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Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1935: Massillon 65, New Philadelphia 0

Powerful Offense Rolls up 10 Touchdowns, 28 First Downs as Team Plays Perfect Football; Travel to Niles Saturday


Having turned back the New Philadelphia invasion 65-0 Saturday, the Washington high Tigers today began two weeks of intensive training for their all important battle Nov. 23 at Canton, the game that will give Massillon a chance to lay claim to the state title.

Niles will be played Saturday in an N.E.O. Big Six contest, but that game should take care of itself and except for setting up a defense to meet Niles’ system of play, Coach Paul Brown will pay little attention to this Saturday’s game.

Tigers Demonstrate Great Power
Brown began bringing his Tigers uphill with the New Philadelphia contest and if they keep on coming like they did Saturday, they will carry dynamite in every move by Nov. 23.

It was Dads’ day Saturday and the Massillon boys showed off before their fathers seated on the sidelines by playing perhaps their most perfect game of football this season. Only once before during the year did they approach that performance and that was at Portsmouth when they rolled over the Ohio River city 46-0.

The Tigers were never at full strength Saturday, for Bob Glass their regular fullback, was kept on the sidelines with an injured ankle. What’s more the other 10 regulars played only half a game because they were not needed.

Snyder Plays Fine Game
All the subs got their chance Saturday and how they did come through. John Snyder played the entire game at fullback. He carried the ball well and his blocking was superb. Matthew Carter stole the show from the other backs, when supported by fine blocking, the raced 67 yards to a touchdown in the third period. Willie McDew played a fine defensive game, as did Don Snavely, next year’s center and from end to end and around the ring in the backfield the subs distinguished themselves with a fine performance.

The offense of both first and second teams was smooth and versatile. When long gains were needed, Howard Dutton and Mike Byelene threw passes and seldom were Massillon backs stopped without gain. That was because of the superior charge of the Tiger forward wall that always kept pushing the Quakers back toward their goal.

The Massillon offensive produced 28 first downs and 10 touchdowns. When a team is working as smoothly as that, it is retaining possession of the ball most of the time and the opposition has little chance to gain. New Philadelphia made six first downs, three in the third period when the visitors’ second stringers pitted against Massillon second and third stringers, passed and plunged their way to three consecutive first downs the last on the Tigers two-yard line. The period ended there and the Massillon first stringers went in to protect their goal. They succeeded. Four plays failed to net a single inch and Howard Dutton punted back safely to midfield. A boo went up from the visitors stands and some Massillon fans joined, for not allowing the Quakers to score, but Coach Paul Brown desired to test the defensive strength of his first team when backed up against its own goal.

Tigers Smother Plays
It was only the second time this season the team was in this position and the first time, a week ago, Akron West pushed over a touchdown.

Not so Saturday however. Every play on the two-yard line was smothered under a mass of orange sweaters. After Dutton had punted out safely, the visitors made three attempts to carry the ball but failed each time and on fourth down Francis muffed a bad pass from center and the ball rolled back to the Quakers’ 30-yard line where Morningstar covered for Massillon. Coach Brown immediately sent his second team back in to finish the game.

Apparently disregarding New Philadelphia’s fine record the past two seasons which included 16 victories in 17 games, the Tigers went to work at the kickoff and Snyder carried the ball back to the 34-yard line. Dutton and Jake Gillom made five yards and Dutton made it first down on the visitors’ 39-yard line. Gillom, running hard line he did at the start of the season, made 14 yards in two trips and a first down on the 25. Gillom again made four and Dutton swept his left end for 17 yards and a first down on the four-yard line. Anderson came around end but plunged over for the touchdown. But the play was sent back, New Philadelphia was penalized to the one-yard line for being offside. Gillom plunged over for the touchdown. Dutton failed to make the extra point.

Morningstar kicked off to Wortman who brought the ball back 15 yards to the 30-yard line. When two plays failed to gain, Wortman quick kicked to Gillom on the 35. He returned 12 yards. New Philadelphia drew a five yard penalty for offside and on the first play thereafter, old Jake tucked the ball under his wing and hauled the mail 48 yards around right end for the second touchdown. Snyder failed to carry the extra point across.

Long Pass Scores Touchdown
Simonetti brought Morningstar’s kickoff back to the 39-yard line. Two plays gained three yards and Wortman kicked a beauty to Herring who took the ball on a bounce near his goal line and got back to the 15 before being downed. Herring made eight yards and Byelene ripped off 17 for a first down on the 40. Snyder made two but Herring lost two. Byelene then stepped back and shot a 30-yard pass to Charley Anderson who caught the ball and with a clear field ahead raced another 30 yards for the touchdown. Byelene failed to carry the ball over for the extra point.

The Tigers were on their way to another touchdown when the first quarter ended. Following the third touchdown, Morningstar kicked to Wortman who returned to the 27. Updegraph got through for four yards but other attempts to carry failed and the visitors punted to Herring who took the ball on his 30 and ran back 19 yards. Byelene completed a pass to Anderson but Charley was out of bounds when he caught the ball. He stepped right back and tried it over, completing one for a gain of 17 yards. There the quarter ended.

Second Period
Snyder rammed through for 18 yards and a first down on the 16-yard line. Herring made a yard at center and Byelene made it first down on the six-yard line. Snyder added two and Herring carried to within inches of the goal but the Tigers were penalized 15 yards for holding. Byelene made five and then tossed to Herring for a touchdown. Eddie Molinski placekicked the extra point.

A complete second team took over the game for the Tigers. New Philadelphia received and when Duda tried to pass, Byelene came up with the ball and was downed on the Quakers’ 48-yard line. Herring made four yards and Byelene passed 14 yards to Bob Swoger who was in for the first time this season. Herring and Byelene made it first down on the Quakers’ 19-yard line. Byelene passed to Odell Gillom for a touchdown and plunged the extra point across. That made the score 32-0 and there it stood the remainder of the half.

First Team Starts Second Half
The first team went back in for the Tigers at the start of the third period. McDew took the kickoff back to the 20-yard line. Jake Gillom fumbled and Stempfly covered for New Philadelphia on the Tiger 30. Stempfly was tossed for a five-yard loss and when two more plays failed, Wortman kicked out on the 23-yard line. Dutton ran 16 yards to the 39 and passed to Snyder for a 15-yard gain. A nine yard pass to Morningstar and a plunge by Snyder made it first down on the 37. When two passes were wide of their mark, Dutton circled his left end for 10 yards and a first down on the 27. He passed to Anderson for 27 yards and a touchdown and another pass to Morningstar produced the extra point.

Morningstar kicked off to Wortman who brought the ball back to the 25-yard line. Simonetti lost two yards on a fumble and when he tried to pass, Morningstar intercepted and ran for a touchdown. The officials, however, ruled that Held clipped from behind on the play and penalized the Tigers 15 yards from the point where the violation took place. Dutton immediately passed to Morningstar for a first down on the nine-yard line. New Philadelphia was penalized five yards for being offside on the next play and Dutton ran for a touchdown. Gillom plunged the extra point.

The subs carried on for the Tigers. Updegraph brought the kickoff back to his 40. Simonetti passed 16 yards to Reiser for a first down and flipped another to Wortman for a first down on the Tiger 32-yard line. Simonetti plunged for four but when he tried to pass on the next play, Snyder intercepted on the 20 and brought the ball back to the 33-yard line. Carter was immediately turned loose around his right end and behind fine interference, he wove his way into the open and raced 67 yards for a touchdown.

Byelene’s pass for the extra point was knocked down.

New Philadelphia made its only threat thereafter. Trimmer brought Miller’s kickoff back to the 41-yard line. Duda passed to Trimmer just short of a first down and then rammed center for a first down on the Tiger 47. Duda passed to Rodd for five and then tossed one to Trimmer for a first down on the 25. Another to Trimmer gained first down on the
15-yard line. Duda made six yards and a five-yard penalty inflicted on the Tigers for being offside gave New Philadelphia a first down on the four-yard line. Francis made two yards but a lateral, Duda to Francis failed to gain. The quarter ended with the ball on the
two-yard line and the Tiger first team went into the game.

Fourth Period
Duda twice tried the center of the line and failed to gain. Dutton kicked back to Francis who was downed on the Massillon 43-yard line. Three plays gained a yard and Francis got a poor pass from center when he tried to punt on fourth down and the ball rolled back to the Massillon 30-yard line where Morningstar recovered. The Massillon subs went back into the game. Byelene and Carter made eight yards and Snyder rammed through for a first down on the 20. Snyder made nine yards and Byelene made it first down on the
10-yard line. Carter skirted right end for seven. Byelene put the ball on the one-yard line and Snyder went over. Byelene passed to Swoger for the extra point.

Following the kickoff New Philadelphia made another brief rally. Trimmer brought the ball back to the 34 and Duda tossed a pass to Rodd for a first down on the Tiger 49. Duda to Simonetti gained five and Duda plunged to a first down on the 39. Duda lost two yards and Carter intercepted his pass on the 36. Carter made five but Massillon w as penalized 15 for holding.

Byelene made five on a spinner and the visitors were penalized five yards for taking too many times out. Carter made three but New Philadelphia was offside and was penalized five yards. Byelene ran to a first down on the visitors’ 40. Snyder was stopped without gain but Byelene came around left end for 13 yards and another first down on the 27. Carter advanced the ball six yards and Byelene went over on a 21-yard run. The try for the extra point failed and the game ended shortly thereafter.

Both teams threw many passes. The Tigers completed 11 of 21 for 200 yards and two extra points. New Philadelphia completed eight of 18 for 73 yards and had three intercepted.

Where the visitors only lost 20 yards in penalties, the Tigers were set back 70 yards.

Season’s Second Largest Crowd
The crowd of 6,500 fans was perhaps the second largest of the season while the reserved seat sale even exceeded that of any other game.

The New Philadelphia band of 100 pieces and the Tigers’ snappy band drilled between halves.

