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Aurora Greenmen Move On In Playoffs; Top Barberton 40-13

AURORA, OHIO – Game 1 of the Ohio High School Football Division II playoffs started Friday with the Aurora Greenmen hosting conference rival Barberton Magic’s.

The last time these two teams faced each other was on the 23rd of September when Aurora beat Barberton 49-28. That game was also played in Veteran’s Stadium – on Aurora turf.

The first quarter of action would finish with no score. Both defenses looked stout and stall worth. It was only a matter of time before one of them cracked.

Aurora would not get on the board until the 2nd quarter thanks to a 42-yard pass play from Greenmen quarter back Mac Austin to Gavin Blunt.

The PAT from Robby Albrecht would be good. Aurora would strike again in the same quarter with a 32 and 22-yard field goals from Albrecht to put the Greenmen up 13 – 0 at the half.

Aurora would then open the floodgates in the 3rd quarter. Barberton would turn the ball over in their one third due t a high snap during a routine punt which would lead to a 2-yard TD run from Chris Vanzo.

However, Barberton would finally answer back on a 20-yard TD pass from Barberton quarterback Zane Ries to Garrett Turnbaugh to bring the score to 20 – 7 Greenmen.

As for those floodgates; the very next play, Blunt would score again for Aurora on a kick off return for nearly 95 yards. Aurora would score again on a 12-yard run from Vanzo to bring the score at the end of the 3rd 33 – 7 Greenmen.

In the 4th, Aurora’s Bubba Arslanian would add onto the lead with a hard 33-yard rush for a TD, and bring Aurora’s lead to 33. And last but not least, Barberton would get in one more good lick with a 36-yard TD pass from Ries to Kobie Booker.

The two-point conversion attempt would be no good and all for not bringing the final score to 40 – 13 Aurora over Barberton.

Aurora will now face the winner of Game 2 (Copley vs. Hudson) in the second round in a location that is still to be determined. Aurora beat conference rival Copley 42-28 on October 14 during the regular season Aurora has not played Hudson this season.

And finally, congrats to the Magic’s on a great season.

Danny Simpson is a 4 year graduate from John Carroll University in Cleveland with a BA in Communications and Theatre Arts where he specialized in broadcast and theatre production. Graduated from Aurora High School, Danny has lived in North East Ohio all his life and love Cleveland Sports. Currently enrolled at The Ohio Center for Broadcasting in the Sports emphasis program, Danny hopes to make a name for himself somewhere for some professional or collegiate sports organization.

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