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Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1954: Massillon 7, Alliance 19

Alliance Ends Tiger Winning Streak
Aviators Triumph 19-7 To Break Massillon’s String of 25 Victories


Mel Knowlton was king of Alliance today and his Aviators were flying high.

Before an overflow crowd of 11,000 fans that expected to see anything happen, the Alliance high school gridders cut Massillon’s 25-game winning streak in Mount Union stadium Friday night by handing the Washington high Tigers a 19-7 defeat.

Two well placed bombs did it.

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They were thrown by veteran Quarterback Bill Offenbecher to receivers Frank Kracher and Bob Reda, who made virtually impossible catches as they took the ball out of the arms of Massillon defenders and fell inside the five-yard line.
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IT TOOK all the might Alliance could muster from there on to score. Four downs to make one yard for the first one, three downs plus a penalty to the one-yard line to get the second. But it was enough. The Tigers were licked. The third T.D. coming when it did, didn’t matter.

It was an uphill game for Alliance because Massillon scored first on a 69-yard run by Homer Floyd with only five minutes gone in the first period.

And big Bob Williams made the lead 7-0 by kicking the extra point squarely between the uprights.

Alliance struck back with its first scoring effort in the last two minutes of the quarter after Offenbecher had passed 39 yards to Kracher for a first down on the one. Speedy Tom Barnett barely got over on fourth down to end a valiant Massillon goal line stand. Don Slusser, of the Aviators had his try for extra point blocked by End Jim Houston of Massillon.

And there the scored stood at 7-6 until four minutes had expired of the fourth period. Then again Offenbecher pitched and this time Reda caught the ball on the five-yard
line – a 35-yard pass. The Tigers appeared to have the Aviators grounded until they got too eager and drew an offside penalty that gave Alliance a first down on the one-yard line, Barnett went around right end to score, and Slusser kicked the extra point to put his team in front 13-7.

The Tigers couldn’t get past midfield after that and yielded the ball to Alliance on downs on the Massillon 42. The Aviators went all the way this time with Joel Plummer crossing up the local team as he raced 25 yards on a double reverse to score Alliance’s third touchdown.
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THAT WAS IT. There were only four minutes left and everyone knew as they were being ticked off that the Tigers didn’t have a chance to catch up.

The final gun was a signal for one happy man.

He said he was waiting for this one, thought his team played well and thought the turning point of the game came in the early minutes of the third period when Alliance covered a Massillon fumble when the Tigers ahead 7-6, were driving for a second touchdown on the 12-yard line.
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THE MASSILLON dressing room was the quietest it has been since the evening at Warren in 1951 when the Panthers handed the Tigers their last defeat prior to last night. Since then Massillon teams had won 25 games in a row, three at the end of the 1951 season, 10 each in 1952 and 1953 and two this season.

Now Alliance has ended the streak and as Coach Tom Harp told his players, ‘We will have to start all over.”

Harp complimented Alliance for having a good football team and the two pass snatchers, Kracker and Reda, for their efforts. “We had both of them pretty well covered,” he said, “but they came out with the ball. We lost to a good team.”

The Tiger coach didn’t like the fumble call on Floyd when Alliance was given the pigskin on its own 12, thus ending a Massillon scoring threat which had it succeeded might have changed the outcome. He felt the ball was down and that it should not have been ruled a fumble.

It was one of a series of breaks that went against the Tigers last night. They lost the ball four times on fumbles, had a pass intercepted and were penalized a couple of times when it hurt most.

But that is football and is not intended to take anything away from Alliance.

After all, the Tigers had reached the 12-yard line by recovering an Alliance fumble, on the 21, the only one made by the Aviators all night.
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THE GENERAL run of the game was similar to the Alliance victory of 1948 with the Massillon team spurting and sputtering and the Aviators gaining momentum and playing their hearts out when they saw victory in sight.

The defeat was Harp’s first as a Massillon coach and he should not feel too badly about it because a couple of Massillon’s greatest coaches also suffered their first losses to Alliance, Paul Brown in 1932 and Chuck Mather in 1948. After that they became masters of the Aviators and were never beaten by them again.

Save for letting Alliance get away with the two long passes, the Tigers played a pretty good defensive game. They kept the reputable Alliance ball carriers bottled up most of the time and on only a couple of occasions did the Aviators break loose. The Tigers yielded only 67 net yards on the ground but gave away 79 in passing to give Alliance 146-net yards gained. The locals did a little better, largely the result of Floyd’s 69-yard run. They gained 145 net yards on the ground and 14 passing for 159 net yards.

First downs were six to six.

Actually the Tigers threatened but twice, the time they scored and the time they recovered the Alliance fumble and got to the 12 before fumbling themselves. Otherwise they were bottled up for the most part in their own back yard.
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MOST FANS wondered about a Massillon play in the second period when the ball flew high in the air as it was centered. The center thought Alliance offside and passed it to get a five-yard penalty, but the officials thought differently.

Then there was a little rhubarb at the end of the second half when Alliance uncorked a screen pass that took the ball deep into Massillon territory. Time expired as the play was in motion and Massillon was offside on the play. The officials ruled that Alliance could either take the gain of some 50 yards or the five-yard penalty.

However, if it took the gain, the half would be over, but if it took the penalty it would be able to run one more play. So it took the penalty. Knowlton protested that he should have been given another play from the point of the gain.

The local team came out of the game in fairly good condition. Quarterback Rich Crescenze had a pair of black eyes and was ill and there were the usual bruises and bumps. None, however, appeared serious.

The squad ate in Canton on the trip home. Appetites aren’t as big when you lose and the food not as good, the players learned.

