Twinsburg continues give the football powers to be in the Suburban League National Conference a tussle as a brutal schedule and regular season winds down.
Using an impressive rally and some big plays, the Tigers battled against powerful Wadsworth on their own turf.
However, Wadsworth prevailed with a wild 49-35 win at Art Wright Stadium.
It was a huge victory for Wadsworth (7-2), which will host Brecksville (7-2) for the league crown Friday The Bees are 6-0 and Wadsworth is 5-1, along with Hudson.
The Tigers, who have lost four straight games against the likes of the league’s best — North Royalton, Brecksville, Stow-Munroe Falls and Wadsworth — can again be in position as a spoiler.
Twinsburg (2-7, 1-5), which fought hard on the road in a recent loss at Stow (5-4), wraps up the season at Tiger Stadium Friday against league rival Hudson (6-3) at 7 p.m.
In 2018, Twinsburg lost 41-0 to Wadsworth.
This time around, the Tigers amassed 385 total yards and had some big plays.
After senior Jamir James powered in for a 1-yard touchdown plunge with 7:00 left in the first half, Twinsburg tied the game 14-14.
The inspired play was great to see by the Tigers, but talented Wadsworth has one of the most explosive and diverse offenses in the area.
Wadsworth would score 21 unanswered points to take command of this clash.
Setting up the tie was a big play on special teams for the Tigers as dangerous senior wide receiver Dominick Glenn struck gold.
The speedy Glenn took a lateral from senior Emile Levert on a kickoff and raced 89 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown to cut the Wadsworth lead to 14-7 with 1:43 left in the first stanza.
Wadsworth tailback Dom Loparo burned the Tigers on his first touch of the contest as he sped down the right sidelines for a 67-yard TD burst.
Loparo ran for 130 yards on nine attempts and had three TD’s, but he had plenty of help.
Quarterback Trey Shaffer completed 13-of-19 passes for 238 yards and four touchdowns for Wadsworth.
The Tigers moved the ball and produced big plays on offense, but also had some key giveaways.
Ethan Russell intercepted senior quarterback Ryan Christensen’s pass on Twinsburg’s first second-half drive.
That led to a Loparo score to vault the lead to 42-14. On the next drive, the Grizzlies had a pick by Mike Jackson.
Christensen passed for 207 yards and two scores – both passes going to junior wide receiver Logan Genos. He completed 12 of 22 passes and had five rushes for 22 yards.
Genos showed promise last season as a receiver and with his running, but hasn’t had a ton of touches this fall.
At Wadsworth, Genos had a beautiful 82-yard TD catch from Christensen in which he did a great job staying in bounds after the catch as he raced down the right sidelines.
That score came with under 3:00 left in the game. In all, Genos broke loose for three receptions for 124 yards and two scores.
Prior to that Genos TD, Twinsburg’s defense had a spirited goal-line stand to halt Wadsworth.
James had a strong first half and finished with 18 attempts for 128 yards.
Senior Brett Callow was perfect on all five extra-point kicks. Junior Aiden Corrigan had three rushes for 18 yards and a TD and caught a 14-yard pass.
Glenn added two catches for 15 yards and also rushed for five yards while Levert had two catches for 29 yards, and junior Amaree Cunningham had two catches for 15 yards.