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1936: Massillon 21, Canton McKinley 0

Stands Well Filled At Noon For Scholastic Grid Classic


“How Many Of Those Massillon Boys Will Be Back Next Year?” Asks Coach Reed After Game

SEVERAL thousand persons were in their seats by noon and every available place was taken more than 30 minutes before game time. Scores of fans who had no tickets watched the game from a high bank south of the stadium and two daring boys braved the icy wind to see action from the upper limbs of a tree.

The crowd drew a record number of newspaper, radio and motion picture men who overflowed the regular press box and filled a new press box on the roof of the west stands. In addition to Canton and Massillon reporters there were representatives of all papers in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Coshocton and Wheeling.

Taking the field at the half, Canton band members formed the outline of a Bulldog’s head on the turf. At a signal from the drum major each musician scattered white paper clippings at his feet, leaving a picture that survived second half play.

In spite of numerous warning signs, a few fans considered the Canton-Massillon game an occasion for alcoholic celebration. There was much banter and one or two little encounters, but on the whole the crowd was orderly.

Not counting obvious comments about the probable winner, the greatest question before the game started was, “Do you think it’s going to rain?”

Some thought it would remain clear, some thought it would rain and others voted for snow. All were right, for a light rain which began in the second quarter turned to snow at the half and stopped completely before the third period opened.

Ohio’s greatest scholastic football game brought to an end one of the greatest strings of consecutive victories ever credited to a coach. The defeat was Coach Johnny Reed’s first in 45 games played during the last five seasons. He won 35 straight at North Braddock, Pa., before coming to Canton and getting nine more.

To Coach Paul Brown of Massillon the victory meant retaining the mythical state championship and boosting the record of successive wins to 20.

As soon as the classic ended Saturday afternoon Coach Reed began thinking of next season. One of his first questions to newspaper men was, “How many of those boys will be playing for Massillon again next year?”

Massillon barely missed getting two more touchdowns. In the second quarter Byelene’s long pass to Gillom would have been a score had Gillom held on to the ball. In the fourth period Anderson ran wide around his left end and was forced out of bounds on the one yard line, sliding diagonally into the end zone.

Rain and snow whipped by a stiff northwest wind failed to chill the enthusiasm of rival rooters. Massillon cheerleaders cooked up a special cheer for the occasion. It went something like this:
“California, Oregon,
Arizona cactus;
We play Canton
Just for practice.”

Don Scott, Canton quarterback who injured his collarbone in the Alliance game last week, was in the game just long enough to say he played. He entered the game halfway through the final quarter and protested vigorously when Coach Reed ordered him out one play later. Reed wanted him to play but couldn’t take any chance of serious injury.

Spectators at Canton – Massillon games are good natured. They need to be to keep their poise when ushers, as happened yesterday, blandly tell them the seats they bought are occupied by someone else. In the east stands no aisles were provided; every inch of space was occupied.

A serious tragedy was imminent after the game when thousands of persons tried to leave the field through gates, which besides being too small to accommodate the exodus were blocked by wooden railings. The railings finally were torn down.

In the fourth quarter when it finally became plain to even the most hopeful McKinley fans that this wasn’t their team’s day, a disconsolate bettor in Sect. K turned around and hospitably invited one and all to come to see him any time during the next two weeks. “I’ll be staying inside,” he promised, then added, “and it’ll be beans on the table for Thanksgiving.”

Urchins did a thriving business underneath the east stands picking up pillows, pocketbooks and automobile robes. No, Horatio Alger, they didn’t give them back to their owners, not unless the owner happened to get there first.

To the gentleman who tired to persuade everyone to sit down – “so all of us can see better” – and ended up by standing on tiptoe to see anything at all: It’s still a good idea.

Leads Tigers to Decisive Victory Over Bulldogs and Grid Title

By Alex Zirin
(Plain Dealer Staff Correspondent)

MASSILLON, O., Nov. 21 – Trampling their foes into the frozen sod with a magnificent display of balance and power, the raging Tigers of Massillon Washington High School today retained the mythical Ohio scholastic football championship.

Outplaying Canton McKinley’s Bulldogs at every turn, outfighting and outwitting them, the Tigers triumphed, 21 to 0, before a colorful throng of 21,000 spectators.

Canton never had a chance and again it was Massillon’s turn to howl. The celebration started as the final gun popped and promised to last until the wee hours of the morning.

Tenth in Row
It was the tenth straight triumph of the year for the Tigers, who haven’t lost, incidentally, since they bowed to Canton in 1934. They closed with the amazing total of 443 points to fourteen for their foes.

Playing the role of the hero for the second straight year was stocky Bob Glass, who represents a coach’s dream of a fullback. Glass scored the touchdown that stopped the Bulldogs last year, 6 to 0. Today he ran wild, scoring two touchdowns and kicking three extra points.

Perfectly conditioned, despite the bear stories of injuries, Massillon opened and finished with the same eleven players. Canton, on the other hand, took a decisive beating and the Bulldogs were glad to settle for only three touchdowns. Glass scored his first tally in the second period on a 39-yard dash. The blocking that aided him was perfect. He went over again in the fourth period, after battering his way down to the 3.

Byelene Races 45 Yards
Mike Byelene, captain and passer deluxe, crashed into the scoring column in the fourth period when he grabbed Pete Fiore’s desperate pass and raced 45 yards unmolested down the sidelines. All three of Glass’ placement attempts were high boots that split the uprights. Some lucky fan made off with a football, refusing to throw it back after Bob’s second extra point. The cops tried to spot the fortunate gent but drew only a copious round of Bronx cheers for their efforts.

Incidentally, the police had their hands full all day. The first Massillon touchdown was the signal for an outburst of fist fights all over the stands. Feeling was intense. Officials stopped a battle between players before any punches could be tossed. Every seat was occupied and hundreds were forced to stand, their teeth chattering as a bitter wind accompanied by snow swept over the field.

Canton’s rooters were bitterly disappointed at the showing of their favorites. They simply couldn’t understand it. There is only one explanation Massillon had a vastly superior team this year. The Bulldogs showed none of the class expected of them. They, too, entered the fray with a record of nine straight triumphs over a slightly better grade of opponents. However, it was again proved that past performances mean nothing when these two aggregations come together.

Tigers Start Early
The Tigers were hot from the opening kickoff. Taking a poor punt on their own 40, they swept to the 22 before being stopped on downs. In this drive, Glass’ running and Byelene’s pass to Charley Anderson featured.

Two downs convinced Canton that the Massillon line was plenty tough and Jim Snyder got off a great punt to avert danger. But it was not long before Edgar Herring, a fleet halfback and Glass were again knocking at Canton’s goal door. This advance ended when Anderson narrowly missed Byelene’s pass. Massillon claimed interference, but it was not allowed. Again Canton tried the line and again had to punt.

Massillon had the ball on the McKinley 45 when period ended. On the first play Glass made the first down on the 48. Herring lost a yard but Byelene made 8. That set the stage for Glass. He burst through right guard, reversed his field and crossed the line standing up. The last man in his way, Barthel, was taken out by Warren Wyatt’s great block.

Fans Go Wild
The stands trembled as the Massillon rooters broke loose. It required the combined efforts of the police, reserves, coaches and subs to keep the more boisterous fans off the field. Twice more in the period the Tigers threatened, only to lose the ball on downs each time.

Canton changed tactics in third period, but its passes failed to click. Meanwhile Massillon refused to take any chances, playing careful running football.

The Tigers opened up again in the final period. Byelene whirled around left end for 5. Glass made 2 at center and then ripped through right guard for a first down on the 23, Herring scooted around end for 8 yards and the Massillon rooters were yelling for a touchdown. A fumble by Glass lost 5 yards, but Anderson made a leaping catch of Byelene’s pass a foot away from the sidelines on the 9-yard marker. But there the Canton line tightened and the Bulldogs finally got the ball on their 2. Snyder backed up to the boundary fence but was rushed and his punt went out only to the 16.

Glass Plows Over
There was no stopping Glass this time. In three crashes he went to the 3 and from there he whipped over right guard for his second touchdown.

Naturally Canton could do only one thing when it got the ball and that was to pass. But Massillon’s defense was too alert and when Byelene intercepted Fiore’s throw, there wasn’t a Bulldog within yards of him. He eased up and almost walked across the goal line. Save for one run of 40 yards by Ballos, the Bulldogs were stopped almost cold from scrimmage.

Anderson, who was supposed to be so badly hurt that he would never play again and Don Snavely, nephew of the former Shaw High coach, Jack Snavely, were outstanding on the line.

It can’t be said that Canton ever stopped trying but that wasn’t enough.

J. Snyder LE Gillom
Angelo LT J. Anderson
Fife LG Wyatt
Rice C Snavely
Motley RG J. Miller
Vierdo RT Peters
Rotar RE E. Anderson
Kamp Q Byelene
Ballos LH Herring
Barthel RH V. Snyder
Fiore F Glass

Massillon 0 7 0 14 21

Canton – Long, re; Mould, re; Scott, re; Simon, c.

Massillon – Glass 2; Byelene.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Glass 3 (placements).

Referee – David Rees.
Head Linesman – C.J. Graf.
Umpire – W. Finsterwald.
Field Judge – Verlin Jenkins.

Time of periods: 12 minutes.

Massillon Whips Canton
Tigers Snare 20th Straight
Glass Celebrates Birthday By Getting 15 Points

(Times-Press Staff Correspondent)

MASSILLON, Nov. 21 – Somewhere in these United States there may be a better scholastic football team than Massillon High.

But the 18,500 persons who wedged themselves into Massillon Field this afternoon will doubt it. For they saw the “perfect team” on parade as Massillon marched to a 21-0 triumph over Canton McKinley in their clash for the state scholastic football title.

Win 20th Straight
Primed and geared for action, this Massillon eleven rolled up 15 first downs and 21 points to carve out its 20th straight victory. The Tigers cut down opposing tacklers with buzz-saw efficiency.

They were stubborn on defense, permitting Canton to get beyond the mid-field stripe but once and then in the final 10 seconds of playing. This was a Canton team, mind you, that had tallied 379 points in winning nine straight games this season.

Celebrates Birthday
Robert Lloyd Glass, Tigers fullback and the young gent who tallied the lone touchdown that beat Canton 6-0, in 1935, mounted to the heights again today as he scored 15 points – two touchdowns and three extra points.

Glass, who was celebrating his 19th birthday anniversary today, scored the Tigers’ first two touchdowns.

His first came early in the second period when he tucked the leather under his arm and pounded over his own right tackle for 38 yards with a horde of blockers clearing the path. Once into the clear, Glass had only Jack Barthel, Canton back, to pass for a touchdown. Barthel never had a chance as Guard Warren Wyatt of the Tigers cut him down with a scythe-like block.

Glass – But Not Fragile!
The 170-pound Tiger fullback, an iron man if ever there was one, scored again in the final period after five successive line plunges. He started from the Canton 16, where Massillon got the ball on a poor punt by Canton’s Jim Snyder.

Over center he went for five yards. He made one more at the same spot and then five at left tackle for a first down on the Canton five. Getting the ball for the fourth successive time, he carried it to the two-yard line. Then on the next play, he found a mile-wide hole at center and crossed the goal standing up.

Michael Byelene, Massillon quarterback who whips passes a la Carl Hubbell, accounted for the Tigers’ final score when he intercepted Carl Fiore’s pass and ran 35 yards for a touchdown, out-maneuvering Fiore in his run for the marker.

Iron Man Act
Coach Paul Brown of Massillon used the iron man act today, not substituting once. He didn’t need to. Each player more than filled his job. There were no individual stars, lest it be Glass, but even Glass had to have good blocking to do what he did. He got it.

Canton, on the other hand, was crippled by the loss of the 205-pound Don Scott, who entered the game for but one play and then was mercifully substituted by Coach John Reed. The youngster, suffering from a fractured collarbone, had no license in the bruising fray. His loss was felt keenly by Canton. Even with Scott and all the king’s horses and the king’s men, Canton would never have stopped Massillon today.

The defeat was a personal blow to Coach Reed, who succeeded Jimmy Aiken at Canton this season. Reed-coached elevens had won 44 straight games up until today when the former North Braddock, Pa., mentor’s record was snapped.

Canton Out Played Throughout
Canton made but a net yardage of 38 yards from scrimmage and was held to three first downs.

Only time the Bulldogs eleven got beyond the midfield stripe was in the last 10 seconds when Barthel carried a Massillon kickoff to the Tigers’ 40 before being pushed out of bounds as the game ended.

Glass was Massillon’s outstanding ground-gainer, picking up 120 yards in 30 attempts – an average of four yards per try. Edgar Herring, Massillon’s fleet halfback, who played throughout the game although he was carried off the field at Barberton just a week ago with an injured ankle, gained 60 yards in 18 attempts.