Briefly, here is a quick resume of the game:
Massillon won the toss and received. After an exchange of punts the Tigers got the ball on their 26. Floyd gained five yards and on third down raced 69 yards around his right end to score. Bob Williams kicked the extra point.
Massillon 7, Alliance 8.
Massillon kicked off to Alliance and the Aviators came all the way from their 37, getting a first down on the Massillon 41 and then the Offenbecher to Kracker pass for 39 yards and a first down on the one. Three times the Aviators crashed the Tiger line but were thrown back. On fourth down Barnett got over by inches. Slusser missed the attempted placekick.
Massillon 7, Alliance 6

After a kickoff and exchange of punts Massillon got into Alliance territory but, with a yard needed for first down, lost the ball on a play mix-up and Alliance took over on its 44. The Aviators w ere forced to punt and Alliance intercepted a Crescenze pass on the Tigers’ 20. The locals stopped the threat and took over on the 11. Neither team threatened anymore in the period.
Alliance fumbled on the second play after the kickoff and Floyd covered on the 21. In three plays Floyd was on the Alliance 12 when the officials ruled he was not down as he fumbled and Alliance took over. Alliance made one first down before it punted, and the Tigers came back over the midfield stripe with the ball only to lose it on a fumble on the Alliance 44.
Alliance gambled for two yards on fourth down and got it on the Massillon 44. Then came the Offenbecher to Reda pass that gained a first on the five. Plummer hit once for a yard, tried again and got another yard but Alliance was offside and penalized back to the nine. Plummer gained three. On the next play the Tigers were offside and Alliance was given the ball on the one. This time Barnett made it around right end. Slusser kicked the extra point and Alliance went to the front 13-7.

Eight minutes remained to be played. The Tigers brought the kickoff back to their 31 and Floyd got up to a first down on his 43. There the attack fizzled as a recovered fumble lost two yards. Boekel failed to gain, a pass was grounded and an attempt to carry on fourth down fell short. Alliance took over on the Massillon 42, worked it to the 25 and Plummer went the rest of the way on a double reverse. Slusser missed the try for point.
Alliance 19, Massillon 7
Massillon made one first down after the kickoff on a screen pass to Floyd that took the ball to the Tiger 38, but a pitch-out went wide and lost eight yards and the locals wound up punting to Alliance. The game ended after one play.

ENDS – Canary, Lorch, Williams, Houston, Jones, Francisco.
TACKLES – R. Williams, Hill, Moore, Schumacher.
GUARDS – Holloway, R. Maier, Tracy, Fisher.
CENTERS – Spicer, Morrow, Roan.
QUARTERBACKS – Crescenze, James.
HALFBACKS – Fromholtz, Floyd, Stavroff, Brown, Duke, Stephens, Yoder.
FULLBACKS – Boekel, Archibald.

Mass. All.
First downs 6 6
Passes attempted 7 6
Passes completed 1 3
Had passes intercepted 1 0
Yards gained passing 14 79
Yards gained rushing 162 83
Total yards gained 176 162
Yards lost 17 16
Net yards gained 159 146
Times punted 4 4
Average punt (yards) 40 32
Yards punts returned by 0 22
Times kicked off 2 4
Average kickoff (yards) 38 47
Yards kickoffs returned by 62 10
Lost ball on fumbles 4 1
Times penalized 4 5
Times fumbled 5 1
Yards penalized 30 35

Homer Floyd
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

1932: Massillon 6, Alliance 30



AS brilliant as the stars overhead, Alliance’s vaunted running attack swept aside a light but scrappy Massillon line in Mount Union stadium Friday evening to pile up a 30-6 victory before the largest crowd ever to witness a football game in that city.

A cloudless sky and a snap in the air, added zest to a perfect setting for the midseason football climax. All roads led to Alliance last night and spectators not only witnessed a grid game but got a taste of football themselves as they rammed the line in a rush through the gates to gain admittance to the field where 10,000 fans gathered to see the amazing red and blue sweep on to the Stark county championship and leadership in the Northeastern Ohio Big Ten race.

Tigers Hold Until Late In Half
Subjecting the Massillon line to a continual hammering the big and powerful Alliance team threatened in the first quarter but the scrappy Tigers yielded ground only after a hard battle and succeeded in staving off a score through sheer grit, intercepted passes, a recovered fumble and a 25-yard penalty slapped on the Alliance team.

After the first quarter exhibition, few in the Massillon stands doubted that the Tigers would be able to stand up under the Alliance battery and as expected the big red clicked late in the second period and crashed through for a score, its only one of the half, though it made 15 first downs to Massillon’s one.

Then came the third period, disastrous and again encouraging for Massillon. Two fumbles, early in the quarter, gave the Aviators two chances for touchdowns and they made the most of their opportunities, Russell going over both times which added to Stump’s second period score brought the total number of points to 18 for Alliance.

Tigers Score
Then it was that the Tigers were given an opportunity to uncork the weapon which they had brought to Alliance, and which they had hoped would bring them victory – the forward pass, and they bombarded the Aviators with such skill that for a moment the entire Alliance team was up in the air, Massillon fans were on their feet, one touchdown was scored and another might have been save for what Tiger fans charge was an error on the part of the officials.

Alliance covered up after Knowlton had flipped the ball to Brunker for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and from then on the Aviators had the best of it, an intercepted pass and the loss of the ball on downs giving the Aviators two more scoring opportunities in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, Russell going over for his third touchdown and Stump counting a second time.

There’s no denying Alliance has the better football team, as 23 first downs to nine attest, but the game was far more thrilling to the 10,000 spectators than 99 out of 100 encounters would be with a 30-6 score.

