SOT Game of the Week: Highland Hornets vs Barberton Magics

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By Josh Jeffi

Barberton,OH-Mother Nature decided she wanted to watch some old school High School Football as the Highland Hornets traveled to Barberton to take on the Magics in a Week 10 Suburban League match up.  The rain fell virtually all game making conditions on the natural grass field wet and muddy.  The Hornets received the opening kickoff. While trying to find their footing, Highland QB Jack McGinty tried to connect with his Receiver  only to have it intercepted by Barberton DB Charles Hornacek. Hornacek was able to return the interception to their own 40 yard line but the Magics could not take advantage. With 1:43 left in the first quarter, Barberton got on the scoreboard first when QB Kaeleb Vega scrambled 50 yards for the touchdown putting the Magics up 7-0 towards the end of the first quarter.

Highland would answer in the second quarter when Jake Rogers scampered 10 yards for the game tying score. On the Magics next possession they were forced to punt after a huge sack for a loss on third down. The Hornets drove down the field, inside the red zone when McGinty made another mistake by throwing an interception.  His second on the night.  Barberton finally got the ball into the hands of  sophomore running back Kyrie Young.  He led the Magics down to the 10 yard line.  Barberton failed to covert on a 4th and 6 turning over the ball on downs.  Highland took a knee and the teams went into the locker rooms at the half tied at 7.

The Magics received the ball the start of the second half and it only took them just over a minute to take a 14-7 lead on a 62 yard touchdown run by Kyrie Young.  The rest of the third quarter, both teams had 3 possessions each.  A combination of great defense, inefficient offense, and weather made for a lack of action and a quick third quarter.  The score was 14-7 after three.

Kyrie Young decided to make his presence known again. This time, nine seconds into the fourth quarter.  He rattled of a 33 yard touchdown run, his second of the game. The extra point was good giving the Magics a commanding 21-7 lead in the fourth quarter.  Highland had a great opportunity to score later on in the fourth when McGinty hit wide receiver Bryce Profitt over the middle for a large gain.  On the run, the Magics were able force a fumble and recover the ball on the Highland 27 yard line. The Magics were not able to add any points and were forced to punt on the next possession.

With 8:05 left in the game, The Magics called two questionable passing plays in which the second was intercepted by Bryce Profitt.  Profitt returned the ball the the Barberton 24 yard line. One the very next play, McGinty hit Profitt over the middle for a long touchdown. The extra point was good making it 21-14 with seven minutes left in the game.  Highland was able to get the ball back with 2:04 left in the game.  After two plays the Magics’ Charles Hornacek intercepted his second pass of the game to preserve a Barberton 21-14 win and a perfect 10-0 season, winning the Suburban League American Division two years in a row.  The Magics will host a first round playoff match up next week while Highland’s season ends sitting just outside the playoffs.  The Hornets finished 2018 with an outstanding 8-2 record.

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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LISTEN: AUDIO- SOT Recaps Week 1 in the GCC, SWC, Suburban League and More!

Sports On Tap’s Ohio High School Football Coverage continues, as the guys recap games from Week 1 in the Greater Cleveland Conference, Southwestern Conference, the Suburban League, and more.  SOT also recaps their Game of the Week featuring the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees traveling to the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs. Week 2- Game of the Week will have the guys traveling to Berea-Midpark to see the Westlake Demons take on the Berea-Midpark Titans!

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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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Podcast: AUDIO Division I, II, III, (and local teams)Regional Semifinal Playoff Recaps (High School Football)

SOT continues their Ohio High School Sports coverage! Listen as SOT breaks down the high school football playoff recaps for Division I, II, and III.  They cover different regions that include teams in the GCC, SWC, Suburban League, and more. They breakdown the games and get you prepared for Friday!  Click the link below to listen!

AUDIO: Division I Regional Semifinal Playoff Recaps

AUDIO: DII Regional Semifinal Playoff Recaps

AUDIO: DIII Regional Semifinal Playoff Recaps

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