For 125 years the war has raged – the nations 14th oldest. Generations of families have participated and there is no love lost between these two schools. Massillon has won 24 state titles and 9 national championships. McKinley somewhat less dominant holds 3 state titles and 2 national championships. They rank 3rd and 7th in all time wins in the nation. This town of 30,000 people in Massillon, Ohio was decked out in orange and black. The town where every male child born there receives a football in hopes that someday they play for the “Battle of the Bell”.
These die hard fans would not let rain, sleet and snow deter them from the game. A sold out crowd as always braved the weather to participate in this huge rivalry. Massillon seemed in command 24-7 until late in the 3rd quarter when someone woke up the sleeping Bulldogs. That someone was Ohio State commit Eric Glover-Williams who had been held back by the Tiger defense. The Bulldogs turned a Massillon turnover into a touchdown and then Glover-Williams led a drive that brought the Bulldogs to within 2 points early in the 4th 21-19. When EGW threw a 2 point conversion to bring the Bulldogs within 3, the crowd went crazy. This rivalry was on! Massillon got fired up and returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown. But McKinley could not survive the incredible day that MVP JD Crabtree was having as he put the game away with his 4th touchdown. Tigers win 31-21 and head to the playoffs. Massillon rings the Victory Bell once again!
Downtown Massillon was crazy with excitement as cars were blowing their horns, people congregating with banners and signs, kids hanging out car windows yelling and screaming for the Tigers owned the bragging rights once again.
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- Massillon vs. McKinley – 2014