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SEPTEMBER 12, 1905
HIGH SCHOOL NOTES
Captain Merwin, of the football team, is looking up candidates for the varsity eleven and expects to turn out a winning team. The players must keep up a fair average in school work and Superintendent Cronebaugh will attend to the matter of scheduling games. Merwin, Smith, Burkhart, Jones and Hollinger are some of the announced candidates.
HIGH SCHOOL NOTES
Schedule of Football Games for the Season
The first real musical exercises conducted by Miss Brosman, the new instructor in this department, were held Wednesday morning. A few of the simpler songs were gone over, Miss Brosman expressing herself as well pleased with the manner of the rendition.
A schedule for the football season has been arranged and Massillon high will have a season of good hard work and all the practice which it is possible for the team to get as necessary. Captain Merwin is putting the team down to steady work and the way they go through practice is good for the hearts of the old high school men to see.
The following is the scheduled:
September 30 New Phildadelphia high, at home.
October 14 Wooster high, abroad
October 19 probably Barberton high, at home
October 25 Dover high, at home
November 1 Wooster high, at home
November 11 New Philadelphia high, abroad
November 17 Dover high, abroad
By the above the quality of ball required by the boys may well be seen. New Philadelphia was a hard proposition last year, though Massillon defeated them two straight games. Wooster won from Massillon twice last season, walking all over the home boys the second game. Barberton was easy last time and Dover is an unknown quantity.
SEPTEMBER 29, 1905
Tomorrow the local football season opens at the park, when the Massillon High and New Philadelphia High clash. The teams are about equal in strength, although the visitors outweigh the locals quite a few pounds to the man. New Philadelphia comes determined to win and get even for last year’s defeats. Special cars will be run to the park. The game will be called at 3 o’clock sharp. It is certain that a large crowd will witness the game. The expenses will be quite heavy.
The line-up will be as follows: Klotz, center; Miller and Fiegenschuh, guards; Jones and Scott, tackles; Kline and Kirchhofer, ends; Merwin, quarterback; Smith, fullback; Burkhart and Thompson, halves; Taggart and Heckman, subs.
TIED NEW PHILA. HIGH
Locals Though Outweighed,
Played the Best Game
NEITHER TEAM ABLE TO SCORE
Coach Benedict and the High School Fans
Perfectly Satisfied With the Result
Against Such a Heavy Team as That from the Southern City
The Massillon high school football team celebrated the opening of the football season in Massillon Saturday on the baseball park grounds by playing a tie game with the big New Philadelphia high school team, the score being 0-0 after two bitterly fought halves. Superintendent Cronebaugh, of the Massillon public schools, and Superintendent Maurer, of New Philadelphia, were the timekeepers.
The locals were outweighed at least fifteen pounds to the man, and perhaps twenty, and the feat is therefore the more creditable, as the heavy visiting team looked able to down the local light team by a big score.
Coach Verne Benedict was referee and Thompson umpire for the visitors. The work of both was satisfactory, very few protests being registered. Massillon high kicked off and New Philadelphia brought the ball back to the middle of the field, where it went to Massillon, then to the visitors, until the half was over. Massillon’s line did some great work in holding down the visitors, and the halfback, fullback and quarterback surprised the New Philadelphia team with their hard tackles. As a result of the hard work in the hot sun the visitors were well exhausted in the beginning of the second half and the lighter Massillon players swept them off of their feet, carrying the ball to the fifteen yard line before the big New Philadelphia linemen could recover. Here the visitors held and took the ball on downs, Massillon again holding and getting the ball, but losing at once on a fumble. It was at this stage of the game that Farrel, the visiting right end, took the ball and skirted Massillon’s end for a forty yard run before being brought down by Captain Merwin who was backing up the line. This was as close as New Philadelphia came to scoring, the game being called with the ball well toward the middle of the field.
Coach Benedict and the players on the Massillon high school team are deserving of considerable praise for the plucky fight made against such a heavy team, and if the work Saturday is improved upon, M.H.S. will bother many of the high school teams of this state.
