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128 of the most intense football games ever played

America's Famous High School Football Rivalry - USA Today


#WARof1894
Canton vs. Massillon
THE NATIONS 16th OLDEST RIVALRY AND MOST FAMOUS

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McKinley High School, Canton Ohio

Washington High School, Massillon Ohio

The only prep rivalry in the USA that has two teams ranked in the USA Top 10

for all-time wins to play each other every year in a game that is known as ‘The War of 1894’.

The two high schools combined have:

played in 2,418 high school football games

won 1,698 football games

a combined winning percentage of 72.5%

won 36 Ohio State Championships

won 11 National Championships

USA Today calls this the #1 rivalry in America

Countless famous alumni far to numerous to mention

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This page is dedicated to Charlie Bowersox, Bob Stewart, Junie Studer, Paul David and the David Family, Jayne Stevenson and every Bulldog or Tiger participant that has contributed to this unequaled tradition for over 100 years 

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BULLDOGS

CATEGORY IS

TIGERS

#10

National ranking for all-time wins

#5

#2

Ohio ranking for all-time wins

#1

53

Wins in the series

70

5

Ties in the series

5

LOST 2

Current streak in the series

WON 2

12

State Championships

24

2

National Championships

9

1,221

All-time games played

1,197

827-352-42

All-time record (wins, losses, ties)

871-290-36

0.703

Team history winning percentage

0.752

25

Years participated in OHSAA playoff (since 1972)

24

36

OHSAA playoff games won

31

6

Playoff championship games played

3

3

Playoff championship wins

0

Sat. Oct. 28, 2018

The next WAR of 1894 is

Canton at Massillon

 

 

 

 

‘THE DIFF’ in wins in The War of 1894

+17

 

‘THE DIFF’ in all-time wins

+44

 

‘THE DIFF’ in state titles

+12

+1

‘THE DIFF’ in OHSAA appearances

 

+3

‘THE DIFF’ in OHSAA Championships

 

+4

‘THE DIFF’ in OHSAA wins

 
PLACE ARTICLE HERE

 

SERIES RECORD BOOK

"Early Era" series record (1894-1931) ..... McKinley 19, Massillon 14, 3 tied

"Modern Era" series record (1932-1971) ..... Massillon 27, McKinley 11, 2 tied
"Playoff Era" series record (1972-2017) ..... Massillon 29, McKinley 23, 0 tied
Playoff games ......... Massillon 5, McKinley 1, 0 tied

Record at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium .... Massillon 24, McKinley 14, 1 tied

Record at Benson HoF / Fawcett Stadium ....... Massillon 24, McKinley 17, 1 tied

Record at Rubber Bowl, OHSAA Playoffs ..... Massillon 2, McKinley 1

Record at InfoCision Stadium, OHSAA Playoffs ..... Massillon 1, McKinley 0

Record at Dix Stadium, OHSAA Playoffs ..... Massillon 1, McKinley 0

LARGEST MARGINS OF VICTORY

46

44

42

41

40

McKinley, 1900

McKinley, 1907

Massillon 1960

Massillon, 1953

Massillon, 1951

ALL-TIME SHUTOUTS

McKinley 23, Massillon 23

Last shutout by Massillon: 2008,

17-0 at Massillon

Last shutout by McKinley: 1996,

21-0 at Massillon

LONGEST WINNING STREAK

11
9
7
7
5
5
4
4
4
4
4
McKinley, 1894-1906
Massillon, 1957-65
Massillon, 1935-41
Massillon, 1948-54
McKinley, 1994-98
Massillon, 1999-2003
Massillon, 1921-24
Massillon 1976-79
McKinley, 1984-87
Massillon 2005-08
Massillon, 2012-14

GAMES WITH BOTH TEAMS
WERE UNDEFEATED

1934

1936

1938

1940

1943

1955

1964

1970

2005

McKinley 21, Massillon 6

Massillon 21, McKinley 0

Massillon 12, McKinley 0

Massillon 34, McKinley 6

Massillon 21, McKinley 0

McKinley 13, Massillon 7

Massillon 20, McKinley 14

Massillon 28, McKinley 0

McKinley 38, Massillon 8

 

 

  America's Most Famous High School Football Rivalry - USA Today
McKinley vs. Massillon
 

All-time series results and information. 

Head Coach is listed with record that team owned after the game was played.

Game in series number, location, date played, attendance and notes of interest.

Special thanks to the fine team that manages the website www.massillontigers.com for providing the links to the game stories.

 

To be taken to a link with a review of the game, please click on the year game is played.

