the ball three times in succession made it first down on the 15-yard line. He plunged for two more and Kester slipped through for three. Williams made two yards on a spin play. With the ball on the eight-yard line, Kester called for a placekick, and Clendening dropped back to boot the pigskin between the bars, the ball striking the crossbar but luckily bounding over. Score: Massillon 10; South 6.
Kester kicked off to the 13-yard line; Williams making the tackle. Stark lost two yards and the quarter ended with the ball on the 11-yard line.
Fourth Quarter Feiling could gain but a foot. Gabalac punted to Clendening who returned to the 40-yard line. Kester made a yard but lost seven on an end play. When Clendening failed to gain; Kester punted out of bounds on the 21-yard line. Stark failed to gain. Gabalac failed to fain and punted out of bounds in midfield. Three plays netted the Tigers six yards and Kester kicked to the 19-yard line. Two plays netted South four yards and Gabalac punted to the 10-yard line, Clendening permitting the ball to roll, but suddenly grabbing it up and returning it to the 28-yard line. Williams hit for five and Rice made four more at left end. Williams plunged through for a first down on the 41-yard line. Kester gained four yards and Clendening slipped through for a first down on South’s 46-yard line. Williams and Kester worked together for another first down on the 36-yard line. Clendening pulled down four yards at left end and Kester got two and Williams made it first down on the 25-yard line as the game came to an end.
Line up and summary: Massillon Pos. Akron South Toles LE Amrein Willison LT Hickman Herman LG Vargo Lewis C Eichalberger Pfister RG Huffle Blatz RT Zela Houriet RE Keller Kester QB Mihalic Clendening LH Gabalac Knowton RH Stark Williams FB Feiling
Score by periods: Massillon 7 0 3 0 10 Akron South 6 0 0 0 6
Substitutions: Massillon – Getz for Toles; Rice for Knowlton. Akron South – Smith for Huffle; Sir Louis for Gabalac; Huth for Eichelberg; Howiler for Feiling; Popodide for Smith; Porter for Mihalic; Gabalac for Sir Louis; Feiling for Howiler; Huffle for Vargo; Kazac for Popodide.
Touchdowns: Massillon – Williams. Akron South – Hickman.
Point after touchdown: Massillon – Clendening (placekick).
Washington High Scores 41-0 Win Over Dover LIGHT CRIMSON LINE YIELDS TO POWERFUL OFFENSE OF TIGERS
By LUTHER EMERY
The ball was on the 47-yard line. Clendening dropped back as the teams lined up, and with the snap of the ball was off on a run around left end. Dover thought he would whip a lateral pass to Kester, but instead he suddenly cut across the line of scrimmage, and although twice apparently tackled, broke away and raced across the Crimson goal line.
The clouds that occasionally spat raindrops on the fans were no more sullen Saturday afternoon than the Dover football team after that run of Clendening’s. One previous touchdown had been made, on straight football, but whatever hope Dover had of winning after the first score, was crushed to earth with this feature dash of the day. Broken in spirit the Crimson gridders yielded yards easily to the touchdown thirsty Tigers and by the end of the game the score was 41 to 0.
Dover Never Threatened Forty-one to nothing. That is a new record for the orange and black this season and represents the highest score a Washington high team has made since the middle of the 1926 season when Akron Garfield was defeated by half a hundred points.
Forty-one points tells the strength of the Tigers offense Saturday and it might have been a dozen or so greater had they elected to make it such. “Nothing” bespeaks the power of the forward wall, and even had the Massillon goal been moved up 27 yards for Dover to shoot at a big zero would still have been the visitors score, for never did the Crimson squad get any nearer the Tigers’ goal line than the 27-yard stripe.
Admittedly outweighed by their Tiger opponents, the Dover boys were completely outplayed in every department of the game The Massillon attack flashed brilliantly at the start of the game, and after rolling up four touchdowns in quick succession was at its peak when in the middle of the second period, Coach Elmer McGrew sent in his shock troops, thus putting an end to the scoring and placing the teams on a more even basis in a matter of strength. Two more touchdowns were scored in the second half when the regulars went back into the game.
