After a disappointing regular season, Barberton’s football team has stepped up in its playoff games.
After defeating Lakewood 49-0 in last week’s opener at home, the No. 13 seeded Magics went on the road and beat No. 4 seed St. John’s Jesuit, 21-14 in Toledo.
Junior running back Cam Macon did most of the heavy lifting on offense, as he scored all three touchdowns in the first half. He also had several big runs late in the fourth quarter to get first downs and help run the clock out. He totaled 136 yards on 34 carries in the game.
Quarterback Chanden Lee completed five-of-14 passes for 36 yards, with four of his completions going to Charlie Hornacek for 29 yards. A good source of offense came from a pair of trick plays, as Kaige Lowe threw a 60-yard pass to Derrick Vaughn, and Vaughn later threw a 37-yard pass to Lowe. Lowe also rushed four times for 42 yards.
The Titans were led by a pair of future Division I college players in quarterback Brady Lichtenberg (committed to the University of Cincinnati) and wide receiver Thomas Zsiros (committed to the University of Toledo). Lichtenberg attempted a whopping 49 passes, and he completed 26 for 302 yards. He also rushed four times for 20 yards and a touchdown. 13 of his completions went to Zsiros for 152 yards and one touchdown. Running back Carson Toth was held to 23 yards on eight carries.
The Magics’ defense may have played their best game of the season, especially considering they recorded six sacks, three interceptions and one fumble recovery. Chris Smith and Roosevelt Andrews each had two sacks while Lowe and John Jackson also brought down Lichtenberg behind the line. The interceptions were made by Vaughn, Lowe and Keyandra Turner and Kenny Larry forced the fumble.
Overall, the Magics out gained the Titans 305-299, as they improved to 3-4 on the season while St. John’s Jesuit fell to 4-2.
Next, the Magics will play a somewhat familiar opponent, as they will play at Brecksville-Broadview Heights Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. The fifth-seeded Bees received an opening round bye before beating Oregon Clay 49-33. Brecksville defeated the Magics this season, 45-31 Sept. 18 in Barberton.
For the full story on the big win, read the next edition of the Barberton Herald.