First Playoff State Title, A Knight To Remember For Massillon

A season ended perfectly for the first time in the playoff era for the Massillon Tigers as they defeated the Hoban Knights 7-2 to win their first ever State Championship since the Ohio High School Athletic Association adopted the playoff format in 1972.

This was no doubt a defensive battle with Hoban’s only score coming on a safety.  Massillon took advantage of the Knight’s mistakes when it needed to and got the win.   Tune in to Canton’s Morning News for a complete recap, audio and interviews Friday morning.  WHBC celebrates with Massillon.

The Tigers had been (0-6) in the playoff era in State Championship games losing to Cincinnati Moeller in 1980 and 1982, Cincinnati St. Xavier in 2005, Cincinnati LaSalle in 2019 and Akron Hoban in 2018 and 2020.

Now the Tigers can claim a “Playoff Era” State Title to go along with their previous 24 State Titles from the “Poll Era” dating back to 1909 when they Claimed their first ever Championship..

DaOne Owens, a transfer from Copley high school, who became the first Massillon quarterback to ever run for over 1,000 yards and throw for over 1,000 yards in the same season, did a little of both in the win over Hoban.