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Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1924: Massillon 20, New Philadelphia 7


Before the largest crowd that has ever witnessed a high school football game in New Philadelphia, the orange and black eleven of Washington high, last Saturday afternoon defeated the Tuscarawas County gridders 20 to 7 at Tuscora park in a contest that was replete with gridiron thrills for a gathering of 5,500 frenzied spectators who hammed every available inch of space around the playing field at Tuscora park. Because it marked the resumption of athletic relations between Massillon and New Philadelphia after a lapse of several years and because of the interest created in the contest due to the rivalry existing between the two schools, the battle was a magnet to attract hundreds of persons from New Philadelphia and Dover and about 2,500 Massillon rooters.

The New Philadelphia team lost, but its supporters are not shedding many tears because its eleven put up a spectacular fight to stop the orange and black machine of Massillon. The Tuscarawas County lads fought like a pack of wild cats from start to finish and had it not been for the dazzling forward passing attack which Coach Stewart’s warriors uncorked, the score might have been a great deal closer.

It was the overhead attack that was largely responsible for two of the three touchdowns which the Massillon outfit scored. Except for one brilliant dash of 38 yards by Jimmy Price to score Massillon’s first touchdown, the orange and black was not very successful with its line plays and end runs, the New Philadelphia gridders throwing themselves into the battle with reckless abandon to stop the Massillon plunges.

But New Philadelphia’s defense to break up forward passes was not equal to the task of stopping the bullet like heaves of halfback King of Massillon and seven of the local team’s 11 attempts to gain ground by the air route were successful.

Despite the intensity of play and the fierceness with which both teams battled to win the game was exceptionally clean. The officiating was good and the spirited rivalry between the supporters of both teams made it a gala football event.

The New Philadelphia eleven, although defeated but once previous to Saturday’s conflict, was hardly rated strong enough to topple the orange and black from its lofty perch in the Ohio scholastic football circles but the Massillon fans who journeyed to the scene of the conflict were treated to quite a surprise when they saw the Tuscarawas County aggregation make the local team fight its hardest for every inch of ground.

Coach Stewart’s gridders were pitted against a team that had an unconquerable fighting spirit and possessed a determination to go down with colors flying. The game was nip and tuck during the first half and in the third quarter and at the start of the fourth the downstaters uncovered such a burst of strength that they actually outplayed the local team and threw quite a scare into the Massillon camp at the start of the last period by marching the ball right down under the local team’s goal posts where it stayed for quite a while until Paul Smith cut loose with a long punt to carry the oval back out of the danger zone.

New Philadelphia was in to win and the advance information of Massillon’s prowess did not shake the determination of the southerners to hand the orange and black a jolt if possible.

Massillon however, missed Vince Define, flashy halfback and punter. Vince was on the sidelines nursing an injured knee which may keep him out the balance of the season. With Vince in the game Massillon’s running attack might have been much more powerful although Jimmy Price and King cut loose with some nice gains. But it was in punting that Define was missed most.

Paul Smith and Grant, who did the kicking in Vince’s absence, did nobly but they did not measure up to Define whose ability to get his punts off quickly and for good yardage would have been of considerable help Saturday. Smith however, came back into the game to put the local team out of a really dangerous situation and during the last few minutes cut loose with two beautiful punts, one of 50 yards and the other of 70 yards.

There was however, one big thing lacking in Massillon’s offense. That was proper interference. The local team gained but very little ground Saturday on end runs compared with what it would have, had proper interference been furnished, the man toting the ball. Time after time the interference failed to get the New Philadelphia end out of the road or was turned back in such a manner that it spilled the Massillon man with the ball.

The defensive play of both teams stood out prominently. For Massillon Captain Edwards was a roving demon, romping all over the field to stop the New Philadelphia backs. He was given able assistance by McCarthy and Weidman, the two husky tackles, and King who smeared the New Philadelphia offensive time after time by his speedy charges. Zurker, New Philadelphia’s left end, was a big factor in the Tuscarawas County team’s defense, playing a whale of a game on the wing.

The bulk of New Philadelphia’s defensive work rested with Captain Mathias, a sturdy little ball lugger, and Cale. Mathias was New Philadelphia’s star, time after time carrying the ball on off tackle thrusts for considerable gains.

Massillon outplayed New Philadelphia quite decisively in the second and fourth quarters but the downstaters had the edge in the first and third periods. Massillon made 15 first downs, all but one of which were earned, while its opponents made eight, two coming through the medium of penalties.

New Philadelphia was the first to score, shoving across its lone touchdown in the first quarter when it captured a blocked Massillon punt. It was a fumble by Paul Smith that paved the way for the score. After catching a New Philadelphia punt Smith fumbled the ball on his nine-yard line where a New Philadelphia lad pounced on it.

