WHEN: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, Massillon

RECORDS: Montclair 1-1; Massillon 3-0

LAST WEEK: Montclair 35, Nutley, N.J. 0; Massillon 51, Warren Harding 21

HEAD COACHES: Montclair - John Fiore; Massillon - Nate Moore

SERIES: This is the first meeting between these two programs.

LAST MEETING: These teams have never met before.

THREE TIGER KEYS:

1. Defend the pass: The first three games Massillon has played this season has mostly featured ground-based offenses, although St. Vincent-St. Mary was capable of throwing the ball effectively. This week, however, the Tigers will face a team which makes no bones about its desire to toss the ball around the yard. Montclair has thrown the ball roughly 63 percent of the time through the first two games, with quarterback-turned-receiver-turned-back-to-quarterback Charles Murphy Jr. at the controls. Murphy is a big, strong-armed quarterback who can also keep the play alive with his running ability. Spread out around him is a handful of receivers, many of whom are 6-foot-2 or taller and all of whom are capable of making plays when they get their hands on the football. The challenge, obviously, starts with the Tigers' secondary in coverage. However, the front seven must also be able to get pressure on Murphy, while not losing contain on him as to give him a lane through which to run.

2. Control the football: Massillon's offense is obviously capable of putting up a bunch of points. There's no one doubting that fact. Its defense has also been, save for a couple of plays, stout through the first three games. A defense's best friend is an offense like the one the Tigers possession. It's one which not only is capable of controlling the ball, while also making sure the drive also ends in points. Considering the challenge Montclair's offense has a chance to present to Massillon's defense, the longer the Tigers can keep the ball, the longer the defense - the Tigers', not the Mounties' - can rest up be at its most fresh, especially as the game moves into the fourth quarter.

3. Take care of the football: There hasn't been many things, at least on the surface, which Massillon has had trouble with over its first three games. One thing which has become a bit of an issue the last two games has been turnovers. The Tigers have turned the ball over five times combined in the wins over GlenOak and Warren Harding, wins which - to be fair - were by a combined total of 100-21. Thing is, the gap could've been significantly larger if not for the turnovers. Turnovers happen in football, even for the best of teams. However, at some point this season, Massillon will find itself in a four-quarter football game, one which could come down to which team makes the fewest mistakes. Few mistakes are more damaging than the ill-timed turnovers, something the Tigers want to cut down on as the season progresses.

STATS AND FACTS: Welcome to the battle between the teams which are the all-time wins leaders in Ohio and New Jersey. It's the first time Massillon has played a team from New Jersey, making the total number of states outside Ohio which it has faced - including the District of Columbia - at 16. The Tigers are 41-9 all-time against teams from the other 49 states or D.C. ... Massillon has scored on 19-of-33 possessions this season, all of those touchdowns. It has not punted since the second quarter - fifth drive of the season - of the St. Vincent-St. Mary game, a streak of 28 consecutive punt-less drives. ... Massillon has yet to average less than 4.9 yards a carry for a game this season. The last two games, the Tigers have averaged at least 8.1 yards a rush a game. For the season, the average is at 7.6 yards on 121 attempts. ... Speaking of running the football, Jamir Thomas has been at his most dominant through the first three games. Thomas has rushed for 552 yards on 59 carries so far, including a career-best 262 yards - fourth-best performance by a Massillon running back - on 29 carries against Warren. ... Thomas is at 2,663 career yards, which puts him third all-time, but just 447 yards behind Art Hasting's school record of 3,090. He is also third in rushing touchdowns all-time with 38, nine behind Bob Glass' mark of 47. ... Aydrik Ford has been the receiver who has emerged as the benefactor of the attention teammates Tre'Von Morgan and Jayden Ballard have received - while filling the position vacated by Austin Kutscher's graduation - through the first three games. Ford has 18 catches for 226 yards and four touchdowns, while the rest of the team has 18 catches for 241 yards and six scores. ... Kyshad Mack had an interception for Massillon's defense against Warren Harding. That gives the Tigers three picks in as many games, two of those by linebackers (Ben Krichbaum vs. St. Vincent-St. Mary). Darien Williams also had a pick against GlenOak. ... Nakoa Keefer's sack - the lone sack by Massillon against Warren - added two points to the score for a safety. ... Massillon's offense has racked up at least 508 total yards each of the last two games. That includes 550 yards against Warren, the most since a 2012 game against Firestone. ... Murphy has thrown for 490 yards through two games this season. That includes 282 yards in the season-opening loss to West Orange, N.J. Murphy rushed for 125 yards in last week's win over Nutley. ... Injuries have been something Montclair has had to overcome over the first two games. The biggest of those has been a hamstring injury to standout linebacker/running back Willie Matthews, who has missed most of the first two games. Matthews had 183 tackles and 25 sacks a year ago. ... Josh Crawford came back from a bout with cramping during the course of the opener to rush for a pair of touchdowns against Nutley. Crawford is verbally committed to Central Michigan. ... Montclair's offensive line returns three starters from last season: tackle Gary Robinson Jr., guard Bo Bigelow and center Sebastien Fortune.