 

CANTON

McKINLEY HIGH SCHOOL

BULLDOGS

 

YEAR

MASSILLON

WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL

TIGERS

 

Central

Central High School of Canton and North Street School of Massillon begin to play a games of scholastic football for the first time against each other in 1894. The period of time between 1894 and 1931 is defined by both schools as the 'Early Era'. Central High’s team wore the colors red and black. North Street School wore different colors decided by the senior class until 1927 (see notes for that season).

Touchdowns are worth four points, extra points two points and a safety two points.

 

 

Two games in the series were played in 1894

#1 in the series played before 200 fans at Pastime Park in Canton on Saturday, November 3, 1894 in the regular season

 

Jacob W. Schwinger (1-0-1)

W

16

1894

6

L

Kell (0-1-0)

First touchdowns scored in the series come for Canton's William Jahn and Massillon's Lestor.

 

 

#2 in the series played before 200 fans at Russell Park in Massillon on Saturday, November 17, 1894 in the regular season

 

Jacob W. Schwinger (2-1-1)

W

12

1894

8

 

Kell (0-2-0)

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#3 in the series played before 200 fans at Pastime Park in Canton on Saturday, October 26, 1895

 

No coach of record (2-1-1)

W

6

1895

0

 

Kell (1-1-0)

BULLDOGS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canton played against the Massillon Athletic Club twice, a 0-0 tie and an 18-0 win in a season that ended undefeated at 5-0-3. 

Prescot Burton coached the Tigers in a one-game season to finish 0-1-0.

 

 

No game in the series was played in

 

 

1896

 

BULLDOGS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

 

 

 

 

Touchdowns are worth four points, extra points are two points, a field goal is three points and a safety is two points. Canton has no coach of record and played a four game schedule that includes a 18-0 loss to Mount Union. North Street School in Massillon had no team this year.

 

 

No game in the series was played in

 

 

1897

 

Luther Day coached Canton to a 4-0 record, Central High School outscoring opponents 50-0; North Street School had no team this year.

 

 

No game in the series was played in

 

 

1898

 

There was no senior varsity team this year due to lack of participation in Canton. A junior varsity game was played with North Street School that ended in 5-5 tie. Enrollment at Canton High School was 144 members, 59 boys and 85 girls

 

 

No game in the series was played in

 

 

1899

 

Touchdowns are worth five points, extra points one point, field goals three points and a safety two points.

 

 

Two games in the series were played in 1900•

#4 in the series played before 200 fans at Sante Fe Park on Yingling Hill in Massillon on Wednesday, October 24, 1900 in the regular season

 

John, Day and Day (2-1-1)

W

5

1900

0

 

Jahn (0-1-0)

 

 

#5 in the series played before 200 fans at Stark County Fairgrounds in Canton on Wednesday, November 7, 1900 in the regular season

 

John, Day and Day (4-1-1)

W

45

1900

0

 

Jahn (0-2-0)

•Canton finished 3-2-2 that included a 6-0 win over Wooster University, under William L. Day and Luther Day. North Street School had no team this season.

 

 

No game in the series was played in

 

 

1901

 

Canton finished 5-4-2 that included a 15-0 win over Youngstown Rayen’s second team under Coach William Strang; Massillon finished 2-6-0 under Coach James Collier.

 

 

No game in the series was played in

 

 

1902

 

 

 

Two games in the series were played in 1903•

#6 in the series played before 200 fans at an unknown location in Massillon on Friday, October, 2, 1903

 

Schlitz, March, Day, Cook (1-0-0)

W

5

1903

0

 

Tucker (0-1-0)

 

 

#7 in the series played before 400 fans at Mahaffey Park in Canton on Friday, October 9, 1903

 

Schlitz, March, Day, Cook (2-0-0)

W

8

1903

0

 

Tucker (0-2-0)

 

 

Two games in the series were played in 1904•

#8 in the series played before 400 fans at Mahaffey Park in Canton on Friday, September 30, 1904 in the reglar season

 

Day, Day, Strang, Kuhns, March (1-0-0)

W

18

1904

0

 

James Collier (0-2-0)

 

 

#9 in the series played before 400 fans at an unknown location in Massillon on Friday, October, 21, 1904 in the regular season

 

Day, Day, Strang, Kuhns, March (2-2-0)

W

12

1904

5

 

James Collier (1-3-0)

James Whitcraft guided Canton to a 8-2-1 season that included a win over Mt. Union College 5-0; Massillon played two games to finish 1-0-1 under Coach Verne Benedict.

 

 

No game in the series was played in

 

 

1905

 

 

 

Two games in the series were played in 1906•

#10 in the series played before 400 fans at League Park in Canton on Friday, October, 19, 1906 in the regular season

 

Curtis T. Bowman (3-2-0)

W

24

1906

0

 

Fritz Merwin (1-1-0)

 

 

##11 in the series played before 400 fans at North Field in Massillon on Wednesday, October, 24, 1906 in the regular season

 

Curtis T. Bowman (5-2-0)

W

28

1906

0

 

Fritz Merwin (1-2-0)

Pass was used in the shotgun formation; Canton throws two touchdown passes against the Tigers (Game #11) which set a national record at the time.

