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20 Biggest Wins of the 52 by the Bulldogs in the McKinley-Massillon Football Series

Game details courtesy of Charlie Bowersox's book, 103 Days In November, The Canton Repository and massillontiogers.com

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McKinley vs. Massillon

#1, November 24, 1934

McKinley 21, Massillon Washington 6

Week 11 of the regular season at Massillon Field

'The Classic's All-Time Classic'

The ground work for traditions and championships for all McKinley-Massillon games that follow after this one are owed to two famous coaches and friends, Jimmy Aiken and Paul Brown. Both teams enter contest undefeated and untied, ‘perfect’ for the very first time in the series. McKinley took the opening kickoff and drove 65 yards as John Halter scored for the Red and Black to start the scoring and it represented the first time the Tigers allowed any points through the first nine games. Jim Huff had the other TD for McKinley. Bulldogs are pronounced State and National Champions finishing season at 11-0-0. Counterfeit tickets were printed and the crowd swelled past 20,000 for the first time.

#2, November 21, 1942

McKinley 35, Massillon Washington 0

Week 10 of the regular season at Tiger Stadium, Massillon

'McKinley's First In Tiger Stadium' 

Two Bulldogs scored four TD’s (Tony Dominick and Ernie Parks) and Bob Zimmer blocked a Tiger punt for a safety.The Tigers came into the game as defending champions with a 52 games without a loss streak (longest in Ohio history at the time). McKinley's first win inside Tiger Stadium.

#3, November 17, 1956

McKinley 34, Massillon Washington 7

Week 10 of the regular season at Tiger Stadium, Massillon

'20 Straight Wins and Two State Titles' 

This game marked the ninth straight year that McKinley and Massillon will meet for the state championship. McKinley scored twice in the first five minutes of the game. Phil Martin had three touchdowns (5-yd., 57-yd. and 77-yd. TD’s) by halftime and McKinley never looked back in winning its 20th straight ball game and second straight over Massillon. Wayne Fonts and Ike Grimsley also had touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Martin ended with 191 yards rushing. McKinley’s defense forced five turnovers on the day as Bob Williams had two interceptions. Head Coach Wade Watts remains the only coach to earn back-to-back State Championships at McKinley.

#4, November 19, 1994

McKinley 27, Massillon Washington 20

Week 12, Division I Region Championship at The Rubber Bowl, Akron

'Win the 1-0-1 That Counts' 

34,208 was the announced attendance which set a new single-game playoff record as McKinley gained a berth in the state semifinal to avenge a week 10 loss to Massillon in the 100th game three weeks prior. Jaiyvonne Richards scored the games first TD and Adrian Brown blasted through for a 70-yard score. Massillon led at half 14-13. The final score with 11:11 remaining was a Mark Thewes 46-yard reception from Josh McDaniels. The two-point conversion was a McDaniels catch from Julius Lancaster that finished the scoring as the Bulldog defense took over from there.

#5, October 29, 2011

McKinley 23, Massillon Washington 20

Week 10 of the regular season at Fawcett Stadium, Canton

'Instant Classic, Explanation Point' 

19,500 are witnesses for a game for the ages as both teams trade scoring four touchdowns in the 4th quarter erasing a 10-7 Bulldog lead as the final quarter begins. Alex Winters 43-yard run with 1:13 to play put Massillon up 20-16. Alas, a never say die attitude took over the McKinley sideline and in dramatic fashion after a spectacular Jeff Richardson punt return added by a personal foul by the Tigers. Nine seconds left to go, Tyler Foster gave the games final points and the Bulldogs the win 23-20 from four yards out. Former McKinley head coaches Thom McDaniels and John ‘Spider’ Miller were assistant coaches for Massillon’s staff while Ron Johnson eliminated Massillon for the first time in the rivalry from going in to the playoffs.

#6, November 19, 1955

McKinley 13, Massillon Washington 7

Week 10 of the regular season at Fawcett Stadium, Canton

'The Snow Bowl' 

On a snowy, very muddy field after a 7-7 halftime tie, it was Bill White for McKinley who recovered a wild pass from the Massillon center that was fumbled in the end zone that gives the Bulldogs the win. Both teams entered contest undefeated (Tigers with one tie). In fact, it was two errant center snaps by the Tigers that led to both Bulldog scores and snapped a 7-game losing streak to Massillon. McKinley’s Nap Barbosa’s TD from 3 yards out opened the scoring for the game in the first quarter.

#7, November 8, 1975

McKinley 21, Massillon Washington 15

Week 10 of the regular season at Fawcett Stadium, Canton

'Bulldog Bandits'

 McKinley’s defense forces seven Tiger turnovers.Eric Llewellyn had three to himself including a big fourth quarter interception and returned the ball to the Tiger 12-yard line to set up the final and winning McKinley TD before 21,000. The Bulldogs won their third All-American Conference title and won 26 of the previous 30 games. Tom Grafton added a score and a Ray Ellis pass from Roch Hontas helped McKinley put points on the board. Bill Poulos had two first half INT’s. McKinley claimed the All-American Conference title, winning nine straight games.