The downstaters then worked the ball to the six-yard line before being held for downs. Grant dropped back to punt but the New Philadelphia line charged in on him like a flock of demons and blocked the punt, the ball bounding into the air and then nestling in the arms of right end Smith who stepped across the goal line for the touchdown.

This touchdown spurred the orange and black and early in the second quarter Jimmy Price tucked the oval under his arm and dashed around New Philadelphia’s right end and sped like the wind for a 38-yard dash to the New Philadelphia goal line for Massillon’s first touchdown. It was a spectacular run and the best of the game.

With the score tied the local team opened up its forward passing attack a little later with King heaving a pass to J. Price for 19 yards. Grant, on the next play, tossed the oval to King for a 26-yard gain, taking the ball to the six-yard line. Here Kammer was called into play and he carried the ball over in two smashes at the line.

New Philadelphia came out for the third quarter to show an unexpected burst of strength and kept the orange and black on the defensive throughout most of the period. But New Philadelphia’s best drive came at the start of the final period when with the ball on their 30-yard line the downstaters marched right through the orange and black to Massillon’s 17-yard line before being halted.

This march featured by the off tackle plunges of Mathias who ripped the Massillon forward wall wide open, carrying the ball beyond the mid-field. Then a 20-yard pass from Cale to Smith took the ball to the 17-yard line. Here the local team got down to brass tacks and Jimmy Price momentarily halted his opponents’ drive by intercepting a forward pass on his two-yard line.

Then Grant’s punt from behind his goal line was partly blocked and New Philadelphia covered on Massillon’s 12-yard line and opened another drive for the Massillon goal. But again danger was averted when Grant leaped high in the air on his goal line to pull down a pass. Then Paul Smith took Grant’s place in the lineup and pulled his team out of danger by cutting loose with a beautiful 50-yard punt that took the oval back to midfield.

Then King, after a 13-yard dash around end, opened up the forward passing attack with a heave to Jimmy Price for 19 yards, placing the ball on New Philadelphia’s six-yard line. Kammer made the touchdown but not until after he had made three smashes into the fighting New Philadelphia line.

Massillon was well on its way to another touchdown when the whistle blew, two successful passes by King having taken the ball deep into New Philadelphia territory.

King and Jimmy Price were Massillon’s offensive lights. Price had speed to burn Saturday while King’s best work was on the tossing end of forward passes. The dusky halfback shot the ball over the field with speed and accuracy and picked his men so well that New Philadelphia was hopelessly lost in its efforts to break them up.

The seven passes Massillon completed netted 106 yards. Three were grounded and New Philadelphia intercepted one. The downstaters completed four heaves for 55 yards while four were grounded and Massillon intercepted a like number.

The Old Punch

Massillon – 20 Pos. New Philadelphia – 7
W. Price LE Zurker
McCarthy LT Shear
J. Smith LG Mizer
Edwards C Gardner
Halco RG Haney
Weidman RT Pfaeffle
Thomas RE Smith
J. Price QB Mathias
King LHB Cale
P. Smith RHB O’Conner
Kammer FB Reger

Score by Periods:
Massillon 0 14 0 6 20
New Philadelphia 7 0 0 0 7

Massillon – Grant for P. Smith, Hise for J. Smith, Gump for W. Price, Agler for Thomas, Thomas for Agler, W. Price for Gump, Borza for Kammer, Kammer for Borza, Gump for W. Price, P. Smith for Grant.

New Philadelphia – Gilgen for Pfaeffle, Pfaeffle for Smith, Togler for O’Conner, Smith for Pfaeffle, O’Conner for Reger, J. Cale for O’Conner.

Touchdowns – Kammer 2, J. Price, Smith.

Points after touchdown – Edwards 2, Cale 1.

Referee – Thellar, Oberlin.
Umpire – Howells, Sebring.
Head Linesman – Garrett, Centre.

Time of quarters – 15 minutes.

Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1916: Massillon 28, New Philadelphia 0


New Philadelphia and Massillon high schools met on the gridiron at Tuscora park, New Philadelphia, Saturday afternoon in their annual football game and after 50 minutes of play Massillon high was returned the victor by a 28 to 0 score.

It was the first time Massillon defeated New Philadelphia on its own grounds. It was the same kind of a struggle that has marked all the games between the orange and black and red and black—a hard fought contest with both sides putting forth its best efforts to defeat its rival—but the classy performance of Coach Snavely’s group of gridiron lights so far outshone the work of the Tuscarawas county eleven that there was no comparison possible between the two teams.

Massillon won because it had the better team. It simply outclassed its southern foes and at no time was it in any actual danger of being scored upon. True, New Philadelphia worked the ball to within striking distance several times and the red and black tried to score by the drop kick route, but it had no drop kicker and therefore failed utterly. As for scoring a touchdown New Philadelphia might just as well have tried to take wings and fly as rush the ball across the orange and black’s goal line.