Central High School played three games in six days, two were against North Street School (Massillon) with a game at Barberton on Oct. 20th Two games in the series were played in 1907;

 

 

Two games in the series were played in 1907•

#12 in the series played before 500 fans at North Field in Massillon on Saturday, September 28, 1907 in the regular season

 

Curtis T. Bowman (0-0-1)

TIE

0

1907

0

TIE

Ralph E. Hall (0-0-1)

 

 

#13 in the series played before 200 fans at Stark County Fairgrounds in Canton on Wednesday, October 23, 1907 in the regular season

 

Curtis T. Bowman (3-2-1)

W

44

1907

0

 

Ralph E. Hall (0-4-1)

Central High School’s Ray McGregor scored five touchdowns against Massillon in the win and that ties him with Travis McGuire of Massillon in 1991 as the players with the most touchdowns in a game in this series.

 

 

Two games in the series were played in 1908•

#14 in the series played before 1,000 fans at North Field in Massillon on Saturday, October 17, 1908 in the regular season

 

Curtis T. Bowman (2-1-0)

W

17

1908

0

 

Ralph E. Hall (0-1-0)

 

 

#15 in the series played before 1,000 fans at League Park in Canton on Friday, November 6, 1908 in the regular season

 

Curtis T. Bowman (3-3-0)

 

6

1908

12

W

Ralph E. Hall (1-1-0)

 

 

Two games in the series were played in 1909•

#16 in the series played before 1,200 fans at North Field in Massillon on Saturday, October 2, 1909 in the regular season

 

Harry Hazlett (0-1-0)

 

2

1909

6

W

Hap Fugate (3-0-0)

 

 

#17 in the series played before 500 fans at League Park in Canton on Saturday, November 6, 1909 in the regular season

 

Harry Hazlett (4-2-0)

 

6

1909

11

W

Hap Fugate (7-0-1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

Canton played eight games holding the opposition to a total of 18 points and lost twice under Hazlett. Canton’s Maurice “Smoke” Smalley scores six touchdowns in a 97-0 win over Minerva (ties a McKinley school record). Ralph Fugate coaches Massillon to a 5-4-2 record.

 

 

No game in the series was played in

 

 

1910

 

Canton was shutout twice in completing a 3-6-0 season under Hazlett. Ralph Fugate coaches Massillon to a 6-4-0 record.

 

 

No game in the series was played in

 

 

1911

 

First year touchdowns count as six points.

 

 

 

 

#18 in the series played before 1,200 fans at League Park in Canton on Saturday, November 16, 1912

 

Harry Hazlett (6-3-0)

W

19

1912

0

 

Sidney Jones (5-4-0)

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#19 in the series played before 1,200 fans at North Field in Massillon on Saturday, November 22, 1913

 

Harry Hazlett (3-6-1)

TIE

13

1913

13

TIE

Sidney Jones (4-4-1)

Washington High School on Oak Avenue and First Street in Massillon opens.

'The War of 1894' is scheduled as the season finale for the first time in history for both high schools and remains in place today.

 

 

#20 in the series played before 1,500 fans at League Park in Canton on Saturday, November 21, 1914

 

Harry Hazlett (7-3-0)

 

0

1914

3

W

John Snavley (6-2-0)

 

 

#21 in the series played before 2,000 fans at Driving Park in Massillon on Saturday, November 20, 1915

 

Harry Hazlett (6-3-0)

W

7

1915

6

 

John Snavley (8-1-0)

 

 

#22 in the series played before 2,000 fans at League Park in Canton on Saturday, November 25, 1916

 

Harold E. Dunlap (5-3-1)

 

9

1916

16

W

John Snavley (10-0-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#23 in the series played before 2,000 at Central State Athletic Field (Agathon Park) in Massillon on Saturday, November 24, 1917

 

M. Channing Wagner (6-3-1)

 

6

1917

7

W

John Snavley (7-2-0)

McKinley High School on Market Avenue North opens and adopts the mascot name 'Bulldogs'. Six McKinley games were canceled due to the flu epidemic including the game against Massillon. McKinley finished the season at 0-3-0, while Massillon finished 2-2-2 under Coach Snavley.

