Massillon Tigers Team News

Saturday night at 7, the bell rings for Round 2 of Massillon-McKinley. And the stakes are much higher this time.

The Tigers and Bulldogs meet at Kent State’s Dix Stadium in a Division I, Region 2 high school football semifinal.

MASSILLON  A look at Massillon’s defensive front seven, and there are two sophomores in the mix. Along the Tiger offensive line, there is one starter and one key backup who are in the same boat.

MASSILLON  The first time Massillon and McKinley met two weeks ago, the Tiger kickoff-coverage team did a solid job of containing the Bulldogs’ explosive return men, Jeff Richardson and Terrance Burt.

The difference in roles was striking in the two meetings between Massillon and McKinley in 2009.

In the regular season, the Tigers went rolling into the game as the favorite, while the Bulldogs were just trying to fight to make the playoffs.

Massillon Tigers
20 playoff appearances
26-19 all-time playoff record

Here are the probable starting lineups for Saturday’s Division I regional semifinal game between the Massillon Tigers and the McKinley Bulldogs at Kent State University’s Dix Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

MASSILLON  The last nine games, Massillon has found itself on quite a roll. In that time, it has played just one game — the Week 10 37-29 win over McKinley — that ended with a margin of victory less than 17 points.

MASSILLON  Experience is always a good thing. It’s especially good for players — and coaches — when it comes to the rivalry that is Massillon vs. McKinley.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth in a five-part series looking back at the previous playoff rematches between Massillon and McKinley. Saturday: The 2005 rematch.