The game ended the Tigers’ home season and that suggests a pat on the back for S. Earl Ackley, faculty manager, who always remains in the background and who seldom sees a football game because he is too busy making everything else run smoothly in the park. Ackley likewise makes all arrangements for road trips and as business manager for the Tigers had done a great job this year.
Power To Spare
Massillon Pos. New Philadelphia
Anderson LE Emery
Held LT Fisher
Updegraff LG Sherer
Voss C Smith
Woods RG Kuenzil
Buggs RT Bedilon
Morningstar RE Resier
Dutton QB A. Gopp
J. Gillom LH Updegraph
Molinski RH Wortman
Snyder FB Simonetti

Score by periods:
Massillon 18 14 20 13 65

Massillon – McDew, lg; O. Gillom, le; Anderson, lt; Moffett, rt; Miller, rg; Snavely, c; Byelene, qb; Herring, lh; Spillman, rh; Snyder, fb; Carter, lh; Swoger, re; Lee, c; Graybill, lg; Howard, lg.
New Philadelphia – Mason, rg; Francis, lh; Stempfly, rh; Stoneman, re; M. Hanna, lg; Trimmer, fb; Brick, lt; Banks, qb; Hostetler, c; Hummell, c; Bliss, lt; Eichel, rt; Swisshelm, qb; Duda, fb; Rodd, qb.

Massillon – J. Gillom 2; Anderson 2; Herring 1; O. Gillom; Dutton; Snyder; Carter; Byelene.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Molinski (placekick); Byelene, J. Gillom (carried); Swoger, Morningstar (passes).

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

Augie Morningstar
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1933: Massillon 70, New Philadelphia 0



Piling up the largest score made by a Massillon football team in nine years, the Washington high Tigers raced through the frosty air on Massillon Field Friday evening to a 70-0 victory over New Philadelphia high; their fourth of the season and their third successive Northeastern Ohio league triumph.

Not since a powerful Tiger team crushed Alliance 77-0 and Wellston 70-0 in 1924 has Massillon registered such complete superiority on their gridiron as it did last night and
yet – the story is just the same as it has been in each preceding game – the first stringers only played one-half the game.

19 First Downs
The superiority of the Massillon team is not measured by the score alone, for the Tigers excelled in all but one department, that of passing. They made 19 first downs to New Philadelphia’s seven and on eight of the first nine times that they secured possession of the ball they scored touchdowns.

Not since the time of Jack Snavely has a Massillon team played offensive and deceptive football comparable to that displayed last night. Faking on every play the locals time and again fooled Quaker tacklers who rushed in to barrel the wrong man and left the ball carrier wade through a yawning gap for a long gain.

All the ball carriers had to do was run last night. The powerful line that one opposing coach has described as a string of box cars, splintered the New Philadelphia forward wall and cleared the path for the ball carrier and his five-man interference.

Strong On End Runs
The Tigers were especially successful on their sweeps around the ends for here most of their several hundred yards from scrimmage were gained.

The first touchdown came on a 30-yard sweep after a double reverse with Mellinger lugging the ball. Getting the ball for the first time on their own 46-yard line the Tigers started out on a touchdown march. Mellinger wormed through left tackle for nine yards but lost three on a triple pass on the next play. Krier circled right end on a reverse for a first down on the 43-yard line and McCants plunged through center on a spinner for 13 and a first down on the 30. Shertzer hurled a long pass to Lohr who was in the open but the ball was too high. On the next play Mellinger dashed around end for a touchdown. Krier’s placekick for the extra point was wide.

The locals kicked off to New Philadelphia which after failing to gain punted poorly to its own 37-yard line. On the second play Krier went over for a touchdown from the 27-yard line but the ball was brought back and Massillon penalized 15 yards for clipping. The Tigers came right back to carry the ball to the three-yard line, where they forfeited it on downs to the Quakers. A 15-yard penalty that followed enabled New Philadelphia to make its first first down of the game. However, the Quakers failed to make any more yardage and their attempted punt on the fourth down was blocked and Massillon took possession of the ball on the 24-yard line just as the quarter ended.

Mellinger Scores Again
Starting the second quarter McCants plunged for five yards. Mellinger was stopped without gain but Krier smashed through for a 14-yard dash to the five-yard line. McCants made a yard and Mellinger slid through left tackle for a touchdown. Krier again missed an attempted placekick for the extra point.

Krier kicked off to the 28-yard line and New Philadelphia was set back 15 yards for clipping. Mellinger returned the following punt 42 yards to the three-yard line, where McCants plunged over for the touchdown. Krier kicked the extra point this time and the score was 19-0 in the Tigers’ favor.

Again Krier kicked off and the ball was returned to the 19-yard line. A 15-yard pass gave New Philadelphia a first down, but Monroe hauled down a Quaker pass to give Massillon the ball on the 32-yard line. On the very first play Shertzer shot a beautiful pass to Lohr who took it on the run and ran over for the touchdown. Krier’s attempted kick was wide again and the score stood at 25-0.

Kicking off to the 12-yard line, Massillon held the Quakers to a total gain of four yards in three plays and a none too good kick gave the locals the ball on the 36-yard line. On the very first play, Krier circled right end for a touchdown and followed with a pass to Lohr for the extra point. This raised the score to 32-0.

McCants Romps 67 Yards
Following the next kickoff the Quakers worked a series of passes that carried the ball to midfield, where they were forced to punt, the ball going out of bounds on the 26-yard line. McCants made seven yards on a spinner and then romped away for 67 yards and a touchdown. He bowled over one of the secondary with a stiff arm and outran the safety man. Krier kicked the goal to give the Massillon team a 39-0 advantage at the half.

The second team played all of the last two periods, only Mellinger hanging over from the starting lineup.

Massillon’s kickoff went over the goal line and a poor New Philadelphia punt gave the Tigers the ball on the 12-yard line. On the very first play Dutton snapped a pass to Dietz for a touchdown. Mansbury’s attempted pass for the extra point was blocked. Score Massillon 45.

A five-yard return of New Philadelphia punt started the second march of the quarter from the 35-yard line. A forward pass having failed, Mansbury pivoted and wormed his way to the 20-yard line, going over for a touchdown on the very next play. His attempted kick was blocked and it bounded on the ground. Massillon 51 points.

Tigers Punt For First Time
The Tigers punted the next time they came into possession of the ball. It was their first punt of the game, a five-yard penalty and two incomplete passes stopping them from making a first down.

Morningstar put them back in the game, however, when he intercepted a pass on the
38-yard line. Chovan circled right end for 15 yards and a first down on the 23-yard line and Mellinger made nine more at left end. Mansbury made it first down and four to go and though Chovan lost five when bottled up on an end run, Mansbury came right back to wade through center for a touchdown. His kick was wide again. Score: Massillon 57.

Several minutes of the fourth quarter passed by uneventful, but Dutton suddenly came out of nowhere to snare a Quaker pass and run 40 yards for a touchdown. Sladavic was stopped on the line of scrimmage in his plunge for the extra point. This increased Massillon’s total to 63 points.

McDew Scores Last Points
Jimmy McDew, substitute end, had the honor of scoring the last touchdown of the game. A good pass receiver, McDew pulled down a 28-yard shot from Dutton and romped across the goal line. The same play was repeated, Dutton passing to McDew for the extra point.

The attack was diversified with forward passes last night for the first time this season and great improvement was shown in the aerial department.

Passes were responsible for three of the touchdowns and two points after touchdown. A total of two were completed for a gain of 121 yards in addition to two completed for the extra points. Five were intercepted.

New Philadelphia completed six passes for a gain of 69 yards and had three intercepted and two batted passes fell by the wayside and one down.

The New Philadelphia and Washington high bands furnished plenty of music and their drilling brought a rousing ovation from the 3,000 fans.

As the resume of the game shows, no Massillon player was outstanding last night, all ball carriers and linemen alike sharing equally in the triumph. Bob Sharke, who injured an ankle in the Wooster game a week ago, did not play. His place was capably filled by Mellinger. Hoernaman was outstanding for New Philadelphia. What ground was gained, he made, and he likewise tossed most of the passes.

Other high scores made by Massillon teams during the past nine years are as follows:
1932 – Massillon 26, New Philadelphia, 0; 1931 – Massillon 20, Canton 8; 1930 – Massillon 46, Dover 0; 1929 – Massillon 46, Akron Kenmore 8; 1928 – Massillon 32, Wooster 0;
1927 – Massillon 15, John Adams 19; 1926 – Massillon 46, Akron Garfield 0;
1925 – Massillon 18, Zanesville 0; and 1924 – Massillon 74, Wellston 0; and Massillon 77, Alliance 0.

Lineup and summary:
Massillon Pos. New Philadelphia
Lohr LE Resler
Birkish LT Masman
Porter LG Corbett
Monroe C Gopp
Snavely RG Shearer
Buggs RT Glass
Heisler RE Demuth
Shertzer QB Wortman
Krier LH Johnson
Mellinger RH Carlisle
McCants FB Hoernaman

Score by periods:
Massillon 6 33 18 13 70

Massillon – Wolf, lt; Dietz, le; Molinski, rg; Chovan, lh; Peters, rt; G. Schimke, re; Mansbury, fb; Dutton, qb; Smith, lg; Morningstar, c; McDew, le; Hutsell, lh; Sladavic, fb.
New Philadelphia – Jenkins, lt; Pryst, qb; Bedloin, g; Beitzel, c.

Massillon – Mellinger 2; McCants 2; Mansbury 2; Lohr; Krier; Dietz; Dutton; McDew.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Krier 2 (placekicks); Lohr and McDew (passes).

Referee – Shafer (Akron).
Umpire – Lobach (F. & M.).
Head Linesman – Rang (Akron).

Willie Monroe
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1932: Massillon 26, New Philadelphia 0



Riddled by injuries and ineligibility, the Washington high school Tigers played inspired football before 3,000 fans at New Philadelphia, Friday evening, and whipped the Quaker Wildcats 26-0 in a game featured by long runs for touchdowns.

