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Howland vs. John F. Kennedy! Haaaaa
The Massilon- McKinley game was on television in the 1950s. Even before the pros.
I went to the playoff game, final four, Ignatius vs Massillon when Zwick was QB for thr Tigers. Akron Rubber Bowl, sold out 30,000+ and more people tailgating than you would believe. My wife, who is an MSU girl from Michigan, didn't know what football was like in Ohio. She was blown f-ing away...she still talks about hoe amazing the atmosphere was.
Ignatius' QB Brian Panteck (Buffalo) totally outplayed Zwick. It was the start of my thinking maybe Zwick wasn't quite what he was lauded to be.
Otsego - Eastwood
Patrick Henry - Liberty Center
HA!!! There was NOTHING like that old Warren Western Reserve vs Warren G. Harding rivalry! LOL!!! The 2 throwback games proved that this old rivalry still has a little fire in it!
Still not catching the ever-contagious WHINE-FLU!!!
Martins Ferry v. Bellaire!! They have met I believe 107 times in 105 years because they played twice on two occasions. Once they opened and closed with each other (back in the 40's or 50's I think) and then in 2004 they played last game of season and then again in playoffs. They play for the Sparky trophy.
As great as that rivalry was, it really divided the city. The merger was hard to accept for alot of folks at first, but it did bring some much needed unity to the community.
West Lafayette Ridgewood vs Newcomerstown is a great small school rivalry.
Well here in stark county theres a city called Massillon and down a road called Lincoln way it changes street names 9 miles down the road to tuscarawas street when it enters the city of canton they hate one another so badly and they are playing for the 130th time in the playoffs on sat Massillon vs McKinley by far the best high school on the state of Ohio and they hate each other very much but there are other great games as well.
Im very proud that it was my uncle Dick Strahm (who i had the pleasure of playing for at Findlay) that blew that rivalry wide open. His book spends a few chapters on it.
DeSales vs Watterson LOL
Nowhere close to the biggest but still a big game to some
Has to be McKinley/Massilon
Lots of great rivalries though in the State of O-H-I-O
Its gotta be one of the biggest in the country. When I moved to AZ 7 years ago there was an article in the AZ Republic about Ohio HS Football and the Massilon/McKinley rivalry.
Smaller schools here in Central Ohio. The Watterson vs. DeSales game is always a fun one.
Definitely have been some good athletes play in that game. Although both teams struggled mightily this year. I think this is the first year DeSales hasn't made the playoffs in over 10 years
They did have an exciting triple OT game this year
This post was edited by AZBuckeyePhan 17 months ago
haha my gf is an MSU alum and also from that state up north
don't worry she despises scUM as much as we do. It was my first question on our first date
Xenia vs Fairborn
Obviously I am biased, but also feel the Massillon / Mckinley game is the biggest in the state. When you have ESPN do a full centerfold, and Bart Starr does the coin flip to commemorate the 100th game, you have a rich tradition like few others!! Throw in the tailgating atmosphere and the hate/respect for both programs, and it is a LOT like tOSU vs scUM.... I just wish we would get a chance to beat scUM TWICE in the same year like we did to Mckinley THIS YEAR!! LOL.... LOVE those Canton Mckinley boys wearing the S&G though!!! Rich tradition of bulldogs to tOSU... Hopefully when we add Gareon this year we will STOP the few that go tsun from Massillon..... Between the 2 schools there are a LOT of former Buckeye greats!!
Wish I had the chance to experience those games. I've heard great things. Great Uncle played for Reserve. Just thankful I got to see Clarett! Ha
St Ignatius vs St Edward.
St X vs. Elder
Sandusky vs Fremont pre milenium
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