Alliance was for Alliance, Massillon’s 2,000 were 2,000 to the man for Massillon, but Alliance couldn’t restrain itself from offering a few cheers for the courage of the light Massillon team and its brilliant passing attack that opened up the game and time and again brought the cheering mob to its feet as an orange shirted youngster emerged from a huddle of red shirts and pulled the ball out of the air with amazing skill. It is not often a team will complete four passes in a row, or make a sustained drive for a touchdown with nothing but a forward pass as a weapon. Likewise fans seldom have the opportunity of seeing an eleven gain 165 yards from scrimmage through use of the forward pass. In other words the game was an unusual one, surprisingly fast and exceedingly interesting in spite of the one-sided score.

Up Against Good Big Team
A good little team can frequently defeat a slow big team but a good little team can hardly be expected to smite down a good big team. This in short sums up the reasons for the Tigers’ defeat last night. No alibis’ to offer, simply out-powered and outplayed, by a heavier team that played little more than straight football and supported the runner with brilliant interference.

Massillon, on the other hand found its running attack stopped completely by Alliance. The Tigers had hoped to run the ends ragged but this soon loomed impractical, for little 130 pounders like Brunker find themselves unable to take big 200 pounders like Pugh and Anderson out of the play and when ends can’t get the tackles, offensives on the flanks cannot be expected to gain ground. Then too, Alliance’s wingmen, Johnson and Karleski, were on the job, turning every side sweep into the tackles who could not be taken out by the light Massillon wingmen.

The Tigers gained but little ground from scrimmage, while Alliance picked up practically all of its yards on a straight running attack.

Tigers Heavily Outweighed
Advance weights received from Alliance indicated that the Aviators out-weighed the Tigers 16 pounds to the man, but Coach George Wilcoxon, tutor of the Alliance team was himself responsible for the statement after the game that his team had a 30-pound advantage. Russell, listed at 175, actually is 15 pounds heavier. Willie Pugh tips the beams well above 208 pounds, his listed weight. Compare Russell’s 190 pounds with Willie Hutsell’s 121 pounds or Knowlton, Shrake and Hebe, 135 pounders and you have some idea of mountainous task before the Massillon team last night.

Massillon fans, as a rule, are first to criticize their team but all criticisms last night and today favor the Tigers. Spectators are convinced that the orange shirted boys gave everything they had and put up a great game in face of the overwhelming odds against them.

Alliance unleashed its first attack late in the opening periods when Bergwall intercepted Knowlton’s pass on his own 30-yard line. Through a straight running attack, the Aviators’ carried the ball to the 10-yard line where Heben intercepted Russell’s pass and carried back to the 25-yard line before being tackled. Again the Aviators took the ball in midfield on Knowlton’s punt and carried to the five-yard line but were set back 30 yards on a
25-yard and five-yard penalty. Getting the ball on their own 35, the red and blue struck back a third time carrying back to the four-yard line where Farmer’s fumble was recovered by a Massillon linesman. Knowlton punted back to the 25-yard line and there followed the first sustained march for a touchdown.

Alliance Scores
Bergwall gained six yards and Russell snapped a pass to Johnson for a first down on the 10-yard line. Russell picked up three yards and Stump sallied through the remaining seven for the score. Pugh had two chances to placekick the extra point when Massillon was offside, but missed the uprights both times. The half ended a few minutes later with the score 6-0 in favor of Alliance.

Two breaks in the third period paved the way for a pair of Alliance touchdowns. Heben received the kickoff and carried back to the 30-yard line where he was stopped by Johnson. On the next play, Karleski covered a fumble on the locals 20-yard stripe. Farmer and Russell got four yards in two attempts. Stump wiggled through a first down and Russell came right back to smash through to the two-yard line and score on the next play. Pugh’s kick was again wide of the posts.

Again the Tigers received, Knowlton fumbling the kickoff on the 35-yard line and Hudson recovering for Alliance, Stump gained a yard and Russell three yards in two attempts. A five-yard penalty advanced the ball enabling Alliance to drive through on the next scrimmage for a first down on the 20-yard line. Farmer made two yards and Stump six more through right tackle. Farmer hit the same spot for a first down on the 10-yard line. Russell went over for a touchdown in two plays. Stump tried to kick the extra point but it was wide.

Aerial Circus Staged
This set the stage for the aerial circus, Knowlton returned the kickoff to his 30-yard line. Heben lost three yards but Knowlton stepped back and passed to Lohr for a first down on the Alliance 45-yard line. A second pass to Schrake gained a first down on the 23-yard stripe but an official called holding on the play and the Tigers were penalized 15 yards. The ball for some reason known only to the officials was brought back five yards and Alliance was penalized another five yards for being offside on an incompleted pass. Two passes, Knowlton to Lohr and Knowlton to Brunker brought a first down on the 12-yard line. Alliance took time out. Here the Tigers resorted to a bit of strategy they had been planning for weeks but it failed.

Knowlton attempted a short underhand pass through t he line of scrimmage to Schrake. Schrake got the ball in his hands but muffed it and an Alliance man pounced on the pigskin. The officials erroneously, it seems, ruled the pass a lateral though it was a straight shot through the line of scrimmage. A lateral is a free ball and consequently the ruling gave Alliance the ball and ended a serious Massillon threat.

That did not discourage the Tigers, however, and they continued to fling passes every time they gained possession of the ball. Russell finally punted out on the 10-yard line and Knowlton uncorked a pass to Lohr for a first down on the 30-yard line just as the quarter ended. On the first play of the second period, a 25-yard peg to Schrake gained a first down on the Alliance 45 stripe. Knowlton had a pass grounded but on the next attempt he shot the ball to Lohr who took it from out of a huddle of players for a first down on the Alliance 20-yard line. Finding all players covered, Knowlton ran the ball back and gained a yard, but on the next play worked a pretty fake and shot the pigskin to Schrake for another advance of eight yards. A second pass was grounded but a long heave to Brunker, who crossed over from his right end to the left side of the field, gained a touchdown. Krier was rushed in to placekick, but booted low and wide of the posts.