With Bo Kester, veteran and star backfield man of the team probably out for the rest of the season with an injured spine and Claire Foster, fullback, ineligible as well as three substitutes, the Tigers waded into their New Philadelphia opponents with a will last night, scored on the third play of the game and sparkled offensively for four complete periods.

No Effort For Large Score
The score might have been larger, but Coach Paul Brown did not care to make a complete route of it, and continually altered his lineup, using his complete strength but one full period of the game. An entire second team was sent in twice during the melee and the contest was concluded with a third team on the field battling the Wildcats to a standstill.

The rivalry between the two schools did not reveal itself to any great extent last night and tough the Wildcats occasionally showed bursts of offensive strength, they were unable to rise to the occasion as hoped by the home town fans in the booster game.

Only once did New Philadelphia threaten the Massillon goal line and then, unfortunately for the losers, the gun barked concluding the first half with the Wildcats in possession of the ball on the Massillon seven-yard line, first down and goal to go.

Tigers Constant Menace
The Tigers, on the other hand, were a constant menace to the Wildcat goal. There was Knowlton racing 38 yards on a deceptive spinner on the Tigers’ third play; there was Heben, racing around his left end for a 34-yard dash for a touchdown the second time the Tigers came into possession of the ball; there was Shrake intercepting a pass on his 30-yard line and running 70 yards for a touchdown behind perfect interference; there was Willie Hutsell, that new backfield find, getting off to long gains in a march up the field which did not end until he dashed over from the four-yard line and there again flashed Andy Heben, returning a New Philadelphia punt in a dazzling run of 60 yards only to be carried back by a ruling of the officials that the Massillon right end roughed the kicker.

It was these long runs that proved the undoing of the Wildcats last night and there seemed to be no letup whether varsity or subs were on the field. All played alike – snappy football.

The Tigers hardly gave the Wildcats a chance to catch their breath. Krier kicked off to the 10-yard line and Gopp immediately returned the punt to Knowlton on the New Philadelphia 43-yard line. Knowlton got two yards and Heben three yards. Knowlton then took the ball, faked, spun and turned clear around, dashing through the center of the New Philadelphia team for 38 yards and a touchdown. Krier placekicked the extra point.

Heben Goes Over
Massillon again kicked off. Krier hoisting the ball to Fisher, who took it on the 15-yard line and reversing his field, ran it back to the 34-yard stripe. Herron made six yards and Fisher two more at right tackle but Shively could only gain a yard at center.

Marshall fumbled on an attempted punt but recovered on the 34-yard line. It was fourth down, however, so the ball went to Massillon. On the very first play Heben circled his left end for a touchdown. Krier’s attempted placekick was wide and low.

The Tigers again threatened in the same period, carrying the ball to the 25-yard stripe where their scoring opportunity was lost on an intercepted pass. They scored but once in the second quarter. New Philadelphia gained the ball through a punt on its own 46-yard line and Johnson and Fisher made it first down on the Massillon 43. Gopp knifed through tackle for three yards, but Hoyman leaped into the air to bat down Herron’s pass. Gopp picked up two yards and on the next play attempted to pass to Herron, but Shrake came in fast to pull the ball out of the air. His interference formed quickly and New Philadelphia tacklers were cleared out of the way as the Massillon halfback dashed 70 yards for a touchdown. The attempted placekick was wide.

Gun Ends Wildcat Threat
New Philadelphia’s only scoring opportunity came in the closing minutes of the first half. Heben fumbled Gopp’s punt, Stein recovering for the Wildcats on the Massillon 28-yard line. Wolf hit his right guard for three yards and a pass, Gopp to Stein gained four yards. Another pass, Gopp to Zurcher, gained only one yard but a repetition of the play brought a first down on the Massillon seven-yard line. The gun ended hostilities before another play could be run off.

A complete second team scored the fourth touchdown. Brinker and Chovan were on the ends, Smith and Swihart on the tackles; Snavely and Critchfield, guards; Ripple, at center; Dietz at quarterback, Mansbury and Hutsell on the halves and Williams, fullback.

The subs were so impressive that many New Philadelphia fans thought the second team better than the first. The youngsters were a constant threat but only put on one touchdown march. That was in the third period. Hutsell was nailed with Gopp’s punt on the Wildcat’s 36-yard line. Hutsell stepped through right tackle for a gain of 20 yards and a first down on the New Philadelphia 16-yard line. Williams made four yards at left guard and Dietz picked up five on a spinner. Williams made it first down on the four-yard line. Hutsell squirmed through his right tackle for a touchdown and carried the ball over for the extra point.

Heben’s Long Run Called Back
Heben brought the fans to their feet early in the fourth quarter when he grabbed Gopp’s punt on the Massillon 40-yard line, made a dart between two tacklers, struck out along the sideline, cut across the field and spun through the last two tacklers for a 60-yard dash across the Wildcat goal. However, the play was called back, Referee Jenkins ruling that Gopp was bumped by Brunker, Massillon right end.

The Tigers threatened two other times in the fourth quarter but Coach Brown was more eager to give all of his boys an opportunity to play rather than score more touchdowns. As a result the Tigers after advancing the ball for a first down on the 11-yard line, were thrice penalized five yards in succession for taking too many times out necessitated by the injection of substitutes into the game. By t he end of the contest Coach Brown had his third stringers on the field.

Massillon made 11 first downs to New Philadelphia’s six.

The Wildcats have a band they can be proud of. The New Philadelphia high school band plays and drills better than most high school bands in this section of the state and demonstrated its brilliance between halves.

Lineup and summary:
Massillon Pos. New Philadelphia
Lohr le Stein
Burkish lt Stahl
Krier lg Earle
Hoyman c Carpenter
Schimke rg McIntosh
Monroe rt Mostako
Brunker re Riylee
Knowlton qb Marshall
Heben lh Herron
Shrake rh Fisher
Amic fb Shively

Score by periods:
Massillon 13 6 7 0 26

Massillon – Brinker, le; Snavely, lg; Williams, fb; Mansbury, hb; Dietz, qb; Hutsell, hb; Ripple, c; Smith, lt; Critchfield, rg; Swihart, rt; Chovan, re; Toles, hb; Sidaway, qb; Adams, t; Mason; Price.
New Philadelphia – Gopp, fb; Johnson, qb; Wolf, hb; Zucher, hb;

Massillon – Knowlton; Heben; Shrake; Hutsell.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Krier (placekick); Hutsell (carried).

Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1929: Massillon 32, New Philadelphia 7

Tigers Wallop New Philadelphia In Muddy Battle, 32-7


Playing a brand of football that shattered comparison between them and their opponents, especially in the first half, the leather-toting Tigers of Washington high school, Saturday afternoon on Massillon Field, ran up the largest score made in a New Philadelphia game since athletic relations between the two schools was resumed in 1924, beating the visiting Quakers, 32-7.

The Tigers got their first real taste of muddy football, Saturday, and plainly showed that they are as capable of playing on a wet field as on a dry one. The field was plenty muddy before the battle between the two rivals started and a slight rain which fell all during the first half didn’t help the situation a bit. The mud didn’t hinder the local boys at all. They kept plodding straight through the Quaker line, time after time, for first downs despite the handicap of a muddy field.

Tigers Score Early in Games
As has been the case in their past four games the Tigers didn’t wait long for their first touchdown. It came the first time they got possession of the ball. The orange and black gridders secured the ball on the visitors 33 yard line after Byrd, New Philadelphia half, made a poor punt, the ball going straight up in the air.

A series of line plunges by Williams and Kester put the ball on New Philadelphia’s
three-yard line and Williams crashed through the first six markers. A line plunge for the extra point didn’t pan out.

Clendening Scores Second
The second touchdown came shortly after the second quarter ended. A neat punt by Kester put the ball on the Quakers two-yard line. Byrd punted and the local boys in a series of plunges put the ball within scoring distance. The Tigers lost the ball, however, on downs but Byrd’s punt was returned to the opponents’ 24-yard line. Williams and Clendening carried the ball to the eight-yard line where Clendening took it over for the markers. Clendening kicked for the point.

It wasn’t long after that until another seven points were added to the score. A New Philadelphia man fumbled and Knowlton recovered for Massillon on the Quakers 32-yard line. Williams, Clendening and Kester carried the ball down the field to New Philadelphia’s one-yard line. Kester carried it over and Clendening’s kick for extra point was good.

Tigers Held in Second Half
New Philadelphia made a valiant and hard fight to stop the massacre in the second half and succeeded in holding the Tigers a lot better than they had during the first session. They couldn’t keep the local boys from scoring during the third quarter, however. Near the middle of the period after three tries had netted only a few yards, Byrd prepared for a kick. He wasn’t fast enough, however, and was downed on his own 40-yard line Massillon getting the ball. After three plays had netted the Tigers little Kester kicked to the Quakers’ five-yard line. Byrd also punted and Clendening took the ball 20 yards to the visitors’ 25-yard line. A neat crash through the line by Clendening and several plunges by Williams and Worthington put the ball on New Philadelphia’s seven-yard line. Williams went through for the touchdown. Clendening’s kick was wide.

New Phila. Opens Up
The Quakers marked up their first and only touchdown of the game early in the final period. After making no gains to speak of in three plays at the end of the third session, Byrd kicked and Clendening covered. On the first play Clendening fumbled and Kislig recovered for the visitors. Several neat passes by Byrd, one for 22 yards, put the ball on Massillon’s six-yard line. Another pass looked like it was good for a touchdown but the runner was tackled outside and the ball was placed on the two-yard line. Rohrbach crashed through for the points and Byrd added one more by a pass to Rohrbach.

