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Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1960: Massillon 56, Toledo Waite 14

Tigers Maul Toledo Waite, 56-14
Hastings Scores Trio, Gugov Adds Pair As Locals Post 8th Win


Washington high’s Tigers delighted ‘Dad’ with their biggest football victory of the season 56-14, over Toledo Waite Friday night.

But the only real news at Tiger stadium poured from the public address system announcing Springfield South’s 22-21 win over second ranked Lima Senior and Steubenville’s
near-upset of the third rated Alliance.

Add fifth ranked Marion Harding’s 40-14 loss to Fremont Ross and fourth ranked Sandusky’s final period come-from-behind win over Findlay and the Tigers’ path to a second straight Ohio scholastic grid championship is considerably cleared.

For a little more interest, toss in sixth ranked Warren’s 44-14 defeat at the hands of Sharon (Pa.) and eighth ranked undefeated Salem’s 8-6 loss to East Liverpool.

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ART HASTINGS, at his familiar best, and then some, tallied three times, passed for a fourth and added a conversion as the Bengals hung up their eighth win in nine while bouncing back from the 19-18 loss to Warren. It was Coach Leo Strang’s 26th win against two defeats, both to Warren, and a tie since coming to Massillon in 1958.

There was some sadness on the part of the Tigers despite the overwhelming victory and finest offensive show of the year. Martin Gugov, whose two touchdowns aided the 28-0 half time lead, was helped from the field in the third period when he re-injured his right knee. It isn’t expected to be serious.

Early in the second period Quarterback John Larson re-injured the ankle he first hurt in the Mansfield game. He was helped from the field. The extent of the injury was not known immediately after the game but it may prove serious.

Larson’s mishap proved Dave Null’s good fortune as the defensive ace took over, hit on six passes, one a 23-yarder to Ron Schenkenberger for the final TD of the first half, ran the ball well and engineered all but the first two touchdown drives.

For Strang it was a sweet win. “We finally got everybody out to practice all week,” Leo stated, “and it really showed.”

As for the next week and Springfield, Strang said he’ll “just wait until we see the scouting reports.”

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TOLEDO’S COACH, Pete Fanning, summarized the Tigers “as a great football team.” Of his own kids, he added, “they never quit trying.”

The two touchdowns garnered by the invaders in the final period bears out his statement although they were scored after Strang had emptied the bench.

All told, 42 Tigers poured into the contest and rolled up 517 yards in the process.

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GUGOV STARTED the Tigers rolling when he broke off tackle and streaked 56 yards from his 31 to the Toledo 13 before Ralph Kimbers pulled him down from behind. After Larson picked up five to the eight, Marty with Vigil Bukuts, Jay B. Willey and Bob Herring opening the path, swept into the end zone for the score. His PAT attempt was stopped as the locals led 6-0 halfway through the opening periods.

After Waite picked up a first down, Charlie Whitfield grabbed a Bill Nopper aerial on the Toledo 48 and the Tigers were on their way.

Hastings streaked 31 yards on a pitchout around his short side end, then Larson raced the final 17 yards, after a fake handoff for the tally. Art plunged for the extra points with 3:22 left in the opening stanza.

The defense again thwarted the Indians and Nopper quick kicked on third down to the Massillon 41.

A clipping penalty shoved the Bengals to their own 31. From there it took Hastings and Gugov only 12 plays, behind some ferocious blocking, to move the distance. Gugov went in from three yards out but missed the conversion making it 20-0 halfway through the second period.

Still again the defense permitted only a single first down and forced Nopper to punt. The ball went out on the locals’ 21.

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HASTINGS reeled off 45 yards in three carries and Gugov 11 in one moving the Tigers to Toledo’s 23. Then null and Schenkenberger combined for the TD, Ron sneaking into the right corner of the south end zone. Hastings ran for the PAT and a 28-0 lead.

The locals nearly scored again in the closing seconds of the period when Null pounced upon a Waite fumble on the visitors’ 43.

Dave whipped an aerial to Larry Ehmer, in the open but Ehmer couldn’t hang on to it.

Bob Herring, displaying his old form chipped in with a 17-yard gain to the 23. Null then flipped to Herring for 20 yards to the three as the half ended.

Hastings crashed in for his first of three touchdowns after Massillon grabbed the second half kickoff and marched 63 yards in seven plays. Art’s 28-yard pickup set the six-pointer up. Null passed to Ehmer for the two-point conversion and a 36-0 lead four minutes into the half.

Two big gainers, a 17-yard reverse by Herring and a 22-yard Null to Charlie Brown pass set up Hastings’ second tally. It came from five yards out for a 42-0 lead as Ivan’s placement was wide.

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LAWSON WHITE picked up a Waite fumble on the latter’s 32 late in the third period. Null hit Ehmer on a jump pass for 12, then Hastings, Jack Lash and Joe Heflin paraded to the one as the period ended.

Hastings scored on the first play of the final period and Heflin ran the conversion.

Waite finally showed its passing offense with Nopper connecting to Paul Reed for 44 yards to the Tigers’ 23 after the ensuing kickoff. Four plays later, the Waite eleven had its first tally with Kimbers slashing in from the three. Nopper’s conversion pass to Reed made it 50-8.

The locals’ offense was finally stymied moments later when Null’s pass was intercepted by Sam Pettaway at midfield.

Two Nopper passes, the first to Larry Bass 17-yards, the second to Reed from 26, after a personal foul had cost them 15 yards, moved the ball to the Washington high 26. They rammed it home in six plays with Fullback Grover Cummings getting the TD from a yard out with 2:25 remaining. The extra point attempt failed.

An onside kick went out of bounds on the Tiger 41 and they were rolling once more.

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BROWN paced off 15. Null hit Herring for seven and Brown picked up seven more to the 30. Hastings then turned passer connecting with Ehmer, who pulled it down from between a pair of defenders and dragged them into the end zone. Heflin was stopped on the conversion attempt with only 30 seconds remaining.

Only 8,328 fans, the smallest crowd of the season, sat in perfect football weather marred slightly by showers toward the end of the third quarter.

The locals amassed 27 first downs, 22 rushing to nine for the visitors. On the ground, they had 422 yards to 104 for the Indians.

Passing was nearly even with Toledo gaining 93. Massillon 95.

The Bengals weren’t forced to punt a single time. They failed to score only twice after they gained possession. The first time was at the end of the first half. The second was when Toledo pulled down Null’s pass.

Hastings himself accounted for 176 of the yards on 19 carries. Gugov was next with 130 yards on 10 attempts. Herring had 38 yards on four carries. That’s 344 yards, half of which has been missing from the lineup more than half the year.

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ONE OF the brightest spots in the lineup was Bukuts whose blocks sprung the backs loose on many occasions. It was his first complete game of the year.

Jim Houston hobbled by an injured ankle, failed to see any action Friday night. He’s expected to be back in action for the bout with Springfield next Friday at Tiger stadium.

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Ends – Royer, Bodiford, Ivan, Ehmer, Fuchs, Anzalone, Dewald, Clendinin.
Tackles – Spees, Crenshaw, Bukuts, Herbst, Brugh, Garman, Herndon
Guards – Willey, Wells, White, Poole, Migge, Whitfield, Radel.
Centers – Demis, Strobel, Garland.
Backs – Baker, Larson, Null, Alexander, Hastings, Gugov, Herring, Lash,
Snively, Schenkenberger, J. Smith, D. Smith, Brown, Kurzen, Dena, Heflin.

Ends – Vorraber, Reed, Heider.
Tackles – Duran, Gersak, Leestman.
Guards – Adams, Lengel, Warner, White, Hornbeak.
Center – Miller.
Backs – Nopper, Cummings, Pettaway, Logan, Kimbers, Woodward,
Tucker, Coughlin, Bass.

Massillon 14 14 14 14 56
Waite 0 0 0 14 14

Massillon – Hastings 3, (2, run; 5, run; 4, run); Gugov 2 (8, run; 3, run);
Larson (17, run); Schenkenberger (23, pass from Null);
Ehmer (30, pass from Hastings).

Waite – Kimbers (3, run); Cummings (1, run).

Referee – Bud Shopbell.
Head Linesman – Bill Holswarth.
Umpire – George Donges.
Field Judge – Clarence Rich.

Tigers Waite
First downs – rushing 22 6
First downs – passing 5 3
First downs – penalties 0 0
Total first downs 27 9
Yards gained rushing 425 122
Yards lost rushing 3 16
Net yards gained rushing 422 106
Yards gained passing 95 96
Total yards gained 517 204
Passes attempted 12 10
Passes completed 6 5
Passes intercepted by 1 1
Times kicked off 9 3
Kickoff average (yards) 41.7 37.3
Kickoff returns (yards) 42 115
Times punted 0 3
Punt average (yards) 0 29.0
Punt return (yards) 13 50
Had punts blocked 0 0
Fumbles 1 4
Lost fumbled ball 0 2
Penalties 2 2
Yards penalized 25 20

Art Hastings
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1955: Massillon 32, Toledo Waite 13

Tigers Defeat Toledo Waite Indians 32-13
Locals Win Fifth Game Of Season


Toledo Waite high became the Washington high Tigers’ fifth victim of the season Friday evening as the Massillon gridders let out sufficient growls to claw the Indians 32-13.

It was typical weather for a Massillon-Toledo Waite game, and 9,805 fans braved the elements to witness the contest. What was just a sprinkle before the game turned into a real shower in the second half of the contest.

The Tigers did not have the killer instinct last night but they got mean enough on occasion to score five touchdowns, two extra points and gain the sizeable total of 418 yards.

But there many mistakes did not please Coach Tom Harp who is hoping his team will put on a more perfect performance for fans in the future.
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TOM NOTED improvement in the Tigers’ passing, they completed five of 10, two for touchdowns, and probably would have thrown more in the last two periods were it not for the rain.

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Waite, using a multiple offense, confused the Tigers at times when it shifted from T to single wing, and managed to score two touchdowns, one after the expiration of time.

