Magnolia Hammered By St. Marys
Magnolia failed to put two have’s together and the result was a 41-7 victory for the St. Marys Blue Devils at Alumni Field inside Bill Stewart Stadium on Friday night in New Martinsville, With the score 14-7 at the half the Blue Eagles felt good about their chances coming out of the locker room, but St. Marys held the home team scoreless the rest of the way while scoring twice in the third and twice in the fourth to gain the win.
After the Blue Devils went on top 14-0 in the first quarter of play, Magnolia broke the ice with 2:17 left in the quarter on a 61 yard run by senior Jason Beisel to make it a seven point game following the point after kick by Brendan Mirandy. The second quarter was a defensive battle with neither team able to cross the goal line.
“It’s a four quarter game and you try to make adjustments at halftime and thankfully the guys came out in the second half and in my opinion played better ball,”St. Marys coach Jodi Mote said. “That’s a credit to them and our staff for working with these guys. You just try to get better. To be playing game seven in this COVID year, it’s amazing. It was definitely special for sure. I have tremendous respect for Coach Chapman and Magnolia for the tradition they have. It’s been a series dominated by them through the years. We’re just thankful to be able to come out with a win.”
“I tip my hat to St. Marys,” Coach Chapman said. “They’re a good football team. But, they’re not 41-7 better than us. But we have to take care of the ball and do something with it, especially in the red zone. I just felt like we squandered on a couple of opportunities.
Magnolia was led by Beisel with 106 yards and a T.D. on 21 carries. Mirandy went 4-17 passing for 17 yards and Vargo was 1-5 for 21 yards to pace the Magnolia air game. Postlethwait caught one pass for . yards and Toman snagged another for 21 yards.
The Blue Eagles picked up eight first downs on the night while St. Marys had 18. The visitors had five penalties for 45 yards, while Magnolia was not penalized in the contest. Both teams lost three fumbles in the game with Magnolia losing three of six and St, Marys losing three of four. The Blue Eagles fell to 1-6 on the campaign, while St. Marys improved to 6-1. The Blue Eagles host Tyler Consolidated on Friday in the annual cross county rivalry beginning at 7 p.m.