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Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1961: Massillon 56, Toledo Libbey 0

Tiger Kittens Help Beat Libbey 56-0
Strang Sweeps Bench As Bengals Roll On To Their 9th Victory


The rain drops came down pretty fast at Tiger stadium Friday night. But Washington high Coach Leo Strang was moving players from the bench into the game even more quickly.

After the varsity had run up a 27-0 score on Toledo Libbey midway in the second period, Strang started moving his reserves into action. The second-string seniors and underclassmen added 29 more points for a 56-0 victory.

Every man on the squad played.

It was the Tigers’ ninth straight win of the season, second shut-out in a row and their fourth of the year. It was Libbey’s sixth straight defeat. The Cowboys have won only one of seven contests.

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A TOTAL of 8,267 fans, the smallest gathering of the seven home games, sat in on the defeat of a hopelessly outmanned, but scrappy, Toledo eleven. The fans who were at the final home game had to brave a continuous rain that varied from a downpour to a drizzle and made ball handling extremely dangerous in the home-coming tilt.

In spite of this the two teams threw a total of 26 passes. Massillon completed four of six attempts for 108 yards, two touchdowns and a conversion. Libbey, forced to the air, because it couldn’t move on the ground connected six of 20 times for 51 yards.

The Tigers’ fine defense held Libbey to 44 net yards on the ground for a total of 95 net yards gained. The Bengals used their blitz at times, but not often.

Massillon had 356 net yards on the ground, most of the gain in the first half, and 108 via the airwaves. The total was 464.

Strang said, “I’m real pleased that all the boys got a chance to get into the game. It’s been a real grind for the past five weeks. The second-stringers have had very little chance to play. I’m happy the fans got to see them.”

Youthful Dave Lundberg of Libbey said, “Our younger boys got some good experience down here. This is one of the finest teams our staff has ever seen. Their reaction on defense was terrific.”
“We helped Massillon look good. But they’ve looked good against fine teams and would have looked good against us anyhow.”

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THE TIGERS SCORED just about every time they got their hands on the ball, failing to tally only in the final stanza. Two drives were stopped by fumbles, one by an interception.

Wilbur Paisley tried a 23-yard field goal when another drive bogged down. But the kick was bad and went off to the left. However, the junior booter had six conversions in seven tries to his credit by the end of the night – one was blocked – to give him 14 for 15 in three games.

Counting Paisley, nine different Tigers broke into the scoring column. Co-Captain Charlie Brown did it twice. He got the first two scores of the game.

This made up for Charlie’s fumble on the Libbey 21-yard line during the Tigers’ first try at moving the ball. They had taken the opening kickoff on their 30.

The next opportunity for the Bengals came after a bad 10-yard punt from the Libbey 15 to the 25. Six plays and two first downs later the Tigers had their first tally.

They got some help from a pass interference penalty. Quarterback Jim Alexander tried to hit long side End Larry Ehmer, in the west corner of the south end zone. He was pushed from the rear. The penalty gave the Tigers possession on the one.

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PHILPOTT FUMBLED on the next play, losing two yards. Then Brown went between the outside tackle and long side end from the three with 6:06 left. Paisley’s boot was good.

Minutes later the Tigers took over on their 36 after an incompleted pass and on the first play Brown was off and running on the same play for his second score at 2:26. Paisley got his second conversion.

In the second period Massillon got the ball after a punt on its 20. Brown went between the tackles for seven yards. Then Alexander threw on the diagonal. Co-Captain Ken Ivan, Short side end, cut across, grabbed the ball at midfield and raced for the touchdown at 9:48. Paisley’s kick was blocked.

The next TD came at 3:45, after the Bengals had taken over again on a punt. Alexander cut between his short side guard and end on the first play, lugging the ball from his 46 to the Libbey nine. Ken Dean ran through the center to the one. Alex scored on the next play. Paisley’s kick was good.

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MASSILLON SCORED twice within the last two minutes of the first half. A blocked punt gave the Tigers the ball on the Libbey 17. Quarterback Bob Baker ran two plays through the center, hitting pay dirt on the second from one yard out at 1:44.

This time Paisley faked the kick. Alexander, who was holding stood up and fired to Willie Poole, a guard playing the end spot on the kicking team and Massillon led 35-0.
Fifty-one seconds later sophomore Cornerback Floyd (Duke) Pierce intercepted a Bill Brown aerial on the Massillon 41 and galloped 59 yards for a TD. Paisley connected again.