The Tigers also had one T.D. that didn’t count, a long 53-yard dash by Don Duke that was called back for a motion penalty.

Waite had difficulty moving the half but managed on two occasions to hold it for long sustained marches that consumed a lot of time.

The Indians, for instance, gained but three yards and lost as many in the third period, then turned around and out-gained the Tigers the fourth quarter 113 yards to 69 largely as a result of controlling the ball.

The visitors had a classy little back in Billie Sallie who was the top ground gainer of the night, with 87 net yards and one touchdown. Sallie gained 111 yards but was thrown for a loss of 24.

They also had a good passer in Tom Sabin, who threw the wet ball better than when it was dry. He hit end Jerry Roberts for a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and also for the extra point.
Fumbles again hurt the Tigers. They had three of them and lost the ball twice, which with one pass intercepted by Waite turned the ball over to the Indians three times.

One of the fumbles came on a return of the second half kickoff by Charlie Brown and gave Waite the ball on the Tiger 30 but the locals intercepted a pas the next play and got it back.
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THE INDIANS, coming up with a screwy defense, gave the Tigers more trouble than they had anticipated, and jumped men in and out of the line to confuse the blockers.

They forced the Tigers to punt the first time the locals got the ball but the latter scored the second time on Johnny James’ long pass over the heads of the Waite secondary that Jim Houston caught for a 61-yard gain. The attempt for the extra point failed.

The Tigers also scored the next time they got the ball, Charlie Brown touring end for 16 yards to end a 37-yard march. Again the extra point was missed.

Waite launched a T.D. drive from its 40 after the next kickoff, with Sallie picking up 17 yards, Rudy Kimbers seven, Chuck Van Camp nine and Sabin tossing to Roberts for nine and to Van Camp for 12 and four consecutive first downs. That put the ball on the seven and Sallie shot around his left end for the touchdown.

The Tigers took the following kickoff on their 26-yard line and marched the rest of the way for their third T.D. of the game. James got 12 yards to start it off, then Duke nine in two carries; Brown 27 in two carries and Willie Long 34. Duke went the last 15 into pay dirt.
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THE TIGERS fumbled the ball away the first time they got it in the third period but drove for a touchdown as they clicked off four first downs in a row the next time they got their hands on the leather. Don Duke led the assault, getting 22 yards in three tries, but it was James who went over from seven yards out on an option play. This time Earl Radtke tried his hand at kicking the extra point and made good on the attempt.

Waite gave the locals an opportunity for another touchdown on the kickoff when they were not alert to pounce on the ball as it rolled to their 37. Bob Welcher, who kicked the ball for Massillon, fell on it for the Tigers and by the end of the quarter they had it on the 13. On the first play of the fourth period, James pitched over the line to Houston who scampered for the touchdown. Again Radtke kicked the extra point to finish the Tigers’ scoring.

Waite unreeled three first downs and got the ball down to the Tiger 16 before the locals could again get possession. Then Massillon moved it back 56 yards before Waite took it on the 28 on an interception.

The Indians drove back with Sallie gaining 20 yards on three carries and snaring two passes for 24 more. With only three seconds showing on the scoreboard, Waite started its last play of the game. Sabin faded back as time expired and shot a pass to Roberts in the end zone for the touchdown. He repeated for the extra point and the game was over.

Brown, Duke and Archibald shared ball carrying honors for the Tigers. Charlie gained 80 net yards on 10 carries; Duke 82 yards on 12 carries and Archibald 72 net on 10 carries.

The Tigers emerged from the game in fairly good condition with the exception of Brown who possibly stoved some muscles at the base of his neck when he rammed into a Toledo player.

The game was slowed down by many time outs for injuries.

Toledo had a whole string of injured players though none appeared to be serious. It was one of the longest contests played here in years.

The line-up and summary:
ENDS – Canary, Houston, Welcher.
TACKLES – Graber, Maier, Kreiger, Schumacher, Hofacre, Whitfield, Meldrum.
GUARDS – Fisher, Roan, Kasunick, Tracy, R. Brown, Heine, Ertle.
CENTERS – Spicer, Gentzler, Krier, Dowd.
QUARTERBACKS – James, Brenner.
HALFBACKS – Duke, Chas. Brown, Long, Cocklin, Radtke, Herring, Butcher, Washington.
FULLBACKS – Archibald, Chester, Brown.

ENDS – Roberts, Vergiels, Weathers, Poelinitz, Koles.
TACKLES – Micenic, Davis, Rogers, Wallace, Ellison.
GUARDS – Kuebbeler, White, Miller, Lopez, Costanzo, Swope.
CENTERS – Gyurko, Young, Bragg.
QUARTERBACKS – Sabin, Reese.
HALFBACKS – Sallie, Kimbers, Van Camp.
FULLBACKS – Lee, Carnicom.

Score by periods:
Massillon 6 12 7 7 32
Waite 0 6 0 7 13

Massillon – Houston 2, Brown, Duke, James.
Waite – Sallie, Roberts.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Radtke 2 (placekicks).
Waite – Roberts (pass).

Referee – Schaffer.
Umpire – Gryska.
Head Linesman – Less.
Field Judge – Hodgson.

Mass. Waite
First downs 19 13
Passes attempted 10 12
Passes completed 5 6
Had passes intercepted 1 1
Yards gained passing 117 73
Yards gained rushing 301 184
Total yards gained 418 257
Yards lost 20 43
Net yards gained 396 214
Times punted 1 5
Average punt (yards) 37 28
Yards punts returned by 18 2
Times kicked off 6 2
Average kickoff (yards) 39 53
Yards kickoffs returned by 59 61
Times fumbled 3 0
Lost ball on fumbles 2 0
Times penalized 4 4
Yards penalized 27 30

Jim Houston
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1953: Massillon 41, Toledo Waite 2

Tigers Defeat Toledo Waite Indians 41-2
Long Runs By Traylor And Homer Floyd Upset Early Charge of Foe


A bruised Tiger football team will return to Massillon today after winning a rough and tumble football game played at Toledo Waite Friday evening by a 41-2 score.

It was the roughest game in which the Tigers have participated in years, and there was scarcely one among the 31 participating players who did not display some scars of the scrap.

Linebacker Willie Longshore was released from the hospital after having stitches taken in a face wound. Bruce Schram had a tooth broken and quite a few of the boys displayed split and bruised lips from flying elbows caught during the melee.

It was the kind of game that caused Coach Chuck Mather to remark after the contest, “We have made our last trip to Toledo.”

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Mather and most Massillon fans thought the Waite players went out of their way to maul Tiger players, and the last play of the game probably would have resulted in several players of both teams being thrown out for mixing it up had not time expired.
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IT ALL may have been the result of Waite’s attempt to rise to the occasion and drive out the invading Tiger. Certainly the Indians were a spirited lot. They had pointed for the game, held more than the usual amount of pep rallies and were full of the old go get’em when they rushed out of their dressing room with a roar to warm up for the contest.

They carried the fight to the Tigers the first period and throttled the Massillon offense, while doing some ground gaining of their own.

Had they elected to play that type of ball the entire game we feel they would have made a better showing. Instead, once Massillon got to the front, the Indians seemed to concentrate more on personal exploits more common to the wrestling mat and paid less attention to football. The result only ended in more and more Tiger touchdowns. It probably could have ended in a rout had not Mather elected to substitute rather than chance any more injuries to regulars. As a result all 31 boys who made the trip to Toledo, got into the game.
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THE CONTEST was played in near freezing temperatures which seemed doubly cold because of a high wind. The weather cut down the crowd, estimated at 8,000, several thousand short of capacity.

The victory was the Tigers’ eighth of the season and their 21st in a row. It was Waite’s second loss of the season, the Indians having previously been beaten only by Toledo DeVilbiss, 15-14.

The heavier Waite line played havoc with the Tiger forward wall the first quarter, and frequently got into the Massillon backfield to throw ball carriers for losses.

The Tigers just seemed to feel them out, however, and once they found they could ambush the Indians with traps and flank plays, the complexion of the game quickly changed.

As a result, all of the touchdowns were scored by Johnny Traylor and Homer Floyd, each crossing the Waite goal three times, on long runs.
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THE TIGERS scored two others that did not count when the ball was called back because of penalties.

Crisp blocking freed the ball carriers for many long runs and brought words of praise from the Waite fans and newsmen, who liked Massillon’s downfield blocking.

The locals had too much team speed for the heavier Indians.

Waite had a couple of fast runners in Lyle Veler and John Curtis, who gained most of the Indians’ yards. They were principally responsible for the 12 first downs made by Waite to Massillon’s 11.

However, the locals gained 412 yards from scrimmage to Waite’s 200.
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THE TIGERS failed to complete a pass that counted. Every time they had a successful completion a penalty was called. One of them was a peg to Jim Letcavits for a touchdown. They were credited with seven official tries. Waite threw 14, completed one for seven yards, but had three interceptions by the alert Massillon secondary.

The Indians threatened a couple of times during the game but were never able to get the ball over the goal line.

They made a serious bid in the first period by covering a Massillon fumble on the 15. A five-yard penalty for being in motion helped the Tigers stop the Indians who wound up attempting a field goal that was short and wide of its mark.

The local gridders got their first T.D. the first time they took over the ball in the second quarter.

They started from the 20 after Waite’s fruitless field goal attempt and went 80 yards for the marker, even overcoming a 15-yard penalty for illegal use of the hands. A fancy run of 44 yards by Floyd advanced the ball from the 23 to the 33. John Francisco got away for a nice jaunt to the 18 and Traylor broke through left tackle, cut wide and swept down his left side line to score. Tom Boone kicked the extra point.
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A 29-YARD RUN by Traylor from a statue for a first down on the Waite 11 set up the next touchdown. A motion penalty put the ball back on the 16, but Traylor got it all back on a left end sweep for a touchdown.

The half ended with the score 14-0.

