SOT Podcast Game of the Week : Barberton Magics vs Aurora Greenmen

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By Sean Duffy

Aurora, OH– It may be week 6 in the Northeast Ohio High School football season, but our game of the week has a championship game feel. The undefeated Barberton Magics travel to take on reigning division champions the 4-1 Aurora Greenmen.  The winner of this game will control its own destiny for not only the American Division crown, but the all important playoff picture. It is sure to be a great game between two of the top three teams in the American Division.

Aurora was set to get the ball to open the contest but the Magics had other ideas with an onside kick which they were able to recover on the Greenmen 40 yd line.  Two plays later Magics Junior QB Chase Haywood connected with WR Derrick Vaughn for 39 yd TD pass.  Just like that Barberton jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead early in the first quarter.  On the ensuing drive,   Aurora QB Colin McNamara had the Greenmen on the move inside Magics territory, but a tenacious Magics defense stripped the Aurora QB and recovered the fumble stalling out the drive.  Barberton would go on a 78 yd scoring drive that ended with a 19 yd TD run by RB Kyree Young, Magics lead now stood at 14-0 as the 1st quarter came to an end.

The 2nd quarter was more of a defensive battle as both teams had drives stall out thanks to solid defensive efforts by both teams.  Barberton would break the log jam with a sensational 53 yds TD pass from Haywood to Young, the second TD for each on night.  Barberton led 21-0 with 6:19 left in the half. Aurora would finally find the end zone as they were able put together a 65 yd scoring drive. The drive featured a healthy dose of QB Colin McNamara who rattled off runs of 14 yards, 30 yards, and a 4 yard TD run to make the score 21-7 late in the half.

Barberton made a valiant effort to score before the half, but a missed 39 yd field goal attempt kept the score 21-7 at the half.

Barberton’s Kyree Young ripped off a 74 yd TD Run on the Magics’ opening drive, his third of the night.  Barberton led 28 -14  with 11:09 remaining.  Aurora would respond on the next drive when QB Colin McNamara would score on a 18 yd TD run, Magics led 28-14 with 8:14.  Kyree Young would score his fourth TD of the night this time on 2 yd TD plunge, Magics took a 35-14 lead.

As the 3rd quarter came to an end Aurora’s defense was able to stop the magics on 4th down.  Aurora ended the 3rd quarter trailing Barberton 35-14.

Aurora scored  to open the final quarter,  McNamara connecting with Senior FB Jack Arnold for a 43 yd TD pass.  a missed extra point made the score 35-20 with 11:49 left in the game.  But Barberton’s Kyree Young would find the end zone for the fifth time on a 58 yd TD Run, Barberton now led 42-20 with 11:38  left in the game.  Aurora looked for a quick score in the vertical passing game on the next offensive possession.   Barberton’s  defense was able to put relentless pressure on McNamara which led to a turnover on downs.  Barberton would be able to run the rest of the clock out to secure the 42-20 final.

The Aurora Greenmen fall to 4-2 over all and 2-1 in the conference, they were led by Colin McNamara who had 2 rushing TDs and passing TD. Aurora will look to rebound in Week 7 as they host Highland.

The Barberton Magics remain undefeated at 6-0 and 2-0 in conference. They were led by Player of the Game RB Kyree Young, 24 carries, 262 yds, 4 tds; 74 yds receiving, 1 TD.  The Magics will look to remain undefeated as they travel to take on Ellet in a non-conference match up in week 7.

Suburban League American Division Week 5 Finals

Here your final scores in week 5:

Aurora 34 / Roosevelt 6

Copley 14 / Barberton 31

Revere 14 / Highland 35

Tallmadge 8 / Dover 42

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Suburban League American Division Week 3 Finals

Aurora 21/ Twinsburg 7

Cuyahoga Falls 6/ Barberton 55

Uniontown Lake 35/ Copley 7

Firestone 12/ Revere 51

Ravenna 20/ Roosevelt 23

Coventry 21/ Tallmadge 34

North Royalton 43/ Highland 45

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Game on!!

