Booster Club Report – Week 5 by Tiger Don 9/23/02
With last week’s 24-14 victory over Austintown Fitch, the Tigers finish the first third of the season with a record of 4-1. Through the five games Massillon has outscored the opposition by an average of 45-11. For comparison, last year’s record was the same and the point differential was 47-16.
Coach Rick Shepas addressed the club members for a while on the philosophies of character and attitude and then showed the film of the Fitch game. “I thought our kids did a decent job,” he said. “But we were a little sloppy. I think we were a little flat.” But he also believed that the Falcons were a decent team, one that will win a few more game before the season is over.
The offensive skill player of the game was Terrence Roddy for rushing 140 in 11 carries, an average of 12.7 yards per tote. He also scored a touchdown. The offensive lineman of the game was Vince Volpe, who graded out at 87% and really showed his versatility in the game film.
The defensive players of the game were Markeys Scott, who had ten first-hit tackles, and Keith Wade, who graded out at 90%. The special team award went to the entire punt team, particularly for the blocked punt that put the Tigers in position to seal the contest.
Shepas intends to shake up the lineup a little this week for a couple reasons. First, he wants to create some competition among the players so they don’t get complacent in their positions. He emphasized that they need to push themselves on the practice field in order to get rid of sloppy performances and penalties. Second, he is working toward having the best players on the field at all times as we get to the latter parts of the season, which necessitates settling on the right 2-way performers.
The coach likes the play of the defense. It lets the offense work on a short field. At the same time, he emphasized that the offense needs to increase its intensity, citing numerous examples of lax play on the game film. Nevertheless, he did single out the play of quarterback Matt Martin, who called the majority of the plays against Fitch. “He’s doing a great job,” he said.
This Friday Massillon will return home to face Mansfield Senior, currently sporting a 4-1 record. Their lone loss was to Austintown Fitch, 37-14, one in which Fitch returned several kicks for scores or near scores. Just as in previous years, they sport good athleticism, size and speed. Last year the Tygers finished 8-2, with losses to Massillon (17-14) and Marion Harding (12-6). But they did qualify for the playoffs, where they lost to North Canton, 38-7.
“We want to come out after a good week of practice and play a hard game of football,” noted Shepas. “We do that and we’ll be OK. I would like to just go after this team. Chop a tree down. Just whack them.”
A tailgate rally will be held in Stadium Park prior to the Mansfield game beginning at 7:15. There will be food and music by the Tiger Swing Band.
The bus to Warren will cost $20.00. Tickets can be purchased at the WHS ticket office.
The Booster Club will be conducting a house raffle again this year. Four thousand tickets will be available with the drawing held during the last week of November. The early bird drawing is scheduled for the second week of October.
Club members have an opportunity to win raffle prizes at the meeting donated by SportsStuf, Express Lube, Howard’s Tiger Rags, and Home Appliance.
Wilbur Arnold addressed the audience on the topic of the PETA annoyance. “We find the tigers from a good reputable source,” he said. “We take care of it. We can’t solve the world’s problems with respect to how tigers are handled. But we use ours as a symbol and a teaching aid. And we keep it for just a few months.”