Team Shows Strength Clendening made the feature runs of the afternoon, but his play was no more brilliant than the line plunging of Williams, the all around ability of John Kester, and the blocking of Worthington, the fourth member of the backfield. The Tiger line as a whole seldom wrinkled under the thrusts of the Dover backs, and its ability to push back the front ranks of the visitors, gave the Tiger ball carriers a broken field for their running.
Standing head and shoulders above their teammates, Baker, Foutz and Rees were the shining lights on the Dover squad. Followed closely by the orange and black, Baker, groomed as the big threat of the Crimson, failed to make an impressive showing until late in the second period, when with many Massillon substitutes on the field, he reeled off a series of end runs that gave his schoolmates the only thing they had to rejoice over all afternoon. However, his play was marred with slugging on his part and he was ejected from the game in the fourth period by Referee Lobach. Foutz, was the visitors’ chief ground gainer on the plunges while Jimmy Rees was the greatest menace on the Dover line to Tiger ball carriers.
Clendening Shines Clendening with runs of 47, 30 and 19 yards for touchdowns was the Tigers’ chief scorer for the day. In addition to his long runs he kicked five extra points from placement after touchdowns, giving him a total of 23 points for the day. Williams, Kester and Worthington, each contributed six points to the Massillon collection.
The first touchdown was made by John Kester in the middle of the first period on a straight march of 77 yards. The second came in the closing minutes of the period on Clendening’s 47-yard run.
The second quarter had no more than opened until Worthington bucked through left guard for four yards after a parade of 65 yards up the field. The fourth set of points was another of those scintillating dashes of the colored boy this time from the 30-yard line. The fifth scored in the middle of the third period was the direct result of the terrific line plunging of Glenn Williams during which he carried the ball three out of four times while driving the Dover team backward 55 yards across its goal line. Clendening scored the sixth and final touchdown in the fourth period on a 19-yard wiggle and snake run.
15 First Downs In a matter of first downs, the local team had 15 to Dover’s six. The Tigers tried two passes and both failed. Dover completed four out of eight throws for a gain of 24 yards, having four incomplete passes. Massillon was penalized 45 yards and Dover the same distance.
If Dover had anything to boast about it was its band, and the generous support of its fans. The Dover band outnumbered and outplayed the Massillon musicians, and drilled on the field between halves. If a count had been made it probably would have been found that Dover had as many fans in the stands as Massillon which means that approximately 1,000 attended the game from the Tuscarawas county city.
To the surprise of many spectators, as well as reporters, the first kickoff was made 12 minutes earlier than the time given to the newspapers for announcement Friday. As a result many of the fans who chose to watch the progress of the World Series baseball game until a few minutes before the start of the football contest found the first period nearly half over when they reached the high school field. Officials fearing that darkness would not permit completion of the game started it ahead of schedule and the late arriving spectators were the losers.
Baker kicked off toe Kester who returned to the 13-yard line. Williams made six yards in two plunges. Kester punted to his own 46-yard line. Riefensnyder and Baker failed to gain and a pass Teglo to Lahmers was good for but three yards. Baker punted to Clendening who returned to his 25-yard line. Williams made a first down in three plays on his own 40-yard line. A lateral pass, Clendening to Williams gained five yards and Clendening reeled off five more for a first down in midfield. Kester ripped off another first down on the Dover 40-yard line and Williams and Worthington plunged for another on the 30-yard line. Williams slipped through for a gain of seven yards and Kester found a hole for eight more and a first down on the 15-yard line. The Tigers were penalized 15 yards but Kester got off to a 23-yard run and Clendening made it a first down on the four-yard stripe, Kester took it over on his second attempt, a run around right end. Clendening place-kicked the extra point.
Kester kicked to Dover on the 35-yard line, and when three plays netted but seven yards Baker punted short to Clendening on the 48-yard line. Worthington made a yard and on the next play Clendening slipped around left end for a run of 47 yards and a touchdown. His place kick was wide of the goal posts. Score: Massillon 13; Dover 0.
