Tag: <span>Willis Monroe</span>


1933: Massillon 0, Canton McKinley 21



A master passing attack that split the Tiger defense with its unerring accuracy carried the Canton Bulldogs through the air to a 21-0 victory over Washington high Saturday afternoon at Lehman field before a capacity crowd of 10,000 spectators.

In defeating the Tigers, the Bulldogs won their first Stark county title in years. From 1928 until 1932 they had not been able to beat either Massillon or Alliance. Canton was not emphasizing football.

Canton Now Stressing Football
A year ago, however, Canton decided to stress athletics and with the appointment of Jimmy Aiken as coach began to build its football machine. It succeeded in defeating Massillon
19-0 but was deprived of a county title when beaten by Alliance.

Additional material was recruited for this year’s team and the Bulldogs blossomed out with the finest eleven that has represented Canton on the football field in 13 years. It won nine of its 10 games and Massillon and Alliance, Stark county’s two leading Class A teams were numbered among its victims.

Now that McKinley has finally won the Stark county title it seems destined to retain it for a long time and why shouldn’t it?

Canton Should Continue to Rule
If Massillon, in addition to its own material, had Alliance, Barberton, Dover, New Philadelphia and Niles to choose from, it would have an even chance to defeat its own rival. The cities combined would have a population equal to that of Canton.

Sour grapes? Not exactly. It is a situation Massillon and Alliance will have to face year in and year out, for if McKinley continues to emphasize football at the present rate, an annual duplication of that which took place on Lehman field Saturday can be expected.

There will be an occasional off year when either Massillon or Alliance will wage a successful revolution but Canton with four times the talent to draw from should rule Stark county football in the future.

Massillon was simply outclassed Saturday as the Bulldogs set about to play their best game of the season. They did everything right and at the right time and played near perfect football. There wasn’t a bad punt. They fumbled but once and their great defense held the Tigers to one first down.

Passes Beat Tigers
But had it not been for the great aerial attack of the Canton team, the game might have ended somewhere in the victory of a scoreless tie. That Massillon would not be able to score was clearly demonstrated from the start of the game to the final whistle, but it is a question if Canton could have scored without the aid of a forward pass in advancing the ball.

Accurate pegs helped put the Bulldogs in position for two of their three touchdown drives and nearly produced a fourth score when Huff stepped out of bounds on the one foot line after snaring a pass in the fourth period. It was fourth down with goal to go and so McKinley lost the ball.

The Tiger line put up a fine defensive game. It stopped Wilson Frye, McKinley’s ace ball
carrier on most occasions and probably would have been even more successful had not the Bulldogs passing attack drawn the secondary back to a point where it was too many steps away from the line of scrimmage to be out of great value in backing up the forward wall.

Stop Touchdown Drives
The line, however, made many a valiant stand during the afternoon when backed up to its goal posts. Three times it hurled back the Canton challenge, twice on the one foot line. However, the local forwards were out-charged by their heavier adversaries when on the offensive and this largely accounts for the Tigers inability to gain ground.

The Canton tackles and guards zoomed forth with the passing of the ball while the ends laid back and smeared the hard off tackle smashes which Massillon hoped would bring it victory.

Martin Gylog, who plays left end for McKinley on defense was in Henry Krier’s way all afternoon. Only once did Krier gain ground and that contributed to the Tigers only first down. Running from punt formation, he found a hole in the left side of the Canton line that yielded nine yards. McCants in two attempts made it a first down by plunging through center. Only two other gains of any consequence were made by Massillon players. Shrake on one occasion dashed through Canton’s right tackle for six yards while Dutton passed three yards to Lohr in the closing seconds of the game. Lohr fumbled after making the catch, however and Canton recovered as the gun ended the game. It was Massillon’s only completed pass in six attempts. Two passes were intercepted. Canton on the other hand completed nine passes in 18 attempts for a total gain of 146 yards.

Canton Scores Early
Canton scored in the first six minutes of the game. Krier bounced the kickoff to Jurkovic who was downed on the 18-yard line after a three-yard return. Three plays advanced the ball six yards and there followed two exchanges of punts that left Canton in possession of the ball on Massillon’s 46-yard line. On the very first down, Jurkovic passed 27 yards to Halter who was downed on the 19-yard line. Frye crossed up the Tigers and ran his right end behind beautiful interference for a touchdown. Frye carried the ball across for the extra point.

The Bulldogs got the Tigers in another hole early in the second period when Haas recovered a fumble on the Massillon 27-yard line. The red and Black hammered to the eight-yard line but here its attack failed and McCants batted down Jurkovic’s pass in the end zone. The Tigers got the ball on their 20 and punted back to their 46 when they failed to gain. Again Jurkovic faded back and shot a 31-yard pass to Halter for a first down on the 15-yard line and once again the Tigers rallied and knocked down a pass in the end zone to end the threat. The local team secured the ball on the 20 and Frye immediately intercepted Krier’s pass on the 35. Jurkovic once more hurled the ball to Halter for a first down on the 16-yard line. Three running plays only gained two yards, but on the fourth down Jurkovic shot the ball to Huff who caught it on the goal line and fell over for a touchdown. Jurkovic placekicked the extra point and it was 14-0 in favor of Canton. The half ended with the ball in midfield.

McKinley scored its last touchdown in the third period after being thrown back once by a tight forward wall. Abdulla started it when he intercepted Shertzer’s pass on the Massillon 46-yard line. Here the red and black showed its best running attack. Abdulla made four yards, Frye 13 and Abdulla 19 more for a first down on the 10-yard line. Frye wormed through for six yards and then the Tigers braced. Halter got a yard, Abdulla two yards, but a shuttle pass to Abdulla failed to gain on fourth down and Massillon took the ball.

Krier was hurried on the punt and kicked back to the 19-yard line. Again Canton attacked. Frye made two yards and Abdulla was turned loose for a 14-yard sprint to the three-yard line. Halter placed the ball on the one-half yard line and Abdulla carried it over. Huff’s placekick produced the extra point.

Tigers Make Only First Down
Following the next kickoff Massillon made its only first down of the afternoon. Shrake brought the ball back to his 44-yard line. Krier made nine yards through right tackle and McCants plunged for a first down on the Canton 44-yard line. It was the first time in the game that Massillon was able to work the ball into Canton territory. There the attack ended, for Canton took the ball when Massillon clipped while the ball was in the air on a punt and a near touchdown resulted shortly thereafter. A pass to Huff made it first down on the Massillon 31. Frye after losing four yards was turned loose around his right end for a dash to the Massillon four-yard line. He was knocked out by McCants on the play, but continued to play after being revived. Halter was tossed by McCants for a six-yard loss. Lohr knocked down Jurkovic’s pass and Frigley gained but three yards at center, so Jurkovic stepped back and fired another pass at Huff who caught the ball on the one-foot line but stepped out of bounds, thus failing to make a touchdown. It was fourth down with goal to goal. Massillon took the ball and there ended Canton’s last threat.

It was the last game for four Massillon players, Bob Shrake, Fred Heisler, Carl Porter and Willis Monroe. All performed nobly, especially Heisler and Porter who played fine defensive games.

Against Massillon’s one first down, Canton made 15, three in the first period, six in the second, four in the third and two in the fourth.

Canton had 12 men on the field most of the afternoon. When it wasn’t an extra substitute it was Jimmy Aiken. The latter kept a steady stream of new blood flowing into his lineup throughout the last half of the fourth quarter.

Though bands do not win football games, Massillon can have the satisfaction in knowing that its musical organization performed every bit as good as the Canton band Saturday.

Both bands drilled on the field before the game and between halves and Myron McKelvey, Tiger drum major had it all over the Canton leader.

Lineup and summary:
McKinley Pos. Massillon
Huff LE Lohr
Wyandt LT Birkish
Gylog LG Porter
Shopbell C Monroe
Allen RG Snavely
Haas RT Buggs
Lancaster RE Heisler
Jurkovic QB Shertzer
Frye LH Krier
Halter RH Shrake
Frigley FB McCants

Score by periods:
McKinley 7 7 7 0 21

McKinley – Frye; Huff; Abdulla.

Points after touchdown:
McKinley – Frye (off-tackle); Frigley (placekick); Huff (placekick).

McKinley – Abdulla, lh; Daniels, lh; Shipley, c; Green, re; Fry, c; Russ, lh; Baker, le; Wertzman, lt; Bartel, Glick, rt; Reed, rg; Dunbar, rt; Strauch, fb; Flagg, qb; Fonte, re; Swanson, rg; Swimmer, fb.
Massillon – Wolfe, lt; Dutton, qb; Molinski, rg; Morningstar, c.

Referee – Lobach (Franklin-Marshall).
Umpire – Shafer (Cleveland).
Head Linesman – Barrett (Sebring).
Field Judge – Howell (Beloit).


Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1933: Massillon 40, Tiffin Junior Home 19



Bring on those Bulldogs!

There’s a pack of Tigers eager to get’em at Lehman stadium, Canton next Saturday and there’s a county championship at stake. Massillon wants that title.

The Tigers tuned up for their big game of the season last Saturday by whipping Tiffin Junior Order Home 40-19 while Canton at the same time was having a difficult time wrestling a 12-0 victory from Alliance. Massillon beat Alliance 19-0.

