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Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1947: Massillon 21, Akron St. Vincent

Tigers Beat St. Vincent’s 21-0, Prepare For Buldogs
Massillon Gridders Win Sixth Contes On Long Touchdown Runs


Having defeated Akron St. Vincent’s 21-0 to end a three-game losing streak and annex their sixth victory of the season, the Washington high Tigers today began preparations for the 52nd game between Washington high school and Canton McKinley which will be played Saturday afternoon in Fawcett stadium before a capacity throng of some 25,000 people, Massillon has won 22, McKinley 24 and five ended in a tie.

While the Tigers were having a difficult time measuring the so-called in-and-out St. Vincent’s team Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs warmed up for the contest by whipping Lakewood 20-6 in a mud battle in the northern Ohio city. The victory was the eighth in nine games for the Bulldogs who have been beaten only by Canton Lincoln high.

Coaches “Bud” Houston of Massillon and “Bup” Rearick of McKinley, won under wraps and both substituted freely, though the lead over St. Vincent’s did not reach the point of sufficiency early enough to permit the Tiger coach to send in substitutes in wholesale numbers as he had hoped to do.

As a result, quite a few of the boys will undoubtedly finish the season without having participated in a single game.

The smallest crowd of the season and one of the smallest to see a home game since the Tigers rose to power 13 years ago was scattered through the stands for the St. Vincent’s game.

It is doubtful if the figure reached 4,000.

The outcome was a duplicate of the Barberton-Massillon game to reverse.
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ST. VINCENT’S which pushed the Tigers over the gridiron a considerable portion of the afternoon, had momentary lapses that Massillon gridders took advantage of and romped to three touchdowns.

The first was a 73-yard return of an intercepted pass by Dick Jacobs which ended an Irish scoring threat and the other two were jaunts by Halfback Al Brown, a 91-yard runback of the St. Vincent’s kickoff that opened the second half and a 28-yard fourth quarter jaunt that buttered the bread with more points. Gene Schludecker booted all three extra points from placement and that briefly tells the story of the scoring.

Although from a spectator’s standpoint the Tigers appeared the stronger team and looked like the usual Massillon team the week before a Canton McKinley game when more attention is focused on the Bulldogs than the opponent at hand, play from a standpoint of offense was fairly equal. The Irish gained more first downs, eight to five and gained within two yards of the local team on the ground and in the air. Total offense was 157 yards for Massillon and 155 for St. Vincent’s while net offensive was 143 to 108 respectively.

The Irish came out with a lot of fancy plays from their T and double wing-back systems and many were executed with precision timing to the delight of the spectators.
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WHILE the visitors never got close to the Massillon goal, they took the center of the Tiger line apart frequently and worked a number of nifty passes between the 30-yard markers.

Once they marched from their own 15 to the Tiger 24, a distance of 61 yards which stopped with Jacobs snaring one of Johnny Cistone’s passes in the flat and scampering 73 yards for his first period touchdown. Jake roared through with the ball at top speed and surprised many Tiger fans with his fast footwork as he hoofed it for the goal line.

The visitors got inside the Tiger 30 again in the third period but lost the ball on a fumble on the first play of the fourth quarter. Except for these two occasions, the Irish seldom got by midfield.

The Tigers had troubles of their own moving the ball which helps account for the Irish getting more first downs than the local team. Eight passes were thrown, but only one of the eight hit its mark. Not all were the fault of the passers, however. There were two occasions when the receivers should have caught the ball.

St. Vincent’s followers seemed to think after the game that their team had one of its better afternoons. The Irish have been in-and-outers this season and have played a lot of good football. They had a little more success with their forward passes than did Massillon, completing six of 16 for 52 yards.

While Brown was the Tigers’ out-standing offensive star by virtue of his two touchdown runs, the defensive burden was born by Julius Wittmann, who has played a whale of a lot of football the past three weeks. Defensively, he several times stopped St. Vincent’s ball carriers before they could get started and occasionally tossed them for losses.
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IN MARKED contrast to the small crowd that saw the Massillon-St. Vincent’s game, the largest crowd ever to see a Massillon-Canton McKinley contest will turn out for this week’s game in Fawcett stadium. The regular and temporary seating capacity of the stadium is being augmented this week by additional seats from Massillon which will be erected in front of the southwest stands.

Whatever strategy the coaches of the two teams have devised from scouting reports as a means of beating each other will be passed on to their respective squads this week.

Both teams will practice through Thursday, hold a brief warm-up Friday and then settle down to await the opening kickoff.

Canton McKinley by virtue of its better record and especially because of its one-sided victories over Warren and Steubenville, is favored to win. The Bulldogs whipped Warren 32-7 and Steubenville 48-6, while Warren beat Massillon 20-13 and Steubenville gave the Tigers the hardest kind of a scrap before bowing 13-12.

However, players have a habit of rising to great heights in Massillon-Canton games to play their best of the season and hopes for a Massillon victory ride with this kind of performance. The McKinley record isn’t sufficiently impressive to scare anyone, for the Bulldogs were beaten 7-6 by Canton Lincoln which was defeated 13-7 by Massillon, and both teams played an almost identical game with Alliance, the Tigers winning 20-6 and McKinley 20-7.
Sixth Victory
E. Johnson LE Wahl
Eberhardt LT Cox
Williams LG McGrath
Olenick C Costello
Houston RG Goehler
Wittmann RT Blanco
Roderick RE Haas
Hill QB Brown
Jacobs LH Pitts
Brown RH Goyle
C. Johnson FB Halamay

Score by periods
Massillon 7 0 7 7 21

Massillon – Badarnza, qb; Grier, rh; James, rh; Resh, lh; Takacs, fb; Morrow, lg; Edie, rt; Jones, lt; Studer, le; Schludecker, re; McVay, c; Paul, rg.
St. Vincent’s – Cistone, qb; Ondecker, lg; Rossi, rh; Longville, lh; Shields, rg; Schlosser, lh; Whitmyer, lt; Moss, le; Cahill, rg; Leffler, qb; McMullen, fb; Wolfe, fb.

Massillon – Jacobs; Al Brown 2.

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

Referee – Slutz.
Umpire – C. Rupp.
Head Linesman – Rainsberger.
Field Judge – Lobach.

