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Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1939: Massillon 46, New Castle, PA 0

Aerial Plays Figure In Six Of Seven Touchdowns; Great Tiger Goal Line Stand Broke New Castle Spirit


Stars fell out of heaven for the Washington high Tigers in Tiger Stadium Friday evening as they forward passed their way to a 46-0 victory over New Castle’s Red Hurricane before a crowd of between 15,000 and 16,000 fans.

Halted by a fast charging New Castle line flanked by two fine ends, the Tigers had to take to the air to bomb their way into the lead.
Yielded Ground Stubbornly
It was not an easy matter, gaining ground through the New Castle players. They were the Hurricane and more and were their hopes not jolted by a firm Tiger stand on the one-yard line when the score was only 6-0, you might have seen a closer game.

Driven away from the Massillon goal and chased back in a second Tiger march that produced a touchdown with only 10 seconds of the first half left to play, the New Castle morale was broken and the local eleven had things pretty much its own way as it rolled to five more touchdowns the last two periods.

‘Twas a game not unlike that at Warren late last month, when the Tigers wore down their opponents with superior conditioning. The New Castle boys were dragging at the end and although still eager to make a game of it as evidenced by injured players going back into the melee, lacked strength to even compete with the Tiger second and third stringers the last period.
Line Makes Tigers Dig
Too much cannot be said of the play of the visiting line. It made the Tiger trenchmen dig in and hit with all they had. Tiger ball carriers were thrown for 30 yards in losses and the local eleven can thank its lucky stars it had a passing attack.

Just when line plays were stopped, the Tigers seemed able to pass their way for first downs. Two long pegs, one for 34 and the other for 25 put the ball on the six-yard line in position for the first touchdown.

A 21-yard pass put the ball on the seven-yard line for the second and another good for 56 yards took the leather to the six-yard line for the third score. A blocked punt got the fourth, but a 34-yard pass picked off the fifth. An intercepted pass gave the Tigers the ball prior to the sixth and an intercepted pass followed by a 40-yard run, produced the seventh and last.

So you see forward passes figured in all but one of the Massillon eleven’s seven touchdowns.

In fact the Tiger eleven used the forward pass to gain 199 yards, an unusually large amount.

The visitors by the nature of their defense invited passing and because they jammed their secondary at times near the Tiger forward wall, were able to stop the Massillon running attack. Then too the Red Hurricane defenders committed the unpardonable sin of permitting a Massillon receiver to get behind them. No coach will excuse it, but the Massillon ends are fast and are hard to watch when you are pressing the line of scrimmage.

When the Tiger passes began finding receivers, the Hurricane secondary moved back and the Massillon running attack functioned more consistently thereafter.

Fans felt none secure the first half when they saw the vaunted running attack of their team vaunted running attack of their team bottled up by the Hurricane’s fast charging line.

Particularly did they feel concerned when their end sweeps frequently resulted in losses. You can give credit to Cenname and Zarilla, the New Castle wingmen, for that. They were hard to take out of plays and though they did not always make the tackle, they so jammed the interference in front of the ball carrier that someone could charge in from the secondary to nail the runner.

The first half was not as one-sided as the 14-0 score indicates. Remember it was 7-0 with only 10 seconds of the half remaining to be played and with a few ifs and ands, could just as well have been a 7-7 deadlock.
A Great First Half
Those first two periods were honeys, the kind Massillon fans have been looking forward to. They were treated to a good first half at Warren, a good first half here with Alliance and another last night. Though all three games ended in routs, all were far better than the
one-sided scores would indicate.

That would tend to prove that superior conditioning is winning football games for the Tigers this year.

While the Massillon eleven twice took time out for injuries, the visitors on many occasions had to call for time and make replacements.
Both teams apparently escaped unscathed as far as serious injuries were concerned and although one of the visitors was carried to the clubhouse, he was not hurt severely, but was only shaken up.

The game was the fourth between Massillon and New Castle. The Tigers have won three to the Hurricane’s one and remain the only school over which New Castle does not hold a majority of victories.

The Hurricane, however, still holds the honor of being the last team to beat Massillon. They did it 7-0 in October, 1937.

Save for a series of passes that carried them from the 37-yard line where they covered a Massillon fumble, to the one-yard line, the Hurricane had little in an offensive way last night.

They were badly outclassed for first downs, 20-5 and they only gained 59 yards, 22 of them by passing.

Playing a leading role in the Tiger defense was Capt. Earl Martin, Tackle John Swezey, Guard Jim Russell and Line Backer Upper De Luxe Howard Gillom. They were breaking through and playing in the Hurricane backfield all evening. The manner in which they hurried Lindy Lauro when he tried to pass, helped stop the effectiveness of his aerial heaves. He only completed four of 14 attempts.
Statistics Favor Tigers
The Tiger line from end to end, hit hard enough to give Massillon a big advantage in statistics. The locals gained 484 yards from scrimmage, 285 of them by rushing and with losses deducted, finished the evening with a net gain of 454 yards to New Castle’s net 41 yards.

