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The Massillon Tigers
The Massillon Tigers

The Massillon Tigers

15 for 15


224 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $24.99 (US $24.99) (CA $39.99)

Publication Date: September 2020

ISBN 9781949024166

Rights: WOR

Fayetteville Mafia Press (Sep 2020)


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The next generation's Friday Night Lights

After playing 4 quarters of hard-fought football games, the Massillon Tiger football team gathered in a circle at the center of every football field they played on in 2019 to do 15 pushups—a pushup for every game it would take to lead them to the State Championship game. The mantra for the season became: 15 for 15. Each pushup is represented as a chapter in this book and a different piece of the puzzle that explains the football town of Massillon, Ohio. In this dramatic and entertaining book, Author and Tiger running back coach, David Lee Morgan, Jr. shares stories that offer a unique and unequaled perspective into the 2019 season and the Tigers' quest for that elusive state championship. The Massillon Tiger football program isn't a typical high school football program. It's a ministry of football with the first season dating back to 1894. In this small, midwestern Ohio rust belt town, the community has rallied around this team every Friday at the historic Paul Brown Tiger Stadium (capacity 16,000) for decades. The school has produced numerous NFL standouts, including coaching legend and Hall of Famer Paul Brown. The Massillon support, locally and nationwide, is unrivaled and is arguably one of the most recognizable and successful high school football programs in the country. The Massillon Tigers: 15 for 15 is the next generation's Friday Night Lights—the powerful tale of one of the most storied high school football programs anywhere in the country and their magical 2019 season, as told by an award-winning author and journalist who enjoyed unlimited access to the players, coaches, and families through his role as the running backs coach.


"If you like high school football, then make sure to read this book. While not about Texas high school football, this book on the Massillon Tigers in Ohio is just as great a portrait of the game as anything that has been written or produced on television or the movies. 5 of 5 stars" —Lance Smith, Guy Who Reviews Sports Books

Author Biography

Author and award-winning journalist and sportswriter David Lee Morgan, Jr., teaches English and Creative Writing at Massillon Washington High School. He is the author of seven books, including (LeBron James: The Rise of a Star, More Than a Coach: Jim Tressel). He was a long-time journalist and sportswriter for the Akron Beacon Journal (15 years) where he covered high school, college and professional sports. He covered the University of Akron athletics, the Mid-American Conference, and was the Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer during the 2002-2003 season. Morgan also covered the rise of LeBron James from 6th grade into the NBA. In 2010, Morgan was honored by former Governor Ted Strickland and First Lady Frances Strickland at the Governor's Mansion as one of 10 featured authors in the state at the Ohioana Book Festival in Columbus, OH. Morgan was a three-time Ohio Prep Sportswriter's Association Writer of the Year (2004, 2007 and 2009) and was runner-up for Best Sports Feature Writer by the Associated Press Society of Ohio in the large-division category in 2010. He was the Winner of the James A. Sutherland Award, chosen by the Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 1996 as the top "rookie" reporter in Northeast Ohio. Morgan has appeared in the full-length feature film, "More Than A Game," the movie documenting NBA All-Star, Gold Medal Winner and World Champion LeBron James' rise from high school to the NBA. Morgan was inducted into the Warren (OH) High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2017 and inducted into the Trumbull County African-American Achievers Hall of Fame in 2004. Jim Tressel is an American college football coach and university administrator who is currently the president of Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. Before becoming an administrator, Tressel was the head coach of the Youngstown State Penguins and later the Ohio State Buckeyes in a career that spanned from 1986 until 2010. Tressel's teams earned several national championships during the course of his career, earning him numerous accolades. He is also the author of the book The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life.