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BARBERTON 18, WADSWORTH 49: Magics run out of tricks

PHOTO BY CRAIG MEGYES | FOR THE BGNN

Barberton Magics senior quarterback Dominic Wilson in Friday’s matchup with the Wadsworth Grizzlies.

 

BGNN staff report

The Barberton Magics were not without magical moments in their 49-18 season opening loss to the Wadsworth Grizzlies on Friday.

Down 14 points in the first minutes of the first quarter, after a rapid one-two punch by the Grizzlies offense and defense, the Magics pulled a rabbit out of the hat with an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by senior Robert Davis.

A missed point-after attempt made it 14-6 with seven and a half minutes to play in the first quarter.

Wadsworth’s first-quarter points came on a 70-yard drive on first possession, capped by a 48-yard rushing TD, and then a fumble recovery and quick 19-yard pass to the endzone.

To take some steam out of the Magics’ sails, following the kickoff blitz to the endzone, the Grizzlies used roughly five minutes of the clock to score a third touchdown and then a successful two-point conversion.

The Magics answered with their own 80-yard drive in the final two minutes of the first quarter, but failed a two-point conversion and were down 22-12 with three quarters of football left to play.

Barberton and Wadsworth traded touchdown punches in the second quarter. The Magics went 55 yards through the air before failing on another two-point conversion.

The Grizzlies then capitalized on another error by the Magics, recovering a fumble on Barberton’s 13-yard line and then putting six more on the board with six minutes to go in the first half.

Down 29-18, Barberton was still in it and had a chance to make it closer after an interception at the Wadsworth 35 yard line, but came up short in the final minute of the half.

The second half belonged solely to the Wadsworth Grizzlies, who rushed for a 60-yard touchdown on their first possession out of the locker room. They went on to force another fumble for a TD and two-point conversion, stop the Magics on fourth down to takeover for another score, and to add insult to injury, intercept a Barberton pass on the 18 yard line in the final two minutes.

Barberton seniors Dominic Wilson and Xzavier Macon and freshman Emmanuel Jefferson combined for 35 yards on 16 runs.

Special thanks to Todd Mathews whose scoring summary on MaxPreps was the basis of this story.

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