Tigers Show Power
Football as played on Massillon Field Saturday afternoon ought to bring the county championship to Massillon. Never this season has the orange and black crusher shown the power it did in rolling over the Junior Order gridders.

There was the lapse in the third period when the subs were in the game. It made it interesting for the crowd, mighty interesting, but when the regulars jumped into the breach in the fourth quarter the outcome was a settled matter. Massillon was the superior team. It was clicking. Tiffin suffered its worst lacing of the season and the Juniors do not play any easy schedule.

Canton, somewhat demoralized a week ago when its state championship hopes were dimmed by Springfield, was quite the contrary. The Bulldogs were not at their best against Alliance. Their high powered running attack couldn’t get out of low gear and they had to take to the air to win the game.

Everything Works For Tigers
On the other hand everything seemed to work for the Tigers. They passed better than at anytime this season and their running plays had the Juniors backing up all the time, that is with the exception of the third period when the subs went haywire and provoked fans to pulling hair and uttering words that would wreck a typewriter.

Passes produced one touchdown, helped to contributed to another and scored one of the extra points.

The Juniors brought to Massillon a defense designed especially to stop the spinner and powerful thrusts of D.C. McCants who has been doing most of the ground gaining of late.

In designing the defense, Coach John Starrett overlooked Henry Krier. With the defensive strength focused on the center of the line an alley was left through tackle and the Flying Dutchman continually smashed his way through this opening for gain after gain.

Largest Score Made Against Juniors
The scored rolled up by the Massillon eleven was twice as large as that made by Sandusky, which defeated Tiffin 20-0 several weeks ago. Steubenville only defeated Tiffin 6-0. There’s a comparison that puts a feather in the local team’s hat. The Juniors on the other hand scored three times as many points as any other team has been able to register on the Tigers this season.

Those three touchdowns caused no little excitement on the bench and in the stands. The Tigers had staked the subs to a 20-point lead and within the short space of eight minutes the Juniors had narrowed the margin to one point 20-19 to be exact.

Coach Brown stormed around on the sidelines. There wasn’t that much difference between his first and second teams. Something was wrong. The benched regulars got keyed up as victory seemed about to be taken from them. Then the gun cracked ending the third period. The first stringers went back in with a vengeance. The complexion changed immediately. In five plays the Tigers had a touchdown. They scored another and still another and had the ball on the one foot line when the timekeeper put an end to the rout.

Get Off Bench to Win
Perhaps the sojourn on the bench did the regulars good. They had played good football in the first half but never did they show such a devastating attack as they did when returned to the game in the fourth period.

The subs game them the ball on their own 32-yard line. Krier ran 14 yards for a first down on his 46. He circled his left end on a triple pass for another first down on the 16-yard stripe. Shrake on a reverse gained nine through left tackle. McCants carried to the
four-yard line and Krier went through right tackle with such force that he nearly knocked the fence over in getting stopped.

Catching the Juniors completely off guard, Krier passed to Lohr in the end zone for the extra point.
The next time the Tigers got their hands on the ball they scored again. Shrake started it when he returned a punt to his 40-yard line. McCants in four plays made a first down in midfield. Shrake lost a yard but with the Junior secondary drawn in within a few feet of the line, Krier passed to Lohr for a first down on the 36-yard line. Shrake made two yards and Krier again passed to Lohr for a first down on the five-yard line. McCants went over in two plays. Krier’s kick was wide.

Lohr Intercepts Pass
The Juniors received but on the second play Lohr intercepted a pass and dashed back to the five-yard line before being downed. Shrake moved the ball two yards nearer the goal and McCants plunged across. Krier placekicked the extra point to conclude the scoring for the day at 40-19. The Tigers, however, threatened once more and would have scored again had they had 20 seconds more; as it was the game ended with the ball within a foot of a touchdown.

What happened in the earlier periods follows.

After being stopped in their first attempt to carry the ball the Tigers again secured possession of the pigskin on the 50-yard line. McCants made a first down on the 37 in three plays and picked up eight more on a spinner before Krier smashed right tackle for an
18-yard run to the 11-yard line. Three plays only netted six yards so Shertzer stepped back and passed beautifully to Lohr who went high in the air to pull the ball down behind the Tiffin goal for the first touchdown of the game. Krier kicked the extra point.

Another touchdown was added in the second period. Shrake brought a punt back to his own 28 and McCants in two plays made 18 yards and a first down on his 46. A one-yard gain and a five-yard penalty advanced the ball to the Tiffin 48 where Krier set out on a triple pass for a 41-yard jaunt to the seven yard line. Shrake lost three but Krier again smashed right tackle for the touchdown and kicked the extra point.

Heisler Blocks Punt
A punt that appeared to hit a stone wall, bounced off the chest of Fritz Heisler and rolled backward 32 yards to the eight yard line where Buggs pounced upon it put the Tigers in position to score their third touchdown of the game. Line plays advanced the ball to the one-half yard line where McCants plunged over on the fourth down.

Exit the Massillon regulars and enter the subs. Tiffin received and the yannigans forced them to punt, but Dietz in attempting to block the punt knocked Ball, the kicker down and the Tigers’ were penalized 15 yards for roughing him.

That seemed to fire the Juniors to new hope. Paynter made four yards and E. Cartwright lugged the ball to the 30-yard line and again to the 20. Ball made four yards and Paynter danced his way across the goal.

Mellinger returned the Following kickoff beautifully to his 39-yard line but the Juniors held and blocked Chovan’s punt, W. Singleton scooping up the rolling ball and dashing for a touchdown. Ball kicked the extra point.
The Tigers received but fumbled, Hudley covering for Tiffin on the Massillon 25-yard line. On the second play Ball passed to Cartwright for the touchdown. The third quarter ended shortly thereafter, the Massillon regulars went into the game and the rest you have.

Statistics bear out the superiority of the Tiger team. The local eleven made 19 first downs to the Juniors’ eight. They completed five of eight passes for a gain of 64 yards and a point after touchdown, while Tiffin completed four of 12 passes for 52 yards. Furthermore the Tigers intercepted four Junior passes, two in the last period.

Field In Fine Condition
Perhaps the most striking of all Saturday was the condition of the field. The fans who did turn out expected to see a mud battle. Instead the players after the game were as clean as they were at the conclusion of any game last season.

The field through a little heavy was not soggy. Neither was it muddy. Groundskeepers had removed the snow Friday. The drainage beneath the sod carried most of the moisture away and the sun took care of the rest. It is a safe bet that few gridirons under similar conditions would look as good as Massillon Field did Saturday. This city can be proud of its athletic plant.

Ball kicked the longest punt that has been booted on Massillon field this year. He drove the ball 70 yards with the wind and nearly got it over Bob Shrake’s head. The plucky Tiger safety man got his hands on the pigskin, fumbled but recovered.

Lineup and summary:
Massillon Pos. Tiffin Jr. Home
Lohr LE Bridges
Birkish LT Valentine
Porter LG Hundley
Monroe C R. Manning
Snavely RG Warf
Buggs RT Herren
Heisler RE Hamlin
Shertzer QB Ball
Krier LH Paynter
Shrake RH S. Cartwrifht
McCants FB E. Cartwright

Score by periods:
Massillon 7 7 6 20 40
Tiffin 0 0 19 0 19

Massillon – Dietz, re; Mellinger, rh; Molinski, g; Peters, t; Schimke, e; Smith, g; Sladavic, fb; Wolfe, t; Morningstar, c; Mansbury, hb; Chovan, rh; Hutsell, rh.
Tiffin – Stevens, lh; Ferguson, e; Campbell, lt; Singletow, rt; Manning, qb; Johnson, rh.

Massillon – McCants 3; Lohr; Krier.
Tiffin – E. Cartwright; Paynter; Singleton.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Lohr (pass from Krier). Krier 3 (placekick).
Tiffin – Cartwright.

Willie Monroe
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1933: Massillon 25, Akron East 0



While the band played everything appropriate but “Stormy Weather” the Washington high Tigers sailed through mud and sleet, Saturday afternoon to splash out a 25-0 victory over Akron East high school. It was the Tigers’ seventh victory of the season and the score was the largest rolled up in a Massillon-East game since 1925.

Today the Tigers began preparations for a hot reception for Tiffin Junior Home which comes here this week after a rather disastrous season. But don’t let the word disaster fool you. A man’s size job is cut out for the Tigers and if you don’t believe it, take a look at Saturday’s results and you will see that Tiffin gave Steubenville, the Ohio River fort of football, the battle of its life Saturday and forced the big red wave to the limits to win a 6-0 victory. Had it lasted longer, Tiffin might have tied the score, for it was driving for a touchdown on the 20-yard line when the whistle ended the game.

Tigers Have Power Again
Power such as shown by the Washington high Tigers in the first half of Saturday’s game with East, should defeat the Juniors, however. The Massillon attack was shifted into high gear in the first two periods and the Tigers proved good mud horses as they waded through the soggy gridiron to three touchdowns.

