CANTON—For three-and-a-half quarters, the Massillon Tigers kept shoveling and shoveling. Soon they were in a widened hole.
In a span of seven minutes and 29 seconds, the Tigers attempted to climb out of their predicament.
Unfortunately, the Tigers faltered. Being the victims of five turnovers with two coming in the form of interceptions in the end zone and leaving 21 points on the scoreboard, Massillon departed Bob Commings Field with their first loss of the season in a 26-24 loss to the GlenOak Eagles.
It may be tempting to press the fact to fifth-year Massillon head coach Jason Hall that his charges may have had 45 points on the scoreboard but he was adeptly intelligent not to be baited into bearing witness to that truth when asked if his team may have scored more points than the 24 recorded.
“When you leave 21 points on the field that is disappointing. You will NOT win games when you turn the ball over five times like we did,” a melancholy Hall said with a look of dejection on his face. “We have to defend better on third down or it's going to be a long season.”