The Tigers scored quickly in the third period. They kicked off and stopped the Indians forcing them to punt. The ball went out of bounds on the Massillon 32. Traylor made a yard at left end and Floyd raced 67 yards on a trap play to score. Boone’s extra point boosted the total to 21-0.

The Tigers got the ball on the next kickoff when the ball bounced off the chest of a Waite player and Andy Stavroff covered on the 40. Aided by a 15-yard penalty, the locals got down to the 30 where Floyd on a trap, shot through the middle of the line, then cut to his right and raced 30 yards for the touchdown.

The Indians had a chance to score later in the period but Curtis let a perfect pass from Jim Heider slip through his arms with no one between him and the goal posts.
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THE TIGERS struck from the 40 for their next touchdowns. They got it at that point when a pass from center was bobbled by Heider on fourth down. After a futile attempt by Crescenze to pass, Floyd again trapped his opponents and did a tight rope walk along the sideline to score.

The third period ended 34-0.

Only once in the fourth quarter did the locals cross the Waite goal, largely because of Mather’s flow of substitutions.

Eddie Fletcher got them the ball when he stopped a Waite drive that had reached the
10-yard line by intercepting a pass on the five. Floyd romped for 16 yards and then Traylor cut around his left end for 79 and a touchdown.

The Tigers failed to score again, though Traylor and Boone both let what might have been touchdown passes slip through their arms, while Fletcher was called back after going half the length of the field on an intercepted pass for a touchdown. The officials ruled clipping on the play.

Waite got its only two points while Roy Johnson was quarterbacking the Tiger team. They threw him behind the Massillon goal line.

The game ended the Massillon-Waite series. The teams are not under contract for next year and judging from Mather’s mood after the game, they may not meet again.

ENDS – Lecavits, Boone, Lorch, Lopez, Maier, Lentz.
TACKLES – Schram, Dean, Williams, Woolley, Hill.
GUARDS – Agnes, Eaglowski, Holloway, Shilling, Gardner.
CENTERS – Fisher, Fletcher, Grant.
QUARTERBACKS – Crescenze, Porter, Johnson.
HALFBACKS – Traylor, Francisco, Longshore, Byrd, Fromholtz, Stavroff, Stone.
FULLBACKS – Floyd, Boekel.

ENDS – Turner, Durham, Schlegle, Lynn.
TACKLES – Derr, Veres, Croak, Martin.
GUARDS – Mylnek, Corns, Pounds.
CENTERS – Scott, Hatmaker.
HALFBACKS – Veier, Curtis, Thompson.
FULLBACKS – Kneisley, Canty.

Score by periods:
Massillon 0 14 20 7 41
Waite 0 0 0 2 2

Massillon – Traylor 3; Floyd 3.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Boone 5.

Safety – Waite.

Referee – Kolopus.
Umpire – Gill.
Head Linesman – Seitz.
Field Judge – Earich.

Mass. Waite
First downs 11 12
Passes attempted 7 14
Passes completed 0 1
Had passes intercepted 0 3
Yards gained passing 0 7
Yards gained rushing 412 193
Total yards gained 412 200
Yards lost 41 43
Net yards gained 371 157
Times kicked off 8 1
Average kickoff (yards) 34 55
Yards kickoffs returned by 7 67
Times punted 4 8
Average punt (yards) 38 34
Yards punts returned by 51 10
Fumbles 6 5
Lost ball on fumbles 3 1
Times penalized 11 11
Yards penalized 105 100

Jim Lectavits
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1952: Massillon 60, Toledo Waite 19

Tigers Blast Toledo Waite High 60-19
Massillon Gridders Roll Up 47 Points In First Half To Win Eighth Game


The Washington high school Tigers drove to their eighth victory of the season here Friday evening through more red flag waving than could be seen on a May Day in Moscow Square.

Toledo Waite was their victim and 8,992 fans saw the Tigers run roughshod over the Indians 60-19 while flags were dropping everywhere on the field for rule violations.

Never have we seen so many penalties. The Tigers were penalized 12 times, Toledo Waite seven, and the headache was big enough without trying to add up how many more were called but refused by the two teams.

It reached a high at one time in the second period when Massillon players were penalized on eight consecutive plays. In most instances they were the result of a group of substitutes getting off side or in motion in their eagerness to beat down the foe.
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WITH THEIR offense in high gear, the Massillon boys ran over four touchdowns the first period, had two others called back, and led by 47-0 at the end of the half.

Waite, better organized the last half, outscored the Tigers 19-13 as Coach Chuck Mather filled his ranks with substitutes. A team of Massillon sophomores was on the field part of the time.

The 60-19 score should be enough to get the Tigers additional prestige in the Associated Press poll. It probably could have been 100 to 0 had Coach Mather permitted his first team to play the entire game.

But Chuck opened the gates of mercy early. In fact he began sending in numerous substitutes in the first quarter after the Tigers had scored their fourth touchdown in rapid succession, and the field seemed flooded with humanity from there on in. If you knew who was playing or who played you had better vision than the pairs of eyes of those trying to keep track of players from the press box. We had to call on Chuck after the game to give us the names of all who participated. There were 51 in all.
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THE SUBSTITUTIONS combined with flag waving served to slow the Tiger drive in the second half.
Seldom have we seen a team strike with the power unleashed by the Tigers in the first period of last night’s game. The linemen leveled the Toledo forward wall with their charge and the Tiger backs ran with ease. There seemed to be nothing to it at all and the Waite collapse was complete toward the end of the period when Johnny Traylor went 98 yards for the fourth touchdown of the game. Just two plays before, Lee Nussbaum had gone 99 yards for a touchdown but it was not allowed because the Tigers were in motion.

Mather began pouring in the subs after that and they too got into the scoring act and scored three touchdowns all by themselves in the second period.

Leading by 47-0 at the half, the locals pushed over single touchdowns in each of the third and fourth periods, while Waite was scoring thrice against a defensive team composed of substitutes.

The crowd was the smallest, the game the longest, and the poorest from the standpoint of fan interest and the penalties the heaviest we have seen in many a day.
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THE END of the contest found only about half the spectators remaining in the stands. The wholesale substitutions and the delays and ground lost through the continuous string of penalties resulted in many fans walking out from the third period on.

We’ll defend the substituting for it gave a lot of boys who have been working hard every night, their first opportunity to participate in a game, and that’s a big moment for them and their parents.

Eight Tigers shared in the 60 points, Traylor and Nussbaum each scoring two touchdowns. John Francisco, John Tasseff, Bob Khoenle, Bob Crone and Clarence Stewart getting one each and Tom Boone kicking six extra points.

What fired the Tigers or what caused Toledo Waite to virtually throw up the white flag from the start we will never know.
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IT TOOK ONLY four plays to get the first touchdown from the kickoff, Traylor skirting left end for the last 45 yards and the six points. Only a minute and 42 seconds had expired. Bob Khoenle’s interception of a Toledo pass on the 18, set up the second touchdown and John Francisco lugged it from that spot for the six points. The clock showed seven minutes and 51 seconds of the period remaining. It took only a minute and 11 seconds to get the next one. Sam Williams started it off by covering a Waite fumble on the 35. He snatched a 13-yard pass for a first on the 22 and Francisco lugged it to the 11. A pitchout to Nussbaum was the next play and he went over with all Indians in pursuit.

Traylor’s 98-yard run produced the fourth of the period after one by Nussbaum had not been allowed. Before the period was over Traylor was away for a 51-yard touchdown return of a punt but it was not allowed and the Tigers had to eventually punt.

Continually stopped by penalties a team of Tiger substitutes finally got going and scored again when Roy Johnson pitched to Bob Crone for 18 yards and a first down on the three and Stewart chugged over with the score.

A 36-yard return of a punt by Traylor to the Waite 44, and a 32-yard jaunt by John Mlincek, put the ball on the 12 where John Tasseff took it over for the sixth touchdown of the game. The seventh came when Willie Longshore covered a Waite fumble on the 18 and Johnson promptly pitched to Crone for the six points.
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THE TIGER first team struggled through most of the third period before it could again ram over a touchdown. Interference was called on a 34-yard pass, Misere to Khoenle that put the ball in position on the 18, and Nussbaum took it over on two plays.

The Tigers last points came in the fourth with Misere completing three passes to Khoenle, the last being good for 24 yards and a T.D.

While the Tiger first offensive team played most of the second half, the locals’ defensive unit was composed of second ,third, fourth and fifth stringers. It was against this group that Waite managed to shove over three touchdowns.

The first was made by John McNeil from the one-half-yard line, culminating a drive of 71 yards. The score was 53-0 against Waite at the time. The visitors scored again on a well executed pass, Joe Knosky to Jack Thompson. The play was good for 65 yards. The visitors’ final points were likewise scored on a pass, Knosky to Ron Lane, good for 22 yards.
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THE STATISTICS were just was strongly as the scoreboard in the Tigers’ favor: 23 first downs to seven and 574 yards gained to 216 yards. The percentage of pass completions was not so good; with the receivers being as much at fault as the passers. Only six of 23 Tiger throws hit the mark for 127 yards. Waite completed eight of 20 for 182 yards.

The Tigers’ early period rush was helped a lot through fumbles by Waite and pass interceptions.

The Indians had four fumbles during the night and lost the ball all four times. They likewise had five passes intercepted. In fact their first three passes were intercepted, and when one was finally completed somebody wryly commented in the press box “up to now he has a perfect record.”

The Waite team was the poorest Waite team we have seen, and yet the Indians were supposed to have one of their best this year. We tried to find out what was wrong but always received the answer, “Waite just doesn’t have it this year.”

We knew as much, for the Indians are still looking for their first victory. Their best effort this season was a 14-14- ties with Canton McKinley.
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FOR STATE CHAMPS, the Tigers were guilty of an inexcusable blunder in the fourth quarter when they permitted a Waite kickoff to roll untouched on the field. A kickoff is a free ball, and a Waite player pounced on it to gain the leather on the Massillon 22. Only good that could possibly result from the error was that in as one-sided a contest as that of last night, it didn’t hurt any, and should alert the Tigers so that it will never happen again.
Fans got a bang out of Stewart’s chugging. Once he tried to stiff-arm a Waite tackler, but couldn’t reach his chin.

