Tag: <span>March</span>


1904: Massillon 5 Canton Central 12

Canton Team Too Heavy for the Locals

The Massillon Team Lacked Ginger in the Second Half,
Allowing the Canton Boys to Score Easily
Game was a Clean One

Yesterday afternoon at the new park Massillon met defeat for the second time this season at the hands of Canton High, the score standing 12 to 5.  The Canton team made a touchdown in each half, the local team making their score early in the second.

The game was not called until about 4 o’clock.  Captain Kennedy, of Canton, won the toss and chose to receive at the south goal, there being a strong wind from the south.  Albright made a beautiful kick against the wind, Kennedy receiving the ball at about the thirty yard line and was downed before advancing more than five yards.  The Canton men began to batter the light Massillon line and went around end for substantial gains, Schaeffer, the Canton right tackle, being especially conspicuous in gains.  The opposing team seemed to have things their own way for a long while, until the fifteen yard line was reached.  Here the Canton team was forced to put forth every effort to realize a goal and it looked as if they would lose on downs, but finally they reached the goal line.  It was an easy goal and was kicked.

Canton now kicked to Massillon, Albright receiving.  The home team went through the heavy Canton line and made good steady gains, the hurdling of Albright being the most spectacular feature.  The end runs attempted by Massillon resulted in a loss, and straight bucks were carried out.  A fumble was made about this time which resulted in Canton’s receiving the ball.  A few gains were made by the opposition but they again lost the ball.  Albright now made a good heady play, as well as one of the most beautiful punts seen on a Massillon gridiron this season.  The punt was made at the forty-five yard line and for sixty yards it sailed down the field going across Canton’s goal line.  The ball was now kicked from the twenty-five yard line to Massillon who advanced it to the fifteen yard line and here lost the ball.  Canton carried it toward their goal but time for the first half was now called.

At the beginning of the second half Canton kicked to Massillon, McFarren receiving the ball and making a good gain to the thirty yard line.  Steady gains on line bucks were made by the Massillon boys.  Kirchhofer, the plucky Massillon fullback, now showed his true form, worming himself through the line for good gains at all times, his one gain of five yards being one of the longest made by the home team during the game.  Albright’s hurdles were here brought to the front again and his end runs netted good gains.  The Massillon team steadily worked itself from the thirty-five yard line to the ten yard line on good straight football.

The Canton team here braced up and Massillon had to work its hardest but finally by massing the men Albright was pushed and pulled through for the first touchdown Massillon High has made on Canton for many a day.  This touchdown was made at the southeast corner of the field and the punt, which was so successful for the Tigers last Saturday, was tried but Hollander failed to heel the ball.

Canton now kicked off to Massillon, Burkhart receiving.  Canton soon received the ball and the Massillon team apparently lost heart and allowed the Canton team to make gains of fifteen and twenty yards at a down, Wenger carrying the ball across goal and again goal was kicked, the score standing 12 to 5.  Massillon now received the kickoff and Burkhart made the proper play under the circumstances, punting to the thirty yard line.  A few gains were made by Canton when time was called.  Everybody seemed fairly well satisfied with the game, although the allowing of Canton’s second touchdown was entirely unnecessary.

The line-up was:

Canton                   Position            Massillon
Gould                         LE                Smith, Hollander
Hershey                     LT                Jones
Haylor                       LG                Stoner, Kaylor
Gibson                        C                 Tucker
Brown                       RG               Ratchford
Shaffer                       RT                Kaylor, Smith
Clarke                        RE                Merwin
Kennedy                    QB               McFarren
Knox                         LH                Albright
Vliet                           FB                Kirchhofer, capt.
Holl, capt.                  RH               Burkhart

Linesman, McCallum and Bast.

The work of all the boys was entirely satisfactory, the backs playing fine ball and the linemen laid down before the heavy Canton line, holding them whenever possible.  Ratchford played an unusually good game and Tucker played all over Gibson.  Merwin, Smith and Hollander put up a fine game; Merwin getting the ball on fumbles in a twinkle.  Jones and Stoner put up a stiff game.  The game was an unusually clean one, no quarrelsome spirit being in evidence.


1904: Massillon 0 Canton Central 18

Lost to Canton by Score of 18 to 0
As Soon as a Player Became Tired or was Injured
a Fresh Man was Substituted
Massillon Team Praised for its Fine Work

Friday afternoon, at Mahaffey park, Massillon again met defeat at the hands of Canton High.  The contest was a fine one, the home boys putting up a superb game, making many beautiful tackles and substantial gains.  This being Canton’s opening game, practically the entire squad was tried out, thus constantly putting in fresh men while the same Massillon eleven finished that entered the game.  Canton seemed to regard it as a special favor to Massillon to give them new players.  The score stood 18 to 0 at the end of the game, every touchdown being made in the first half.  In the last half Massillon held Canton down in great shape.  The game was called at 3:30 and was witnessed by a large crowd.

