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McKinley 7, Massillon 34 (Nov 2-2013)

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McKinley 7, Massillon Washington 34 (Nov 2-2013)
Fawcett Stadium, Canton
Todd Filtz, Head Coach
Regular Season Game 10

Turnovers plague Massillon in loss to St. Vincent-St. Mary
Oct 26, 2013 1:17 AM

Independent sports editor

Massillon once again found itself in a deficit against an elite football team. And once again, the Tigers found themselves fighting in the fourth quarter with an opportunity to come all the way back.

And once again, that early hole proved to be too much as the Tigers suffered a 28-23 setback to the top-ranked Division III team in the state, St. Vincent-St. Mary, on Friday night at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers found themselves in a 21-3 first-half hole thanks to four turnovers, three of which led to touchdowns for the reigning Division III state champion Irish.

Still, Massillon pulled to within 28-23 with 6:03 remaining on a Marcus Whitfield touchdown catch. But they never got a final opportunity to go for a winning drive as the the Irish chewed up the remainder of the clock.

“As a team, we just can’t do that,” a dejected Massillon coach Jason Hall said. “We gave up a fumble for a touchdown. We had two muffed punts. It’s just mental mistakes in the first half. ... We couldn’t score from the 1. We’ve got to play better next week.”

The Tigers have no choice in that matter, whether it was archrival McKinley or somebody else next week. At 7-2, they likely need to beat the Bulldogs — who are 9-0 — on Saturday at Fawcett Stadium in order to qualify for the playoffs in Division II Region 2.

“They might need to dwell on it for about 24 hours,” Hall said. “We get an extra day. It’s definitely do-or-die. As a team, coaches and players, we have to do a better job. We can’t wait until the middle of the third quarter. We can’t kill ourselves with turnovers.”

In both losses, Massillon put itself behind the eight-ball. In Week 7, the Tigers battled back from a double-digit deficit at Austintown Fitch to close to within three points late in the fourth.

Both times, the Tigers couldnt’ finish the deal. The clock ran out at Fitch, while the Irish marched down the field during the last six-plus minutes.

Newman Williams picked up a big eight yards on third-and-3 from the Tigers 34. Then, with just less than two minutes left, he gained seven yards on fourth-and-2 to close things out.

“I knew in my mind we had to get that,” said Williams, who scored a pair of touchdowns and gained 56 yards on 10 carries. “I was going to try my hardest to do whatever I could to get that.”

The very first play set the tone for the Tigers, as Nathan Bischoff intercepted a deep pass for the Irish. That one wouldn’t hurt Massillon, as St. Vincent-St. Mary missed a 32-yard field goal.

But when the Tigers fumbled on their next possession, the Irish cashed in. Three plays and 25 yards later, Williams scored from 6 yards out for a 7-0 St. Vincent-St. Mary lead.

A muffed punt by Massillon set up Williams’ second scoring run, a 2-yarder with 7:49 left in the half to give the Irish a 14-3 lead. That lead grew to 21-3 when Dante Booker picked up a fumble and returned it 71 yards for a touchdown with 4:20 remaining.

“Defensively, we’ve created a ton of turnovers,” St. Vincent-St. Mary coach Dan Boarman said. “That’s really helped us out.”

Booker’s fumble return took the momentum away from Massillon after the Tigers got an interception by Reggie Rogers three plays before. Rogers, though, helped the Tigers take a 21-10 deficit at halftime when he pulled in a 19-yard pass with 15 seconds left in the back of the end zone.

After the Irish took a 28-10 lead out of the intermission with an eight-play, 71-yard scoring drive, Massillon began to wrest control of the momentum. Lyron Wilson’s 16-yard run with 2:02 left in the third pulled the Tigers to within 28-17.

Wilson finished with 105 yards on 21 carries.

The Tigers, who were stopped on fourth-and-goal from the Irish 3 with 5:29 remaining in the third quarter, outgained the Irish 304-239.

“The big negatives out-weighed a lot of positives,” Hall said. “We just have to look at that. It’s going to click for us, and hopefully it translates into a win next week.”

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Masillon must balance distraction with game preparations
Oct 28, 2013 12:15 AM

Independent sports editor

The noise from the people decorating the halls of Washington High School echoed all the way down to the Massillon football coaches’ office Sunday afternoon. Behind closed doors, though, that noise was muffled, if not nonexistent.

Sort of like how Tigers head coach Jason Hall wants his team to handle the noise this week as it prepares for the annual showdown with archrival and unbeaten McKinley on Saturday at Fawcett Stadium.

It’s not that he doesn’t want the players to take in and relish the hoopla that goes into McKinley Week, with all the pep rallies and bonfires and banquets and all of that. But he does want to make sure his team understands that it has a football game to play at the end of the week, one that will determine whether the 7-2 Tigers qualify for the Division II playoffs or call it a season by Saturday evening.

“You don’t want to lose track of the focus of letting your kids enjoy this week,” Hall said. “It’s something they’re going to remember the rest of their lives. You want to block some of it out, but at the same time, you want everybody to enjoy it. It’s a balancing act.”

But the noise that Hall really wants his team to close out is the grumbling that has intensified since Massillon dropped a 28-23 decision to top-ranked and reigning Division III state champion St. Vincent-St. Mary on Friday night. That loss has put the Tigers — at one point the No. 1-ranked team in Division II in the Associated Press poll — in a win-or-else situation against their hated Canton rivals.

While fans may complain, Hall wants to make sure the team is focused on what it can control. And what they control is quite a bit, as they are expected to remain at No. 8 in Division II Region 4 when the computer rankings come out Tuesday.

“You win or lose as a team,” Hall said. “That was what the message was to our kids. It’s easy to point fingers. It’s easy to listen to people on social media and around town and all that. At the end of the day, we keep everything in-house. We’ll work on it as a group, and you win and lose as a team.”

There is a precedent siding with Massillon against McKinley the week after a loss to St. Vincent-St. Mary. Tiger assistant coach Dan Hackenbracht spoke to the team shortly after last week’s loss and reminded them of his junior season in 1991, when Massillon lost 28-25 to the Irish, then routed the Bulldogs the following week.