 

 

No game in the series was played in

 

6

1918

 

 

 

#24 in the series played before 3,000 fans at League Park in Canton on Saturday, November 22, 1919

 

M. Channing Wagner (3-5-1)

 

0

1919

21

W

John Snavley (8-1-0)

 

 

#25 in the series played before 2,000 fans at Central State Athletic Field (Agathon Park) in Massillon on Saturday, November 20, 1920

 

Floyd Harshman (8-1-0)

W

14

1920

0

 

Elmer Snyder (3-4-1)

BULLDOGS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#26 in the series played before 2,000 fans at Meyers Lake Lakeside Park in Canton on Saturday, November 19, 1921

 

Floyd Harshman (3-4-2)

 

12

1921

13

W

Dave Stewart (5-4-0)

 

 

#27 in the series played before 6,000 fans at Pearl Street Jones Field in Massillon on Saturday, November 25, 1922

 

Floyd Harshman (5-4-2)

 

0

1922

24

W

Dave Stewart (10-0-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#28 in the series played before 6,000 fans at Meyers Lake Lakeside Park in Canton on Saturday, November 24, 1923

 

Hal R. Smith (3-6-0)

 

0

1923

9

W

Dave Stewart (8-2-0)

 

 

#29 in the series played before 6,000 fans at Massillon Field on Saturday, November 22, 1924

 

Dwight V. Peabody (2-7-0)

 

0

1924

6

W

Dave Stewart (8-1-0)

 

 

#30 in the series played before 9,500 fans at Meyers Lake Lakeside Park in Canton on Saturday, Nov. 21, 1925

 

Dwight V. Peabody (5-5-0)

W

6

1925

3

 

Dave Stewart (7-2-0)

 

 

#31 in the series played before 8,000 fans at Massillon Field on Saturday, November 20, 1926

 

Dwight V. Peabody (7-1-1)

TIE

0

1926

0

TIE

Dan Atkinson (5-2-2)

‘Obie' is christened mascot of Massillon Washington High School and its mascot becomes known as 'Tigers'. Each class stopped picking its own colors and orange and black are chosen as the schools colors.

 

 

#32 in the series played before 7,200 fans at Meyers Lake Lakeside Park in Canton on Saturday, November 19, 1927

 

Dwight V. Peabody (9-1-1)

W

13

1927

0

 

Dan Atkinson (3-5-1)

BULLDOGS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#33 in the series played before 6,500 fans at Massillon Field on Saturday, November 24, 1928

 

Dwight V. Peabody (7-2-1)

W

7

1928

0

W

Elmer McGrew (5-4-1)

 

 

#34 in the series played before 5,000 fans at Meyers Lake Lakeside Park in Canton on Saturday, November 23, 1929

 

Dwight V. Peabody (2-7-1)

 

6

1929

31

W

Elmer McGrew (7-3-0)

 

 

#35 in the series played before 6,000 fans at Massillon Field on Saturday, November 22, 1930

 

Dwight V. Peabody (7-3-0)

 

6

1930

14

W

Elmer McGrew (7-3-0)

 

 

#36 in the series played before 4,000 fans at Meyers Lake Lakeside Park in Canton on Saturday, November 21, 1931

 

Chuck Wright (2-8-0)

 

6

1931

20

W

Dave Stewart (2-6-2)

The period of time between the years 1932-1971 is known as the 'Polls Era', as James Aiken and Paul Brown user in a new chapter in the rivalry as both coaches start anew at each school and become fast friends that were known to spend a great deal of time together as football and fishing was a common bond.

 

 

#37 in the series played before 4,000 fans at Massillon Field on Saturday, November 19, 1931

 

James 'Jimmy' Aiken (6-3-0)

W

19

1932

0

 

Paul Brown (5-4-1)

 

 

#38 in the series played before 10,000 fans at Lehman Stadium in Canton on Saturday, November 25, 1933

 

James 'Jimmy' Aiken (9-1-0)

W

21

1933

0

 

Paul Brown (8-2-0)

Bulldogs State Runners-up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#39 in the series played before 20,000 fans at Massillon Field on Saturday, November 24, 1934

 

James 'Jimmy' Aiken (11-0-0)

W

21

1934

6

 

Paul Brown (9-1-0)

BULLDOGS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

 

 

 

Tigers State Runners-up

Both teams enter contest undefeated and untied for the first time

 

 

#40 in the series played before 12,000 fans at Lehman Stadium in Canton on Saturday, November 23, 1935

 

James 'Jimmy' Aiken (6-3-1)

 

0

1935

6

W

Paul Brown (10-0-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#41 in the series played before 20,000 fans at Massillon Field on Saturday, November 21, 1936

 

John Reed (9-1-0)

 

0

1936

21

W

Paul Brown (10-0-0)

Bulldogs State Runners-up

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

Both teams enter contest ‘perfect’ undefeated, untied for the second time in the series.

