On most days of the year, Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon, Ohio sits empty. Echoes of glorious triumph and staggering defeat from years past reverberate across the empty field, heard only by those fortunate enough to have witnessed these events in person. But for one special night in October, the legendary stadium jolts alive with a frantic energy unparalleled by any high school sporting event in the country. On this fateful night, two football programs as old as the sport itself collide in an electrifying showdown that captivates the hearts and minds of Northern Ohio. Just miles outside the birthplace of football in Canton, the Massillon Tigers and McKinley Bulldogs meet again to battle for the title they’ve so often traded since their rivalry began in 1894. Swells of spectators pack the stadium, clamoring to witness the continuation of a classic piece of Americana. Tailgaters arrive early and in droves, surrounding the area in RVs, cornhole boards, grills, and gratuitous team spirit. The cool autumn air erupts with the roars of tens of thousands of spectators in and around the stadium from the first whistle to the last. Regardless of records or standings, the meeting of these two teams is guaranteed to be a grandiose spectacle that rivals games even at the collegiate level. The Massillon-McKinley rivalry truly encapsulates America’s love of football and the traditions, passion, and excitement that brings us all together.


DaOne Owens


Keaton Rode


Keaton has been a Varsity starter since he was a sophomore. By the end of his Senior year he will have earned an Honors Diploma, an Associate Degree of Science, an Associate degree of Arts, and will have 47 College Credits completed.
Cody Fair


Cody is in the top of his class in the classroom and on the football field. Cody is a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Distributive Education of America, Football, Track and Wrestling. He has volunteered at the Massillon Boys and Girls Club, Impact Massillon and the Massillon Museum.


In Ohio tonight, there was some drama on the opening kick! McKinley had an issue handling the kick, but fell back on it to start with the ball. Massillon showed up with a huge stop, forcing a quick 3-and-out to start the game. Massillon scored on their FIRST PLAY with a beautiful pass to take an early lead! The Tiger defense stood up again, forcing the fumble and jumping on the ball to take over at midfield! McKinley gets the stop on 4th down to take the ball back over! Penalties halted a good McKinley drive and they punted back to Massillon! The Tigers extend their lead to 14-0 on a successful 2-point conversion! Massillon goes for the onside kick and recovers, taking over at midfield! The Tigers get a push and make their way into the endzone, building upon their lead. The Tiger defense came to play today! An interception gets Massillon the ball back. Defense turns to offense as the Tigers march down the field following the pick and connect over the middle for a touchdown pass! Massillon takes a 28-0 lead into half. Massillon gets the ball to start the second half, and has a long sustain drive that takes half the quarter and ends with a rushing touchdown on a phenomenal second effort to take the game into final, 35–0.