Mass. Akron
First downs 5 8
Passes 8 16
Passes completed 1 6
Had passes intercepted 2 2
Yards gained passing 9 52
Yards gained rushing 148 103
Total yards gained 157 155
Yards lost 13 47
Net yards gained 144 108
Times punted 4 7
Average punt (yards) 35.2 33.8
Times kicked off 4 1
Average kickoff (yards) 44.2 51
Yards punts returned 21 12
Yards kickoffs returned 91 61
Total kicks returned 112 73
Times fumbled 1 2
Lost ball on fumbles 1 0
Yards lost penalties 42 17

Tony Uliveto
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1947: Massillon 12, Barberton 26

Barberton Beats Tigers 26-12 Claims State Title
30,000 See Gondor And Goudy Pace Undefeated Magics To Big Victory


A couple of G-men, Dick Goudy and Paul Gondor, racing 74 and 88 yards respectively to touchdowns, gave Barberton high school the right to claim the Ohio scholastic football championship Friday evening when they closed an undefeated season here by plastering a 26-12 defeat on the Washington high Tigers before an inside and out throng of some 30,000 people.

Goudy and Gondor were magnificent in their long touchdown dashes, when supported by fine blocking into the open field, they faked the secondary out of tackling position.

Defensively the Tigers had only a couple of lapses, and that’s all speed merchants like Gondor and Goudy needed to go the route. Otherwise they were not able to gain too much ground through the Massillon line.

The Magics scored two other touchdowns, one, their first of the game, following a lucky pass deflection and the second coming after a poor pass from center gave them the ball on the Tiger 27-yard line.

The game was one of exciting long runs, and Gondor and Goudy did not do all the entertaining, for Massillon’s second touchdown came on a 27-yard run by Clarence Johnson, Tiger fullback.

Barberton, which came to Massillon with a record of eight consecutive victories and holder of the No. 1 spot in the Ohio football poll was battled on even terms by the Tigers the first two periods which ended 6-6. If anything, the locals even had an edge, for they not only scored one touchdown but thrice took the ball inside the 15-yard line, losing once on downs, a second time on a fumble, and a third time when time expired with the ball on the 15.
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THE MAGICS in fact were first to score, Goudy going over from the one-yard line on second down.

The Tigers got their touchdown in the closing minutes of the half when Al Brown went eight yards to the one yard line and Clarence Johnson banged it across.

Came the third period, and everything was going fine until Goudy broke loose midway in the quarter. The Tigers had the Magics stopped with third down coming up and three yards to go on the latters’ 26-yard line when the lightening struck. Goudy came around the left side of the Massillon line behind marvelous blocking, headed for the sideline, cut back toward midfield and faked two of the Massillon secondary out of tackling position to go 74 yards for a touchdown. His buddy, Gondor, kicked the extra point to give the Magics the lead 13-6.

Massillon still had hopes until the fourth period came around bringing touchdowns quick and fast.
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DICK JACOBS, trying to punt on fourth down got a poor pass from the center and was thrown for a big loss, Barberton getting the ball on the Tiger 27. It capitalized on the break in a hurry as Goudy and Gondor made a first on the 14 and Gondor went the rest of the distance for the T.D. A poor pass from center muffed the try for the extra point and left the visitors leading 20-6.

The Tigers opened up for the first time during the evening and, overcoming a 15-yard penalty, Jack Hill tossed 40 yards to Clarence Johnson for a first down on the Barberton 47. Two passes in a row to Ben Roderick brought another first on the 27 and opened up the Magics’ tight defense. The opening gave Clarence Johnson a chance to run and he waded through right tackle for the remaining 27 yards and the Tigers’ second and last touchdown of the evening. Schludecker’s kick for the extra point was wide, leaving the score 20-12 in Barberton’s favor.

Whatever hope the locals’ still had of catching up was quickly dimmed on the next play when Gondor grabbed the kickoff on his 12, fumbled it momentarily and then set out for a beautiful 88-yard touchdown run along the sideline. This time he kicked the extra point which proved the final counter of the day, although Barberton scored another touchdown at the end of the game that did not count when the gun shot as the ball was being handed to Goudy. The latter tossed over the line for three yards into the end zone to the waiting arms of Danny Yakus, but the officials ruled the play was not yet in motion when time expired and as a result Barberton lost the “touchdown.”

Defensively the Tigers played good ball and for the most part Goudy and Gondor had great difficulty trying to puncture the Massillon line, which is a credit to the Tiger forwards and line backers for the two G-men are hard and shifty runners that any ball club would welcome on its roster.

As has been the case in the past two weeks, the local team was lacking most in offense.

It muffed a golden opportunity in the first quarter when Barberton fumbled a powerful kickoff by Clarence Johnson and only got the ball back to the nine-yard line where the Tiger linemen threw back the Magic’s efforts to move the ball and forced them to punt the pigskin. It was a short kick, going out on the 36 and on the very first play, Brown came around his left end for a dash to the 12-yard line. The Tigers hit’em on the right, then on the left, then two more times on the right, but gained only three yards and lost the ball on downs.

The locals’ offense, however, did produce more yards than it did at Cleveland last week where the Tigers lost, 16-12 to the Latin Lions. Against Barberton the locals made 11 first downs to the Magics’ nine, but long touchdown runs do not count as first downs and hence Barberton out gained Massillon from scrimmage, 304 yard to 259.
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THE TIGERS made a bug hunk of their yardage in the last quarter when they began mixing passes with their ground work which caused both to function to better advantage. They completed five of 10 attempts for 88 yards and had but one intercepted.

Barberton completed two of three and one of the completions was a fluke, the ball being deflected into a Barberton player’s hands by a Massillon secondary defender trying to knock it down. The pass incidentally was a fourth down effort that gave the Magics a first down on the 15 and placed them in position for their initial touchdown of the game.

Fumbles hurt the locals and upset their offense on five occasions. Twice they lost the ball in this manner. So did Barberton and the Tigers turned one of the Magics’ bobbles into their first touchdown of the game as they recovered the leather on the 14-yard line.

Most of the game was played in a driving rain, and a wet ball may account to some extent for some of the loose ball handling.
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THE VICTORY was Barberton’s first over Massillon since the season of 1933 when the Magics won a 6-0 verdict at Barberton. The team, fans and Coach Harry Strobel were jubilant over the triumph which gives them a chance to make a strong claim for the state schoolboy championship. They have a hard hitting eleven that functions smoothly and supports the ball carrier with excellent blocking; the best all-around team the Tigers have faced this season.

The only consolation Massillon can get out of the verdict is that Coach Strobel is an
ex-Massillonian who graduated from Washington high in the mid-twenties. He can write the mythical state title into the records of his success which include a state championship basketball team while at Bellevue high in 1945 and an undefeated football team at Orrville high. A lot of Harry’s old Orrville fans came to Massillon by bus last night to see his tam annex the title.

The defeat as far as Massillon was concerned was the third in a row for the Tigers and you have to go way back to the season of 1932 to find where another Massillon team lost that many games in succession. The Tigers dropped four in a row that year – and it was Paul Brown’s first team. Paul himself was a spectator at last night’s game.

The Tigers as a whole emerged from the game in good physical condition. Dick Jacobs came out with a sore ankle that may put him on the shelf for next Saturday afternoon’s game with Akron St. Vincent’s here. In fact for a time last night it appeared that Massillon might not have either of its halfbacks for service next week.