The Massillon gridders in their fooling around gave Traylor and Francisco an opportunity to throw their first passes of the season. Fans also got a peek at the two boys who will do the quarterbacking next year, Roy Johnson and Richie Crescenze, and wondered where the former got all the power in his small frame to throw the ball 50 yards.

Attention pollsters!

When comparing scores for voting purposes note these:
Springfield 28, Lima Central 0.
Lima Central 21, Toledo Waite 19.
Massillon 60, Toledo Waite 19.

A Bit One-Sided

ENDS – Williams, Khoenle, Letcavits, Crone, R. Francisco, Getz, Gardner, Speck, Lentz, Longshore.
TACKLES – Geiser, Schram, Younkers, Gumpp, Woolley, Lopez, Rubio, Dean.
GUARDS – Clinage, Shilling, Kraus, Fabianich, Rohrbaugh, Yoder, Eaglowski, Agnes.
CENTERS – Corral, Kimmins, Jones, Grant, Fisher.
QUARTERBACKS – Misere, R. Johnson, Crescenze, Porter, Fromholtz.
HALFBACKS – Francisco, Traylor, Tasseff, Boone, Floyd, Boekel, Byrd, Mlincek, Millar, Climo.
FULLBACKS – Nussbaum, Stewart, Stone, Lorch, Bob Johnson.

ENDS – Blanton, Alexander, Schaefer, Lane.
TACKLES – Veres, Durham, Knitz, Barber, Yost, Cummings, Kuebbler.
GUARDS – Alello, Mlynek, Corns.
CENTERS – Scott, Heider.
QUARTERBACKS – Knosky, Galyas.
HALFBACKS – Veler, Thompson, Pickering, Wlodarz.
FULLBACKS – McNeil, Youngs.

Score by periods:
Massillon 28 19 6 7 60
Waite 0 0 7 12 19

Massillon – Traylor 2; Francisco; Nussbaum 2; Stewart; Crone; Khoenle; Tasseff.
Waite – McNeil; Thompson; Lane.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Boone 6 (placekicks).
Waite – Veres (placekicks).

Referee – Rupp.
Umpire – Donges.
Head Linesman – Newman.
Field Judge – Machock.

Mass. Waite
First downs 23 7
Passes attempted 23 20
Passes completed 6 8
Had passes intercepted 1 5
Yards gained passing 127 182
Yards gained rushing 447 34
Total yards gained 574 216
Yards lost 43 52
Net yards gained 531 164
Times kicked off 9 5
Average kickoffs (yards) 45 43
Yards kickoffs returned by 84 204
Times punted 4 4
Average punt (yards) 37 46
Yards punts returned by 49 32
Times fumbled 3 4
Lost ball on fumbles 2 4
Times penalized 12 7
Yards penalized 106 83

Bob Khoenle
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1951: Massillon 21, Toledo Waite 0

Tigers Defeat Toledo Waite 21-0 In Snow
Massillon Gridders On Comeback Trail After Hard Earned Victory


Toledo Waite and old man winter couldn’t keep the Washington high school Tigers off the comeback trail Friday evening and the local gridders proved themselves a team deserving the top rating in the Associated Press Ohio scholastic football poll, by smashing the Indians 21-0 before eight thousand shivering fans.

Playing in Toledo’s first snowfall of the season, the Massillon gridders held to a scoreless tie the first period, shoved over a touchdown in each of the last three quarters while continuing to keep Waite at least 22 yards away from pay dirt.

It was the Tigers’ seventh victory of the season, but more than that it was proof the local eleven had the necessary courage and strength to bounce back from defeat and start what we hope will be another victory string.
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IT WAS a hard earned victory. The Waite Indians, keyed up for the game and inspired by their best performance of the season a week ago, presented a defensive problem (or problems) for the Tigers. They met the local team with various types of defenses and their strong and heavy line was difficult for the Tiger forward wall to move, particularly on the slippery field.

Offensively, the Indians were no great problem. They had two good ball carriers in Buddy Peacock and Stan Sterger, but they found it difficult to make any great headway on the revamped Tiger defense. “Keep” plays were the Indians’ best weapon, but all of their passing and ball carrying failed to get them closer to the goal than the 22-yard line, and 15 times ball carriers were thrown for losses totaling 64 yards.

Ace Grooms and Tom Straughn were the Tigers’ leading ground gainers. They also scored all of the points; Straughn getting one TD and Grooms two and three extra points from placement.

Grooms rolled to 116 yards and Straughn for 88 while the other backs picked up 45.
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THE CONTEST was one of the hardest fought of the season from a standpoint of tackling by both teams. Tacklers hit ball carriers in waves and it was surprising there were only a few fumbles considering the hard tackling and slippery condition of the ball on the snow covered field.

Fumbles stopped two Tiger advances as the ball was muffed into the hands of Waite players, while the Indians managed to recover their own bobbles.

The Tigers, on the other hand, intercepted two Waite passes to make up for the muffs.

The passes were intercepted by Bob Khoenle and one was as clever a theft as you will see for a long time, as Bob jumped high to tip the ball with one hand into the other.

The Massillon gridders sought to open up the Toledo defense with forward passes in order to make their running attack more potent. They were successful in the second and third periods, but Waite ganged up on passer Paul Francisco in the fourth and tossed him for repeated losses. The locals were pushed back a total of 56 yards.
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WINNING THE TOSS, the Tigers started off as though they meant business when Grooms returned the kickoff from the goal line to his own 48. They got down to the 27 principally through a 19-yard pass from Paul Francisco to Bill Gable, but there the attack fizzled and Waite took over. Neither team threatened the rest of the period though the Tigers made a good defensive stand toward the close of the quarter after the Indians recovered a Massillon fumble on the latter’s 33. Four downs produced only one yard and the Tigers took over on their 32.

Chuck Vliet has the better of an exchange of punts as he bounced the ball over the Waite safety man’s head to the 12-yard line. Sterger was thrown for a 10-yard loss when he tried to circle his left end and Sam Williams punted out from behind his goal to midfield.

Paul Francisco found Bruce Brenner, in the open and hit him with a perfect pass for a first down on the four yard line. The Indians stopped John Francisco, but Straughn knifed his way through for the score and Grooms kicked the extra point with only three minutes of the half left to play.

Waite made its best bid at the start of the third period when the Indians using a draw, a keep play and a jump pass got down to a first down on the Tiger 31. Four downs netted only nine yards, however, and the Tigers stopped the threat on their 22.
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AN INTERCEPTED pass by Khoenle gained the locals the ball on the Waite 27, but with fourth down and three to go for a first down, Straughn fumbled on an end sweep and Waite covered for a loss of eight yards.

The period was two-thirds over when the Tigers got the ball on a punt on their own 44. Paul Francisco pitched to Bruce Brenner for nine yards. John Francisco barely made a first down on the Waite 46. Grooms ran to a first down on the 27 and went the rest of the distance into the end zone a pitchout. He kicked the extra point and the Tigers led 14-0.

The Tigers went half the distance of the field in the fourth quarter for their third and final touchdown. Straughn ground out 15 and Grooms 12 to put the ball on the 27. Straughn and Grooms gained three yards but Francisco was nailed for a 13-yard loss trying to pass. Lee Nussbaum pulled them out of a hole by driving hard on a statue of liberty for a first down on the 17. Grier and Nussbaum moved the ball forward four yards. Grooms went the last 13 around right end for the touchdown and then kicked the 21st point.

The Tigers almost got another TD in the closing minutes of the game when Francisco tossed a screen pass to Grooms who ran to the 27-yard line before being caught by the Waite safety man.
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SNOW handicapped both teams to a certain degree.

Oddly enough it did not begin snowing in Toledo until late in the afternoon. When the Massillon team arrived early in the afternoon the sun was trying to get through the clouds. Not a drop of rain nor flake of snow had fallen up to that time. But late in the afternoon the snow appeared, fanned by an icy wind and the temperature skidded downward until it hit a low of 16 during the night.

The Tiger defense looked better than it has at any time this season. Several offensive players doubled on defense, with Jack Strobel, right offensive tackle, playing the slot on defense, Brenner holding down an end, Frank Gibson a tackle, Grooms backing up the line and Grier playing safety on the first three downs of a series, and then exchanging with Khoenle.

The victory gave the Tigers a tie for first place with Warren in the Ohio Scholastic conference with three wins and a loss. It was the first conference loss for Waite which had won its two previous games.

The Tigers emerged from the game in good condition and remained in Toledo all night. Today they continued to Columbus where they will witness the Ohio State university-Northwestern game.

ENDS – Gable, Brenner, Keene, Tasseff, Corbett, Shilling.
TACKLES – Gibson, Strobel, Geiser, Kraus.
GUARDS – Tunning, Grunder, Climo, Snyder, Stewart.
CENTER – Roderick.
QUARTERBACKS – P. Francisco, Dommer.
HALFBACKS – Grier, Straughn, J. Francisco, Traylor, Khoenle, Nussbaum.
FULLBACKS – Grooms, Vliet.

ENDS – Galuzny, Helmke.
TACKLES – Pocse, Thomas, Williams,
GUARDS – Davis, Cummings.
CENTERS – Weinbrenner.
HALFBACKS – Zunk, Peacock.
FULLBACK – Sterger.

Score by periods:
Massillon 0 7 7 7 21

Touchdowns: Massillon – Straughn; Grooms 2.

Points after touchdown: Massillon – Grooms 3 (placekicks).

Referee – Tony Pianowski.
Umpire – George Donges.
Head Linesman – Skibble.
Field Judge – Wisecup.