Massillon’s defense was wonderful. The line was like a stone wall and time after time the down staters would plunge into Massillon’s forward wall of defense only to be stopped without a gain or be thrown for a loss. New Philadelphia gained some ground by the forward pass but it was not enough to worry the youthful Tigers.

Coach Snavely’s pupils played just as brilliantly on offense as they did on defense. The interference which the team furnished the man with the ball was well nigh impregnable and it spilled red and black clothed warriors all over the field. Stults played a prominent part in forming interference and dumping would be tacklers.

While Massillon’s play was not as smooth Saturday as it was a week ago, it brought some brilliant results. New Philadelphia’s defense crumbled before the orange and black’s attack at the very outset and from the start it was evident the Tuscarawas county lads would be numbered among the “also rans.”

New Philadelphia rooters seemed resigned to the fact that Massillon was too strong for their favorites and instead of cheering for a victory they pleaded with the red and black to hold the invading hosts to a low score and if possible score themselves, but when they saw their team so hopelessly outclassed they began to marvel at Massillon’s brilliant machine-like play and praised the orange and black for its splendid team.

Massillon scored three minutes after the game began. New Philadelphia received, but was held for downs and punted, Massillon getting the ball in midfield. McLaughlin tore off 25 yards around left end and then made 30 more on a play outside of right tackle. On the next play he went over the line for a touchdown and kicked goal.

Massillon brought the ball to within three yards of New Philadelphia’s goal a few minutes later but McLaughlin fumbled, the red and black recovering. A pass allowed the ball to go over a New Philadelphia man’s head, bouncing across the goal line. He recovered but it was a safety for Massillon and two more points.

Thomas scored Massillon’s second touchdown by a brilliant end run of 45 yards. He was given splendid interference and did some fine dodging and running. McLaughlin kicked goal, bringing Massillon’s total up to 16. This was all the scoring in the first half.

A forward pass from McLaughlin to Bischoff gained 20 yards and placed Massillon in position to score early in the third quarter. Bischoff made a pretty catch of the ball. Stults then bucked it over from the six yard line. Goal was missed.

The last touchdown came in the last quarter when Chester Archbold blocked a New Philadelphia punt on New Philadelphia’s 10 yard line and picked up the ball and raced for a touchdown. Goal was again missed.

Massillon Scored 19 first downs to New Philadelphia’s six.

The lineup and summary:

Five Straight

Massillon – 28. Pos. New Phila. – 0.

Harrold le Hartman

Chayney lt Cables

Ertle lg Freeman

Zepp c Mathias

Oberlin rg Maus

C. Archbold rt Stoller

Bischoff re Robinson

McLaughlin qb Gross

Thomas lhb Harris

Fulton rhb Fisher

Stults fb Wills

Score by quarters:
Massillon 16 0 6 6
New Philadelphia 0 0 0 0

Touchdowns – McLaughlin, Thomas, Stults, C. Archbold.
Goals after touchdowns – McLaughlin 2 out of 4.
Safety – Massillon.

Substitutions – Massillon: Stoner for Chayney, Graybill for Stoner, Underwood for Oberlin, Edwards for Underwood, Converse for Fulton, H. Archbold for Thomas. New Philadelphia: Maus for Cables, Cables for Maus, Barri for Mous, Rufenacht for Robinson, Warner for Fisher.

Referee – Van Allman.
Umpire – Fleming.
Head linesman – Ritter.
Timers – Warner and Copenhaver.

Time of quarters – 12 ½ all.

Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1914: Massillon 12, New Philadelphia 21

Score Was 21 to 12
Massillon Lacked Its Usual Spirited Attack and Put Up Its Worst Exhibition of Football McIntosh, New Philadelphia Fullback, Was the Star

Playing a listless, ragged game and displaying the poorest football it has shown this fall, Massillon high went down to defeat Saturday afternoon at New Philadelphia, before the onslaught of the scrappy Tuscarawas county lads by the score of 21 to 12.

The local eleven Saturday afternoon learned two things: First, that over confidence in its ability and past records will never win a football game but hard fighting; second, a new way to spell the word defeat. The new version of the word was not found in Webster’s dictionary but on the gridiron at Tuscora Park, New Philadelphia.

It was spelled M-c-I-n-t-o-s-h. Although the new version does not look or sound anything like the old, it meant the same thing to the orange and black.

This black-haired individual, bearing the name of McIntosh, did more to defeat Massillon high than the combined efforts of the rest of the New Philadelphia team. He made two of New Philadelphia’s touchdowns, was largely responsible for the third, carried the ball on nearly every play with ease, captured their forward passes and in fact was the whole New Philadelphia team.