Canton kicked off to Massillon, McFarren receiving the ball and advancing it about fifteen yards, being downed near the thirty-five yard line.  Massillon failed to make the required gains and lost the ball.  Canton, hitting the line hard and making some good end runs, steadily advanced near the goal.  Knox, the left half for Canton, made the first touchdown after about ten minutes of play, Myers kicking goal.  On the next kick off Burkhart received the ball and reached the forty yard line.  Here there were some fierce scrimmages, Massillon losing the ball to Canton on downs.  Vleit, the opposing fullback, plowed through  the line and several end runs brought Canton to the twenty yard line.  Here Holl, Canton’s right half, managed to get through the line and shook McFarren off.  Kirchhofer made a flying tackle but failed to stop the man with the ball who scored the second touchdown of the game, Myers again kicking goal, the score now standing 12 to 0.  Albright secured the ball on the next kick off and was downed by Myers after a twenty yard run.  The home boys now tried line bucks making fine gains for a short time, but again lost the ball on downs.  Canton was held now and was penalized for an offside play, losing the ball.  Massillon tried hard but lost the ball on a fumble, but held the Cantons for downs, thus regaining the ball.  It was soon lost again, near their own goal, and Canton again went through the line, Holl making the third and last touchdown of the game.  Myers kicked goal.  Benedict, the home fullback, caught the ball on the kick off and made a good run.  Massillon now hit the ends hard and made fine and steady gains when time for the first half was called.  A number of the Canton players were laid out in this half, fresh men being substituted.  At the end of the half the teams again lined up, Albright securing the ball. After a few scrimmages Wener, the Canton right guard, went out of the game with an injured knee, Oner taking his place.  Canton took the ball and made a long run, McFarren finally tackling.  Massillon secured the ball on a fumble and steadily forged their way up the field the “backs over” formation going through in great style, but the ball was lost on a fumble.  Canton was now penalized for a trick that was noticeable throughout the game, the quarterback running with the ball, but failing to go the required five yards from where the ball was put in play when the man who should properly have taken the ball failed to get into place in time.  On the next down “Sugar” Gibson, Canton’s center, who seemed to have a knack of getting into trouble, was laid out for some time with a kick in the “wind.”  Canton was now held for downs, Massillon going rapidly through Canton’s line and around ends, but in turn lost on downs.  Canton tried end runs but these were spoiled by Smith and the star fullback, Benedict.  Canton lost the ball on a fumble and it was secured by Tucker who made a small gain when time was called, not a single touchdown having been made in the last half.

The lineup was as follows:
Canton                                  Pos.                              Massillon
Gould, Griflin                         L.E.                                    Smith
Dannemiller, Schaffer             L.T.                                    Jones
Hershey, Barnhart                 L.G.                                  Kaylor
Gibson                                Center                                Tucker
Wenger, Clark, Oner            R.G.                             Ratchford
Clark, Meyers                       R.E.                            Kirchhofer
Hall, Robb                            R.T.                                 Merwin
Brown, Hall                         R.H.B.                             Burkhart
Know                                 L.H.B.                               Albright
Vleit                                      F.B.                               Benedict

Dr. March, the Canton coach, complimented the Massillon players on their game, which was a good clean one.

The usual amount of “hot air” from the Canton bunch was in evidence, though no disputes took place.  Every Massillon player may be proud of the part he took in the game and the work of the backs, Benedict, Albright, McFarren and Burkhart, was most noteworthy.  The way they plowed up the line and formed interference called forth even the plaudits of Canton.  Smith and Kirchhofer broke up Canton’s interference in fine shape while Merwin and Jones were always ready to block Canton’s line bucks.  Kaylor and Ratchford at guard usually opened up holes when called upon and Tucker and “Sugar” Gibson at center battled royally for honors.  For Canton, Vleit, Knox, Myers and Clark played an especially good game.

The field was in poor condition, being laid off only in ten yard lines and two fishing poles and a rope doing service for goal.

The rooting propensities of Canton seem poorly developed, the Massillon crowd, though smaller in size, being able to give them pointers in this in even a losing game.  Professor Collier looked after the Massillon boy’s interests in a thorough manner, this fact being highly appreciated by the Massillon players and students.

The boys, meanwhile, will go through hard practice and on October 22 will try to hold the east end aggregation down in both halves as they did in yesterday’s last half.