But the Tigers also know that they can’t be the first team to beat McKinley this season if they don’t clean up the mistakes that cropped up in the loss last week.

That obviously starts with the turnovers, four of which in the first half helped to put Massillon in a 21-3 hole it could never completely recover from.

”We want to play better,” Hall said. “That’s on everybody, not just on seniors or on the team. That’s our staff and our kids in general. Hopefully, this week we put it all together. I know our kids and our coaches will respond.”

What Hall doesn’t want his players doing, though, is responding to any of the trash talk or extracurricular stuff which may go on during the game. Clashes between the Tigers and Bulldogs always have their share of on-field “conversations” between players, but the coaches wants to make sure that doesn’t turn into an issue that costs Massillon penalty yards.

That was a major issue for the Tigers on Friday, when they were hit with three personal foul penalties against St. Vincent-St. Mary. And that’s something that will be broached often this week during practice.

“Playing rivalry games, it’s emotional,” Hall said. “It’s about controlling your emotions, which as a team, we haven’t been great at. … The unsportsmanlike conducts and stuff, we got wrapped up in extracurriculars and it bit us. It’s like every week we have something else that kind of bites us.

“This week, we had some crucial penalties and we have to do a better job of putting our kids in situations and handling them.”

The situation for Massillon, though, is cut and dry: Manage the week of activities leading up to Saturday’s game. Then Saturday, go out and play its archrival with a chance to earn a playoff berth while spoiling McKinley’s hope for undefeated season.

“Our backs are definitely against the wall,” Hall said. “It’s our rival and the playoffs are on the line. It’s a big week.”

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All eyes will be on Glover-Williams in Massillon-McKinley showdown
Oct 29, 2013 12:45 AM

Independent sports editor

Massillon coach Jason Hall was watching a bit of Ohio State’s dismantling of Penn State on Saturday night and was struck by how difficult the Buckeyes’ offense could be to defend.

On one hand, teams have to account for the dual-threat big-play capabilities of the quarterback.

On the other hand, there is also a legitimate threat at tailback.

While not at the same level as the Buckeyes, Hall admits some of the same challenges present themselves to his defense as the Tigers prepare for Saturday’s showdown against McKinley at Fawcett Stadium.

There is the dual threat posed by quarterback Eric Glover-Williams. But the Bulldogs also boast a powerful running back in Jarrod Smith, who is their leading rusher.

“It’s very similar to watching Ohio State,” Hall said. “It’s a double-edged sword. You’re going to have to defend their tailback, who’s really good, too. You have to defend those two running backs in the backfield, and they’re going to try and get one-on-one match-ups and take their chances.”

Smith’s contributions to the McKinley offense rests in 885 yards on 152 carries — both team highs — along with nine touchdowns. Three times this year he has topped the 100-yard plateau, including 135 yards on 15 carries in last week’s rout of Boardman.

Yet, while Smith may lead the Bulldogs in rushing, it is Glover-Williams who is undoubtedly the focal point of the offens. The junior quarterback presents the ultimate challenge because his running ability can make him a threat to break loose for a long run every snap, while also allowing him to keep pass plays alive by eluding defenders.

“I don’t think any coordinator likes going against a dual-threat quarterback,” McKinley coach Todd Filtz said. “That’s always not something that you hope to go into a game having to prepare for. A broken play could result in a touchdown, and I know our defensive coordinators hate that thought. Eric allows us to have that option, and every play doesn’t have to be perfect when you have a guy like Eric taking the snaps.”

Massillon got its first real taste of Glover-Williams’ abilities last season. Actually, the Tigers got a taste of it twice.

The first time, in a regular-season game at Massillon, the Bulldogs quarterback rushed for a game-high 141 yards on 27 carries. He also threw for 196 yards and three scores, while completing 15 of 30 passes.

Two weeks later, the Tigers saw him again in a regional semifinal at Kent State. This time, they kept him in check running the ball — just 33 net yards, with two scores, on 20 carries — although he did throw for another 191 yards on 14 of 27 passing.

This year, Massillon saw dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks in Steubenville’s Mandela Lawrence-Burke and Austintown Fitch’s Antwan Harris. The former rushed for 63 yards and passed for just 38 yards against the Tigers, while the latter helped key Fitch’s win with 147 rushing yards and three touchdowns, and another 80 passing yards with a score.

“I think on good defenses, all 11 guys have to be disciplined,” Hall said. “We’re going to have to play 11-as-one and rally to the ball. He’s very quick and he’ll change directions. We just have to be very sound all the way across the board.”

This season, Glover-Williams has rushed for 761 yards on 113 carries and a team-high 14 touchdowns. Four times he’s gone over the 100-yard mark, with a season-high 199 yards and three scores in a Week 4 win at Hoover.

The junior Ohio State commitment has also completed 48 of 92 passes for 690 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.

A caveat in that is an ankle injury that he suffered in a Week 5 win over Lake. That injury hampered him for much of the next two games — including a 12-carry, minus-2-yard rushing night against GlenOak in Week 7 — before he sat out in Week 8 against Perry.

However, he returned last week against Boardman, carrying it eight times for 19 yards and a score. Filtz said his quarterback is at “90-to-95 percent” heading into Saturday’s game.

“He was doing a great job, and then he got dinged up,” Filtz said. “I think he came back (against Boardman) almost full strength and picked up kind of where he left off before he got injured. I think he continues to grow each and every game, and will continue to do it throughout this year and next year.”

Right now, though, the only thing either Filtz or Hall are concerned about is how Glover-Williams grows Saturday afternoon.

Reach Chris at 330-775-1128
On Twitter: @ceasterlingINDE

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Massillon seniors just have one more shot at McKinley
Oct 30, 2013 12:05 AM

Independent sports editor

There won’t be a playoff rematch between Massillon and McKinley this season. That has nothing to do with the Tigers’ precarious playoff position and everything to do with the new divisional alignment that has them in Division II and the Bulldogs in Division I.