That the orange and black put up such a weird exhibition of football is largely due to the fact that Captain Smith was not in the game. The scrappy leader was on the sidelines, unable to get into the contest on account of an injured knee. His fighting spirit and ability to break the opposing team’s interference was sadly missed and without him in the game the local squad was like a ship without a rudder. It floundered about and finally dashed head-long up the rocks.

New Philadelphia, on the other hand, was bound to win the game if at all possible. It fought like a Tiger, it never gave up and in the end, conquered. Massillon high was superior to its opponents. The orange and black could display more football ability in a minute than New Philadelphia could in an hour but it failed to do it. It was completely at sea, every place it moved it was confronted by the same individual – McIntosh. The other 10 players did not matter, they were easily enough disposed of, but McIntosh was a hoo-doo. Had Massillon stopped this player, it would have won, even if it had not played such a good game.

The game was started with Massillon kicking to New Philadelphia. In three minutes the Tuscarawas county team scored a touchdown. McIntosh received the ball from the kickoff. He advanced it 15 yards before being downed. On the next play he made 25 yards around right end. A line buck netted three yards. McIntosh carrying the ball around left end made 20 yards. A line play failed. On the next play McIntosh carried the ball over from the six-yard line. Stiffler kicked goal.

Massillon’s first score came in about the same length of time. On the kickoff Harrold received the ball and returned it 15 yards. Hollinger made eight yards but fumbled. Zorger recovered. Hollinger advanced the ball nine yards. Bunker made first down. Hollinger failed to gain. Eckstein went through for 10 yards. New Philadelphia’s line was weak, the local backs gaining easily through the line. On the next play Bunker skirted around left end and ran 35 yards for a touchdown. It was a brilliant run and the speedy halfback eluded several tacklers. Hollinger missed goal.

New Philadelphia’s second touchdown came in the first quarter. Massillon kicked to New Philadelphia. The local boys got down to business and held for downs. New Philadelphia punted to Hollinger who returned the oval five yards. Rapid end runs, line bucks and forward passes placed the ball on the 25-yard line from where Eckstein tried a placekick. The kick was blocked and Zorger recovered the ball. On the next play Hollinger tried a forward pass. McIntosh, always on the job, spied the oval sailing through the air, jumped, caught it and sprinted 60 yards to the goal. Stiffler kicked. The quarter was over. Score 14 to 6 in favor of New Philadelphia.

Massillon made its last touchdown in the second quarter. New Philadelphia kicked to the local team. Big end runs by Hollinger, Bunker and H. Smith, who had replaced Zorger, soon brought the ball within the shadow of the New Philadelphia goal posts. H. Smith took the ball over from the five-yard line. Hollinger missed goal. There was no more scoring in this quarter. Score 14 to 12 in favor of New Philadelphia.

During the first half the orange and black line had out played New Philadelphia. The red and black could not stop the Massillon backs, neither could their wing men stop the end runs and forward passes. Massillon was weak on breaking interference. New Philadelphia having good interference for its end runs. The work of Hollinger, Bunker and H. Smith on carrying the ball and the defensive work of Theis and Clay were the bright spots in the first half.

The second half witnessed a change. The local team instead of showing an improvement in its work in the first half as it usually does seemed to go to pieces. New Philadelphia kicked to Massillon, which was held for downs and forced to punt. Two forward passes was enough to score another touchdown for the red and black. Both averaged 20 yards and the ball traveled from the hand of McIntosh to left end, Stiffler. Stiffler kicked goal. The orange and black did not threaten at all in the second half.

There were more Massillon rooters at the game than New Philadelphia supporters. The high school band filled the air with harmony, while the others shouted themselves hoarse but to no avail for the orange and black lacked the pep needed to defeat the scrappy New Philadelphia aggregation. It was the second defeat for the orange and black this season.

Following are the line up and summary.
M.H.S. – 12 Pos. N.P.H.S. – 21
Harrold le Stiffler
Theis lt Watkins
Snyder lg Hill
Spuhler c Rangeler
Clay rg Smith
H. Stultz rt Evans
Houriet re Hartman
Hollinger qb Kelly
Zorger lhb Wills
Eckstein fb McIntosh
Bunker rhb Helmick

Score by quarters:
N.P.H.S. 14 0 7 0 14
M.H.S. 6 6 0 0 12

Massillon – Bunker; H. Smith.
New Philadelphia – McIntosh 2; Stiffler.

New Philadelphia – Stiffler 3.

Massillon – Graybill for Snyder; Snyder for E. Stultz; E. Stultz for Clay; H. Smith for Zorger; Zorger for H. Smith; Henry for Eckstein.

Referee – Ferrell.
Umpire – Roderick.
Head Linesman – Ritter.

Timers: Steese; Brown.

Time of periods: 12 minutes.