An Ohio Division II high school football state championship and entry into high school football’s exclusive 900 wins club — that’s what’s on the line Thursday night in Canton when No. 18 Massillon Washington plays No. 66 La Salle in a battle of teams in the High School Football America 100 national rankings at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
What’s amazing about Massillon’s 899 wins is the Tigers don’t own an Ohio state championship during the playoff era. This will be Massillon Washington’s fifth state championship appearance, but after last year’s loss against Archbishop Hoban in the Division II championship game, the Tigers bring an 0-4 championship game record into the contest against La Salle.
On the other side of the coin, La Salle will be looking for its fourth Ohio high school football state championship in the last six year. One of those titles came with current Massillon Washington head coach Nate Moore as the Lancers’ leader. Moore led La Salle to the 2014 Division II title before leaving for one of the nation’s most recognizable high school football programs.
And, let’s not forget the 900-win club for Massillon Washington. A win for the Tigers would make them the fifth program to win 900 high school football games.
Earlier this year, three Kentucky schools — Highlands, Male and Mayfield — entered the club that is led by Georgia’s Valdosta High School.
America’s All-Time High School Football Wins
#1 Valdosta (Georgia) 929-235-34
#2 Male (Kentucky) 906-329-49
#3 Highlands (Kentucky) 901-245-26
#4 Mayfield (Kentucky) 900-257-32
#5 Massillon Washington (Ohio) 899-291-36
BTW…in addition to the Tigers, Male and Mayfield are both playing for state championships this weekend.