So while past Massillon — and McKinley — teams knew there was a possibility of seeing their archrivals a second time in the playoffs, that won’t be the case this season. Regardless of whether the Tigers join the Bulldogs as a postseason participant, the only chance either side has to beat the other in 2013 rests on Saturday afternoon’s meeting at Fawcett Stadium.

And nobody understands that fact more than the Tiger seniors. Whatever happens between 2 and roughly 5 on Saturday will stand as the final memory those 26 seniors have of playing in arguably the greatest rivalry in high school sports.

“This is the last time we’ll ever play them in our lives,” senior defensive end Malik Dudley said. “We won’t have the opportunity to play them in the playoffs like we did last year. We have to leave our mark on this game.”

Every senior on this year’s team had a chance to experience playing McKinley twice. And not only did they get to experience playing the Bulldogs twice, they got the rare thrill of beating them twice — something that had only happened once before in the playoff era.

Those experiences from a year ago still resonated as they spoke about them Tuesday. Yet, they especially held true to those Tigers who are continuing on their family legacies in playing McKinley.

A year ago, senior receiver Beau Huffman celebrated at midfield with his father Jeff, a Massillon assistant coach, after the Tigers ended a three-year regular-season losing streak to the Bulldogs. Now, a legacy that went from his father to his older brother Brett and now to him will come to an end Saturday afternoon.

“Everyone who’s been born and raised in Massillon, this means everything to them,” the younger Huffman said. “Last time playing them, us being Division II. It’s safe to say it’s going to be an emotional game. Us seniors are never going to get a shot at them again. There’s no possible shot at them again, so the electricity’s going to be high. ... It’s going to be an emotional game.”

Those emotions have at times been the Tigers’ own worst enemy. Maybe never more than last week against St. Vincent-St. Mary, when three personal foul penalties helped to short-circuit any hopes Massillon had of beating the Irish.

With the heightened emotions that come with this rivalry, when jawing between players on both sides can occur on almost every play, the seniors know a repeat of that could be catastrophic for the Tigers.

“You can’t let your emotions get crazy,” senior linebacker Devon Ingram said. “You can easily get caught with a personal foul. They’ll get to pushing and shoving; our guys will get to pushing and shoving. It’s just going to be about who’s more mentally tough and not make mistakes like that.”

That loss to the Irish may have been a wake-up call to the Tigers. If nothing else, it served as a reminder of what was immediately ahead of them.

And what they needed to do to prepare for it.

“Right after the St. Vincent-St. Mary game, it really sank in,” senior receiver/safety Marcus Whitfield said. “Right after the game, it was like, ‘OK, it’s McKinley Week.’ It’s the last time we ever get to play them. It’s time to focus up.”

One thing Massillon has been striving for since Week 1 is that complete, four-quarter football game. The Tigers have shown that at times, but never from opening kickoff to final whistle.

As the saying goes, no time like the present for that to happen.

“We just want to come out and play our best against them,” senior lineman Nathaniel Devers said. “This is the biggest game of the year. This is the biggest rivalry in the country, and it’s just so important for us and the community.”

The importance of Saturday’s game goes beyond just the bragging rights. Or keeping the Victory Bell in Massillon.

For the Tigers, a win gets them into the playoffs. But a loss, and they’re likely to be putting the equipment away next week.

“For us, we’re playing more than just a game,” senior linebacker Alex Dailey said. “It’s do-or-die for us. None of us want to die; we want to keep this season going. It just makes it that much bigger playing McKinley.”

Especially with it being the seniors’ last time.

Reach Chris at 330-775-1128
On Twitter: @ceasterlingINDE

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New faces, but McKinley's defense doesn't skip a beat
Oct 30, 2013 12:22 AM

Repository sports writer

As the 2013 high school football season approached, the conversation about McKinley’s defense revolved around who wasn’t there any longer.

Gone were nine starters from 2012. McKinley head coach Todd Filtz and his players heard whispers of the defense being the “weak link” this year, he said.

“We knew as coaches, sitting in meeting rooms and hearing some of that same stuff, that we had a chance to be better than last year,” Filtz said. “And I feel that we are.”

It’s difficult to argue that point with Filtz as the Bulldogs prepare for their biggest challenge of the season. They host Massillon on Saturday at Fawcett Stadium. Kickoff is 2 p.m.

Through nine games last year (which included the Massillon Week 10 game since McKinley had a bye in Week 3), opponents averaged 21.2 points and 245.8 yards a game.

This season, opponents average 15.0 points and 212.0 yards a game against the 9-0 Bulldogs, who are ranked fourth in the Associated Press Division I state poll.

Filtz, a former All-Ohio linebacker at Steubenville in his high school days, focused on the offensive side of the ball last year, his first in Canton.

With him having confidence in Rick Rios and the rest of the McKinley offensive staff, Filtz chSEEanged to the defensive side this season.

“I wanted to implement things that I knew, that I fully knew, that I could adjust to,” Filtz said. “I wanted people learning from me installing it, rather then you teaching somebody in the room and them going out to do it.”

Filtz switched the Bulldogs from a traditional 4-3 defense to a 4-2-5 scheme, which uses senior Nikolas Ricks as a hybrid linebacker-safety.

“We always had seven guys in the box (last year),” Filtz said. “I felt like we were a little predictable. This year we’ve done multiple fronts, stunts, blitzes, coverages. We’re very versatile. I think that helps us.”

Senior middle linebacker Jamal Davis II is the centerpiece. He along with senior defensive back Chris Prowell-White are the two returning starters.

“I just feel way more confident in myself and in my defense,” said the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Davis. “I feel my defense is faster now, from the D-line to the linebackers to the safeties to the DBs. We’re fast all around. Everyone contributes.”

Fellow senior linebacker James Smith currently leads the Bulldogs in tackles with 83 overall and 37 solo.

“He’s a smart football player, and it all stems from that,” Filtz said of Smith. “He knows what’s going on in the pre-snap.”

Defensive tackle Tre’Von Richardson and defensive end Nick Faulkner have caused plenty of havoc in the McKinley front, which will be locked in an interesting battle with Massillon’s big, talented offensive line on Saturday.

