Barberton’s football team bounced back from their first loss in three seasons with a dominating 56-21 win against Cuyahoga Falls.
The Magics scored on their first offensive play, as Chase Haywood threw a 58-yard pass to Ryan Watkins. Tim Starcher made the score 14-0 several plays later as he intercepted a pass and ran 40 yards to the end zone.
Kaeleb Vega made it 21-0 with a 16-yard rush early in the second before Cuyahoga Falls got on the board with a Robert Graves touchdown run. Graves ran 25 times for 98 yards.
Sophomore running back Cam Macon came right back to give Barberton a 28-7 lead with a 42-yard touchdown run. A 15-yard pass from Haywood to Maliq Spragling turned into six points to make it 35-7 at halftime.
The Black Tigers threw two touchdowns in the second half from Braunavan Arsenault to Alex Rowan, while Markim McKinnie, Vega and Kenneth Hood ran for a touchdown for Barberton.
Haywood threw the ball 14 times and completed seven for 114 yards, while also rushing twice for 27. Sophomore Chanden Lee threw one pass for 39 yards. McKinnie ran eight times for 103 yards, Macon had four rushes for 75 and Hood ran five times for 37. Kaige Lowe added a 55-yard carry.
Watkins caught two passes for 76 yards while Hayden Macko (one for 39), Charlie Hornacek (one for nine), McKinnie (one for nine), Drake Stefan (one for six) and Lowe (one for five) also caught a pass.
Next, the Magics open Suburban League play as they travel to Granger Township to play Highland Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.