Mighty Warriors earn home playoff game

The Mighty Warriors used trickery to keep a second quarter drive going when they successfully executed a fake punt on the Maginn 41-yard line. On fourth-down-and-six, Mohonasen punter Vincent Gabriele ran for 10 yards, setting up the tying touchdown. Alex Audino made a nice over-the-shoulder catch on Barnes' next throw for a 32-yard touchdown reception. The extra point failed tying the game at 13.

Mohonsen scored the go-ahead touchdown on the last play of the first half after their defense recovered Lyde's fumble on its own 41-yard line. With 1:02 left, Barnes rolled out and hit Josh Provost cutting across the middle. Provost ran to the Maginn 4-yard line, and Olszewski scored from two yards out two plays later. The two-point conversion attempt failed, giving Mohonasen a 19-13 lead.

The Golden Griffins tied the score in the third quarter after a 50-yard pass by Kargbo to Isaiah Moore put Maginn at Mohona-sen's 31-yard line. Lyde, who rushed for 52 yards on 11 carries, ended the drive with a 19-yard touchdown run, but Mohonasen blocked the extra point.

The score remained tied at 19 until late in the fourth quarter. A blocked punt gave the Mighty Warriors good field position at the Maginn 36-yard line. Olszewski and Joe Grassia led Mohonasen on a ground march to Maginn's 9, and Barnes completed the series with a touchdown pass to Kevin Grzeskowiak. Stone added the extra point to put the Mighty Warriors ahead by seven points with 1:45 left.

Maginn tried to answer, but came up short. After driving to Mohonasen's 1-yard line, Lyde fumbled the ball in the end zone as time expired.

"In spite of the fact that we were behind, we were able to come back, and I felt the kids met the challenge real well. I couldn't be more proud. I'm certainly disappointed with the loss but not with how we played," said Maginn coach Joe Grasso.

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