The Bulldogs have scored five defensive touchdowns this season, with two of them coming from senior defensive back Darius Smothers. Fellow senior Tavontae’ Norwood packs a lot of punch in his 5-7, 160-pound frame.

The Bulldogs pride themselves on pursuing the ball and making plays once they get there.

After facing a lot of run-dominant teams, the Bulldogs must contend with a Massillon offense that Filtz called the most balanced they’ve faced this season. Lyron Wilson and JD Crabtree both are good cut-back runners, so McKinley must stay in its lanes. Massillon freshman QB Danny Clark has a trio of weapons to throw to in Reggie Rogers, Marcus Whitfield and Beau Huffman.

“You definitely have to adjust to what Massillon’s doing,” Filtz said. “I don’t think you have to take away the aggressiveness. Whether it’s a run or a pass, once that ball is committed to a point, that aggressiveness needs to come out. That starts with running to the football and making something happen when you get there.”

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Massillon, McKinley both feature several newcomers to rivalry
Oct 31, 2013 1:10 AM

Independent sports editor

It’s been just more than a year since Nathaniel Devers ran out of the tunnel at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium and into his first Massillon-McKinley game. Yet, even as the Massillon senior prepares for his final appearance in the rivalry, he is still struck by what he remembers from his introduction last October.

“Just how loud it was,” said Devers, who had transferred to Massillon from Southeast prior to last season. “Just how many people there were and how loud it was. I’ve never been in a game that loud.”

Devers had the good fortune of playing in not one, but two Massillon-McKinley games in his first season as a Tiger. So as he prepares for Saturday’s 124th meeting between the rivals at Fawcett Stadium, he is more than a little comfortable being in the moment.

But when the Tigers and Bulldogs tee it up, there will still be those players — on both sides — who will have never played in the game before. Some may have played against the other at the freshman level, or as junior varsity players.

Yet, when it comes to stepping onto the field in the midst of all the pomp and pageantry that is a part of the Week 10 showdown — whether it’s played in Massillon or Canton — there remains a learning curve. But there again, Devers has some advice for those players.

“You just have to remember that it’s still a game,” Devers said. “You go out and play it, and you’re having fun. You just have to remember that anybody on that field, you have to play them like anybody else. ... You just go on the field and do what you always do.”

Many of Massillon’s newcomers have played in key roles. Freshman quarterback Danny Clark, as well as receiver Reggie Rogers and lineman George Papacostas — both transfers — have never faced McKinley. Other Tigers, such as linemen Ronnie Humphrey, Dakota Dunwiddie or Donnie Heather, have either faced McKinley while at other schools or only as freshmen.

For Massillon coach Jason Hall, the message to those players isn’t much different than it is to those players who will be playing in their third or fourth Massillon-McKinley game.

“You want them to enjoy it,” Hall said. “They’ll get there and they’ll be excited. For both teams, by the middle of the first quarter, then you’ll really see the football game.

“We don’t have to talk to them about it,” he added. “We definitely have a lot of talks about controlling your emotions. We can’t be selfish, we can’t be anything. It has to be a team effort from coaches to players.”

The jarring experience of that first introduction to the rivalry isn’t limited to just the players. Like Devers, McKinley coach Todd Filtz had his initial foray into The Game last October at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

And, like Devers, Filtz got not just one, but two opportunities to be involved in his first season. Those two games, even in losing both, served as an eye-opener for the Bulldog boss.

“When you step into something, you never know what’s going to happen,” Filtz said. “You don’t know what it’s about. You hear about it; you’ve seen it. But until you’re actually ingrained in it, you don’t know what it’s like. It’s a big stage, and people that aren’t involved in it can say that they’re ready for it. But when you actually step on that field for the first time, it’s something special.”

The reality for Filtz wasn’t even the game itself, as much as it was everything else around the game. The week leading up to the game can provide ample opportunity for those unaccustomed to it to find themselves losing sight of the ultimate goal.

With the banquets and pep rallies and everything else, it can be a distraction. And that’s what Filtz believes is the challenge to anybody going through this game for the first time.

“There’s a million events going on during the week and everybody wants to pull you in a million directions,” Filtz said. “At the end of the day, you have to have your guys focused for each practice during the week, and once Saturday at 2 o’clock comes around, you have to stay focused on the task at hand. I think sometimes as a newcomer — and I can speak to this from last year — in this rivalry, everybody and everything going on distracts your attention from what’s really at hand, and that’s the game at 2 o’clock.”

Reach Chris at 330-775-1128
On Twitter: @ceasterlingINDE

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Rogers, Over and Out: Ohio’s best rivalry? There’s only one choice.
Posted on October 30, 2013 by Eric Frantz in Featured, Football with 0 Comments
Rogers, Over and Out

By Tim Rogers
Massillon-McKinley is on another level

Pro Cuts Barber and Styling shop sits on Fulton Road, just a couple of sustained drives west of Fawcett Stadium.

Proprietor Jon Farley is a 1996 graduate of Canton McKinley, following employees Jeff Eneix (1994) and Brian West (1990).

When Eneix interviewed for the job at Pro Cuts about seven years ago he told Farley that he was willing to work whenever needed. With one exception.

“I told Jon that there was only one day that I absolutely had to have off,” said Eneix. “It was the day of the McKinley-Massillon game. I just couldn’t miss it, even though it’s always on a Saturday, a busy day around here. Thanks to Jon, I haven’t missed.”

McKinley and Massillon will play for the 124th time at 2 p.m. on Saturday, this time in venerable Fawcett. A crowd in excess of 16,000 is expected to watch the 2013 edition of the greatest high school football rivalry in Ohio.

JJH_RogersStarting at the age of 14, Eneix and best friend Donny Howell have attended the last 23 games in the series that dates to 1894. This is not an unusual circumstance for fans in either city.

While not as fervent a fan as Eneix, Farley realizes the significance of the 10th week of the high school football season. A “Beat Massillon” sign hangs on his shop’s front door and there is another inside, taped to the mirror that extends the length of the room.