After the game, Al Brown took exception to criticism leveled his way and walked out of the dressing room with the announcement that he was through. His teammates quickly went into a huddle, however, brought Brown to the residence of Coach “Bud” Houghton where the player apologized and was forgiven.

The game ended the Tigers’ night season. They play their first daylight encounter with St. Vincent’s and the following week will close their season against Canton McKinley in Fawcett stadium.
State Champions

Johnson LE Yakus
Eberhardt LT Arvay
Williams LG Freeman
McVay C Santa
Houston RG Carbaugh
Wittmann RT Toneff
Roderick RE Kapish
Hill QB Scarr
Jacobs LH Goudy
Brown RH Gondor
C. Johnson FB Sabol

Score by periods:
Massillon 0 6 0 6 12
Barberton 0 6 7 13 26

Massillon – Olenick, c; Ferris, rg; Morrow, lg; Badarnza, qb; Jones, lt; Schludecker, re; Resh, rh.
Barberton – Hare, ly; Kulsar, c; Cain, qb; Fugitt, lc.

Massillon – C. Johnson 2.
Barberton – Goudy 2; Gondor 2.

Points after touchdown:
Barberton – Gondor 2 (placekicks).

Referee – Lobach.
Umpire – Gross.
Head Linesman – Boone.
Field Judge – Jenkins.

Mass. Barb.
First downs 11 9
Passes attempted 10 3
Passes completed 5 2
Had passes intercepted 1 0
Yards gained passing 88 33
Yards gained rushing 174 277
Total yards gained 262 310
Yards lost 3 6
Net yards gained 259 304
Times punted 2 3
Average punt (yards) 39 23
Yards punts returned by 0 0
Times kicked off 3 5
Average kickoff (yards) 48 53
Yards kickoffs returned by 109 97
Fumbles 5 2
Lost ball on fumbles 2 2
Yards penalized 20 10

Tony Uliveto
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1947: Massillon 12, Cleveland Cathedral Latin 16

Cathedral Latin Knocks Tigers Out Of Title Race
Massillon Gridders Defeated 16-12 With 90 Seconds To Play


Cathedral Latin high school kicked the Washington high school Tigers right out of the race for the Ohio high school championship before 25,255 fans in Cleveland’s lakefront stadium Friday evening, scoring all of their points in the 16-12 verdict in the final period.

The Tigers had it in the bag until Latin scored its winning touchdown with a minute and 10 seconds to go when Quarterback Bill Petersen bucked the ball over the goal from the one-yard line.

1947 Game Action vs. Cle. Cathedral Latin

It was a game of mistakes and errors with the locals capitalizing on a blocked punt and intercepted pass to score their two touchdowns, and in turn dropping a possible pass interception that could have preserved victory for Massillon.

Despite its close escape from defeat, there’s no denying Latin deserved the victory on a basis of performance. First downs were 13-3 in its favor and it out gained the Tigers both on the ground and in the air for a net total of 231 yards to Massillon’s 82.

The Tigers twice had victory within their grasp but permitted it to slip away in a wild fourth quarter, in which 22 of the game’s 28 points were scored.

The locals possibly erred at the end of the third period when with a 6-0 lead time expired, forcing them to punt against the wind on the first play of the fourth quarter. The wind would have been at their backs had they kicked the ball on third down on the last play of the third period.
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AS IT WAS, Dick Jacobs’ punt was low and short and the ball struck Halfback Joe Raggets who bobbled it and then cut loose on a 45-yard run over the goal. It was only the second time during the night that Latin was able to return one of Jacob’s punts and the first was only a nine-yard effort. The touchdown followed by Substitute Al Habinak’s point from placement put the Lions ahead 7-6, but they didn’t stay there long.

The next time they got the ball, Morrie Eberhardt broke through to smear Petersen’s attempt to pass and the ball flew into the arms of Guard Red Williams who raced 62 yards for a touchdown. Gene Schludecker sent the ball between the uprights on his attempted placekick for the extra point but it didn’t count because Ben Roderick was caught holding. Penalized 15 yards, Schludecker tried it again and missed but the Tigers were still ahead 12-7 with eight and one-half minutes to play.
The Tigers tried to kill time while Latin directed its efforts toward scoring another touchdown. Petersen’s good punt backed the locals up to their seven-yard line and on third down Al Brown was tossed behind his own goal for a safety when the locals tried a deep reverse. That brought the score to 12-9 with six minutes to go.

The Tigers kicked to the Lions who got the ball in midfield and began the final drive that spelled Massillon’s doom.

Petersen tossed to Tom Behm for a first down on the 36. Earl Gentile made four at left end, and Petersen’s pass was grounded. The latter picked out Gentile for his next toss, however, and connected for a first on the 24.

Petersen again tried to pass but was thrown for a six-yard loss. He came right back, however, to hit them for a first on the 13-yard line. Another pass was almost intercepted by Olenick, but he dropped the ball. The Lions on the next play crossed up the Tigers and sent Joe Pilla crashing through center for a first down on the one-yard line. It looked as though Pilla went over before an orange wave bent him back. Petersen took it on the next play, was stopped momentarily a yard behind the line of scrimmage but had the drive to propel himself over the goal. Again Habinak placekicked the extra point, and the game ended three plays later with the Tigers making a first down on their 40 on a pass; Jack Hill to Roderick and Brown gaining three yards on a reverse.
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THE DEFEAT was the second in a row for the local team which last week was bumped
20-13 at Warren. Latin’s record now reads six victories and one loss, the lone defeat being an upset by Cleveland Holy Name.

Latin presented a strong forward wall which the Tigers were unable to penetrate. Their only sizeable gain on the ground was a 36-yard run by Al Brown in the closing seconds of the first period which put the ball on the Latin 40. He was ahead of the pack, but was hauled down from behind.

Deduct that 36-yarder off the statistics and you have the Tigers gaining but 58 yards the rest of the ball game.

Latin strong armed the locals for the most part with a seven-man line when playing in Tiger territory. In the open field they used a six-man line with five men covering the secondary for passes. The Tigers had pinned their offensive hopes on the forward pass, but they only tossed six and completed two, one on the next to the last play of the game. Receivers frequently got into the open but the passer overthrew them.

The first half of the game was a defensive battle for the most part with neither team threatening as Jacobs and Petersen staged a punting duel to keep the elevens bottled up in their own back yards.
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BOTH ELEVENS have been known all season as second-half ball clubs, but the third quarter was well along before anything sensational happened.

The Tigers who on several occasions came close to blocking Petersen’s punts, finally succeeded as he attempted to boot the ball from his 40-yard line. The ball bounced back to the 20 where Early Johnson scooped it up and raced for a touchdown. Schludecker missed the attempted kick for the extra point.

