Medina Journal-Register — One lightning quick touchdown to end the first half and another to open the second half keyed Medina to a wild 56-34 victory over arch rival Albion Friday night at Vets Park in the B East Division season finale.
Quarterback Jason Hellwig threw a school record tying six touchdown passes, including three to Lonnie Taylor and one each to Kyle Barna, Ben Austin and Danny Barnes to spearhead the Medina attack which also included a rushing touchdown by Barna and seven two-point conversions.
“It’s a great rivalry win and we got a lot of guys involved and had a lot of guys contribute which is great,” Medina head coach Eric Valley said.
Leading by a narrow 16-14 margin with just one second to go in what had been a sea-saw first half, Medina struck for a game breaking touchdown on a 30 yard pass from Hellwig to Taylor. Hellwig, who completed 20 of 28 passes for 402 yards on the night, tacked on the two-point conversion pass to Barna giving the Mustangs a 24-14 lead at the half.
On a night when defense took a back seat to offense, it was a pass interception by Jake Cotriss at the Medina 37 which gave the Mustangs the opportunity for that last minute scoring drive. Hellwig then had pass completions of nine yards to Barnes and 19 to Barna to quickly put the Mustangs in scoring position.
“That touchdown just before the half was huge,” Valley said. “The first half had been back and forth and that was a giant momentum swing.”
And the Mustangs kept that momentum at the outset of the second half as Taylor turned a short sideline pass from Hellwig into a 53 yard touchdown play just 13 seconds into the third quarter. Hellwig again added the two-point conversion on a pass to Austin quickly upping the Mustangs advantage to 32-14. Taylor had a total of eight catches for 194 yards.