Close to the cash register sits the “squares game” at $5 per square. Each of the 100 squares will be filled well before Saturday’s 2 p.m. kickoff.

Normal closing time on Saturdays at Pro Cuts is 4:30 p.m. As he has done every other year since buying the shop in 2006, Farley will shut the doors at noon this Saturday. It’s a way of life in Stark County.

“We wouldn’t get any business anyhow,” Farley explains. “Our parking lot starts filling up around 8 in the morning and our customers wouldn’t be able to get in.”

The best high school football rivalry in Ohio – and probably beyond – is Canton McKinley vs. Massillon.

Nothing else is close. Not St. Ignatius vs. St. Edward, not Youngstown Cardinal Mooney vs. Ursuline or Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary vs. Archbishop Hoban. Piqua-Troy, Coldwater-St. Henry, Dover-New Philly, Columbus DeSales-Watterson or Cincy Xavier-Colerain don’t fill the bill, either.

Many Clevelanders suffer from a severe case of provincialism. Many of them feel that Northeast Ohio ends southward at the Summit County line. I know. I spent the first 44 years of my life there and still have many ties to Cleveland and the cities located in the counties surrounding Cuyahoga County.

Those other rivalries, spirited in their own right, are all runnersup to the claim, playing for second place as it were. There is nothing like McKinley-Massillon. All others are the junior varsity of high school rivalries. McKinley-Massillon is the Super Bowl.

Some of the other acknowledged rivalries closer to Lake Erie – i.e., Copley vs. Revere, Brunswick vs. Strongsville, Kenston vs. Chagrin Falls, Willoughby South vs. Eastlake North, Avon Lake vs. Avon, Kirtland vs. Cuyahoga Heights are all, well, quaint.

In Canton, this week is known simply as Massillon week. Massillon fans call this McKinley week. Signs and banners adorn store fronts in both cities. In Massillon, a “Beat McKinley” banner stretches the width of Lincoln Way, the city’s main thoroughfare. Players’ pictures hang high from street lights. The “Massillon Independent” published a 20-page special section on Tuesday, the same day former coach Earle Bruce (20-0 in two seasons) addressed the Massillon Touchdown Club.

School officials confirmed that you can get line in Las Vegas if so inclined. The game is a conclusion of a week filled with breakfasts, luncheons, dinners, prayer meetings, parades through respective city streets, pep rallies and a gigantic bonfire.

The Massillon cheerleaders will visit area nursing homes to lift the spirits of the residents. The schools stage a week-long Blood Battle to see which can raise the most blood for the Red Cross. At the same time, a Food Fight is held with everything being donated to the Stark County Hunger Task Force. Kegs and Eggs events are as routine as Halloween pumpkins on doorsteps.

I began attending high school football games when I was in the fifth grade. I grew up two blocks from West Tech field, the only school on Cleveland’s west side equipped with lights. It was the home field for just about every school in the old West Senate and it would host three games a weekend.

We would find ways to sneak into games on Friday and Saturday, using daring maneuvers to outrun the cops until we were able to disappear under the sanctity of the visiting bleachers. Doubleheader Saturdays were a real challenge without the cover of darkness. But, that’s a story for another time.

St. Ignatius vs. Benedictine or Cathedral Latin were my introductions to rivalries and they were great games. The teams were better, the crowds were larger and more enthusiastic and the uniforms were cooler. Even today, the Ignatius blue and gold – plain and clean – remains my favorite. (I cringed when the school added the wildcat paw print on the helmet, but I’ve come to accept it.)

There was nothing like watching St. Ignatius play Benedictine (or Cathedral Latin) in Cleveland Stadium on Thanksgiving Day morning in what was the Senate Championship game and billed as the Charity Game. It was special and I thought those were the biggest and best rivalries around.

Many years ago I was introduced to McKinley vs. Massillon. The rivalry is simply not one school against another. Nor is it one neighborhood against another, one community against another.
It has escalated into one city against the other. While Canton is more than twice the size of its rival, you won’t find one Cantonian who doubts the spirit of its smaller neighbor.

“I’d rather see the Pups go 1-9 with that lone win being against Massillon than have them go 9-1 and lose to Massillon,” said Eneix. That might not be the ideal situation, but you get the point.

The rivalry is so vastly intense to any other that it can’t be challenged. For years I tried to explain it to all the diehards up north. I tried to tell them that I have attended more Ignatius-St. Ed’s games than McKinley-Massillon. I’ve been to Brunswick-Strongsville, SVSM vs. Hoban, etc. There simply is no comparison.

You can’t possibly understand the depths of McKinley-Massillon until you have witnessed it. It is a spectacle, a happening. This is not 10,000 fans cramming into and surrounding Lakewood Stadium. This is nearly 20,000 filling two of the finest high school football facilities in the state.

Reading about it or watching it on television doesn’t suffice.

“I don’t think I can tell you what it’s like,” said Massillon assistant athletic director Brian Pachis, who played in two Massillon-McKinley games. “All I know is that I will never forget it. I’ll never forget the feeling. It was just incredible.”

Mike Cooper is a 1984 graduate of McKinley. He had the misfortune of playing in two losses to the Tigers but relishes the opportunity to this day. Even though he has relocated to Avon, a charming suburb between Cleveland and Lorain, his ties to McKinley remain as strong as if he had never left.

“The feeling (of losing) never leaves you,” said Cooper, who now lives in Avon, a suburb between Cleveland and Lorain. “Never. When I was a kid I would have preferred playing in that game over celebrating Christmas or my birthday. I just can’t think of anything better than playing in that game.”

The Massillon-McKinley game has added the Ohio’s high school football lore. Paul Brown, Marion Motley, Lin Houston, Don Nehlen, Ben Schwartzwalder, Chris Spielman, Lee Tressel and Thom McDaniels are just a handful of those who either coached or played in the game.

No other rivalry can make that claim.


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Rivalry Week: If Tigers can win, they’re in
Oct 31, 2013 3:57 PM

Jason Hall doesn’t want to hear about streaks or away games.

It is the Massillon-McKinley game, simple as that.

