Eagles Shut Out Red Riders, 21-0
The Blue Eagles won the toss and elected to receive the opening kick Oct. 8. And, starting at their own 32 yard line, the Eagles marched down Jimmy Carry Stadium – with the Kennedy Award front runner Justin “Tank” Fox at the helm – firing five straight passes, completing four.
The final pass was a 64-yard TD bomb to Stephen “Rogo” Rogalski, that put Fox on top of the list for the most yards completed at Magnolia High School, passing Todd Morris’ record, set in the the early 1980s.
Magnolia scored on a Tanner Fluharty three-yard plunge right before the half to take a 14-0 lead with 3:04 remaining in the second quarter. Fox added the extra point to extend the lead to 14-0 at the half.
After both teams exchanged punts in the third period, the Eagles had the ball at the 36 yard line. On the second play from scrimmage, Jayson Keller scamperd 41 yards for a 41 yard gainer. Fox would connect with Rogalski once more for 12 yards. With 3:23 to go in the third quarter, the Eagles Brendan Kacor scored on a reverse from five yards out to put the final tally on the board, after the Fox PAT.
Fox was 14-26 for 168 yards and a score. He now only needs 10 completed passes, nine pass attempts, and nine passing TDs to hold all the passing records at Magnolia High School for a career record.
Rogalski caught 12 passes for 165 and one score, while Cameron Benson and Jayson Keller each hauled in one.
In the rushing department, Jayson Keller carried the ball 12 times for 76 yards, while Kacor added 40 yards, Fox 16 yards and Fluharty scored on a three-yard run.
Defensively, Fluharty paced the Eagles with seven solo tackles and assisted on four others. He also had a quarterback sack and had three tackles for loss of yardage. Sam Shepherd followed with10 tackles, three of which went for loss of yardage, and had a QB sack. Matthew Riggs also had 10 tackles, two of which where for loss of yardage. Mark Winters had five solo tackles, assisted on eight others, with two going for loss of yardage
The Eagles return home for the first time since Sept. 10 when they host Class-AAA power Robert C. Byrd, Oct. 15 on the Eagles’ homecoming beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Magnolia finished the the regular season against Barnesville Oct. 22 before traveling to Oak Glen Oct. 29. The Blue Eagles will return home to honor their 18 seniors on Nov. 5 durin a contest against the Grafton Bearcats in their last regular-season game.