AURORA — The Barberton football team executed an onside kick, a halfback pass and a few plays out of a Wildcat offense Friday night at Veterans Stadium.
Head coach Tony Gotto also called quite a few traditional running plays for Kyree Young and the sophomore delivered in impressive fashion to lead the Magics to a 42-20 win over the host Aurora Greenmen in a Suburban League American Conference game.
Young scored five touchdowns — four rushing and one receiving. He totaled 262 yards rushing on 24 carries, had two receptions for 74 yards and also completed a 43-yard pass.
Barberton (6-0, 3-0) is atop the American Conference, with Highland (5-1, 2-0) also unbeaten in league play.
"When I first met him he was going into sixth grade and he came to my football camp," Gotto said of Young. "You knew he was special then. I don’t think he has touched even close to his potential. … He has that long stride and he has got great vision."
Gotto also loved what he saw from tight end Charles Hornacek, fullback Tilaranyz Brown and offensive linemen Avery Speedy, Kyle Hutchison, Tyler Eberhart, Michael Carte, Demetrius Barnett, Tony Valencheck and Logan Kaisk.
Senior quarterback Colin McNamara paced Aurora (4-2, 2-1) with two rushing touchdowns and one passing touchdown. He completed 11 of 22 passes for 167 yards and gained 119 yards on 21 rushes, but also was sacked four times for negative 26 yards.
Barberton opened the game with an onside kick by senior Griffin Brown. Sophomore Derrick Vaughn recovered for the Magics on the Greenmen 40-yard line. Two plays later, junior quarterback Chase Haywood threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Vaughn and Brown followed with the first of his six extra-point kicks.
Aurora countered with a drive that ended on the Barberton 22 when Magics’ senior Gavin Krska caused a fumble and senior Jordan Hayden recovered.
The Magics capitalized with three big plays to take a 14-0 lead with 3 minutes, 41 seconds left in the first quarter. Young threw a 43-yard halfback pass to Timothy Starcher, Haywood connected with Young on a 21-yard pass play and then Young rushed for a 19-yard touchdown.
Barberton’s lead reached 21-0 when Haywood tossed a screen pass to Young, who then sprinted untouched for a 53-yard touchdown with 6:19 left in the second quarter.
McNamara rushed for a 4-yard touchdown with 2:28 to go in the second quarter and senior Kyle Obly made the extra point to make 21-7.
The third quarter featured a 74-yard rushing touchdown by Young at 11:09, an 18-yard rushing touchdown by McNamara at 8:14 and a 2-yard rushing touchdown by Young at 4:50.
The scoring concluded in the fourth quarter with McNamara throwing a 43-yard touchdown pass to senior Jack Arnold at 11:50 and Young rushing for a 58-yard touchdown at 11:38.
"We got beat by a really good athlete," Aurora head coach Bob Mihalik said. "He’s only a sophomore and he is really good. Their line is physical. What I liked about our team is that we kept battling. We have another big one next week here against Highland."
Kionnie Dukes and Myqaiez Moss also were disruptive defensively for Barberton.