Massillon Pos. Canton
Gillom le Snyder
J. Anderson lt Angelo
Wyatt lg Fife
Snavely c Rice
Miller rg Motley
Peters rt Vierdo
C. Anderson re Rotar
Byelene (C) qb Kamp
Herring lh Ballos
V. Snyder rh Barthel
Glass fb Fiore

Score by periods:
Massillon 0 7 0 14 21

Massillon – Glass 2; Byelene.

Extra Points:
Massillon – Glass 3 (all placements).

Canton – Long, re; Moules, re; Scott, lh. Simon, lg.
Massillon – none.

Referee – Rees (Dennison).
Umpire – Finsterwald (O.S.U.).
Head Linesman – Gray (Ohio State).
Field Judge – Jenkins (Akron).

Canton-Massillon statistics
Massillon Can.
First downs 14 3
Yards gained, scrimmage 238 69
Yards lost, scrimmage 38 31
Net yards, scrimmage 200 38
Plays from scrimmage 61 24
Passes attempted 15 7
Passes completed 6 1
Passes intercepted by 2 1
Yards gained, passes 93 13
Fumbles 2 2
Opponent’s fumbles
Recovered by 1 0
Yards lost, penalties 15 0
Average of punts 45 42
Yards gained,
returned punts 57 12

Record Crowd Of 21,000 Fans
Watches Massillon Win Easily
Over Traditional Rivals
McKinley Eleven Loses First Game Of Season;
Glass Stars For Winners, Scoring Twice


A truly great Tiger football machine representing Washington high of Massillon rose to the occasion on its home field Saturday, completely outplaying the Bulldogs of Canton McKinley while winning 21-0 and repeating as scholastic champions of Ohio, defending the title taken from the Canton school last year.

The contest was witnessed by a throng of 21,000, largest in the history of football relations between the two schools.

The game opened on a dry field but leaden skies fulfilled their promise late in the first half and rain, followed by sleet, made playing conditions more difficult for the remainder of the encounter.

The Massillon conquest stretched the winning streak of Paul Brown’s machine to 20 straight victories, as the Tigers have not been defeated since McKinley turned the trick in the finale of 1934, in which the setup was identically the same as that of yesterday’s duel. The result in that year was just the reverse however, as the Bulldogs emerged from that battle on the long end of a 21-6 score which gave them a leading claim to the state title for that season.

Canton Hold Series Edge
The Tiger win yesterday also brought the Massillon total to 16 for the inter-city series which started in 1894, Canton having been victorious 22 times with three games resulting in ties.

The defeat broke a winning streak for Coach Johnny Reed, who took over the Canton reins for the first time this fall. His string had reached 44 consecutive games with the Bulldog victory over Alliance a week earlier. Despite the loss yesterday, the McKinley season record of nine wins and one defeat definitely establishes Coach Reed as a success in his inaugural campaign in Canton.

The Bulldogs put up a game fight in defeat, but simply were opposed by a better ball club yesterday. A perusal of the statistics discloses that the Tigers had a wide margin of superiority in every department except punting, piling up 14 first downs to McKinley’s 3 and gaining 291 yards from scrimmage to 35. The greatest disappointment in the fracas from the standpoint of the followers was the manner in which their team’s line was
out-charged and out-fought by the Massillon front wall. Except for very brief flashes of form, the Red and Black running attack, which had rolled over everything in its way in previous tilts this season, did not function, largely through the failure of the linemen to clear even the semblance of a path for their ball-toters.

The Tigers completely upset pre-game dope by the manner in which they accounted for the greater part of their yardage. It was expected that they would rely chiefly upon their aerial game, since they had scored the majority of their touchdowns this season on passes. On the contrary, however, their victory yesterday was almost entirely the result of one of the most powerful ground attacks seen on an Ohio scholastic gridiron in recent years. None of the scores was made directly on aerials, although Mike Byelene, captain and ace tosser, connected on six heaves, four of which were snagged by Charles Anderson, star wingman of Coach Brown’s aggregation.

Glass Repeats As Star
The same Massillon performer who was the hero of the Tiger 6-0 defeat of the Bulldogs here last season proved their nemesis again yesterday. The boy in question, Fullback Bob Glass, unquestionably gave the outstanding exhibition of the contest. He scored the two touchdowns, the first of which came on a scintillating 37 yard run in the second quarter, placekicked all three extra points and was the spearhead of the Massillon attack throughout, seeming to be practically unstoppable on his thrusts through the McKinley line. In addition to his offensive activities, he also starred at right end on defense and on several occasions threw Bulldog ball carriers for losses.

Edgar Herring fleet halfback who had led the Tiger offense in their previous conquests, was stopped more effectively yesterday than he had been at any time before, but he eluded tacklers for nice gains several times. As aforementioned, Mike Byelene threw all of his team’s passes directed the machine well and threatened to get away around end at various junctures.

The entire Massillon line gave a colossal imitation of a stone wall on defense and gave the backs wide openings on many occasions. Don Snavely and Warren Wyatt were the standouts. Snavely played alert ball in backing up the line and put Canton in the hole when he covered Barthel’s fumble of a punt on the McKinley 11 yard line in the second period. Wyatt played in the Red and Black backfield a great part of the afternoon and spilled Carl Fiore when he went back to pass on two consecutive plays. Charley Anderson also put up his usual high type of ball at right end.

With their line infinitely superior, the Tigers were dominant from start to finish and only the determined defense of the Bulldogs inside of their 20 yard line prevented a complete rout. Time after time they staved off drives which deemed certain to produce touchdowns. In sharp contrast, McKinley never was in Massillon territory until Jack Barthel returned a kickoff 70 yards to the Tiger 20 on the final play.

After the opening kickoff, the Tigers started a drive which advanced them into scoring territory for the first time. Although the opening quarter, as was the entire contest, was played in Bulldog territory, Coach Brown’s combine failed to score.

After McKinley had held for downs on two occasions late in the first period, the Tigers crashed through with their first tally when there was apparently no danger. With the ball on the 37 yards stripe, Glass charged through right tackle, and with the aid of some beautiful blocking by his teammates, raced over for the touchdown.

The Reedmen came out following the halftime intermission apparently inspired with a new spirit and began to dig in and make the Tigers work much harder for their gains. Massillon’s powerhouse continued to function steadily, however, although the Bulldogs repelled all scoring threats in the period.

Early in the final quarter Glass’ plunges and a pass from Byelene to Anderson put the ball on the 1 yard stripe but McKinley gamely stopped the advance and took the ball on downs.

The Bulldogs’ escape from danger was short-lived, though, for Snyder got off his only poor kick of the contest at this point, as it went out of bounds on his own 16. Glass made the tally on five plunges, most of them off right tackle.

With the closing minutes of the game ticking away, McKinley then resorted to a desperate aerial attack in an effort to stave off defeat, but two passes were incomplete and Mike Byelene intercepted a third after an exchange of punts and dashed 32 yards for the final touchdown.

Barthel’s previously recounted return of the following kickoff ended the game.

No McKinley back could rightly be called an offensive star, as the opportunities for ball carrying brilliance were extremely limited.

Capt. Pete Ballos and Jack Barthel made the only two-substantial gains garnered by the Bulldog running attack. Ballos getting away for a 35 yard jaunt in the waning minutes of the first half and Barthel running the last kickoff 70 yards just before the final gun boomed for the offensive highlight of the contest from a Canton viewpoint.

Ballos, closing a scholastic gridiron career which has been one of the most brilliant in McKinley high history, battled every inch of the way yesterday and exhorted his teammates to do likewise throughout the encounter. He came up fast from his defensive post time after time to smear Tiger backs who had got through the first line of defense and played his heart out even after Massillon had apparently clinched the victory.

Carl Fiore, subbing for the injured Don Scott played a good defensive game, especially against the high-touted Washington passing attack.

Scott, regular Canton field general who incurred a fractured collarbone in making a touchdown against Alliance last week but who was expected to see extended action yesterday, took part in only one play of the tilt. Coach Reed decided before the game that Scott’s injury was too serious to warrant his performing and came to the conclusion that it would be better to weaken his team’s effectiveness than to risk permanent injury to his big quarterback and perhaps prevent a promising collegiate gridiron career. Reed’s insertion of Scott for a few brief seconds yesterday was a thoughtful gesture on the mentor’s part to give the boy the satisfaction of seeing service in his last game at McKinley.

Although Scott’s presence in the lineup undoubtedly would have caused his mates to make a better showing, both on offense and defense, it cannot fairly be said that his participation would have changed the result. The Massillon margin of superiority was so clearly evident that the ability of one player could not possibly have made the difference between victory and defeat.

The three Bulldog linemen who fought the hardest were also players making their final appearance in a Red and Black uniform, Chuck Rice, Jim Snyder and Joe Angelo. Rice climaxed a season of brilliant defensive work by backing up the front wall in stellar fashion. Snyder divided his time on defense between halfback and end and performed well at both posts. Although opportunities for flashing the particular ability for which he has become famous were few, that is his prowess for snagging passes, he starred yesterday in punting, a department which he was handling for the first time. His brilliant booting in the first half got the Bulldogs out of a bad situation time after time and he averaged 40 yards on eight kicks, one of which traveled 55 yards.

Angelo was the main bulwark in the middle of the line and had a hand in practically every play. Although Joe’s work has never been flashy throughout his two year high school football career, he has always been a dependable performer and yesterday he stood out when some of his teammates failed to reach their usual standard.

Too Much Glass
J. Snyder LE Gillom
Angelo LT J. Anderson
Fife LG Wyatt
Rice C Snavely
Motley RG J. Miller
Virdo RT Peters
Rotar RE C. Anderson
Fiore QB Byelene
Ballos LH Herring
Barthel RH Snyder
Kamp FB Glass

McKinley – Long, e; Mould, e; Scott, e; Simon, g.

Massillon – Glass 2; Byelene.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Glass 3.

Massillon 0 7 0 14 21
McKinley 0 0 0 0 0

Referee – David Reese.
Umpire – R.W. Finsterwald.
Head Linesman – C.F. Graf.
Field Judge – Verlin Jenkins.

McK. Mass
First downs, rushing 2 10
First downs, passing 1 4
First downs, total 3 14
Yards gained, rushing 61 211
Yards gained, passing 12 27
Yards lost 38 17
Yards gained, total 35 291
Passes completed 1 6
Passes incompleted 3 7
Passes intercepted 1 1
Punts 8 3
Punts, average yardage 40 40
Kickoffs 1 3
Fumbles 1 2
Own fumbles, recovered 0 2
Opp. fumbled covered 0 1
Penalties, yardage 0 15

Mike Byelene
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1936: Massillon 35, Barberton 7

Tiger End Hurts Foot With Important Game With Canton Less Than Week Away; Barberton Beaten 35-7


The Washington high Tigers today began preparations for their state championship battle with Canton McKinley Saturday without the services of Charley Anderson, right end and one of the mainstays of the team.

Anderson is in the city hospital, suffering a foot injury, the seriousness of which has not been determined. Edgar Herring, who limped off the field at Barberton Saturday as the Tigers scored a 35-7 victory, their ninth of the season and 19th in a row, may not start against Canton, Coach Brown said today.
Junior Anderson’s Leg Improves
Immediately after the game Saturday, he announced that Herring was out. Today he had hopes of using Echo as a spot runner.

Junior Anderson, Tiger left tackle, who was kept out of the Barberton game because of a charley horse, is still dragging his leg, behind him but officials have high hopes that the injured leg will improve sufficiently this week to permit him to play Saturday afternoon.

This morning, Coach Brown, gloomy over the casualties of the week end, announced that Ernie Edwards in all probability would start at right end in place of Charley Anderson with Mike Byelene taking over the left halfback post and Dick Shrake the quarterback job. Under this setup, however, Byelene would continue to call signals.
Foot Hurts After Game
Charley Anderson’s injury was not revealed until after the ball game. He complained of his foot hurting him when the squad was eating. He started home but stopped in a restaurant. Members of the coaching staff were summoned to the restaurant and Anderson was taken to the hospital. He remained in the hospital Saturday night, Sunday and last night and will be kept there, today, Coach Brown said. The coaching staff is hopeful that in keeping Charley in the hospital he will rest his foot, something he probably would not do at home.

Herring, playing his first game in three weeks because of an injured leg, was removed from the Barberton game in the second period after he had scored three touchdowns against the Magics, two on runs and one on a pass. He was assisted from the field by his teammates and taken immediately to the dressing room. Coach Brown announced after the game that he was afraid Herring would be unable to play against Canton.

The Tiger attack bogged down with Echo out and Brown deciding not to chance injury to Bob Glass and Mike Byelene, also removed them from the game. They went back in at the start of the second half, however, to play part of the third period.