The fact that Massillon has to play McKinley at Fawcett Stadium is irrelevant to the Tigers head coach. The fact that Hall’s team beat McKinley twice last season won’t matter Saturday afternoon when the two teams play for the 124th time.

A third win in a row over McKinley won’t be easy. It wouldn’t matter if Massillon came into the game on a losing streak to the Bulldogs.

“The game in general is hard to win,” Hall said. “Every year you have new clientele mixed in. You have guys who have experience in it, and guys who aren’t. Every year brings a unique perspective to the game. It’s about matchups. I’m a chess match guy. It’s about who plays their pieces the right way.”

But this year Massillon has more on the line on its half of the chessboard. The Tigers are 7-2 and coming off a loss to St. Vincent-St. Mary. They have the final spot in the Division II, Region 4 playoff standings. A loss likely knocks them out of it.

Hall doesn’t have to tell his players that. They already know the mantra: win and they’re in.

“This is a rival game and they know they get to play on if they win,” Hall said. “In this day and age with so much social media and media available to them, everybody knows. You don’t have to dramatize it.”

McKinley (9-0) will host a first-round playoff game in Division I, according to, regardless of what happens Saturday.

Had Massillon found a way to beat either SVSM or Fitch, both teams are 9-0, it would be in the postseason regardless of what happens Saturday.

The Tigers dropped from Division I to II this season. Most years a 7-3 record would make the postseason.

Not this year.

Of the three Federal League schools Massillon played this year, only McKinley has a winning record. Steubenville (5-4), Harding (4-5), (Perry 0-9), GlenOak (4-5) and Firestone (1-8), all have less wins than Hall anticipated.

“The weird thing about our playoff system is a lot of times you’re depending on teams you beat and who they beat,” Hall said. “There’s no way to judge that. Firestone usually has five wins. Perry usually has a winning season. In 2008, we got in at 6-4. I said when we went into Division II, this region has a lot of teams that are used to making the playoffs and it will be tough.”

In order for Massillon to get to the postseason, it will have to find a way to keep McKinley quarterback Eric Glover-Williams under wraps, but the Bulldogs aren’t just built on Glover-Williams.

Hall believes running back Jarrod Smith is the team’s most improved player from last year.

“He runs hard,” Hall said. “He’s a strong, physical kid. Their whole offense is tailored around Eric. But the running back is a player.”

On the other side of the ball, Massillon’s offense will have to keep turnovers to a minimum. That may not be easy with a freshman starting quarterback in Danny Clark. But Hall said Clark has played in nine varsity games this season, and is no longer a freshman.

“Every kid in this game will be amped up,” Hall said. “He has a ton of starts under his belt (eight) and he’s played in front of tough competition. I don’t believe (inexperience) will be a factor.”

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Rivalry Week: Bulldogs need no motivation against Massillon
Oct 31, 2013 4:08 PM

When the football is kicked off around 2 p.m. Saturday inside Fawcett Stadium, the Massillon Tigers will be a high school football team playing for its playoff life.

Meanwhile, the undefeated McKinley Bulldogs have a Week 11 home game already clinched according to

It stands to reason the Tigers might be the team playing with a bit more desperation in the 124th edition of Canton versus Massillon.

But McKinley head coach Todd Filtz believes his Bulldogs will have no problem finding the proper motivation for this most intense and not-so-friendly of rivalries that dates to 1894.

“This is McKinley and Massillon,” Filtz said. “Records don’t matter. What people are playing for don’t matter.

“For us, it’s all about beating Massillon. I’m sure over there they’re going to tell you the exact same thing. Everything else takes care of itself.”

What’s at stake for the Bulldogs? They can go 10-0 for the first time since 2005. Also, the higher they can finish in the Division I, Region 1 computer rankings, the better. No one wants St. Ignatius visiting in Week 11.

And don’t think for a second the possibility of preventing Massillon from getting to the postseason isn’t a factor for the Bulldogs. The Tigers (7-2) entered this week in the eighth and final playoff spot in Division II, Region 4.

“That’s something else we want,” said Eric Glover-Williams, McKinley’s junior quarterback and an Ohio State recruit. “When Week 11 rolls around, they’re in the stands watching us.”

To reiterate, this isn’t the friendliest of rivalries.

Filtz is 20 games into his McKinley coaching career. He is a sparkling 17-3. However, two of those losses are to Massillon.

The Bulldogs lost last year’s Week 10 meeting at Massillon 37-29, then dropped a regional semifinal rematch at Kent State’s Dix Stadium 28-19. In both games, McKinley fell behind big early and could not rally all the way back.

Losing twice in the span of three weeks to Massillon and then having a whole offseason to think about it hasn’t sat well at McKinley.

“I know it’s been a motivational tool for us,” Filtz said.

Massillon is the best team McKinley has faced all year.

The Tigers have a balanced offense highlighted by big-play wide receivers Reggie Rogers and Marcus Whitfield, a Toledo recruit. Massillon’s defense is solid, while the special teams are led by Michigan-bound junior kicker-punter Andrew David.

“I think in all three phases of the game, it’s probably the three best units we’ve seen all year,” Filtz said. “When you’re going against a team that’s probably the best on your schedule, you’ve got to be sound in what you do.”

The Tigers spent four weeks atop the Associated Press Division II state poll before losses to undefeated Fitch and St. Vincent-St. Mary dropped them to ninth currently.

The Bulldogs are ranked fourth in Division I, however they have haven’t faced anyone quite the caliber of Fitch or SV-SM, until now.

“We don’t want to underestimate a team,” McKinley senior linebacker Jamal Davis II said. “It’s Massillon football and McKinley football. It’s going to be a great game. They have a lot of weapons and we have a lot of weapons.”

And both teams have plenty to play for Saturday.

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McKinley perseveres to 9-0 start
Oct 31, 2013 11:04 PM

Independent sports editor

Nine games. Nine wins.

Not a bad way to start out a season for a football program, even one as storied as McKinley’s program. Nor is it necessarily a shocking one for the Bulldogs.

