Northwest Indians Team News

 

How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the third weekly Associated Press poll of 2013, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):

 

The Massillon Tigers’ first year as a Division II team already has produced its first No. 1 ranking in the initial Associated Press state football poll.

 

High school football players increasingly are bigger, faster, stronger — better.

 

 

Difficult to detect. Symptoms that vary. Potential long-term effects that are not completely understood.

 

 

Matt Christopher is a man with muscles upon muscles. A 6-foot-1, 230-pound hitting machine during his playing days, which ended in 1995, he still looks unbreakable.

 

CANAL FULTON  While high school football teams receive 10 days each summer for hands-on instruction from their coaches, what they end up doing doesn’t often resemble football.

Since no contact is allowed during those 10 days, players are relegated to running around in helmets, shorts and T-shirts.

MASSILLON  There was no noticeable difference around the Washington High School weight room Thursday. There was no way to tell that the football program at Massillon officially had learned of a fate that had been expected for more than a year.