The Massillon Tigers rallied from a 14-10 deficit late in the third quarter to defeat McKinley 24-14 thanks to a number of big plays in the 130th meeting between the two arch rivals.
The first big play was a 63 yard touchdown run by Terrance Keys Jr. that put Massillon up 17-14 near the end of the third quarter.
The second came on defense, as Tigers cornerback Andrew Wilson-Lamp knocked away the go ahead touchdown pass from Bulldogs QB Elijah Wesley to TE Jasper Robinson in the endzone on a fourth down play with about 3:00 to go in the game.
The third sealed the deal for Massillon, as Tigers QB Aidan Longwell, on 3rd and 6 from his own 21 yard line, threw a picture perfect pass to Jayden Ballard who hauled it in for a 79 yard game clinching touchdown with just over a minute to play.
Keys finished the game with with 141 yards on 21 carries and the one score. For his efforts was named the Sarchione Ford MVP of the game.
Ballard reached the end zone twice on passes from Longwell and totaled 114 yards on 9 catches.
Longwell, who was injured slightly in the 2nd quarter, came back in and finished the game throwing for 206 yards, those 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
The 10 point victory made it 4 straight for Massillon over the Pups.
With the “W”, the Tigers finished the regular season at (10-0) and will host a first round playoff game against Warren Harding Friday night at 7pm.
Lemeir Garrett led the Bulldogs with 159 yards on 25 carries and one touchdown.
With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to (8-2), but even with the “L”, McKinley still qualifies for the OHSAA Playoffs, and they too will host a first round game, Friday night against Solon at 7pm.