Based on the Tigers’ defensive showing up to this stage of the game, the six points looked good, for they had succeeded in stopping Gentile most of the time and had so rushed Petersen that he was unable to get the ball to receivers.

What happened, however, you already know but Massillon fans will replay the remainder of the game a good many times this weekend pointing out where a few “ifs: might have changed the final result.

Knocked from their state championship ambitions, about all the Tigers have left to do is to play the role of the spoiler with Barberton and Canton McKinley, each of which represents a sizeable object on anybody’s schedule.

Fortunately the local team escaped without injuries and remained in Cleveland last night where it will view the Notre Dame-Navy game today.
Sad But True
E. Johnson LE Saunders
Eberhardt LT Calto
Williams LG Zeller
McVay C O’Day
Houston RG Riousi
Wittmann RT Campanelli
Roderick RE Behm
Badarnza QB Petersen
Jacobs LH Raggets
Brown RH Pilla
C. Johnson FB Gentile

Score by quarters:
Massillon 0 0 6 6 12
Latin 0 0 0 16 16

Massillon – Olenick, c; Farris, rg; Schludecker, re; Resh, lh; Jones, lt; Morrow, lg; Hill, qb.
Latin – Zieler, lg; Maruna, lg; Cooney, lt; Putka, lt; Wise, qb; Mullin, fb; Habinak, hb.

Massillon – E. Johnson; Williams.
Latin – Raggets; Petersen.

Point after touchdown:
Latin – Habinak 2 (placement).

Safety – Latin.

Referee – Brubaker.
Umpire – Brown.
Head Linesman – Wisecup.
Field Judge – Calhoun.

Mass. Latin
First downs 3 13
Yards gained rushing 94 189
Yards gained passing 19 58
Total yards gained 113 247
Yards lost 31 16
Net yards gained 82 231
Passes attempted 6 15
Passes completed 2 5
Had passes intercepted 0 1
Times punted 7 9
Average punt (yards) 32 31
Had punts blocked 0 1
Punts returned by (yards) 37 54
Fumbles 4 1
Lost ball on fumbles 1 1
Yards penalized 20 20
Times penalized 2 2

Tony Uliveto

1947: Massillon 13, Warren Harding 20

Warren Blasts Tigers From Ranks Of Undefeated
Massillon Gridders Beaten 20-13 By Fast Charging Harding Line


A fast charging Warren line blasted Massillon Washington high school from its Ohio scholastic throne Friday evening by a score of 20-13.

A capacity crowd that filled every inch of the Warren Harding high stadium saw the Tigers fall with a resounding thump into the heap of teams that have already been knocked off the lofty perch this season.

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Scoring all three touchdowns in the opening quarter, two of them in the first six minutes of play, the Presidents got the jump on the Tigers and were in command of the game throughout.

Massillon scored 13 points in the last half, actually didn’t deserve that many, and came within two yards of scoring the tying touchdown in the fourth quarter. Warren earned all of its touchdowns, lost another when the half ended with a first down on the Tiger one yard line, and passed up another opportunity by losing the ball on a fumble on the Tiger
three-yard line, which is to say the Tigers were fortunate they were not defeated by a larger score.

The Harding President gained a net total of 322 yards to Massillon’s 163 and made 15 first downs to the Tigers’ six.

Give the game to the Warren linemen. They were terrors last night, surprising even the most optimistic of their fans as they ripped the Massillon line to shreds on both offense and defense to hand the Tigers their first loss of the season. Warren likewise has suffered but one defeat, that a 35-7 whipping by Canton McKinley.

The President linemen out charged the Tiger forward wall from start to finish and blasted large holes for their fast running backs, Walt Corbon, Herb Edington and Leroy Schier. Once in the open, the ball carriers drove hard for many yards to out gain the Tigers on the ground 305 yards to 84 yards.
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NOT UNTIL the last period did the local team begin to look like it had in recent games. Then it began carrying the game to Warren and battled the Presidents on somewhat even terms.

The scrappy spirit of the Massillon team in the face of defeat and its general clean play when taking a beating were about all the local fans had to cheer about. The local gridders tried to pull themselves out of the hole they had gotten into, as they had one in the Canton Lincoln and Steubenville games, and almost did.

That the Tigers were low for the game there seems to be no doubt. They got off to a bad start by fumbling the first three times they got the ball, twice losing the pigskin to Warren which converted one of the bobbles into its first touchdown.

With Al Brown sidelined with injuries save for two plays of the game and Clarence Johnson participating in only a couple of series of plays because of chest pains, the Tigers; offense could not be expected to hit par. Joe Jones sustained a painful shoulder injury which cut down his capabilities and three of the four guards carried injuries prior to the contest.
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INJURIES probably had much to do with taking the spark out of the Massillon machine, while Warren was clicking smoother than any team we have seen this season and shoved the Tiger into reverse gear most of the evening.

The locals tried to pass their way out of difficulty but it was not until the second half that the passers could hit their receivers. The latter had little difficulty freeing themselves but the passers were so rushed by the hard charging linemen that they frequently could not get the ball away.

The game wasn’t three minutes old until Warren had its first touchdown. Things happened fast after the opening kickoff which Ray Resh brought back to his 18-yard line. The Tigers fumbled on the first play from scrimmage and Warren covered on the 16. Then Bill Bevan fumbled on Warren’s first play and Jack McVay covered for Massillon on the 15. And on the very next play the Tigers fumbled again and Robinson covered for Warren on the Massillon 19. That last one set Warren in motion and it moved to the five-yard line where the Tigers held for three downs but on fourth down Edington crossed up the locals’ attack and raced around his right end for the first Warren score. He also placekicked the extra point.
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THE TIGERS were pinned back in their own territory after the following kickoff and punted to midfield. Corbin and Bevan negotiated a first down on the 34 and the Presidents then turned Edington loose for a neat bit of open field running in which Massillon tacklers slid off him as though he had greased pants. He went the route and placekicked the extra point to put Warren ahead 14-0 with only six minutes of the first period played.

Thompson intercepted John Badarnza’s pass on the second play after the kickoff to set Warren in motion again. Starting from their own 39, they used four first downs to take the ball to the seven and on fourth down Robison flipped a pass to Schier in the end zone for the third score. Paul Olenick broke through to block Edington’s attempted placekick.

The Tigers, who failed to show any net gain for their offensive efforts in the first period, threatened twice in the second quarter but didn’t have the punch to get the ball over. Their first effort began when Jacobs recovered a Warren fumble on his own 44. The locals worked the ball as close as the 13-yard line but lost it when Corbin intercepted a pass on his own two.

Warren punted out safely to the 28 and the locals managed to get through for one first down before losing the ball on downs on the 14-yard line. Warren took over from there, rushed the Tigers off their feet and had the ball on first down on the one-yard line as the half ended.