The game to which the Tigers resorted when stopped on land, produced many a thrill for the fan, but none was more sudden than that which accompanied the fourth touchdown when Gillom and Martin blocked Gilboy’s punt and Gillom picked it up to race 18 yards for the score.

The greatest thrill of all, however, came in the second period when the Tigers with their backs to the goal went into an eight-man line and held the visitors to five yards in four ball carrying attempts.

The Tigers continued to find the ball hard to hold last night. Their play had been practically void of fumbling up until last week when they began juggling the ball at Steubenville.

They lost if once on a fumble last night and it was that muff by Red James making a desperate effort to catch a New Castle punt that put the Hurricane in scoring position the only time during the night.

The Tigers were leading 7-0 at the time, thanks to a touchdown fro the three-yard line by George Slusser and his two fine passes, one of 34 yards to Ray Getz and another of 25 yards to Gillom that made the touchdown possible.
Zarilla covered the fumble for New Castle and the Hurricane began to blow. Three line plays left the visitors four yards short of a first down, but Laruo shot a pass to Joe Gender for a first down on the Massillon 23-yard line.

Lauro threw another to Cenname for two yards and when Lauro attempted to toss to Cenname behind the goal, he was tackled as the ball left his hands. The officials called roughing the passer and slapped a 15-yard penalty on the Tigers that moved the ball down to the six-yard line.
An Eight-Man Line
The Tigers went into an eight-man line and the crowd got to its feet with every play. Lauro made a yard. He flicked a pass to Gender for three more. Lauro advanced the ball one more yard placing it one the one-yard line. Again he hit the line, but couldn’t make it. Lauro claimed he did but the officials said no and anyway they penalized the Hurricane 15 yards for shoving the ball carrier. Martin took the penalty which left the visitors with one more chance. Lauro again tried to pass, but the ball w as knocked down and the Tigers took it on their own 16-yard line.

That was New Castle’s only threat and the players were more than a little upset over their failure to cross the Tiger goal. In fact before they could recover, the Massillon gridders were down to their goal, a 29-yard pass, Gillom to Getz and another of 21 yards, Slusser to Foster, placing the ball on the seven-yard line where Red James was turned loose for a run around left end that produced a touchdown with only 10 seconds of the first half remaining to be played. Getz kicked both goals from placement.

The Tigers got a touchdown the second time they put their hands on the ball in the third period. Stopped in their first bid by a 15-yard penalty, another 15 yards for clipping put them in starting position for the march form their own 10-yard line. Slusser and Roscoe Clendening hammered their way to their 38 where Slusser fired a 15-yard pass that Foster took and carried to the six-yard line before being downed, a gain of 56 yards.

It was Slusser for two yards; Clendening for two and finally Slusser for the last two and the touchdown. Getz’s attempt kick for the extra point was blocked. The ball bounded into Slusser’s arms and he nearly ran it across, being dropped half a yard short of goal.
Gillom Scores On Blocked Punt
New Castle took the kickoff and when it failed to gain, Gilboy dropped back to punt. Martin and Gillom, however, pounded through the Hurricane line and blocked the ball, Gillom scooping it up to run some 18 yards for a touchdown. This time Getz kicked the goal and boosted the score to 27-0.

The Tigers lost no time when they next came into possession of the leather. James returned Gilboy’s punt 12 yards to his 48 and on a Statue of Liberty play moved the ball to within inches of a first down. Slusser’s plunge brought a first on the 34-yard line and he stepped back on the very next play to fire a perfect pass to Gillom who stepped over the goal line for a touchdown. This time Getz’s kick for the extra point was again blocked.

Fred Blunt went into the game at this stage for Massillon. After losing the ball on the
34-yard line Fred Moody intercepted Lauro’s pass as the Hurricane tried desperately to score. Jim Moody got back to the New Castle 46 before being tackled. John Pizzino and Dick Adams advanced the ball to the 14-yard line where Blunt score easily on an end sweep and went through tackle for the extra point to hike the total to 40-0.

The visitors tossed two passes after the following kickoff, the second floating into the waiting arms of George Kester who intercepted and ran back 40 yards for the Tigers seventh and final touchdown of the game. Again Blunt carried the extra point across the goal.

20 For Tigers
Massillon Pos. New Castle
Getz LE Cenname
Pedrotty LT Kulnis
Russell LG Gilboy
Martin C Morgan
Henderson RG Pierillo
Swezey RT Castrucci
Gillom RE Zarilla
Foster QB Gender
Slusser LH Roberts
James RH Glazza
Clendening FB Lauro

Score by periods:
Massillon 7 7 19 13 46

Massillon – Croop, lt; Broglio, lg; Blunt, rh; Kingham, qb; Moody, re; Kester, le; Wallace, t; Cardinal, g; Appleby, c; Hill, g; Pattay, g; White, hb; Adams, hb; Pizzino, fb.
New Castle – McKee,qb; Gennock, hb; Jerry, rg; Thomas, lh; Burris,, lh; Izzo, fb; Adamo, c; Gociano, re; Temenski, t.

