Class of 2017 enshrined in Stark County High School Football Hall of Fame

Mike Popovich
Updated: Friday, July 14, 2017
Brian Gamble is congratulated by Chrystel Garcia at the Stark County High School Football Hall of Fame banquet at Skyland Pines on Friday, July 14, 2017. Gamble was one of seven new members to be enshrined. Chrystel is the wife of Scott Garcia, the head football coach at GlenOak. (CantonRep.com / Scott Heckel)<br /><div id="dfp-300x250" style="float:right;"><script type="text/javascript">googletag.display("dfp-300x250");</script></div>
Brian Gamble is congratulated by Chrystel Garcia at the Stark County High School Football Hall of Fame banquet at Skyland Pines on Friday, July 14, 2017. Gamble was one of seven new members to be enshrined. Chrystel is the wife of Scott Garcia, the head football coach at GlenOak. (CantonRep.com / Scott Heckel)


CANTON  Stark County High School Football Hall of Fame head coach Jack Rose gained a lot from the sport he will always love.

Football provided him an education and a way to make a living. It also helped him meet his wife, Denise, whom he has been married to for 38 years.

"I've been very fortunate and grateful," Rose said.

Rose, Bruce Beatty, Ryan Brinson, Brian Gamble, Devin Jordan, Curt Lukens and Morgan Williams were enshrined into the Hall of Fame during Friday's banquet at Skyland Pines. They are members of the 16th class enshrined since 2002.

One of the longest tenured high school football head coaches in the county, Rose won 132 games over 20 seasons. He led St. Thomas Aquinas to a state championship in 1984 and also coached playoff teams at Massillon and GlenOak.

Rose played high school football at Central Catholic and was a college receiver at Southwest Oklahoma State.

"I was very fortunate as a player to be coached by so many great men," Rose said. "Men who taught me the great values of this game and what it can do for you.

"I never had any intention of being a coach. Looking back on it, they all actually ignited a fire to coach."

Rose's coaching career spanned three decades. His GlenOak teams faced the McKinley running back tandem of Brinson and Williams, who rank in the top 10 in county career rushing. They also had to deal with Lukens, an All-Ohio linebacker and a threat at running back and receiver.

"If I faced you guys more often, I wouldn't be up here," Rose said. "You guys were tough to tackle."

Brinson and Williams produced back-to-back 2,000-yard rushing seasons for McKinley in 2004 and 2005. Williams broke Brinson's Stark County single-season record with 2,447 yards and finished his career with 5,177, a total that now ranks him third all-time in county history.

"There are a lot of great players, a lot of great running backs," Brinson said. "I'm just glad I was in the conversation. I was blessed with the talent to be able to be a part of something that's going to be forever."

Gamble, an All-Ohio safety at Massillon from 2004-06, paid Brinson and Williams a high compliment.

"They were probably the two best running backs I ever played against in my life," Gamble said.

Jordan set Massillon receiving records in 2001 and 2002 when he helped lead the Tigers to a pair of Division I state semifinal appearances. Gamble helped lead the Tigers to the state champinship game his junior year. In addition to being one of the state's top defensive players, he also was a 1,000-yard rusher.

Gamble played for former Massillon head coaches Rick Shepas and Tom Stacy. Shepas, who recently retired as Waynesburg University's head coach, was on hand for the enshrinement for Gamble and Jordan.

"Coach Shepas would push you to a limit because he wanted to see what you had inside of you," Gamble said. "For me, I looked at it as he was separating the strong from the weak."

"He was the first one who actually gave me an opportunity to become the player I was on the field."

Beatty, who recently turned 89, was an end, middle linebacker, punter and kicker at Lincoln in the 1940s. He was represented by his niece, Cincy Camp.

Camp read a statement from Beatty, who now lives in Tampa, Fla.

"This naming to the Stark County High School Football Hall of Fame brings my life full circle," Beatty wrote.

 

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