Kline, Kirchhofer, Merwin, Burkhart and Smith all played unusually good games, while the rest of the men, although outweighed, more than held their own with the visitors.
The line-up was as follows:
Phila. Position M.H.S.
Orr RE Kirchhofer
Rippert RT F. Wagner
Kustic RG Willison
Paige C Klutz
Cunning LG Fiegenschuh
Senhauser LT H. Wagner
Farrell QB Merwin
Amstead RH Jones
Cabel LH Burkhart
Gintz FB Smith
Time, fifteen and twenty minutes halves.
Referee and umpire alternating:
Benedict of Massillon;
Thompson, of New Philadelphia.
Superintendent Cronebaugh, of Massillon;
Superintendent Maurer, of New Philadelphia.
Head Linesman – Jack long, of Massillon;
Assistants – Souers, of New Philadelphia; and Tucker of Massillon.
HIGH SCHOOL WAS VICTORIOUS
The Football Team Won by a Score of 12 to 0
OPPONENTS NEARLY SCORED
New Philadelphia Put Up a Strong Game
and Showed Surprising Strength Near the Close of the Game
Massillon High Rallied and Held the Opponents on Downs
Saturday afternoon before a crowd of about one hundred and fifty people the Massillon high school football team more than redeemed itself for any former defeats by trouncing New Philadelphia High by the score of 12 to 0. The game was one of the best seen on a Massillon field this season.
The game was called at 2:30, New Philadelphia kicking off to Massillon. The kick was a nice one and Smith received it at the fifteen yard line and advanced to about ten yards. Massillon started line bucks, but New Philadelphia displayed unexpected strength. The boys managed to push a few yards up the field toward north goal, but rather than run the risk of being held for downs, McFarren called a punt and Albright responded by making a fine one of forty yards. New Philadelphia managed to reach the fifty yard line when a fumble was made and Massillon secured the ball. Burkhart now found a hole and slipped through for a fifteen yard run, after which the opposing line was hit for long gains, Kirchhofer displaying fine talent in this line. The boys were now at the five yard line and Albright took the ball and put it across the line directly beneath the goal posts amid the cheers of the onlookers. The goal was an easy one and was kicked by Albright.
The local team now kicked to the visitors, who received the ball at the fifteen yard line and advanced to the twenty-five yard line, where McFarren made a nice tackle. Slow gains by the opposition were now in order and on a fumble by New Philadelphia Jones by quick work managed to fall on the ball. Big “Dutch” Senhauser, the adversaries’ right half, was now laid out. Massillon here devoted its efforts to line bucks and gained steadily. The locals here made some great runs – Smith one of twenty-five yards, Albright thirty-five yards and Burkhart twenty yards, in close succession, bringing the home team to the five yard line when time was called. The score was 6 to 0.
At the beginning of the second half Massillon again kicked to the guests. The ball was caught at the twenty yard line and advanced fifteen yards by good dodging. The visitors could not realize on Massillon’s line and a fumble was made which resulted in a loss to them of twelve yards. Albright tackled the man before he could make any gain. Massillon here made good gains, though it had to fight gamely for them. The home aggregation now neared its goal and its blood was up for a second touchdown to make it better than its first game with this team, and Albright carried the ball under the goal posts and once more kicked goal.
Massillon once more kicked to the opposition, the ball being received at the fifteen yard line, where the man was instantly tackled without a gain. The New Philadelphia team succeeded in reaching the twenty-five yard line when the man with the ball was tackled behind the line and was carried back fifteen yards. A punt was called by the visiting team and was fumbled by McFarren, New Philadelphia regaining the ball. The opposing team now played the best of the whole game, going through Massillon’s line for its five yards regularly. Time for the second half was rapidly nearing the end and the home boys put forth every effort to keep the visitors from a touchdown. As they reached the five yard line Massillon braced itself and the result was a yard to gain on the third down when time was called, the score standing 12 to 0.