Mass. Waite
First downs 9 8
Passes attempted 10 8
Passes completed 4 3
Had passes intercepted 0 2
Yards gained passing 98 21
Yards gained rushing 241 165
Total yards gained 339 186
Yards lost 56 64
Net yards gained 283 122
Times kicked off 4 1
Average kickoff (yards) 35 55
Yards kickoffs returned by 43 31
Times punted 6 7
Average punt (yards) 33 36
Yards punts returned by 22 11
Fumbles 3 2
Lost ball on fumbles 1 0
Times penalized 1 3
Yards penalized 5 35

Ace Grooms


Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1950: Massillon 39, Toledo Waite 0

Tigers’ Hard Running Attack Smashes Waite 39-0
First Team Rolls Up 33 Points First Half Then Retires To Bench


A terrific running attack packed with hard blocking smashed Toledo Waite 39-0 before 9,592 fans in Tiger stadium Friday evening and gave Washington high school its eighth straight triumph of the season.

With big Bob Howe, Ernie Russell and Freddie Waikem ripping off long gains, the Tigers were unstoppable until Coach Chuck Mather took matters in hand and himself checked the onslaught by filling the ranks with substitutes the last two periods of the game. Not a regular played offensive football in the second half, and 42 players in all got into the melee.

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A driving rain isn’t supposed to be good for offensive football, but the Tigers plunged into the dampness as though they were out to win dashes in a swimming race.
* * *
RAY LANE went over for the first touchdown from three yards out on the seventh play of the game. Then came three T.D.’s in a row with the Tigers scoring on the first play from scrimmage after getting possession of the ball. Howe romped for two of them on runs of 63 yards and 84 yards and Fred Close tossed to Cliff Streeter for 60 yards and the fourth touchdown of the game. It took two plays to get the fifth, Ernie Russell crossing the goal on a 24-yard jaunt.

That represented all of the scoring in the first half and with undefeated Barberton coming up for a game next week, that was enough. Mather rested his team the last two periods and the subs were able to score but once, Paul Francisco tossing a six-yard pass to Tom Zellers in the fourth quarter for the final score. Jerry Krisher had his poorest night of the season at kicking extra points, missing on half of his attempts as he booted the wet ball over three out of six times.

It was a small crowd, as Massillon crowds go, but a grave group of fans who sat in typical Massillon-Toledo Waite weather to watch the proceedings.

Not once during the entire game did it stop raining and fans dripped out of the stadium in a downpour.

Protected by a tarpaulin which was not skinned off until shortly before game time, the field while slippery was far short of the quagmire it would have been had it not been covered. As it was, the numbers of players were easily legible at the end of the game.
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SELDOM HAS a football team rolled up as much yardage in the rain as the Tigers reeled off last night. They gained 451 from scrimmage including 103 by passing and 348 by rushing, and with only 26 yards lost on scrimmage plays had a net total of 425 for their evening’s performance to 115 for Waite.

Easily the outstanding ground gainer though he carried the ball but three times was Bob Howe. He went 18 on his first attempt to put the leather on the three-yard line in position for Lane to score the initial T.D. of the game, and this effort added to his two touchdown runs gave him 165 yards for three ball carrying attempts. Not bad – 55 yards per try.

Waikem and Russell also ran well, and the hardest luck player on the squad, Bob Grier, had a 76-yard touchdown run called back in the fourth quarter because a teammate was found guilty of holding.

The backs were able to run only because of some superb blocking accorded them. The Tiger line mowed down the Waite forward wall, and end sweeps which provided most of the long bursts, were accompanied by terrific protection and the fanciest downfield blocking seen here this year.
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THERE WAS considerable deception in ball handling, too. This clever slight of hand work on the part of quarterback Close and a good fake by Russell largely made possible Howe’s longest run. Practically the entire Waite team went for Russell who charged up through the middle and most fans also thought he had the ball until they saw big Bob streaking down the sideline with three blockers ahead of him.

You can’t single out any particular blocker without being unjust to the other members of the team. They were all looking for somebody to knock over last night, and that’s the way football games are won. Coach Mather only hopes they will be that sharp next Friday when Barberton comes here.

Not once did the Tigers punt. They were going to try it on one occasion but Jim Reichenbach juggled the wet ball, tried to run with it, tried to boot it on the run, missed it, and the Tigers lost the oval.

If you look in the first down department, however, you would wonder how the local team ever made 39 points and still did not punt. You have to get into the details for the reason. The Tigers only had eight first downs, but long runs for touchdowns do not show in the first down column which is the big reason for the small figure. The locals might have punted on one other occasion but instead lost the ball on downs. Then too they lost the ball twice on fumbles and had three passes intercepted, all of which retards an offense and cuts down on chances of making first down yardage.
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THE TIGERS experimented with several types of defense against Waite’s single wing attack, but could hardly tell from the progress of the game which was the better since Waite did not have too much offensive power. In fact the only time the Indians reached any depth in Tiger territory was through covering a Massillon fumble and intercepting a Tiger pass. They were unable to punch the ball over the 45.
Waite, however, appeared to have plenty of blockers on its sweeps and reverses, but the Massillon secondary came up fast to nail the ball carriers after the first line had spilled the interference.

Buddy Peacock, Waite’s fleet freshman halfback, got into the game early and was easily the best runner on the visiting team. He didn’t gain a whole lot of ground but he is only a freshman and should be a good one some day.

Both teams came out of the contest without serious injuries.

The Tigers lost no time scoring their first touchdown. They won the toss, elected to receive and Streeter brought the kickoff back to his 28. On the first play of the game Russell went 23 yards to the Waite 49. The Tigers were set back yards for being in motion on the next play, but Waikem got back eight and Russell swept left end for a first down on the 36. He took it two more times in succession gaining three yards and 12 yards for a first on the 21. Howe ran hard around right end for 18 yards and a first down on the three and Lane went over from that point.
* * *
WAITE was held for downs on the Tiger 37 after recovering a Massillon fumble and on the first play Howe romped 63 yards to score. Krisher who had kicked the point after Lane’s touchdown, missed this time and the quarter ended at 13-0.

In a little burst of offense, Waite moved the ball from its own 30 to the Massillon 45, but had to punt, the ball going out on the Tiger 16. On the first play Howe swept his left end for 84 yards and his second touchdown.

Stopped again after the kickoff, Williams punted out on the Massillon 40. Close called for a pass play, ran back and fired the ball to Streeter who made a good catch on the 35 and ran the remaining distance to score. Krisher’s point made it 27-0. Bill Stoner covered a Waite fumble on the second play after the kickoff, on the 30-yard line. Waikem ran for six yards and Russell went through on a quick opener for the remaining 24. Krisher missed this attempted kick and the score at the half stood at 33-0.

The second, third and fourth stringers hammered away throughout the last two periods but it was not until midway in the fourth that they were able to score. Once Lee Nussbaum got off a 26-yard run to the 18 but the attack faded when Waite recovered a fumble on its 15. When they finally did score the subs took the ball on downs from Waite on the Indians’ 41 and overcame a couple of five-yard penalties on a pass, Paul Francisco to Bill Stoner that netted a first down on the 17. Francisco was thrown for a 13-yard loss trying to pass, but Nussbaum got back eight of them and Grier on a double reverse ran hard to the six-yard line where Francisco tossed to Zeller for the final touchdown.

Victory No. 8

ENDS – W. Brenner, Streeter, Murray, Zellers, Corbett, B. Brenner, Tassoff, Keen, Allison.
TACKLES—Gibson, Schumacher, Grunder, Geiser, Strobel, Martin, Woolbert, Mitchell.
GUARDS – Tunning, Reichenbach, Moyer, Gleason, J. Howe, Corral, Snyder.
CENTERS – Krisher, Dowd, Gable.
QUARTERBACKS – Close, Francisco, Misere.
HALFBACKS – Waikem, Russell, Stoner, Nussbaum, Khoenle, Grier, Straughn, Lane, Climo, Vliet.
FULLBACKS – R. Howe, Stewart.

ENDS – Davis, Turner, Galuzny, Whitner.
TACKLES – Cummings, Poose, Carter, Thomas.
GUARDS – Koroloff, Ahumada, Fromley, Tschirret.
CENTERS – Gunner, Keaton.
QUARTERBACKS – Petroff, Smith.
HALFBACKS – Zieroff, Eckardt, Peacock, Blanton, Kohn.
FULLBACKS – Sterger, Williams, Galyas.

Score by periods:
Massillon 13 20 0 6 39

Touchdowns: Massillon – Lane; Howe 2; Streeter; Russell; Zeller.

Point after touchdown: Massillon – Krisher 3 (placekicks).

Referee – Tehan.
Umpire – Heinold.
Head Linesman – Dunton.
Field Judge – Gross.

Mass. Waite
First downs 8 6
Passes attempted 14 12
Passes completed 3 2
Had passes intercepted 3 2
Yards gained passing 103 13
Yards gained rushing 348 116
Total yards gained 451 129
Yards lost 26 14
Net yards gained 425 115
Times kicked off 7 1
Average kickoff (yards) 42 48
Yards kickoffs returned by 21 84
Times punted 0 6
Average punt (yards) — 32
Yards punts returned by 5 —
Fumbles 2 2
Lost ball on fumbles 2 1
Times penalized 10 3
Yards penalized 60 35

Jim Reichenbach
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1949: Massillon 59, Toledo Waite 19

Tiger Ball Carriers Race To 59-19 Victory Over Waite

Long Runs Sparked By Good Blocking Blast Visiting Toledo Team


Shifting their offense into high gear, the Washington high school Tigers blasted Toledo Waite 59-19 before 12,993 fans in Tiger stadium Friday evening and in so doing.
Scored 19 more points than all of Waite’s previous seven opponents combined could tally and,
Rolled up a record total for the Waite-Massillon six-game series.

The game definitely showed the Tigers were clicking again, for no previous opponent had scored more than 12 points against the Indians’ acclaimed defense, which until last night had yielded but 40 points this season.

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Long runs were the rule, rather than the exception, with all of the Tigers’ three
break-away men, Dick Jacobs, Irvin Crable, and Clarence Johnson, going the distance, and substitute Freddie Grier getting in his lick with a 57-yard explosion for the final points of the game.

