Magics fall to Tigers in Homecoming Game

Barberton’s football team played its second straight undefeated team and lost 49-24 to Massillon.

The Tigers made their first trip to the Magic City since 1957, and contributed to a sell out crowd at Sharkey Stadium.

Barberton got on the board with a 22-yard field goal by Eston Brown to open the scoring. After allowing a Massillon touchdown, Chase Haywood threw a pass to Ryan Watkins, who ran 61 yards for a touchdown to give Barberton a 9-7 lead.

The Tigers just couldn’t be stopped, as running back Terrance Keyes scored back-to-back touchdowns to give them a 21-9 lead. Things looked like they were getting worse as Haywood threw an interception in Massillon territory, but on the next play Charlie Hornacek intercepted a pass and ran 40 yards for a touchdown. Massillon led 21-16 until there was 46.7 seconds left in the half, when Keyes scored his third touchdown.

Keyes scored his fourth and fifth in the second half as the Tigers extended their lead to 42-16. The Magics scored with 2:23 remaining on a 1-yard Haywood rush. The score was set up by an 80-yard pass from Haywood to Watkins.

Watkins caught four passes for 173 yards while Haywood completed 11-of-15 passes for 251 yards and rushed nine times for 28. Markim McKinnie ran for 41 yards on 14 carries. Tim Starcher caught three passes for 42 yards and Joe Johnstone totaled 21 yards on two catches.

Keyes rushed for 256 yards on 29 carries for Massillon. Quarterback Aiden Longwell completed nine-of-16 passes for 145 yards, with six of those passes to Ohio State commit Jayden Ballard, who totaled 101 yards and two scores.

The Homecoming court was also honored before the game, with Kaeleb Vega being crowned Homecoming King and Alexis Mayle being crowned Homecoming Queen.

Next, the Magics play their final road game at Tallmadge Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.

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