 

 

#42 in the series played before 14,000 fans at Lehman Stadium in Canton on Saturday, November 20, 1937

 

John Reed (8-1-0)

 

6

1937

19

W

Paul Brown (10-0-0)

Bulldogs State Runners-up

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

Both teams enter contest ‘perfect’ undefeated, untied for the third time in the series.

 

 

#43 in the series played before 18,000 fans at Massillon Field on Saturday, November 19, 1938

 

John Reed (8-1-0)

 

0

1938

12

W

Paul Brown (10-0-0)

Bulldogs State Runners-up

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#44 in the series played before 22,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 18, 1939

 

John Reed (6-3-1)

 

6

1939

20

W

Paul Brown (10-0-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#45 in the series played before 22,000 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 16, 1940

Both teams enter contest undefeated.

 

John Reed (8-1-1)

 

6

1940

34

W

Paul Brown (10-0-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#46 in the series played before 25,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 22, 1941

 

Ben Schwartzwalder (6-3-1)

 

0

1941

32

W

Bud Houghton (10-0-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#47 in the series played before 20,000 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 21, 1942

 

Herman 'Bup' Rearick (8-1-1)

W

35

1942

0

 

Elwood Kammer (9-1-0)

Bulldogs State Runners-up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#48 in the series played before 22,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 20, 1943

Both teams enter contest undefeated.

 

Herman 'Bup' Rearick (8-1-1)

 

0

1943

21

W

Elwood Kammer (10-0-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#49 in the series played before 17,352 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 18, 1944

 

Herman 'Bup' Rearick (9-1-0)

W

27

1944

0

 

Elwood Kammer (7-3-0)

BULLDOGS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#50 in the series played before 22,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 17, 1945

 

Herman 'Bup' Rearick (7-1-2)

TIE

0

1945

0

TIE

Augie Morningstar (5-0-5)

Washington High finishes with a very rare season final record, undefeated with five ties.

 

 

#51 in the series played before 18,270 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 23, 1946

 

Herman 'Bup' Rearick (8-1-2)

TIE

6

1946

6

TIE

Bud Houghton (6-2-2)

 

 

#52 in the series played before 24,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 22, 1947

 

Herman 'Bup' Rearick (9-1-0)

W

14

1947

0

 

Bud Houghton (6-4-0)

Bulldogs State Runners-up

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Associated Press begins to award state titles by ‘polling’ selected state of Ohio media members. Barberton is crowned in the initial poll as state champions.

 

 

#53 in the series played before 20,598 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 20, 1948

 

Herman 'Bup' Rearick (9-1-0)

 

12

1948

21

W

Chuck Mather (9-1-0)

Bulldogs State Runners-up

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#54 in the series played before 24,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 19, 1949

 

Herman 'Bup' Rearick (9-1-0)

 

0

1949

6

W

Chuck Mather (9-1-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#55 in the series played before 21,631 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 18, 1950

 

Richard 'Dick' Miller (7-3-0)

 

0

1950

33

W

Chuck Mather (10-0-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#56 in the series played before 16,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 17, 1951

 

Richard 'Dick' Miller (2-8-0)

 

0

1951

40

W

Chuck Mather (9-1-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#57 in the series played before 18,129 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 15, 1952

 

Richard 'Dick' Miller (6-3-1)

 

8

1952

41

W

Chuck Mather (10-0-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#58 in the series played before 16,500 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 21, 1953

 

Wade Watts (3-6-1)

 

7

1953

48

W

Chuck Mather (10-0-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#59 in the series played before 21,154 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 20, 1954

 

Wade Watts (8-2-0)

 

6

1954

26

W

Tom Harp (9-1-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#60 in the series played before 21,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 19, 1955

Both teams enter contest undefeated.

 

Wade Watts (10-0-0)

W

13

1955

7

 

Tom Harp (8-1-1)

BULLDOGS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)

 

 

 

 

 

#61 in the series played before 21,945 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 17, 1956

 

Wade Watts (10-0-0)

W

34

1956

7

 

Lee Tressel (8-2-0)

BULLDOGS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

 (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)

 

 

 

 

 

#62 in the series played before 20,824 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 16, 1957

 

Wade Watts (8-2-0)

 

7

1957

25

W

Lee Tressel (8-1-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tigers State Runners-up

THE 'VICTORY' BELL

History of the rotating trophy between Canton McKinley and Massillon Washington football rivalry game

Canton Repository - Wednesday, November 13, 1957 (Page 44) ... Research provided by McKinley Alum, Michael T. George

 

LOCOMOTIVE BELL IS NEW TROPHY FOR GRID CLASSIC SUPERINTENDENTS APPROVED

The nations college football powers annually battle over trophies, an Old Oaken Bucket and Shillelaghs, but they will have nothing on Canton and Massillon. When McKinley’s Bulldogs and visiting Tigers square off in the 62nd game in the rivalry they'll be shooting for the first time for possession of a 50 year old bronze locomotive bell.

