Magnolia vs Monroe Central Preview
It has been nearly two years since the Magnolia Blue Eagles have tasted defeat in the regular season. Running off an impressive streak of 19 consecutive regular season wins, they return to the site of that last lost, a 28-0 drumming by the Monroe Central Seminoles in week seven of 2008.
The Eagles also have not won in Woodsfield since 2000, which was Mark Batton’s first trip over there as head football coach. They will look for all of that to change when they visit the Seminoles on Friday, Oct. 1. Both teams are coming into the game on a roll.
Magnolia is 4-0 with three of those four victories coming by way of shut outs. The Eagle offense, led by Kennedy Award front-runner Justin Fox, is no joke. They have scored 198 points in the four games this season and has never scored fewer than 40 points a game.
While averaging 49.5 points per game on offense, Fox is 45-66 for 825 yards and 13 TDs through the air, while only throwing two interceptions. On the ground, he has scored three times and has kicked 23 extra points.
On defense, the Eagles have only given up 21 points, all of which came in week two when they came from behind win at home against Williamstown 48-21. Fox has three interceptions on the defensive side of the ball. His leading receiver this year is sophomore Stephen Rogalski, who has already caught nine touchdowns and has eclipsed the 100 yard mark in every game. The Eagles right now are sitting third in the OVAC class AAA standings and ninth in the WVSSAC class AA standings.
After starting the season 1-1 the Seminoles have rolled off three straight wins, beating River 46-6, Caldwell 49-13 and Fort Frye 35-14. Fort Frye and Caldwell were previously unbeaten before losing to the ‘Noles in weeks four and five. Monroe suffered its only defeat of the year in week two when they lost 12-0 to the Shadyside Tigers. The Tigers are presently 5-0 and leading OVAC class AA standings, while the ‘Noles are sixth in class AA.
The Seminole defense has yet to post a shutout and is allowing 14.2 points per game. While even with the week two shutout, Monroe’s offense is still scoring 32.8 points per game. It will be a dog fight Friday night in Woodsfield.
Break out your Blue and Gold and make the short trip to cheer on the Blue Eagles as they look to extend their streak to 20 games.