Both of the Tigers’ second half TD’s came in the third stanza, after the Bengals had forced Libbey to punt.

Early in the canto Massillon got the ball on its own 47. Utilizing six plays with three first downs, the Tigers had their seventh TD at 8:23. Quarterback Keith Jarvis passed down the center to long side End Steve Garland from the 13. Paisley booted the extra point.

On the previous play, Jarvis had broken through the center on a key run from Toledo’s 36 to the 13 to set up his own score.

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THE FINAL tally came at 2:34 on a 39-yard run by sophomore Tailback Terry Getz. Getz midway through the season made the switch from quarterback to tailback. The run was a sweep around the long side end. Paisley’s seventh conversion attempt was good.

The Benglas had moved from their 30 in seven plays and two first downs for the score. A key run was by another sophomore Quarterback Ron Swartz. His run from the Massillon 37 to the Toledo 48 helped set up the tally.

The play chart shows that Libbey was able to get into Massillon territory only once in the first period and twice in the last, the final two times being on a fumble recovery and pass interception. The Cowboys had the ball on the Bengal 25 when the game ended

Although Libbey didn’t show a whole lot, Halfback Jim Goings, a sophomore, ran well when he was able to get loose. So did sophomore Halfback John Williams, playing his first game and Fullback Guy Warner. End John Searcy showed well on defense.

Mass. Libbey
First downs – rushing 17 1
First downs – passing 3 4
First downs – penalties 0 0
Total first downs 15 5
Yards gained rushing 165 70
Yards lost rushing 9 26
Net yards gained rushing 356 44
Yards gained passing 108 51
Total yards gained 464 25
Passes attempted 6 20
Passes completed 4 6
Passes intercepted by 2 1
Times kicked off 9 1
Kickoff average (yards) 44.1 30.0
Kickoff returns (yards) 70 117
Times punted 0 7
Punt average (yards) 0 28.7
Punt return (yards) 18 0
Had punts blocked 0 1
Fumbles 2 2
Lost fumbled ball 6 0
Penalties 2 0
Yards penalized (unreadable information)

Massillon Statisticians
Junie Studer.
Earl O’Leary.

Charlie Brown
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1951: Massillon 39, Toledo Libbey 0

Tigers Defeat Libbey 39-0 In Opening Game
Local Gridders Score 20 Points In Fourth Period Passing Attack


A fourth period passing attack that produced three touchdowns gave the Washington high Tigers an impressive start in defense of their state football championship Friday evening as they defeated Toledo Libbey high 39-0 before 12,0000 fans in Tiger stadium

Without the fourth quarter spurt the opener would not have been so impressive, but if Libbey is as good as it usually is the 39 points speak well for the Tigers and for future successes this season.

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Nobody knows just how strong the Toledo school is this fall, for it was the opening game for the Cowboys, but we believe they will not lose many games, if any more, by 39 points this season.
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LIBBEY tackled well, turned loose a set of fast backs, and was the victim of three fumbles which the Tigers turned into touchdowns.

The latter summary would tend to indicate Libbey a better team than the score indicates, but the visitors had their weakness too – pass defense, and not until the last period of the game – did the Tigers capitalize on it.

The Massillon gridders showed flashes of power. In fact their performance for the most of the night consisted of flashes. Their blocking was often crisp and sharp, but it was inconsistent, and one poor block can offset two or three good ones.

Coach Chuck Mather felt pretty good about everything except the tackling of his team. Many tackles were missed when opposing ball carriers could have been thrown for losses.
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WHILE the Tiger offense did not mow the opposition down consistently, it was better in a yard gaining capacity than most fans realize.

The locals gained 478 yards from scrimmage to Libbey’s 197. The yardage included 226 yards gained by passing.

In fact it was the fourth period aerial bombardment of Libbey that provided most of the offensive fireworks of the game, including the longest touchdown, a 51-yard peg from Ace Grooms to Wesley Shilling, which the latter took on the 10-yard line and raced over for the touchdown.

While Mather had planned to use Grooms on defense, he showed enough last night on offense to convince most fans it will be hard to keep him out of the backfield.
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ANOTHER PASS, even longer than the 51-yard peg, was dropped by Shilling in the end zone for what would have been a Tiger touchdown.