THE TROPHY will become a symbol of the classic. It has been approved by the respective superintendents of the schools, John Niederhauser of Canton and L. J. Smith of Massillon. Donor of the bell is the Wheeling and Lake Erie District of the Nickel Plate Railroad. The announcement was made by R. J. Snyder, assistant master mechanic for the road at Brewster. Mr. Snyder will present the bell to the two superintendents at Saturday's game. Each year it will be retained by the winning team for display in it's trophy case. Mr. Snyder said the bell was removed from engine 922, a steam locomotive retired after 2,000,000 miles of service. This particular engine was used exclusively for freight service and traveled the equivalent of 800 trips coast-to-coast or 80 times around the world.

The bell is being processed in Nickel Plate shops at Brewster and mounted so it will ring. It will be placed on a carriage for convenient transportation.

To be taken to a link with a review of the game, please click on the 'YEAR' game is played.

 

 

#63 in the series played before 21,157 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 15, 1958

 

James 'Jimmy' Robinson (5-5-0)

 

16

1958

38

W

Leo Strang (8-1-1)

 

 

#64 in the series played before 17,196 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 16, 1959

 

James 'Jimmy' Robinson (6-4-0)

 

0

1959

20

W

Leo Strang (10-0-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#65 in the series played before 19,036 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 19, 1960

 

James 'Jimmy' Robinson (6-5-0)

 

0

1960

42

W

Leo Strang (10-1-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#66 in the series played before 18,621 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 18, 1961

 

Pete Akney (6-4-0)

 

6

1961

7

W

Leo Strang (11-0-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

No game in the series was played in

 

 

1962

 

Year of Suspension for the Bulldogs by Ohio High School Athletic Association

O.H.S.A.A. Finds McKinley Guilty of Recruiting, Gets ‘Death Penalty’ as Pups Go Undefeated, Untied and Undressed

by Michael T. George

During the off season between 1960 and 1961 a couple of McKinley boosters were in the Portsmouth, Ohio area and had overheard a grumbling parent complain about the playing time that his sons were getting. After some discussion these boosters found the father a job in the Canton area. The players enrolled in McKinley for the 1961 season.

The Superintendent of the Portsmouth schools reported to the OHSAA that McKinley had "stolen" two of his "star players".

During the ensuing investigation the OHSAA determined that McKinley was in violation of the bylaw regarding "undue influence" and banned McKinley from inter-scholastic football for the 1962 season - "THE DEATH PENALITY".

McKinley’s position was similar to that of many schools today...That the school has no control over what boosters do.

McKinley exhausted all attempts to get the ruling reversed; including OHSAA appeal, Gubernatorial intervention, and an injunction that was taken all the way to the State Supreme Court.

The Ohio State Supreme Court's final ruling was that the OHSAA was private, independent organization and as a member McKinley was bound

to follow the rules and decisions of said organization.

Side notes...

Massillon had toyed with the idea of playing McKinley in the final game of the season regardless of the ruling by the OHSAA and was informed that any school doing so would face a similar penalty.

The two "recruited" players were not that good and didn't play much in the '61 season. (In the end what do boosters know about talent). The father turned on McKinley also for not playing his gifted sons.

McKinley played an intramural program that year and the Massillon band even came over and performed during the half time of one of the games.

The OHSAA also saw what effect that this had on the general population of the student body and really has gone out of its way to not hand out the 'death penalty' since.

 

Massillon Washington concluded their regular season at home against Canton Lincoln, winning 35-16 to finish 6-5-0. 

To be taken to a link with a review of the game, please click on the 'YEAR' game is played.

 

 

Two games in the series were played in 1963 to make-up the game that was prohibited to be played in 1962;

#67 in the series played before 16,237 fans at Tiger Stadium on Friday, October 11, 1963 in the regular season

 

Tony Ware (3-3-0)

 

20

1963

24

W

Leo Strang (5-1-0)

 

First time a Canton-Massillon game played under the hights

#68 in the series played before 21,965 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 9, 1963 in the regular season finale

 

Tony Ware (6-4-0)

 

6

1963

22

W

Leo Strang (9-1-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tigers State Runners-up

 

 

#69 in the series played before 22,685 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 14, 1964

 

Don Nehlen (9-1-0)

 

14

1964

20

W

Earl Bruce (10-0-0)

Bulldogs State Runners-up

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 Both teams enter contest ‘perfect’ undefeated, untied for the forth time in the series.

Game was televised live from a Cleveland newtork station for all of NE Ohio.