1903: Massillon 0 Canton Central 8

CANTON H.S. – 8,
High School Football Team Beaten


Showing of the Massillon Team Was Fine Considering Handicap Which They Were Forced to Give in Weight
A Touchdown, Goal and Safety Responsible for the Score

Although defeated by the Canton high school by the score of 8-0 in the game at Meyer’s Lake Friday afternoon the Massillon high school football team has every reason to feel proud of the showing made, in view of the great disparagement in the average weight of the two teams.  After having held the heavy Cantonians to a 5-0 score on the Massillon high school grounds last Friday, the local students were inclined to feel that with more coaching and practice they would defeat their heavier opponents in the second game.  It was impossible, however, for the lighter linemen of this city to push aside the heavy guards, center, tackles and ends of the Canton team for any substantial gains.  On the other hand Canton was forced to abandon the end running game and resort to line bucking where their weight soon told on the light Massillon forwards and a touchdown was made, not, however, until after a stubborn resistance of every inch of territory on the part of Massillon’s plucky team.  The touchdown was followed by a goal.  Previously, the Canton team had carried the ball almost to the goal line of the Massillon players, where they were held and the ball went to Massillon.  On a few attempted line plunges the locals were unable to score and were forced back for a safety, probably the first instance of the kind in this vicinity for several years.  A safety counts two points for the opposing team, and this with the touchdown and goal made the score 8-0, all in the first half, no scoring being done in the second half.

For Massillon Wert, Albright, Myers and Smith played the star game and were ably supported by the entire team.  For Canton, there was no particular stars, the entire team playing steady, consistent football.  No great variety of plays were tried, the Canton team contenting itself with line plunges, principally the “tackles over” formation, which was a good ground gainer.  For Massillon, the quarterback tricks, end runs and line plunges were but partially successful.  Wert and Kirchhofer ran the team in good shape at quarterback and easily out-generaled the captain of the other team, whose judgment was somewhat poor at critical times in the selection of plays.  For the Massillon high school Smith, who has been playing left tackle, showed promise of developing into one of the most valuable men on the team.  He was in every play, and showed that quality of “nerve” which is required in a successful football player.

Captain Albright, of the local team was also a star in many of the plays.  It was his tackle in the first half which prevented another touchdown, after Canton’s right half had circled the end for a forty yard run, and was almost over the line.  In line plunging Albright was at his best; although he is still inclined to hit the line a little high, his form was otherwise good.

For Canton, Captain Buckwalter, at quarter, ran his team in good shape, but was guilty of considerable fumbling at critical times.  It is this feature which in all probability saved the locals from a higher score.  The visitors had weight enough on the line to run up a much higher score under favorable circumstances, but lacked the spirit which characterized the play of the Massillon boys.


CANTON                      Pos.                MASSILLON
Lowman                          L.E.                              Smith
Marsh                             L.T.                          Limbach
Winger                            L.G.                             Stoner
Gibson                              C                              Tucker
Brambaugh                     R.G.                         Hollinger
Holl                                 R.T.                         Burkhart
Williams and                    R.E.                               Wert
Buckwalter (capt.)          Q.B.                      Kirchhofer
Gould                             R.H.                            Kaylor
Kennedy                         L.H.                         Schnierle
Robb                              F.B.                Albright (capt.)

Canton – Unfair.
Massillon – Markel; Willenborg; and Harrison.


In the last half it took the combined efforts of Chief Ertle and Officers Wittmann and Wissmar to keep the crowd back.

When Wert broke through the crowd in the last half it looked good for a touchdown, but he stumbled over the feet of Buckwalter, whom he had “stiff armed,” and fell.

Benny Gans, who was on the grounds ready to line up with the high school team, was barred by the vigorous kicking of Captain Buckwalter on the grounds that he was not a bona fide student of the school.

With Gans at the other end of the line to Wert, the Canton team would never have had a ghost of a show to score on ends runs.

About four hundred people witnessed the contest and evinced the utmost excitement at times.  The principal “rooters” were the girls from Massillon and Canton high schools, who formed into “rooters” bands with horns and made considerable noise.


1903: Massillon 0 Canton Central 5

September 24, 1903

The Massillon high school football players are beginning to organize and expect to turn out a strong team this season.  According to the Canton schedule, published in the Canton papers some days ago, the first game of the season will be played against the Massillon team at Canton.  If this is correct it would behoove the local high school stars to begin their work at once.

September 29, 1903

The Massillon high school football team held practice Monday evening on the high school grounds in anticipation of the game Friday afternoon against the Canton high school team, in Massillon.  Placards advertising the coming game have been placed in conspicuous places about town and the management expects a large attendance.  The local team is putting in some hard work at practice and expects to make a good showing.

Massillon High School Team Defeated 5-0


The Cantons Averaged
Twenty Pounds More Per Man Than the Local line
Wert and Albright the Stars for the Locals
Benny Gans Ruled Out as Ineligible

Although outweighed almost twenty pounds to the man, the Massillon high school football team succeeded in holding the strong Canton high school team down to a single touchdown in thirty-five minutes of play on the high school grounds Friday.  This, too, was made after Massillon had been given the opportunity to boot the ball out of danger and only a short time before the first half was over.

In the second half, the Massillon team not only did the greater part of the work, but almost scored a touchdown within the last few seconds of play, on a beautiful fifty yard run by Wert, who was playing left end for the high school boys.  Wert was easily the star of the game.  His tackling and running with the ball were the best.  At times when a few yards were needed on the last down, Wert could be depended upon to make the required distance.