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Indians Scalp Blue Eagles, 53-22

By Bruce Crawford - Staff Writer | Oct 14, 2020

Blue Eagleás Quarterback Brendan Mirandy tossed a 31 yard T.D. and kicked a 30 yard field goal on Friday night against Berkely Springs

The Berkeley Spring Indians broke open a 22-19 deficit midway through the fourth period out-scoring their hosts 34-0 to defeat Magnolia, 55-22 Oct. 9 inside Bill Stewart Stadium on Alumni Field.

The Blue Eagles defense gave up a trio of long Berkeley Springs runs, but they would cough it up on a nice defensive play and the Eagles would get out out of it unscathed.

On its first play from scrimmage, the Eagles went to senior Jason Beisel for a 83-yard touchdown run to get the Big Blue on the scoreboard, 7-0 after the Brendan Mirandy PAT boot with 11:14 left in period one.

In their next possession, the Big Blue put together a 13-play, 4-first-down drive before settling for a 30-yard field goal by Mirandy to give Magnolia a 10-0 lead with 4:50 left in the opening period. During the drive, Mirandy hooked up with Gavin Postlethwait and Brayden Vargo on a pair of nice pass receptions, plus the Eagles got a couple nice runs by Charlie Powell.

Mirandy stopped the Indians from scoring on the ensuring kick-off, pulling down the Indians Evan Thompson short of the goal line. But, after a pass interference call, Thompson would waltz in from 4-yards out to pull the visitors to within 10-7 with 3:10 left in the second period.

After holding the Eagles to a three and out, the Indians started its next drive close to mid-field. After 3-straight long runs, they caught Magnolia off guard and went to the air for a 5-yard TD pitch and catch to take a 13-10 lead into intermission.

The Eagles received the second half kick at their-own 41-yard line and marched down the field, keyed by a Sam Zombotti 14-yard reception, and ending with a 31-yard screen pass from Mirandy to Beisel to quickly grab the lead back, at 16-13 after the blocked PAT kick.

After holding the Indians on downs, the Eagles went right back to work one play later on a Beisel; 69-yard touchdown scamper to extend its lead to 22-13.

However, the Indians wouldn’t go away, and on two nice pass receptions, tapped off with a nice 10-yard touchdown pass they pulled to within 22-19 after another Magnolia blocked PAT boot.

Heading into the fourth period, the visitors used a potent passing game and some second effort running, as Berkley Springs would close out, scoring the games final 34 points to get the win.

The Eagles were led by Beisel who rushed for 245-yards and a pair of scores, while hauling in 52-yards and a touchdown on four grabs. Powell only rushed for 6-yards, but picked up three important first downs. Mirandy was 8-23 for 93-yards and a touchdown, with 3-INT.

Berkeley Springs was paced by quarterback Gavin Barkley who threw for 251-yards and 5-touchdowns. Thompson and Rice combined for 198-yards and 2-scores on 10 catches, with Thompson adding 85-yards and 2-TDs on six rushing attempts.

Defensively, the Eagles Austin Stillwagner had 3 quarterback sacks. Issac Keller also had a QB sack and recovered a fumble. Cody Leek had 4-tackles, while Kaleb Starkey and Kolbee Cecil each recording three stops.