It was the hard running of one of those so-called horses, for that’s the name the boys have dubbed him, ‘Horse” McCants, that kept East backing up most of the afternoon. Then Henry Krier, was in there smashing hard through tackle to pick up many a yard for the orange and black. These two boys scored all four touchdowns and were paddled over the goal line by the husky Tiger forwards and blocking backs, who dredged a path for the ball carriers to follow.

It was a great exhibition on the part of the Tigers considering the sloppy field. The cry for more rain might well be sounded the next two weeks and without fear for your Massillon gridders only fumbled twice Saturday and recovered on one of these occasions whereas on dry fields they have been muffing the ball time and again.

Even Complete Forward Pass
They not only carried the wet leather well but they kicked and passed it appropriately and an opportune peg that sailed a good 20 yards, put the ball in a spot for one of the touchdowns.

There’s no telling what the Tigers would have done on a dry field. They scored 19 first downs in the mud and seemed content to take matters easy after the first half. East, too, would have looked better on a dry field. The Oriental’s chief offensive weapon this year has been the forward pass and throwing the ball Saturday was like heaving a brick through the air. East made four first downs, two in each half and one on a forward pass. East practically balanced Massillon in weight.

The Tigers scored the first time they got the ball in their possession. Krier brought the kickoff back to his 40-yard line. McCants in two plays shot through to the 32 and Krier tore through right tackle for another on the 20. Shrake and McCants carried to a first down on the seven-yard line. Krier slipped without gain but banged through tackle for three on the next trip. Shertzer selected McCants to smash through Hogan’s alley for the score. Krier’s attempted placekick was wide and the score was 6-0 in the Tigers’ favor.

The Massillon eleven had to give East a chance but the Orientals failed to gain after taking the kickoff and punted to their 43-yard line.

Krier Scores Second
Again the Tigers set sail for the Oriental’s goal. McCants carried four straight times to get a first down on the 32. Krier ripped through right tackle for 17 yards and a first down on the 15-yard line. East stopped this drive, however and took the ball on their 10. They punted on the first down and Bob Shrake returned brilliantly from the 40 to the 18-yard line. Krier made two yards and then on a triple pass the Flying Dutchman wheeled to the right for a 16-yard run across the Oriental’s goal. This time he placekicked the extra point.

The third march started from the Massillon 42-yard line. McCants carried to a first down on the East 48 and galloped through center on a spinner to another on the 32. He carried the next three times to a first down on the 22 when Shertzer stepped back and shot a pretty pass to Lohr who caught the ball in the midst of a huddle of East players and ran to the three-yard line. Krier went through right tackle standing up for the touchdown. His kick was low. The half ended with the score 19-0.

Play was fairly even in the third quarter and it was not until the fourth period that the orange and black raided the Oriental’s goal again.

In the closing minutes of the third period the Tigers carried the ball to the 28-yard line. On the second play of the fourth quarter, Dutton placed a beautiful punt out of bounds on the six yard line. Augustine was hurried when he tried to kick and booted the ball out on the 17-yard line. Krier and McCants made a first down on the seven-yard line and McCants in two more plays plunged over the goal. An attempt to run the ball for the extra point was stopped by East.

East’s only scoring opportunity followed the Tigers’ fourth touchdown. Mellinger fumbled a punt and the Orientals recovered on the 36-yard line. They worked their way to the
17-yard line where the Tigers held and took the ball.

Lineup and summary:
Massillon Pos Akron East
Lohr LE Kesserling
Birkish LT Bell
Porter LG Le Master
Monroe C Krino
Snavely RG Little
Buggs RT Mysock
Wolfe RE McCombs
Shertzer QB Walker
Krier LH Stager
Shrake RH Harmon
McCants FB Vrandall

Score by periods:
Massillon 13 6 0 6 25

Substitutions: Massillon – Mellinger, rh; Chovan, lh; Mansbury, fb; Dutton, qb; Dietz, le; Schimke, re; Peters, lt; Price, rt; Smith, lg; Molinski, rf; Morningstar, c.
Akron East – Augustine, qb; Buzzeli, lh; Swain, lh; Bernel, rh; Hicks, fb; Appleby, re; Tally, re; Halchak, le; Schenz, rg; Hennis, rg; Meade, rt; Jones, lg; Gandee, lt.

Massillon – McCants 2; Krier 2.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Krier (placekick).

Referee – Konold.
Umpire – Bell.
Head Linesman – Kester.

Willie Monroe
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1933: Massillon 52, Columbus Aquinas 6



Unsteady at first ,but gaining momentum as the game progressed ,the orange and black Tigers of Washington high rolled over a fighting Columbus Aquinas high team 52-6 here Saturday afternoon to score their seventh victory of the season and propel their big six-foot three inch fullback, D.C. McCants into scoring leadership of the N.E.O. league.

For two periods the Tigers played ragged football, but they snapped out of their dilemma in the second half and rolled away to victory like the same happy team of a month ago.

McCants Big Point Maker
McCants, scoring six touchdowns, was the big point maker of the day, while Krier with two touchdowns and three points after touchdown was the second best ground gainer. Shrake, given little support when he carried the ball, made up for his loss of ground gaining by his hard blocking when Krier and McCants had hold of the pigskin.

While the 52-6 score did not equal the 66-0 triumph registered over Aquinas by Canton two weeks ago Massillon fans should not be frightened too greatly by the comparison, for had the Tigers played the brand of football in the first half they showed in the second half they would have easily rolled up 66 points.

The Tigers took the field against Aquinas looking the part of the same listless team that faced Alliance a week ago. The old pep and dash appeared to be lacking and the much lighter Columbus gridders submarined under the Tiger forward wall to stop all advances the first quarter and hold the locals to a scoreless tie. The few Massillon fans who had turned out to see the game wanted a slaughter and naturally began to show their dissatisfaction.

Tigers Score Touchdown
The Tigers slowly began to find themselves in the second period however and soon scored a touchdown when McCants plunged over from the one yard line after a 61-yard march. Krier placekicked the extra point.

The local team scored again in the period when an Aquinas fumble was recovered on the Columbus team’s 46-yard line. Shrake advanced the ball to a first down on the 34-yard line and Krier circled right end for the touchdown. This time his attempted kick for the extra point was wide of the goal posts.

Massillon kicked off and when Aquinas failed to touch the ball a Massillon player pounced on it to give the Tigers possession of the pigskin on the 34-yard line. A penalty for clipping set the orange and black back 15 yards and Datello intercepted Shertzer’s pass to end the threat. Then Aquinas opened up with a passing attack that ended with Gramm snatching a 20-yard pass from Datello and running 20 more yards for a touchdown. Birkish got his face in the way of the ball to block the attempted placekick. The half ended with the score 13-6.

Tigers Play Like Different Team
After intermission the Tigers came out to play like a rejuvenated ball club. The third period was only a couple of minutes old when Shrake caught a punt on the 35-yard line and ran it back to the 23. A five-yard penalty and a dash by Shrake made it first down on the seven-yard stripe and McCants in two plays was over. Krier’s attempted kick was wide again.

Aquinas had no more than received the kickoff when an attempted forward pass dropped into Krier’s arms and he was away in a flash for another touchdown. This time he toed the ball between the uprights to make it 26-6.

With McCants carrying the ball most of the time the Tigers marched from the Aquinas
45-yard line to their fifth touchdown.; McCants going over from the four-yard stripe. Krier’s placekick hit the left upright and bounded back.

A 50-yard march that began in the closing minutes of the third quarter and continued into the fourth period ended with McCants again going across from the four-yard line. This time Krier snapped a pass to Fritz Heislter in the right corner for the extra point and the score was 39-6.

McCants Runs 19 Yards
A 68-yard drive that ended with McCants dashing 19 yards around his right end brought the seventh touchdown of the afternoon. Krier ran with the ball in an attempt to score the extra point and shook off a couple of tacklers but stepped out of bounds on the play leaving the score at 45-6.

The eighth and final touchdown resulted in a 75-yard march up the field with McCatns finally lugging the pigskin over from the two-yard line. The ball was placed in position by Krier who ran it back from his own 44-yard line to the 10-yard stripe. Krier crossed the goal on the play but the officials ruled he stepped out of bounds by several inches. He kicked to goal to make it 52-6.

The Tigers in defeating Aquinas and regaining a large portion of the prestige they had lost, score 25 first downs to the visitors’ five. Aquinas scored all of its first downs in the first half and was able to make but very few yards the last two periods. The local team established somewhat of a record in that it did not punt a single time the entire game.

With the exception of the pass for the point after touchdown, the Tigers failed to connect another time with their aerial attack. They tried six passes and had one intercepted. Aquinas completed four of six passes for a gain of 69 yards.

It was dad’s day Saturday afternoon and the fathers of the players sat on the sidelines with numbers pinned on their backs corresponding to those on the jerseys of their sons.

Dutton Shows How to Block
Some may like a forward pass and others may prefer a long spiral punt, but when you come right down to it, there’s nothing much prettier in football than a good hard block and it was left for young Howard Dutton, the lightest player on the field for the Tigers to produce those thrills.

Failure to block was the Tigers’ principal weakness the first half for they frequently failed to take the Aquinas tackles and ends out of plays. They did better in the second half and Dutton got his chance to produce when Shertzer was out of the game with an injured shoulder.