Alliance Scores Again
Alliance offered a better defense to the aerial bombardment thereafter. Alliance received, but a 15-yard penalty forced the Aviators to punt the ball to Heben, who was stopped on its own 40. On the next play Karleski intercepted Knowlton’s pass and Bergwall plunged through for a first down on the Massillon 25-yard line. Stump picked up nine yards at left end and Russell made it first down on the 10-yard line. Stump whaled center for four yards and Russell in two attempts went over for the touchdown. His attempted pass for the extra point was knocked down.

Possibly confused on downs, Dietz, substitute quarterback, called for a running play on a fourth down with seven yards to go and Alliance took the ball on Massillon’s 46-yard line. Stump got loose and ran back to the 25-yard line and before being tackled. Russell made three yards and Alliance was set back five for being offside, but Bergwall found a hole for eight yards and a pass, Russell to Johnson, gained a first down on the five-yard line. Stump went over from this point. For the fifth time, Stump’s attempted placekick was low and wide and the score remained at 30-6 the rest of the way.

Line up and summary:
Massillon Pos. Alliance
Lohr le Johnson
Birkish lt Pugh
Krier lg Monti
Hoyman c Hudson
Schimke rg Andreanni
Jones rt Anderson
Brunker re Karleski
Knowlton qb Stump
Schrake lh Farmer
Heben rh Bergwall
Amic fb Russell

Score by periods:
Massillon 0 0 0 6 6
Alliance 0 6 12 12 30

Massillon – Bray, lt; Brinker, le; Snavely, lg; Williams, fb; Hutsell, rh; Dietz, qb; Mansbury, lh; Swihart, e; Ripple,c.

Alliance – Russell 3; Stump 2.
Massillon – Brunker.

Referee – Mackay (Mount Union).
Umpire – Wagner (Mount Union).
Head Linesman – Gross (New Philadelphia).

Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1928: Massillon 13, Alliance 0



Believing that the early bird catches the worm, Coach Elmer McGrew, of Washington High, unleashed his tigers in the Mount Union stadium Saturday afternoon with strict orders to cross the goal line of the Red and Blue of Alliance at the earliest opportunity.

And they did just that thing and thereby won their first game of the Stark county series by beating Alliance 13 to 0. Just how obedient those boys wearing the orange and black were can be seen from the fact that they took the kickoff and marched 70 yards down the field for a touchdown.

That was the first score, and the six points looked bigger and bigger to Alliance fans as the game progressed, and smaller and smaller to Massillon fans when the red and blue began an offensive in the last period that threatened the local team’s goal.

In fact Alliance threw such a scare into the hearts of the youthful tigers in the last 10 minutes of play that they went out and produced another touchdown in order to make their score secure. However the same touchdown would not have been necessary to insure victory, because the final gun cracked while Schnierle was racing toward the red and blue’s goal line, and the last seven points were of no good other than making the local team’s score look more impressive.

The game was a splendid one from start to finish. It proved quite emphatically that McGrew’s gridders found themselves in the fracas with Wooster a week ago, and provided enough thrills to satisfy the 3,000 lovers of football, who filled the stands.

One thrill came when George Hess stepped away for a 30-yard run on the third play of the game. Another came when John Kester got off a beautiful punt that went 60 yards against the wind, and still another resulted when Keefe, flashy Alliance quarter, dashed away for a long gain after taking a lateral pass. But the best apples grow on the end of the limb, and so the most spectacular and unusual play of the game came in the last few seconds when Schnierle raced 35 yards from the line of scrimmage for a touchdown, the gun cracking when he had traveled but half the distance.

Had it not been for the whirlwind attack of the youthful tigers in the opening minutes of the game, the result might have been a scoreless tie, for after the first six points were produced the red and blue braced and turned back every other scoring threat. Had it not been that the local team was leading by six points with only a few seconds of the game remaining to be played, it is doubtful if the orange and black would have scored its second touchdown, for Quarterback Keefe took one desperate chance to score, and tossed a forward pass from his own 35-yard line which was grounded, giving the local team the ball. Schnierle’s long run for a touchdown and the end of the game came on the next play.

The way the orange and black tore the Alliance line to pieces on its opening march for a touchdown gave evidence that the game would be a one-sided contest, but the Alliance line braced suddenly and stopped the plunging Massillon backs. The Massillon attack showed itself at other stages of the game, but lacked the consistency necessary to score touchdowns. A penalty also ended one scoring threat of the youthful tigers.

Alliance showed a plucky team. Its forward wall stood up well under the battering of the Massillon backs and the ends appearing exceptionally strong in turning in runs around the flanks. The red and blue’s six first downs were made largely as a result of end runs and several forward passes.

The Alliance gridders wanted to win the game badly. Coach George Wilcoxen, before the game, declared that if his eleven could take the measure of the local gridders he believed that the victory would provide the necessary confidence to make the team a winning one for the remainder of the season. Such was the case a year ago, when Alliance, after beating the orange and black, went out and defeated everything in sight with the exception of Canton McKinley. In fact it was over-anxiety that partly contributed to Wilcoxen’s defeat Saturday, for his team was penalized six times for being offside, and several of these penalties stopped threatening Alliance offensive drives. A few aided the orange and black in its goalward march. The two penalties, however in the latter instance only helped out by a few yards for a play by play account of the game shows that in one case the Massillon back had plunged for four yards, which were given up for the five-yard penalty, while the other penalty helped but little, for it came just before George Hess got away for his long run of 30 yards. Alliance also received two penalties for not completing two consecutive forward passes, and twice suffered reverses of 15 yards for holding. All told the red and blue was set back a total of 70 yards, while the youthful tigers lost 35 yards in penalties.

In first downs the local team excelled its rivals, making the necessary yardage on 12 occasions, while the red and blue could make the distance but six times.