Kester was downed with Dover’s kickoff on the 35-yard line. Williams made seven yards and Clendening two, but Massillon was penalized five yards. Williams made up for the loss by hitting center for a first down on his own 45-yard line, as the quarter closed with the local team leading 13-0.
Second Period Clendening broke away for a run to Dover’s 30-yard line. Williams picked up nine yards and Worthington made it a first down on the 18-yard line. Williams rammed center for five yards and then made a first down on the four-yard line. He fumbled but recovered without gain. Worthington slipped through left guard for the third touchdown and Clenedning place-kicked the extra point. Score: Massillon 20; Dover 0.
Kester kicked to Baker who was downed on Dover’s 26-yard line. Thomas, Baker and Teglo picked up but seven yards and Baker after getting a poor center pass punted quickly, almost laterally and out of bounds on his own 30-yard line. On the next play Clendening broke away for a touchdown, and place kicked the extra point. Coach McGrew then began shooting his subs into the fray. Score: Massillon 27; Dover 0.
Massillon kicked to Dover on the 35-yard line. Thomas made two yards but Baker lost three around right end. When Thomas failed to gain, Baker punted short to his own 42-yard line. Kester got five yards but the Tigers were penalized the same distance. Clendening slipped through for five and Rice made 10 yards but a penalty of 15 yards was inflicted on the locals for failing to halt on a shift play. Kester then punted 55 yards over the Dover goal line. Dover took the ball on the Massillon 20-yard line. Thomas and Foutz each gained three yards and Thomas picked up but one more after which Baker punted out of bounds on his own 45-yard line. The game was delayed frequently through the substitution of players. Kester made four yards, Singer a yard, but Little lost a yard. Mudd punted over the Dover goal line, and Dover was given the ball. Foutz failed to gain, but Baker got away for his team’s first down, carrying the ball to his own 38-yard line. Foutz gained six yards in two attempts and Thomas picked up a yard. Baker slipped through the Massillon line for a first down on the local’s 34-yard line. Foutz made two yards and Baker five more but the ball was called back and Dover penalized 15 yards. Fourtz passed to Smith for a gain of seven yards and Baker was held without gain. Houriet blocked Foutz’s pass and the visitors surrendered the ball on downs. Bordner fumbled on the next play but recovered as the first half ended with the locals leading 27 to 0.
Massillon tried a short kick but Dover covered on its own 45-yard line. Thomas fumbled and the local team recovered on the 49-yard line. Williams and Clendening made eight yards. Kester fumbled but recovered for a loss of two. Kester punted out of bounds on the 18-yard line. Thomas got a yard but Baker lost two. Baker punted short to Kester on the 35-yard line who returned to the 25-yard line. Rice failed to gain and the Tigers were penalized five yards. Two passes were incompleted bringing a five-yard penalty and Kester punted over the goal line. With the ball on the 20-yard line, Foutz and Riefensnyder plunged for a first down on three plays. Three more plays failed to gain more than three yards and Baker punted out of bounds on the Massillon 45-yard line Williams gained nine yards on two plunges and Kester waded through for a first down on the Dover 40-yard line. Rice stumbled and lost three yards but Williams plunged for a first down in two drives at the line, stopping at the 21-yard stripe. He was hurt on the play but continued in the game. Kester made a yard and a cross pass, Kester to Clendening brought a first down on the 10-yard line. Williams took the ball over in four plays, and Clendening added the extra point from placement. Score: Massillon 34, Dover 0.
Kester kicked off to Thomas who returned to the 26-yard line. Foutz carried for eight yards as the quarter ended.
Fourth Quarter Foutz plunged for a first down on his own 38-yard line. Thomas got a yard, Baker six, Foutz a yard and then Foutz slipped through for another first down in mid-field. Baker failed to gain but Teglo passed 13 yards to Lahmers for a first down on the Massillon 37-yard line. Dover was penalized five yards and a pass was incomplete. A second pass Teglo to Baker gained but two yards and a third pass went for naught. Baker punted to Kester, and was caught slugging a Massillon player who was running interference for Kester. Baker was ejected from the game and Dover penalized half the distance to the goal line, giving the Tigers the ball on the 24-yard line Kester found a hole for four yards and Clendening took the ball from Williams and ran 19 yards for the last touchdown of the game. He kicked goal. Score: Massillon 41, Dover 0.