What hopes the locals had of stopping the President’s running attack the last two periods faded right after the kickoff when they took Schludecker’s boot and sallied back to a first down on the 10-yard line. Olenick saved the day by intercepting Robinson’s pass and running the ball back to his 39-yard line.

Jacobs cut loose with a beautiful punt after the next series of plays that rolled out on the four-yard line and set up the Tigers first touchdown. Robinson fumbled on the first play and Mike Takacs pounced on the ball on the four. It took three plays to get the pigskin over; Clarence Johnson lugging it across for the last yards. Schludecker kicked the extra point.
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THE TOUCHDOWN only served to fire Warren up all the more, for it took the following kickoff and came running back to the 11-yard line before Jack McVay covered Corbin’s fumble on the three. Dick Jacobs nearly got away on the first play of the fourth quarter as he raced out to his 36-yard line before being dropped by the Warren safety man. Hill lost 10 yards trying to pass, but he dropped back and fired another, a long one that Jacobs caught past midfield and raced for a touchdown, a gain of 72 yards. Schludecker missed the attempt for the extra point but Massillon fans trumpeted in glee as they saw a possible opportunity to tie the score.

They didn’t have to wait long for that opportunity. It came after the kickoff, when Warren, thrown back by a 15-yard clipping penalty and two of the best Tiger tackles of the evening, was forced to punt. The pass from center was over the kicker’s head and the ball, rolled back to the 10-yard line where it was first down for Massillon. Resh made a yard on the first play and Coach Houghton rushed in Brown and Clarence Johnson. Al circled left end for two, and Johnson in two attempts could get no nearer than the two-yard line where the Tigers lost the ball.

Warren punted out and the Tigers got back to the 26 on a pass, C. Johnson to E. Johnson, but Warren covered up and the locals again lost the ball on downs, with two minutes and 45 seconds remaining to be played. The game ended with the Tigers in possession of the ball on their own 33-yard line.
A Real Whipping
Massillon Pos. Warren
E. Johnson le Yurtin
Eberhardt lt Scott
Williams lg Lawrence
Olenick c Pollick
Houston rg Doulo
Wittmann rt Fetsko
Roderick re Manyak
Badarnza qb Robinson
Jacobs lh Edington
Resh rh Corbin
C. Johnson fb Smith

Score by periods
MASSILLON 0 0 7 6 13
WARREN 20 0 0 0 20

Massillon – Takacs, fb; Hillk qb; McVay, c; Ferris, rg; Morrow, lg; Jones, lt; Brown, lh; Grier, rh; Schludecker.

Warren – Minnick, lg; Bevan, fb; Schier, lh; Doing, lt; Williams, rh; Thompson, qb.

Massillon – C. Johnson; Jacobs.
Warren – Edington 2; Schier.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Schludecker (placekick).
Warren – Edington, 2. (placekicks).

Referee – Lobach.
Umpire – Gross.
Head Linesman – Lindsay.
Field Judge – Brown.

Massillon Warren
First downs 6 15
Yards gained rushing 84 305
Passes attempted 17 7
Passes completed 3 3
Passes had intercepted 2 1
Yards gained passing 109 26
Total yards gained 193 331
Yards lost 30 9
Total net yardage 163 322
Times kicked 3 4
Average kicks (yards) 40 55
Times punted 3 3
Average punts (yards) 39 40
Average return of kicks 19 15
Average return of punts 10 0
Fumbles 5 6
Fumbles recovered 2 2
Fumbles lost 3 4
Times penalized 4 5
Yards penalized 30 32

Tony Uliveto
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1947: Massillon 20, Alliance 6

Tigers Again Come From Behind To Beat Alliance 20-6
Touchdowns In Last Two Periods Produce Locals’ Fourth Victory


The Washington high Tiger football team out fumbled and outscored the Alliance Aviators 20-6 before 15,000 fans in Tiger stadium Friday evening to record their fourth straight triumph of the season.

The fumble count was Massillon 7, Alliance 4, but the Tigers managed to recover three of their bobbles, while the Aviators lost the pigskin on all four occasions.

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It was the third week in a row the Tigers had to come from behind to win and they looked like an improved ball team doing it. With Alliance scoring first in the opening period after both teams had fumbled away opportunities, the Tigers struck back to mark touchdowns in each of the last three periods and win the game.

In past weeks they had to dig in during the last half to overtake Canton Lincoln which last night edged Canton McKinley 6-7 and Steubenville which dropped its second game to Campbell Memorial. It takes a scrappy team to come from behind and win and the Tigers have plenty of the old fight in them.

In fact the desire to win seems more than ever the Tigers’ best asset, and it is one that is hard to beat. Discounting their loose ball handling, they also looked like an improved ball club which is another argument in their favor. In fact, they are looking better with each succeeding game, and well they might for Mansfield, Warren, Cleveland Latin and Barberton are coming along in that order, and that’s a tough row of potatoes for anyone to dig.
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THE 20-6 score left the Tigers with a greater margin of superiority than statistics would indicate. First downs were only 15-11 in their favor and they gained but 26 more yards than the visiting team.

Fumbleitis was costly to both elevens, and both teams became afflicted with it immediately after the kickoff. The Tigers grabbed the pigskin, marked up two first downs as they carried the ball into Alliance territory, and then lost it when Clarence Flitcraft pounced on Dick Jacobs’ fumble on the Alliance 41. A few plays later found the Aviators breathing hard on the goal line until Mike Maccioli fumbled as he was going across and Jack Hill pounced on the ball in the end zone to stop the threat – but only momentarily, for on the very next play, Al Brown fumbled and George Balogh covered on the Massillon 26. This time Alliance was not denied.

Mel Knowlton, Alliance coach, evidently had the Tigers well scouted at Steubenville and knew the Massillon team was a sucker for a deep reverse. He sent John Edwards whirling around the left flank in an end around play that planted the ball on the six-yard line and on fourth down Balogh nudged it over for the last year. Al Benton’s attempted placekick was smothered, leaving Alliance in front 6-0.

The Tigers made their first touchdown bid after the kickoff and marched the leather from their 47 to the three-yard line where Clarence Johnson bored his way through on the first play of the second period for a touchdown. Gene Schludecker tried to kick the extra point but it was to the right of the uprights.

The Tigers lost a golden opportunity to score in the second quarter when they carried the ball to within six yards of the goal only to lose it on downs by a foot.
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ALLIANCE had the ball in Tiger territory early in the third period, but lost it on the 25 when Jacobs pounced on Maccioli’s fumble. They got it back near midfield by recovering Clarence Johnson’s fumble, but the Tigers held and got the ball on a punt on their own 34, which touched off a drive that finally produced a touchdown. A 17-yard sprint by Brown helped to put the ball on the 33 where Jack Hill pitched a strike to Ben Roderick who raced to the three-yard line where he was declared down though his momentum had carried him over the goal. Johnson moved it up two yards and Brown circled his left end for the T.D. This time Schludecker kicked the extra point which at the time looked as though it might be a most important point.