Massillon – Slusser 2; Gillom 2; James; Blunt; Kester.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Getz 2 (plackicks); Blunt 2 (carried).


Game Statistics
Mass. N.C.
First downs 20 5
Passes 14 14
Passes completed 6 7
Passes incomplete 7 8
Passes intercepted 1 2
Yards gained passing 199 22
Yards gained rushing 285 37
Total yards gained 484 59
Yards lost 30 18
Net yards gained 454 41
Kickoffs 7 2
Average kickoffs (yards) 37 39
Kickoffs returned (yards) 19 123
Punts 2 6
Punts blocked 0 1
Average punt(yards) 45.5 35.3
Punts returned (yards) 19 7
Fumbles 4 0
Lost ball on fumbles 1 0
Times penalized 10 4
Yards penalized 90 30

Massillon Tries To Please
So Fans Pour Through Gates
Purchase Of Tarpaulin On Field
Makes Possible Good Game and Show
and Likewise Saves Turf From Heavy Damage

The Massillon–New Castle game Friday evening was a good example why fans flock to Massillon to see Tiger football shows. In the first place every attempt is made by the athletic board to give the fan the kind of show he wants.

No spectator likes, to see two teams waddling in the mud. That’s one reason why school officials last year purchased a big tarpaulin at a cost of $2,600.

You saw the result last night. The canvas protected the field against the heavy rains of Thursday evening and Friday morning and provided a fairly dry surface for the game and a great band show.

The sum paid for the tarpaulin has the appearance of a lot of money, but the investment will pay dividends. Think how the field would have been torn up had it not been protected from the heavy rains.

After two periods of play on soggy turf, it is doubtful if it would have been at all possible to have staged the brilliant band spectacle that thrilled spectators between halves.
Bands Stage Great Show
There you have another reason why fans are blocking to Massillon for their football treat. The New Castle band of 110 pieces, led by six majorettes and directed in its routine by a white suited young lady, spread out in a huge V before the Tiger stands and played the “Donkey Serenade” while the majorettes gave an exhibition of twirling and the flag fearer a demonstration of flag throwing.

The New Castle musicians played unusually well and were given a great ovation as they marched from the field. The uniforms they wore last night were worn for the first time two years ago when New Castle paid its first visit to Massillon.

George Bird’s Tiger swing band was hot again and your head did a spin trying to watch the band and the accompanying fireworks display at the same time.

In its half time show the Tiger musicians saluted New Castle to a thunder of rockets and bombs that ended with a Tiger lighting up on the hilltop at the north end of the field. The band marched to the goal line where “Obie” on his second attempt, succeeded in putting the baton over the goal post and catching it. Back up the field the Massillon musicians came in their “Parade of the Jitterbugs”, which featured “Obie” holding his own “jam session.”

The band concluded the half-time show by forming a block M for the Alma Mater.

At the end of the game, the band again appeared for “Retreat” while the colors were lowered with another blast of fireworks. This accomplished, the performance was concluded with “The Old Grey Mare” and “Tiger Rag”.
Bands Raised Colors
The two combined bands appeared together prior to the opening kickoff marching to the end of the field where the colors were raised while the National Anthem was played. Joe F. Raplogle, director of the New Castle band, directed the combined bands. As the colors reached the top of the flag pole, rockets were fired into the air and two set pieces, one reading “NC” and the other “M”, were touched off.

Folks unable to get to the game got a good idea of how the Tigers were coming off from the firing of bombs that greeted every Massillon touchdown. It was a new idea and made a hit with fans at the game as well as those who remained at home.

Put the crowd at somewhere between 15,000 and 16,000 and then imagine what it would have been were it not for threatening weather. The stadium with its new portable seats on the north end now can accommodate 16,400. There were some vacancies in the special section at the south end of the field and the portable bleachers were not solidly packed.

The weatherman certainly gave everyone a “break” however. After an all-day rain, the clouds broke slightly before evening the rain ceased and held off until after the game.

A light sprinkle began to fall within a few minutes after the final whistle. The weatherman certainly has been kind to Massillon.
1,000 New Castle Fans Here
New Castle brought about 1,000 fans to Massillon, 400 of them riding the special train that reached here shortly after 7 p.m. and unloaded at the 16th Street S.E. crossing. The band also rode the train.

The Tiger cheerleaders and New Castle cheerleaders vied for honors. The visitors had eight of them, four boys and four girls and they were not at all downcast by the defeat. They contributed to the pep of the evening to the very end.

Unless Coach Phil Bridenbaught of New Castle has a change of heart, the game may be the last between the two teams. The Tigers have won three out of the four-year series. ‘Twould be a pity to end a rivalry that has never failed to draw fewer than 10,000 fans. Massillon fans hope that Bridenbaugh will reconsider and sign for a game in New Castle in 1940.

Not often do you see a team penalized for deliberately grounding a pass or for helping the ball carrier by pushing or other methods. New Castle was penalized for both offenses last night, 15 yards each time.

