By HO HOFFMAN
Special to The Gazette
BARBERTON â€” In a game Medina football coach Greg Reed would probably just as soon forget, the Bees stumbled, bumbled and fumbled their way to a 26-10 non-league loss to the host Barberton Magics on Friday.
How bad was it for Medina?
Although the offense was coming off a 425-yard effort against Hudson, the Bees could manage only 108 yards total offense, with 113 in the air.
One doesnâ€™t have to be a math major to realize the ground game managed minus-5 yards on 23 carries. Throw in a couple fumbles, 113 yards on 11 penalties and blown secondary coverages and the problems were numerous.
â€œPlain and simple, we just did not execute,â€ said Reed, whose team fell to 0-2. â€œWith all those problems, it boiled down to Barberton capitalizing on their opportunities and us not doing it.â€
Speaking of opportunities, the Magics (1-1) had them gift-wrapped two minutes into the game.
On fourth down from the Medina 39-yard line, the snap from center sailed well over the head of Bees punter Johnny Armstrong. He picked it up around the 15, but with six Magics heading toward him, the senior did the smart thing and threw it out of the end zone for a safety.
Following the free kick, Barberton put together a seven-play, 62-yard drive, with quarterback Kyle Snyder sneaking in from a yard out.
It wouldnâ€™t be the last time Snyder put it to Medina.
For the game, the third-year starting quarterback was 15-of-21 for 232 yards and two touchdowns. He also spread the ball around, hooking up with six different receivers.
â€œTheir quarterback was a huge factor in the game,â€ Reed said. â€œThat play he made in the second quarter on fourth down was a game-winner. We never really recovered.â€
The play Reed was talking about happened on fourth-and-10 from the Medina 18. Snyder was chased out of the pocket toward the right sideline and, while falling out of bounds, was able to find Kevin Miller in the end zone for the score.
Opportunities? Medina had a bunch. One came right after the Snyder touchdown pass, as Brandon Fielding returned the ensuing kickoff to the Barberton 11-yard line. The end result was a 20-yard field goal by Justin Letts.
The Bees were also stopped twice on fourth-and-2, once from the Barberton 24, the other from the Magics 12.
â€œA big difference tonight was we made the plays when we had to,â€ Barberton coach Brian Staats said. â€œMedina kept coming up short. Of course, we had Snyder making the plays for us and that is a huge advantage.â€
Medinaâ€™s only offensive drive was a two-play effort coming at the end of the first half, ending on a 35-yard â€œHail Maryâ€ pass from Pat Oâ€™Boyle to Alex Schell as time ran out.
â€œThat was it for us,â€ Reed said. â€œWe finally stopped Barberton defensively in the third quarter and we couldnâ€™t even respond with a first down. Our effort was there, but the execution wasnâ€™t.â€
Up Next: Medina (1-1) travels to Wadsworth; Barberton (0-2) is at Kent Roosevelt.
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