The Tigers will practice behind closed gates every day this week. Streets leading to the football park also will be closed and patrolled to keep anyone from eavesdropping as the Massillon eleven goes through its final preparations for the Canton game.

Neither team was impressive Saturday. The Tigers looked good the first quarter as they rolled up 22 points on Barberton but the attack bogged down the rest of the game and in the closing minutes it was Johnny Ries, Barberton left halfback who provided the fireworks with a 30-yard run through the Massillon second team after taking a punt from Roy Herman.
Canton Suffers Letdown
Canton only defeated Alliance 27-7, a team Massillon trimmed 51-0 under adverse weather conditions several weeks ago. The Bulldogs, however, did not use their full strength, for Pete Ballos only played a few minutes. Furthermore Canton keyed up for Steubenville, suffered the usual letdown after such a ball game.

The Magics gave the Massillon eleven more opposition than they expected Saturday and for the first time this season the Tiger eleven was behind in first downs, 9-10. Ten first downs were more than any other team could get against the local eleven and Barberton had the additional satisfaction of being one of two elevens to score on the local team. Mansfield shoved over a touchdown in the second game of the season.

Barberton gave the Tigers the kind of a workout they wanted, however, an open game with a lot of forward and lateral passes. Practically all of the Magics’ first downs were scored through passes, though penalties inflicted on the Tiger team, helped them to three of their first downs.

The officials in fact, did a better job of ball carrying than the Magic backs. They penalized Massillon nine times for a total of 65 yards. Barberton did not draw a penalty.

The ability of the Tiger forward wall to break through and block punts set the stage for the first touchdown and other points to follow. Don Snavely laid back in the secondary, but tore through a gap between guard and center as Rees tried to kick from the 25-yard line. He got in front of the ball and a mass of orange sweaters covered it on the Barberton 22. On the first play, Herring on a double reverse pranced around his left end for a touchdown. Byelene failed to run over the extra point.

Barberton fumbled on the third play after the following kickoff and Warren Wyatt, who played a fine defensive game Saturday, covered on the Barberton 20-yard line. After Herring had made two yards, Byelene ran to the two-yard line and there gave the ball to Herring, who took it over. Glass placekicked the extra point and the score was 13-0.
Tigers Score On Safety
Glass’ kickoff rolled and bounced back of the Barberton goal and when Rowe tried to run it out, he was dropped on the three-yard line. Ries dropped back to punt, but got a poor pass from center and was downed for a safety behind his goal line.

Barberton free-kicked to Massillon after the two points, Byelene running back to the
30-yard line and then tossing a lateral to Red Snyder who made five more. Glass hit center for five and Byelene hurled to Herring for a touchdown and tossed to Anderson for the extra point.

That was all the scoring in the first quarter and it was midway in the second period after Herring had been removed from the game, before the Tigers could score again. The Magics were backed up to their 14-yard line and Ries fell back to punt when a poor pass rolled behind his goal line where Charley Anderson flopped on the ball for a touchdown. Dixon tried to run the extra point across but failed.
Tigers Score In Second Half
The half ended 28-0 and the Tigers scored but once in the second half. Midway in the third period, Odell Gillom intercepted a Barberton pass on his 41. Byelene tossed 18 yards to Anderson for a first down on the Barberton 41. Another flip put the leather on the
six-yard line; Byelene went over but fumbled doing so and Jim Miller flopped on the ball for the touchdown. Snyder drove through for the extra point.

The Barberton score in the fourth quarter struck like a bombshell. Johnny Ries, who all afternoon had demonstrated his ability to cut back plays, gathered in one of Roy Herman’s punts on his 20-yard line and set his sails for the Massillon goal. Barberton fans had said that if Ries ever got started, Massillon couldn’t catch him and that’s what happened. He reeled off the 80- yards in less time than it takes to write it and didn’t have anyone within 15 yards of him as he crossed the final stripe. A similar run had given Barberton a 6-6 tie with Alliance two weeks ago and two such runs had helped the Magics trim Akron North.

Ties had no more than crossed the goal, until the fists began flying in one section of the fine concrete stadium. The reason for the clash, is not known.

Barberton was crippled for the game. Welby Broaddus, the other half of its backfield did not play because of injuries. Neither did Paul Maloney, a tackle.
It was Lynn St. John day at Barberton and the former Barberton school teacher, now director of athletics at Ohio State University, was paid special honors between halves. A sign, bearing his name, was pulled into the air by half a dozen gas balloons. At the same time a number of carrier pigeons were released. The Barberton and Massillon bands gave an exhibition between halves, the Barberton band winding up with “Hold That Tiger.”
Now For Canton
Massillon Pos. Barberton
Gillom LE Panchalk
Swoger LT Young
Miller LG Culbertson
Snavely C Petruska
Wyatt RG Ratzy
Peters RT Wells
C. Anderson RE Wadsworth
Byelene QB Rowe
Herring LH Ries
Snyder RH Glavitsch
Glass FB Rapp

Score by periods:
Massillon 22 6 7 0 35
Barberton 0 0 0 7 7

Massillon – Shrake, qb; Pizzino, fb; Sedjo, lt; Greenfelder, lg; Howard, rg; Bob Miller, c; Harsh, rt; MacMichael, lt; Edwards, re; Wurzbacher, le; Herman, rh; Dixon, lh.

Massillon – Herring 3; C. Anderson; Miller.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Glass (placekick); Anderson (pass); Sndyer (plunge).

Safety: Massillon.

Referee – Reger.
Umpire – Lindell.
Head Linesman – Worbleski.

Mike Byelene
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1936: Massillon 52, Columbus East 0

Massillon Quarterback Scores Four Touchdowns, Two on Long runs, As Columbus East Is Swamped 52-0


Silent Mike Byelene, who lets a pleasant grin do his talking for him, came into his own Saturday afternoon as the Washington high Tigers rolled over Columbus East to their eighth triumph of the season and 18th in succession. Playing before 2,000 fans, the smallest home crowd of the season, Mike, who waited two years to become a started, scored four touchdowns in the first half as the Tigers piled up 52 points to the visitors’ none.

Scores On Long Runs
He ran 58 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the game. Ripped through for 16 yards and another, 50 yards for the third and jogged 12 yards on the fourth.

There’s nothing Capt. Mike would rather do than play football and he’s a plugger, an inspiration to the rest of the team. They block for Mike and he blocks for them.

On his two long jaunts Mike was given expert interference, though he did some fancy stepping himself to shake loose a couple of tacklers who nearly grounded him.

Bob Glass, who likes to carry the ball himself, was in there battling for Mike, Saturday, helping him to get points. Bob had the pleasure of knocking over the last Columbus East tackler on Mike’s 16-yard run and he got a man out of the way on the 58-yard dash too.

Tigers On Upgrade
It was not all Byelene Saturday afternoon, however. The Tigers as a whole are on the upgrade again and only their passing attack looked ragged. They only completed six of 22, in most instances the ball just narrowly missing the receiver. The field was rather heavy and perhaps that threw the timing off a bit.

There was little left to be desired, however, in the running of the point-a-minute foursome. Byelene, Glass, Snyder and Herring probably could have scored 100 points had they been left in the ball game all afternoon.

However, in possession of a 26-0 lead, Glass and Herring, who played their first ball in two weeks, were taken out at the start of the second period and replaced by Shrake and Dixon. Bob Swoger, also relieved Junior Anderson at the same time. The revamped lineup scored two more touchdowns and increased the lead to 39-0, at half time and gave the second team a chance. The Tiger second stringers played the entire second half and although they were held scoreless the third period, they came back in the fourth to twice cross the Columbus goal and increase the total for the afternoon to 52 points.

Dick Shrake, Phil Pizzino and Dudley Dixon did some neat ball carrying for the Tiger youngsters and would have scored even more points the last half had not penalties for holding continually slowed their attack. Then too, the second stringers found a good passing combination in Shrake to Edwards. It clicked for one touchdown and a point after touchdown and worked successfully on other occasions.

24 First Downs
First down statistics are more impressive than the score. Massillon made 24 to East’s three. Twenty-four first down as a rule are good for more than 52 points especially when you have long runs for touchdowns, but the fact that the Tigers were penalized 15 yards on six different occasions, discloses why more points were not scored. Then too, they did not punt Saturday, another testimonial to their offense.

East came to Massillon, admittedly without an offense but determined to hold the Tigers to as low a score as possible. Coach Webster, giant tutor of the Orientals, who has given Ohio State many a fine athlete, was loud in his praise of the Tiger eleven after the game. He declared Massillon could beat Middletown, one of south central Ohio’s best teams, by 30 points and he ought to know, his team has played both.

Except for passing, East had nothing to show Massillon in an offensive way. The Orientals completed five passes for 54 yards but couldn’t put two and two together for any sustained drive and as a result were shut up on their own side of the field all afternoon.

Late comers to Saturday’s game missed the first two touchdowns so fast did the Massillon varsity strike. Coach Paul Brown decided to give Glass and Herring, who have been nursing sore legs, a chance to warm up a few minutes and started them in the ball game.

Score Rapidly
East, electing to play a defensive game, kicked off and Charley Anderson lugged the ball back to the 34-yard line. Echo Herring took it to the Massillon 42 and on the next play Byelene came around his left side for a 58-yard run and a touchdown. Glass kicked goal.

Again East kicked off and this time, Anderson brought the ball back 40 yards to midfield. He was past the last Columbus player but was hauled down from behind. Byelene hurled a 34-yard pass to Anderson that put the ball on the 16-yard line and Mike running behind fine interference skirted his left end for the second touchdown and Glass placekicked the extra point.

The Columbus gridders kicked off a third straight time Glass coming back with the ball to his 35. The Tigers marched forward, despite a 15-yard penalty for illegal use of the hands and finally planted the ball for a first down on the Columbus 10. Herring skirted his right end for the touchdown. Glass’ attempted kick for the extra point went wide of the uprights and the score was 20-0.

That was all for Glass, Herring and Junior Anderson. They sat on the bench the rest of the ball game. Columbus likewise chose to receive after the touchdown, but soon punted, the ball rolling out of bounds on the Massillon 36. Shrake took the ball to the 50-yard line and Byelene again cut loose, this time running 50 yards for a touchdown.

The Tigers were on their way to another as the first quarter ended at 26-0.

Getting the ball on the Columbus 36 as a result of a punt that went straight up, Pizzino and Shrake carried to the four-yard line where Shrake skirted his left end for a touchdown, Anderson kicked the extra point.

After the following kickoff, the visitors put two forward passes together for two first downs that advanced the ball to the Tiger 47-yard line. It was the closest they got to the Massillon goal all afternoon.

Intercepted Pass Starts Drive
Snavely speared one of Newhouses’ passes when it came down the alley and was downed on his 48. Shrake, Pizzino and Anderson carried the ball to the 12-yard line where Mike sneaked through for his fourth touchdown of the game. Charley Anderson’s attempted kick for the extra point was wide. That ended the scoring in the first half.

A complete new Massillon team took over the game for the Tigers in the second half. The Tiger cubs’ first drive ended on the Columbus 34-yard line where Newhouse intercepted Shrake’s pass. The Tigers again came into possession of the ball on their own 27-yard line and despite a 15-yard penalty, advanced the ball to the eight-yard line where the third period ended with neither team having scored. On the third play of the fourth quarter, Dudley Dixon went over from the one-yard line and Shrake heaved a pass to Edwards for the extra point.

Three 15-yard penalties for holding and illegal use of the hands were mixed in with the Tigers next offensive march, but despite the losses they carried the ball from their 27-yard line to the last touchdown of the ball game, a 10-yard pass, Shrake to Edwards, producing the touchdown. The attempt for the extra point failed.

The Beach City high school band was a guest of the Tiger management Saturday.

Today the Tigers continue their preparations for the Massillon-Canton game two weeks hence. They will journey to Barberton Saturday afternoon, but expect to take the Magics in stride.

18 Straight Wins
Massillon Pos. Columbus East
Gillom LE Pennell
J. Anderson LT Louis
Wyatt LG Gunning
Snavely C Scarberry
Miller RG Walker
Peters RT Schaad
C. Anderson RE Martin
Byelene QB Newhouse
Herring LH Chandler
Snyder RH Staker
Glass FB Hunter

Score by periods:
Massillon 26 13 0 13 52

Substitutions: Massillon – MacMichael, t; Toles, e; Shrake, qb; Edwards, rg; Herman, rh; Pizzino, fb; Swoger, t; Lee, c; B. Miller, t; Greenfelder, g; Howard, g; Wurzbacher, e; Lucius, g; Dixon, hb; Harsh, t; Sedjo, g; Endress.
East – White, e; Gilnski, e; Louther, t; Jamison, t; Harrison, g; Case, hb; Kile, hb.

Massillon – Byelene 4; Herring; Shrake; Dixon; Edwards.

Points after touchdowns:
Massillon – Glass 2, Anderson (placekicks); Edwards (pass).

Referee – Lobach.
Umpire – Rang.
Head Linesman – Williams.

Mike Byelene
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1936: Massillon 46, Akron North 0

Mike Byelene and Dick Shrake Pitch Massillon Eleven to Seventh Victory of Season and 17th Straight Grid Triumph


As football players perhaps the Washington high eleven would make a good baseball team. With Bob Glass and Ed Herring taking a day off Saturday afternoon to give their “game” legs a rest, the Tigers batteries worked out against Akron North and pitched a 46-0 victory.

Mike Byelene and Dick Shrake did the flinging and Charley Anderson, Odell Gillom, Dudley Dixon and Frank Wurzbacher the catching. They scored three touchdowns, gained 223 yards from scrimmage, made two points after touchdown and placed the ball in position for one other touchdown, with their passes.

Spectacular Passes
When a line play failed to work, Byelene and Shrake pitched and their receivers caught everything within sight even though they had to reach out and grab it with one hand.

Only two of their passes were intercepted and a couple of others grounded while two of those completed were touchdown plays good for 61 yards and 53 yards, the former tossed by Byelene traveling 50 through the air before it nestled into the arms of Odell Gillom, who caught it way beyond the North safety man to score the first six points of the ball game.

It was the Tigers’ seventh triumph of the season and their 17th consecutive victory.

Tigers Not Impressive
Despite their 46 points and 22 first downs, the Tigers were not impressive Saturday and it is easy to understand why. Their two ace ball carriers were on the bench throughout. Mike Byelene only played one and a half periods, while the entire second team played half of the second period and all of the fourth. In addition to this every player knew that North hadn’t won a ball game all season and no one w as taking any chance on getting banged up with pile driving methods.

Then too, Lu Hosfield, the young North coach, turned up with a cockeyed defense designed to mass the secondary at the point of contact. This frequently stopped the Tiger running attack but opened the way for passing.

The visitors put up a stubborn fight and turned up a good offensive player in Joe Campanale, the only veteran on the team. Give him Massillon’s line and Campanale would go places.

Occasionally the Vikings tried one of the razzle dazzle plays that made them famous in their undefeated season in 1935, but they could gain little ground. A forward off a double lateral early in the ball game was their best effort, but the receiver dropped the forward pass which would have given him a nice gain.

With Glass and Herring on the bench, Dick Shrake and Phil Pizzino got their chance Saturday. Shrake got away several times for long gains, tossed a touchdown pass and one for a point after touchdown and carried two points over after touchdown, while Pizzino scored two touchdowns, one on a run of 39 yards featured by some high class blocking by Don Snavely, Tiger center.

The latter played a whale of a ball game and his blocks on two occasions were responsible for touchdowns. One was on Pizzino’s run, the other when Byelene intercepted a pass and dashed 70 yards for a touchdown.

Brown Checks Rally
Had not Coach Brown taken out his starting lineup and substituted a new team midway in the second quarter, there’s no telling what the score would have been. North was demoralized after the 32nd point went over the goal line and the Massillon coach through the substitutions checked further scoring in the second period.

The Tigers only bagged two touchdowns the last half, one in each of the third and fourth periods, despite the fact the first string line played the entire third quarter.

They started the second half in a bad way by fumbling on the kickoff, North recovering on the Massillon 24-yard line. Two offside penalties and a four-yard gain gave North a first down on the 10-yard line. There the Tiger gridders went into their eight-man line and stopped the drive on the six-yard line.

North never got the ball into Massillon territory again and the first down was one of two the Vikings made all day, the other also being helped by a penalty.

Dixon Goes Over
The Tigers kicked back and when they finally did get the ball again, an intercepted pass stopped their drive. It was not until late in the period that North again began to yield ground, Dudley Dixon going over for the only touchdown in the closing minutes of their period. The second team scored the fourth period touchdown and the last of the ball game. Ernie Edwards spearing one of Dick Shrake’s passes with one hand and dashing 24 yards to score. Another pass, this one to Frank Wurzbacher, who you will see more of next year, produced the 46th point.
As far as the fireworks were concerned, they all took place in the first half.

Byelene, who would rather toss a football than eat, called for a pass the first time the Tigers got the ball. Shrake had just brought a North punt back to his 39, when Byelene took the ball from center, faced back to the 29-yard line and fired at Gillom who streaked down the center of the field. They had North crossed up for the Viking secondary had gathered near the line of scrimmage.

The crowd sensed a touchdown as the ball sailed through the air. It came down into Gillom’s arms on the 20-yard line and he scampered over the goal without anyone touching him.

Anderson Spears One
Only a couple of minutes later the spectacular took place again. This time it was a pass, Byelene to Charley Anderson that electrified the stands. Charley made a spectacular catch as he shook loose a couple of tacklers and dashed 30 yards for a touchdown. The net gain on the play was 53 yards. Shrake scored the extra point on a sweep around his left end.

The quarter closed at 13-0, but on the third play of the second period, Pizzino went across from the one-yard line to end a drive of 60 yards and Shrake again bucked the ball over for the extra point.

North received but did not keep the ball long as Byelene gathered in a long pass on his 30 and running behind Snavely’s fine interference, streaked down the east side line 70 yards for a touchdown. An attempted pass for the extra point was too high for Gillom to reach.

The score reached 32-0 the next time the Tigers got the pigskin. Shrake started it by a
25-yard return of a punt to the 39-yard line. There Pizzino was turned loose through his left tackle and he raced for a touchdown with Snavely taking out the last man in his way.

A new Massillon team went in and with Dudley Dixon doing some nifty running, the subs carried the ball from their own 30 to the 10-yard line where the gun kept them from scoring.

The local eleven emerged from the game without any injuries and prepared to practice this week for the invasion of Massillon field by Columbus East next Saturday.

A small crowd attended Saturday’s game. There were no more than 2,000 fans in the stands that now will accommodate 15,000.

In recognition of the patronage received from fans in Canal Fulton and Jackson township, the management had the Canal Fulton band, and the Canal Fulton and Jackson township football teams as guests Saturday. The Beach City band and the Brewster and Navarre teams will be invited to attend next Saturday’s game.

The Booster club will meet tonight at the school. Booster meetings will be “hot” meetings from now until the Massillon-Canton game.

Still Going
Massillon Pos. North
Gillom LE Slovisky
J. Anderson LT King
Wyatt LG Gingo
Snavely C Capatosta
Miller RG Kochman
Peters RT Phillips
C. Anderson RE Lutz
Byelene QB Yale
Shrake LH Roma
Snyder RH Testa
Pizzino FB Campanale

Score by periods:
Massillon 13 19 7 7 46

Massillon – MacMichael, t; Toles, hb; Edwards, e; Herman, hb; Swoger, t; Lee, c; Miller, t; Greenfelder, g; Howard, g; Sedjo, g; Wurzbacher, e; Endres, c; Lucius, g; Dixon,hb; Harsh, hb.
North – Bestro, le; Ostroski, hb; Kolodoski, c.

Massillon – Gillom; C. Anderson; Pizzino 2; Byelene; Dixon; Edwards.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Shrake 2 (carried); Anderson and Wurzbacher (passes).

Referee – Howells.
Umpire – Barrett.
Head Linesman – Boone.

Mike Byelene
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1936: Massillon 51, Alliance 0

Largest Throng Ever To Witness Game at Mt. Union Field Surprised at Power of Massillon Team


The Alliance Aviators went air raiding last night but their bombs were tossed back into their faces by the Washington high Tigers who rolled up a 51-0 score to chalk up their 16th straight victory and sixth of the season before the largest crowd that has ever witnessed a football game in Alliance, 11,000 fans.

As expected, wily George Wilcoxon, the Alliance coach, had a scheme cooked up which he hoped would catch the Tigers off their guard, but too many cooks spoil the soup and the hands of the Massillon secondary made a mess of it.

Alliance Banked on Short Pass
Upon a short pass over the line of scrimmage hinged Alliance’s hopes for victory. All week the Aviators had been groomed for the air raid and they took off without delay.

They made it interesting for several minutes by scoring a couple of direct hits, but only one was good enough for a first down and soon the passes began falling into the arms of the alert Tiger secondary. The aerial fireworks turned out to be a boomerang when two passes were intercepted deep in Alliance territory and the attack was routed as Massillon made a counter assault from the air.

The Tigers’ first six passes found the waiting arms of a receiver, put the ball in position for the third touchdown of the game, scored the fourth touchdown and one of the extra points.

Aviators First Defeat
The overwhelming score was a surprise to those who had followed the success of the red and blue this season, for it was the Aviators’ first defeat in six games. The Tigers were favorites from the start, but ardent Massillon fans would give them no more than a
25-point advantage while the more skeptical would have settled for seven.

Believing they had an “outside chance” for vict6ory, Alliance ballyhooed the game as its biggest gridiron attraction of the season. Their hopes were based on the belief that their team had not reached its peak, was constantly improving and had withheld its real power for the Tiger engagement.

The ballyhoo brought to Mt. Union field the biggest crowd it has ever held. Fans overflowed the bleachers and flanked the sidelines of the playing field, but their expectations of a close game were shattered in the second period when the Tiger unleashed all its power and cunning and pounced about the field at will.

Alliance’s inability to check the Massillon advance, was a disappointment, not only to Alliance fans but to many Massillon rooters who had hoped to see a hard fought game. The Aviators’ supporters however, were loud in their praise of the Tiger eleven and particularly praised the team work and fine blocking.

The first period produced the type of game fans had expected to see and the Massillon machine was limited to one touchdown, that the result of a 61-yard run by little “Echo” Herring, behind as fine a blocking as you will see on any gridiron. It signaled the downfall of the red and blue. Every man did his part on that dash. The tackles pushed through and opened a huge gap in the Alliance line. The ends blocked, the guards swept out as interference and the other backs tore through to help clear the way. All Herring had to do was pick his hole and run. One by one an Alliance tackler was cut down. They even blocked the safety man out of the play and Herring went through without a hand being laid on him.

Blockers Demonstrate Value
That run was an open display of the value of Jim Miller, Warren Wyatt and Red Snyder, who are as important a part of the Tiger offense as the ball carrier. But for them, the end sweeps and off-tackle drives would not work as smoothly.

Mike Byelene tried to carry the extra point over after Herring’s spectacular dash but was bottled up in the Alliance line and fell short of his mark.

The Tiger struck again at the start of the second period. Grimes who had barely gotten away two previous punts, took too much time booting from the 30-yard line and the ball was blocked. Glass recovering for Massillon just as the first period ended. On the first play of the second quarter, the Tiger fullback, running from the same play that continually fooled New Castle a week ago, raced 30 yards for a touchdown. He tried to kick the extra point but it was wide of the posts.

Exchanging punts after a series of plays, the Tigers continually pushed the Aviators backward until they got the ball on the 38-yard line. A five-yard penalty and two plunges by Glass brought a first on the 23 and Byelene faded back to pass 17 yards to Odell Gillom for a first down on the six-yard line. Herring lugged the leather around right end and across the goal after Byelene had moved it up three yards. This time the try for extra point was successful, Byelene passing to Charley Anderson.

Three Passes Gain Touchdown
The Tiger passing attack flashed once more before the end of the half when Byelene snapped a 20-yard toss to Anderson that advanced the ball from the Massillon 40 to the Alliance 40. A nine-yard plunge by Glass and a 19-yard toss, Byelene to Gillom put the ball on the 11-yard line and Byelene hurled another to Herring for the touchdown. Glass’ kick was wide and the score was 25-0.

There was nothing to expect in the second half but more Massillon touchdowns and they poured over the goal line until Coach Paul Brown sent in his substitutes late in the fourth period.

The third period was costly to Massillon, however, for both Herring and Glass had to be removed midway in the third quarter with injured legs. Herring hurt his ankle in the Akron South game two weeks ago while Glass got his in a scrimmage session prior to the New Castle game. The injuries were aggravated at New Castle and again last night.

The Tigers took the kickoff on the 35-yard line at the start of the second half and marched for a touchdown. Herring taking the ball over after a five-yard penalty on Alliance for offside had placed the ball on the one-yard line. Byelene’s pass into the end zone was grounded and the score was 31-0.

It mounted to 38 when Phil Pizzino hauled in one of Huffman’s passes and raced back to the nine-yard line before being downed. Mussolini would have been proud of that. Shrake banged over for the touchdown and Charley Anderson kicked the extra point.

The score became 45-0 when Snavely pulled down another of Huffman’s passes on the
19-yard line and stepped back before being tackled. Byelene whipped a pass to Anderson for the touchdown and Shrake carried it over for the extra point.