Having scored nine touchdowns and gained 520 yards from scrimmage the Tigers can crow plenty about their offense. But they can still feel concerned about their defense, which was penetrated by Waite for 19 points, the most the Indians have tallied in five weeks.

The defense was an improvement over last week, but still can stand improvement if it is to stop the hard running of Canton’s Louis Mariano and passing of the Bulldogs’ John Rogers. Waite rolled up 216 yards from scrimmage, 131 by passing and 85 by carrying the ball.

The Massillon ball carriers had a big night and can thank some good work by their line and a lot of fancy downfield blocking for their long touchdown dashes. A pretty block is a fine a piece of football execution to watch as the sidestepping of a hula-hipped ball carrier, and there were plenty of them thrown last night.

In face the downfield blocking was just about the best of the year. The boys were always on the alert for somebody to hit and were able to get position on their opponents most of the time.

Few expected the Tigers to roll up as large a score, particularly in view of the 27-6 walloping handed Alliance by the Indians and the fine showing made by them against Canton McKinley which only defeated the Toledo team 7-0.
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LAST NIGHT, however, the Tigers were definitely ON and were out to convince any skeptics about their ability as a football team.

They did it the hard way, too, spotting Waite a touchdown in the first two minutes of play and coming right back to pour three over the Indians’ goal before the first period expired.

It was just a question of points from there on in and had the Tigers not fooled around with some passes in the second period they probably would have put a couple more TD’s in the cooler.

The 59-19 score, however, avenges the 40-6 whipping handed the local eleven here in 1946, the previous high total of the Tiger-Waite series which now stands 5-1 in Massillon’s favor.

In re-arranging his defense for last night’s contest, Mather moved Dick Shine in from the secondary to back up the line and put Freddie Grier back in the secondary. Dick did a capable piece of work for his first night as a line backer. He’s the type of spirited boy who can do a lot to keep the other boys on their toes.

The Tigers’ strength as in the team’s running attack. Only three of 13 passes were completed and though one of the passes provided one touchdown and paved the way for another, the aerial game as a whole was not effective. Three Massillon passes were intercepted by Waite and the locals showed some improvement in their pass defense by gathering in four of Waite’s throws.

Waite did not use its ace halfback, Bob Owens, who was the team’s sparkplug in early season games. Owens, in fact, is out for the season, according to Coach Pauly who has decided not to chance aggravating an injured leg of Owens.

Last night’s Waite team was new from top to bottom from that which started against the Tigers last year. The Indians have a lot of youngsters in their lineup and will be stronger next season.

Both teams escaped serious injuries. All three of the Tigers ace runners, Johnson, Crable and Jacobs, were touched up, but examination revealed only bruises. Coach Mather used 28 players in the game, most of them coming in during the fourth period.
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EVERYONE in the house was a bit uneasy after the opening kickoff when Waite took the ball on its own 25 and went 75 yards in six plays for a touchdown. A 40-yard toss, Jim Zieroff to Eddie Turner on the first play of the game, took the ball into Tiger territory and a 19-yard peg to Paul Van Camp produced the touchdown. Doug Thompson kicked the extra point and the Indians led 7-0.

Massillon fans breathed easier two minutes later, however when the Tigers required but three plays after the kickoff to move the ball from their 27 to the goal line. A 43-yard run by Dick Jacobs fell 23 yards short of a touchdown but “Ace” Crable took it over on the next play, the first of three touchdowns he scored in the opening period. A 36-yard run produced the second and Crable knifed through for two yards and a third after a 33-yard pass from Don James to Jacobs placed the ball on the two-yard line.
Thus the first quarter ended 21-7 and the second period wasn’t very old until James tossed a 34-yard pass to Jacobs who took the ball out of the arms of a Waite player and scampered for six points.

Waite demonstrated its grit on the next kickoff by marching the ball back from its 16-yard line to the Tiger goal. A Zieroff to Thompson pass good for 34 yards was the longest contribution to the drive and the pair also made up the last seven yards when Thompson took a peg behind the Tiger goal.

It looked as though the half would end 27-13 until Johnson was turned loose around his left end for a 60-yard jaunt in the closing minutes of the second period. That brought the half-time score to 33-13.

The Tigers got off to a bad start in the third period when Van Camp covered Dick Jacobs’ fumble a kickoff on the 28. This time the Indians took the ball over without the use of their missing weapons, Thompson going over standing up from six-yards out.
* * *
THE TIGERS then went to work putting on a 68-yard march of their own that did not end until Johnson went over from the two-yard line for six points. He scored again in the period, going around left end for the last two after a 42-yard march in which a 23-yard run by Crable was the feature play.

Crable came through with the most sensational run of the night on the first play of the fourth quarter when he pulled down Zieroff’s pass on his own 40, headed for the east sideline and then reversed his field to run 60 yards for the points. All told he probably ran at least 100 yards.

The Tigers didn’t score again until the last four minutes of the game when Grier, substitute fullback, exploded through the center of the Waite line and went 57 yards for a touchdown. Rudy Grunder, a substitute was called in to placekick the extra point and got his first mark as a Tiger.

In High Gear
ENDS – SLICKER, GLEASON, Studer, Grunder, Brenner.
Tunning, Kalleker.
CENTERS – PATT, Vliet, Martin.
HALFBACKS – JACOBS, JOHNSON, Waikem, Lane, Russell, Woolbert.

ENDS – DAVIS, TURNER, Romano, Lasater, Winebrenner.
CENTERS – GUNNER, oung, Tschirrett, Raitz.
HALFBACKS – ZIEROFF, VAN CAMP, Hrabovsky, Sutphin.

Score by periods
Massillon 21 12 12 14 59
Waite 7 6 6 0 19

Massillon – Crable 4; Johnson 3; Jacobs; Grier.
Waite – Van Camp; Thompson.

Points after touchdowns:
Massillon – Johnson 4; Grunder (placekicks).
Waite – Thompson (placekicks).

Referee – Tehan.
Umpire – Skibbie.
Head Linesman – Russ.
Field Judge – Reinhold.

Mass. Waite
First downs 11 11
Passes attempted 13 27
Passes completed 3 12
Had passes intercepted 3 4
Yards gained passing 78 131
Yards gained rushing 442 85
Total yards gained 520 216
Yards lost 15 27
Net yards gained 505 189
Times punted 2 8
Average punt (yards) 36 31
Yards punts returned by 40 15
Times kicked off 10 4
Yards kickoffs returned by 72 144
Fumbles 1 5
Lost ball on fumbles 1 1
Times penalized 13 3
Yards penalized 75 35

C.J. Johnson
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1948: Massillon 19, Toledo Waite 7

Tiger Gridders Whip Toledo Waite In Deep Mud 19-7
Massillon Team Scores First Three Times It Gets Hands On The Ball


The Washington high school Tigers beat Jupiter Pluvius and the Toledo Waite football team 19-7 before 12,000 dripping fans in the Lucas county city Friday evening to score their seventh victory in eight games.

Qualifying as worthy seamen for the way in which they sailed their ship of victory around the Toledo ends, the Massillon gridders triumphed against odds as great as those overcome by President Truman in his ballot box sweep last Tuesday.

On a dry night, they could have named their score, as far as we are personally concerned, but it was a wet night and the word cannot properly describe it.

In fact you have to feel kind of sticky and wacky, with mud oozing from your shoes hair hanging around your ears and clothes faded on your underwear, to get into the spirit of this little ditty.

The Massillon gridders wanted a dry field. They feared what would happen on a wet gridiron and they didn’t dare give thought to a quagmire such as developed before the game was more than a few minutes old.

Waite evidently wanted a wet field, and Jupiter Pluvius was on its side, for the rain poured and poured, but the tarpaulin that could have been rolled over the gridiron was left beneath the grandstand where tarpaulins shouldn’t be.
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THE TIGERS were magnificent as they overcame Waite’s 20 or more pound average per man to push over three first half touchdowns, (that’s as many times as they had the ball) while holding the Toledoans to one – a questionable score that came after the end of the second period.

The locals made two touchdown efforts the second half, and both were called back for violations, one of the two nullifying a brilliant 54-yard run by Capt. Al Brown for what would have been his third touchdown of the game.

He was also part loser on the other when he ran from his 13 to the Waiter 37 where he pitched the ball out to Clarence Johnson who went the rest of the distance. Handkerchiefs were thrown all over the field on this play. To start with, Waite was offside and the officials said Brown’s attempted lateral to Johnson went forward. They ruled the one infraction cancelled theother and the ball went back to the 13.

The Tigers as a whole played it safe the second half, punting once on third down and not chancing tricky ball handling.

The game was the rough and bruising affair it was expected to be and at times almost threatened to turn into a free for all. It was virtually impossible to identify players, by number, face or otherwise, and most of the time they looked like someone emerging from a clay massage or models for a plaster cast. They staggered around blinded by mud, and with the supply of towels exhausted, officials eventually used their red handkerchiefs to wipe the ooze from the eyes and mouths of members of both teams so that they could see in which direction to run.
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THOUGH it was muddy from the start, the Tigers scored their three touchdowns the first three times they got the ball when the mud was only ankle deep and ‘twas well they did for they found it hard to move in the later stages of the game when it looked as though they were running around on stumps.

The difference in statistics was not as great as the score, and yet it could just as well have read 31-0 instead of 19-7. First downs were the same, 10 for each team, and the locals only gained 201 yards to Waite’s 189. Because of the slippery ball, both teams feared to throw and only three passes were attempted all night, the Tigers trying one and Waite two. None was completed.

Some idea of what might have happened on a dry field was unfolded in the first period and a half when the Massillonians rolled to their three touchdowns. It took only three plays to get the first score.

