Massillon Tigers Team News

There is a great disparity in season-ticket sales between Stark County’s two major high school football programs. At McKinley High School, where athletic director Greg Malone is working feverishly and against a deadline to fill out the Bulldogs’ schedule, fans bought just 984 season tickets in 2011.

MASSILLON  The preseason ended for the Massillon Tigers right around 8:30 Thursday night. At that point, all of the focus shifted to the regular-season opener against Buchtel.

Independent sports editor Chris Easterling looks at 3 strengths, 3 questions and offers an analysis of the 2012 Massillon Tigers.

3 STRENGTHS

When the Massillon defense gets done with a practice session, they yell “Black swarm” as they break the huddle.

The goal of the Massillon Tigers is to play 15 weeks this season. Of course, that can often be easier said than done.

Part of that takes more than a little bit of good luck shining on a team. That goes for even the most talented teams out there.

WILLOUGHBY  It took two plays during Thursday night’s preview at Willoughby South for the Massillon offense to bare its teeth.

MASSILLON  The training wheels are about to come off for the Massillon Tigers. A week from tonight, they’ll be lining up against Buchtel to start the 2012 season.

MASSILLON  It’s just more than a week until the Massillon Tigers kick off the regular season. As far as the Tiger defense is concerned, that opener Aug.

MASSILLON  Practice had just ended and it was a dog-days-of-summer kind of two-a-day at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. When fifth-year Massillon head coach Jason Hall walked off the field, there were three reporters waiting for an interview.

MASSILLON  A year ago, when Massillon cornerbacks coach Spider Miller assessed his position, he saw a void in terms of experience.