The final score came shortly after that. Clendening took a punt on the 50-yard line. Williams got seven, Kester took the ball from center and tossed it to Clendening. The colored lad started around left end, eluding the opposing players. Tway on a fast run, his shirt was grabbed by a New Philadelphia man and it looked like he was going to be downed but a quick turn to the right and he was free with nothing but goal posts in front of him.

Clean Contest
Despite the rivalry between the two schools the game was probably the cleanest played here this season. Only three penalties were inflicted, the Tigers getting them all.

Clendening and Williams were the stars of the day. Clendening played one of the neatest games seen on the local lot this year, substituting flashy end runs for crashes through the line. Williams helped the Massillon cause considerably by his clever hops over the opposing line for plenty of yardage. The other men in the backfield looked well while the line held the visitors helpless most of the time.

Byrd starred for the visitors, carrying the ball a large part of the time and getting off some fine punts when they were needed.

First Period
Massillon kicked and New Philadelphia recovered on its own 40-yard line. A try through the line netted a yard. Byrd punted poorly, his only one of this kind in the game. It went straight up and Williams covered for Massillon on New Philadelphia’s 33-yard line. Three tries through the line by Rice and Williams netted 10 yards for the first down of the game. Williams went through again, this time for six. Kester added four for another first down.

Williams got three through the line. Rice added four more before Williams got another yard. Kester took the ball for three more and a third first down, putting the ball on the visitor’s three yard line. Williams took it over for a touchdown. Williams’ line plunge for the extra point failed.

Massillon kicked. A New Philadelphia man fumbled and Pfister recovered for the orange and black on the visitors’ 35-yard line. A left end run by Rice netted no gain. A try by Williams brought no gain. Kester punted and Byrd returned for the Quakers, Massillon getting the ball on the 50-yard line. Williams made two and Kester added seven more. A Massillon man fumbled and the ball rolled towards the visitors’ line. A wearer of the orange nad black fell on the ball on the 25-yard mark.

Three plays by Kester and Williams netted another first down. Massillon received the first penalty of the game, five yards for offside. Rice made three through the line and Williams failed to gain. Knowlton fumbled but recovered with a loss of 10 yards. Kester kicked the ball over the opponents’ line, the Quakers getting it on their own 20-yard line. Rohrbach tried a right end run with no gain. Byrd punted. Kester covering on New Philadelphia’s 40-yard line. An end run by Rice brought no gain. Williams made four and Kester none as the quarter ended.

Second Quarter
Massillon had the ball on New Philadelphia’s 35-yard line as the quarter opened. Kester punted on the first play, putting the ball on New Philadelphia’s two-yard line. Byrd punted, Kester being downed on the visitor’s 22-yard line. Williams made two and Clendening three in three tries. Williams went straight through for 10 yards and a first down. Williams plunged again getting three. Clendening made no gain and Kester lost four yards. A Clendening to Kester pass was missed but Kester recovered. New Philadelphia got the ball.

Without trying a play Byrd punted and Kester was downed on the Quaker’s 24-yard line. Two tries netted two yards before Clendening crashed through for nine more and another first down. Williams made five and the ball was on the visitors’ eight yard line. Clendening went straight through the line for another touchdown. Clendening’s kick was good, making the score 13-0 Massillon.

Foutz returned Massillon’s kick to his own 35-yard line. A New Philadelphia player fumbled and Knowlton recovered for Massillon on the 32 yard strip. Clendening got eight through the line. Williams made three in a clever jump over the opposing line for one more first down. Williams made another jump for six yards, Kester added one, Williams got one more and Clendening marked up another first down with five yards. Kester made no gain. Kester got eight around left end, putting the ball on the Quaker’s one-yard line. Kester carried it over for a touchdown. Clendening’s kick was good and the score was 20-0, Massillon.

Byrd was downed on his own 30 yard line after receiving a Massillon kick. Byrd’s pass failed. Byrd was stopped without gain and then punted. Kester recovering on his own
49-yard line. Massillon received its second penalty, this one for 15 yards. Williams made two through the line before Clendening punted to the New Philadelpia 48 yard line. Byrd lost four as the half ended.

Third Quarter
Massillon kicked and New Philadelphia recovered on its own 34-yard line. Massillon got another five yard penalty. Byrd made two. Byrd tried a pass, Kester intercepting and carrying the ball 15 yards to New Philadelphia’s 45-yard line. Three tries by Williams netted four yards. Kester’s lateral pass was no good and New Philadelphia got the ball on its own 49-yard line. Foutz got three around left end. Byrd got nothing on an end run. Byrd’s pass was grounded and he kicked, Kester fumbled the ball and New Philadelphia recovered. Two tries by the Quakers netted nothing. Byrd’s pass failed. He attempted a punt but was downed before he could get started on his own 40-yard line.

Clendening made four in three tries. Kester punted to the visitors’ five yard line. Byrd returned the punt. Clendening taking the ball on the Quaker’s 45-yard line and carrying it 20 yards before being downed. Worthington got four and Clendening added 12 and another first down on a long run around right end. Williams made two and the ball was on New Philadelphia’s seven yard line. Williams took it through for the touchdown. Clendening’s kick failed.

New Philadelphia kicked, Massillon being downed on its own 40-yard line. Kester was stopped without gain, fumbling the ball on an end run. The ball rolled outside. Clendening fumbled on the next play but recovered with a four yard loss. Kester punted to New Philadelphia’s 36-yard line. Byrd lost three but added two as the quarter ended.

Fourth Quarter
Byrd kicked, Clendening being downed on his own 30-yard line. Clendening fumbled and Kislig recovered for New Philadelphia on Massillon’s 24. Rohrbach was thrown for a 10-yard loss on a long end run. A Byrd to Rohrbach pass was good for six yards. Byrd tried another pass, this time to Foutz for 22 yards and New Philadelphia’s first first down. The ball was on Massillon’s six yard line. Byrd failed to gain. A Byrd to Rohrbach pass was good. The New Philadelphia runner was tackled outside and Massillon was given a penalty, giving the visitors’ another first down and putting the ball on the one-yard line, half the distance to the goal. Fowler made no gain but Rohrbach crashed the line for the visitors’ first touchdown. A Byrd to Rohrbach pass was completed for the extra point, making the score 26-7, Massillon.

New Philadelphia kicked and Massillon got the ball on the 50-yard mark. Clendening made four around right end. Massillon got a five yard penalty. Williams went through for six yards. Kester’s punt was outside and New Philadelphia got the ball on its own 20-yard line. Rohrbach made no gain. Byrd lost a yard. Foutz made no gain. Byrd punted and Clendening was downed on the 50-yard line. Williams made seven Kester took the ball on the tossback, passed it to Clendening who made a beautiful run around left end, then cut sharply to the right and carried the ball 43 yards for a touchdown. Clendening’s kick failed. The score was 31-7, Massillon.

Massillon punted, the Quakers recovering on their own 30-yard line. A Byrd to Foutz pass was good for seven yards. Foutz lost one around left end. A Byrd to Rohrbach pass was good, the runner being forced out by Williams when it seemed he was off on a point getting run. The ball was on Massillon’s 48-yard line, the pass being good for 20 yards. Byrd lost seven. Byrd’s pass was grounded. Byrd kicked, a Massillon man fumbled but another local boy recovered on the Massillon 25-yard line. A neat pass by Kester over the heads of the opposition to Houriet netted the orange and black 28 yards, putting the ball on the visitors’ 47-yard line.

Another pass by Kester failed. Rice’s right end run was good for nine yards. Massillon fumbled and New Philadelphia recovered. Byrd’s pass was unsuccessful. Coach McGrew started to make substitutions and soon there was an entire new Massillon team on the field. Byrd’s pass to Hurst was good for eight yards. Rohrbach made two for a first down. A try through the line netted a yard before Byrd was thrown for a 12 yard loss. A Byrd to Foutz pass netted 10 yards. Byrd’s pass to Rohrbach was good for eight yards. Rohrbach made no gain and Byrd tried another unsuccessful pass as the game ended.

Line up and summary:
Massillon Pos. New Phila.
Worthington LE Hixon
Price LT Marsh
Snodgrass LG Swaney
Lewis C Rosenbery
Pfister RG Mathias
Willison RT Kislig
Houriet RE Hurst
Kester QB Foutz
Knowlton LH Byrd
Rice RH Rohrbach
Williams FB Fowler

Score by periods:
Massillon 7 13 6 6 32
New Philadelphia 0 0 0 7 7

Massillon – Clendening for Rice; Blatz for Price; Hoyman for Lewis; Singer for Kester; Kester for Singer; Rice for Worthington.
New Philadelphia – Douds for Swaney; Swaney for Douds.

Massillon – Williams 2; Clendening 2; Kester.
New Philadelphia – Rohrbach.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Clendening 2 (placekicks).
New Philadelphia – Rohrbach (pass from Byrd).

Referee – Morgan (Youngstown).
Umpire – Shafer (Akron).
Head Linesman – Barrett (Sebring).

Alfred Lewis
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1928: Massillon 0, New Philadelphia 0


With rivalry at white heat, New Philadelphia fans cheering and Massillon fans booing, the orange and black of Washington high and the red and black of New Philadelphia high battled to a scoreless tie at the latter city, Saturday afternoon.

Tired and weary were the two elevens as they plodded from the field at the close of the game, and tired were the fans who were in the bleachers 45 minutes longer than necessary due to the late arrival of the Massillon team, but the person who minded it most was Referee Hamm who stepped off 100 yards in penalties inflicted on the Massillon team, thereby proving himself the best ball carrier of the day.

The many penalties inflicted on the local eleven, principally for holding and offside, brought a storm of protest from the Massillon delegation of 1,200 rooters who were huddled in one section of the bleachers. They saw their team score a touchdown that would have meant a victory and saw the ball brought back and put into play again. They saw the official step off a quartette of 15-yard penalties and a quintette of five yard penalties, that interfered with nearly every attempt to advance the ball. And with the final crack of the gun, a section of this embittered crowd, swept upon the field, fists clenched, ready for action, but was finally dispersed by a squad of police ready for just such a demonstration. Fists flew at intervals, but fortunately no one was injured and the prompt action of the law saved further trouble.