McGrew’s team improved greatly in one department Saturday and that was in the manner in which it intercepted and knocked down Alliance forward passes. Alliance tried to gain by the aerial route on 14 occasions. Three times it was successful, gaining 42 yards, but eight of the passes were knocked down, while three others were intercepted. The three aerial attempts of the orange and black were unsuccessful.

The long punting of Kester was one of the features of the local team’s play. Kester averaged nearly 50 yards on his boots, which not only were long but also high enough to permit the Massillon ends to camp under the ball when it came down. The ends, however, did not take advantage of the opportunity and although they slipped by the Alliance interference and got down on most of the punts, they usually failed to make the tackle and allowed Keefe to return the ball several times for substantial gains before being thrown. Kester’s first kick was the prettiest of the lot and when the ball twisted through the air it brought a sigh from the fans similar to that heard when a pretty sky rocket explodes in a fireworks celebration.

Saturday was migration day for Massillon fans, and approximately 1,500 from this city followed the local gridders to Alliance. The automobiles formed a long procession as the fans returned home, horns blowing and colors waving.

The high school band was taken to the game, and played frequently. Alliance’s band also made itself heard many times during the afternoon.

The Massillon fans were seated in the concrete bleachers until shortly before the start of the second period when they deserted their section because of a light rain, and made a rush across the field to the covered section on the opposite side.

The game was the first high school tilt played in the new stadium, and Alliance fans have yet to see their school or college teams score a victory on the new field. Mount Union met defeat at the hands of the University of Michigan’s second team when the stadium was dedicated a week ago.

Captain Potts was taken from the game in the fourth period when he was knocked out from a kick on the head. With the exception of a discolored face, however, the captain is O.K. and is ready for another melee.

It has already been told how the second Massillon touchdown was scored and here are the plays that led up to the first.

Watkins kicked off to Kester, who took the ball on the Massillon 10-yard line and returned to the 25-yard line. Schnierle failed to gain on a dash around left end, but Alliance was declared offside on the play and was penalized five yards. Kester plunged for a yard, and Hess then broke through right tackle for a run of 30 yards, carrying the ball to the Alliance 40-yard line. Had he not stumbled over his own feet, he might have slipped away for a touchdown. Schnierle picked up five yards and Hollwager plunged through for a first down on the Alliance 30-yard line. Hess made four yards and Hollwager two more after which Kester rammed through for a first down on the 20-yard line. Alliance took time out and talked things over. With the resumption of play, Hess was tossed for a one-yard loss. Hester picked up two yards and Hess made three more. Hollwager then pushed his way through for a first down on the 10-yard line. Buttermore was given the ball and rammed through for four yards, but Alliance was offside, and Captain Potts took the five-yard penalty in a preference to the gain. Hess made a yard and on the next play Buttermore rammed through for the touchdown. Schnierle missed his try for the extra point.

Alliance came nearest to scoring in the last period when two passes and end runs put the ball on Massillon’s 23-yard line. The chance to score was lost, however, when Keefe fumbled on an attempted pass, Blatz covering the ball which rolled backward to the 37-yard line.

Lineup and summary:

Massillon Pos. Alliance

Schnierle LE Curtis

Fisher LT Miller

Blatz LG Speidell

Potts C King

Goodman RG Clark

Slinger RT Hammontree

Houriet RE Battin

G. Hess QB Keefe

Hollwager LHB Watkins

Kester RHB Dann

Buttermore FB Windland
Score by periods:
Massillon 6 0 0 7—13

Substitutions: Massillon – Lewis, c; Minger, re. Alliance – Daly, le; Curtis, re.

Touchdowns – Buttermore, Schnierle.
Point after touchdown – Schnierle (dropkick).

Referee—Howells (Sebring).
Umpire—Barrett (Sebring).
Headlinesman—Clark (Kenyon).
Timekeepers—Whittacre (Alliance), Rider, (Massillon).

Henry Potts
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1925: Massillon 13, Alliance 6


Plowing through mud and water in a drenching downpour football warriors of Washington high school last Saturday afternoon plastered a 13 to 6 defeat upon Alliance high in a sloppy gridiron contest on the Mount Union athletic field. Alliance winning their first contest in the annual triangular series with Canton McKinley and Alliance for the scholastic championship of Stark County. The defeat was the first suffered by Alliance this season.

The triumph kept Massillon’s string of victories over its county foes unbroken; the orange and black reigning supreme over its rival residing within Molly Stark’s domain since 1921 when it shared county honors with Canton McKinley. Saturday was a miserable day for a football game. A drenching rain, that started early in the day, continued without a let-up throughout the greater part of the contest. The downpour finally let up toward the end of the battle when a heavy mist settled over the gridiron and the players, soaked with mud and water, were barely discernible and almost unrecognizable as they sloshed back and forth across the water soaked and muddy field.

But it takes more than rain and mud to halt a football game and keep away rabid gridiron fans. Despite the weather about 3,000 persons witnessed the muddy encounter and a good portion of these came from Massillon. It took only a few plays before the athletes on both teams were so covered with mud that it was almost impossible to tell the players on one team from those on the other.

With a record of four straight victories Alliance was out to trim Massillon if possible. Coach Harry Geltz sent into the fray a big, heavy aggregation of lads who fought hard from start to finish, looking much different than the rather pitiful aggregation which Alliance had in 1924. From end to end the Alliance team was heavy but while good defensively Alliance lacked the offensive power of a muddy field to do much with the stout Massillon line.
The field and weather made it almost impossible for either team to show to good advantage on offense. The gridiron was slippery and the footing poor and an open type of football was almost out of the question. The battle soon developed into a line plunging affair with both teams failing to gain consistently and doing a lot of punting.

