By CHRIS EASTERLING
Independent sports editor
CANTON Massillon's backs were against the proverbial wall Saturday afternoon. Either the Tigers beat archrival McKinley at Fawcett Stadium to qualify for the playoffs, or they would begin the offseason.
By 5 p.m. Saturday, Massillon had its answer. And the answer was to play on after the Tigers pulled away for a 34-7 rout of the previously-undefeated Bulldogs.
"We get to host a game," said Massillon coach Jason Hall, whose team now is 8-2. "We're excited. Our kids deserve it. We've handled a lot of adversity, and I'm just really proud of our kids right now."
The win was a huge one for the Tigers, who went from being out of the Division II Region 4 playoffs at the start of the day to the No. 4 seed in the region by its end. They will play host to Nordonia (8-2) next Friday night in a first-round playoff game at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
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