But in spite of the penalties, whether fair or unfair, the game ended with a score that compared favorably with the play of the two teams. Whether or not the orange and black could have scored a touchdown had not penalties interfered no one knows, for the New Philadelphia line was scrapping and scrapping hard. Neither team showed any great offense, both scoring but two first downs each, although the local eleven gained by far the most ground from scrimmage.

The “touchdown” was scored in the last few minutes of play when Jack Schnierle intercepted a New Philadelphia pass on the 35-yard line and scampered across the goal. But the ball was called back, the headlinesman declaring that Hollwager interfered with the supposed receiver, and New Philadelphia was given the ball at the point where the alleged interference occurred. A wild howl went up from the Massillon stands when Schnierle scored the “touchdown,” but an even greater noise rent the air when the ball was brought back, the Massillon fans adding their boos to the bedlam that took place.

With the six points ruled out, the local gridders got angry for the first time in the game and showed their best offense of the day. They carried the ball two minutes later to the red and black’s 34-yard line where Hollwager fumbled and Hensel recovered for New Philadelphia. A minute later they started another offensive march which was stopped abruptly by a 15-yard penalty for holding, and the game came to a finish a few seconds later.

The last minute attack was the only offense the Washington high eleven uncorked. In the first place, it was playing nothing but straight football and in the second place could do little against the fighting forward wall of the red and black and the penalty hazard.

The strength of the red and black’s line was somewhat surprising although it lived up to the advance dope that the game would be a similar battle to the Conneaut affair of a week ago. The Tuscarawas county gridders, however, were even less helpless on the offense than the local team, ball carriers frequently being tossed for losses, but while Massillon was penalized 100 yards during times in which it was in possession of the ball, the red and black was set back but 15 yards when it had the pigskin. One other penalty was charged up to New Philadelphia when the local eleven had the ball but it did not help the orange and black any for it followed a 15-yard penalty inflicted on Washington high on the previous play.

An argument ensued between halves between Coach Elmer McGrew and the referee, over clipping which occurred a few seconds before the end of the half, Houriet was clipped from behind while going down under a punt. The officials saw the clipping but declared that it occurred after the ball had been caught and carried out of bounds by the New Philadelphia safety man. The result was that New Philadelphia was given the ball at the point where the runner went out of bounds, Captain Potts declining a penalty which would have made a difference of about two yards in the position of the ball. However had the clipping occurred before the runner went out of bounds then New Philadelphia would have been penalized nearly to its goal line. The referee argued that his eyesight was good but from the sidelines it appeared that the runner was fully eight yards inside the boundary line when Houriet was clipped.

The red and black counted the game as somewhat of a moral victory. Rooters were enthusiastic over the scoreless tie and in spite of the fact that all the breaks were against the local eleven the wearers of red and black ribbons had a right to be proud of the scrappy game their team put up.

The Massillon eleven should make certain after this that it gets to the field on time. Fans waited in the bleachers 45 minutes after game time before the local team appeared on the field. At least one-half hour of the delay was due to a broken axle on the bus when the team was dressed and ready to leave the school for the field, but barring the accident the Massillon team would have been 20 minutes late.

The officials were prepared to step off a 25-yard penalty for being tardy but did not do so at the request of officials of New Philadelphia high school, which Massillon fans consider very sportsmanlike.

Watkins showed well at halfback in his first game in the backfield, while the playing of Potts and Houriet on the ends was the feature of the Massillon play. Honors were even between Kester and Knauss in punting.

Whether or not the referee was partial to New Philadelphia, Massillon fans can settle in their own minds, but it is not good sportsmanship to threaten to “beat up” the officials. It leaves a bad reputation for the school and makes it all the more difficult to obtain good officiating.

Lineup and summary:

Massillon Pos. New Phila.
Potts LE Keiser
Slinger LT Sherer
Fisher LG Hensel
Lewis C Alexander
Blatz RG Wheatley
Goodman RT Bebout
Houriet RE Douds
Worthington QB Rohrbach
Kester HB Byrd
Watkins HB Foutz
Hollwager FB Knauss

Massillon – Schnierle for Watkins, Minger for Potts, Potts for Fisher, Francis for Hollwager, Garland for Potts;
New Philadelphia – Marsh for Bebout, Hurst for Keiser, Bebout for Marsh, Hammond for Bebout.

Referee—Hamm (Kenyon).
Umpire—Burghalter (Heidelberg).
Headlinesman—Kiefer (Ohio State).

Henry Potts
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1927: Massillon 13, New Philadelphia 7

WASHINGTON HIGH WINS SECOND TILT Beats New Philadelphia 13 to 7
Here Saturday; Local Team Scores touchdown With Second to Go

Washington high school chalked up its second victory of the season, Saturday afternoon when it defeated the red and black of New Philadelphia, 13 to 7 on Massillon Field.

The game was marked by few thrills and was not a typical Massillon-New Philadelphia game. The strong rivalry that usually displays itself when the two teams battle was lacking Saturday afternoon, and New Philadelphia fans strongly accused their team for not displaying the proper amount of fighting spirit.

The orange and black showed little football Saturday afternoon in an offensive way. The only time the Massillon gladiators showed any punch was when their captain, “Whitey” Laughlin got into the game. “Whitey” played about eight minutes Saturday and during that time the youthful Tigers chalked up their two touchdowns.

With a secondary backfield starting for Massillon and New Philadelphia lacking sufficient drive to gain much ground through the heavier orange and black line, neither team threatened to score until late in the second period.

The drive for a touchdown was started when Briggs took Kobelt’s punt on the New Philadelphia 48-yard line. On the next play he made three yards, while Grant went through right tackle for eight more and a first down on the visitor’s 37-yard line. With less than a minute remaining in the half, the local team began a forward passing attack. Grant tossed a four-yard pass to Laughlin and on the next play tossed another to Foster for a first down on the red and black’s 22-yard line. A pass from Grant to Briggs was good for 22 yards and brought a touchdown. Only one second remained in the half when the play was started. Laughlin carried the ball through left tackle for the extra point.

The second Massillon touchdown came early in the fourth quarter. With the ball on the Massillon 41-yard line, Fox circled right end on an end around play for a gain of 20 yards, but the ball was called back and the locals penalized 15 yards on a Massillon foul. Laughlin ripped off five on the next play and Evans then duplicated Fox’s stunt by circling left end behind good interference for 25 yards and a first down. Grant made five yards and Laughlin four more. Laughlin then found an opening and raced to the 28-yard line before he was tackled. Briggs made six yards on two plays and Laughlin made three more. Laughlin then plowed through for eight yards and a first down on “Philly’s” 12-yard line. Briggs made five yards and Laughlin four more, placing the ball three yards from the red and black’s goal. Laughlin made two yards on the next play and it was first down and goal with only a yard to go. “Whitey” plunged across. An attempted pass for the extra point was grounded.

A flock of substitutions followed the second Massillon touchdown and “Philly” found it comparatively easy to gain ground against the less experienced orange and black team. It was against these players that the visitors scored their touchdown in the last two and one-half minutes of the game. Getting the ball on their own 40-yard line, the red and black gridders began a passing attack. The first was completed for eight yards and the second brought a gain of 25-yards. From all appearances the second pass should not have been allowed for the receiver was not the first New Philadelphia man to touch the ball. The pass, however, was declared complete and a 15-yard penalty inflicted on the youthful Tigers gave “Philly” the ball on the 12-yard line. Four plays netted first down and Witmer went across for a touchdown from the one-foot line in two plays. Olmstead drop-kicked the extra point across.

The orange and black excelled in number of first downs, making the required yardage 12 times to “Philly’s” nine. The youthful Tigers completed four out of seven passes for a gain of 37 yards, while New Philadelphia gained 31 yard by the aerial game. Massillon was penalized 65 yards and the r4ed and black 70 yards.

Several hundred rooters attended the game from the Tuscarawas county seat. The team was accompanied by the school’s 55-piece uniform band which paraded the gridiron between halves. The Massillon school band also staged a drill, forming a large “M” in front of the student section.

New Philadelphia has failed to make much of a showing on the gridiron yet this year. The red and black has yet to win a game and has been defeated by two secondary teams.

However ,it is hopeful of taking Dover high into camp in the big game of the year, Thanksgiving Day.
Lineup and Summary:
Massillon – 13 Pos. New Philadelphia – 7
Fox LE Noble
Geis LT Carey
Henderson LG Fish
Buttermore C Alexander
Mauger RG Wheatley
Anthony RT Knauss
Shanabrook RE Shaffer
Grant QB Olmstead
Foster LHB Jenkins
Schnierle RHB Ankney
Andrews FB Kobelt

Score by periods:
Massillon 0 7 0 6 13
New Philadelphia 0 0 0 7 7

Massillon – Fisher for Geis, Evans for Shanabrook, Garland for Anthony, Laughlin for Andrews, Briggs for Schnierle, Swaford for Laughlin, Andrews for Swaford, Laughlin for Andrews, Schnierle for Laughlin, Harris for Evans, Malone for Fox, Appleby for Fisher, Mann for Garland, Hourriet for Briggs, Straughn for Malone, Anthony for Appleby.

New Philadelphia – Airhart for Carey, Carey for Airhart, Witmer for Kobelt, Tinker for Carey.

Touchdowns – Briggs, Laughlin, Witmer.

Points after touchdown – Laughlin (carried), Olmstead (Drop kick).

Referee – Lobach (F. & M.).
Umpire – Connors (Bates).
Head Linesman – Kirk (O.W.U.).

Times of periods – 12 minutes.

