State Game Bittersweet for Tiger Captains

December 5, 2019

Tonight under the bright lights of Tom Benson Stadium, the Massillon Tigers will face the Cincinnati La Salle Lancers in the Ohio Division II State Championship. This will be Massillon’s second straight championship game appearance as they lost to the Archbishop Hoban Knights just a year ago. As the Tigers try to earn their 900th win in school history, it brings about a time of reflection for the senior captains who will play their last game in the orange and black. 

Standout Senior quarterback Aidan Longwell had this to say about the season finale “It’s exciting playing in the finale game but we have to stay focused to win.” 

“Super exciting but it sucks it’s gonna be my last game,” said senior linebacker Preston Hodges. “I’m still gonna play my heart out no matter what.” 

Senior guard Cole Jones says “It’s just another week and we’re gonna go out and win it for the city of Massillon.”

 Senior linebacker Benjamin Krichbaum stated that “It’s a game we’ve been working to get to for 2 years.” 

 “It’s sad,” says senior defensive tackle Emanuel McElroy. “I may never play again but I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to be apart of something so great. It means the world to me. Every person on this team has a place in my heart and I’ll forever have a place for them in my heart. God brought us here and everything and anything that happens tomorrow will just be apart of his plan and I trust it. Go Tigers.”

A long season of work comes to an end as Massillon tries to earn its first ever playoff format championship. Week 15 has been on the eyes of the players and the tight knit community backing them, as a win tonight would be one of the biggest nights in Massillon history and one memory that for sure wouldn’t be forgotten.

Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium is the site of the Division II state championship

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