“I don’t know if we’re surprised at all,” McKinley coach Todd Filtz said. “We have a big expectation at McKinley, and so far this year, our kids have lived up to it. They’ve lived up to it by playing extremely hard.
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“It all starts there, with them playing with energy and playing hard. When they’re doing those two things, we’re winning games and overcoming injuries and ultimately living up to the expectation that we have.”

The Bulldogs have accomplished one of their goals already, becoming just the second current Federal League member to win consecutive outright league titles. And they’re assured of a home game when the Division I playoffs start a week from Saturday.

But what they want just as much is to beat their archrival from Massillon, which is a chance they’ll get Saturday afternoon at Fawcett Stadium. If they can do that, if they can post the school’s first 10-0 record since 2005, some of the credit can go to the experiences it has picked up through the first nine games.

While the Bulldogs’ record says it’s unblemished, there have been more than a few bumps along the way. Those bumps, though, haven’t knocked them off the road to what has been an unbeaten start to the season.

“We’ve been in some really tight situations and ultimately came out with ‘Ws’ at the end of all of them,” Filtz said. “Our kids, they’re not quitting and they’re playing 48 minutes each and every week. That’s the most enjoyable thing about it.”

Coming into the season, all eyes were on McKinley’s spectacular junior Eric Glover-Williams. One of the state’s most talented players, the Ohio State commitment is an electrifying player when he’s running the ball, capable of turning any play into a touchdown.

However, in Week 5, Glover-Williams suffered an injury against Lake, an injury which — while only costing him one game (Week 8 against Perry) — hobbled him for much of the next three games. But that injury didn’t slow down the Bulldogs, who rallied late to win that game, and have kept on winning games since then as well.

“We’re playing as a team,” Filtz said. “We’re playing for Canton McKinley. Every player that steps on the field is doing that. It’s definitely not a one-man show. Eric’s been banged up since the mid-point until recently this year, and we’ve been able to win football games with him playing hurt and with him on the sidelines. It’s definitely a team.”

Not that every game has been a blowout for the Bulldogs. They needed that late rally — led by backup quarterback Chance Young — to top Lake in Week 5.

They also needed second-half rallies to beat Hoover in Week 4 and Jackson in Week 6. And in Week 7, McKinley needed a fake field goal as time expired to complete a fourth-quarter rally from 10 points down to beat GlenOak.

Those experiences, though, are something Filtz believes could be especially beneficial in Saturday’s showdown with the 7-2 Tigers.

“It allows them to keep their focus,” Filtz said. “They don’t lose control because they’ve been in that situation, I think, five times this year. It’s going to be that way Saturday. There’s going to be not one, but multiple points in the game where they’re going to have to keep focused; they’re going to have to stay composed. They’ve had a lot of experience in those two areas this season.”

Experiences which have helped McKinley start 9-0 for the first time since 2006. And experiences the Bulldogs hope can pay off with many more wins this season.

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Massillon roars into playoffs in rout of McKinley
Nov 02, 2013 11:27 PM

Repository sports writer

Look out, Region 4.
The Tigers are coming.

Playing maybe its most complete game of the season, Massillon punched its ticket to the playoffs Saturday with a resounding 34-7 win against McKinley in the 124th edition of the Canton-Massillon high school football rivalry.

Two years after McKinley kept them out of the playoffs with a win in Week 10 at Fawcett Stadium, the Tigers returned to Fawcett on a rainy afternoon and did not let history repeat itself.

They used a huge special-teams play just before halftime to grab control. They rolled from there to their third straight win against McKinley, counting last year's Week 10 meeting and the playoff rematch.

The rest of Division II, Region 4 probably wish McKinley could have done them a favor and kept Massillon out of the playoffs.

The Tigers are in, and they look like a team that could stay awhile.

“We have a full head of steam,” freshman quarterback Danny Clark said. “We're ready to go. These next five weeks are going to be unbelievable. Everybody better be ready.”

The Tigers (8-2) host Nordonia next week at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

After mistake-filled losses to undefeated teams Fitch and St. Vincent-St. Mary two of the past three weeks, the Tigers didn't look fazed by the do-or-die nature of Saturday's game.

“We had fun this week,” Massillon head coach Jason Hall said. “We carved pumpkins. (Friday), our seniors got to mock our coaches and imitate them in front of the whole team. I don't want my kids uptight.”

They weren't.

Lyron Wilson ran for 184 yards on 26 carries as Massillon's big offensive line controlled the trenches. On the other side of the ball, Massillon's front seven bottled up junior Eric Glover-Williams and McKinley's one-dimensional offense.

The Bulldogs missed on a chance to go 10-0 for the first time since 2005, but they can take solace in the fact they're still hosting a playoff game next week in Division I, Region I. Of course, it appears the opponent will be St. Ignatius. Official pairings will be announced today.

“Right now, a bunch of guys are hurting. A bunch of coaches are hurting,” McKinley head coach Todd Filtz said. “That's how it's supposed to be. ... I'm not worried about where our mentality is. Come Monday, we need positive senior leadership.”

Saturday's biggest moment happened just before halftime.

Down 7-0, McKinley drove to Massillon's 20 and, facing a fourth-and-2, decided to run the clock down to try a 37-yard field goal with three seconds left.

Massillon's Marcus Whitfield blocked Austin Shaheen's attempt. Chaos ensued. The ball shot towards midfield. Both teams had chances to grab it. The ball squirted free one last time.

Massillon's Alex Dailey grabbed it and ran 45 yards for a back-breaking touchdown with time expired.

“I really have to credit that, No. 1, to Marcus Whitfield, for the block and, No. 2, to Malik Dudley,” Dailey said. “He could have tried to pick up the ball when there was a defender right behind him. Instead, he laid a block to let another teammate get it. That's being unselfish.”

Instead of being down 7-3 — a deficit McKinley would have felt fortunate with after being thoroughly outplayed to that point — the Pups faced a 14-0 hole and a wave of momentum.

“I think from an emotional standpoint, it was bigger than the points,” Filtz said. “That was a devastating blow that we had to recover from.”