Earl Straughn
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1926: Massillon 6, New Philadelphia 6


STACKING up against the gamest little fighting machine developed at New Philadelphia high school in years Washington high of Massillon last Saturday afternoon was held to a 6 to 6 score by the Tuscarawas county warriors in the annual rumpus between the schools, staged at Tuscora Park, New Philadelphia, before a crowd that jammed the field and about half of which was made up of orange and black rooters. And Massillon was rather fortunate in being able to limp off the gridiron with a tie score rather than a defeat chalked against it.

For New Philadelphia that tie score last Saturday was a moral victory. Of course moral victories don’t mean a thing when the won and lost column is totaled up at the end of a campaign but just the same the fact that the little red and black aggregation of scrappy warriors down in New Philadelphia was able to hold the Massillon outfit to a 6 to 6 score puts quite a feather in the collective caps of the Tuscarawas county lads.

For Massillon the game resulted in nothing but a tie score in which defeat was staved off by a touchdown in the fourth quarter that resulted from a beautifully executed forward pass. But there is a little credit, if any, due Massillon because it succeeded in holding New Philadelphia to a tie score. For most of the combat Massillon played just ordinary football. At times it played absolutely poor football. At others it played the kind of a game it is capable of putting up and when it played that kind of football New Philadelphia was not so formidable.

But those flashes of good football were almost entirely missing until the fourth quarter when with defeat staring them in the face the local lads got down to business and began to make things interesting. The brand of football the orange and black showed Saturday will never defeat Canton McKinley and that game in now less than two weeks away. In fact it will be hardly good enough to defeat Warren high which is due to pay Massillon a visit next Saturday.
What Massillon lacked most Saturday was that old fighting spirit. Captain Bill Price had it but he always has it. Art McConnell also had it and so did Courtney “Danger” Smith but they couldn’t supply enough to put over a victory.

Massillon’s judgment on plays often was quite bad. It had practically no interference for the man attempting to lug the ball through the New Philadelphia team for gains and it couldn’t keep out the Tuscarawas county forwards who smashed through the line and swarmed over the ball carriers like bees.

Defensively Massillon was strong enough to stop most anything New Philadelphia tried except some of its forward passes. Offensively it showed nothing to enthuse over except one 36 yard dash by Bill Price on a smash through tackle and a 19 yard forward pass which resulted in the touchdown.

New Philadelphia had fighting spirit galore. Out weighed considerably by the local team the little Tuscarawas county lads made up that disadvantage by fighting so savagely that they smeared Massillon hard and repeatedly. True the New Philadelphia boys sometimes let their spirit get the best of them and on a few occasions they played a bit rough, but they were in there fighting to win a football game and their great exhibition of pluck staved off what most everybody thought would be a defeat.
In a battle such as the one last Saturday there is generally a lad who rises to the heights of stardom by his brilliant playing. New Philadelphia had that boy in Dean Smith, slender black haired end who was an entire football team in himself. But for Dean Smith New Philadelphia probably would have been socked and socked hard but Dean was the boy in a pinch and how he delivered.

Weighing less than 150 pounds this slender wingman time after time dashed by the Massillon interference as if it was not there – and generally it wasn’t – and rushed in to tackle the Massillon back before he could get out of his tracks. Smith might have been muzzled if he had been played right but a man is never out of play unless some force is sent against him and Massillon didn’t have it.

But it was not alone on defense that Smith stared. It was his nerve and educated toe that gave New Philadelphia its tie score – its moral victory over Massillon. Twice this slender stripling drop kicked goals, one in the third quarter to score the first points of the game and again in the fourth quarter to knot the count at six all, after Massillon had registered its touchdown. His first kick was from the 36-yard line. His second was from the 23-yard stripe.

His first effort sailed over the bar with room to spare. His second was a close shave. It was one of those lazy, floating kind that kept the crowd in anxious suspense as the ball sailed slowly and serenely toward the Massillon goal posts to fall over the bar with a scant few inches to spare. But it was enough to bring three points to New Philadelphia.

But still that was not all Dean Smith did for New Philadelphia Saturday. He did all his team’s punting and did a good job of it. Then he hurled passes when called upon and caught others when his signal to scamper down the field for a pass was barked out by the New Philadelphia quarterback. They think quite a lot of that boy in the Tuscarawas county capital and they have a right to. He’s one mighty sweet football player. And Massillon gives him all the credit due him.
It looked as if Massillon played the wrong kind of a game against New Philadelphia. Instead of hammering the line and wearing down the Tuscarawas county forward wall, which was none too strong to stand a stiff battering and had a few capable reserves to rush into a breach, Massillon went in for the forward passing and end running game and was neatly turned back because Smith and Shafer, the other end, and the downstate team’s secondary defense were mighty hard to handle.

The type of game Massillon tried to play was far more exacting on the Massillon backfield than it was on the New Philadelphia team. Had the Tuscarawas county line been subjected to a stiff hammering, it might have crumbled.

As it was Massillon was robbed of a touchdown in the last quarter through an illegal pass and that lost touchdown meant the difference between a victory and a tie score.

Outside of the fourth quarter when the New Philadelphia boys were on the run Massillon’s best chance to score came within five minutes after the game had started.
The local team received, failed to make its yardage and Price booted a long punt to Neff who was flopped on his three-yard line. Massillon drew a five-yard penalty for offside but Bill Price cut around right end for 14 yards. Briggs made it first down. New Philadelphia then took a five-yard penalty for offside and Briggs made it another first down on two smashes.

The ball was on New Philadelphia’s 12-yard line. But then Dean Smith began to play. Three times he tackled Bill Price and Bill could gain but one yard. Then Hax tried a field goal from the 28-yard line and it was short. The downstaters then punted out of danger.

Massillon started with McConnell, Fulton and Gump out of the game because of injuries but before very long, McConnell was hustling into the fray. Fulton came in a short time later and Gump went on the battlefront in the fourth quarter.

After losing that chance to score Massillon did not have another good chance during the remainder of the half. Neither did New Philadelphia and the half ended with the battle standing a scoreless draw.

But New Philadelphia was fighting gamely and its great defensive play smashed most of Massillon’s attempts to gain before they got a good start.
Early in the third quarter after an exchange of punts New Philadelphia secured the ball on Massillon’s 41-yard line. K. Mathias hit the line for five and Winspear made it a first down. Neff sneaked through for five and Massillon held.

Then Dean Smith dropped back to his 36-yard line and drop kicked the first of his two field goals, giving New Philadelphia the first points of the game.

A few moments later after Price had been flopped for a 15-yard loss when a triple pass fizzled, Massillon began its best offensive march of the day. Getting the ball on the 40-yard line through a punt Massillon began playing. McConnell sped off six yards through left tackle. Foster hit the same hole for five and a first down. Then Bill Price went through right tackle like a bullet and dashed down the field 36 yards before being downed. The ball was on New Philadelphia’s 17-yard line. McConnell lugged it to the 12-yard line as the quarter ended.

On the first play in the second quarter Price tore through for four but Massillon was penalized for being offside. Then Price fumbled. Fox planted his frame on the 20-yard line. McConnell made one at the line and then came the big play of the day from a Massillon standpoint. Taking the ball from Benson, McConnell ran nearly across the field looking for a teammate in the open.
Finally he saw Courtney Smith “Danger” they call him, way down the field. Art shot the ball, through the air. Smith leaped up grabbed it in his hands and shot across the goal line for Massillon’s only touchdown as a swarm of New Philadelphia tacklers crashed into him. McConnell, however, was not able to produce the extra point, a point by the way which would have meant victory. His drop kick smashed into one of the uprights and the score stood 6 to 3.

But New Philadelphia was not defeated. It still had a few tricks up its sleeve. It opened up a deadly aerial game a few moments later after W. Mathias had intercepted a Massillon pass but then the downstaters had to punt. Massillon returned the kick and again Winspear opened up. He flipped on pass to Smith for 36 yards. Then he tossed to Shafer for 15 and the ball was on Massillon’s 12-yard line.
But here Massillon stopped the advance and Dean Smith dropped back to his 23-yard line to hoof over the field goal that tied the score.

Shortly after McConnell passed to Price and Matthews for sufficient yardage to take the ball deep into New Philadelphia territory. Then he heaved a pass to Fulton . The Massillon end took the ball over his right shoulder but with a clear field ahead slipped. The ball went out of his hands and into the waiting arms of Courtney Smith who dashed across the goal line. It looked like a touchdown but here the officials stepped in and ruled that Fulton had made an illegal pass to Smith and the score did not count. It was a tough one to lose. The Massillon players and Coach Atkinson argued forcibly that the play was O.K. but the officials couldn’t be convinced and their decision stood. The game ended shortly after with Massillon in possession of the ball in midfield.
The Smith Boys
Massillon – 6 Pos. New Philadelphia – 6
Matthews LE Dean Smith
Fox LT W. Smith
Spencer LG Hensel
Benson C Thomas
Dave Smith RG H. Mathias
R. Price RT Westhafer
Ressler RE Shafer
Hax QB Mizer
C. Smith LHB K. Mathias
Briggs RHB Neff
W. Price FB Winspear

Score by quarters:
Massillon 0 0 0 6 6
New Philadelphia 0 0 3 3 6

Massillon – McConnell for Hax, Straughn for R. Price, Fulton for Ressler, Mauger for D. Smith, Foster for Briggs, Ott for Straughn, Gump for Matthews.

New Philadelphia – Given for Hensel, Hensel for Given, Maloney for Neff, Jones for Maloney.

Field goals – Dean Smith 2, (drop kicks).

Touchdown – C. Smith.

Referee – Roudebush, Denison.
Umpire – Bletzer, Mt. Union.
Head Linesman – Jackson, Zanesville.

Time of quarters – 12 minutes.

Game Statistics
First downs:
Massillon 10
New Philadelphia 5

Massillon completed nine passes out of 17 attempts; seven were incomplete; and one intercepted. Total gain 55 yards.
New Philadelphia completed five passes out of 12 attempts for a total of 90 yards. Seven were incomplete.

Massillon was penalized 30 yards.
New Philadelphia 15 yards.