Waite received to start the game and Clarence Johnson kicked a long floater that held Waite to its own 14-yard line. Failing to make more than seven yards in three attempts, the Indians punted to Irvin Crable who was downed on his 45. On the first play from scrimmage, Dick Jacobs, who substituted for Crable, broke away to his 25-yard line Johnson hit through tackle for one and the Tigers ambushed the Indians as Jack Hill tossed a pitchout to Al Brown who scampered for the remaining 24 yards and the first touchdown of the game. The attempt for the extra point went bad when Hill couldn’t hold on to a low pass and fumbled the ball.
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THE TIGERS SCORED their second touchdown the next time they came into possession of the pigskin. It began when Ben Roderick covered a Waite fumble after the Indians had marched the ball from their own 20 to the Tiger 43. Brown scooted 24 yards to the Waite 33. Three plays failed to gain a yard but on fourth down, Brown reeled off 24 yards to a first down on the Waite nine. Hill lost two yards in recovering his own fumble, but Johnson made it up on the next play when he was turned loose around his left end for a touchdown. Brown carried the extra point over to make the score 13-0, just as the period ended.
The Tigers marched to their third touchdown the third time they got the ball. Dick Jacobs put them in position with a brilliant 41-yard return of a Toledo punt, to the 31-yard line. Brown went to the 18 around his right end on the next play and here the Tigers got a series of breaks that helped them on their way. They fumbled and Waite recovered, but Waite was offside and penalized five yards. Brown ran to a first down on the five-yard line and another offside penalty against Waite put the ball on the one-yard line. Brown smacked through right tackle with room to spare for a touchdown. Hill tried to sneak through with the extra point but failed.

Waite took the following kickoff on the 37 and marched the ball the remaining distance of the field for a touchdown. Once the Tigers had the Indians apparently stopped on the locals’ 40-yard line, but an offside penalty against Massillon started Waite moving again. Using power plays on off tackle smashes, the Toledo boys bulled their way to first downs on the 38-yard line, 23-yard line and 11-yard line against a weakening Tiger. Here the Tigers made the mistake of taking time out with only 35 seconds left to play. A five-yard penalty for offside advanced the ball to the six and another offside penalty put it down on the one. The Tigers went into an eight-man line. Steve Katich plunged into the Massillon line but was thrown back. Waite took time out. Thomas hit center for no gain and Waite again was given a time out when two substitutes entered the game. As Waite came out of its huddle time was again started and apparently the half had expired before the ball was passed to Quarterback Bill White who sneaked it over by inches.

Coach Chuck Mather and assistants rushed on to the field to protest the stopping of the clock when the two Toledo substitutes entered the game prior to the last play claiming the Toledo team had already used its timeouts and should have been given a five-yard penalty.

The officials did not allow the protest.

Ronald Bedee placekicked the extra point and that wound up the scoring for the game at 19-7. As it turned out there was no need for the second half, for neither team was able to get the ball legally over the other’s goal line and players contented themselves with ramming faces into the mud.
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THE NEAREST the Tigers came to the Waite goal the second half was the 18-yard line but the effort ended when Waite covered a fumble by Roderick on a double reverse. Waite likewise drove to the Tiger 13 in the fourth period but also lost the ball on the 13. The game ended with the Tigers marching 40 yards to a first down on the Toledo 25.

The victory was the Tigers’ seventh in eight games and also ended a 10-game winning streak for Toledo Waite that began in the later part of the 1947 season. Undoubtedly the local eleven will receive at least a fourth place ranking in the scholastic football polls next week, for it was tied with Waite for fourth in this week’s Associated Press poll and was two notches behind the Indians in a rival news poll, all of which shows that football polls are no more accurate than those of the presidential variety.

Because the Waite stadium does not have a dressing room, Tiger players dressed at their hotel and returned to it immediately after the game.

We hate to think what the hotel rooms must have looked line after the local boys got through taking off their dirty togs. They did take one precaution to try to keep the place clean – they had house slippers with them so they would not have to walk through the hotel lobby and halls in their muddy football cleats.

Jack Houston, was the only local player removed from the contest because of injuries. He suffered a strained knee.

Coach Mather used fewer players than at any time this season, with only 20 boys getting into the game.

The Tigers have two games yet to play. Next Friday they take on Barberton in the local stadium and once again have an old score to settle in that encounter, for Barberton, the 1947 state champion, was one of four teams to tie the Massillon Bengal down last year.

After the Barberton game comes the traditional daylight clash with Canton McKinley to be played Nov. 20 in Tiger stadium.

Muddy But Good

TACKLES – KRISHER, TAKACS, Jones, Schumacher, Campbell.
HALFBACKS – CRABLE, JOHNSON, Jacobs, Roderick, Bush.

HALFBACKS – FETZER, B. THOMAS, Owens, Nicholas, Lammie.

Score by periods:
Massillon 13 6 0 0 19
Waite 0 7 0 0 7

Massillon – Brown 2; Johnson.
Waite – White.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Brown (carried).
Waite – Bedee (placekick).

Referee – Paul Landis.
Umpire – George Meulich.
Head Linesman – Forrest Fordham.
Field Judge – Frank Toth.

Statistics Of The Game
Mass. Waite
First downs 10 10
Passes attempted 1 2
Passes completed 0 0
Yards gained rushing 201 189
Yards lost 8 11
Net yards gained 193 178
Times kicked off 5 0
Average kickoff (yards) 53 —
Yards kickoffs returned by 0 70
Times punted 1 2
Average punt 29 38
Yards punts returned by 54 0
Times fumbled 4 4
Lost ball on fumbles 1 3
Times penalized 8 4
Yards penalized 40 30

Jack Hill
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1946: Massillon 6, Toledo Waite 40

Toledo Waite Crushes Washington High Tigers 40-6
19,000 Fans Stunned As Indians All But Chase Locals Out Of Stadium


The Tiger lost his stripes here Friday evening and they were transplanted in war paint on the Toledo Waite Indians who all but ran the Massillon gridders out of the Stadium in rolling up a 40-6 victory, the largest score chalked up against a Massillon team since the 68-0 defeat at Steubenville in 1931.

The Tigers were no more stunned than the near capacity crowd of 19,000, when the visitors capitalized on two first period breaks to score touchdowns and then turned loose their vaunted power to score 27 more points in the three remaining periods. The victory established Waite as a leading claimant to the Ohio scholastic football title.

Waite had everything last night – power, deception, good kicking and luck, and the first three always make the latter look good. The Tigers had little of anything. They started out the first minute as though they had their minds set on making a runaway of it, but after two, consecutive first downs they lost the ball on a fumble, stopped the Indians on the next series, but lost it again on their 27-yard line from which point Waite swept to its first touchdown.

A blocked punt paved the way for Waite’s second score which likewise required only 27 yards of traveling, and the Tigers were never in the ball game thereafter.

The two first-period fumbles and the blocked punt undoubtedly had something to do with upsetting the spirit of the local team, but the upsetting as a whole was caused by a hard charging Toledo line and the bull-like rushes of Fullback Bill Gregus, who had the Tigers reeling backward most of the evening.

It was the third game between the two schools and it proved to be the charm for Waite, since it was the first time the Indians were able to take the measure of the local team. Massillon won the two previous games played in 1940 and 1941.
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THE VISITORS were jubilant over their victory. The Waite dressing room after the game was the scene of great exultation with players cheering each other, their coach, and spending more than the usual amount of time in the shower room – a sure sign of satisfaction.

The scene in the Tiger dressing room was exactly the opposite. Massillon players dressed and slipped quietly away, as quickly as possible – all except the injured, who had to have their faces patched or legs and arms tended to by the trainer. An early checkup revealed bad legs on Gene Krisher and Earl Johnson. The former was playing his first game since the Alliance contest a month again in which he sustained a knee injury. He aggravated it again last night. Johnson lasted only one play, when he was assisted to the sideline.

The game was clean and the injuries were not the result of any unfair tactics. Waite hit the harder of the two teams and the team that is hit the harder is the one that comes up with the injuries.

The Tigers showed the effects of the visitors’ power on their faces and bodies just as they did when they fell backward on the playing field. It has been many a year since a Massillon team gave ground as the locals did last night, but they have been up against few teams as good as Waite in the last dozen years.

Massillon Pos. Waite
Zeller LE Durst
Young LT Scallish
Uliveto LG Kowalka
Darrah C Torda
Brooks RG Rae
Dowd RT Hepler
Eberhardt RE Tambur
Byelene QB Young
Giloff LH Carson
Zorger RH Davis
Yost FB Gregus

Score by periods:
Massillon 0 0 0 6 6
Waite 13 14 6 7 40

Massillon – Schludecker, re; Brown, qb; G. Krisher, rt; Wittmann,rt; Johnson, re; Houston, rg; W. Krisher, c; Pedrotty, fb;
Waite – Vas, rg; Schaetze; fb; Kovesci, fb.

Massillon – Zorger.
Waite – Gregus 4; Carson; Durst.

Points after touchdown: Waite – Carson 4(placekicks); Young (carried).

Referee – Brubaker.
Umpire – C.W. Rupp.
Head Linesman – Rainsberger.
Field Judge – Shafer.

Massillon Waite
First downs 9 16
Passes attempted 14 6
Passes completed 5 4
Had passes intercepted 2 0
Yards gained passing 76 69
Yards gained rushing 137 378
Total yards gained 213 447
Yards lost 16 16
Net yards gained 197 431
Fumbles 4 2
Lost ball on fumbles 2 0
Times punted 4 1
Punts blocked 1 0
Average punt (yards) 25 29
Yards punts returned 0 39
Times kicked off 2 7
Average kickoff (yards) 50 50
Yards kickoffs returned 143 28
Yards lost penalties 10 25

Merle Darrah

Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1942: Massillon 34, Toledo Waite 14


Visitors Make More First Downs Than Massillon But they Pay Off On Points, So Tigers Stretch Undefeated String to 51 Games

By Luther Emery

The war drums of the Toledo Waite Indians were still ringing in the ears of the Washington high school Tigers today as they looked at the statistics and wondered how they ever escaped being ambushed in last night’s game at Tiger stadium.

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A crowd of 16,621 fans looked on amazed as the Indians outgained the Tigers from scrimmage and rolled up more first downs, but lost 34-14. It was Massillon’s 51st consecutive game without a defeat.