Most people are in too big a hurry to leave the park to get a glimpse of one of the best sights—autos leaving the stadium after the game. Every direction you look you see nothing but headlights.
Press Box Filled
The press box was jammed to capacity last night. It contained newspapermen from New Castle, New Philadelphia, Canton, Cleveland, Toledo, Bowling Green, Wooster, Akron, New Castle radio men and of course Tiger assistant coaches who take a bird’s eye view of the game, noting any Tiger errors and reporting them immediately to Coach Paul Brown on the Massillon bench.

The visiting newsmen enjoy watching Massillon play. The publicity the Tigers are getting attests to that. And then it is evidenced in another way. Two members of the Beacon Journal staff laid cash on the line for 72 reserved seats for last night’s game, for friends who had heard them talking and writing about the Massillon football show.

The blocking of the Massillon team continues to startle visitors. The New Castle gridders did a fairly good job of jamming things up the first two periods, but in the last half it was not an unfamiliar sight to see a Tiger ball carrier pounding around end with three to four men screening him from tacklers.

George Slusser
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1938: Massillon 52, New Castle, PA 7

Massillon Eleven Gives Peak Performance Of Season In Winning Seventh Game On Schedule; Band Scores Again In Flashy Exhibition


A pack of Tigers, thirsting for revenge and fighting to obtain an objective for their coach, swept out of Ohio and into Pennsylvania Friday evening to take the wind out of New Castle’s Red Hurricane 52-7.

While 12,000 fans, the largest football crowd in New Castle history, looked on, the Massillon eleven gave the greatest exhibition of football its supporters have seen since the great 1936 team whipped Canton McKinley here 21-0.
Score Eight Touchdowns
With George Slusser’s strong right arm firing deadly accuracy and the backs, even to the substitutes, pile driving behind a sturdy line, the Tigers scored twice in every period, rolled up 21 first downs and gained the net total of 372 yards by rushing and 155 by passing.

If the Red Hurricane had any wind, it did all itS blowing before the game. The sturdy Massillon line, giving its best performance of the season, threw back the New Castle ball carriers for a net loss of 25 yards from scrimmage. Their two first downs were made on forward passes which made it possible for them to finish with a total gain of 14 yards from scrimmage.

The Hurricane struck once, in the third period when with a Massillon second team in the game, Rip Roberts took a Massillon kickoff and in a beautiful sideline dash, raced 85 yards for a touchdown.

That run and a 31-yard pass that took the ball to the Massillon 44-yard line, represented the only two times the Red Hurricane was able to penetrate into Massillon territory.
New Castle Gallant In Defeat
Badly beaten as their team was, New Castle fans were gallant in defeat and Massillon citizenry should remember New Castle sportsmanship when some day victory will go to the opponents.

The crowd was orderly, it gave the Tiger band a great ovation and spectators lined the streets after the game to applaud, not “boo” Massillon cars as they passed by.

It was back in 1936 after the Tigers waded out of the mud and rain at New Castle with a 13-0 triumph, that Coach Paul Brown was quoted in New Castle, as saying, “If it hadn’t rained tonight we would have beat them 45 or 50 to nothing.”

The statement irked Brown. He denied ever making it and wasn’t exactly pleased with the way New Castle teased him with it in pre-Massillon game ballyhoo last year and this.

So Brown determined long ago, he was going to turn the statement into a boomerang and go out and get those 50 points.

He announced his team was primed to shoot the works and it did. It shelled New Castle with passes, it launched one offensive after another and the few times the Hurricane succeeded in blowing it back, the orange and black countered with another scoring drive.

“The fellow who misquoted me can be blamed for those 50 points,” Brown said in the dressing room after the game.
Uses Every Member of Squad
His team to a man helped him accomplish the objective and the score mounted one touchdown after another, even with a second and third team in the game. Every boy who wore a sweater saw service and when the Tiger coach glanced around at the sidelines in the closing minutes of play, we wondered if he had designs on sending in the cheerleaders.

In front of the brilliant performance of the Massillon ball carriers was a Tiger line that for the second straight week earned the title of seven blocks of granite. The forward wall, composed of Fred Toles, Bud Lucius, Jim Russell, Earl Martin, Lynn Houston, Red Henderson and Horace Gillom played brilliant ball.

Their vicious charge opened huge holes in the New Castle line and frequently enabled the ball carrier to sprint through without a hand being laid on him.

On defense they were superb. New Castle’s attempts to carry the ball from scrimmage resulted in a net loss of 25 yards. The backs gained 15, but they were thrown for 40 yards in losses.
Martin On The Go
Leading this display of defense was Earl Martin, the elongated Tiger center who is developing into one of the best snapper-backers the school has ever had.

Martin was in the thick of the fight and on several occasions penetrated into the Hurricane backfield to smear the ball carrier for losses.