Only one touchdown was scored in the fourth period, Byelene carrying the mail on a
37-yard dash around his left end. A new Massillon team went into the game after that score and played the remaining minutes.

Tiger Goal Never in Danger
Alliance was never able to penetrate into Massillon territory. Its only first down came in the first period on two completed forward passes. The Aviators completed six passes for 38 yards, but had three intercepted while eight others fell by the wayside.

Massillon completed 10 passes for 135 yards and one point after touchdown. One was intercepted and four grounded. The Massillon machine made 17 first downs, and lost 75 yards in penalties to 30 yards for Alliance.

The Aviators nearly worked the “sleeper” pass in the second half and would have gotten a good gain and Cottage not dropped the ball. The pass, if completed, would have taken the ball into Massillon territory.

The road between Massillon and Alliance was a string of tail lights. It looked much like a parade after the game as the hundreds of cars bearing Tiger fans, headed for home. It was tail light to tail light as far as you could see. How many Massillon fans were there no one will know. The 1,100 reserved seats sent to this city were sold out early in the afternoon. In addition a large number of student and general admission tickets were sold here while many others purchased their tickets in Alliance.

Alliance officials estimated the crowd at between 10,000 and 12,000. All reserved seats were sold long before game time and Alliance high school and city officials are to be congratulated for the fine manner in which they handled the crowd.

There was no congestion at the gate and all was orderly. Though Massillon went home with the ball game, Alliance took the money. The two schools schedule home and home series on a $100 guarantee basis. The Tigers got $100. Massillon and Canton work on the same basis and the Bulldogs will only get $100 for coming over here and playing before 20,000.

Fans Soaked Again
Those fans who had seats in the covered section were fortunate. They emerged with dry clothing while those in the concrete section were drenched.

The Massillon and Alliance bands put on a show between halves and Massillon fans had the opportunity of seeing the Alliance band wearing its new uniforms for the first time. The uniforms arrived ahead of schedule yesterday and even Alliance students were surprised when their band marched on to the field.

Alliance is building athletics again in an attempt to get back to the prominent spot it held several years ago. Six of the 11 men who started against Massillon last night will be back with Coach Wilcoxon again next season and others coming on will make his task much easier than that he faced at the start of this season.

Power To Spare
Massillon Pos. Alliance
Gillom LE Grimes
J. Anderson LT Streza
Wyatt LG Cacli
Snavely C Koch
Miller RG Allison
Peters RT Cobbs
C. Anderson RE Hartley
Byelene QB Huffman
Herring LH Gainey
Snyder RH Cottage
Glass FB Sina

Score by periods:
Massillon 6 19 20 6 51

Massillon – Shrake, qb; Edwards, le; Herman, rh; Pizzino, fb; Swoger, rt; Lee, c; Greenfelder rg; Howard, lg; Bob Miller, lt; Wurzbacher, re; Dixon, lh.

Massillon – Herring 4; Byelene; Glass; Shrake; Anderson.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Anderson 2 (pass and kick); Shrake (carried).

Referee – Howells (Sebring).
Umpire – Barrett (Sebring).
Head Linesman – Mackey (Mt. Union)

Mike Byelene
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1936: Massillon 13, New Castle, PA 0

Massillon Gridders Smash Through Stubborn Red Hurricane for Two Touchdowns and Fifth Straight Victory on Muddy Field


A prayer, a punt and two thunderbolts rocked Taggart field at New Castle Friday evening and today the Washington high Tigers are ready to lay claim to the championship of western Pennsylvania.

In a deluge of rain, the Tigers drove through mud to two touchdowns and a hard-earned 13-0 triumph to administer the first loss the Red Hurricane has suffered in three years on its home lot.

It was Washington high’s fifth straight triumph of the 1936 campaign and its 15th straight victory in a row, the 1935 team having won 10 straight games without a reverse while fighting its way to the Ohio scholastic championship.

New Castle Threatens Early
The Hurricane had Tiger fans with crossed fingers in the first three minutes when they recovered a Massillon fumble on the 25-yard line and smashed their way to the one-yard line. There an eight-man Massillon line defended the Marne and repelled the attack that might have changed the entire complexion of the ball game.

Two minutes later, Charley Anderson, standing on his own 15-yard line, drove his foot into the leather sphere and sent it searing to the Pennsylvania’s three-yard line, an 82-yard punt that pulled the local eleven out of the hole.

That was the first flash and the thunderbolts struck in the second and third periods when Bog Glass and Mike Byelene smashed their way through the storm to cross the New Castle goal line with the two touchdowns of the game.

You might have heard the roar in Massillon that 2,000 Tiger fans sent up after the big putsch.

Until last night, touchdowns had been cheap for Massillon and many a ball carrier crossed the goal line without getting any resemblance of an ovation.
New Castle Defense Strong
Last night they fought for every inch of ground they gained and only through a superior charging line and hard driving by Glass and Byelene were they able to penetrate to the New Castle goal line.

Sufficiently hard fought it was to keep 9,000 spectators in the stands throughout the game in as disagreeable a night as football could possibly compete with.

It looked like a night for the Red Hurricane and possibilities of an upset were at a premium when an all day rain soaked the grassy turf and made it difficult to obtain good footing.

It was evident form the start that the rain would prohibit extensive use of the forward pass, which is one-half of the Tiger offense and Massillon fans became all the more worried when they saw their ball carriers slip and skid in their first ball carrying attempt. Fleet-footed Edgar Herring could not negotiate his hairpin turns and the first power play failed.

Then came a fumble as Glass tried to punt the slippery ball on fourth down and Nocera, Red left end, dove in to cover the ball on the Tiger 25-yard line.

Then and there the Tiger line was subjected to the most severe hammering it has received this season. With Dominic Decaprio hurling his 180 pounds into the Massillon trench, the Red Hurricane began a sweep toward the Tiger goal. He hit for four yards at center and smashed again for four more after Perrett had added a yard.

With fourth down coming up and the ball on six inches from a first down, Decaprio carried again. The Massillon line built up a pyramid with the Pennsylvania Italian half way up, but when they measured it they found he had made his first down by half a foot and the goal line only 15 yards away.
Hurricane Stopped on One-Yard Line
The Massillon line broke through to toss Mort for a three-yard loss. New Castle was offside on the play, but Massillon declined the penalty and made the down count. Decaprio regained the loss in a smash at the center of the line and Perrett hit his right tackle for seven yards. With the ball on the eight-yard line and three yards to go for a first down, Mort circled his left end and carried the leather to the Tiger four-yard line.

There the Massillon gridders reorganized their defense and went into an eight-man line. Decaprio charged the Tiger forward wall and moved the ball up one-yard. He hit center again and planted it another yard nearer the goal. He charged a third time and moved it a yard closer. It was fourth down and the Tiger linemen were standing on their own goal line with the ball three feet in front. Again the ball was passed to Decaprio. He hit a stone wall and the force of the Massillon charge knocked the ball out of his hands, a mud spattered orange jersey falling on it 10 yards away.

Thus ended New Castle’s one and only threat, but the Tiger eleven was still in the hole. Byelene elected to carry the ball and advanced it five yards. Running hard, Glass plunged for 15 yards and a first down on his 30. Herring made eight and Glass one but the slippery ball got away from Byelene and he lost 10 putting the Tigers back on their 29 as the period ended.
The time had passed so quickly on the goal line stand that many fans thought the first period unusually short. It was timed from the Massillon bench, however and was correct.

With fourth down coming up and the ball on the 29-yard line, Anderson dropped back more than 10 yards to give himself ample time to get away his punt.

He drove his toe into the ball and sent it soaring high over the safety man’s head. It landed 20 yards behind the latter and rolled to the three-yard line where Odell Gillom smeared Mumford with a vicious tackle just as he picked up the ball.

That drive put New Castle in the hole and the Red Hurricane, now on the defense, played it safely. Mumford punted out to Herring, a 50-yard boot that little Echo caught on the
40-yard line and raced back 10 yards to his 30 before being thrown.

Glass slashed center for four yards and Byelene reeled off five around left end. Glass ran into a stone wall on the third down and only advanced half a yard. The New Castle line piled up again and Glass was thrown without gain and the Red Hurricane took the ball on downs on its 21-yard line.
Massillon Launches Drive
Mumford immediately punted again and Herring after catching the ball on his own 30, fumbled but recovered. Byelene made three yards at left end but Herring failed to gain at the right wing. Glass plunged for a first down on his 42-yard line and he and Byelene in two attempts smashed through for another first down on the New Castle 46. Sensing trouble, Coach Bridebaugh sent in replacements to strengthen his tiring team but the new men could not stem the Massillon thrusts.

The Tigers lost five yards in an offside penalty, but Glass got back the five and two more in a plunge. Then Mike Byelene running behind fine interference, raced 42 yards to the new Castle two-yard line. He tossed two power plays at the Hurricane, with Glass carrying the ball. The first failed to gain, but Glass went over on the second attempt and the Tigers went to the front, 6-0. Byelene was piled under when he tried to carry the extra point across.

The Tigers got back to the New Castle 34-yard line once more in the period but lost on downs when two attempted passes were grounded.

New Castle flashed for a moment at the start of the second half with Perrett doing the fancy work. He brought the kickoff back to the 34-yard line and in a cut back play raced 20 yards to the Massillon 46-yard line where E. Herring, his last obstacle dragged him out of bounds. The Red Hurricane was checked however on the Tiger 37-yard line when Decaprio failed to gain a yard that was necessary for a first down.

That gave Massillon the ball and the Tigers launched a touchdown drive that was fought over 73 yards including 10 yards the Tigers were penalized for twice being offside.
Byelene Goes Over
Glass and Byelene smashed to a first down on the New Castle 49 and picked up six more in two attempts. Glass hammered for 10 but the Tigers were set back five for offside. Herring wiggled around his right end to a first down on the New Castle 40 and Glass and Herring made another first down on the 30. Herring made two but on the next play the Tigers lost five for being offside.

Byelene and Glass got them back, however, as they drove through to a first down on the 18. There Byelene shot a pass that was dropped behind the goal and the attack bogged down as the Hurricane smothered Glass without gain. Byelene smacked for five yards and with fourth down coming up, Herring was turned loose around his left end for a five-yard dash to the five-yard line. He tried to circle his end again but was dropped without gain. Glass smashed for three yards and on third down, Byelene drove over for the touchdown and Glass plunged for the extra point.

New Castle’s offensive effort in the fourth quarter was another 20-yard run by Perrett that took the ball to the Massillon 46-yard line, but the threat ended with Perrett being tossed for a six-yard loss and Mumford fumbling while trying to punt on fourth down, Massillon taking the ball on the Hurricane’s 33-yard line.

The Tigers got as near as the 21 but were repelled and Anderson punted out of bounds on the 10-yard line.

The Hurricane kicked out and Massillon again drove back to the six-yard line where the stubborn New Castle forwards once more stopped the advance and took the ball on downs. The game ended two minutes later with the Tigers in possession of the ball in midfield.

Massillon made 12 first downs to New Castle’s five and neither team completed a forward pass. The Tigers tried three and New Castle attempted but one.
A Wet Victory
Massillon Pos. New Castle
Gillom LE Necera
Jr. Anderson LT Leonard
Wyatt LG Small
Snavely C Vargo
Miller RG Jokinen
Peters RT Roussos
C. Anderson RE Dombroski
Byelene QB Mumford
Herring LH Mort
Snyder RH Perrett
Glass FB Decaprio

Score by periods:
Massillon 0 6 7 0 13

Massillon – none.
New Castle – Cox; Chip; Palkovich; Albert; Jenkins; Howley; Covelli.

Massillon – Glass; Byelene.

Point after touchdown:
Massillon – Glass (carried).

Referee – Wallace.
Umpire – Jenkins.
Head Linesman – Brickley.

Mike Byelene
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1936: Massillon 57, Akron South 0

Crowd of 3,000 Sees Massillon Eleven Score More Points on Visiting Cavaliers Than Canton Bulldogs Gathered


That old adage, ox cannot lick Tiger, became a living reality here Friday evening when the Bengals of Washington high pounced on the heavy Akron South high Cavaliers for a 57-0 victory.

Playing on a heavy field which should have favored the visiting team because of its weight advantage, the Massillon eleven smashed through to its fourth straight triumph of the season, increasing its total of points to 225.

Second Stringers Demonstrated Courage
The first squad was never in danger of being scored upon, but the visiting Cavaliers pushed the ball to the second team’s four-yard line, where the light line of the Cubs repelled the attack with a courageous stand and took the ball on downs.

A surprisingly large crowd of 3,000 fans turned out on the wet evening to see the battle which offered the first comparison of strength between the Massillon and Canton McKinley football teams.