Kester kicked off to the Dover 34-yard line. Foutz gained but four yards in two plays and Kester returned a Dover punt from his 15-yard line to the 35-yard line. Williams and Rice gained six yards and Clendening was stopped in his tracks. Kester punted out of bounds on Dover’s 28-yard line. Foutz failed to gain and Teglo’s pass was grounded. He gained two yards at center. Kester took the return punt on the Massillon 40 yard line and was held without return. Kester was thrown for a loss of three yards. The game ended soon after.
Line up and summary: Massillon Position Dover Toles LE Sauers Willison LT Rausch Pfister LG Horn Lewis C Rees Herman RG Davis Blatz RT Schlelper Houriet RE Lahmers Kester QB Riefensynder Clendening LH Baker Worthington RH Teglo Williams FB Thomas
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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
Subsititutions: 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.
CANTON DEFEATS MASSILLON IN ANNUAL TILT FORWARD PASSES WIN GAME AND TITLE FOR McKINLEY ATHLETES
By LUTHER EMERY
Picked to lose by three or four touchdowns, a fighting Washington high school football team smeared Canton McKinley during three and one-half quarters on Massillon Field, Saturday afternoon, and weakened only momentarily in the second period, when the invading bulldogs succeeded in pushing across a touchdown and kicking the extra point to win 7 to 0.
The gallant Massillon gridders were victorious in defeat, that is if there is such a thing as a moral victory, and it appears as though there is for every Massillon fan, in spite of disappointment, was more or less satisfied with the result. But moral victories do not win football games and bring county championships and as a result Canton McKinley retains the grid title and also gets another leg on the University trophy to be awarded to the team first to win the county title three times. Perfect Setting for Grid Classic With the crowded stands a mass of color, a warm sun driving away the cold and a light wind brushing the field, a perfect setting was given for the classic, and one that will be remembered for many years. It demonstrated the power of 11 fighting hearts and served to prove the uncertainty of scores in a Canton-Massillon game.
“Lindy” won fame by flying and Canton used the ozone to win the Stark county title. The widely heralded passing attack of the McKinley gridders which swept aside half a dozen teams this fall carried the red and black to its one and only touchdown. Canton Takes to Air. The bulldogs took to the air to work the ball into the local team’s territory, and when line plunges failed to bring yards, tossed, passes on fourth downs putting the once tough skin of a pig on the six-inch line where it was carried across in a pileup of players, that completely hid Nick Green, the ball toter, from view. That was the only touchdown of the game and the only time either goal was seriously threatened, but it was a mighty sweet touchdown for Canton and brought a howl from the McKinley stands and a sigh from the Massillon rooters. Defensive Game. Massillon played a defensive game, and Canton knew it. The east-enders found it difficult to penetrate the forward wall and only did so on formations of deceptions. But where Canton had an offense, the orange and black had none. The local gridders found it difficult to penetrate the forward wall of the Canton team and were completely smothered when they attempted to beat the Cantonians at their own game and toss passes. Not a Massillon back was able to gain consistently and first downs for the local eleven were as scarce as hair on a frog’s back. Canton, however, succeeded in making the required yardage on nine occasions and thus rightfully deserved the victory.
Standing out on the line, head and shoulders above the rest, both teams included, were Goodman and Buttermore, McGrew’s pair of tackles, who could be found hanging on to some part of the ball carrier’s body on practically every play. Captain Miller, of Canton, ballyhooed as one of the greatest linemen ever produced at McKinley high, was even over-shadowed Saturday by these two orange and black gridders. Play Even First Period. Play during the first period was practically even, with Massillon having the first chance to score when a Canton fumble was recovered on the 28-yard line. However, two plays failed to gain, and Watkin’s attempted place kick on the third down was low.