 

 

#70 in the series played before 22,365 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 13, 1965

 

Ron Chismar (7-3-0)

 

14

1965

18

W

Earl Bruce (10-0-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#71 in the series played before 19,009 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 12, 1966

 

Ron Chismar (6-4-0)

W

25

1966

16

 

Bob Seaman (4-5-1)

 

 

#72 in the series played before 20,500 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 11, 1967

 

Ron Chismar (6-4-0)

 

15

1967

20

W

Bob Seaman (9-1-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tigers State Runners-up

 

 

#73 in the series played before 22,305 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 9, 1968

 

Ron Chismar (9-1-0)

W

26

1968

6

 

Bob Seaman (7-3-0)

Bulldogs State Runners-up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#74 in the series played before 20,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 8, 1969

 

Ron Chismar (9-1-0)

W

14

1969

7

 

Bob Commings (7-2-1)

 

 

#75 in the series played before 22,500 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 14, 1970

 

John Brideweser (8-1-1)

 

0

1970

28

W

Bob Commings (10-0-0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIGERS STATE CHAMPION

 

 

#76 in the series played before 20,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 13, 1971

 

John Brideweser (7-2-1)

 

6

1971

29

W

Bob Commings (8-2-0)

Final season that the Associated Press Poll determines state champion.

 

The time period from 1972 to present day is known as 'The Playoff Era'.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association begins its own football tournament in 1972 to award state championships.

The top team from each of the four regions (12 teams) qualifies in three classes, AAA (big school enrollment), AA, and A to play in state semifinals. This format stays in place until 1979 when the OHSAA expands tournament.

√ denotes coach advances team into playoffs after game

 

 

#77 in the series played before 22,371 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 11, 1972

 

John Brideweser (8-2-0)

 

3

1972

12

W

Bob Commings (9-1-0) *

 

 

#78 in the series played before 20,148 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 10, 1973

 

John Brideweser (8-2-0)

W

21

1973

0

 

Bob Commings (8-1-1)

 

 

#79 in the series played before 21,754 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 9, 1974

 

John Brideweser (9-1-0)

 

15

1974

20

W

Chuck Shuff (6-4-0)

 

 

#80 in the series played before 20,435 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 8, 1975

 

John Brideweser (9-1-0)

W

21

1975

15

 

Chuck Shuff (6-3-1)

McKinley High School at 2323 17th St. N.W. opens with the William E. Umstattd Performing Arts Hall next to Memorial Field House and C. T. Branin Natatorium directly south of Fawcett Stadium and The Pro Football Hall of Fame.

 

 

#81 in the series played before 19,528 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 13, 1976

 

John Brideweser (4-6-0)

 

3

1976

7

W

Mike Currence (8-2-0)

 

 

#82 in the series played before 20,339 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 12, 1977

 

John Brideweser (9-1-0) *

 

0

1977

21

W

Mike Currence (8-2-0)

Bulldogs OHSAA State Runners-up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#83 in the series played before 21,575 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 11, 1978

 

John Brideweser (7-2-0)

 

10

1978

13

W

Mike Currence (9-0-1)

1979 is the final season that the OHSAA will allow games to end in ties as overtime rules go into effect in 1980.

 

 

#84 in the series played before 21,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 10, 1979

 

John Brideweser (7-2-1)

 

0

1979

24

W

Mike Currence (10-0-0) *

1980-1984, OHSAA expanded the playoff format and separates schools into divisions so 40 teams can qualify for the playoffs, the top two teams from each of the four regions qualify in five divisions, I (large school division), II, III, IV, and V to play in region final.

 

 

Two games in the series were played in 1980•

#85 in the series played before 21,745 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 1, 1980 in the regular season finale

 

Terry Forbes (9-1-0) 

W

16

1980

7

 

Mike Currence (8-1-1) 

 

#86 in the series played before 19,029 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Friday, November 7, 1980

 

Terry Forbes (9-2-0)

 

6

1980

14

W

Mike Currence (9-1-1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tigers OHSAA State Runners-up

OHSAA Division I Region Championship

Second time that this rivalry game was played under the lights. First time in series history game is played in back to back weeks•

 

 

#87 in the series played before 22,282 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 7, 1981

 

Terry Forbes (10-0-0) 

W

9

1981

0

 

Mike Currence (7-3-0)

BULLDOGS OHSAA STATE CHAMPION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#88 in the series played before 19,354 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 6, 1982

 

Thom McDaniels (8-2-0)

 

0

1982

7

W

Mike Currence (10-0-0) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tigers OHSAA State Runners-up

 

 

#89 in the series played before 21,232 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 5, 1983

 

Thom McDaniels (6-4-0)

 

7

1983

18

W

Mike Currence (9-1-0)

 

 

#90 in the series played before 17,926 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 3, 1984

 

Thom McDaniels (7-3-0)

W

17

1984

6

 

Mike Currence (6-4-0)

Massillon is charged with recruiting violations by the OHSAA and banned from post-season playoffs, should they qualify from 1985-1987.