McKinley fell behind 24-0 midway through the third quarter. Clark hit Reggie Rogers over the top for 43 yards. Two plays later, Clark dump-trucked a McKinley defensive back during a 2-yard TD run.

Saive Isles' fifth interception of the season had the ball right back in Massillon's hands. That led to a 35-yard Andrew David field goal and the 24-0 lead.

McKinley's Nikolas Ricks gave the Bulldogs a breath of life with an 80-yard TD run on the first play of the ensuing possession. But the Bulldogs simply could not sustain offense. They were 3-of-11 on third downs and lost the time of possession battle 30:29 to 17:31.

Glover-Williams, who has been hobbled by an ankle injury since Week 5, appeared to have his burst back. However, Massillon was game and limited the Ohio State recruit to 73 yards on 18 carries.

“He looked pretty fast around the outside,” Massillon defensive end JD Crabtree said. “But we contained him well.”

Crabtree's 2-yard TD run capped the opening possession of the game and gave Massillon a 7-0 lead. The Bulldogs had Massillon stopped for a three-and-out, but they jumped offsides during a punt shift. A 51-yard run by Wilson set up Crabtree's score.

After a 30-yard David field goal early in the fourth quarter, Whitfield ended the scoring with a 15-yard TD catch from Clark.

Despite being sacked three times, Clark was an efficient 7-of-12 passing for 84 yards, the one TD and no interceptions.

McKinley completed two passes on the day.

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Blocked kick changes momentum in Tigers' victory

Independent sports editor

McKinley was poised to get the momentum during Saturday’s 124th meeting against Massillon at Fawcett Stadium.

The Bulldogs, despite a one-touchdown deficit, were lining up for a half-ending field goal. They also were in line to get the opening kickoff of the second half as well, which could have completely altered the look of the game.

In one of the most bizarre plays in the series’ history, Massillon took the momentum back from McKinley when Alex Dailey returned a blocked field goal 45 yards for a touchdown. And the Tigers would never let it go in rolling to a 34-7 win.

“That’s something we work on, our special teams,” Massillon head coach Jason Hall said. “Anybody who comes to our practices, the first

30 minutes of the day is just special teams. From blocking to scooping and all that, it’s all built. Not quite rolling around, ball bouncing around like that, but we work it.”

The Tigers were looking at, at best, a 7-0 halftime lead before the field-goal try on a fourth-and-2 from their 20. Instead, Dailey’s return gave Massillon a 14-0 advantage, a multiscore margin it maintained the rest of the way.

“It’s a great feeling, but I’ve got to owe it all to Marcus Whitfield for making the block and Malik Dudley for keeping the play alive,” Dailey said. “He could’ve picked it up, and he probably would’ve been tackled. Instead, he laid a block for another teammate to get it, and their guys just tried to pick it up. In the end, I just ended up with it.”

The sequence all started with the block. With the Bulldogs lining up for the 37-yard field goal try, Whitfield swooped in and got the kick almost before it got airborne.

“It was just a presnap thing,” Whitfield said. “This whole game, I was just wanting to go (all out). That was just one of those things, just a big effort and heart play.”

Things began to get crazy as the ball rolled toward midfield. For a moment, it seemed as if both teams froze, thinking it was a dead ball as would be the case on a blocked point-after touchdown try.

Then, both teams began the wild chase to get the loose pigskin. Massillon’s players were trying to pick the ball up to score. McKinley’s players, instead of just falling on it to kill the half, also seemed to be trying to make a play on the ball.

Dudley and Nathaniel Devers — like Dailey and Whitfield, Tiger captains — both picked up key blocks to keep Bulldog players from getting the ball. Dailey finally got his hands on it, avoided touching his knee to the ground before gaining total balance and racing to the end zone.

“It just uplifted everybody’s spirits,” Devers said. “It was just a (heck) of a play.”

The sequence had a negative impact on the Bulldogs. They would get no points there, then went three-and-out coming out of halftime.

“From an emotional standpoint, it was bigger than the points,” McKinley head coach Todd Filtz said. “That was a devastating blow that we had to recover from.”

And one McKinley never could recover from.

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McKinley-Massillon notebook
Nov 02, 2013 11:21 PM

Youth is served

To think, Danny Clark is a 15-year-old freshman. But there he was Saturday, quarterbacking Massillon to a 34-7 win against McKinley in front of around 20,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium.

“When I go out there, I don’t really think about the whole freshman thing,” said Clark, whose 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame and polished personality make him seem a lot older. “I just try to think about what I’ve got to do to get a win with my brothers.”

Clark had a solid all-around game. He did not throw an interception and ran the ball well at times.

That included a 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter in which he ran over a McKinley defensive back at the goal line.

Said Massillon head coach Jason Hall of the run, “I keep telling people, ‘Danny Clark is the toughest player on my football team.’ ”

It was the first TD run of Clark’s career. After having one called back against Steubenville because of a penalty, Clark relished the moment Saturday.

“That’s the first official one,” he said with a broad smile. “It was pretty awesome.”

Celebrate good times

Hall said he would allow himself four hours to celebrate Saturday’s win before switching his focus to first-round playoff opponent Nordonia.

“By 9 o’clock, my wife won’t see me again,” Hall said.

The Tigers routed Nordonia — Hall’s former team — 63-34 last year in a first-round game.

Tough loss

McKinley played without senior defensive back Tavontae’ Norwood on Saturday. Norwood injured a knee last week against Boardman and is done for the year.

“That’s a big injury for us,” McKinley head coach Todd Filtz said. “That’s our punt returner. He sets our protection in punt (formations). He plays defensive back and he’s a vocal leader for us. He’s a great kid.”

By the numbers

Massillon’s win Saturday gives the Tigers a three-game winning streak against McKinley. Massillon leads the all-time series 67-52-5 and is 23-15-1 against McKinley at Fawcett Stadium. ... McKinley’s chance at a perfect regular season was thwarted. The Bulldogs are 6-10 all-time when trying to polish off an undefeated regular season against the Tigers. ... Filtz is 0-3 against Massillon in two seasons as McKinley head coach. He is 17-1 against everyone else

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