Waite Expected to Spring Upset

Jack Mollenkopf brought Waite to Massillon, convinced that the Tigers were ripe for a trimming. He had planned to ambush Massillon with a passing attack that had been developed but not entirely uncovered this season until last night’s battle.

He, too, knew that he had a better team than most people had credited him with, and most of all, a team that wouldn’t quit.

Having carefully studied and scouted the Tiger team, Mollenkopf thought he was all set to spring the biggest upset of the 1942 football season and might well have done so with the assistance of good luck and the fulfillment of a few “ifs.”

Take out the blocked punt that produced the third Massillon touchdown, remove a couple of costly Waite fumbles, and substitute completed passes for two “touchdown” passes, one of which was dropped by the receiver and the other intercepted by a Massillon gridder, and you might well have had a tie score. On the other hand, the Tigers too can play the “if” game, and from their viewpoint they might have won by more points had they 10 seconds more time left in the first half which ended with them in possession of the ball, first down and goal to go on Waite’s one yard line.

Mollenkopf Ambushed

Mollenkopf admitted that while he had set a trap for Massillon, he was ambushed himself by the throwing of Romeo Pellegrini, who replaced the injured Bob Graber at left halfback.

“I never knew that little fellow could throw so far,” the Toledo coach said after the game as he ground a crust of bread between his fingers at the dinner table. “I never knew Massillon to throw from the left, either. I was fooled there.”

The play-by-play account shows that Pellegrini completed passes of 57, 51, 14, and 15 yards for touchdown. In fact it was the first time this season that the forward pass developed into a potent scoring weapon for the Tigers, and it was well it did, for they did not run the ball over once last night. Their fifth touchdown was the result of a blocked punt.

Some of the things that Mollenkopf figured on were correct. The Tigers were ripe for some trouble and have been getting riper since their defeat of Steubenville. They have two games to go, both Saturday afternoon contests – Erie East next week and Canton McKinley two weeks hence. The locals should begin coming up again, and it is hoped the rebound will be too much for both Erie East and McKinley.

In Waite the Tigers found a better than average team that had been underestimated by most fans, and possibly the players sensed this same feeling of superiority.

Better Waite Team Than 1941

“It is a far better team than I had last year,” Mollenkopf confided after the game, “and we would have done a lot better this season had it not been for several unfortunate breaks.”

The Toledo coach was especially proud that his team did not quit on him, and it was one of few teams that have not folded under Tiger pressure.

The Indians were battling just as hard at the end of the game as they were at the start, and were on their way to a last minute touchdown, when an intercepted pass ended in a safety that gave them two points.

It has been three years since the Tigers have had to explain their victory to readers of the statistical column. From yards gained and first downs you would have thought Waite a certain winner. The Indians made 14 first downs to the Tigers 10 and gained 259 yards to the Tigers 230 yards but Massillon converted its yardage into scores instead of first downs to win 34-14.

The long shot touchdown passes to Willmot and the other two pegs to Cardinal and Holt, don’t show in the first down column through all covered more than 10 yards. The yardage is figured I, however and there’s just nothing you can do about trying to explain why Waite gained more yards except to say that the Indians had a good defense and a tough defensive end in Harold Raether.

The Tigers only gained 73 yards lugging the ball last night and made 173 yards with their passes, which is better passing than they have done at anytime this season and poorer running.

A Fine Passer

Waite’s passing attack was the fanciest thing seen here in a forward pass way for several seasons. You can give most of the credit to straight-shooting Joseph Horvath and if Uncle Sam needs a grenade thrower to clean out machine gun nests, Horvath has our recommendation. He pitched so accurately that he seldom missed his mark and most of the night did all the throwing to the same man, Paul Hrabovsky, Indian quarterback.

They worked pass after pass all evening, connecting for three of 17 yards, 22 yards and eight yards, in the series that led to their first touchdown, and completed two more, one for 32 yards and another for 11 in the second touchdown march. Mixed in the latter effort was an 18-yard toss to Raether.

Second guessers might accuse both teams of a poor selection of plays at intervals during the game. Waite, for instance advance the ball to the Tiger 25-yard line on passes in the third quarter, then ran four consecutive ground plays for a net loss of 13 yards. The Tigers at one time worked into Waite territory, then with only two yards necessary for a first down, wasted two attempts trying to pass and were forced to punt.

The Tigers pushed over two touchdowns before Waite could score. Midway in the first period, when Waite was pressing its secondary to stop Tiger ball carriers, Pellegrini raced back and fired a long pass over the heads of the Indians’ safety to Willmot, who had to wait for the ball to float into his arms. He still had time to go the rest of the route for 51 yards. The pass changed the complexion of the game, for only two plays before, Willmot went high in the air to spear one of Horvath’s passes that had touchdown written all over it, for Hrabovsky had gotten behind Willmot and would have went for the works had not the latter left his feet to haul in the leather and return 29 yards to his 49-yard line, from where the Massillon touchdown pass was completed. Cardinal kicked the extra point that followed to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead.

The local team struck back quickly for a second touchdown when Pellegrini kicked off and covered Howard Schatzke’s fumbled return on the Waite 41. Pellegrini ran to the 26 and Holt plunged to the 15 but a 15-yard penalty for holding put the Tigers back momentarily. Here the old Statue of Liberty was hauled out of the bag, and Bray, taking the ball from Pellegini, ran 22 yards to the 20-yard line. Holt plunged for a first down and Pellegrini tossed to Cardinal for the rest of the distance. He again kicked the extra point to bring the score to 14-0.

Waite Comes Back

Waite took the following kickoff and did not stop until it crossed the Massillon goal. A poor kickoff went out of bounds on the Indians’ 49. Lamoreaux was thrown for a six-yard loss, so Horvath began tossing to Hrabovsky, once for 17 yards, again for 22 yards which brought a first down on the 18-yard line, and another for eight yards. A five-yard penalty for off-side gave the Indians a first down on the Tigers’ four-yard line and here the Massillonians bristled in good old fashioned spirit. Louis Smith hit for three yards, but the ball still remained on the one-yard line after the next two plays. Waite didn’t shift on fourth down, however, and with a quick opening play, Horvath broke through for the touchdown. Richard Wandtke was sent in to hold the ball for the attempted kick but fumbled it and the Indians lost the point.

The Tigers scored their only touchdown of the period on a blocked punt. Horvath intercepted Pellegrini’s pass on the seven-yard line after the Massillonians had carried the kickoff deep into Toledo territory. Horvath tried to punt on first down, but Barney Wallace got his face in the way of the ball, blocked the punt and Chuck Holt scooped up the leather and ambled over for the score. Cardinal’s kick for the extra point was wide.
The Tigers tried for another in the period and nearly got it. Time expired as Pellegrini tossed to Bray for 23 yards and a first down on the one yard line. Waite was offside. The Tigers had the choice of the ball or the penalty. They took the ball, which meant the half was over. Had they taken the penalty, Waite would have been penalized which would have placed the ball on the 19-yard line and there would have been time left for one play.

The fans didn’t understand the ruling and thought the officials had wasted precious seconds, conferring with the Massillon players which caused time to expire before the ball could be put in play again. As a result they let out a big boo when the arbitrators walked off the field. The ruling was explained during intermission.

Scoreless Third Period

Neither team scored in the third quarter, Waite advancing he greatest distance, reaching the Massillon 25-yard line on one occasion.

The Tigers got in motion early in the fourth period, however and passed and ran their way 88 yards. A 17-yard toss to Cardinal moved the ball into position for a 15-yard toss to Holt for the touchdown. Cardinal booted the extra point.

The last score came shortly after when Pellegrini again caught the Waite secondary asleep and tossed the ball to Willmot for 56 yards and a touchdown. Willmot caught the ball on the 15-yard line, which means the leather traveled approximately 56 yards through the air, since Pellegrini was almost 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage when he fired. Holt plunged the extra point.

Coach Kammer sent in his second team, and Waite soon was knocking on the Tiger door. Horvath tossed to Hrabovsky for 32 yards, and another for 11 yards put the ball on the Tiger 25. A peg to Raether advanced it to the seven and the Massillon first team went in. That made too many times out and the Tigers were penalized five yards to the two, from which Louis Smith exploded for the touchdown. Another attempt for the extra point was muffed.

The Indians still were not stopped. The next time they got the ball they struck back, Horvath tossing to Hrabovsky for 34 yards and nine yards. He tried to pitch for the touchdown, but Sam Yelic hauled to the leather on the one-yard stripe and began to run with the ball. He was tossed behind the goal for a safety and two points for Waite. The game ended before the Tigers could kick out.

Still Winners

Massillon Waite
Willmott le Collins
Williams lt V. smith
R. Wallace lg Lehman
B. Wallace c Kimpon
Weisgarber rg Foster
Paulik rt Westenkirchner
Jasinski re Raether
Cardinal qb Hrabovsky
Pellegrini lh Horvath
Bray rh Lamoreaux
Holt fb L. Smith

Score by periods:
Massillon 14 6 0 14 – 34
Waite 0 6 0 8 – 14

Substitutions – Massillon: Power, Fulton, Oberlin, Gable, Schuler, Tongas, Profant, Turkall, Yelic, Kanney, Mastriann.

Touchdowns – Willmot 2, Holt 2, Cardinal.

Points after touchdown – Cardinal 3 (placekicks), Holt (carried)

Safety – Yelic (two points for Toledo).

Referee – Slutz.
Umpire – Boone.
Headlineman – Harlow.
Field judge – Rupp.

Mass. Waite
First Downs 10 14
Yards Rushing 72 103
Yards Lost Rushing 16 34
Net Gain Rushing 57 69
Yards Passing 173 190
Total Net Gain 230 259
Passes Attempted 14 19
Passes Completed 6 12
Times Punted 4 3
Average Punt (yards) 32 34
Times Kicked Off 6 3
Times Penalized 9 4
Yards Penalized 65 20
Fumbles 3 4
Lost Ball on Fumble 0 3