Canton’s first offensive drive started shortly before the end of the first period. Getting the ball on their own 38-yard line on a punt, the visitors started a series of line plays. Spretnak made a yard, and Green slipped through for eight more. Ferral then crashed through for a first down on the Canton 48-yard line. Canton Scores Touchdown. Here the quarter came to an end. Canton defended the north goal in the second period. Zagray made three yards at left end and Green drove around right end for a first down on the Massillon 38-yard line. Ferral made a yard at center, but Zagray lost one. Spretnak then stepped back and passed to Green for a first down on the Massillon 19-yard line. Spretnak made a yard, Ferral -two yards, and Green a yard, and on the fourth down, the little Canton quarterback hurled a pass to Nick Green that sailed through the arms of a Massillon player, and the Canton gridder was dropped on the six-inch line. Green took the ball over on the next play, and Spretnak drop kicked the extra point. Not long before the end of the second period, the orange and black got the ball on the Canton 20-yard line, but after two attempts to crack the line failed, the Canton gridders knocked down two Massillon passes and took the ball on downs. Just as the second period came to an end, Hug, Canton right end, pulled the most sensational play of the day by grabbing up a fumbled Massillon punt and, racing ahead of a string of gridders ran 40 yards and across the Massillon goal line. But the run was without result, for the ball was dead at the point of recovery, and the deafening cheer from the Canton bleachers was echoed in greater volume by the fans in the Massillon stands. Content With Lead. Canton apparently was content with the seven-point lead, for the visitors were careful with their passes in the second half, and relied on line plunges for gains. Play during the latter part of the third period was largely in Massillon territory as a result of John Kester’s only poor punt of the day, the red and black working the ball to the 19-yard line on one occasion, only to lose it on downs, when two passes were batted to the earth. The fourth quarter was largely a punting duel between Kester and Spretnak, the former having the better of the argument even though he was kicking against the wind. Neither team threatened and the game ended with the ball in mid-field. Plays With Broken Finger It takes good internal organs to stay in a game with a broken finger, and that’s what Fisher, Massillon guard, did. Brought to the sidelines by Captain Potts, and suffering considerable pain, Fisher protested against leaving the field. Coach Elmer McGrew surveyed his bench, failed to find a substitute of any value, taped up the injured player’s finger, and he went back into the game and made the tackle on the next play. Fisher’s courage, however, was just a visible sample of the play of the entire Massillon line, for these stalwarts of the front ranks, whose praises are seldom lauded, were really the ones who held Canton to the small margin of seven points. Kester, however, should come in for his share of praise, for his long punts in spite of the poor passes he received early in the game, kept Canton in her own territory most of the contest. Kester has finished a season of remarkable kicking for a sophomore, and in spite of the fact that he stands but nine yards back of the passer, he has not had a punt blocked on him this year. Captain Miller tried to do it and tried hard, for he has blocked punt after punt this year, but he tossed out his hands Saturday only to find that the ball had already left Kester’s toe and was sailing on its way down the field. Bands Stage Drill There was plenty of music on Massillon field Saturday, with both Canton and Massillon bands blaring away frequently. The two musical organizations paraded together between halves, the Massillon band forming a large “M” in front of the student bleachers, while the students sang their school song. The bands also played for the flag raising.
Both schools had their mascots “Obie”, the Washington high tiger, was carried up and down the sidelines by the cheer leaders while over on the Canton sidelines a bulldog snarled his viciousness.
Canton was penalized 80 yards to Massillon’s 40, the penalties being for holding and offside principally. The McKinley gridders completed four passes for a gain of 40 yards. Four were incomplete, and one intercepted. Massillon failed to complete a pass in four attempts. A Perfect Day The weather probably was the best ever for a Massillon-Canton game. Although the top of the field was slightly loose, slowing up the runners somewhat, yet it was much better than it has been for years. As for temperature, it too was right. Just cold enough to make the blood tingle in the spectators, and not too warm to interfere with the play of the teams.
A crowd of approximately 6,500 attended the game. All bleachers were filled and the sidelines jammed, and the crowd was probably the most orderly of any of the many large Canton-Massillon crowds.