Massillon, walloped a week ago by Akron South, was fighting to stage a comeback and showed a decided superiority over Alliance in offensive strength, making 13 first downs to two for the east enders. Most of Massillon’s gains came on off tackle thrusts or plunges through the line with Captain Vince Define and Elwood Kammer bearing the burden of the Massillon attack.

Neither team was successful on end runs, the slippery field making it nearly impossible for either team to conduct a running game with proper interference for the men carrying the ball. Alliance had a good pair of ends in Seigenthaler and Maloney, tall rangy lads, who stopped most of Massillon’s attempts to gain around the ends while Storrie and Thomas also played good defensive games for Massillon.

The wet field and the slippery ball made it decidedly dangerous to depend to any great extend upon forward passes or end runs. Both teams did a lot of punting with time being taken out before each kick so that the centers and punters could wipe off their hands in order to get a good grip on the pigskin.
Alliance scored during the first 15 seconds of play and the touchdown resulted in the big thrill of the contest. Alliance’s points came after an 80-yard dash down the field by Quarterback Firth who pulled down the opening kick off and ran through the Massillon team for a touchdown. It was one of those plays that are seldom seen but when it does come, furnishes the football fan with a highly spectacular performance.

Alliance won the toss and received. Kammer kicked off and Firth made a lunge for the ball. It bounded out of his hands and skidded toward the sidelines. He chased it, made another attempt to pick it up and missed it again. He tried a third time and succeeded. He tucked the ball under his arms and started down the sidelines. His teammates gave him perfect interference and soon he was out in the open, dashing down the field like a madman with the Massillon team in pursuit and the stands a howling mob. Firth started his spectacular run on his 20-yard line and flashed across the Massillon goal at least 15 yards ahead of his nearest Massillon opponent. Alliance failed to kick goal.

This touchdown raised the hopes of Alliance fans who wanted to see their team come through with a victory over Massillon but their hopes were dashed a few minutes later when the orange and black opened up with a line plunging attack that carried the ball across the Alliance goal. Then the added point after touchdown put Coach Stewart’s lads out in the front where they stayed throughout the remainder of the contest.

After Alliance’s touchdown Massillon received. Then followed an exchange of punts with Massillon getting the ball on Alliance’s 30-yard line. Define went through the line for eight and Kammer followed with five to make it a first down. Kammer tried to pass to McConnell but the play failed and then Define made eight through right tackle but the Alliance defense stiffened and Massillon lost the ball on Alliance’s six-yard line.
Seigenthaler immediately punted and Kammer was tackled on Alliance’s 35-yard line. Kammer cracked the line three times for a first down. Massillon was penalized five for offside but Kammer came back with another thrust through the line for a first down, lugging the ball up to Alliance’s 13-yard line. Brown then attempted a pass which failed and on the next play, Kammer took the ball on a fake punt formation and went around Alliance’s left end, skidding to the goal line before being downed. On the next play he went through the Alliance line for a touchdown and put Massillon ahead by scoring the additional point with a field goal. During the remainder of the first quarter and in the second period neither team was in a good position to score, play mostly being near the center of the field.

Massillon came back in the third quarter with a lot of strength and kept the ball for the most part in Alliance territory, once carrying the pigskin to the Alliance six-yard line but lacked he punch to keep on driving for a touchdown. Two penalties for offside play, however, helped keep Coach Stewart’s lads from scoring in this quarter.

Both teams punted frequently hoping that with the ball wet and hard to handle a break of the game, a fumbled punt, might result in putting them in position to score. This break finally came in the fourth quarter but it was a break in Massillon’s favor and paved the way for the second orange and black touchdown.
Alliance was making a determined bid for another touchdown as the third quarter ended. It got the ball after a punt on Massillon’s 31-yard line and then a pass from Firth to Seigenthaler netted 13, putting the east enders on Massillon’s 18-yard line. But Massillon smothered Alliance’s attempt to score early in the fourth period and gained the ball on its 15-yard line. A short time later Smith punted from midfield.

Firth fumbled the ball as Thomas and Storrie dashed at him. Thomas leaped at the oval but it slipped from his grasp and continued to bound toward the Alliance goal line. Players from both teams began diving after the elusive ball but finally Paul Storrie pounced on it on Alliance’s five-yard line. Then Kammer took a shot at the line but failed to gain.

On the next play Define grabbed the ball and putting all of his strength into his dive leaped through Alliance’s left tackle and sailed over the goal line for Massillon’s second touchdown. Smith failed in his attempt to add another point on a field goal.
Winning Again
Massillon – 13 Pos. Alliance – 0
Storrie LE Seigenthaler
Kelly LT Debee
Singer LG Boyne
Price C Lindamood
Crone RG Shoemaker
Harris RT Miller
Thomas RE Maloney
Define QB Firth
Kammer LHB Norman
Williams RHB Jones
McConnell FB Glenawright

Score by quarters:
Massillon 7 0 0 6 13
Alliance 6 0 0 0 6

Massillon – Brown for Williams, Smith for McConnell, Tipton for Crone, McConnell for Smith. Smith for McConnell.

Alliance – Shafer for Maloney, Shivley for Miller, Headly for Shively, Bottomy for Jones.

Touchdowns – Kammer, Define, Firth.

Point after touchdown – Kammer.

Referee – Howells, Sebring.
Umpire – Clark, Sebring.
Head Linesman – Shafer, Akron.

Paul Brown

Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1923: Massillon 41, Alliance 0


First blood in the race for scholastic supremacy of Molly Stark’s domain was drawn Saturday afternoon by orange and black gridders of Washington high school under an overwhelming score of 41 to 0 on Mount Union field, Alliance.

It was a gain here and a gain there for the Tiger clad warriors. In fact the Alliance defense was unable to cope with the steady pounding of orange and black backs and had it not been for repeated fumbles by which the orange and black passed up golden opportunities to score, the east end footballers probably would have been swamped under a much larger count.

