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Magnolia Gets Revenge Against Yellowjackets

By Staff | Sep 9, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN – A few big plays for Magnolia and one big play that wasn’t for Williamstown made the difference Friday night as the visiting Blue Eagles knocked off the defending Class A state champion Yellowjackets, 21-14.

Magnolia junior quarterback Nick Priem connected twice with sophomore receiver Brooks Parsons during the third quarter for 55-yard and 60-yard strikes, respectively, to set up touchdowns that put the Blue Eagles over the top.

Despite a late Williamstown push that brought the score to within seven points with 6:25 to play, Magnolia’s strong rushing attack was able to stave off the rally, running the clock out on its final possession.

The victory in a battle of co-No. 1s in the state poll, represented a reversal of fortunes down the stretch, according to Magnolia coach Josh Sims, whose team lost a 25-21 decision to Williamstown last season.

“That’s huge,” Sims said of his team’s ability to finish the game. “That was literally the exact same situation as last year – almost the same score. The difference is our conditioning, our maturity. Instead of this time laying down, we decided to dig down and get the win.”

After a 37-yard Williamstown touchdown pass from Trent Tallman to Darren Hastings tied the game at 7-7 a few minutes into the third quarter, Sims said his team looked a little flat in the second half.

Priem quickly sparked his teammates, connecting with Parsons on a third-and-15 play after an illegal procedure penalty that looked to stall the Magnolia drive.

Priem hit Parsons in stride on the sideline and two plays later, hit receiver Kyle Ritz for a 20-yard touchdown.

After getting a stop on Williamstown’s ensuing possession, a touchback on a Jackets punt placed the ball at Magnolia’s 20-yard line.

Priem again wasted no time, laying the ball into Parsons’ hands to flip the field position to the opposing 21-yard line.

After several rushing plays, a third-and-goal from inches away loomed for Magnolia, and Sims elected to run Priem over the center.

After a scrum, Williamstown linebacker Hastings came away with the football, streaking down the field alone with no whistle to be heard.

Shortly after crossing his 40-yard line, a whistle finally came and officials ruled Priem’s forward progress stopped.

On the next play, Priem plunged into paydirt for the score to put his team up 21-7.

“I didn’t hear anything,” Williamstown coach Terry Smith said. “But you know, (the officials) are working, and what are you going to do?

“I can whine about it, but it’s not going to help. It’s not going to change anything. That’s just the way it goes.”

Tallman did his best to resurrect his team’s chances and on the next drive, picked his way through the defense into the second level and broke a big gain up the sideline, where he was hit late out of bounds into the fence dividing the stands and field.

“He made something out of nothing,” Smith said of Tallman, who racked up 133 yards on the ground. “He’s electric.”

After the collision with the wall, Tallman stayed down for several minutes but eventually returned to the game.

The drive resulted in a turnover-on-downs deep in Magnolia territory, but after quickly forcing a three-and-out, Tallman led a sequence that resulted in a 1-yard score to pull within 21-14.

The first half of the game was relatively quiet, with Magnolia claiming the only score on a Priem touchdown pass to Ritz from 6 yards out.

Priem finished the game completing 9 of 13 passes for 191 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Magnolia’s rushing attack was led by Tyler Anderson (20 carries, 101 yards) and Chase Street (16 carries, 78 yards).

“Those guys fought their hearts out,” Sims said of Anderson and Street. “And especially there down the stretch, their yards after contact were the difference. You’ve got to credit the offensive line as well. Again, digging down late when we’re all tired and, heck, we’re happy to get a win.”

Indian Creek 26

East Liverpool 0

EAST LIVERPOOL – Chris Mazar found Greg Wade twice for touchdowns as Indian Creek rolled.

Mazar finished with 58 yards through the air and teammate Jabari Taylor finished with 73 yards on the ground with one touchdown to lead the Redskins (2-0).

East Liverpool (1-1) struggled offensively, including a fumble that was scooped up by Robert Coppa of Indian Creek and returned 20 yards for a touchdown.

River 28, Shenandoah 14

SARAHSVILLE Lukas Isaly rumbled for 222 rushing yard on 22 carries for three touchdowns for River (2-0).

Braden Whetsell carried 13 times for the Pilots totaling 38 yards and one touchdown while Joey Flannery threw for 64 yards.

Dalton Cowgill went 13 of 18 passing for 85 yards and a touchdown as he found Nick Miller from 63 yards out. The Zeps (1-1) also scored defensively as Caden Trenner returned a fumble 55 yards to the house.

Toronto 37, Bridgeport 0

TORONTO – As a team, Toronto finished with 260 yards on the ground with two touchdowns and 105 yards passing for one touchdown.

Max Tice carried the ball seven times for 83 yards and a score for the victors while Danny Zdinak had 66 yards on the ground and Thomas Fordham finished with 35.

Blaine Rawson went 3-for-6 with 91 passing yards and a touchdown for Toronto (2-0) while Blaze Glenn threw a touchdown pass to Joe O’Brien from 14 yards out on his only passing attempt.

Bridgeport (0-2) finished with 77 yards of total offense.

Union Local 26

Buckeye Local 7

MORRISTOWN – Bobby Stewart, Josh Bolyard and Bradan Lucas all rushed for a touchdown for Union Local.

The Jets finished with 181 yards on the ground compared to Buckeye Local’s 79 yards of rushing led by Dylan Dokes with 57.

Stewart threw for 136 passing while the Panthers (0-2) only score came on a 30-yard pass from Jared Moore to Corey Neavin. Moore finished with 40 yards passing.

Marion Local 54

Beallsville 6

MARIA STEIN – Chase Mercer went 10 of 22 for 129 passing yards for Beallsville (0-2).

The Blue Devils lone score came on a Mercer 2-yard score.

Nate Moeller rushed for 68 yards on three attempts for Marion Local while Dylan Keller scored on his only carry for Marion Local from 43 yards away.

Caldwell 41

Buckeye Trail 7

LORE CITY – Tanner Clark was nearly perfect through the air going 12 of 13 for 179 yards and three touchdowns for Caldwell (2-0).

Clark also ran for 86 yards and two scores on 23 attempts while Dalton Ivey ran for 36 yards on 12 carries. Jack Ridenour scored on his only rushing attempt from 35 yards out for the Redskins.

Levi Gadd through for 52 yards and one touchdown for Buckeye Trail (0-2).