MASSILLON — The confidence of the Massillon Tigers extends beyond the field and all the way to the press box.
Late in the second quarter with the undefeated Tigers leading the Warren G. Harding Raiders by 27 points, the public address announcer informed the crowd at Paul Brown Stadium about ticket sales for the second round of the playoffs.
The confidence proved correct as the Tigers rolled to a 55-0 victory in the first round of the Division II, Region 5 playoffs. The win mirrored a 49-7 Massillon win over Harding in a Week 3 game of this season.
The Tigers (11-0) made an early statement when Terrence Keyes ran 75 yards for a touchdown at the 8:13 mark of the first quarter. A bad snap ruined the point-after attempt.
The Raiders, who finished with a 7-4 record, had two chances to tie or take the lead but failed to score both times. Jabari Felton recovered a fumble by Keyes at the Tigers’ 32. Consecutive penalties on Harding moved the ball back to the 43, leading to a punt that pinned Massillon at its 2.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.