Had Massillon possessed a fair offense, the local team probably would have pulled through on top. The youthful tigers had the ball in Canton territory on several occasions, once as close as the 20-yard line, but every attempt to advance the ball was met by a host of Canton tacklers and the ball was lost on downs. Newspapers Busy Three telephones on the field flashed the news of the game back to newspapers, and there were nearly as many cameramen as players on the field.
As a result of the Canton victory, the county seat team and the orange and black each have two legs on the University cup, the winner of which probably will be decided in 1929. With good material coming from the junior high schools, the Washington high students are already talking about how they are going to even matters up next fall and win the cup.
Lineup and summary: Massillon Pos. Canton Houriet LE Rich Slinger LT Miller Garland LG Miday Buttermore C Tracey Blatz RG Culp Goodman RT Zeren Schnierle RE Hug Hess QB Spretnak Kester LH Hutchinson Hollwager RH Green Watkins FB Ferral
Score by periods: Canton 0 7 0 0 7
Substitutions: Massillon – Fisher for Garland, Potts for Buttermore, Buttermore for Slinger, Lewis for Watkins, Slinger for Buttermore, Buttermore for Hollwager. Canton – Zagray for Hutchinson, Cordrey for Culp, Rudy for Green, Green for Rudy, Lieber for Ferral, Ferral for Rich, Hutchinson for Zagray, Walker for Cordrey, Kirk for Hutchinson.
Touchdown – Green Point after touchdown – Spretnak (drop kick).
Referee—Lobach (F. & M.) Umpire—Morgan (Youngstown). Headlinesman—Shafer (O. S. U.) Time of periods—15 minutes.
WASHINGTON HI GRIDDERS NOSE OUT BARBERTON BY SINGLE POINT, 7-6 ONE-MAN TEAM FIFTH VICTIM OF YOUTHFUL TIGERS THIS SEASON
By LUTHER EMERY
Their hopes crushed under a 7 to 6 defeat, a disappointed Barberton football team slipped quietly and humbly out of Massillon Saturday afternoon. Tears were streaming down the faces of the gridders who had seen their hopes rise and fall under a strong orange and black attack. Many of them had dug their cleats into turf on Massillon field for the last time for their alma mater.
Most disappointed and broken in spirit of the defeated but gallant gridders was “Mike” Raplenovic, who played his last high school game in a most brilliant manner. Tears coursed down his dust covered face as he wended his way to the clubhouse, assisted by his coach, and exhausted by his untiring efforts to turn defeat into victory for his school. Pat after pat on the back was given him by Massillon fans, who admired him for his athletic ability and his clean play. It was his last game for Barberton and he received the words of praise with a choking “thank you.”
Raplenovic Star of Game
Raplenovic was the Barberton football team. He was the only back who could gain on the orange and black, and his runs frequently were for long distances. He scored Barberton’s touchdown. He did the passing, the punting, and a lot of the tackling. He was the victim of hard and frequent tackling, but his excellent physical condition and his ability to handle himself saved him from injury. Had he been in the Massillon backfield, there’s no telling what the score might have been.
Raplenovic scored Barberton’s touchdown in the first minute and a half of play, on a 24-yard run from scrimmage. The points came so quickly that fans hardly realized the game was under way.
The touchdown gave the signal for the start of the Massillon attack, and after gradually pushing the Barberton gridders back into their own territory, John Kester slipped away for a 4-yard run for a touchdown in the second period which tied the score, and “Dick” Watkins gave the orange and black its fifth victory by booting the extra point from placement.
With a lead of one point the youthful tigers realized that if they could stop Raplenovic, they would win the football game. This they did, and again did not. They kept this 160 pounds of human lightning from getting away for any more long runs for touchdowns, but they did not stop him from getting yards nearly every time he carried the ball, and had it not been for the failure of a bit of strategy upon the part of the Barberton coach in keeping his star player out the greater part of the third quarter, the brown and white might have finished on top.
But in spite of the fact that the visitors had the individual star of the day who stood head and shoulders in ability above any other member of the two elevens, the Massillon gridders completely outplayed their rivals the greater part of the game.