While Shertzer’s blocking was not up to par his tackling was vicious and time and again he nailed Aquinas backs on the line of scrimmage when they attempted to circle the end he was backing up.

Standing head and shoulders above the rest of the Aquinas players was Gramm, right end, who played a whale of a defensive game in addition to his fine punting. Kicking behind his goal line, never appeared to bother him in the least and several times he safely booted the pigskin out of danger while standing in the end zone.

The Tigers who meet East high at Akron this week, have now scored 246 points to their opponent’s 12, a record for a Massillon team in recent years.

Lineup and summary:
Massillon Pos. Aquinas
Wolf LE McBride
Birkish LT Fisher
Porter LG Melchlore
Monroe C Crawford
Snavely RG Rudolfo
Buggs RT Wagnone
Heisler RE Gramm
Shertzer QB Bennett
Krier LH Ceschlar
Mansbury RH Chevellard
McCants FB Murphy

Score by periods:
Massillon 0 13 19 20 52
Aquinas 0 6 0 0 6

Massillon – Shrake, ry; Schimke, le; Dietz, re; Dutton, qb; Morningstar, c.
Aquinas – Cussin, lh; Datello, rh; Lux, rg; Wiullner, c; Schneider, rt; McBride, qb; Boehm, le; Salvatore, lh; Alloy, qb; Alilrando, re.

Massillon – McCants 6; Krier 2.
Aquinas – Gramm.

Point after touchdown:
Massillon – Krier 3 (placekick); Heisler (pass).

Referee – Boone.
Umpire – Barrett.
Head Linesman – Kester.

Willie Monroe
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1933: Massillon 19, Alliance 0



Forcing its way through stubborn opposition to three touchdowns Saturday, Washington high school defeated Alliance, 19-0 and for the time being holds first place in the race for Stark county football honors. The game was also an N.E.O. league contest but had little bearing on the title since Alliance like Massillon, was defeated by Barberton 19-0. A crowd of 5,000 saw the Tigers triumph.

The victory made it five out of six for the Tigers who this Saturday meet Columbus Aquinas on the local field. Canton beat Aquinas 66-0 a week ago.

Fumbles Stop Scoring Threats
Neither Alliance nor Massillon had anything to fire their enthusiasm to usual heights Saturday. Fumbling and intercepted passes, frequently broke up the advances of both teams and had it not been for several of those monkey wrenches the Tiger machine might have rolled on to two or three more touchdowns.

Alliance, however, was roughened by similar miscues, a fumble for a loss and an intercepted pass being two big reasons why the Aviators did not score on the Massillon team.

The Massillon line, however, which made a gallant stand on its own goal line in the closing minutes of play was another and the chief reason why the visitors joined the list of four other opponents who have failed to score a point on the Tigers this season.

Alliance Threatens
Shadows were already creeping in from the west sideline when the aerial attack the visitors had hoped would bring them victory began to click. The Tigers were hammering away in Alliance territory when Yoder pounced on Mansbury’s fumble on the 48-yard line and recovered the ball for Alliance.

A pass was grounded but both sides were offside on the play and the down remained the same. Marazza lost a yard, but Dantzler swept his left end for seven. Marazza picked up two yards, but was offside and was penalized five. Marazza ran to a first down on the
38-yard line. A pass Kellner to Blackburn, was good for nine yards. He hurled another, this one directed for Dantzler, but it fell shot of its mark. Once more Kellner tossed the ball and this time it dropped into the arms of Marazza who was downed on the 18-yard line. Marazza gained a yard on a pass and Kellner wiggled through to carry the ball to the 10-yard line. Mellinger nearly intercepted Kellner’s pass but the ball slipped through his fingers. With fourth down coming, Marazza slid through to the eight-yard line for a first down.

On the very first play Marazza shot through the line to place the ball on the one-yard line. Here the Tigers put up their great stand, the feature performance of the afternoon. With second down and one to go, Marazza fumbled when rushed by the Tiger forwards but recovered for a one-yard loss. Again he plunged, but not more than a foot did the Tigers forward wall give. With fourth down and a yard to go, Marazza tried to catch the Tigers asleep and shot Dantzler around d his left end. But this time the Massillon eleven was on the alert and was not to be caught napping as it was a week ago when Joe Williams, under similar circumstances circled left end for the only points chalked up against the locals this season.

Tigers Turn Back Threats
Marazza’s strategy failed and Dantzler was met by a flock of Tigers just as he reached the line of scrimmage and when the pileup was cleared away, the ball was on the one-foot line. Before the Tigers could put it in play, the gun ended the game.

Alliance threatened on one other occasion, but just as a break gave it the chance so a break ended the threat. The excitement started when Gray covered McCants’ fumble on the
16-yard line. Alliance carried to the eight-yard stripe before McCants, standing on his own goal line pulled down Kellner’s pass and jogged back to the20-yard stripe before being downed.

As for the Tigers scores, they were made in the first, second and fourth periods.

Alliance got into a hole at the outset when a bad pass from center to Kellner set the Aviators back from the 28 to the five-yard line. An exchange of punts and the Tigers secured the ball on their own 26-yard stripe. Krier made it look like a touchdown right away by circling his right wing for a 13-yard gain and right down on the 13-yard line. McCants ripped off three more and Mansbury added nine for a first down on the one-yard line. McCants was stopped on the line of scrimmage but he shot through right tackle for a touchdown on his second attempt.

There followed a play seldom seen in football. Krier set his foot against the ball for a placekick for the extra point. The Alliance line raised up and Gray came charging in with his hands high. He succeeded in touching the ball but only helped to deflect it between the posts and the pigskin traveling with sufficient force cleared the bar.

Alliance Opens Up
Alliance receiving the kickoff turned loose a fine assortment of plays for open football, such as passes off a lateral and passes off a kickoff but the Tigers were on the alert and this aided by a bad case of “butter fingers” on the part of the Alliance players broke up the consistency of their attack and kept them from entering the danger zone until the latter part of the game.

It was one of the many recovered fumbles of the afternoon that placed the Tigers in position for their second score and Krier was the whole show this time. He covered Kellner’s fumble on the 35-yard line. A five-yard penalty on Alliance advanced the ball to the 30-yard stripe from which point Krier raced around his right wing to a touchdown. This time his attempted placekick was wide of its mark.

The final score of the game came midway in the fourth quarter. Krier secured the ball for the Tigers by hauling down Kellner’s pass in midfield. McCants made three yards and Krier made it first down on the 33-yard line. McCants made three more and again Krier picked up the remaining seven for a first down on the 23. Mansbury ran 20 yards before being forced out of bounds on the three-yard line and Krier went through right tackle for the touchdown. He tried a pass that fell into Lohr’s arms for the extra point but Massillon was penalized five yards for an infraction of the rules. An attempted placekick for the extra point fell short and the score remained 19-0.

In attempting to score with the forward pass Alliance threw the ball 25 times. Six of the passes were completed for a total gain of 63 yards. Six were intercepted and the other 13 fell to the ground. Massillon tried seven passes and completed one for a gain of seven yards. Three were grounded and two intercepted.

The Tigers made 16 first downs to 11 for Alliance.

The crowd Saturday afternoon rivaled that of the opening game with St. Vincent’s for size, but it is safe to say the gate receipts excelled those of any game this year.

Lineup and summary:
Massillon Pos Alliance
Lohr LE Korleski
Birkish LT Gray
Porter LG Wade
Monroe C Hudson
Snavely RG R. Fete
Buggs RT Jones
Heisler RE Blackburn
Shertzer QB Marazza
Krier LH Admonius
Mansbury RH Monti
McCants FB Kellner

Score by periods:
Massillon 7 6 0 6 19

Massillon – Wolf, lt; Shrake, rh; Dutton, qb; Mellinger, lh; Dietz, re; McDew, re.
Alliance – Dantzler, rh; Greenawalt, c; Yoder, le.

Massillon – McCants; Krier 2.

Point after touchdowns:
Massillon – Krier (placekick).

Referee – Howells.
Umpire – Boone.
Head Linesman – Barrett.

Willie Monroe
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1933: Massillon 0, Barberton 6



Too much Joe Williams, over-confidence, a break, an unfair decision or whatever you say was responsible for last Saturday’s 6-0 defeat at Barberton, Washington high school gridders today turned their backs on the disaster and pointed for the first game of the Stark county series with Alliance here, Saturday.

It was hard to swallow, but the taste of the bitter can best be removed by the sweet and that’s the aim of the Tigers this week, a convincing triumph over Alliance, a team that Barberton trounced 19-0 a week ago.

Tigers Dull Saturday
There were few who expected Saturday’s defeat and perhaps that more than anything else was responsible for the upset. The Tigers had been warned, perhaps not enough, perhaps too much, but whatever the trouble was they were dull while Barberton was on edge, playing a game that even far eclipsed the fine showing it had made against Alliance.

While the penalties were against them, the Magicians on the other hand received the breaks, breaks that they partially made through hard tackling and breaks that were the gift of the officials. It was one of the latter that placed the purple in position to score the only touchdown of the game.

It was third down with five to go on the 20-yard line when Litwak stepped back and hurled a long pass intended for Jumping Joe Williams. D.C. McCants ran back, whirled and touched the ball with both hands, almost catching it, but it fell to the ground. It looked incomplete until Umpire Ed Garman charged McCants with interference and declared the pass complete, giving Barberton a first down on the six and one-yard yard line. If there was any interference, I for one did not see it.