In the middle of the fourth period, Brown got away for a 67-yard run that put the ball o n the six-yard line but it was called back and the Tigers were penalized five yards for being in motion.

Alliance eventually forced the locals to make their only punt of the game, but they fumbled trying to pass on fourth down and Joe Jones got the leather on the Aviators’ 36-yard line. The Tigers went backward as Brown was thrown for a nine-yard loss and Johnson for one yard but Jacobs, itched into the flat to Brown who got to the 13 and Badarnza hurled another to Jacobs for a first on the three. Time was ticking away and only 10 seconds remained when Badarnza tossed a quickie over the center of the line and into the waiting arms of Earl Johnson in the end zone for the final touchdown of the game. Schludecker kicked the extra point.

The defeat was Alliance’s second of the season; Barberton having beaten the Aviators by an identical score last week.

The visitors were as dangerous as they were expected to be. Maccioli was a threat every time he carried the ball, but toward the end of the game was slowed down by vicious tackling.
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THE TIGERS, who kept shifting their defense according to the down and the yardage needed for a first down, almost stopped Alliance cold in its pass offense. Only one pass did the visitors complete and it happened to be the first toss of the game, a 12-yarder. Five others were thrown and the passer was smeared several times before he could get rid of the ball.

The locals on the other hand completed five tossed for 77 yards and three different players, Hill, Jacobs and Badarnza were on the hurling end of the completions.

Alliance out-rushed the Tigers 259 yards to 220 yards, but the locals had the edge in the passing yardage and finished with a net total of 283 yards to Alliance’s 257 yards.

How well the offenses of the two teams clicked until they gave the ball away on fumbles, can be seen from the number of punts. There were two, one by Massillon and one by Alliance. The Aviators once again were smothered when they tried to pass on fourth down.

The game was keenly contested and while no player was seriously hurt both coaches had to make substitutions because of injuries. Jacobs was knocked out after recovering a fumble in the third period and was revived on the sidelines. He later re-entered the game. Ronald Williams, had several stitches taken in a cut under his nose when, kicked toward the close of the game.

Victory No. 4

Johnson LE Fogoros
Eberhardt LT Flitcraft
Morrow LG Nixon
Olenick C Slabaugh
Farris RG Shafer
Wittmann RT L. Nicholson
Roderick RE Edwards
Badarnza QB Elton
Jacobs LH Maccioli
Brown RH Thorpe
C. Johnson FB Balogh

Score by periods
Alliance 6 0 0 0 6
Massillon 0 6 7 7 20

Massillon – Houston, rg; Williams, lg; Hill, qb; James, lh; Schludecker, re; Jones, lt.
Alliance – Reese, lg; Addison, c; Shells, hb; Varley, qb; Fudoli, qb; Benton, rg; Davidson, e; Vernon, t.

Massillon – Brown; C. Johnson; E. Johnson.
Alliance – Balogh.

Points after touchdown: Massillon – Schludecker (placekicks).

Referee – Gross.
Umpire – C.W. Rupp.
Head Linesman – Carl Brubaker.
Field Judge – Clayton Schlemmer.

Massillon Alliance
First downs 15 11
Yards gained rushing 220 259
Passes attempted 6 6
Passes completed 5 1
Passes had intercepted 0 0
Yards gained passing 77 12
Total yards gained 297 271
Yards lost 14 14
Total net yardage 283 257
Times kicked 4 2
Average kicks (yards) 49 46
Times punted 1 1
Average punts (yards) 41 16
Average return of kicks 19 21
Average return of punts 0 3
Fumbles 7 4
Fumbles recovered 3 0
Fumbles lost 4 4
Times penalized 5 5
Yards penalized 35 45

Tony Uliveto
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1947: Massillon 13, Steubenville 12

Tigers Great Comeback Whips Steubenville 13-12
Massillon Team Scores Twice In Last Half After Trailing 12-0


A fighting Washington high Tiger that wouldn’t be beaten, clawed its way to a 13-12 victory at Steubenville Friday evening to the amazement of an overflow crowd of 10,000 spectators.

Hopelessly outclassed, out-charged, outplayed and out-scored 12-0 the first two periods, the Tiger team made a gallant comeback the second half to score a touchdown the third period and another in the fourth on a sensational 65-yard pass from Clarence Johnson to Ben Roderick.

Victory rode the pigskin on that toss, as the ball nestled into Roderick’s arms on the
15-yard line with nothing but the goal posts ahead of him.

It was Massillon’s third straight victory and crushed Steubenville’s hopes for an undefeated season, the decision hanging on one slim point, a goal from placement after touchdown kicked by Gene Schludecker.

Had you not known the players and their numbers you actually would have thought the game was one of those pre-season exhibition affairs in which a bevy of teams are trotted out to play a quarter or so with each other. Neither team looked the same in the second half as it did the first two periods.

The first half was all Steubenville and the last two periods all Massillon.

After the Big Red had rolled to two touchdowns in the first 14 minutes of play and the local team had shown a preference for running backward instead of forward, Massillon fans eased back in their seats and murmured to themselves “this is the demise of the Tigers.”
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THE SECOND PERIOD was closing rapidly before the Massillonians showed any kind of an offense where they had spent most of their efforts up to that time trying to pass for yardage – all to no avail – they suddenly found that the Big Red was vulnerable to a ground attack; and began to roll. Time beat them to the goal line which was only 12 yards away with first down coming up when the half ended. Though disappointed at not having scored, they went in for the rest period, encouraged with the knowledge that they could push Steubenville around too.

Whatever Coach “Bud” Houghton charged the team with during that brief intermission period we would recommend as a sure cure for rheumatics, for you would never have known it was the same Massillon team that came out for the second half.

The Tiger coach said he spent most of the time between halves going over his defense, making corrections in the secondary which had been fooled repeatedly by Steubenville’s reverses.

The defense stiffened, the offense moved and the Big Red was out of the ball game entirely the last two quarters as the Tiger gridders found themselves and put on the kind of performance which Massillonians have learned to expect through their heritage of football.

