08-06-2010, 04:09 PM
First, a late change to the Tigers schedule.
Week Nine will feature a game with Avon Grove, a Class AAAA suburban program from the Philadelphia area. Avon Grove went 11-2 last season, falling in the District semis. They like to pound the ball, having THREE 1000 yd rushers last season, one of which returns for 2010.
Massillon certainly has a ton of 'name' players returning at the skill positions.
Four kids who started at the RB spot at some point last year, both starting fullbacks, and the two premier WRs in Smith and Olack. Three of the four starting LBs return. The cornerback position also looks like it will be strong.
But the Tigers have to replace both All State safeties from last year, most of the O line...and, of course, find a QB to run the show. The QB position is the most problematic, as the competition includes three kids who have never thrown a pass at the varsity level. Two are sophs, and no soph QB in the past sixty years has ever started successfully at Massillon.
The Tigers appear to be on the smallish side, but will be as fast as anybody they face in the regular season.
The schedule is challenging, with early road trips to Canton Glen Oak and Mentor, and a stretch run of Steubenville, Warren Harding, Avon Grove, and McKinley.
Any talk of a Massillon season would not be complete without a mention of THE rivalry...and McKinley is loaded for bear, or should we say, Tiger. The Bulldogs are absolutely loaded, and IMO are the favorites in the region.
The biggest off season loss for Massillon was not a player, but a coach. Offensive coordinator/QB coach Alex wood, who is a former NFL OC, left for Miami (Oh). Coach Hall will return to running the offense this year. On the defensive side of the coaching staff, veteran coach Spider Miller has taken over the DB duties after head coaching stints at both Perry and McKinley. While not having had a lot of success as a head coach, Spider is recognized as a superb assistant coach.
The folks in Tigertown are excited, as always, to see what the new season brings.