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BARBERTON 47, STOW-MUNROE FALLS 23 Magics find spark

PHOTO BY CRAIG MEGYES | FOR THE BGNN
Barberton senior Xzavier Macon (26) runs a pass interception back for a touchdown against Stow-Munroe Falls.

By DYLAN DAUGHERTY
BGNN sports writer

BARBERTON  After a draining week in which Barberton’s Magics couldn’t find their offensive footing against Wadsworth on the road, they came back in full swing at home to beat the Bulldogs of Stow-Munroe Falls, 47-23.

The offense was electric for most of the night, and the Magics defense only gave up 23 points compared to the 49 the week prior.

The defense set the tone on the opening drive of the game for the Magics, stripping Bulldogs QB Jacob Harrington on a 4th-and-3 play. The electric plays didn’t stop there on either side of the ball.

Kenny Larry and Robert Davis showed up on the first drive, contributing for a total of 49 yards. The drive was capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by QB Dominic Wilson.

The next drive the defense forced a three and out, and got the ball right back for their clicking offense. After a Noah DeHart catch and run of 21, and then two hard-headed run plays from Xzavier Macon, the Magics found paydirt once again on a highlight play from Macon. Wilson found Macon wide open in the backfield on a screen play for 42 yards and another Barberton TD.

After two more drives of back-and-forth defense by both teams, the Bulldogs found the endzone again with 6:42 left in the second quarter.
Harrington threw an 11-yard strike over the middle to Daylon Keeling for a TD, bringing the game within 7 for the Bulldogs.
The next drive, Dominic Wilson’s pass was batted at the line and intercepted by Stow at the Magic 21.

The Stow-Munroe Falls quarterback connected with his brother Tyler Harrington on a couple of slant passes and found the endzone again on a 6-yard slant to tight end Rickelman, knotting the game up at 14 all with 4:20 left in the second quarter.

But the Magics offense came to play on Friday night. After the kickoff, Dominic Wilson hit Donte Swain Jr. for an incredible catch and run of 69 yards to the house. Barberton then forced another three and out defensively with nice plays by Ethan Key and Donte Swain Jr.

After the punt and a 17-yard rush by Macon, the offense fired up the scoreboard again with a 9-yard slant route to Kenny Larry to put the Magics up 28-14 with 47 seconds left to go until half time.

The Bulldogs answered with a two-minute drive for 45 yards on the backs of the Harrington brothers to kick a 37-yard field goal as time expired at the half, with Barberton on top 28-17.
The first drive out of half for the Magics was good, old between-the-tackle, smashmouth football. Macon had a combined four rushes for 35 yards and then Dominic Wilson did the rest on a bomb to Robert Davis for 28 yards. The drive was capped off by 6-yard bubble TD pass to Kenny Larry to make the score 35-17.

The Magics never looked back.

On second down with five yards to go, the Bulldogs’ Harrington fired a bullet that was caught – by Barberton’s Robert Davis for a 95-yard pick six. The Magics stretched the lead to 41-17 with 4:30 left in the third quarter.

Bulldogs kickoff returner Nick Hosey saw open field in front of him, until Barberton kicker Kamran Walton came out of nowhere and laid the wood down for a touchdown-saving hit. However the glory was short lived as Stow marched down the field to score a 22-yard TD on a pass from Harrington to Keeling. A two-point conversion attempt was stopped, and the score was 41-23 at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

After three straight possessions of turnover on downs and punts for both teams, another electric play lit up the stadium. Stow had the ball and on the second play of the possession, Donte Swain jumped a route to pick off a Bulldogs pass and was off to the races. He weaved from the sideline to middle of the field to the other sideline picking up blockers, momentum and confidence as he ran. Thirty-one yards later, he was celebrating with his team after another Magics pick six. The magics defense alone had put up 12 points on the scoreboard. The scoreboard read 47-23 with 2:03 left in the game.

Jacob Harrington aired it out on the next drive. However, the last play of the game was broken up in the endzone by Magic defenders.

This is a great stepping stone for Magics Coach Tony Gotto and his team, who look to keep that momentum going against the McDowell Trojans of Erie, Pennsylvania. Barberton enters the game 1-1, and the Trojans are coming off a 10-3 year and regional final runner-up placement.

Any questions, comments, or concerns can be emailed to Dylan Daugherty at DylanDaugherty4774@gmail.com.

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