Offensively, there was little to choose from in the statistics. In fact to find the ground gainer with the best average you must leaf into the page of substitutes and stop at the name of Roscoe Clendening. He only carried the ball twice, in sneak plays through guard, but he went 30 yards on one and 13 for a touchdown on another, to average 21.5 yards per try.

Red Snyder in 14 attempts gained the net total of 122 yards. George Slusser in 16 attempts gained 92 yards. Ray Getz in seven attempts made 32 yards. George Fabian in nine runs went 48 yards and little John Pizzino in three attempts went 41 yards.

The Tigers completed nine of 16 passes for 155 yards and had one intercepted. New Castle completed two of 12 passes for 39 yards and had four intercepted. Theoretically the policy of fighting fire with fire is sound, but it failed for the Hurricane as far as forward passing was concerned last night.
Getz Shines As Receiver
Contrary to the usual procedure, it wasn’t Toles or Gillom who did the catching last night. It was Ray Getz in straight shots down the alley. The Hurricane left Toles get by to snag the first touchdown pass, but kept him and Gillom covered the rest of the evening.

The Tigers, however, are blessed with the best lot of receivers they have ever had and Getz was the boy who hauled in the leather last night.

He made several sensational catches, one of which was the finest play seen in many a game that was not allowed because of an offside penalty. It is worth describing.

The Tigers had the ball on their own 40 and Horace Gillom was called back into punt formation. Standing on his own 28, he caught the ball, faded back to the 20 and then fired a long, bullet pass that Getz snared on the New Castle 25 yard line and raced across the goal. Getz ran hard between two New Castle players to make the catch and was away with the ball before they knew what had happened. The Head Linesman, however, ruled a Massillon player offside, did not allow the touchdown and penalized the Tigers five yards. The pass is not recorded in the statistics of the game.

The statistics likewise do not describe the quality of punting Gillom put on last night. He booted the ball skillfully with one exception, that a sideline kick that only traveled five yards from scrimmage and cut down his average. Three of his punts were good for over 40 yards from scrimmage, which means that with Gillom standing 15 yards behind the line, the ball actually traveled over 55 yards.

Rocky Red Snyder had his customary luck of winning the toss and elected to receive. For the first minute it appeared the Red Hurricane would play inspired ball as it held the Tigers on the Massillon 45 and forced them to punt.
It is the customary thing for the orange and black to drive for a touchdown from the kickoff and New Castle scribes made note of the fact that the Hurricane had stopped Massillon.
Tigers Get First Touchdown
The resistance was only temporary however, for the Tigers forced the Hurricane to kick back, the ball rolling dead on the Massillon 31. It took just three plays to get a touchdown.

After Snyder had picked up a yard, Slusser ran hard through right tackle, reversed his field and was hauled down from behind the New Castle 28-yard line.

He caught the Hurricane asleep on the next play as he faded back and shot the ball to Toles who took it on the one-yard line to out distance the New Castle secondary and cross the goal.

A 50-yard drive produced another touchdown the same period. An exchange of punts and the Tigers secured the ball in midfield.

Getz ripped through for 16 yards and Snyder battered his way for 15 more. Fred Toles went to the nine-yard line on a mouse trap and Getz circled the other side to pick up the remaining yards and a touchdown. He was hit just as he reached the goal line but had the drive to carry over the stripe.
Intercepted Pass Starts It Again
Early in the second period Slusser intercepted Laruo’s pass on the Hurricane 45 and dashed back to the 17 before being brought down. Two plays only gained three yards but on third down Snyder found a big hole at right tackle, cut through it and smartly sidestepped the Hurricane for the third touchdown.

A 43-yard drive produced the fourth touchdown in the closing minutes of the second quarter. Snyder dashed to the 18-yard line. A line play and a pass resulted in the loss of five yards, so Slusser took the ball and gained five. On fourth down he fired it to Getz who made a leaping catch and fell as he caught the ball on the five-yard line. Slusser walked through standing up for the touchdown. Getz who had missed the three previous attempted placekicks for the extra point booted the ball between the uprights this time to raise the score to 25-0 at the half.

The Tigers came out with a rush to open the third period and marched back with a 70-yard drive for a touchdown. Two passes, one for 20 yards and another for 18, took the ball to the 17-yard line. Slusser and Snyder carried it the rest of the way with the red head going over for the touchdown. Again Getz’s toe produced the extra point and the score was 32-0.

A Statue of Liberty play was smeared for a 14-yard loss and enabled the Hurricane to hold the Tigers next time they procured the ball.

They scored again in the third quarter, however, after getting the ball on the Hurricane 46. A 14-yard loss when Slusser muffed the ball from center, set the locals back to their own 40 where Gillom executed his long pass to Getz that was not allowed. A five-yard penalty set the ball back to the 35.
Snyder Scores Another
On a fake kick, Snyder ran 27 yards to the New Castle 38 and Slusser on fourth down rammed through to a first and 10 on the Hurricane 34. He ran 14 yards behind good interference to the 20-yard line on the next play and got the ball in position for Snyder to cover the remaining distance on a fine bit of broken field running. Getz kicked his third straight point to hoist the total to 39-0 and Brown sent in a flock of substitutes.