In his desire to give as many boys as possible a chance to play, Mather used 37 members of the squad in the game. Some of the younger players did not get into the tilt, but they will see action today in a pair of games arranged for them. The sophomores will play at Barnesville and the juniors at Newcomerstown.

The game was not without its accidents. Big Jim Geiser lost a front tooth when he was kicked in the mouth in the third quarter. He was shaken up earlier in the contest when he and John Climo bumped heads, putting both temporarily out of action. Climo got back into the contest before the end of the game.

It was one of those rate nights when the Tigers never punted. They either made their yards or lost the ball on downs when fourth down got around. Not once did anyone boot the ball which leaves unanswered the question who will be the kicker when Co-Capt. Chuck Vliet isn’t in the game. He didn’t play last night because of injuries.
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IT ONLY took the Tigers four minutes and five seconds to score their first touchdown. The opportunity came when Libbey fumbled on the second play of the game and John Tasseff promptly flopped on the leather on the 27-yard line.

The going was hard as the Tigers ground out two first downs, but with the ball on the four, Bob Grier banged through for six points. Grooms’ attempted placekick was wide.

Libbey held the ball most of the remaining time in the period as it marched from its own 13 to the Tiger 14 where the locals held for downs and seized the pigskin.

There began a drive that continued into the second period and went 86 yards for a touchdown, the last two being made by hard running Tom Straughn, the right halfback. Grooms kicked this one and the score was 13-0.

It took seconds to get the next one. Libbey fumbled after the kickoff and Alex Matie was Johnny on the spot on the 26-yard line. Two plays gained three yards and Grooms, carrying for the first time went to the 12 for a first down. Grier picked up the rest of the distance. The extra point was lost when Paul Francisco fumbled the pass from center.
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THE SCORE remained 19-0 throughout the third period in which Libbey staged its second threat, marching the ball to the Tiger eight before being thrown back on downs.

The Tigers began throwing passes. Francisco tossed 26 yards to Bruce Brenner for the first touchdown. It followed a pass, Francisco to Shilling good for 58 yards. Them came Grooms’ 51-yard pitch to Shilling.

The final score came as the last seconds of the game were ticked off. Credit John Mlincek with getting the ball to set the Tigers in motion. He covered a Libbey fumble on the 30. Two plays had gained four yards when Francisco pitched to Bob Johnson for 26 yards and a T.D. Grooms’ attempted point was partially blocked and the game expired before the Tigers could kickoff to Libbey.

Next Friday the local team will entertain Cincinnait Elder here.

A Good Start
ENDS – Matie, Tasseff, Shilling, Brenner, Corbett, Keen, Clime, Sweasey.
TACKLES – Kraus, Geiser, Strobel, Gibson, Younkers, Chapman, Rubio.
GUARDS – Sapla, Snyder, Tunning, Grunder, Moyer.
CENTERS – Fabian, Roderick, Gable.
QUARTERBACKS – Longshore, Francisco, Dommer.
HALFBACKS – Williams, Traylor, Grier, Straughn, R. Johnson, Milncek, Millar, J. Francisco.
FULLBACKS – Nussbau, Grooms, Stewart.

ENDS – Domhoff, Manzy, Rowe, Bigelow.
TACKLES – Brown, White, Kelley, Heckhart.
GUARDS – McCarty, Kakela, Willey.
CENTERS – Smith, Hill.
HALFBACKS – Craig, Tucholski, Lochett, Haverman, Berning.
FULLBACKS – Russell, Boyd.

Score by periods:
Massillon 6 13 0 20 39

Touchdowns: Grier 2; Straughn; Brenner; Shilling; Johnson.

Points after touchdown: Grooms 3 (placekicks).

Referee – McPhee.
Umpire – Rupp.
Head Linesman – Grubbs.
Field Judge – Schaffer.

Mass. Libbey
First downs 15 10
Passes attempted 18 11
Passes completed 11 3
Had passes intercepted 1 0
Yards gained passing 226 30
Yards gained rushing 252 167
Total yards gained 478 197
Yards lost 21 12
Net yards gained 457 185
Times punted 0 5
Average punt (yards) — 31
Yards punts returned by 46 —
Times kicked off 5 1
Average kickoff 43 12
Yards kickoffs returned by 0 90
Times fumbled 1 6
Lost ball on fumbles 1 3
Times penalized 4 3
Yards penalized 20 15

Ace Grooms