But regardless of the numerous muffs of the pigskin by Coach Stewart’s athletes, they far outclassed their ancient foe. Vast superiority in all departments of the game from the initial kickoff until the final whistle, was shown by the gladiators of the South Mill street institution over the east enders. As a matter of fact the wearers of the red and blue made but two first downs and one of these was the result of a Massillon lineman being too eager and getting a penalty for offside play. The only time they earned an advance of the 10-yard chain was on a long forward from White to Haney which netted a total of 25 yards.

Against this number of first downs for Alliance, Massillon made the required distance no less than 26 times, being aided once by a five yard penalty. Six first downs were registered in each of the first periods and eight in the final.


First Quarter
Ries returned the initial kick-off eight yards to the 29-yard line. Price hit the line for two and V. Define made an equal amount around end. Massillon was penalized for being off side. Alliance’s forward wall hurried Define’s punt and it was Alliance’s ball on the
40-yard line White was held and on the second down he punted to Define who was downed on his own 17-yard line. Price ripped off 20 yards around right end for the first first down of the game.

Line plunges by Define and Schrader gave the orange and black another first down. After Define was held to a one-yard gain, Alliance grounded a pass. Define punted and Alliance immediately returned the kick. On the second play Define kicked to Alliance’s 42-yard line Define returned White’s punt 15 yards to the 38-yard line. Massillon was held for two downs and Define punted. White lost a yard for Alliance and then punted to midfield.

Line plunges by Price and Schrader netted a first and ten. Price, Define and Fletcher negotiated a triple pass for 11. Massillon tried three times at the east enders line but failed to gain and with the ball on the 28-yard line Edwards dropped back for a drop kick. The boot was wide of its mark and it was Alliance’s ball on the 2-yard line. White punted to the 44-yard line. In two crashes at the line Schrader gained 10. After an incomplete forward pass, J. Define fumbled and Alliance covered on the 43-yard line. Alliance punted on its second down and Price fumbled the kick only to recover the ball on his nine-yard line. Define punted and on the next play Edwards intercepted a pass on the 35-yard line. Borza made 12 yards and V. Define was held as the period ended.

Second Period
Price went around end for six and Borza hit the line for nine. Borza again hit for five but fumbled on the next play and Alliance covered. White punted to V. Define who was downed on the 48-yard line. J. Define circled right end for 32 yards. On the next play Massillon was penalized five for offside. Borza hit for four and Price lost five on a double pass. J. Define lost four, Edwards again tried for a drop kick between the bars but missed. Alliance was offside on the play and was penalized to the 17-yard line. Borza hit for eight and V. Define squirmed through for a touchdown on the next play. Pflug kicked goal.

On the kickoff Alliance was penalized 15 yards to its own five-yard line. White punted out of bounds on his own 14-yard line and on the next play Massillon was penalized 15 for holding. A pass, V. Define to Price, netted 18 yards. On the next play Price fumbled on the seven-yard line, Alliance getting the ball. White kicked to V. Define who was brought down on the 25 yard line. Borza hit for two. J. Define added five more and V. Define advanced the ball to the four-yard line. After Borza had twice failed, Price plunged across. Pflug added the extra point.

Alliance kicked off and after three tries at the line V. Define punted out of bounds on Alliance’s five yard line. White punted 24 yards. After V. Define had lost four in two downs, Alliance gained the ball after a bad pass from center. Haney made six and White punted to Price in mid-field. Grant replaced J. Define and immediately passed to Fletcher for 13 yards. On a pass from Price, Potts recovered the all as it rebounded off two Alliance players and ran 14 yards for the third touchdown. Pflug kicked goal. Alliance kicked off as the period ended.

Third Period
V. Define returned the kickoff 32 yards to the 44 yard line. Schrader plunged twice for a total of 14 yards, but Borza fumbled on the 21-yard line. After Massillon held for two downs, White punted to the 41-yard line. Schrader and Borza made a first down. Massillon was penalized five for offside. A pass to V. Define made 14 and Schrader plunged for a first down. Three plunges by Schrader netted five yards and Mullac intercepted a pass and advanced to his own 3-yard line before being brought to earth . White punted to midfield. A long pass, Fletcher to Price, carried the oval to the 29-yard line. In two plays V. Define carried the oval to the five-yard line, from where Borza crossed the goal line. Pflug booted for the extra point.

Edwards returned the kickoff to the 47-yard line. Alliance held and Massillon kicked, Raudebaugh returning the boot to midfield. White made three, but Price intercepted a pass on his own 40-yard line. Punts were exchanged and on the next play White intercepted a pass on his own 43-yard line. Hartman passed to Raudebaugh for two yards and then White heaved to Haney for 25 yards, and registered Alliance’s first first down. The ball was on Massillon’s 30-yard line. Two passes were incompleted and Alliance was penalized 15 for holding. White punted. Schrader lost two but Massillon gained 15 on Fletcher’s pass to Potts. Edwards held and Massillon was penalized 15. V. Define punted and Haney lost one for Alliance as the period ended.

Fourth Period
V. Define returned White’s kick from midfield to the 10-yard line. Massillon gained seven in three plays and Define’s pass over the goal line was ground. Alliance getting the ball on the 20-yard line. White punted to midfield and on a second attempted pass Define gained 11 yards. White intercepted a pass on his own 38-yard line. He punted to Define, who made a return of 48 yards to the 27 yard line. Potts made 11 yards on a pass from Define. Schrader plunged to the five-yard line. On the second down V. Define went across. The attempt at goal was blocked.

