Massillon’s late rally ends Boardman’s season

The Tigers will face Mifflin in the Regional Semifinal.

Ten years ago to the day (Nov. 3, 2007), Boardman won their last playoff game over Euclid (14-7) in the 2007 Regional Quarterfinal round. Tonight, the Spartans led Massillon by 9 with 9 minutes to play. However, the Tigers scored twice late to prevail 28-23. Massillon (8-3) will face Mifflin (9-2) next week in the Region 7 Semifinal.


MASSILLON, Ohio (WKBN) – Ten years ago to the day (Nov. 3, 2007), Boardman won their last playoff game over Euclid (14-7) in the 2007 Regional Quarterfinal round. Tonight, the Spartans led Massillon by 9 with 9 minutes to play. However, the Tigers scored twice late to prevail 28-23. Massillon (8-3) will face Mifflin (9-2) next week in the Region 7 Semifinal.

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Massillon opened the game with a 91-yard kickoff return by Tyree Broyles to score the game’s first touchdown. Back came Boardman as JuJuan Forte returned the ensuing kickoff 55-yards to the Tigers’ 35. From there Maurice Pickard ran the ball four times and scored the tying touchdown from 7-yards away.

When Massillon had the ball again, Jamir Thomas capped off a 8-play, 57-yard drive to take the lead back for the Tigers with just under 7 minutes to play in the first quarter.

Midway through the second quarter, Mike O’Horo scored from 8-yards out to close the Massillon lead to 1-point (14-13) after a missed extra-point attempt. The drive went 51-yards and took 8-plays.

To begin the third quarter, Boardman accumulated a 14-play drive which culminated with a Tommy Fryda 37-yard field goal to give the Spartans a 16-14 advantage. Boardman possessed the ball for 5 minutes and 3 seconds.

At the end of the third frame, the Spartans’ Noah Falleti pinned Massillon at their 6-yard line following a 36-yard punt which went out of bounds. After a Tiger three-and-out, Boardman reacquired the ball on Massillon’s 34-yard line. Seven plays later, O’Horo carried Boardman into the endzone to extend Boardman’s lead to 9-points. O’Horo kept the ball in his hands for the final five plays including a key fourth down conversion from the Tigers’ 8-yard line.

Back came Massillon, Aidan Longwell completed 3 of 4 passes including a 36-yard touchdown pass to Austin Kutscher to close the gap to 23-21. Longwell only need 32 seconds to compiled 74-yards through the air.

The Tigers’ defense held Boardman on three plays without a first down. After a punt which went out of bounds on Massillon’s 41 yard line, Longwell found Dean Clark for six more points on a 19-yard pass play to cap a 5-play, 59-yard drive.

Boardman’s season comes to a close at 6-5.

Scoring Chart
Massillon, 28-23
First Quarter
M – Tyree Broyles, 91-yard kickoff return TD (M 7-0, 11:44)
B – Maurice Pickard, 7-yard TD run (T 7-7, 9:22)
M – Jamir Thomas, 6-yard TD run (M 14-7, 6:56)
Second Quarter
B – Mike O’Horo, 8-yard TD run (M 14-13, 4:47)
Third Quarter
B – Tommy Fryda, 37-yard FG (B 16-14, 6:52)
Fourth Quarter
B – Mike O’Horo, 5-yard TD run (B 23-14, 9:19)
M – Austin Kutscher, 36-yard TD catch from Aidan Longwell (B 23-21, 8:40)
M – Dean Clark, 19-yard TD catch from Aidan Longwell (M 28-23, 5:46)


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