Williams Goes Over
Williams made two yards. Litwak sneaked through for a yard and Williams got barely half a yard on the third down. With fourth down up, Williams circled his own left end for a touchdown, going over the stripe standing up. Kumse missed the attempted placekick.

It was the first time this season that the Tigers had been scored on. This in part demoralized the team, but what was to follow completely wrecked its morale.

Barberton kicked off to McCants who was tackled on the 25-yard line. The Tigers looked fighting mad as McCants fought his way for 12 yards, but he fumbled when tackled and Hackney covered the ball for Barberton on the 37-yard line. The Tigers staved off Barberton’s attempts to gain and took possession of the ball on downs on the 32-yard line. On the very first play Shrake shot through the right side of the Barberton line for a dash that probably would have been a first down but he fumbled and once more Barberton recovered and once more the Tigers were in the hole. Whatever fight they had in them they lost after the second fumble.

Werner Stops Threat
Going deeper into it you find that the Tigers had but one good scoring opportunity all afternoon that coming late in the second period when they carried the ball from their own five-yard line to the Barberton nine-yard stripe with third down and three yards to go and lost the ball when an attempted field goal went wide of the posts.

Credit for stopping this Massillon attack must be given to Lewis Werner, a substitute end who played his first football of the season for Barberton Saturday.

Werner, a veteran last year who has been out all this season with an injured knee, was substituted for Reis when the Tigers made a first down on the 16-yard line. McCants made four on a spinner and Shrake cut through his left side for three more. With third down and three yards needed for a first down, Shertzer brought Krier around his right wing. Werner broke through however, and turned the play in and Krier was dumped for a four-yard loss. That was the turning point of the game. Krier attempted to placekick on the fourth down but the ball sailed wide of the goal posts and Barberton took possession of the pigskin.

Barberton Perks Up
Spurred by successfully stopping this Massillon attack, Barberton turned to the offensive and in four plays carried the ball 22 yards before the half ended hostilities.

The second half was all Barberton. The Magics put the Tigers in a hole at the start when Krier was tackled with the kickoff on the seven-yard line. This kept play in Massillon territory all the time until Barberton pulled through with its touchdown.

The rest you know. The Tigers lost courage and there was less fight than ever. They tried desperately to score with forward passes in the closing minutes of the game but only one was completed, that for a gain of 10 yards, while an intercepted pass stopped one of their rallies.
The Tigers played their only football in the first half. They made a bid for a score in the first period when McCants’ long punt placed Barberton in a hole and forced Williams to kick from near his goal line. He punted out of bounds on the 35 and McCants in two attempts made a first down on the 25. Shertzer’s pass on the first down was a bit too high for Lohr to reach. On the next three plays the Tigers gained eight yards and lost the ball to Barberton on the 17-yard line. Williams pulled his team out of the hole a moment later by a brilliant quick kick that sent the Tigers back to their 27-yard line.

Referee Knocked Out
As for the Massillon team, it was in good condition. Time only had to be taken out for Shertzer who was injured in tackling Williams. Dutton replaced him. Barberton suffered several injuries, Kumse, star guard being forced out of the game temporarily.

Among those knocked out Saturday was Referee Eddie Howells. Eddie took a dive for the ball and got kicked in the head during the pileup. His assistant officials came to his aid and play was resumed within a few minutes.

Massillon had the edge in first downs and made eight to Barberton’s six. One of the latters was made on a penalty. All eight of the Tigers’ were earned.

The Tigers tried seven passes and completed one for a gain of 10 yards. One was intercepted. Barberton hurled half a dozen and completed one for a 10 yard gain.

Massillon probably had more fans at the game than Barberton. Route 21 looked like a long funeral procession as the Massillon cars streamed home. It is estimated that 5,000 saw the game.

In defeating Massillon, Barberton probably won the N.E.O. Big Ten title though Dover may tie for the honor.

Lineup and summary:
Massillon Pos. Barberton
Lohr LE Reis
Birkish LT Merkum
Porter LG Kumse
Monroe C Freano
Snavely RG Hackney
Buggs RT Johnson
Heisler RE King
Shertzer QB Litwak
Krier LH Evans
Shrake RH Hill
McCants FB Williams

Score by periods:
Barberton 0 0 6 0 6

Substitutions: Massillon – Dutton for Shertzer; Mellinger for Shrake.
Barberton – Werner for Reis; Bedingfield for Kumse; Kumse for Bedingfield.

Barberton – Williams.

Referee – Howells (Sebring).
Umpire – Garman (Ohio State).
Head Linesman – Pund (Georgia Tech).

Other Outstanding Scholastic Elevens
Score Victories

Barberton’s 6-0 surprise victory over Washington high Saturday furnished the biggest upset registered in Ohio scholastic football circles last week and dropped Massillon from the list of undefeated teams.

All the other outstanding high school aggregations ran true to form and came through with smashing victories.

Canton McKinley’s big red juggernaut continued to pile up points almost at will when it swamped Columbus Aquinas, a future Massillon opponent, 66-0. McKinley meets East Liverpool next Saturday and a week later takes on Steubenville.

Mansfield’s undefeated team, which last week hurled a challenge at five of the leading outfits in the state for a post season game, rested Saturday. Springfield has accepted Mansfield’s challenge.

The Springfield gridders last Friday night buried Dayton Stivers under a 67-0 score. They also meet McKinley during the regular season, playing the east enders two weeks before the Massillon conflict.

Steubenville kept its slate clean by downing Akron North Saturday but had a difficult job, coming through with a 12-0 victory.

Over in Pennsylvania one of the big surprises was the 7-0 victory Grove City scored over Sharon, coached by David B. Stewart, former Washington high grid tutor. It was Sharon’s first defeat in two years.

Now that the game with Jimmy Price’s Magics is over and the Barberton gridders have inflicted the first defeat on the local Tigers, Coach Paul Brown and his boys this week will begin intensive training for the big game here next Saturday with Alliance high the first combat of the season involving Stark county teams. Barberton trimmed Alliance a week ago by three touchdowns but the eastern Stark county lads probably will give the Tigers a real argument, Saturday.

Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1933: Massillon 70, New Philadelphia 0



Piling up the largest score made by a Massillon football team in nine years, the Washington high Tigers raced through the frosty air on Massillon Field Friday evening to a 70-0 victory over New Philadelphia high; their fourth of the season and their third successive Northeastern Ohio league triumph.

Not since a powerful Tiger team crushed Alliance 77-0 and Wellston 70-0 in 1924 has Massillon registered such complete superiority on their gridiron as it did last night and
yet – the story is just the same as it has been in each preceding game – the first stringers only played one-half the game.

19 First Downs
The superiority of the Massillon team is not measured by the score alone, for the Tigers excelled in all but one department, that of passing. They made 19 first downs to New Philadelphia’s seven and on eight of the first nine times that they secured possession of the ball they scored touchdowns.

Not since the time of Jack Snavely has a Massillon team played offensive and deceptive football comparable to that displayed last night. Faking on every play the locals time and again fooled Quaker tacklers who rushed in to barrel the wrong man and left the ball carrier wade through a yawning gap for a long gain.

All the ball carriers had to do was run last night. The powerful line that one opposing coach has described as a string of box cars, splintered the New Philadelphia forward wall and cleared the path for the ball carrier and his five-man interference.

Strong On End Runs
The Tigers were especially successful on their sweeps around the ends for here most of their several hundred yards from scrimmage were gained.

The first touchdown came on a 30-yard sweep after a double reverse with Mellinger lugging the ball. Getting the ball for the first time on their own 46-yard line the Tigers started out on a touchdown march. Mellinger wormed through left tackle for nine yards but lost three on a triple pass on the next play. Krier circled right end on a reverse for a first down on the 43-yard line and McCants plunged through center on a spinner for 13 and a first down on the 30. Shertzer hurled a long pass to Lohr who was in the open but the ball was too high. On the next play Mellinger dashed around end for a touchdown. Krier’s placekick for the extra point was wide.

The locals kicked off to New Philadelphia which after failing to gain punted poorly to its own 37-yard line. On the second play Krier went over for a touchdown from the 27-yard line but the ball was brought back and Massillon penalized 15 yards for clipping. The Tigers came right back to carry the ball to the three-yard line, where they forfeited it on downs to the Quakers. A 15-yard penalty that followed enabled New Philadelphia to make its first first down of the game. However, the Quakers failed to make any more yardage and their attempted punt on the fourth down was blocked and Massillon took possession of the ball on the 24-yard line just as the quarter ended.

Mellinger Scores Again
Starting the second quarter McCants plunged for five yards. Mellinger was stopped without gain but Krier smashed through for a 14-yard dash to the five-yard line. McCants made a yard and Mellinger slid through left tackle for a touchdown. Krier again missed an attempted placekick for the extra point.

Krier kicked off to the 28-yard line and New Philadelphia was set back 15 yards for clipping. Mellinger returned the following punt 42 yards to the three-yard line, where McCants plunged over for the touchdown. Krier kicked the extra point this time and the score was 19-0 in the Tigers’ favor.

Again Krier kicked off and the ball was returned to the 19-yard line. A 15-yard pass gave New Philadelphia a first down, but Monroe hauled down a Quaker pass to give Massillon the ball on the 32-yard line. On the very first play Shertzer shot a beautiful pass to Lohr who took it on the run and ran over for the touchdown. Krier’s attempted kick was wide again and the score stood at 25-0.

Kicking off to the 12-yard line, Massillon held the Quakers to a total gain of four yards in three plays and a none too good kick gave the locals the ball on the 36-yard line. On the very first play, Krier circled right end for a touchdown and followed with a pass to Lohr for the extra point. This raised the score to 32-0.

McCants Romps 67 Yards
Following the next kickoff the Quakers worked a series of passes that carried the ball to midfield, where they were forced to punt, the ball going out of bounds on the 26-yard line. McCants made seven yards on a spinner and then romped away for 67 yards and a touchdown. He bowled over one of the secondary with a stiff arm and outran the safety man. Krier kicked the goal to give the Massillon team a 39-0 advantage at the half.

The second team played all of the last two periods, only Mellinger hanging over from the starting lineup.

Massillon’s kickoff went over the goal line and a poor New Philadelphia punt gave the Tigers the ball on the 12-yard line. On the very first play Dutton snapped a pass to Dietz for a touchdown. Mansbury’s attempted pass for the extra point was blocked. Score Massillon 45.

A five-yard return of New Philadelphia punt started the second march of the quarter from the 35-yard line. A forward pass having failed, Mansbury pivoted and wormed his way to the 20-yard line, going over for a touchdown on the very next play. His attempted kick was blocked and it bounded on the ground. Massillon 51 points.

Tigers Punt For First Time
The Tigers punted the next time they came into possession of the ball. It was their first punt of the game, a five-yard penalty and two incomplete passes stopping them from making a first down.

Morningstar put them back in the game, however, when he intercepted a pass on the
38-yard line. Chovan circled right end for 15 yards and a first down on the 23-yard line and Mellinger made nine more at left end. Mansbury made it first down and four to go and though Chovan lost five when bottled up on an end run, Mansbury came right back to wade through center for a touchdown. His kick was wide again. Score: Massillon 57.

Several minutes of the fourth quarter passed by uneventful, but Dutton suddenly came out of nowhere to snare a Quaker pass and run 40 yards for a touchdown. Sladavic was stopped on the line of scrimmage in his plunge for the extra point. This increased Massillon’s total to 63 points.

McDew Scores Last Points
Jimmy McDew, substitute end, had the honor of scoring the last touchdown of the game. A good pass receiver, McDew pulled down a 28-yard shot from Dutton and romped across the goal line. The same play was repeated, Dutton passing to McDew for the extra point.

The attack was diversified with forward passes last night for the first time this season and great improvement was shown in the aerial department.

Passes were responsible for three of the touchdowns and two points after touchdown. A total of two were completed for a gain of 121 yards in addition to two completed for the extra points. Five were intercepted.

New Philadelphia completed six passes for a gain of 69 yards and had three intercepted and two batted passes fell by the wayside and one down.

The New Philadelphia and Washington high bands furnished plenty of music and their drilling brought a rousing ovation from the 3,000 fans.

As the resume of the game shows, no Massillon player was outstanding last night, all ball carriers and linemen alike sharing equally in the triumph. Bob Sharke, who injured an ankle in the Wooster game a week ago, did not play. His place was capably filled by Mellinger. Hoernaman was outstanding for New Philadelphia. What ground was gained, he made, and he likewise tossed most of the passes.

Other high scores made by Massillon teams during the past nine years are as follows:
1932 – Massillon 26, New Philadelphia, 0; 1931 – Massillon 20, Canton 8; 1930 – Massillon 46, Dover 0; 1929 – Massillon 46, Akron Kenmore 8; 1928 – Massillon 32, Wooster 0;
1927 – Massillon 15, John Adams 19; 1926 – Massillon 46, Akron Garfield 0;
1925 – Massillon 18, Zanesville 0; and 1924 – Massillon 74, Wellston 0; and Massillon 77, Alliance 0.

Lineup and summary:
Massillon Pos. New Philadelphia
Lohr LE Resler
Birkish LT Masman
Porter LG Corbett
Monroe C Gopp
Snavely RG Shearer
Buggs RT Glass
Heisler RE Demuth
Shertzer QB Wortman
Krier LH Johnson
Mellinger RH Carlisle
McCants FB Hoernaman

Score by periods:
Massillon 6 33 18 13 70

Massillon – Wolf, lt; Dietz, le; Molinski, rg; Chovan, lh; Peters, rt; G. Schimke, re; Mansbury, fb; Dutton, qb; Smith, lg; Morningstar, c; McDew, le; Hutsell, lh; Sladavic, fb.
New Philadelphia – Jenkins, lt; Pryst, qb; Bedloin, g; Beitzel, c.

Massillon – Mellinger 2; McCants 2; Mansbury 2; Lohr; Krier; Dietz; Dutton; McDew.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Krier 2 (placekicks); Lohr and McDew (passes).

Referee – Shafer (Akron).
Umpire – Lobach (F. & M.).
Head Linesman – Rang (Akron).

Willie Monroe
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1933: Massillon 53, Wooster 0



It will take more than New Philadelphia, Friday evening’s opponent of Washington high school to test the strength of the three Tiger elevens that Saturday afternoon, invaded Wooster and swept through the Generals to a 53-0 victory.

Reverse the picture and you can visualize what the Quakers have to think about this
week – they must play Massillon’s team that beat Wooster 53-0. Wooster defeated New Philadelphia 13-12. It seems the Tigers will have to wait another week to see just how good they really are.

Three Teams Used Saturday
Overconfidence will be a stronger opponent than New Philadelphia in Friday evening’s game and if the orange and black can keep inflation out of their minds they should win without difficulty.

Coach Paul Brown did everything possible Saturday to keep down over confidence. When his first team pushed over three touchdowns in seven minutes, he yanked all eleven men and sent in an entirely new eleven. When the assault did not did not cease, he pulled out the second team and sent in the third stringers and even supplemented their ranks with other substitutes. Still the touchdown mania continued. Coach Brown couldn’t stop it, for the subs wanted to make a showing and so they did, scoring two touchdowns in the second period, two more in the third and one in the fourth. All in all it was the largest score a Washington high eleven has made in many a moon and yet the first stringers played but seven minutes of the game.
That is why it can be said that the Washington high team still remains untested. Had the regulars been left alone to continue their romp Wooster probably would have been thumped by twice the score.

But why hazard injury to a player just for the sake of obtaining the kind of satisfaction derived from displaying an oversize peach at a county fair?

That was Coach Brown’s sound reasoning and he chose to save the strength of his team for the time when it will be needed rather than give an opponent an unmerciful beating at the possible cost of inflating the mental structure of his own team to the point where it would explode with the first puncture.

Made 20 First Downs
It is significant, however, that even with the second and third teams playing Massillon punted but once and made 20 first downs to five for Wooster, one of which was a gift by penalty.

It is also noteworthy that the first team made touchdowns the first three times it laid its hands on the ball and that it was yanked as soon as it made the third touchdown.

The Tigers received the kickoff and barely a minute had passed before the ball was carried back up the field for a touchdown. Gifford hoisted to Shrake who caught the ball on the 20-yard line and returned to the 35. Shrake circled left end for a 20-yard dash to the Wooster 45 and Krier dashed around the other side for a 25-yard sprint to the 20-yard line. Around the left wing came Shrake again to the four-yard line and Krier raced around the right for the touchdown and placekicked the extra point.

McCants Romps 62 Yards
Wooster again chose to kick to the Tigers and McCants returned Gifford’s boot from the 15 to the 38-yard line. On the very next play he ran 62 yards straight through the center of the team for a touchdown. Again Krier placekicked the extra point.

It took a little longer to score the third one because of a penalty. Krier kicked off to the
15-yard line and the ball was returned five yards. On the next three plays Massillon was penalized five yards and Wooster 15 yards, the generals eventually punting to Shrake who caught the ball on the Wooster 40 and returned five yards.

Krier made eight yards on a right end reverse and Shrake on a triple pass raced for a first down on the nine-yard line. Krier ran across the goal line on the next play but the ball was called back and Massillon was penalized 15 yards for holding. It made no difference, however for on the very next play, Shertzer shot a 24-yard pass to Lohr who scampered over the goal line. Again Krier placekicked the extra point.

From there on it was nothing but one substitute after another, both coaches making many replacements.

Chalk Up Another
Toward the end of the quarter the Tigers started another march that produced a touchdown early in the second pr4eiod. Getting the ball on their own 38-yard line they began with Hutsell getting away for a dash to the Wooster 32-yard line only to have the ball called back and another penalty inflicted. Mansbury made two yards and then raced to the 46-yard line on a spinner. Mellinger picked up six on a reverse. Hustsell was thrown without gain but Mansbury waded through to the 35-yard line and came right back with another 15-yard sprint to the 20-yard stripe. The quarter ended with the ball on the
12-yard line.

Mansbury picked up five on a spinner and made it first down with goal to go. He plunged over from the one-yard line for the fourth touchdown.