They took the kickoff and passed and marched their way to the six-yard line before Steubenville stopped them. They roared right back for a 41-yard march that ended with Al Brown bolting his way through the Steubenville forward wall for the last three yards and the first Tiger score. With Jack Hill holding the ball, Schludecker booted a perfect goal from placement.
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ANOTHER touchdown was needed for victory, and the Tigers went right after it. They were well on their way when Bob Stratton intercepted Hill’s pass on the goal line and scampered back to his 30 before being downed. But the Tigers braced, got the ball on a punt on their own 35 and then it happened. On first down, John Bardarnza tossed a lateral to Clarence Johnson who ran wide to his left, reversed his field and fired the ball straight down the center. Ben Roderick and Earl Johnson had already passed the Steubenville secondary when the ball began to fall. It nestled into the former’s arms on the 15-yard line after a flight of 60 yards and Earl blocked out the only possible Steubenville tackler as Ben romped over the goal with the pigskin. Massillon fans as well as Steubenville fans gasped with amazement at the sudden turn of events for the Big Red supporters after turning back the one touchdown threat had felt a sense of security when their team forced the Tigers into their own territory.

Steubenville was aware that the Tigers had such a play. Their coach Howard Brinker, a former junior high coach here, saw the Massillon team in spring practice and as late as Thursday had warned members of his team to be on the lookout for a long pass anytime Johnson had the ball. The Tigers pulled it at the opportune moment, Coach Houghton sending Bardarnza into the game to call the play and catch the Big Red asleep as they ganged up on the scrimmage line to halt the Massillon running attack.

The touchdown came with six and one-half minutes of the fourth quarter remaining to be played and the Tigers nearly got another after Brown and Jacobs covered a Steubenville fumble on the 33-yard line. They knocked each other out diving for the ball. Jacobs recovered to run the ball back to the three before being forced out of bounds. Steubenville’s recovery of a fumbled lateral to Clarence Johnson ended this threat with three minutes and 10 seconds to go and the game ended with the Big Red trying desperately to pass their way to a touchdown, in possession of the ball on a first down on the Tiger 30-yard line. It was the only time they had the ball in Massillon territory the second half.

In defeating Steubenville the Tigers gained more yards than in the Revere and Canton Lincoln games put together and four-fifths of the gains were rolled up in the second half.

First downs were 13 to 10 in the local team’s favor and they rolled up 326 yards to Steubenville’s 237. Ninety of the 326 were scored on two forward passes, Johnson’s
65-yarder to Roderick and an earlier 25-yarder to brother Earl that figured in the first fruitless touchdown drive.

Steubenville was keyed for the game and there’s no denying the Big Red has a fine team. With the exception of a few plays at the end of the game, the team operated from a single wing offense and gained most of its ground on tricky reverses that caused the Tiger secondary to take after the faker, leaving the ball carrier to run at liberty around the opposite flank.
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SUCH WAS the case when Robinson scored his first touchdown after six minutes and five seconds of the first period had expired. Nary a hand was laid on him as he sped around his own left end to score from 14 yards out. On the previous play Pete Polovina had advanced the ball 48 yards on a reverse around the opposite end.

The Tigers still permitted themselves to be fooled in the second period as the Big Red drove from its own 29-yard line to the two-yard line where Polovina plunged over for his team’s second touchdown. He missed both attempts for the extra point and Steubenville fans groaned for the points were the first he has failed to kick this season.

Up to this time the Tigers’ had a net loss of three yards for their offensive efforts.

They came back with the kickoff, however and marked up three first downs in a march from their 37 to the Steubenville 32 where an intercepted pass ended the threat. Their next effort stopped when Wittmann, an illegal receiver caught a pass from Jacobs, giving Steubenville a first down on Massillon’s 31. The Big Red was penalized 15 for holding and Jones pounced on Robinson’s fumble on the Big Red 47 to set the Tigers in motion again. Jack Hill was tossed for a 14-yard loss trying to pass but Clarence Johnson reeled off 18 yards around right end and Brown raced to the 12-yard line in the last seconds of the half. Coach Houghton sent in a substitute to stop the clock but it was too late. The period was over. Then came the rousing second half, and here are the plays that led to Massillon’s first touchdown.
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GETTING the ball on a fumble on the Big Red 41, Clarence Johnson hit right tackle for six yards and Bardarnza sneaked through to a first down on the 27. Bardarnza tried it again and gained but two yards. Brown shot through tackle to a first down on the 14. Hill made two at right tackle and Johnson hit through left for six more. Bardarnza went through center for a yard and Johnson made it first down on the three-yard line. Brown went over on first down for the score.

Massillon’s defense showed the same reversal of form the second half as did its offense. The Tigers tackled viciously and never permitted their goal line to be threatened.

Whereas the Steubenville line ripped the Massillon forward wall to pieces the first half, the Tiger linemen piled the Big Red up in the second. They stopped Steubenville’s ace runners Robinson and Polovina in most of their second half ball carrying efforts and slowed them down considerably. Both of the Big Red players are good runners and dangerous at all times.

Fumbles hurt Steubenville. It lost the ball four times on loose handling of the pigskin, while the Tigers recovered all but one of their own fumbles.

The Tigers emerged from the game in apparently good condition. Both Jacobs and Brown were removed because of injuries but both reentered the contest before it was over and appeared well enough in the locker room after the game.

The victory stretched Massillon’s record to 10 victories and one tie with Steubenville in games played the last 11 years. The Big Red won the only other two games played between the teams in 1930 and 1931.

A Great Finish

Johnson LE Hess
Eberhardt LT Dobbs
Williams LG Ossio
Olenick C De Leonardis
Houston RG Wells
Wittmann RT Morates
Roderick RE Wheeler
Hill QB Lelli
Jacobs LH Polovina
Brown RH Robinson
C. Johnson FB Stratton

Score by quarter:
Massillon 0 0 7 6 13
Steubenville 6 6 0 0 12

Massillon – Schludecker, c; Morrow, lg; Farris, rg; Jones, rt; Takacs, fb; Edie, rt; Badarnza, fb; Grier, rh, Resh, lh.
Steubenville – Snyder, fb; Tuerentine, le; Fraley, le; Nelson, re.

Massillon – Brown; Roderick.
Steubenville – Robinson; Polovina.

Point after touchdown:
Massillon – Schludecker (placekick).

Referee – Rupp.
Umpire – Schill.
Head Linesman – Russ.
Field Judge – Gross.
Massillon Steubenville
First downs 13 10
Yards gained rushing 236 187
Passes attempted 13 5
Passes completed 2 4
Passes had intercepted 2 0
Yards gained passing 90 50
Total yards gained 326 237
Yards lost 30 15
Total net yardage 296 222
Times kicked 3 3
Average kicks (yards) 41 48
Times punted 3 4
Average puts (yards) 23 35
Average return of kicks 19 4
Average return of punts 11 4
Fumbles 3 5
Fumbles (recovered) 2 1
Fumbles lost 1 4
Times penalized 4 3
Yards penalized 30 25

Tony Uliveto
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1947: Massillon 7, Revere, MA 6

Tigers Edge Revere 7-6
Massillon Team Scores Early, Then Sputters Remainder Of Contest


The Washington high Tigers opened their 1947 football season in Tiger stadium Friday evening with a 7-6 victory over Revere, Mass., high school and were none too happy about it.