Massillon punted 12 times, averaging 41y yards on each kick.
New Philadelphia punted 14 times, averaging 39y yards to the kick.

Massillon gained 136 yards from scrimmage and lost 51 yards. Captain Price alone made 78 of his team’s 136 yards.
New Philadelphia gained but 32 yards from scrimmage and lost 13 yards from scrimmage.

Massillon carried the ball 41 times gaining three and one-third yards each time.
New Philadelphia toted it 17 times, gaining 1 4/5 yards on each attempt.

All told the orange and black, by passes and running, carried the ball from scrimmage a total of 191 yards.
While New Philadelphia, in the same manner, gained 122 yards.

Bill Price
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1925: Massillon 6, New Philadelphia 0


Unleashing the fourth quarter of an attack that had in it all the fury of the elements that raged over a water-covered gridiron, football warriors of Washington high school last Saturday afternoon carried to victory on Massillon field the orange and black standard of the local school by defeating New Philadelphia high school 6 to 0 in a game that was played under the worst conditions imaginable. The touchdown that brought victory to Coach David B. Stewart’s warriors was made by “Cannonball” Kammer, the Massillon mud horse, after the local team had carried the ball 80 yards through mud and water in an unbroken march.

About 2,000 fans, nearly half of them from New Philadelphia, stood out in a drenching rain for nearly two hours to see that battle and its climax, which came early in the fourth quarter when the orange and black, seemingly possessed with new fighting spirit, began to rip the tough Tuscarawas county eleven to shreds and plow to victory through water that became deeper and deeper as the rain continued steadily to fall and fall. Marred as it was by Nature’s unrelenting attack of rain and wind the game was an intensely interesting affair that might have developed into a highly spectacular battle had it been staged on a dry field with favorable weather conditions.

Football games may have been played in some parts of the country Saturday under worse conditions than the contest here but surely no worse gridiron battle in Massillon’s history was fought out in any worse weather than that contest here Saturday. A drenching downpour that started hours before the battle continued to fall steadily through the entire afternoon, soaking to the skin spectators and players alike. It might truthfully have been called the pneumonia battle for everyone who braved the elements to witness the contest took his or her life in hand and trusted to luck that Sunday morning they would not be frantically calling for a physician.

But even though the rain fell in torrents and was blown across the field in bold, penetrating waves by a stiff gale from the south about 2,000 fans were huddled around the field attired in slickers, gum boots and other apparel calculated to keep out the rain, but for all their preparations none escaped being drenched.
Spectators and players, mud bespattered and water soaked, crawled off the field after the game thankful that at last it was over and made all haste homeward where a hot bath and for those fortunate enough, a nip of something stronger than ginger ale, was called into service to restore circulation in chilled and water soaked bodies.

The weatherman has been most unkind to football teams and fans this fall and any one familiar with the condition of Massillon Field in previous games played there his year need not be told that Saturday it was far from being a parade ground. Soaked by the heavy rain it was soon churned into a quagmire once the game started. Water stood on it in most places several inches deep and to this was added that which fell during the game, the rain at times sweeping over the field in torrents, the drops stinging one’s face as they were driven onward before a sweeping wind.

For three quarters the water soaked gridiron enemies battled and tussled through the muddy lake in a vain but valiant effort to score. With the weather against them they seemed to be waging a losing fight and when the fourth period opened the best that any one looked for was a scoreless draw. In fact it seemed almost without the range of human endeavor for either team to gather any points except through the luckiest of breaks.
But, the fourth quarter had hardly got under way when the rain soaked fans were brought to life as the orange and black, gaining possession of the ball on its own 20-yard line began charging through the mud, ever driving before them a fighting but fast tiring New Philadelphia opponent, until a few minutes later they crashed over the visitors’ goal line for the only touchdown of the game, winning from an enemy that was game to the last ditch but was not able to stand up under the battering and adverse weather conditions as well as its Massillon rivals.

If water soaked reportorial notes and an over taxed memory can be taken as accurate the fourth quarter opened with New Philadelphia in possession of the ball inside Massillon’s 25-yard line. The visitors, held in check, decided to try for a field goal in a desperate effort to score. But the water soaked ball refused to go more than 10 feet off the ground and rolled over the goal line. Captain Vince Define, Massillon safety man, wisely let it roll, thus bringing it out to the 20-yard mark.

Then on the very next play Kammer tucked the oval under his arm and steamed around New Philadelphia’s right end and down the field, finally being stopped with a splash after a 25-yard cruise, the longest gain of the game. That marked the opening of Massillon’s victory march. Thirteen plays later Kammer smashed through the line and tugged the ball over New Philadelphia’s goal line by inches for the score, completing the 80 yard unbroken march during which the orange and black made six straight first downs, more than both teams combined had made in the first three quarters.

After Kammer’s 25-yard dash Define plowed through right tackle for 12 yards. Kammer next tested the stout New Philadelphia line and shoved it back three yards. Brown called for a pass but McConnell missed his toss but the orange and black came back and executed as pretty a triple pass as has been seen all season for a gain of 15 yards. Brown took the ball, passed to Kammer who in turn passed to Storrie and the Massillon end sailed around the visitors’ left wing for 15 yards, putting the ball on the 35-yard mark before being sunk.

Kammer once more cut loose and drove off left tackle for 10 yards, this gain being followed by a double pass, Brown to Define, with Define skirting left end for 12 more. By this time the ball was on New Philadelphia’s 13 yard line. Kammer smashed through right tackle for three and then dented left tackle for four. Define made one at the line. Then Kammer made it a first down, taking the ball to the four-yard line. Here New Philadelphia braced but Kammer shot over the goal line on the next play only to be called back when both teams were offside. On the next attempt Kammer toted the ball to the one foot line and then mashed his way over for the score. The attempt to kick goal failed.
By that final desperate drive Massillon came off the field holding a decided edge over the visitors in ground gained although outplayed up to the start of the final period. Massillon made nine first downs to two for New Philadelphia. Coach Stewart’s boys tried seven forward passes, working one and having one intercepted. New Philadelphia attempted nine, none of which were completed and one being intercepted by Massillon.
To the punting ability of Glenn Smith, more than anything else, must go the credit for keeping New Philadelphia in the game. Massillon thinks it has a great little kicker in Paul Smith and it does, but few ever saw a better exhibition of punting under such conditions as existed Saturday, than that given by the New Philadelphia Smith. He clearly out kicked Smith and Define, who did Massillon’s booting, gaining from 20 to 30 yards on every exchange of punts, many of which he got away after taking bad passes from the center, and it was this remarkable exhibition of kicking that made New Philadelphia a dangerous contender during the first three quarters and kept the ball most of the time in Massillon territory.

During the entire first half, play was almost entirely in Massillon territory. New Philadelphia made one first down in the second quarter. Massillon did not make a first down until the start of the third quarter when it ripped off two in quick succession but its spurt was soon checked. Because of the rain and mud it was extremely hard to handle the ball and fumbles occurred frequently but none of them gave either team a chance to get in a position to score.

On such a day as Saturday when one would expect the breaks to be the deciding issue in settling the combat it was rather remarkable that the only points scored should come through the medium of hard driving football, the kind that Massillon put on tap in the fourth quarter.

But Massillon’s victory was almost snatched out of its grasp in the closing minutes by a rather poor play. An attempted forward pass with the ball being thrown to the backfield that had been sent far out on the end nearly spilled the beans. It gave Jenkins, a
red-headed New Philadelphia end, sent into the game in the last period, a chance to distinguish himself and nearly break away for a touchdown. He flashed through the mud to intercept Brown’s pass and carried the ball from his own 25-yard line back to midfield before being tackled by Kelly. Massillon fans breathed easier when they finally saw Jenkins flopped in the mud still many yards from Massillon’s goal line.
What A Game!
Massillon – 6 Pos. New Philadelphia – 0
Gump LE G. Smith
N. Harris LT Melsey
Tipton LG Haney
Fricker C Gardner
Washlick RG Douglas
Dommer RT Gilgen
Agler RE Cale
P. Smith QB Enold
Kammer LHB Ladrich
Define RHB Winspear
Laughlin FB Maloney

Score by quarters:
Massillon 0 0 0 6 6

Massillon – Price for Fricker, McConnell for Laughlin, Kelly for N. Harris, Brown for McConnell, Storrie for Gump, Thomas for Agler, W. Harris for Tipton, Singer for Dommer, Crone for Washlick, McConnell for Smith, Spencer for Singer, Laughlin for Kammer, Gump for Storrie, Spuhler for McConnell, Williams for Define, N. Harris for Spencer, Fricker for Price.

New Philadelphia – Lafferty for Malone, Jenkins for G. Smith, Mathias for Cale.

Touchdown – Kammer.

Referee – Maurer, Wooster.
Umpire – Bletzer, Mt. Union.
Head Linesman – Shafer, Akron.

Time of quarters – 13 1/3 minutes.

Paul Brown

Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1924: Massillon 20, New Philadelphia 7


Before the largest crowd that has ever witnessed a high school football game in New Philadelphia, the orange and black eleven of Washington high, last Saturday afternoon defeated the Tuscarawas County gridders 20 to 7 at Tuscora park in a contest that was replete with gridiron thrills for a gathering of 5,500 frenzied spectators who hammed every available inch of space around the playing field at Tuscora park. Because it marked the resumption of athletic relations between Massillon and New Philadelphia after a lapse of several years and because of the interest created in the contest due to the rivalry existing between the two schools, the battle was a magnet to attract hundreds of persons from New Philadelphia and Dover and about 2,500 Massillon rooters.

The New Philadelphia team lost, but its supporters are not shedding many tears because its eleven put up a spectacular fight to stop the orange and black machine of Massillon. The Tuscarawas County lads fought like a pack of wild cats from start to finish and had it not been for the dazzling forward passing attack which Coach Stewart’s warriors uncorked, the score might have been a great deal closer.