The second touchdown of the second period and the fifth of the game started when Dutton intercepted a Wooster pass on his own 46-yard line. Mansbury made seven on a spinner and Mellinger ran for a first down on the 37. Toles sprinted around left end for another first down on the 16-yared stripe and Mansbury plunged through for six more yards. Mansbury made seven more and first down on the three-yard line and the Tigers took three more plays to get it over, Mansbury crossing from the one-yard line. He likewise plunged for the extra point.

Dutton Intercepts Passes
Dutton provided the fireworks in the second half. Early in the third period be intercepted Joliff’s pass on the Massillon 45 and ran 55 yards for a touchdown. In the fourth period he intercepted another of Joliff’s passes to run 98 yards for a touchdown and thereby end Wooster’s only scoring threat of the day, an aerial attack that had carried the ball from midfield to the Tiger’s nine-yard line.

The Tigers made one other touchdown in the third period one a 48-yard march. Mansbury, Toles and Mellinger carried the ball most of the time; Mansbury carrying it across from the two-yard line. Attempts to negotiate points after the last three touchdowns all failed.

One of the most sensational sprints of the day went for naught when a Massillon man who never figured in the play was caught holding. The dash was contributed by John Mellinger on the first Tiger play in the second half. Wooster, after receiving the kickoff and failing to gain punted to Mellinger, who caught the ball on his own 35-yard line, eluding two tacklers and streaked down the east side line for a 75-yard run. It was a beautiful piece of open field running and more marvelous was the blocking on the play. As fast as a Wooster tackler came within reach of Mellinger a Massillon man was there to block him out.

Excellent Blocking
The same effective blocking was responsible for the many long runs made by Tigers backs Saturday. When McCants ran 62 yards for a touchdown he was escorted across the goal line by three Massillon players. Dutton likewise had blockers to spare when he ripped through Wooster for two touchdowns after intercepting passes.

Wooster was greatly handicapped Saturday by not having two of its star players in the lineup, Mullins, a fine defensive end, and Kate, a backfield man. Both were on crutches as a result of injuries sustained in the Dover engagement a week ago.

While the first team completed its only passing attempt, the second and third stringers tossed nine passes unsuccessfully, one being intercepted. Wooster completed four passes for a gain of 28 yards. Massillon intercepted three and grounded five others.

The line up and summary:
Massillon Pos. Wooster
Heisler LE Eschenberg
Birkish LT Leonard
Porter LG Gifford
Monroe C Sapp
Snavely RG Hindman
Buggs RT Munson
Lohr RE Goheen
Shertzer QB Joliff
Krier LH Smith
Shrake RH Gibbens
McCants FB Huston

Score by periods:
Massillon 21 14 12 6 53

Massillon – Hutsell, hb; Cary, e; Mason, qb; Dietz, e; Dutton, qb; Mellinger, hb; Smith, g; Slacvic, fb; McDew, e; J. Schimke, g; Peters, t; J. Russ, g; Greenfelder, e; T. Toles, hb; Tom Price, t; Graybill, c; Willison, t; L. Russ, qb; Molinski, g; Morningstar, c; G. Schimke, e; Mansbury, fb.
Wooster – Creighton, lh; F. Kate; Miller; Castner; Glasgow; Knight; Weekly.

Massillon – Krier; McCants; Lohr; Mansbury 3; Dutton 2.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Krier 3 (placekick); Hutsell (carried), Mansbury (carried).

Referee – Pund (Georgia Tech).
Umpire – Watkins (Wooster).
Head Linesman – Kidder (Bethany).

Willis Monroe
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1933: Massillon 13, Niles 0



Having chalked up their second straight victory of the season with a 13-0 triumph at Niles Saturday afternoon, the Washington high school Tigers this week will prepare for their invasion of Wooster, a team that held Dover to a lone touchdown in a homecoming game last Saturday.

Coming out of the Niles encounter in good shape despite several hard knocks absorbed by members of the team the Tigers barring injuries in training this week will be in A-1 condition for their third combat of the season Saturday.

Must Stop Fumbling
What Coach Paul Brown must correct more than anything this week is fumbling. Massillon fans were pleased with the showing of the Tiger forward wall Saturday when it held Niles to one first down and that a direct gift by a five-yard penalty. The backfield, however was somewhat of a disappointment in many respects because of its inability to coordinate its attacks.

Time after time the Tigers launched into threatening offensives only to have a fumble or some other misplay end the attack. Most everyone expected a slaughter but there were three big reasons why the Tigers failed to make a killing as impressive as Canton McKinley’s 67-7 triumph over Akron South.

In the first place Coach Brown did not choose to trample over his opponent after he had him down. Instead, he pulled his first stringers shortly after each touchdown and allowed his subs to carry on the work. A running story of the game shows that the Massillon first string team played less than one-half the game and was pulled just when the attack became most vicious.

In the second place, Niles had more of a team than the Tigers and Massillon fans had expected. Instead of a team weighing 150 pounds as reported by its coach, Niles had an outfit that weighed fully 160 pounds and was exceptionally strong defensively.

First Downs Tell Story
In the third place the Tigers themselves muffed many chances to score by fumbling the ball at critical moments.

While the 13-0 score is anything but impressive, it does not furnish a real picture of the exact supremacy of the Massillon team, for the Tigers threatened throughout. Their 17 first downs to Niles’ one with the subs playing more than half the game better describes their superiority.

There was nothing flukey about either the local team’s scores.

Tigers Score In First Period
After twice being stopped within the 15-yard line, once on an intercepted pass and again on a 15-yard penalty, the Tigers late in the first period took the ball on their own 40-yard stripe and launched a drive that netted a touchdown.

McCants picked up eight on a spinner and made seven more and a first down on the
25-yard line on a fake reverse. Another seven-yard smash by McCants caused Niles to take time out, but the rest was of no good, for on the next play the big colored boy circled his left wing for a touchdown. Krier attempted a placekick for the extra point but the ball went wide of the goal posts.

The Tigers began another march in the second period that ended when Scanlon intercepted Shertzer’s pass on the 18-yard line.

Midway in the third period the second touchdown was scored. It was only the second time in the period that the Tigers secured possession of the ball. Shrake started the works by grabbing a punt on his own 40-yard line and returning the ball five yards. McCants slanted through left tackle for five yards and Schrake circled his right wing for 11 more and a first down on the 39-yard line. Again Shrake ripped off seven yards through left tackle and McCants made it first down on a spinner on the 27-yard line.

Tigers Score Again
The Tigers took time out for a few minutes and renewed their offensive. Shrake sifted through left tackle for three yards and picked up three more at left end. McCants was stopped without gain, but on the fourth down Krier circled right end and carried the ball to a first down on the 17-yard line. McCants made two yards at center and Shrake struck out around left end for a 15-yard touchdown run. This time Krier kicked the extra point.

An entire new Massillon team faced Niles at the next kickoff. The Massillon subs once had the ball on the 12-yard line but lost a chance to score when a fumble set them back seven yards. They came back again to the 25-yard line but lost the ball on downs. Once again they drove back to the 10-yard line when another fumble set them back 10 yards and at the end of the game they were hammering away only six yards from Niles’ goal line.

Massillon showed the only offense of the afternoon, for the Tigers completely stopped every effort of the Niles team to carry the ball. Niles made its only first down early in the first period. Infante recovered a Tiger fumble on the 35-yard line and the Tigers were penalized five yards for being offside on the next play. Gales in two plays made it first down on the 25-yard line and that’s as far as Niles got with the ball.

Stop Niles Threat
Other than that, Niles threatened but once. One of Gales’ punts rolled near the goal line. Since the end zones are not deep at Niles, Massillon was granted five yards by Niles to give it sufficient room to punt. McCants got off a poor one, however, the ball going out of bounds on the 14-yard line.

Niles immediately took the five yards back it had previously given the Tigers, which placed the ball on the nine-yard line. Three plays only advanced the pigskin six yards, however and an attempted pass on the fourth down was grounded behind the goal line to end Niles only real scoring threat of the game.

Perhaps the most sensational dash of the game was that Mellinger in the fourth period when after apparently being stopped 10-yards back of his goal line, he shook off half a dozen or more tacklers and dug his shoes into the sod in a fast dash along the sideline. It had the fans a screaming, but Niles had the last laugh for Mellinger fumbled when tackled after a run of 30 yards and the opponents recovered the ball.

McCants’ first two punting efforts were fine boots but he dubbed the next two. Chovan, sub wingback got off several pretty punts.

Niles watched Krier closely and the 175-pound halfbacks gained very few yards. McCants and Shrake were the most dependable ground gainers Saturday.

At least half of the crowd of 3,000 that attended the game must have been Massillon fans. It gave the local school a fine cheering section.

Line up and summary:
Lohr LE Lewis
Birkish LT Pavalik
Porter LG Regazzo
Monore C Litvin
Snavely RG Matteo
Buggs RT Tricomi
Heisler RE Dixon
Shertzer QB Infante
Shrake LH Horniak
Krier RH Reese
McCants FB Gales

Score by periods:
Massillon 6 0 7 0 13

Massillon – Mellinger, rh; Wolf, lt; Mansbury, fb; Chovan, lh; Dutton, qb; J. Schimke, g; G. Schimke, e; Cary, e; Dietz, e; Hutsell, lh; Molinski, rg; Smith, lg; Morningstar, c; Peters, rt.
Niles – McMurray, g; Brutz, g; Waters, e; Korance, hb; Scanlon, c.