1985-1993, OHSAA expanded the playoff format to include 80 teams, The top four teams from each of the four regions qualify in five divisions, I (large school classification) , II, III, IV, and V to play in region semifinal.

 

 

#91 in the series played before 21,174 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 2, 1985

 

Thom McDaniels (9-1-0) 

W

21

1985

6

 

John Moronto (7-3-0)

Bulldogs OHSAA State Runners-up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#92 in the series played before 18,091 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 1, 1986

 

Thom McDaniels (9-1-0) *

W

23

1986

6

 

John Moronto (7-3-0)

 

 

#93 in the series played before 19,600 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 7, 1987

 

Thom McDaniels (7-3-0)

W

18

1987

15

 

John Moronto (6-4-0)

 

 

#94 in the series played before 17,750 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 5, 1988

 

Thom McDaniels (6-4-0)

 

7

1988

10

W

Lee Owens (7-3-0)

The first overtime in the series is needed after the teams play to a 7-7 tie at the end of regulation.

 

 

#95 in the series played before 22,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, October 28, 1989

 

Thom McDaniels (7-3-0)

 

7

1989

24

W

Lee Owens (8-2-0) 

 

 

#96 in the series played before 16,762 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, October 27, 1990

 

Thom McDaniels (5-4-0)

W

20

1990

7

 

Lee Owens (7-3-0) 

Paul Brown Tiger Stadium has artificial turf for the first time.

 

 

#97 in the series played before 18,376 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 2, 1991

 

Thom McDaniels (6-4-0)

 

13

1991

42

W

Lee Owens (8-2-0) 

Travis McGuire scored five touchdowns for Massillon that ties him with Ray McGregor for Canton in 1907 for most touchdowns by a player in the series in a single game.

 

 

#98 in the series played before 17,000 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 7, 1992

 

Thom McDaniels (9-1-0)

W

14

1992

7

 

Jack Rose (5-5-0)

Washington High School at 1 Paul Brown Drive opens in November 1992 located next to Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

 

 

#99 in the series played before 23,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 6, 1993

 

Thom McDaniels (8-2-0) 

W

21

1993

13

 

Jack Rose (9-1-0) 

1994-1998, OHSAA expanded the playoff format to include 96 teams, The top four teams from each of the four regions qualify in six divisions, I (large school classification) , II, III, IV, IV, V and VI to play in region semifinal.

 

 

Two games in the series were played in 1994•

#100 in the series played before 19,125 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 5, 1994 in the regular season finale

 

Thom McDaniels (8-2-0) 

 

41

1994

42

W

Jack Rose (9-1-0)

 

#101 in the series played before 34,208 fans at The Akron Rubber Bowl on Saturday, November 19, 1994 

 

Thom McDaniels (10-2-0)

W

27

1994

20

 

Jack Rose (10-2-0)

OHSAA Division I Region Championship

Third time that this rivalry game was played under the lights. OHSAA single game attendance record is set, first time series game is played outside of Stark County.

 

 

#102 in the series played before 21,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 4, 1995

 

Thom McDaniels (8-2-0)

W

24

1995

21

 

Jack Rose (7-3-0)

 

 

#103 in the series played before 19,637 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, November 2, 1996

 

Thom McDaniels (9-1-0) 

W

21

1996

0

 

Jack Rose (9-1-0) 

 

 

#104 in the series played before 22,000 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, November 1, 1997

 

Thom McDaniels (10-0-0) 

W

27

1997

14

 

Jack Rose (7-3-0)

BULLDOGS OHSAA STATE CHAMPION

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fawcett Stadium has artificial turf for the first time.

 

#105 in the series played before 19,348 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, October 30, 1998

 

Kerry Hodakievic (8-1-0) 

W

42

1998

20

 

Rick Shepas (4-6-0)

BULLDOGS OHSAA STATE CHAMPION

 

 

 

 

 

 

1999-2011, OHSAA expanded the playoff format to include 192 teams, The top eight teams from each of the four regions qualify in six divisions, I (large school classification) , II, III, IV, IV, V and VI to play in region quarterfinal.

 

 

#106 in the series played before 23,987 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, October 30, 1999

 

Kerry Hodakievic (7-3-0) 

 

7

1999

35

W

Rick Shepas (10-0-0) 

 

 

#107 in the series played before 17,957 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, October 28, 2000

 

John 'Spider' Miller (3-6-0)

 

9

2000

13

W

Rick Shepas (8-2-0)

 

 

Two games in the series were played in 2001

#108 in the series played before 23,815 fans at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, October 27, 2001 in the regular season finale

 

John 'Spider' Miller (7-2-0) 

 

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