It was the overhead attack that was largely responsible for two of the three touchdowns which the Massillon outfit scored. Except for one brilliant dash of 38 yards by Jimmy Price to score Massillon’s first touchdown, the orange and black was not very successful with its line plays and end runs, the New Philadelphia gridders throwing themselves into the battle with reckless abandon to stop the Massillon plunges.

But New Philadelphia’s defense to break up forward passes was not equal to the task of stopping the bullet like heaves of halfback King of Massillon and seven of the local team’s 11 attempts to gain ground by the air route were successful.

Despite the intensity of play and the fierceness with which both teams battled to win the game was exceptionally clean. The officiating was good and the spirited rivalry between the supporters of both teams made it a gala football event.

The New Philadelphia eleven, although defeated but once previous to Saturday’s conflict, was hardly rated strong enough to topple the orange and black from its lofty perch in the Ohio scholastic football circles but the Massillon fans who journeyed to the scene of the conflict were treated to quite a surprise when they saw the Tuscarawas County aggregation make the local team fight its hardest for every inch of ground.

Coach Stewart’s gridders were pitted against a team that had an unconquerable fighting spirit and possessed a determination to go down with colors flying. The game was nip and tuck during the first half and in the third quarter and at the start of the fourth the downstaters uncovered such a burst of strength that they actually outplayed the local team and threw quite a scare into the Massillon camp at the start of the last period by marching the ball right down under the local team’s goal posts where it stayed for quite a while until Paul Smith cut loose with a long punt to carry the oval back out of the danger zone.

New Philadelphia was in to win and the advance information of Massillon’s prowess did not shake the determination of the southerners to hand the orange and black a jolt if possible.

Massillon however, missed Vince Define, flashy halfback and punter. Vince was on the sidelines nursing an injured knee which may keep him out the balance of the season. With Vince in the game Massillon’s running attack might have been much more powerful although Jimmy Price and King cut loose with some nice gains. But it was in punting that Define was missed most.

Paul Smith and Grant, who did the kicking in Vince’s absence, did nobly but they did not measure up to Define whose ability to get his punts off quickly and for good yardage would have been of considerable help Saturday. Smith however, came back into the game to put the local team out of a really dangerous situation and during the last few minutes cut loose with two beautiful punts, one of 50 yards and the other of 70 yards.

There was however, one big thing lacking in Massillon’s offense. That was proper interference. The local team gained but very little ground Saturday on end runs compared with what it would have, had proper interference been furnished, the man toting the ball. Time after time the interference failed to get the New Philadelphia end out of the road or was turned back in such a manner that it spilled the Massillon man with the ball.

The defensive play of both teams stood out prominently. For Massillon Captain Edwards was a roving demon, romping all over the field to stop the New Philadelphia backs. He was given able assistance by McCarthy and Weidman, the two husky tackles, and King who smeared the New Philadelphia offensive time after time by his speedy charges. Zurker, New Philadelphia’s left end, was a big factor in the Tuscarawas County team’s defense, playing a whale of a game on the wing.

The bulk of New Philadelphia’s defensive work rested with Captain Mathias, a sturdy little ball lugger, and Cale. Mathias was New Philadelphia’s star, time after time carrying the ball on off tackle thrusts for considerable gains.

Massillon outplayed New Philadelphia quite decisively in the second and fourth quarters but the downstaters had the edge in the first and third periods. Massillon made 15 first downs, all but one of which were earned, while its opponents made eight, two coming through the medium of penalties.

New Philadelphia was the first to score, shoving across its lone touchdown in the first quarter when it captured a blocked Massillon punt. It was a fumble by Paul Smith that paved the way for the score. After catching a New Philadelphia punt Smith fumbled the ball on his nine-yard line where a New Philadelphia lad pounced on it.

The downstaters then worked the ball to the six-yard line before being held for downs. Grant dropped back to punt but the New Philadelphia line charged in on him like a flock of demons and blocked the punt, the ball bounding into the air and then nestling in the arms of right end Smith who stepped across the goal line for the touchdown.

This touchdown spurred the orange and black and early in the second quarter Jimmy Price tucked the oval under his arm and dashed around New Philadelphia’s right end and sped like the wind for a 38-yard dash to the New Philadelphia goal line for Massillon’s first touchdown. It was a spectacular run and the best of the game.

With the score tied the local team opened up its forward passing attack a little later with King heaving a pass to J. Price for 19 yards. Grant, on the next play, tossed the oval to King for a 26-yard gain, taking the ball to the six-yard line. Here Kammer was called into play and he carried the ball over in two smashes at the line.

New Philadelphia came out for the third quarter to show an unexpected burst of strength and kept the orange and black on the defensive throughout most of the period. But New Philadelphia’s best drive came at the start of the final period when with the ball on their 30-yard line the downstaters marched right through the orange and black to Massillon’s 17-yard line before being halted.

This march featured by the off tackle plunges of Mathias who ripped the Massillon forward wall wide open, carrying the ball beyond the mid-field. Then a 20-yard pass from Cale to Smith took the ball to the 17-yard line. Here the local team got down to brass tacks and Jimmy Price momentarily halted his opponents’ drive by intercepting a forward pass on his two-yard line.

Then Grant’s punt from behind his goal line was partly blocked and New Philadelphia covered on Massillon’s 12-yard line and opened another drive for the Massillon goal. But again danger was averted when Grant leaped high in the air on his goal line to pull down a pass. Then Paul Smith took Grant’s place in the lineup and pulled his team out of danger by cutting loose with a beautiful 50-yard punt that took the oval back to midfield.

Then King, after a 13-yard dash around end, opened up the forward passing attack with a heave to Jimmy Price for 19 yards, placing the ball on New Philadelphia’s six-yard line. Kammer made the touchdown but not until after he had made three smashes into the fighting New Philadelphia line.

Massillon was well on its way to another touchdown when the whistle blew, two successful passes by King having taken the ball deep into New Philadelphia territory.

King and Jimmy Price were Massillon’s offensive lights. Price had speed to burn Saturday while King’s best work was on the tossing end of forward passes. The dusky halfback shot the ball over the field with speed and accuracy and picked his men so well that New Philadelphia was hopelessly lost in its efforts to break them up.

The seven passes Massillon completed netted 106 yards. Three were grounded and New Philadelphia intercepted one. The downstaters completed four heaves for 55 yards while four were grounded and Massillon intercepted a like number.

The Old Punch

Massillon – 20 Pos. New Philadelphia – 7
W. Price LE Zurker
McCarthy LT Shear
J. Smith LG Mizer
Edwards C Gardner
Halco RG Haney
Weidman RT Pfaeffle
Thomas RE Smith
J. Price QB Mathias
King LHB Cale
P. Smith RHB O’Conner
Kammer FB Reger

Score by Periods:
Massillon 0 14 0 6 20
New Philadelphia 7 0 0 0 7

Massillon – Grant for P. Smith, Hise for J. Smith, Gump for W. Price, Agler for Thomas, Thomas for Agler, W. Price for Gump, Borza for Kammer, Kammer for Borza, Gump for W. Price, P. Smith for Grant.

New Philadelphia – Gilgen for Pfaeffle, Pfaeffle for Smith, Togler for O’Conner, Smith for Pfaeffle, O’Conner for Reger, J. Cale for O’Conner.

Touchdowns – Kammer 2, J. Price, Smith.

Points after touchdown – Edwards 2, Cale 1.

Referee – Thellar, Oberlin.
Umpire – Howells, Sebring.
Head Linesman – Garrett, Centre.

Time of quarters – 15 minutes.

Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1918: Massillon 0, New Philadelphia 1

Refuses to Accept Biased Decision and Quits Field, Forfeiting Game, All But Tied.

Rather than play against a team allowing questionable tactics, Massillon high took her men off the gridiron at New Philadelphia, Saturday, forfeiting the game to New Philadelphia by a 7 to 6 score.

Fighting with every ounce of energy, using clean tactics and good head work, Massillon had scored a touchdown in the second quarter to count against the seven points won by New Philadelphia at the start of the game. Coach Snavely ordered his players off the field in the final period of play, claiming the umpire, a New Philadelphia man, had made a biased ruling.

At that time New Philadelphia attempted a forward pass.

Wittmann, Massillon’s left end, is alleged to have tackled the player before New Philadelphia threw the ball, which resulted in a gain. Under such conditions the ball would properly have been declared dead, but New Philadelphia maintained it to be legal. Unable to reverse the decision Massillon left the field.

Archbold kicked off for Massillon at the start of the game. Within the first three minutes of play New Philadelphia scored a touchdown and goal kick, gaining by superior weight.

New Philadelphia kicked off to Massillon and the latter began a pretty attack which resulted in their steady but slow gain.

New Philadelphia kicked off to Massillon beginning of the second quarter, Philadelphia gaining the ball on the 20 yard line. Graybill recovered the ball in a short time, running 15 yards on a punt. Greenfelder covered Massillon’s bad fumble which occurred here.

Thomas, star half back, running 35 yards. Massillon gained the upper hand. However, Philadelphia soon regained her pep and the play became hotly contested, both teams at times being forced to defend their own goal with the ball in the shadows of the post. Wittmann and Howells, linemen, made several brilliant tackles in this period of play. Massillon placekicked on the 37 yard line, here, but was blocked.

It was in this quarter that Harrison stopped a dangerous punt around the left end, carried the pigskin to the opponent’s five yard line, where Greenfelder crossed the goal line, scoring Massillon’s six points.

Massillon being forced to kick from a wide angle, lost the goal kick, which would have tied the score.

During this quarter both Graybill and Thomas accomplished some fine runs in a broken field.

In the third quarter the dash which had marked New Philadelphia’s game seemed to have disappeared.

Early in the fourth quarter the dispute arose over the legality of Philadelphia’s forward pass and Coach Snavely sent his men off the gridiron.

The game was marked by hard, aggressive football. There were examples of fine tackling but in other cases poor judgment was used.