Willis Monroe
Massillon Tigers Black Letter Logo History

1933: Massillon 39, Akron St. Vincent 0



One for the money, two for the show, three to make ready and – whoopee! Three touchdowns in the last period. That’s the way it went for 5,000 fans last night when Washington high school’s 35 Tigers opened the 1933 football season in a very suspicious manner with a 39-0 victory over the fighting Irish of Akron St. Vincent’s high school.
Scoring a touchdown in each of the first three periods, the Massillon team waited until the final quarter to make a complete route of it and then it was the second stringers and not the regulars that put the finishing touches to the crushing defeat.

Linemen Actually Won Game
Though the backfield men showed their dash and color, football games are won and lost on the line and that’s where Friday evening’s victory was made possible.

Weighing 170 pounds from tip to tip and supported by two young giants at tackle, the forward wall was impregnable on defense and blasted big holes in the Saints line when the Tigers took the offense. The wave of interference that bowled over would be Irish tacklers was the finest Tiger fans have seen in a long time. The linemen and blockers opened wide paths for the ball carrier in off tackle smashes and threw everything but the goal posts at the ends when they circled the wings of the Irish line.

Without a line in front of him, a backfield man can do nothing. Henry Krier got nowhere as a ball carrier with last year’s light forward wall to support him, but he could not be stopped last night when the heavy Massillon boys cut him a path.

Tigers Too Heavy For Saints
St. Vincent’s had a scrappy team but was out weighed eight pounds to a man. A good little man can frequently whip a big slow man but a good little man has little chance or no chance against a big fast man and that about sizes up the helpless condition of the Saints last night. The Tigers are not only big, but are fast. Their line averages 170 pounds and their backfield 166 pounds and Krier and McCants, the heavy weights of the raiding foursome can run neck and neck with Shrake and Shertzer, the smaller boys. Furthermore Steve Birkish, the heaviest man on the team, 207 pounds, surprised fans with his speed in the opening minutes of the game when he went down under the first punt to tackle the safety man just as he caught the ball.

A sweeping victory was just what the Tigers needed, in the opinion of the high school’s board of strategy for confidence is what an inexperienced team needs and five of the six players that started last night were playing their first varsity game. Furthermore, several of the substitutes looked every bit as good as their hand picked brothers that started the game and this will create greater rivalry within the team itself.

There was no stopping the Massillon eleven last night and St. Vincent’s has only three fumbles and a penalty to thank that two or three more touchdowns were not scored against them. Once the Tigers fumbled ad lost the ball after Sharke had carried it to the five-yard line on a brilliant dash of 35 yards, the prettiest run of the game. He might have carried it over, for there was no one between him and the goal posts but he became overbalanced sidestepping the safety man and fell. On another occasion McCants raced 24 yards around right end and across the goal but the ball was brought back and Massillon penalized 15 yards for holding. On two other occasions the Tigers fumbled a triple pass within the
20-yard stripe after determined marching down the field.

Pass, Saints Only Weapon
Where the Tigers relied on power plays and end runs for gains and tried but two forward passes one of which was completed for a gain of 34 yards, St. Vincent’s found the forward pass its only offensive weapon and pegged the ball 17 times. On five occasions the ball fell into the arms of a receiver for a total gain of 69 yards.

Massillon’s drive netted 18 first downs to seven for the Irish.

Most remarkable of all was the condition of the Massillon team. Only twice during the game was time taken out for a Massillon player, Krier and Shrake each having the wind knocked out once.

The Tigers let it be known from the start that they meant business. Shrake was downed with the kickoff on the 20-yard line and there the march got underway. Shrake made three yards at left end and McCants plunged for five. Krier made it first down on the Massillon 35-yard line. McCants failed to gain but Sharke hit through left tackle for seven yards and McCants picked up 11 more for a first down on the Saints’ 47-yard stripe. It was a spinner play. St. Vincent’s was penalized five yards for offside. McCants made three yards at left guard and then waded through a pileup for a first down on the Saints 31-yard line. St. Vincent’s took time out. Play was resumed with Shrake circling left end for five yards. He then came around left end on a reverse for a 14-yard dash to the 12-yard line. Krier hit right tackle for seven yards and made it first down with two yards to go. On the next play, McCants plunged through center for the first touchdown and Krier placekicked the extra point. That ended the scoring of the first quarter.

Krier Runs 25 Yards
The last two plays of the first period paved the way for the second touchdown of the game. Porter was downed with a St. Vincent’s punt on the Saints’ 34-yard line. McCants tore through center for nine yards on a delayed buck. Here the period ended. With the ball on the 25-yard line, Krier circled right end for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. He also placekicked the extra point.

It was in this period that St. Vincent’s got nearest the Massillon goal. The Saints gained the ball through a fumble on their own 33-yard line. Aided by a 36-yard pass, Krasowski to Zeno, the ball was carried to the Tigers’ 11-yard line, where Zeno’s pass on the fourth down was wide and Massillon took possession of the ball. The half ended with the score
14-0 in favor of the Tigers.

Monrie and Lohr got the ball in position for the Tigers to score their touchdown of the third period when they blocked a punt on the Saints’ 35-yard line. The pigskin was no more than put into play until Krier again raced 35 yards on a reverse around right end for a touchdown. He was given excellent interference on this play, McCants alone seemingly mowing down half a dozen Akron players. Krier’s attempted placekick was wide. The third period ended with the score 20-0.

Subs Produce Points
Touchdowns came in rapid succession in the fourth quarter, a steady stream of substitutes seeming to propel rather than retard the Massillon offense.

McCants on the opening play of the fourth quarter skirted right end for a touchdown but the ball was called back and Massillon was penalized 15 yards for holding. Back to the
40-yard line, the Tigers set out to make up the loss. Shertzer’s pass was wild but Shrake scampered around left end to the 20-yard line where he was downed out of bounds under a pileup of Irishmen. The Saints were penalized for this and the ball was put in play on the five-yard stripe. McCants went over on the first play for a touchdown and Krier placekicked the extra point.

With Mellinger downed with a punt on the Saints’ 45-yard line, Willie Hutsel, the smallest of the team broke loose for three runs that carried the ball to the 29-yard line. Mellinger made six on a double reverse and Mansbury took it to the 16-yard line for a first down. He made six more yards on a center plunge and on the next play went over on a spinner for a touchdown. A poor pass from center hurried his attempted placekick that was blocked by the Saints’ players.

Mellinger Returns Punt 30 Yards
Mellinger’s 30 yard return of a punt placed the ball on the six-yard line in position for the sixth and next touchdown of the game. Mansbury went over on a plunge through center for the score. His attempted placekick was wide of the goal posts.
Both coaches used every member of their squads in the game, Coach Paul Brown giving
35 players a chance to perform.

There was color and plenty of it last night and the remodeled stadium with its heavy green turf and painted bleachers brought forth words of praise everywhere. The finest high school field in this section was the usual comment, and that’s just what it is, barring none.

Never before has a Washington band been given an ovation like that accorded the local musicians when they swept by the Tiger stands dressed in their neat and flashy uniforms with a drum major at the head that many a college would like to have. The band played and played well, the fruit of many nights of “vacation” rehearsals.

The new turf, though torn up considerably will have three weeks to take root again, and groundskeepers are not worrying over its condition for the next home game Friday evening, Oct. 13 with New Philadelphia. The refreshment stand did a rushing business from its new location and the score board kept the crowd informed as to score, downs, minutes to play and yards to go.

The line up and summary:
Massillon Pos St. Vincent’s
Lohr LE J. Roach
Birkish LT Sutter
Porter LG G. Siegferth
Monroe C Suscinski
Snavely RG Ahern
Buggs RT Yenchik
Heisler RE Holt
Shertzer QB F. Siegferth
Krier LH Krasowski
McCants FB Walsh
Shrake RH Zeno

Score by quarters:
Massillon 7 7 6 19 39

Massillon – Hutsell, lh; Chovan, lh; Cary, le; Mason qb; Dietz, le; Dutton, qb; Mellinger, rh; Smith, lg; Sladovic, fb; McDew, re; J. Schimke, rg; Peters, rt; Russ, lg; Greenfelder, re; Toles, rh; Price, lt; Wolfe, rt; Graybill, c; Willison, rt; L. Russ, qb; Molinski, c; Morningstar, c; G. Schinke, re; Mansbury, fb.
St. Vincent’s – O’Nell, t; Carano, g; L. Gorbach, c; Tardo, g; La Presti, t; Juhass, hb; Maker, fb; Mattucci, hb; V. Blandin, qb; McGinnis, qb; Mundy, e; T. Roach, e; Richards ,e.

Massillon – McCants 2; Krier 2; Mansbury 2.

Points after touchdown:
Massillon – Krier 2 (placekicks).

Referee – Jenkins (Akron).
Umpire – Watkins (Wooster).
Head Linesman – Kelly (Kenyon).

Willis Monroe