Gillom booted the kickoff to Roberts, who caught the ball on his 15-yard line, bobbled it momentarily and then headed straight up the east sideline. He outraced the Tigers though Gillom nearly caught him on the five-yard line but was taken out with a questionable block. It was a run of 85 yards and brought joy to the New Castle stands.

Lauro kicked the extra point and the score was 39-7.

Clendening took over the spotlight for Massillon after the following kickoff and with a
30-yard run, in which New Castle players bounced off him like rubber balls, carried the ball to the Hurricane 30. Fabian moved the leather to the 13 in two plays and Clendening sneaked through for 13 yards and the touchdown. Fabian tried to buck the extra point but was stopped and the score stood at 45-7.

A complete second and third team finished the game for the Tigers. With Fabian doing most of the ball carrying, the Tigers marched 60 yards to the one-yard line, Fabian going over for the touchdown. Pizzino bagged the extra point, the last of the game.

Bill McMichael was the only member of the Tiger team who did not compete. He put on his uniform but was kept on the sidelines throughout the game, lest he aggravate a charley horse that has bothered him for several weeks.

New Castle likewise had its casualties, Joe Gender, regular halfback, did not play nor did Castrucci, a quarterback.

The Tiger team had dinner in New Castle after the game, then continued on to Pittsburgh to spend the night in the Fort Pitt hotel. Today the players will attend the Pitt-Fordham game and return home tonight.
Massillon Well Represented
Massillon was well represented. Several thousand local grid fans drove to New Castle or rode the special train which pulled out of this city at 5:15 and which arrived in time for the kickoff.

There was a rush for seats, however and many a Massillon patron did not get the seat his ticket called for.

The Massillon special train delegation followed the Tiger band to the stadium and the band, putting all the routine it has used this season together, gave a fine performance during intermission.

The finest tribute that has yet been paid to the Tiger musical organization took place at the close of the game. At the moment the contest ended the Tiger band marched up the field. Instead of spectators rushing for theexits, they stood up. The show between halves had pleased them so they wanted to see more and as one New Castle sports writer said in the press box, “your band is just as outstanding as your football team.”

The band held the audience for five minutes after the game and few Massillon or New Castle fans left the field during the demonstration.
Singing Not So Good
Massillon spectators will need a lot of brushing up on the “Alma Mater”, if they are going to make themselves heard. Only occasionally was the singing audible.

Prior to going to New Castle, the band was the guest of the athletic association at a dinner at the Green Tree.

New Castle had a fancy band, too, a particularly good playing band and marched through several letter formations.

Tom Henrich, of the New York Yankees, has decided never to sit in the press box again. Especially if paged. He was so besieged by youngsters wanting his autograph that he had little time to watch the last three quarters of the game. But Tom accommodated and there were a lot of happy faces among the boys.

Restaurants and eating places in New Castle and all along the way enjoyed the patronage of Massillon fans. The Leslie hotel, where the Tiger team made its headquarters during the several hours in the city, was crowded with diners but had made elaborate preparations to serve everybody.

The treatment accorded the Massillon team and fans was complimentary to the Pennsylvania city. Massillon fans spoke well of it and hope that the friendly relations continue.
They Got The 50
Massillon Pos. New Castle
Toles LE Motsko
Lucius LT Kuinis
Russell LG Castrucci
Martin C Adamo
Houston RG Rucker
Henderson RT Roussos
Gillom RE Toscano
Slusser QB Davies
Getz LH Roberts
Zimmerman RH Sowinski
Snyder FB Lauro

Score by periods:
Massillon 12 13 14 13 52
New Castle 0 0 7 0 7

Massillon – Fabian; Pizzino; Clendening; James; Lechleiter; Foster; Croop; Zqeezy; Page; Wallace; Appleby; Mauger; Broglio; Kester; Kingham; Pettay; Oliver; Cardinal; Moody; France; Pualik.
New Castle – Noga; Piccirillo; De Marco; Paluszak; Palkovich; Makihill; Phillips.

Massillon – Toles; Getz; Snyder 3; Slusser; Clendening; Fabian.
New Castle – Roberts.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Getz 3 (placekick); Pizzino (buck).
New Castle – Lauro (placekick).

