Massillon came into this game knowing their reputation was a defense that couldn’t stop the run. After giving up large chunks of yardage to Massillon Perry’s Keishaun Simms and Glenoak’s Brendon Tibbs it was a foregone conclusion the Tigers would have their hands full on Friday night with Keemari Murray and Lynn Bowden.
Lynn Bowden did not dissapoint in this game looking like the reincarnation of Mario Manningham, a name that will live forever in the minds of the Massillon faithful. Bowden could do know wrong in this game, breaking tackles, making players miss, passing, etc. He was a one man video game highlight reel scoring TD’s of 62, 63, 90 (KR) and 20 yards as well as a 31 yard TD pass. Bowden has positioned himself to be in the discussion of Mr. Football early in this 2015 season.
Massillon however may have found another superstar of their own in Keyshawn Watson, a sophomore. Keyshawn had been getting repetitions at WR and the slot position, but moved to RB this week vs. Warren Harding. The move gave the Tigers a spark they needed in this game to keep the offense moving. With Seth Blankenship stepping in for the injured Lee Hurst, Keyshawn was a nice relieve valve for Blankeship’s first full game as the Tiger signal caller. Statistically Watson out performed the aforementioned Lynn Bowden and he is only a sophomore.
Watson gave the Tigers their second straight 200+ rusher (Hurst vs. Glenoak) with 423 all purpose yards.
Watson has been a nice addition to an already explosive offense. The Tigers are going to get it figured out on the defensive side of ball soon.
Here is a recap of the statistics of the game vs. Warren Harding.
Here is Chris Easterling’s story from the Independent
Massillon now 1-2 on the 2015 season will travel to Steubenville next friday to face the Big Red who are 3-0. I look for the Tigers to bounce back in a big way and get the win Steubenville.
Go Tigers! Massillon Always!