The line-up was as follow:
New Phila. Position Massillon
L. Zellner LE Hollander
Kislig LT Jones
Cunning LG Ratchford
Page C Tucker
Olmstead RG Wagner
Ripeth RT Smith
Orr RE Merwin
K. Zellner QB McFarren
Foster LH Burkhart
Senhauser, capt. RH Albright
Wilkin FB Kirchhofer
Alternate referee and umpire, Bast and Doeschock.
Timekeepers, Cronebaugh and Wiley.
Head Linesman, Souers.
The record of the High school team now stands as follows:
New Philadelphia 0
The game with Wooster on next Wednesday will be rather one sided with the present crippled state of the team, with Kaylor sick, McFarren with a sprained wrist, and Stoner doubtful as to being able to play.
MASSILLON HIGH VS. NEW PHILA.
Massillon Scores the Only Touchdown
THE FIRST OF THE SEASON
Time was Called as Albright Crossed the Line
in the Last Half of the Game
Superintendent Cronebaugh Did a Little Coaching
Saturday afternoon, in the midst of a pouring rain, Massillon High administered a dose of defeat to New Philadelphia High, to the tune of 5 to 0, the touchdown being made by Albright in the last minute of play. The game was a most exciting one and was witnessed by a large crowd of Massillon, New Philadelphia and Canal Dover rooters. The game was called about 3 o’clock on the field located at the edge of town. Massillon kicked off to New Philadelphia, who defended the north goal. Albright made a good kick and it reached the ten yard line before it was secured. Kirchhofer downed the man after making a slight gain. The opposing team now hit Massillon’s line for steady gains until they reached the center of the field when the ball was lost on a fumble. Massillon pushed its way back the field until the ball was lost on downs at about the twenty-five yard line. McFarren received a severe blow on the nose and time was taken out. The battle raged up and down the field in this manner for some time, Massillon being penalized for Superintendent Cronebaugh coaching on the field. Massillon had possession of the ball when the first half ended, no score being made by either team. The rain was at its worst at this time.
At the beginning of the second half New Philadelphia kicked off to Massillon, who this time faced the south goal. McFarren received the ball at the twenty-five yard line and advanced about fifteen yards by clever dodging. The Massillon team now found New Philadelphia’s weak spot at left end and gain after gain was here made by Albright. The gains on line bucks were not productive of as large gains. Massillon reached the twenty-five yard line but lost the ball on a fumble. New Philadelphia now hit the line for good gains for some time, reaching the middle of the field, but here lost the ball. Massillon slowly went toward their goal but were finally held and Albright punted. The kick was a beauty and the opposing quarterback, Zellner, misjudged it, touching but not stopping it. Merwin here made a fine run and succeeded in falling on the ball about the twenty-yard line. There was but a few minutes yet to play and the Massillon boys got down to business. Albright went around right end for good gains and just as time was called put the ball across the line for the first touchdown Massillon has made this season. There was a slight dispute as to whether the touchdown was made before time was called but this was decided in Massillon’s favor.
Every member of the Massillon team played fine ball and good interference was given the man with the ball. Albright was in the game all the time, hitting the line and making beautiful end runs. Burkhart and Kirchhofer hit the line hard and McFarren gave good interference. All the line men worked hard and the ends broke up interference in fine shape. At no time was the New Philadelphia team dangerously near Massillon’s goal.
Massillon Position New Phila.
Smith L.E. Steller, Zellner
Jones L.T. Kilvig
Kaylor L.G. Cunning
Tucker C. Page
Stoner R.G Stellner, Zellner
Ratchford R.T. Orr
Merwin R.E. Congleton
McFarren Q.B. C. Zellner
Kirchhofer F.B. Wilkin
Albright R.H. Sunhauser
Burkhart L.H. Foster
Timekeepers, Souers, Myers.
For New Philadelphia, Page, L. Zellner and “Dutch” Sunhauser played a good game. Zellner played in oxford shoes without cleats and lost one of them, playing in stocking feet. After the game the team was given supper at a local restaurant and were shown about the town. All the Massillon boys expressed themselves as well pleased with their treatment. In the evening a number of the boys were entertained at the homes of the “New Philiates” and considerable difficulty was experienced in getting home, there being….THE REST OF THE STORY IS NOT AVAILABLE.