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

Game Statistics
Mass. N.C.
First downs 21 2
Passes 16 12
Passes completed 9 2
Passes incompleted 6 6
Passes intercepted 1 4
Yards gained passing 155 39
Yards gained rushing 411 15
Total yards gained 566 54
Yards lost rushing 39 40
Net yards gained 527 14
Times penalized 1 2
Yards penalized 5 10
Kickoffs 8 3
Average kickoff 45 50
Punts 4 9
Average punts 30 29

Individual Ball Carrying
Player Times Yds. Yds. Total
Carried Gained Lost
Snyder 14 129 7 122
Slusser 16 106 14 92
Getz 7 35 3 32
Fabian 9 48 0 48
Toles 2 7 14 -7
Pizzino 3 41 0 41
James 2 2 1 1
Clendening 2 48 0 48
______ _____ _____ _____
Totals 55 411 39 372

New Castle
Lauro 11 12 27 -15
Sowinski 1 2 0 2
Roberts 4 1 13 -12
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Totals 16 15 40 -25

Rocky Snyder
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1937: Massillon 0, New Castle, PA 7

Massillon Eleven Out Charged and Out Smarted by Pennsylvania’s Red Hurricane; 10,000 Attend Feature Contest


A Red Hurricane from Pennsylvania struck Massillon field in all its fury Friday evening, ripped open the orange and black wave and ended Washington high school’s undefeated football streak at 26 games before a crowd of 10,000.

The final score was New Castle 7, Massillon 0. A second period pass, Lindy Lauro to Ed. Sovesky, turned the trick and with New Castle stacking up an impregnable defense, one touchdown was all that was needed.

Injuries Hurt Tigers
Torn by injury and illness, the Massillon eleven was not at its best, while the Red Hurricane, in the words of its Coach Phil Bridenbaugh, never played a better football game.

“We did not expect to win,” Bridenbaugh said after the game, “But our team played fine ball and of course I am very happy. No doubt you missed Snavely. We had picked him as your No. 1 player.”

And the Tigers did miss Snavely and Junior Anderson and Warren Wyatt. The veteran trio composed the entire right side of the Massillon line and none was able to play last night.

Wyatt cracked a bone in his leg in the Alliance game and is hobbling about on crutches. Snavely injured a knee in practice Tuesday. He was in uniform last night and warmed up once with the intention of stopping the New Castle touchdown thrust, but before he could get into the game, Lauro had found a good receiver in Sovesky and Snavely went back on the oak.

Anderson took ill with influenza Friday and spent the night in bed.

Coming as they did, the injuries not only weakened the Tigers physically but mentally. They had two days in which to plug the hole left by Snavely’s injury but when Anderson took sick Friday and most of the players knew nothing about it until they came to the field to dress – that was the last straw.

New Castle Inspired
But with all the king’s horses and all the king’s men, New Castle would have been hard to beat last night. The Hurricane played with a spirit seldom seen on the gridiron and the longer the game went the tougher they grew.

Give Lauro, Sovesky and Micaletti credit for a good offensive performance, but heap praise on the New Castle line. It was the Hurricane forward wall that won it the victory. It out charged the Tiger line, stopped virtually everything Massillon sent its way and opened holes for the ball carrier to cut through.

Joe Picutta and Eddie Dombroski, the visitors’ guards were in the Massillon backfield most of the evening and with their teammates stopped all Tiger offensive maneuvers after the first period. Not a first down did they give Massillon the second half and they only yielded one in the second period.

All of the Tigers’ offense was packed into the first period when they twice carried the ball inside the New Castle 15-yard line.

A 15-yard penalty hurt plenty on one occasion and it would have been first down on the seven-yard line, had not the Tigers failed to stop on their shift.

Again they missed their first down by two yards after carrying the ball to the 11-yard stripe.

Recovered fumbles had given the Tigers their two chances. They carried the kickoff back to the 30-yard line where Glass punted over the goal line on fourth down.

On the third play Micaletti fumbled and Bud Lucius came up with the ball on the 28-yard line. A 14-yard gain by Zimmerman on the weak side and a couple of bucks by Glass put the ball on the 11-yard line, but there the visitors held. They only ran off two plays, however, before Lauro fumbled and Lucius again came up with the ball on the 18-yard line.

Glass tossed a pass to Red Snyder for six yards and Zimmerman gained three more. Slusser sneaked through to what would have been a first down on the seven-yard line but the shift was declared illegal and a 15-yard penalty put the Tigers back. Another pass to Snyder gained 10 but the ball was lost on the 13-yard line and that ended Massillon’s offense for the day.

New Castle Scores
Early in the second period the Tigers tried to start another march from midfield but Joe Gender came in on the run to spear one of George Slusser’s passes and race back to the
20-yard line before being downed.

It was New Castle’s first threat. Snavely ripped off a sweat jersey and began warming up his injured knee on the sidelines. Sovesky tried to circle his right end and though he ran the width of the field, only got a yard.

Coach Brown was giving instructions to Snavely when the ball was passed to Gender. He slipped it to Lauro, who whirled and shot the ball to his left. Sovesky, cutting to his left through the Tiger secondary, caught the ball on the three-yard line with no one near to stop him. Roussos kicked the extra point in what looked like a line drive, but it was over and between the bars and good for the seventh point.

The Hurricane never yielded after that. What hope Massillon had of tying the score was blotted out by brilliant line play and excellent ball hawking in the secondary. The visitors allowed the Tigers but one first down thereafter and Eddie Dombroski’s educated toe kept the Massillon eleven out of New Castle territory, kept them out in fact until the closing minutes of the fourth quarter when Dombroski’s punt was blocked and recovered by Lucius on the Hurricane 33-yard line. Bob Glass tossed one long pass that barely missed its mark, way down at the goal line, but when he tried two more he was struck down for consecutive losses of 10 yards before he could get the ball away.