One Thing to watch: North Royalton vs Highland

By Sean Duffy

Better late than never is a common and popular phrase, mostly used to explain or excuse the absence of punctuality. The phrase is never more appropriately used then when it is describing my weekly primer for SOT’s Game of the Week. Sure,  we are in Week 3 of the Northeast Ohio high school football season, and yes Sports on Tap has already given you the best coverage of the first two weeks of the 2018 season. However, we at SOT feel that it is our duty to get you properly prepared for our game of the week.  How do we do that?  Simple, each week we will give you  a little tidbit that we believe will be an important factor for each team’s performance, and perhaps maybe the difference between victory and defeat.

So without further adieu we present the one thing to watch for in this week’s game of the week between the North Royalton Bears (2-0, 0-0) and the Highland Hornets (1-1, 0-0).  A cross division match-up in the Suburban League with the Bears from the National Division travel to take on Hornets of the American Division.

First we start with the North Royalton Bears,  two impressive offensive performances against North Ridgeville and Parma, One thing to look for in this weeks game for the Bears is consistent play by  Junior QB Joe Marousek.  North Royalton is an improving team and is positioning themselves to be a force in the National Division, Marousek is the key factor in that quest.  Marousek’s play has been extremely efficient and potent, last week against Parma Marousek threw for 4 TD passes.  Highland’s defensive game plan should be to get to Marousek early and often  to limit his success down the field.  If Marousek continues to play at his usual high level, it will be another impressive outing for the Junior QB.

Highland has had a bit of a up and down season so far in 2018.  They were able to ride outstanding defensive  and special teams  performances to a week 1 victory against Brunswick.  In week 2,  they were defeated by  a combination of great defense from their opponent Medina, and crucial offensive miscues, turnovers, and inconsistencies.  One big thing to watch for from the Hornets is whether or not the offense can stay out of its own way and finish drives.   In the last two games Highland’s offense has had opportunities to score but have been able to convert those drives to any points on the scoreboard.  Last week against Medina, Highland was only able to convert 2 of 13 first down attempts, and only score 1 out of 4 red zone trips.  Highland’s Jake Rogers is a talented weapon on all sides of the ball, especially special teams, but his abilities are being nullified on offense by the inconsistencies of the offensive line play, penalties that stall or reverse productive runs, and costly turnovers in the red zone.  Highland has an opportunity Friday night against  a really good North Royalton defense to get back on track offensively and play the kind of football we have come to expect from the Hornets in the past few years.

I am looking forward to a great match up between these two teams. It should be a great night for Suburban League action.   Sports on Tap will be there to bring you all of the action as these two teams look to get victory before entering the conference portion of their schedule.  We will have video highlights and a recap of the game once it is completed, and we will have live updates on social media.

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We will see you Friday night in Medina!

GAME ON!!

Suburban League American Division: Week 1 Finals

By Sean Duffy

Below are the the Final scores from Week 1 in the Suburban League American Division:

Solon 25 /  Aurora 0

Norton 20/ Barberton 21

Copley 28/ Twinsburg 49

Highland 28/ Brunswick 7

Kent Roosevelt 23 / Cuyahoga Falls 7

Buckeye 6/ Revere 43

Tallmadge 21 / Ravenna 21

 

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Suburban League American Division Week 10 Finals

Suburban League American Division Week 10 Finals

Mifflin14/Aurora34

Barberton 48/Highland 14

Roosevelt 7/Copley 28

Tallmadge 36/Revere 28

 

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Suburban League American Division Week 9 Finals

Below are the Suburban League American Division Week 9 Final Scores:

Copley 7 / Aurora 34 

Roosevelt  9 / Barberton 49

Tallmadge 43 / Highland 51

Bay 28 / Revere 17

 

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