Alliance kicked off and Price was downed on the 25-yard line. Massillon was penalized five. After trying two passes, Define punted. Alliance also kicked, Define returning the kick to the midfield. Alliance held and Massillon kicked. Massillon was offside and penalized five. Alliance kicked over Massillon’s goal line. Pflug punted. After trying a pass Alliance kicked, Price covering the ball on the 24-yard line after Define had fumbled. Alliance gained five yards in an exchange of punts, Grant and Schrader made 11 yards and V. Define hit off tackle for 35. Price went around end for 36 and a touchdown the final of the game. Pflug kicked goal.

Pflug received the kickoff on the 45 yard line. Grant passed to Potts for 12. Grant was held. Rohr received a pass from V. Define or a 13-yard gain as time was called.

Canton, Beware!
Massillon – 41 Pos. Alliance – 0
Potts L.E. Simpson
Brooks L.T. Nixon
Harris L.G. Miller
Edwards C Zuchero
Miller R.G. DeBee
McCarty R.T.. Mullac
Fletcher R.E. Seigenthaler
Price Q Raudebaugh
Ries L.H. White
V. Define R.H. Haney
Schrader F. Hartman

Score by periods:
Massillon 0 21 7 13 41

Massillon – J. Define for Ries, Pflug for Harris, Borza for Schrader, Grant for J. Defeine, Schrader for Grant, Grant for Borza, Rohr for Fletcher, Qugley for Potts.

Alliance – Boyle for DeBee, Tammario for Boyle, DeBee for Tammario, McCallum for White.

Touchdowns – V. Define 2, Price 2, Potts, Borza.

Goals after touchdown – Pflug 5.

Referee – Howells.
Umpire – Clark.
Head Linesman – Shaffer.

Time of periods – 15 minutes.

Carl “Ducky” Schroeder
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1913: Massillon 0, Alliance 6

Defeats Local Team Saturday
by Score of 6 to 0


Contest Take Place on Mount’s New Athletic Field
Alliance Scores Touchdown by Air Route
Kester Sick, Unable to Play

On a field that resembled a sea of mud, Massillon high went down to defeat before the fast Alliance team Saturday afternoon by the score of 6 to 0. Alliance scored its touchdown in the third on a long forward pass over the goal line. It traveled from quarterback Kirk to end Baier.

The game was played on Mt. Union’s new athletic field and the rain of the previous night had turned the field into a sea of mud. Fast play was impossible and forward passes did not work on account of the slippery condition of the ball.

Alliance did not expect to win from the local team, but put up a brilliant game and finally romped away with the big end of the score. The varsity was within striking distance of Alliance’s goal several times, but could not carry it over. Much line bucking was done, end runs and trick plays being of no value on the wet field.

The absence of Kester from the line up was greatly felt by the local team. The star fullback was unable to accompany the team on account of illness. His line plunging ability and kicking would have helped Massillon greatly.

The line up and summary
Massillon – 0 Pos. Alliance – 6
Rogers le Baier
Thies lt Packer
Spidle lg Mathias
Spuhler c Branfield
Paroz rg McGranahan
Houriet rt Davis
Hollinger re Miller
Rider qb Kirk
McLaughlin lhb Drukenbrod
Smith rhb Borton
Rudy fb Roach

Alliance – Baier.

Referee – Clarke (Kenyon).
Umpire – Calvin (Mt. Union).


1908: Massillon 12 Alliance 23

Massillon – 12      Alliance – 23

It was Massillon’s more or less listless playing in the first half of the game which allowed the Alliance high school team to run up 17 decisive points on the local school at Mt. Union Saturday and thereby win the game.  In the second half Massillon was desperate and determined to win.  Two touchdowns and two goals were made and Massillon seemed on the high road to victory when time was called.  Too much dependence was put into the shortest half.  The final score was 23 to 12.

In the first half before Massillon had properly gingered into the game, Alliance had its own way.  Massillon held stubbornly, but loosely and without vim.  Alliance could usually make its yards, but seldom more.  Only once in the first half did it look as if the tide of battle would turn decisively Massillon found Alliance’s weak spot, and hammered it unmercifully for more than half the length of the field.  Davis gained continually through Alliances right guard, Blackburn opening the hole.  Cross bucks also were good gainers.  But the ball was lost on downs on Alliance’s five yard line, and Massillon was again carried back.

In the second half the worm did turn, and Massillon showed what she really was worth.  Two touchdowns were force over, one on straight football by Snavely, and the other secured by Richards on a fumble.  Both goals were kicked faultlessly by Blackburn.  The Massillon team gingered up with vim, and held Alliance for downs.

Alliance’s plunging full back was its greatest gainer, and all round player.  He was the heaviest man on the team and made practically all of Alliance’s gains.  Massillon’s line was strong but it did not show until the second half.  Blqackburn and Erb opened up the big hole through which Massillon gained the most.  Clay on the other side of the line played the big defensive game.  If anyone lay down in front of him he walked right over him, and if anyone stood in front of him he walked anyway.  More than once he downed the runner behind the line, and was down the field on the kick-off with the best of them.  Snavely and Davis made Massillon’s big gains.  Massillon used the forward pass successfully several times, Snavely receiving the ball.  Alliance however, could not make it work to very good advantage.  Alliance skirted the ends for substantial gains twice on the fake punt, Massillon’s ends being drawn in.

Alliance – 23                   Pos. Massillon – 12
Mummert       le           Moody
Shern              lt             Leahy
Iden               lg               Clay
Tanner            c         Burkhart
Kallenbaugh   lg       Blackburn
Goddard         lt                 Erb
Jones             le         Richards
Davis            qb           Bowers
Wingert         rh              Wells
Alloot            lh           Snavely
Newshutz (c) fb              Davis

Time – 25 and 20 minute halves

Massillon – Snavely; Richards.
Alliance – Newshutz, 2; Wingert; Mummert.

Goal from touchdown:
Massillon – Blackburn.

Referee – Jones.
Timekeeper – Hall.
Linesman – Hammersmith.