Near Riot Stopped
The last tackle nearly precipitated a riot. Glass and Picutta came up fighting. New Castle fans were already beginning to pour out of the bleachers and several Massillon substitutes ran out on the field but were hauled down by Coach Brown and sent back to the bench.

The officials took command in time, put Glass and Picutta out of the ball game, called it no play and put the ball back to the place of the previous down. The game ended two plays later.

Save for its one touchdown march, New Castle was never particularly dangerous. Their only other threat came in the middle of the fourth quarter when they marched the ball from midfield to the Tiger 17-yard line where on fourth down Roussos’ attempt field goal was low.

The Red Hurricane outplayed the Tigers in practically every department as the statistics will show. They made six first downs to the Tigers’ three and gained a net total of 79 yards from scrimmage to Massillon’s 75 as well as 33 yards in passing to Massillon’s 16. They averaged 39 yards on punts to Massillon’s 36 yards. Throw out the blocked punt when figuring the punting average and you get an average of 47 yards per punt which is computed from the line of scrimmage, not from the point where the ball was kicked. Not a punt was returned, whereas Massillon’s punts were returned a total of 17 yards.

Glass Stopped
In outdoing the Tigers offensively and defensively the Hurricane stopped Glass. On only two occasions did he get away to a substantial gain. On the second play after the kickoff, he ripped off 28 yards to lug the leather into New Castle territory and on the last play of the first half he carried the ball 15 yards on a mousetrap play to midfield.

Glass carried the ball 17 times for a new average gain of two and one-half yards. Bill Zimmerman carried it 12 times for an average gain of 3.3 yards and Slusser carried six times for an average gain of one-half yard.

Loss of Snavely, Anderson and Wyatt, crippled the Tigers offensively as well as defensively. Lucius, Bill MacMichael and Kasper Lechleiter did the best they could but none had the experience of the three veterans and experience was needed last night with New Castle keyed up and pointed.

Defeat can not be blamed on them. The entire Tiger team as a whole was not on its toes and was both out charged and out smarted.

But all things have an ending and since defeat had to come some time, there was no disgrace in losing to an eleven that played the brand of football put up by New Castle.

Lucius did a good job of ball hawking and covered two New Castle fumbles and the blocked punt.

The crowd was the largest to attend a game here this season. Approximately 10,000 witnessed the game.

Bands Sparkle
The New Castle band gave a flashy performance between halves. Wearing their new uniforms for the first time this season, the young visiting musicians marched down the field in triumph at the end of the game to herald the accomplishment of their team in ending the Tiger undefeated string of 26 games that began back in the opening game of 1935.

Prior to the game the New Castle musicians had dinner at the Y.M.C.A. Members of the Washington high band took pains to add color and a warm welcome to the reception. They decorated the dining room with Massillon and New Castle colors and made little favors, paper footballs reading “Welcome to Massillon”, that were placed at every plate.

The Tiger band also accorded the visitors another friendly gesture when they turned over the entire intermission between halves to the New Castle band. The local musicians did their drilling before the game and joined New Castle in its triumphant march after the final gun.

The visitors were enthusiastic over the welcome and their enthusiasm was kindled with victory. It evened the score with the Tigers and preserved a New Castle record that goes back 15 years. Not in that time has any opponent outscored the Red Hurricane in games.

The celebration lasted into the wee hours of the morning. Some fans probably remained the night, but for the most part they returned home amidst a blaring of horns.

The lineup and summary:
Massillon Pos. New Castle
Howard LE Nocera
Peters LT Roussos
Houston LG Picutta
Martin C Updegraph
Luciius RG Dombroski
MacMichael RT MacNeill
Lechleiter RE Carey
Slusser QB Gender
Glass LH Sovesky
Snyder RH Micaletti
Zimmerman FB Lauro

Score by periods:
New Castle 0 7 0 0 7

Massillon – Greenfelder, rg; Toles, re; Fabian, lb.
New Castle – Kulnis, lg.

Touchdown: New Castle – Sovesky.
Point after touchdown: Roussos (placekick).

Referee – Lobach.
Umpire – Wallace.

Game Statistics
Mass. New C.
Yards gained rushing 101 32
Yards lost rushing 26 13
Net yards gained 75 79
Yards gained passing 16 33
Total yards gained 91 112
First downs 3 6
Passes attempted 12 7
Passes completed 2 3
Passes intercepted by 2 2
Passes incomplete 8 2
Punts 7 6
Average punts (yards) 36 39
Punts blocked 0 1
Punts – returned yards 0 17
Average return punts 0 2
Kickoffs 0 3
Kickoffs returned yards 62 0
Average return 21 0
Fumbles 0 3
Lost ball on fumbles 0 2
Penalties 2 4
Yards penalized 20 31
Plays from scrimmage 54 47

Bob Glass
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