1923: Massillon 82, Salem 0
ORANGE and BLACK SMOTHERS SALEM UNDER 82 to 0 SCORE
STURDY DRIVING ATTACK NETS TOP HEAVY GRID WIN
Running with machine-like precision, the orange and black eleven of Washington high school, Saturday, displayed the same smooth attack and stalwart defense that carried the 1922 eleven to the state scholastic championship, when the present eleven smothered the gridders of Salem high, (unreadable text) champions of Columbiana county, 82 to 0 on the Pearl Street gridiron.
From the initial kickoff until the final whistle, athletes of the South hill street institution kept the orange and black steam roller in action and (unreadable text) was made until the oval had been carried across the visitor’s goal line. Twelve times during the melee the orange and black started offensives and each time a touchdown was the result.
Coach David B. Stewart sent practically his entire first string squad into the fracas but no matter upon whom he called they delivered with a vengeance much to the woe of the Salem outfit. True, the Salem eleven was outweighed, but regardless of the avoirdupois proposition it would have taken more than beef and brawn to stop the local aggregation’s attack.
The orange and black squad of Saturday appeared to be an entirely different eleven than the outfit which defeated Wooster high 29 to 7 in the opening tilt of the season a week ago. The engagement with the Wayne county school just bought out the rough spots in the orange and black play and the exhibition Saturday proved that during the past week Coach Stewart has smoothed these rough edges.
Especially did the “green” men in the orange and black squad show improvement, with the work of Price the Brewster lad stationed at the pivot position, standing out more prominently than any other individual. Under fire of a high school eleven for the first time in his career a week ago against Wooster, the Brewster youth appeared nervous and was somewhat uneasy in directing th squad. Against Salem his performance appeared more like that of a veteran.
Grant, basketball star of last season, also showed well at the pivot position, while vast improvement was noticeable in the play of McCarty, V. Define and Schrader in the back field. Ries and Murdock, second stringers of last season, also showed themselves worthy of backfield berths. While practically all the backfield men were able to make substantial gains, it was Massillon’s forward wall that opened large gaps in the visitor’s line, both on offense and defense.
Five of last seasons’ champions did not start the fray against Salem, Coach Stewart keeping Edwards, Boerner, J. Define, Rohr and Potts on the sidelines. During the first two periods of the onslaught the wing positions were held down capably by Thomas and Quigley and their manner of turning in runners and busting up plays proved to Coach Stewart that he has two capable understudies in Potts and Rohr.
It was not long after the game opened that the orange and black scoring machine got into action. After an exchange of punts, Massillon was in possession of the oval on the 42-yard line by virtue of a 32-yard return by Price. Schrader and Borza hit the line for a first down and a pass, Price to Thomas netted 15 yard more. McCarty plunged through the line for 10 yards and Borza scored on the next play. Pflug placed kicked for the extra points.
From then on the orange and black piled up points reaching the peak of the scoring in the third period, when five touchdowns were registered. Before play in the first period had been concluded a second touchdown was scored when Scrader crossed the goal after a march of 46 yards. Pflug again added the extra point.
Shortly after the second period opened, Cox, Salem left half, found a hole in the Massillon line and plunged eight yards before being stopped. Another down and the visitors had registered a first down, the only time they made the required 10 yards during the entire game, while Massillon was credited with 23 first downs.
Before the second period was over, Schrader and Grant registered touchdowns, with Pflug adding an additional point after Schrader’s score. In the third period the orange and black offensive was under full sway and it was just a matter of plowing through the visitors for touchdowns, with Borza registering twice and V. Define, J. Define and Hise each registering once. Hise’s touchdown followed Edwards’ block of a Salem kick, the ball rolling behind the goal line, where Hise covered it.
Three more touchdowns were added in the final period, Borza featuring the scoring with an 81-yard run through a broken field for a marker. Price also made a sensational dash for points from midfield. The third score of the period was made by V. Define.
Massillon – 82 Position Salem – 0
Flectcher L.E. Lodge
Harris L.T. Hauser
Miller L.G. Judge
Hise C Simone
Pflug R.G. Stahlsmith
Brooks R.T. Corso
Thomas R.E. Konter
Price Q Bovo
Borza L.H. Cox
McCarty R.H. Bingham
Schrader F Sartick
Score by periods:
Massillon 14 13 34 21 82
Massillon – V. Define for McCarty, Grant for Price, Murdock for Schrader, Quigley for Thomas, Leroy for Borza, Rohr for Quigley, Potts for Fletcher, J. Define for V. Define, Edwards for Harris, Price for Grant, Grant for Murdock, Borza for Leroy, Harris for Brooks, Fletcher for Edwards, Ries for Borza.
Salem – Krepps for Lodge, Yoder for Judge, Cosgrove for Cox, Bush for Stahlsmith, Lodge for Hauser.
Touchdowns – Borza 4, Schrader 2, Price 2, V. Define 2, Grant, Hise.
Goal from touchdown – Pflug 8, Edwards 2.
Referee – Maurer (Wooster).
Head Linesman – Boerner.
Time of periods – 15 minutes.