Blue Devils Too Much Down The Stretch
The St. Marys Blue Devils scored 27 second-half points to claim a 27-7 victory over the Magnolia Blue Eagles Oct. 17 on Alumni Field at Bill Stewart Stadium.
The Blue Eagles gave the undefeated and Class-A number one ranked Blue Devils all they could handle in the first half of action. The high-scoring Blue Devils were marching down the field on their second possession of the opening period before the Eagles’ Peau Halahingano put a helmet on the ball, causing a fumble, and Brooks Parson scooped it up in recovery, halting the Blue Devil drive.
A Nick Priem 23-yard TD toss to a wide-open Brandon Mason capped off an impressive six plays for the Blue Eagles in the first period. Oscar Celedon added the PAT kick that brought the standing-room-only Magnolia crowd to its feet with an early 7-0 lead.
The Eagle defense kept the St. Marys offense in check for the remainder of the first half. Carter Seckman planted the Blue Devil starting quarterback in the turf on a quarterback sack, while teammates Halahingano, Hunter Brill, Paden McConaughey, Zach Haught, and Tyler Anderson came up big throughout, halting St. Marys drives with big game tackles.
However, there were two quarters remaining in the game and Magnolia had quite a number of starters sidelined because of injuries. The Devils would get it done, scoring two touchdowns in each of the third and fourth periods to gain the nod.
In the third, St. Marys was on a third-and-long when converting a 60-yard pitch-and-catch into a TD. They also returned a 60-yard punt for a touchdown and added a third-and-long, 30-yard score in the fourth to end the game.
Magnolia Head Coach Josh Sims said about his players after the game, “As much as you want to get on them because we gave up big plays here and big plays there, they are giving us everything they’ve got. You’ve got to remember they are just kids. As important as it is to win, it’s important to teach them principles that will help later in life.”
Magnolia had only 51 yards rushing on 21 carries, with Anderson leading the way with 41 yards on 12 carries. Priem added 14 yards on four carries, while Marco Smith netted four yards on his only carry. Priem was picked off once, but threw for 146 yards and a TD on 15-34 passes. Mason hauled in the Eagles’ lone TD from 23 yards. Anderson received six passes for 82 yards, while Parsons grabbed seven passes for 42 yards. Halahingano and Smith each caught a pass for positive yardage.
Defensively, the Seckman led the way with 16 tackles, six of them solo and the others on six assists. He also made three quarterback sacks and made one tackle for loss of yardage. Brill made 10 tackles with a quarterback sack and a tackle for loss of yardage, while Halahingano made eight stops and forced a fumble. McConaughey, Haught, and Parsons each made five tackles, with McConaughey and Haught adding a tackle for loss of yardage and Parsons recovered a fumble.
The Blue Eagles will next take on Tyler Consolidated Friday night at Alumni Field in their Homecoming tilt with kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m.