Friday, May 23, 2014

COUNTDOWN: 97 Days until 2014 Massillon Tiger Football Season

97 is not a number that is really synonymous with Massillon football.  You can probably count on one hand or less the impact players you recall who wore the #97.  Neil Buckosh is clearly the head of the class for the #97.  Buckosh played both DL and TE and was most notably known for his play in Rick Shepas' wide open offense which brought light to the TE position.  Buckosh's size and hands made him the perfect weapon for both blocking and receiving.  Buckosh's 1998 season was his best year and ultimately led to a full-ride scholarship to Kent State University.  At Kent State Buckosh continued to excel at the TE position with Josh Cribbs as his Quarterback.

Neil Buckosh Career Stats at Kent State University

Other notable Tigers who wore #97
Gareon Conley was listed as #97 to start the season in 2010

97 Years Ago in Massillon Football History

1917 (7-2)
New Philadelphia028
Akron Central60
Youngstown South020
Akron West250
Youngstown Rayen150
Canton Central76

1997 Massillon Tiger Football Season

1997 (7-3)
Wash. D.C. Cordoza726
Lima Senior725
Akron Garfield2014
Man. Senior420
Austin. Fitch346
Walsh Jesuit2714
Can. C. Catholic416
Cin. Moeller2428
Ak. St. Vincent103
Can. McKinley1427

The 1997 season would end up being Jack Rose's final season as the Head Coach of the Massillon Tigers. Jack would end his 6 year tenure as the HC of the Tigers with a record of 48-17, 2-3 in 3 Playoff Appearances and 1-6 vs. Canton McKinley.  Rose's only victory vs. Canton McKinley came in the 42-41 100th Game Thriller in 1994.  Rose had many talented players on his rosters and in 1996 he had arguably one of the best teams in the state.  An uncharacteristic blow out at the hands of Canton McKinley and a missed extra point in a blizzard at the Rubber Bowl vs. Brunswick sealed the fate of Jack Rose one year early according to most Tiger fans.