The orange and black had at least two other good opportunities to score, losing the ball once on the four-yard line, when Buttermore fumbled on the fourth down, and time and again carried the ball deep into the invader’s half of the field. The local team rolled up 16 first downs, while Barberton made one short of a dozen.
On forward passes, however, the visitors excelled Massillon showing its customary inability to gain with an aerial attack. McGrew’s men tried three passes. Two were intercepted while the third one was not completed. Barberton tried seven passes, completing two for a gain of 22 yards, had four incomplete and one intercepted.
The visitors were set back 65 yards in penalties while the orange and black lost 25 yards through foul play.
Breaks Help Barberton
Barberton’s touchdown came as a result of a bit of ill working strategy on the part of the Massillon team. The local eleven received, Hess being downed on the 25-yard line after taking the kickoff. In an attempt to catch the visitors off their guard, a forward pass was called on the first play, but Wolf’s heave fell into the arms of Sutter, Barberton halfback, who was downed on the 33-yard line. Two drives at the line gained nine yards and on the next play Raplenovic slipped through Massillon’s right guard for a run of 24 yards and a touchdown. Sutter’s kick hit the goal post and bounded to the side.
Kester Scores Touchdown
Massillon’s touchdown came in the early part of the second quarter, after a march of 75 yards. Getting the ball on its own 25-yard line where it was punted out of bounds by Raplenovic, the local eleven began a determined drive toward the Barberton goal. Hess struck left tackle for seven yards. Watkins slipped through for six yards and a first down on the 38-yard line. Hess made a yard at left end and Watkins four yards as the first period came to an end. With the ball on the 44-yard line, Kester slipped through for four yards. On the next play he punted across the Barberton goal line, but the visitors were called back and penalized five yards for offside giving the local team a first down in mid-field. Hess picked up three yards at right tackle, while Watkins dashed off left tackle for five yards and hit the same spot again for a first down on the 34-yard line. On the next play Kester broke through right tackle and stepped along the east side line for a touchdown. Watkins kicked the extra point from placement.
Stand Out for Massillon
Kester, Watkins and Goodman played brilliantly for the local team Saturday. Kester’s long punts offset the brilliant runs of Raplenovic, while Watkins’ off tackle dashes were largely responsible for the manner in which the orange and black carried the ball up and down the field. Goodman was a shining light on defense. He dropped Barberton runners for losses and showed ability at following the ball.
Barberton made a desperate effort in both the third and fourth periods to score, but lost the ball on downs both times. However, only the failure of Sutter to hold Raplenovic’s accurate pass kept the invaders from crossing the goal line in the third quarter. Sutter had the ball in his arms, but lost it with no one between himself and the goal line.
Combined Bands Play
The combined junior high and high school bands played for the game and drew the applause of the fans. The bands likely will be combined for the Canton game, Saturday.
The Massillon team played nothing but straight football. McGrew was unwilling to uncork any of his pet plays for the benefit of Canton scouts, saving all his mystery stuff for next week..
The orange and black came out of the game in good shape. No members of the team received serious injuries, and the youthful tigers should be in first class condition for the annual grid classic Saturday.
Lineup and summary: Massillon Pos. Barberton Minger LE W. Weigand Buttermore LT J. Weigand Fisher LG Hackney Potts C Seryak Garland RG Constantine Slinger RT Ricks Houriet RE Romig Hess QB Romain Kester HB Sutter Lewis HB Raplenovic Wolf FB Bryant
Substitutions: Massillon – Watkins for Wolf, Goodman for Slinger, Blatz for Garland, Schnierle for Lewis, Hollwager for Minger, Slinger for Buttermore, Buttermore for Schnierle, Schnierle for Buttermore, Buttermore for Fisher. Barberton – Molvartz for Romaine, R. Weigand for Sutter, Moss for Raplenovic, Raplenovic for Moss.
Touchdowns – Raplenovic, Kester. Point after touchdown – Watkins (place kick).
Referee—Shafer. Umpire—Howells. Headlinesman—Kirk. Time of periods—12 minutes.