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.

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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SOT Game of the Week: North Royalton Bears vs Highland Hornets

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By Sean Duffy 

Medina, OH- It is week 3 of the Northeast Ohio High School Football Season. For most teams, it marks the end of their non-conference schedule and teams begin to prepare to enter conference play.  Our game of the week features a cross division match up in the Suburban league. North Royalton Bears (2-0) from the National Division take on the (1-1) Highland Hornets of the American Division.  The Hornets look rebound from a week 2 loss to Medina, while the Bears will look to continue their winning ways as they defeated Parma in week 2.   It looks to be a great game  to  close out the non conference portion of the 2018 schedule.

Highland got the ball to start and wasted no time getting into the end zone thanks to a 33 yd TD run by Senior RB Jake Rogers, Highland took an early 7-0 lead with 10:36 left in the 1st quarter.  Highland would score again later in the 1st on a 68 yd TD throw and catch from Senior QB Jack McGinty to Junior WR Bryce Profitt, Hornets led 14-0 with 4:04 left in the opening quarter.  North Royalton got on the scoreboard thanks to a 60 yd run by Junior RB Simon Antonio, Antonio would not only punch it it in the end zone  on a 3 yd run  but also scored the 2 point conversion.  At the end of the 1st quarter Hornets led 14-8

North Royalton would score early in the second quarter, thanks to a 22 yd run by Antonio second score of the half,  North Royalton jumped out to a 15-14 lead with 10:47 left in the half.

Touchdown @NRAthletics. Simon Antonio with 22yd TD rec. from Marousek. XP good. Bears now lead 15-14, 10:47 2nd qtr.@NEOSportsInside @HSHysteria @FOX8FNTD pic.twitter.com/MG4dj62AtH

— Sports On Tap (@SOTPodcast) September 7, 2018

Highland would not find themselves behind for long as Jake Rogers rumbled 62 yds for a TD on the next hornets possession, Highland led 21-15 with 10:00 remaining.  Highland would add three more thanks to a 20 yd field goal from Junior Kicker Justin Tepes. Hornets held a 24-15 lead with 2:53 left in the half.  North Royalton would add a score just before halftime when Junior QB Joe Marousek connected with Junior WR Riley Knurek for a 37 yd TD Pass.  At the end of the half Highland led 24-22.

North Royalton took the ball to open the second half of play and marched 68 yds down the field, scoring  on a 4 yd TD pass from Marousek to Antonio, his third of the night.  North Royalton took a 29-24 lead with 9:11 left in the third quarter.  Highland took back the lead thanks to an electrifying 83 yd kick off return for a TD by none other than Jake Rogers, his third score of the night.  Highland led 31-29 with 8:54  remaining in the third.  later in the quarter, North Royalton benefited from a costly Highland penalty on a punt and took over deep in Hornet territory.  Simon Antonio would score on a 7 yd TD run, his fourth score of the contest. Highland was driving at for a score late in the third, but a fumble in the end zone by Rogers cost Highland a scoring opportunity.

Jake Rogers with a costly fumble in the end zone for the @HornetAthletic. @NRAthletics takes over on their 20yd line pic.twitter.com/9CTgfK2FUy

— Sports On Tap (@SOTPodcast) September 8, 2018

Bears took a 36-31 lead as the third quarter expired.

Highland’s Defense was able to overcome the costly turnover and force a North Royalton punt to open the fourth quarter.  Highland’s offense drove the ball 75 yds for a TD, a 1 yd TD Run by QB McGinty.  Rogers would convert the 2 pt conversion to give Highland 39-36 lead with 7:17 left in the game. North Royalton took the next drive 63 yds in just under 6 minutes for a score, Marousek 6 yd TD run.  North Royalton led 43-39 with 1:10 Left in the game.

TOUCHDOWN ROYALTON!!Marousek scampers for the go ahead TD with 1:10 left. XP good. @NRAthletics 43@HornetAthletic 39@NEOSportsInside @HSHysteria @FOX8FNTD pic.twitter.com/ZeeR4tFANt

— Sports On Tap (@SOTPodcast) September 8, 2018

Highland got a lucky break as a Bear squib kick was returned for a good gain and took over on the North Royalton 40 yd line.  Highland put together a fantastic  game winning drive consisting of a converted 4th down conversion.  The final play of the game was a TD pass from McGinty to Rogers as time expired. Highland wins in walk off fashion with the final score 45-43.

GAME WINNER! pic.twitter.com/l1BL2txRj7

— Sports On Tap (@SOTPodcast) September 8, 2018

North Royalton falls to 2-1 on the season, they were led  by RB Simon Antonio who rushed 18 times for 164 yds and 2 TDs, 5 rec 33 yds and 2 TDs . The bears will look to rebound in week 4 as they host Stow-Munroe Falls.

Highland improves to 2-1 on the season.  Hornets were led by Player of the Game RB Jake Rogers who finished with 24 carries for 249 yds, 2 TDs on the ground, 1 kickoff return of 83 yds for a TD, and the game winning touchdown reception. The Hornets will look to continue their winning ways as they host Kent Roosevelt in week 4.

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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