Brody Tonn was heading, finally, toward the locker room as he walked off the field at Bob Commings Field last Thursday night. But there was one more person waiting to see the Massillon Tigers’ precocious sophomore quarterback.
A day after Massillon opened up its 2010 season with a disheartening home loss to Buchtel, the six captains, led by Justin Olack, elected to have the entire team run through downtown with their helmets on. While on that run, the team found out just how costly that loss to the Griffins was to them.
Nobody questioned that the biggest question mark surrounding the Massillon Tigers offensively this season was their offensive line. It’s hard for that not to be a question when four of the five individuals who started the bulk of last year’s playoff run graduate and leave holes to be filled.
The teams: For the first time since 2004, the Massillon Tigers walked off the field after their season opener on the short end of the scoreboard. Massillon put together an inconsistent, turnover-plagued showing in a 29-13 loss to Buchtel last Thursday, one which head coach Jason Hall called a “reality check” this week.
With a regional cable television audience watching on Fox Sports Ohio, two of Stark County’s best high school football teams meet Thursday.
Division I heavyweights GlenOak and Massillon will slug it out at Bob Commings Field, starting at 7 p.m., in a game that likely will have big playoff implications down the road. Here are five keys to watch: