BARBERTON — It’s an attack Barberton has used all season en route to a 3-0 record.
The Magics employed blazing backfield production and stout defense to perfection on Friday night in a 55-6 demolition of visiting Cuyahoga Falls.
The scoring started early and came often for the Magics. Barberton’s offense got rolling on the third snap of the game when junior quarterback Chase Haywood found sophomore Kyrie Young for a 60-yard completion. Young punched it in from one yard out two plays later to give the Magics their first lead of the game.
The other half of Barberton’s one-two backfield punch got in on the scoring on the next drive when junior Kenneth Hood dove in for another one-yard score. Young scored another on a 40-yard carry later in the half.
Young (12 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns) and Hood (six rushes for 26 yards and one touchdown) combined for 141 rushing yards in the first half — 138 more than Cuyahoga Falls (0-3) gained in total.
"We credit a lot of it to our offensive line," Barberton coach Anthony Gotto said. "That was one of our challenges this year: Coming out of our scrimmages, we didn’t think we were playing good, physical football. The last three or four weeks, we’ve really stepped up our physicality.
"Kyrie’s a blessed kid — so much talent. And Kenneth’s been patient with the whole process."
Haywood had a perfect half, completing all six of his passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for another score.
The Magics defense was relentless all night, allowing just three total yards in the first half, including minus-1 through the air. The Black Tigers didn’t gain a first down until their first drive in the second half.
Barberton held Cuyahoga Falls junior quarterback Braunavan Arsenault to 1-for-9 passing in the first half for minus-1 yard and two interceptions — both by Spencer Hutchison, the second of which he returned for a touchdown.
Gotto said the defense’s performance was much improved from what he saw in the team’s 21-20 overtime victory against Norton in Week 1.
"Our defense definitely stepped up," Gotto said. "Week 1, we couldn’t get off the field. These last two weeks, they’ve definitely played a lot better."
The Magics led 48-0 at the half.
The Black Tigers scored their only touchdown with about four minutes left in the third quarter on a 67-yard run by junior Robert Graves.
Scott Greenaway put an exclamation point on the win with a one-yard touchdown run for Barberton in the fourth quarter.
Despite the team’s perfect start, Gotto said the Magics aren’t getting ahead of themselves just yet.