‘Noles Scalp Blue Eagles
Monroe Central blocked a 22-yard Magnolia field goal attempt as time expired to cap off a wild and crazy three-minute finale in which the Seminoles rallied from 13 points down to win 25-24 on a rainy Monroe Central Homecoming Night Oct. 3
Behind the running of Chase Street and Tyler Anderson, the Blue Eagles drove the ball down the field in the opening period to jump out to a 14-0 advantage, after a Nick Priem one-yard keeper and an Anderson four-yard TD run. Oscar Celedon made good on a pair of extra-point kicks for the Blue Eagles.
However, the Seminoles responded with a pair of TDs of their own – a 69-yard bomb and a one-yard keeper – but missed out on their extra point attempts to pull to within 14-12 heading into the locker room.
The Big Blue responded with a Priem-to-Brandon Mason 13-yard touchdown pass to extend the Eagles’ advantage to 21-12 in the third frame.
Celedon kicked a 32-yard field goal early in the fourth period to give the visitors a 24-12 lead with 7:14 remaining in the game.
However, things didn’t fare well for the Eagles, as the ‘Noles marched down the field from their own 20 yard line. Although Magnolia forced a fumble, the ‘Noles recovered it in the end zone for the score and cut the deficit to 24-19 after the two point-conversion.
After the ensuing kick, Magnolia couldn’t move the ball and punted it away with 2:13 minutes remaining in regulation. The Seminoles responded with a 55-yard TD pitch-and-catch. The ‘Noles two-point conversion failed, but took the lead 25-24.
The Eagles, with only a little over two minutes remaining, used the running of Street and Anderson to get down to the Monroe Central five yard line with 4.5 seconds remaining and called a time out. Celedon went to the field, hoping to seal a win with a 22-yard field goal. However, the Celedon kick was low enough for a Seminole paw to deflect it as time expired and Monroe Central prevailed 25-24 in its Homecoming victory.
“Give our kids credit,” said MHZ Head Football Coach Josh Sins, “They could have easily given up after they scored. But, they came back and put themselves in position to win. We just didn’t execute. And so far this season, that’s been our story.”
Street and Anderson accumulated 285 yards rushing and a touchdown, with Street tacking on a career-high 172 yards on 24 carries. Brooks Parsons mustered three yards, while Priem lost seven yards on five carries and scored a touchdown. Priem also completed nine passes for 89 yards and a score, with Peau Halahingano hauling in four passes for 24 yards. Parsons snatched two for 47 yards, Mason caught a 13 yard TD, while Anderson netted four yards on one catch. Marco Smith saw action and caught one pass for a yard.
Defensively, Halahingano and Street each made 10 tackles, while Caleb Nice added four solos and blocked a punt. Carter Seckman also had four solo tackles and helped with two others. Zach Haught added four solo tackles and blocked a punt.
The Eagles have now lost two straight games by a point, and three of their first five games by three points or less in the first half of the season.
Magnolia will try to turn things around at 7 p.m., Friday Oct. 10 at Weir, before hosting St. Marys Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. on Alumni Field.