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With a crowd of some 13,000 fans looking on, the Tigers struck quickly the first time they came in possession of the ball to score their only touchdown in the first five minutes of play, and watched time snatch away two other opportunities at the end of the half and at the end of the game.

The margin of victory was slim and while the Massillon offense frequently became fouled in the heavier Revere line, the inspired defensive play of the Tiger linemen delighted their supporters.

Save for the Canton McKinley game last fall the 1946 Massillon team never tackled as viciously as the Massillon linemen and secondary did last night.

This defensive play and occasional offensive flashes gives reason to hope that the local team has the possibilities of developing into a better team than it was last night.
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THE PLAYERS and coaches were not at all satisfied with their one point victory. They made both mental and physical errors, which in part may be attributed to the opening night performance and the fact that seven players were starting their first varsity game.

Coach “Bud” Houghton believes that many of the errors can be corrected. “I was disappointed with our offense,” he said after the game. “A couple of the younger players had a tendency to get excited and throw us off in our timing. With this opening game out of our system we hope they will settle down and work smoother in succeeding weeks.”

Revere likewise bothered the locals with its defensive variations which changed depending on the down and the position of the ball on the field.

Fortunately, the Tigers emerged from the game without any serious injuries. Co-Capt. Morrie Eberhardt came out with a limp which was described by the team physician as nothing more than a bruised nerve.
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THE MASSILLON eleven rode to victory on the toe of Gene Schuldecker, substitute end who kicked the point from placement after the Tiger touchdown, to give the local team its one point margin of superiority.
Center Paul Olenick’s break through to smear Frankie McDonald’s attempted placekick after Revere’s one and only touchdown in the second period, prevented the game from ending in a tie, for the ball appeared headed for a dead shot between the uprights, when the husky lineman batted it down.

It was a long night for the Massillon eleven and may develop into a long season, unless Revere is a better football team than its play indicated.

The visitors lived up to the reputation their supporters had built for them in pre-game discussion – that they were tough defensively but did not have too much on the ball on offense, save some fancy formations. Massillon finished with an edge in both departments.

The Tigers made 10 first downs to Revere’s eight, gained 227 yards from scrimmage to Revere’s 190 and tossed Revere players fro 61 yards in losses while being thrown for 23.

The Massillon offense, bucking against a 190-pound line had difficulty moving consistently. Break throughs by ball carriers were stymied on later plays in all but three instances. On one of these the Tigers marched 47 yards to their first touchdown and overcame a 15-yard penalty for clipping on route. Dick Jacobs, sophomore left halfback reeled off most of the yardage including one 18-yard jaunt, and Al Brown went through on a quick opener that split the Revere defense for 24 yards of fancy touchdown stepping. Time beat them to two touchdowns. They permitted the clock to stop them on the goal line in the first half which ended with the ball on the one and one-half yard line with second down coming up. A time out would have provided another play. The end of the game also found them in command of the pigskin in the shadow of the Revere goal posts.
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MOST DISAPPOINTING from a Massillon offensive standpoint was the failure of the Tiger passing attack. Not a one was completed and one was intercepted by Revere Halfback Wolla Lagorio, who for a moment appeared headed for a touchdown. He slipped and fell on the 20-yard line while in the open. However, a penalty would have brought the ball back even though he had maintained his stride and crossed the goal.
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REVERE, on the other hand worried the Tigers with passes and scored its own touchdown in that manner when Capt. Bill Waxman pegged the ball to Halfback McDonald who raced into pay dirt for the visitors’ six points. The second period drive covered 79 yards, most of which were gathered in by McDonald, who twice got away for 21-yard gains.

The Massachusetts boys gained 85 of their 190 yards through the air completing six of 10 attempts. They had one intercepted.

Jacobs did a fine job of punting for the Tigers, but two boots went for naught when teammates covered the ball inside the 10-yard line automatically sending it out to the 20. Had they not touched it the ball would have been put in play where it stopped.

Schludecker’s point from placement revealed the importance of this department of the game. The Tigers have played seven tie ball games in the last two years and save for a bit of last minute practicing under pressure by Schludecker, Thursday, last night’s encounter might have had a similar ending. Gene was given the opportunity of practicing placekicks with an opposing line bearing down upon him. He kept at it until he was able to bang the ball between the posts just as though no one was there. He did the same thing last night and as a result the Tigers are in possession of their first triumph of the season.
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THE VICTORY however does not forecast any easy going this season. It was hard earned and it looks as though they will come that way this season. The blocking left much to be desired and there were many instances where good clean blocks would have freed ball carriers for long gains.

Most of the mistakes may be attributed to the lack of poise of a green team, since they were committed in most instances by boys who had never before started a varsity game. Be that as it may, mistakes of this type may lose games in the future.

As a whole the visitors were well satisfied with the outcome of the contest. Despite some pre-game bragging, they figured down in their hearts they would lose by a more sizable margin and considered themselves fortunate that they were not beaten by more than one touchdown.

Actually Revere made but one touchdown threat, the Tigers holding the team in check behind the 20-yard line.

Revere tossed single wing and spread formations at the local eleven and presented a fancy runner in McDonald who would look good on any man’s team.
Won By A Point
Massillon Pos. Revere
Johnson le Belmonte
Eberhardt lt Hodus
Morrow lg Taylor
Olenick c Nolan
Houston rg Manganiello
Wittmann rt Capidulupo
Schuldecker re Giarusso
Bardarnza qb McCarthy
Jacobs lh McDonald
Brown rh Lagorio
Tackacs fb Waxman

Score by periods
MASSILLON 7 0 0 0 7
REVERE 0 6 0 0 6

Massillon – Roderick, re; Williams, lg; Jones, lt; Edie, rt; Hill, qb; Resh, lh; C. Johnson, fb.
Revere – Terminiell, rg; Stillman, fb; Ferragamo, le.

Massillon – Brown.
Revere – McDonald.

Point after touchdown:
Massillon – Schludecker (placekick).

Referee – Jenkins.
Umpire – Gross.
Head Linesman – Boone.
Field Judge – Brown.
Massillon Revere
First down 10 8
Passes attempted 3 10
Passes completed 0 6
Passes had intercepted 1 1
Yards gained rushing 227 105
Yards lost rushing 23 61
Net gain rushing 204 44
Yards gained passing 0 85
Total net yardage 204 129
Times kicked 2 2
Average kicks (yards) 34 42
Times punted 3 5
Average punts (yards) 36 26
Average return of kicks 20 8
Average return of punts 10 2
Fumbles 4 1
Fumbles recovered 2 0
Times penalized 5 5
Yards penalized 55 45

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