Washington-McKinley High School reunites for 133rd football game
MASSILLON – What is considered by many to be the city’s greatest tradition will kick off later this week on the washington high school lands.
The Tigers welcome the Canton McKinley High School Bulldogs for Game 133 of the rivalry at 2 p.m. Saturday at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. Massillon will attempt his seventh straight win in the long-running series.
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“This week is filled with festivities, and it’s really crazy,” said Elizabeth Menches, a high school student from Washington who is part of the high school’s Pep Club, which has about 90 members.
The interior of Washington High School was transformed earlier this week into a sea of orange and black in preparation for the big game.
Members of the Pep Club did most of the decorating for their high school last Saturday by hanging banners, while the cheerleaders took their normal turns on Sunday. A total of about 900 banners hang along the walls and ceilings inside the school.
Handmade posters now cover myriad areas with messages such as “Tear it up Tigers”, “Pound the Pups”, “Hustle, Hit, Never Quit”, “Bulldoze the Bulldogs” and “Our Blood, Our Sweatshirt; McKinley’s Tears”.
Extensive efforts to decorate the hallways, cafeteria and atrium typically begin months before the current school year, said Pep Club counselor Amy Petro. In March, student members cut paper for banners, while signs are painted with messages in September. The weekend before the game against McKinley is when the banners are hung.
“The kids are full of energy this week, but the excitement starts much, much earlier,” Petro said.
How to watch the 133rd Massillon-McKinley game
MCTV will broadcast the football game live to City and Wooster TV subscribers.
The game will be televised on MCTV channels 11, 611 and 621. Pre-game coverage begins at 1:25 p.m. and kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Participation in WHS blood drive exceeds expectations
Days before kickoff, the 28th annual blood battle between the Tigers and Bulldogs faithful began.
The Massillon campaign took place at Washington High on Tuesday, while McKinley had his on Monday. Non-profit blood service provider Vitalant has once again partnered with Q92 to host the blood bonanza.
Brian Sifferlin, an exercise science instructor at Washington High, said more than 250 people donated blood in the early hours of Tuesday’s event. He expected to double that number by the end of the day.
“Looks like we’ll be here until after school,” he said.
The annual competition pits Massillon and McKinley fans, students, teachers and professors in a battle to donate blood on behalf of their teams. The team with the most blood donations will be announced on Saturday during the football match.
A trophy is also presented to the winning team, Sifferlin said.
Q92 created Blood Battle in 1994 as a way to give back to the community. Since then, over 6,700 liters of blood have been collected to help save the lives of patients in need. CSE Federal Credit Union, Froggy’s Car Wash, Stark Area Regional Transit Authority and Stark County McDonald’s were the supporters of the event this year.
Upcoming events of the Massillon-McKinley week in Massillon
Here is a list of events for the Massillon-McKinley week in Massillon:
Washington High School Open House: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the high school, 1 Paul E. Brown Drive SE.
Music concert: 7 p.m. at the main high school gymnasium
food fight: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Downtown Dunkin’, 309 Lincoln Way W
music parade: 8am in downtown Massillon
Rotating lunch: 11:30 a.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 364 First St. SE
Beat McKinley Rally: 1:15 p.m. in the main high school gymnasium
Tiger Parade: 7 p.m. in downtown Massillon