#8, November 8, 1969

McKinley 14, Massillon Washington 7

Week 10 of the regular season at Fawcett Stadium, Canton

'Rocco Who?'

Before 20,200 shivering fan as temperatures dropped through the 40's and in high wind conditions, the lights of the stadium came on with 4:34 to play and the score all tied 7-7. Rocco Rich intercepted a Massillon pass with 1:40 remaining on the Tiger 47-yard line and a Joe Babics 11-yard run added by a Tiger face-masking penalty moves the ball to the Tiger 23-yard line. Three plays later the Pups face a 4th and 2 at the 14 and Babics runs an option to the left and twists and turns from a tackler at the 5 and runs out of bounds at the 2-yard line. After a run failed on first and goal, Joe Shimek hit Ed Floyd on a diving 3-yard TD reception for the winning points.

#9, November 2, 1996

McKinley 21, Massillon Washington 0

Week 10 of the regular season at Tiger Stadium, Massillon

'The Bigger They Are...'

Massillon, who was ranked #1 in Ohio and #6 in the nation by USA Today found itself down 13-0 at halftime as McKinley scored off two interceptions. De’Andrae Jeter has two rushing TD’s from 1-yard and 2-yards out. 19,647 see sophomores Ben McDaniels (9 of 13 passes for 144 yards) and Mike Doss accumulate yards for the upset minded Bulldogs who go on to advance to the state semifinals this season. Jamar Martin added a 5-yard TD with 2:51 remaining ended the scoring.

#10, November 19, 1932

McKinley 19, Massillon Washington 0

Week 10 of the regular season at Massillon Field

'Aiken vs. Brown I'

This game marks the beginning of a modern era of high school football for both programs. In a driving rain storm McKinley carried a 7-0 lead into the final quarter before 4,000 fans. Jim Huff blocked a punt and later scored soon after the opening kickoff. In the 4th quarter McKinley had 10 first downs in the to Massillon’s none and Wilson Frye had two rushing TD’s. Jimmy Aiken’s first year as head coach after leaving Findlay high school, going 60-13-9 and winning a state title.

#11, November 7, 1981

McKinley 9, Massillon Washington 6

Week 10 of the regular season at Fawcett Stadium, Canton

'Dog Day Afternoon'

Massillon scored on a Rick Spielman 21-yard touchdown with 9:42 to play in the second quarter, this represented only the third touchdown allowed by McKinley's defense all season and it was Massillon's last on this sunny ‘perfect’ day for the Bulldogs. Two McKinley scores with 3:45 to play before halftime come by way of a Nick Xides 44-yard field goal, and a Rick Worstell to Nick Faulkner 82-yard pass play. The 4th quarter belonged to McKinley's defense, as Massillon had a four tries to score form five yards out, the Tigers decide to go for the win and get stopped short of the goal. 22,822 fans exhale in unison.

#12, November 12, 1966

McKinley 25, Massillon Washington 16

Week 10 of the regular season at Tiger Stadium, Massillon

'Bulldogs big second half halts Tigers'

A 4-4-1 Tiger team held a 16-7 halftime lead. Milford Lucius to Leroy Wilder pass after a Bulldog INT was McKinley’s first score. A Wilder 3-yard run for a TD and Lucius 1-yard TD run gave McKinley a 19-16 lead. It was Wilder’s 58-yard punt return and McKinley’s defense turning away two Tiger scoring threats in the forth quarter to seal the comeback win.

#13November 10, 1973

McKinley 21, Massillon Washington 0

Week 10 of the regular season at Fawcett Stadium, Canton

'Dogged Defense holds Tigers to 18 total yards rushing'

Massillon’s quarterback is sacked six times and McKinley sophomore QB Roch Hontas takes a knee on the Tiger 1-yard line as time expires. John Thompson scores twice in the first half, once capping off a 14-play drive. McKinley defense led by Ken Bush and Herb Green limited Massillon to 43 yards all on three pass plays and -5 yards rushing in the first half which Massillon never crossed mid-field. A very cold and chilled 20,148 fans were on hand to see McKinley’s junior Jonathon Moore gain 78 yards in 24 attempts and senior John Thompson gain 72 yards in 14 carries.