Canton and South met two weeks ago, the Bulldogs winning 35-0. Massillon’s 57-0 victory last night with the second team playing within a few minutes of half of the game, would indicate the local eleven stronger again this year than its Bulldog rival.

Sees Great Battle
To get the loser’s standpoint, however, Doc Wargo, coach of the South high team was asked after the game how he thought the Canton and Massillon teams would stack up. “It will be a battle,” he said. “Canton is bigger than you are and its line will give your line plenty of trouble. You can also expect Ballos and Scott to make a hole somewhere. You are faster than Canton, though and the Bulldogs will have a time trying to catch your backs. You certainly have a fast team.”

And that’s about the way the annual clash stacks up at this writing. Monday carpenters will begin the task of throwing up temporary bleachers for it. Monday members of the Booster club have a chance to get two tickets each for the big game. Wednesday the ticket sale will be opened to the public and from the way industries are laying their money on the line for blocks of 100 and 150 seats, another sellout appears in the making.

South high brought quantity but no quality here last night. Doc Wargo turned loose the biggest team that has faced Massillon this season, but it was slow and lacking in drive.

It was polished enough in executing its shifts and plays but could get nowhere against the Tiger first stringers. It was in excellent condition, better than any eleven that has played here and not once was it necessary for the visitors to take time out for injuries. The only timeout for injuries was taken by Massillon, that when Dick Shrake had the wind knocked out of him in a pileup.

But where South lacked drive, the Massillon eleven had everything in spite of a wet field and slippery ball. Eight touchdowns were shoved over, two on passes. Seven of the eight tries for the extra point were successfully converted and a safety was tossed in for good measure, when the Massillon line drove Ed Baranick, visiting fullback across his own goal line.

In the scoring spree the Tiger eleven made 23 first downs, while holding their opponents to three. They completed seven of 16 passes for 117 yards. One of the intercepted passes was grounded. They also completed another pass for a point after touchdown.

The visitors completed three of seven passes for 20 yards.

Score in Seven Plays
It took but seven plays after the kickoff for the Tiger machine to score its first touchdown.

Young booted to Glass who caught it on his 10-yard line and came back to the 37. Byelene hit for five, Herring three and Byelene one and with fourth down coming up and a yard to go, Herring swept his right end for 31 yards and a first down on the 22-yard stripe. Byelene carried twice and put the ball on the five-yard line for Herring to score the first touchdown on a right end sweep. Glass bucked through center for the extra point.

The Tigers kicked to South but when the Cavaliers were tossed backward, Shortle punted to Herring who returned 11 yards to the South 44-yard line.

A pass to Anderson gained eight yards and Byelene made it first down on the 30. Glass hammered center for 15 yards and Byelene tossed a pass to Gillom for the touchdown. Glass again plunged for the 14th point of the ball game.

Neidert brought back Glass’ kickoff to the 20-yard line, but he fumbled on the first play from scrimmage; Glass recovering for the Tigers on the 15-yard line. A five-yard penalty and a three-yard loss from scrimmage on a fumble couldn’t keep the Tigers from scoring. Glass hammered for 10 yards and Byelene on fourth down made a daring dash to the three-yard line where Herring, after being repulsed in one attempt, took it over the second time he carried the ball. Again Glass plunged for the extra point and the total was 21-0. Herring was replaced by Shrake and did not play any more of the ball game. He was not hurt.

Another fumble by Neidert after the following kickoff was recovered by Snavely on the
18-yard line and the Tigers again began clawing in payoff territory. They took the ball to the six-yard line where the period ended. Here South showed its best defensive stand of the day and tossed Shrake twice and Byelene to take the ball on downs on the four-yard line.

Score Two Points On Safety
Young made a yard, but on the next play Baranick was tossed behind the goal line for a safety and that added two more points to the Tigers’ total

South kicked from the 20-yard line following the safety and Snyder, the blocking halfback, who is seldom noticed in his efforts at helping the other fellows out, caught the ball and returned nicely to the 31-yard line. Glass in two plunges lugged the leather to the 15-yard line. Shrake made seven and Byelene five and Mike went around his right end for the touchdown. Again Glass plunged for the extra point and the score was 30-0.

The next Tiger drive began on a fine 25-yard return of a punt by Shrake to the Massillon 49-yard line. Shrake and Glass made seven yards and Byelene running hard behind good interference smashed to the 26-yard line, a gain of 15 yards. Byelene made four but a
15-yard penalty for holding sent the Tigers backward. Byelene made up the loss and five more on a pass to Gillom and Glass smacked the center for a first down on the 10-yard line. Byelene’s pass was knocked down, but he hit center for six yards and Glass hammered through to the one-yard line and took it over on the next play. Shrake raced around his left end for the extra point and with the score 37-0 and three minutes left to play a complete new Massillon team was sent into the game. There was no further scoring, the half ending with the Tigers holding the ball in midfield.

The Tiger first team with the exception of Herring went back into the game at the start of the third period. It took the local eleven awhile to get going; South forcing Glass to punt for the first time in the ball game after the kickoff. The visitors following that punt made their first first down of the ball game on Shortle’s fine end sweep from punt formation. Gillom stopped the spurt when he broke through and tossed Hose for a seven-yard loss and when Shortle kicked poorly, Snyder made a daring catch of the ball and got back 15 yards to the South 44-yard line. A 15-yard penalty for holding made it first down and 25 to go but it didn’t stop the Tigers as Byelene tossed 17 yards to Anderson and Glass made three at center. Another five yards for offside was inflicted on the Tigers but still they hammered away, Byelene making first down in two carries on the 24-yard line and then snapping a pass to Anderson for a touchdown. A fumble spoiled the try for the extra point.

Score Touchdown Quickly
Two touchdowns followed in rapid succession. South elected to kick off; Young booting the ball into the bleachers at the end of the field. Massillon took it on the 20 and surged forward again, Glass running 21 yards to his 41; Byelene snapping a pass to Anderson for a first down on the visitors’ 49; Byelene twisting around his right end to the 24; Glass plunging twice to the seven-yard line and Shrake carrying it over in two attempts. Glass went through tackle for the extra point and the score was 50-0.
Again South kicked off to Charley Anderson who came pile driving up the alley to the
48-yard line. On the first play, Glass went through his left tackle on a 52-yard dash for a touchdown and Byelene passed to Anderson for the extra point. That ended the scoring of the ball game as the Tiger scrubs went in. They finished the game and did not come close to scoring, but gave a great demonstration of courage when they turned back the heavier South team on the four-yard line and took possession of the ball. Young Freddy Toles, sparkled in the closing minutes of the game when he nearly got away twice.

Despite the inclement weather, the game was not the mud splashing contest those who remained at home expected it to be. Before improvements were made at the local field, it would have looked like a gravel pit, but last night, shirts of players were not soiled sufficiently to make the numbers of players invisible.

The sod took up the moisture and remained firm despite the long cleats players were wearing.

The spectators too had reason to appreciate the covered section of stands. A light drizzle fell in the third period but never reached those in the protected section.

The band remained under cover last night and played from the stands but did not drill. The band is to receive its deserving award next Friday when it will be taken to New Castle on the special train. A loyal organization, the band always responds when called upon.

Victory No. 4
Massillon Pos. Akron South
Gillom LE Whitten
J. Anderson LT Avellino
Wyatt LG Lester
Snavely C Meszaros
Miller RG Burke
Peters RT Molder
C. Anderson RE Shortle
Byelene QB Schaadle
Herring LH Baranick
Snyder RH Kidder
Glass FB Young

Score by periods:
Massillon 21 16 20 0 57

Massillon – MacMichael, t; Toles, hb; Shrake, hb, qb; Edwards, e; Herman, hb; Pizzino, fb; Swoger, t; Lee, c; Bob Miller, t; Sedjo, g; Greenfelder, g; Howard, g; Wurzbacher, e; Endes, c; Lucius, g; Harsh, t.

Massillon – Glass 2; Herring 2; Gillom; Byelene; C. Anderson; Shrake.

Point after touchdown:
Massillon – Glass 5(carried); Shrake (carried); Anderson (pass).

Safety – South (two points for Massillon).
Referee – Jenkins (Akron).
Umpire – Lobach (F. & M.).
Head Linesman – Barrett (Akron).

Mike Byelene
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1936: Massillon 70, Portsmouth 0

Orange and Black Wave Submerges Visiting Men of Troy 70-0 in Brilliant Exhibition of Offensive Football


Portsmouth’s sturdy wall held back the Ohio River, but it couldn’t stop the wave of orange and black Friday evening and the men of Troy were washed out 70-0 on Massillon Field.

A powerful running attack with every man doing his part, battered down the Trojan defense and though replacements were tossed into the ranks just as sandbags were piled against the famous flood wall, the men of Troy could not withstand the battering. What was a small leak in the Trojan wall in the opening minute when “Echo” Herring raced 47 yards to a touchdown, quickly developed into a washout as 10 more touchdowns and 24 first downs poured through.
Score Surprises Fans
To the 7,000 fans who attended the game, the 70 points were as much of a surprise as they must have been to the large crowd that gathered in Portsmouth to hear a play by play account sent directly from the local football field.

The game was heralded as the best home contest of the season outside of the
Massillon-Canton game, but Portsmouth, though previously undefeated and with the record of tying Hamilton, a claimant of the state title last year, failed to put up the performance expected of it.

Perhaps the way the Tigers drove over two touchdowns in the first few minutes had something to do with it. Perhaps it was the long trip, the crowd or the general setting that unnerved the visitors. Whatever it was, the visiting eleven though presenting the appearance of a well drilled team, failed to show any offense, making but two first downs, one in each half and continually gained ground when on the defensive.
Tigers Kept The Ball
The fact is, the high geared offense of the Tigers enabled them to keep the ball most of the time and rarely did the Trojans get possession of it.

While the Tiger eleven was continually marching up the field, the Portsmouth gridders only succeeded in getting the ball in the locals’ territory twice and on both occasions the Massillon second team was in action.

The visitors had their big moment toward the close of the first half when Ford’s quick kick went over Shrake’s head, 60 yards to the five-yard line. Pizzino, trying to punt from behind his goal, got off a poor kick that Venthrino caught on the 10-yard line and ran back to the two-yard stripe. Then, after one play had failed and with second down coming up the gun cracked ending the first half.

Toward the close of the fourth quarter, George Brown recovered a Massillon fumble on the Tigers’ 15-yard line. Ford gained three yards but on third down he fumbled while attempting a pass and a flock of Massillon men pounced onto the ball to end the threat.

Save for these two occasions, the Tiger goal line was never in danger, while the Massillon gridders were a threat every time they came into possession of the ball.
Tiger Offense At Best
The Massillon offense was at its best last night just as it was high in the Portsmouth game of 1935. Ball carriers were given the finest of blocking and Mike Byelene’s passes had the accuracy of a sharpshooter. He and Dick Shrake completed 11 passes for a gain of 196 yards and two points after touchdown. Only one was intercepted and five incomplete.

The Tiger machine was thrown into gear at the kickoff. Capt. Copeff of the Trojans booted the ball to Charley Anderson, who headed up the alley to be brought down on the 33-yard line by Covert, Portsmouth center. Herring ran 15 yards and Byelene five to the Trojan 47-yard line. There Herring shot around his right end, cut back to the middle of the field where he picked up his interference and raced across the goal line with three men looking vainly for somebody to take out of the way. Glass failed to kick the extra point.

Portsmouth received and Cave brought Glass’ kick back to the 31-yard line where Don Snavely got him. Three plays gained seven yards and Frazier barely got away his kick to Herring who caught it on the Massillon 30 and came back eight yards. The Tigers again set their sails for the Portsmouth goal and although penalized 15 yards for failing to stop long enough on the shift, one of seven penalties inflicted on them for the same infraction, they slashed back to their own 42-yard line where Herring once more dashed away through his right tackle for a run of 58 yards and a touchdown. He had three men running interference for him as he crossed the goal line. Glass kicked the ball over on his first attempt but Massillon was penalized 15 for holding and when the Tiger back tried it a second time, the ball soared wide of the posts and the score stood at 12-0.
Intercepted Pass Starts Another
After an exchange of punts that followed the kickoff, Herring intercepted Ford’s pass on the Massillon 40-yard line and raced all the way back to the 10-yard stripe before being tackled by Monk. On the first play, Glass hit center for the touchdown and this time Byelene passed to Charley Anderson for the extra point, hoisting the score to 19-0.

In the closing minutes of the period, three Massillon linemen rose up in front of Ford’s punt and blocked it on the 28-yard line. It being fourth down the ball went to the Tigers. Byelene tossed 18 yards to Gillom for a first down on the 10-yard line. Herring made two at right tackle and the quarter ended with the ball on the eight –yard line.

On the first play of the second period, Byelene skirted his left end for a touchdown. Glass’ placekick was wide of the posts and the score was 25-0.

