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ON THIS DAY Aug. 18 & 25: A look back on Magics, Panthers football

By RANDY FORST

BGNN contributor

Hooray! Once again, the Barberton-Norton area has a paper. The Barberton Gazette & Norton News is here!
With it will be the return of “On this Day” for Barberton and Norton High School sports. Also, hopefully next summer will feature the return of “Where Are They Now?”

Barberton Magics
On Aug. 18 the Magics fell to the Wadsworth Grizzlies 18-49. They now have a record of 34-16 against the Grizzlies.
In 2022, Barberton lost to Wadsworth 7-24 at Sharkey Stadium.
The Magics only scored on a 25-yard pass reception by Kenny Larry, who also had two interceptions!

Did You Know?
The 1941 Magics finished the season with a 7-1 record. Their final game was a 26-0 whitewashing of Wadsworth, their sixth shutout of the year, in fact they only surrendered 19 points the entire year.
From 1963-1980 Barberton owned an 11-game win streak over Wadsworth but lately the tables have turned.
Since 1999 the Grizzlies now have a 12-1 record over the Magics.

On this day Aug. 25
Overall record on Aug. 25 3-1
This year’s opponent is Stow, and it is also Magic Mayhem night.
Last year they ended a 3 game losing streak to the Bulldogs with a 20-0 win. The star of the game was Xzavier Macon who had a rushing TD and returned an intercepted pass for another. Also, in the win Roosevelt Andrews had 3 sacks and Trent Doerfler had field goals of 36 and 28 yards.
Aug. 25, 2006, Freshman Kyle Snider threw for 234 yards and 3 TD’s in a 40-6 rout of Kenmore. Terron Robinson caught 2 TD passes and Steven Pitts the other.
Aug. 25, 2017 Zane Ries throws 2 TD passes to Garrett Turnbaugh and one to Jeff Parker in 34-0 pasting of Norton. Keye Thompson also chipped in with a 4-yard TD run.
Did You Know?
Syracuse All American and Miami Dolphin Hall of Famer Larry Csonka is a Stow graduate.

Norton Panthers
On Aug. 18 the Panthers downed the Indians of Northwest 35-6, a team they fell to 14-35 last season.
In that game Panther TD’s were scored by Luke Dobbins on a 20 yard run and Noah Willig on a kickoff return. Northwest has an overall record of 10-6 over Norton.
Did You Know?
Northwest has always been tough, in fact after a 14-0 win in 1996 the Panthers fell 7 straight times to the Indians.

On this day Aug. 25
Overall record on Aug. 25 1-3
This year’s opponent on August 25 is University School. The Maroon and Black Preppers are from the Chagrin Falls area and finished with an 8-3 record in 2022.
Aug. 25, 1989, Jamie Saylor throws 2 TD passes, one to Derek Rush and one to Greg Gibbons but Panthers fall Painesville Harvey 21-26. Ron Long also scored for Norton on a 7-yard run.
Aug. 25, 2000, Coventry goes down 14-7 as Tyler Turchin and Pete Underation score for the Panthers.
Quarterback Kevin Johnson completed 9 of 13 passes.
Aug. 25, 2006, Panthers are mauled by Akron East 6-52. Norton’s lone score comes on an 8-yard run by Jeremy Perry.
Did You Know?
University School is an all-boys school and boasts former Dallas Cowboy head coach Jason Garrett as one of its alumni!

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