#14, October 31, 2009

McKinley 35, Massillon Washington 21

Week 10 of the regular season at Fawcett Stadium, Canton

'Halloween will be remembered as the day the Bulldogs' playoffs hopes somehow rose from the dead'

Entering the 118th classic with a 5-4 record and standing in 12th place in the region, the Bulldogs put a hurt on the playoff-bound Tigers who had already locked up a home playoff game in week 11. Many teams ahead of McKinley lost the Friday before and the Pups tied Hudson for the final playoff spot after the win, but OHSAA needed a rarely used third level Harbin points tie-breaker to send McKinley to its 18th playoff appearance. Junior QB Kyle Ohradzansky found Angelo Powell for a 66-yard TD pass in the first quarter as McKinley took a 7-0 lead and never looked back. Ohradzansky ran for a second quarter 1-yard TD and found Powell for another 5 yd TD catch in the second half. After Massillon scored to cut the lead to 14-7, Taron Montgomery returned the kickoff 92 yards. 15,555 witnessed Senior Bryce Wilder run for 119 yards and score the final TD to put the game away with 1:17 remaining. Massillon drove into Bulldog territory on all nine of its possessions.

#15, November 22, 1947

McKinley 14, Massillon Washington 0

Week 10 of the regular season at Fawcett Stadium

'First Win Over Tigers At Fawcett'

McKinley’s John Colceri scampered around the right end for a four yard TD in the closing minutes of the first period and Ray Hamilton raced 15 yards to a TD in the opening minutes of the forth period. McKinley outgained Massillon 243-103 and had one more first down than the Tigers. In front of 24,000 this first McKinley win at home broke a string of five straight losses in Fawcett Stadium to Massillon. McKinley intercepted more passes than Massillon completed for the day, seven. 

#16, November 20, 1920

McKinley 14, Massillon Washington 0

Week 8 of the regular season at Agathon Park, Massillon

'Un-scored On, Undefeated, State Champs'

Played on a muddy, straw covered field before a very large crowd of 2,000 McKinley’s large line held Massillon in check throughout the day as the Tigers only crossed the McKinley 20-yard line in the 4th period. After a 0-0 halftime score, it was ‘Hunk’ Harmony who was used primarily to batter his was through the Tiger line to make six first downs and score two touchdowns in the third quarter. McKinley had 10 first downs to Massillon’s four and each team was intercepted twice. McKinley won all eight games and never allowed a point to be scored on them all season.

#17, November 7, 1900

McKinley 45, Massillon Washington 0

Week 6 of the regular season at Stark County Fairgrounds, Canton

'Canton High School Routs Massillon High In 5th Game of Series'

Played on a Wednesday afternoon at the Fairgrounds off of 12th street in Canton, players for Canton High found a way to build a 17-0 halftime lead and score 28 more in the second half. Leading the way was Rackle who scored 3 TD's, then Van Horn and Strang each had two and Mahaffey had a one. Rackle also had five extra points made in the contest. On this day in 1900 touchdowns are worth 5 points, PAT's are worth 1 point and field goals were worth 5 points. If we apply scoring that we use today (6 points for a TD) to the score then, the final would be Canton 53, Massillon 0 making this the most lopsided game in the series.

#18, October 29, 2005

McKinley 38, Massillon Washington 8

Week 10 of the regular season at Fawcett Stadium, Canton

'Perfect Pups'

Junior running back Morgan Williams puts on a show before 24,242 sun drenched fans as he carried the ball 40 times for 234 years and four touchdowns (a record by a McKinley back against Massillon). McKinley completed its sixth 10-0 regular season, and first since 1995. It was just the fifth time -- and first since 1964 -- that both teams entered the game unbeaten and untied. "People were saying we didn't play anybody, but they can't say that any more," said McKinley head coach Brian Cross, who becomes the first coach since Jimmy Aiken (1932-34) to beat Massillon in his first three seasons.

#19, October 27, 1990

McKinley 20, Massillon Washington 7

Week 10 of the regular season at Tiger Stadium, Massillon

'First McKinley-Massillon Game On Artificial Turf'

On a sunny, windy day with temps in the 60's in front of 20,000 fans, it was the Bulldogs who entered the game at 4-4 who were hot. With 0:39 before half McKinley's Ryan Henry finds Don Martin in the end zone for the first score of the day. Troy Burick for the Tigers then scores with 9:10 to in the thrid, but McKinley answers in the same quarter with 0:20 left as Shawn Curtis goes in from a yard out. To ice the cake, the Bulldogs drive 52 yards in 5 plays as Shawn Katusin score on a 2-yard run, with 6:07 remaining. McKinley dominated the stats, plays 70-26, first downs 19-8, total yards 314-150, and time of possession 30:39 to 17:21 over an 8-1 Tiger team that goes into the playoffs at 8-2.

#20, November 9, 1968

McKinley 26, Massillon Washington 6

Week 10 of the regular season at Tiger Stadium, Massillon

'Tigers Held To 80 Total Yards In Loss'

McKinley's Rocco Rich "Struck it Rich" for two first quarter TD's, and later Massillon's Mike Autry goes 28 yards to bring Massillon 6 points closer before the half. It was all McKinley in the second half as Mark Hontas finds pay dirt twice more. Bulldog coach Robert Seaman had high praise for Tiger defensive end Mark Brown after the game. "We couldn't trap him, double team him or run away from him. His pursuit was so good." McKinley finished with 273 total yards.

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