The Tigers’ kicked off and after Portsmouth failed to advance the necessary ground, Ford quick kicked to Herring who caught it on his 45 and got back only five yards. Byelene tossed 29 yards to Charley Anderson, who barely got his finger tips on the ball and dropped it. Interference was called on George Brown and the pass was declared completed giving the Tigers a first down on the 21-yard line. In two plays, Anderson went around his left end for a touchdown but the ball was called back and Massillon was penalized 15 yards for failing to pause on the shift. Byelene and Glass got it back quickly, however, putting the ball on the one-yard line in two plays and Glass plunged through for the touchdown. Byelene passed to Anderson for the extra point bringing the score to 32-0.
Cover Short Kickoff
Pizzino and Shrake went into the Tiger backfield. Portsmouth elected to receive and Jim Miller kicked a short one that only got to the Portmouth 46-yard line. A free ball, Pizzino hopped on it and it was first down for the Tigers. Byelene made 11 at tackle then stepped back on the next play and passed a 25-yard beauty to Gillom who caught it on the 10-yard line and raced across for the touchdown. Ford batted down Byelene’s attempted pass for the extra point and the score stood at 38-0.

Portsmouth made its first, first down of the game following the kickoff when interference was called on Byelene when Monk tried to catch Ford’s pass. Portsmouth was given the ball on its own 37. Snavely tossed Ford for a two-yard loss and Shrake intercepted Ford’s pass on his own 47 and returned to Portsmouth’s 43-yard line. Despite a five-yard penalty for being offside, Shrake and Byelene ran the ball to a first down on the 27-yard line. Pizzino made eight at left tackle and a pass to C harley Anderson gained a first down on the nine-yard line. Shrake made five at left tackle and Byelene plunged it over. Charley Anderson placekicked the extra point and the score was 45-0.

A new Massillon team took the field. There followed Portsmouth’s threat in the closing minutes of the first half when intermission came with the Trojans in possession of the ball on the Tigers’ two-yard line.

The Tigers changed shirts between halves and came out wearing white. The first string eleven went back into the ball game, took the kickoff on the 21-yard line and marched to a touchdown, Glass providing most of the excitement with a dash of 39 yards through the center of the visiting team and across the goal. A mix-up on signals for the try for point resulted in a fumble and loss of the point, leaving the score at 51-0.

Portsmouth received and after failing to gain on a line play and grounding a pass, Copen quick kicked to Herring who caught it on his own 30 and returned 19 yards. Glass carried the ball four yards and Byelene twice in advancing to the 30-yard line despite another
15-yard penalty for failing to pause a second on the shift. From the 30, Byelene snapped a pass to Herring who went over the goal line in two steps. Glass placekicked the extra point.
Misses Football
Glass kicked off to Ford who was tackled on his 30-yard line. Portsmouth sent in a complete new team. The visitors were pushed backward and Throckmorton, in attempting to punt, missed the ball entirely; Junior Anderson covering it for Massillon on the 10-yard line. Byelene snapped to Anderson for a touchdown but the ball was called back and the Tigers lost 15 yards for the shift violation. Byelene passed again but this time Venthrio intercepted. However, Portsmouth was offside on the play and it still remained Massillon’s ball. Byelene then passed the ball to Gillom who caught it behind the goal line. Glass’ attempted kick for the extra point was blocked and the score was 64-0.

A new team went in for Massillon and played throughout the remainder of the game.

The Tiger second stringers made one touchdown the last period. They came into possession of the ball on the Portsmouth 20-yard line when Ford, after fumbling a pass from center on fourth down, had no other choice but to run with the ball. Shrake twice carried the ball, once going for 10 yards and again traveling 20 for a touchdown, but on both plays the ball was called back for offside violations. Shrake got a pass to Dudley Dixon, however for a first down on the 10-yard line. Dixon made nine yards in two attempts and Wurzbacher on an end around play ran for the touchdown. Shrake’s pass for the extra point was grounded and the game ended at 70-0.

The Tigers lost 125 yards in penalties while Portsmouth lost 10 yards.

The crowd once again pleased the high school management. Though not as large as that of the opening night, it exceeded most Friday evening crowds of past years.

The Tiger band bigger than ever, gave a pleasing exhibition between halves. It is rapidly becoming one of the best schoolboy bands in the state.
Victory No. 3
Massillon Pos. Portsmouth
Gillom LE Monk
J. Anderson LT Lamm
Wyatt LG Wellman
Snavely C Covert
Miller RG Sally
Peters RT Anderson
C. Anderson RE Orth
Byelene QB Frazier
Herring LH G. Brown
Snyder RH Copen
Glass FB Cave

Score by periods:
Massillon 19 26 19 6 70

Massillon – Shrake, lh; Pizzino, fb; MacMichael, t; Toles, e; Edwards, e; Herman, hb; Swoger, rh; Lee, c; Miller, lt; Greenfelder, g; Howard, g; Wurzbacher, e; Endress, c; Lucius, g; Dixon, hb; Harsh, t.
Portsmouth – Ford, qb; Venthrino, lh; H. Brown, le; Taylor, rg; Justice, lg; Sagraves, lh; Church, lt; Throckmorton, qb; Vinsen, fb; Coyle, c; McGarrey, re; McKinney, lh; Redding, rt.

Massillon – Herring 3; Glass 3; Byelene 2; Gillom 2; Wurzbacher.

Point after touchdown:
Massillon – Anderson 3 (pass 2, kicked 1); Glass (kicked).

Referee – Howells (Sebring).
Umpire – Boone (Canton).
Head Linesman – Gross (New Philadelphia).

Mike Byelene
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1936: Massillon 40, Mansfield 7

Happy Over Smashing 40-7 Victory at Mansfield Saturday, Washington High Eleven Meets Ohio River Foe Next


Spurred on by the 40-7 drubbing they administered to a highly touted Mansfield team Saturday, the Washington high Tigers began preparations today for the invasion of Portsmouth Friday evening and the Booster club at the same time planned a meeting for tonight to sing the praises of their latest victory and to make plans for a special train to New Castle, two weeks hence.

Emerging from the Mansfield game in good condition despite the unfavorable hot temperatures, the Massillon outfit surveyed its injuries and found only a few bumps and bruises. In tip-top shape, the team was on its feet throughout the game, while a fast tiring Mansfield team lapped water.
Cross Goal Six Times
It was a touchdown hungry Tiger outfit that Coach Paul Brown turned loose before 6,000 fans Saturday afternoon. Six times the eleven crossed the Mansfield goal and only nervous fingers and inability to hold the ball prevented them from scoring on two other occasions when fumbles were recovered by Mansfield on its own one-yard line.

The score surprised even the most optimistic Massillon fan who thought he was liberal in picking the Tigers to win by two touchdowns.

The same high class interference that cut a path to victory in the opening game with Cleveland East cleared the way through the jungles of the Mansfield Tygers.

“Look at that blocking that’s what’s beating us,” were words heard continually in the press box as Mike Byelene and little Edgar Herring skirted the ends and cut through tackles. “It’s the bet team I have seen play on this field,” said Oscar Ruhl, Mansfield sports editor. “It’s a better team than Sandusky showed us last year.”

And so Mansfield took the defeat graciously, took nothing away from the Tigers, but praised them as a fine football team and admired the spirit of Massillon in sending some 2,000 fans to the game.
Many Massillon Cars
The road between Mansfield and Massillon was one streak of orange and black, before and after the game as cars with banners bearing Tiger heads and trimmed with colored ribbons dashed in and out of Richland County. Two airplanes also made the round trip hop carrying five passengers for versatility’s sake. The Tiger band was there too, despite a burned out bearing on the bus and gave a demonstration of letter making between halves that was applauded by fans of both schools. The Mansfield band, fortified by a girls drum corps, making its debut, also drilled and poured fourth music from a corner of the field.

It did not make the Tigers long to prove their superiority. Byelene brought Bill Distl’s kickoff back to the 35-yard line and there began a drive that failed to produce a score only because the ball bounded out of Herring’s arms on the one-yard line, Distl recovering for the Tygers.

Distl punted the Tygers out of the hole with a 60-yard boot from behind his own goal to Herring who caught it on his own 40 and scampered back to the (unreadable) befpre being downed.

Another forward march began but it ended on the 22-yard line where a 15-yard penalty was inflicted on the Tigers. They tried to pass to make up the loss but Distl intercepted on his 25. Failing to gain but one yard in two downs, Distl punted to Herring who caught the ball on his 38 and returned 10 yards to his own 48.
Tigers Score First Touchdown
Another offensive got underway. Herring cut through right tackle for three yards and Byelene made six on a center plunge. Byelene reeled off 18 to the 25-yard line. Herring made three yards at center and skirted his right end to the two-yard line. Glass and Byelene only moved the ball up a yard but Herring took it over on third down through his right tackle. Glass kicked goal.

Glass kicked off and after Olin had brought the ball back to his 35-yard line; Hallabrin flashed Mansfield’s first offensive effort when he made 11 yards at right tackle for a first down on his 46-yard line. That ended the first quarter.

On the opening play of the second period Distl lost what Hallabrin had gained when tackled viciously by Charley Anderson after having taken a lateral pass. Hallabrin only made two yards at center and Distl punted to Byelene who signaled for a fair catch but who fumbled when a Mansfield player tackled him, Mansfield recovering. The Tigers were permitted to keep the ball on their 38.

Herring made three at right end and Byelene went around the left side for a first down on the Tygers’ 40. A pass failed, but Herring raced around right end for a first down on the 10-yard line. Glass carried to the one-yard line but fumbled, Mansfield recovering.

Hallabrin made but two yards and Distl punted to Byelene who was downed on the Tygers’ 32. Byelene passed over the goal line too high for Anderson to snag. Byelene skirted left end and was tossed out on the 14-yard line. Herring went around right end for a touchdown. Glass’ kick was wide, but Mansfield was offside and the Tigers were given another chance. This time Herring sneaked over for the extra point.
Two Plays Net Touchdown
Glass unleashed a powerful kickoff that sailed over the goal and the ball was given to Mansfield on the 20. Two plays netted seven yards and Distl on third down punted poorly to Snyder who raced back to the Tygers’ 25-yard line before being tackled. Glass immediately plunged for a first down on the 11-yard line and on the next play Byelene went over for a touchdown, Glass kicking goal.

The Tigers threatened again in the period carrying the ball to the eight-yard line where they lost it after twice passing unsuccessfully over the goal line. The half ended with the score 21-0.

Mansfield flashed its only offensive in the third quarter when each team made a touchdown.

The two Andersons put the Tigers in position for their score. Charley blocking Distl’s punt and Junior recovering on the Mansfield 30. Byelene snapped the ball to Odell Gillom for a first down on the seven-yard line. Herring made two at right tackle and Glass plunged through for the touchdown. His attempted placekick for the extra point was wide of the uprights and the score was 27-0.
Mansfield Scores Touchdown
Then came Mansfield’s one big effort. Luckie returned Glass’ kickoff to the Mansfield 40. Hallabrin grounded a pass. He carried the ball on the second play for a gain of nine yards. He tried it again and failed to gain, but on fourth down, Distl plunged through for a first down on Massillon’s 47.

Hallabrin made three yards at left tackle. A pass was grounded. Banks made four yards at right tackle and on fourth down, Hallabrin crossed up the Tigers who were looking for a punt and dashed to the 12-yard line before he was brought down. Hallabrin made two yards and Massillon was penalized five for being offside. That put the ball on the five-yard line. Hallabrin in two attempts made it first down on the one-yard line. Distl failed to gain, but Hallabrin took it over for a touchdown and kicked the extra point. The period ended with the score 27-7.

The Tigers took the kickoff at the start of the fourth period and marched to a touchdown. Herring brought the ball to his 34-yard line. He went around left end to his own 47 and Glass plunged through to the Mansfield 47. Glass lost eight yards when an attempted lateral was smothered. Herring and Byelene immediately carried to a first down on the Mansfield 42. Herring went around right end for 12 yards. Glass failed to gain, but Byelene shot the ball to Anderson for a first down on the 18-yard line. Herring fumbled but Byelene recovered for a nine-yard gain. Byelene made it first down on the six-yard line. Glass hit center for five and Herring went over from the one-yard line. An attempted pass for the extra point was smothered.

Charley Anderson put the Tigers in position for another touchdown right after the kickoff when he recovered a fumble on the 11-yard line. Dick Schrake made a yard at right end, but two passes were grounded by Mansfield and Byelene failed by a yard to make a first down and the ball was lost. Distl passed to Hallabrin for a first down on the Tygers’ 18, but three more passes in a row were grounded and Distl punted to Schrake who got back to the 40-yard line. Byelene hurled a pass to Schrake for a first down on the 11-yard line. Mansfield was penalized five yards for holding. Byelene went to the four-yard line and Glass took it over standing up. Schrake plunged for the extra point and the game ended at 40-7 with Coach Brown sending in a complete new team.

The Tigers in their romp made 23 first downs to Mansfield’s seven and completed five of 17 passes for a gain of 92 yards. One pass was intercepted.

The Booster club will meet this evening at 7:30 in the Washington high auditorium. Coach Paul Brown will talk over plays used in the Mansfield game and what can be expected from Portsmouth. The club will take steps to charter a special train to New Castle, Oct. 18.

Tigers’ Second
Massillon Pos. Mansfield
Gillom LE Luckie
J. Anderson LT Sandel
Wyatt LG Bucher
Snavely C Locke
J. Miller RG Bookwalter
Peters RT Heiser
C. Anderson RE Dials
Byelene QB Hallabrin
Herring LH Distl
Snyder RH Banks
Glass FB Weigand

Score by periods:
Massillon 7 14 6 13 40
Mansfield 0 0 7 0 7

Massillon – Schrake, lh, qb; Dixon, lh; Lee, c; Pizzino, fb; Harsh, lt; Howard, rg; Greenfelder, lg; Wurzbacher, re; Edwards, le; B. Miller, rt; Herman, rh; Swoger, rt.
Mansfield – Schadek, le; Olin, le; Sturgeon, lt; Davis, rt; Dent, lh; Au, fb.

Massillon – Herring 3; Glass 2; Byelene.
Mansfield – Hallabrin.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Glass 2 (placekicks); Herring (carried); Schrake (carried).
Mansfield – Hallabrin (placekick).

Referee – Bechtel (Wittenberg).
Umpire – Hamm (Kenyon).
Head Linesman – Graf (Ohio State).

Mike Byelene
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1936: Massillon 58, Cleveland East 0

Stream-lined Massillon Team Surprises Most Optimistic Fans With Speed and Well-timed Blocking


The Tigers are not extinct!

Coach Paul Brown emerged from the jungles of pessimism Friday evening with another troupe of fine performers who pounced on Cleveland East in the flag bedecked Massillon arena for a 58-0 triumph before 8,000 fans in the opening football game of the season here.

It cheered those dubious fans who bewailed the loss of nine members of the 1935 state championship team and revealed that Trainer Brown and his able assistants, C.C. Widdoes and Hugh McGranahan have given Massillon another great football team.
Tigers Superb in Every Department
Performing on a stage that presented as pretty a setting as you will find on any high school gridiron, the Tigers supreme Friday evening so much so that little can be said about the Cleveland East team.

The Massillon gridders made 28 first downs to none for East and the most yards the visitors made in any one series was nine.

Just as he said Coach Brown presented a troupe of fast and spectacular performers. They ran, they passed and showed their spunk when their opponents had the ball.

They scored a touchdown the first four plays of the ball game, crossed their opponents goal line twice in each of the first, second and third periods and ended the game by shoving the ball over three times in the closing frame.
Played Clean Game
They played a clean game, were penalized but once for holding, though they were set back on two other occasions for failing to pause a second after completing their shift.
They were in condition, for not a player was injured and for that matter only once during the ball game was time taken out for injuries and that was for a slight bump an East lineman received on the leg. He continued in the game.

Not holding any weight advantage, the Tigers won through speed and fine blocking. To the fan, the ball carrying of Byelene, Glass and Herring and the passing of Byelene to Charley Anderson and Gillom was outstanding, but to many other persons it was the blocking of Red Snyder, Charley Anderson and Guards, Jim Miller and Warren Wyatt and the other backs, who actually won the game. When the ball carriers made runs, the blockers were in front of the carrier, cutting down would-be tacklers and all the man with the ball had to do was run.

Defensively there was little to be desired. Gus Peters and Junior Anderson, the tackles refused to be moved. Gillom and Charley Anderson cleared the ends and Don Snavely, directing defensive play from behind the line, was under most of the tackles.
Score In Four Plays
Following the preliminary pageentry which was as fine as you will se at most big college games, the Tigers in their flashy uniforms received at the south end of the field. Anderson took the ball and started up the alley, running from his five-yard line to the 35-yard stripe before being downed. Herring got around right end for four yards and Byelene, running hard, carried the ball into Cleveland territory for a first down on the 41-yard line.

Herring wormed around the left side for 38 yards to the three-yard line and Byelene went over on the next play. Glass’ kick was wide of the goal posts and the score was 6-0 in the Tigers favor.

Glass kicked off to Marcus who brought the pigskin back to his 25-yard line. When two plays only gained three yards, Valarian quick kicked to the Massillon 20-yard line, Herring only returning eight yards before being downed. Herring on the first play went to his
42-yard line. Glass made three and Byelene ran all the way to the Cleveland 20, only to have the ball called back and the Tigers penalized 15 yards for failing to stop a second on their shift. Byelene punted to Nativio who tried to catch the ball on his own 40. He fumbled, however and Snavely got on top of it to give the Tigers a first down on the East 40. On the first play Byelene, running behind perfect interference, came around the left end for touchdown. Glass placekicked the extra point and the score was 13-0.
Launch Third Touchdown Drive
Glass kicked off to Nativio who was tackled on his 29-yard line. Failing to gain more than three yards, Valarian punted to Herring who returned from his 20 to his 35-yard line. East held the Tigers this time and Glass punted to the Cleveland 25-yard line. After Valarian had made a yard, Nativio gained eight around the Tigers’ left end, the longest gain made by East during the ball game. The visitors could not make their yardage, however and Valarian punted over Herring’s head to the goal line, Herring returning to his nine-yard line. On a double reverse the Tiger halfback ran (unreadable…) down on the 27. Byelene made seven more as the period closed.

Glass made five and East was penalized 15 yards for piling up. Herring lost a yard at right end and Byelene’s pass to Anderson was too far for him to reach. Herring made nine yards at center and then ran 32 yards to the four-yard line. In two attempts he went over for a touchdown. Glass’ kick was wide of the uprights and the score was 19-0.

Glass kicked to Valarian who returned the ball well to his 32-yard line. When a pass and two line plays failed. Valarian punted to Herring on the Tiger 45. He returned seven yards. Byelene made six at left end and then tossed a pass to Odell Gillom for a touchdown. It was a gain of 42 yards. An attempted pass for the extra point failed and the score was 25-0.

Coach Brown sent in a string of seven substitutes. Jim Miller kicked off to East’s 20. East began ramming the Tiger line, but Roy Herman stopped the visitors by intercepting a pass on the East 35-yard line. The Tigers worked the ball to the nine-yard line but lost it on downs. East punted back to the 39-yard line and Byelene passed to Edwards for a first down on the 15-yard line. Three plays netted five yards and the half ended with the Tigers in possession of the ball on the 10-yard line.
Third Period
The Tiger first string eleven started the second half. Snyder took the kickoff and brought it back to the Massillon 42. A pass to Anderson advanced the ball to the 39-yard line and Byelene and Glass carried to a first down on the 25. A five yard penalty and another three-yard loss by Byelene while trying to pass kept the Tigers from gaining their ground. Glass punted over the goal line. Failing to gain, Valarian punted to Herring who returned to the 33-yard line. Glass plunged for a first down on the East 33 and a pass, Byelene to Anderson gained another first on the 20. Glass made five at center and Herring raced to a first down on the six-yard line. Glass plunged over but the ball was called back and Massillon penalized 15 yards for holding. Herring failed to gain so Byelene passed to Anderson for a touchdown and Glass kicked goal, bringing the score to 32-0.

Oberst kicked to Glass who brought the ball back to his 37. Herring went around left end to the East 42. Glass plunged for eight yards. Byelene passed 34 yards to Gillom for a touchdown and tossed another to Gillom for the extra point. The quarter ended with the score 39-0.

A drive that began in the third stalled at the one-yard line. Valarian immediately punted to Herring who ran the ball back to the 17-yard line. He went over for a touchdown on the next play. Glass kicked the extra point.

Valarian kicked to Snyder who brought the ball back to the 40-yard line. Glass gained nine on a spinner and then raced through the alley for a first down on the East 37-yard line. Byelene tossed to Anderson for a touchdown. Glass’ kick hit the goal post and the score was 52-0.

The Tigers kicked off, held and took the ball on the East 48. Byelene passed over Gillom’s head. Glass plunged for a first down on the 34-yard line. Herring made seven at right end and Byelene put the ball on the 12-yard line. Glass made eight but the Tigers were penalized five yards. Glass made seven at center. A pass over the goal line was grounded, so Glass hit the center of the line for a touchdown. His kick was wide of the posts, leaving the score at 58-0. An entire new Massillon team took the field and in the closing minutes of play, Philip Pizzino, fullback broke through for two first downs.

The Tigers completed eight passes for 197 yards and one point after touchdown. Nine passes were grounded. East completed one pass for no gain, had three grounded and one intercepted.

Massillon was penalized 60 yards and East 25 yards.
A Good Start
Massillon Pos. Cleveland East
Gillom LE Nehis
J. Anderson LT Sakenes
Wyatt LG Simmons
Snavely C Waller
Miller RG Karloneck
Peters RT Sutphin
C. Anderson RE Strauss
Byelene QB Nativio
Herring LH Valarian
Snyder RH Oberat
Glass FB Marcus

Score by periods:
Massillon 13 12 14 19 58

Massillon – Shrake, qb; Edwards, re; Herman, rh; Pizzino, fb; Swoger, rt; Lee, c; Greenfelder, lg; Howard, rg; Wursbacker, le; Dixon, lh.
East – Hocevar, c; Gurak, e; Milhellic, g; Raspardia, g; Brandford, c; Artele, lh; Rorchert, fb; Robicci, t; Slants, qb.

Massillon – Byelene 2; Herring 2; Gillom 2; C. Anderson 2; Glass.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Glass 3 (placekicks); Gillom 1 (pass).

Referee – Rupp.
Umpire – Brubaker.
Head Linesman – Roudabush.


Sports Editor

Massillon’s football bugs – 8,000 strong – trekked to Massillon field Friday night to get their first peek at Coach Paul Brown’s 1936 edition of the Washington high school Tigers.

These 8,000 bugs marveled at the splendid condition of the gridiron with its beautiful carpet of green. They expressed satisfaction at the improvement in the lighting system which made it easier to watch night encounters. They praised the athletic board for covering a section of the stands on the west side of the field.

Apparently they were satisfied with everything. And then the Tigers went into action and the convincing fashion in which they manhandled Cleveland East 58 to 0 sent those 8,000 bugs homeward about 10:15 completely daffy about the aggregation which began defense of the scholastic state championship, won by an undefeated team in 1935.

Massillon’s Tigers of 1936 are going places again this fall, if their playing last night is any indication of what they will do the remainder of the season. Of course, it is a bit early to wax too enthusiastic about the team but those orange and black clad lads certainly turned loose a thrilling brand of football last night.

They showed the result of expert coaching. Their defense was of that old stonewall type and their offense was the smoothest working and most highly polished a local high school football team has ever shown in its opening encounter.

The thing that impressed this writer most was the great blocking and interference given the ball toters. A smashing interference that formed quickly and cut down would-be tacklers with deadly precision and accuracy made it easy for such lightning like runners as Bob Glass, Edgar Herring and Mike Byelene to scamper for long gains. That same interference also gave Byelene plenty of protection when he began rifling passes into the hands of waiting receivers.

The type of interference the Tigers turned loose last night is rarely seen on a high school football team. Before the season opened Coach Brown said that speed and precision would be the highlights in the 1936 attack. The Tigers had plenty of both last night.

If the Tigers continue to improve and there is no reason why they should not, they are going to be mighty hard to stop. But the team of 1936 faces this one serious obstacle – lack of seasoned and capable reserves. The Tigers of last night will go a long ways if they escape serious injuries to the star cogs in the machine. Should any of the regulars, especially in the backfield, be put on the hospital list a different picture may be painted.

It was an ideal night for a football opener. Stars studded the sky and the air had enough snap in it to pep up players and fans.

The stands filled early and shortly after 7:30 the drum and bugle corps of Massillon Post, No. 221, American Legion, marched on the field to make its first public appearance of the year. The legion outfit gave a splendid exhibition of drilling and playing, giving local boosters a glimpse of the tactics they will use in Cleveland next week while competing for the national drum corps title.

Between halves Washington high’s rapidly improving band marched and played and acquitted itself with great credit. It is a musical organization that will bring a lot of praise to Massillon.

With their first victory tucked in their belts, the Tigers next week will prepare for a Saturday afternoon invasion of Mansfield. Next Saturday night Massillon will see its first college football game played here when Western Reserve, coached by Bill Edwards, former local grid hero, meets Bowling Green on Massillon Field.

All in all, it looks like another big football year for Massillon

Mike Byelene