Battle of Undefeateds This Week
There are three undefeated area teams with perfect records heading into Week 3. Both Magnolia and River are 3-0 and will meet this Friday night at Alumni Field at 7:30 p.m. The Valley Lumberjacks are also undefeated at 2-0, they beat Cameron and Bridgeport, while being idle in week three.
Tyler Consolidated is 2-1, while the Paden City Wildcats are 1-1 and Hundred is 0-1.
This past week, the Pilots earned a hard-fought 28-22 victory over Monroe Central. It was sophomore Lukas Isaly doing the majority of the damage offensively, while fellow classmate Luke Matusik was the man on defense.
The wide-out-turn running back had his second straight 200-yard night in back-to-back victories over Shenandoah and Monroe Central. Isaly, now has 424-yards and seven touchdowns rushing in his last two games and has scored four two-point conversion runs, and passed for another.
Matusik, in his last two games, has made 20 tackles, three sacks and has made four tackles for loss of yardage.
The Pilots have churned up 472-yards in their three games, while picking up 291-yards through the air in their three games played.
Magnolia has beaten Shadyside, Williamstown and Greenbrier West with multiple players churning out big yardage on the ground and in the air. The defense has limited three power-houses to 14 points in the three games, including two shutouts.
Offensively, the Eagles racked up 231-yards rushing and scored five touchdowns in the win over Shadyside, with three different players finding the end-zone en route to ending the Tigers 32-regular season winning streak.
The Eagles then defeated last years Class-A champion Williamstown on its own turf in a 21-14 victory in week two. MHS junior quarterback Nick Priem hooked up with sophomore Brooks Parsons twice for 105-yards and finished the night 9-13 for 191 yards and a pair of touchdown strikes.
The two-headed monster backfield of Chase Streets and Tyler Anderson accounted for 179 yards.
In the 48-0 win over Greenbrier West, the Eagles scored all their points in the first half, with senior Jared Kacor returning the opening kick 86 yards for the games first score. Anderson racked up 70-yards and a pair of touchdown runs, while hauling in two Priem passes for 74-yards and another score.
Priem was 7-10 for 191 yards and three touchdowns, while Street accumulated 70 yards and a score on only five touches.
MHS Kicker Troy Boughner has connected on 10 of his last 11 conversion kicks.
The Blue Eagle defense led by a flock of defenders limited the high-powered Cavaliers to minus 18-yards rushing on 21 chances and a mere 11 yards passing and high-jacked two others.
The Valley Lumberjacks had beaten Cameron, 24-8 and Bridgeport 35-13 in their only two outings.
Offensively its a one man show offensively as Trey Streets has accounted for 538 yards rushing and passing, with six touchdowns. His favorite receiver is Tucker Cain. Cain has four touchdowns, accumulating 259 yards.
The Lumberjack defense is led by Kale Lloyd, Marion Thomas and Dusty Lowe. They have accounted for 65 tackles, and nine quarterback sacks.
After losing to Williamstown in week one the Silver Knights have been lights-out offensively. The tandem of Tyler Anderson and Jordan Baker have opponents on their heels. They have put up some incredible numbers in their three games, with Tyler Anderson accounting for three-fourths of the yardage on the ground.
Paden City is 1-1 on the season has beaten Southern Local 20-19 and lost a heart-breaker to Bishop Donahue 30-20. Offensively the ‘Cats rely on Hayden Hizer to lead them. Hizer has completed 14 passes in two games for 233 yards and two touchdowns. Hizer, Zach Yeater, Logan Carroll and Deven Price have been the go to guys on the ground, while Price, Luke Cooper and Aaron Heasley have been the guys Hizer looks for through the air.
The Hundred Hornets have only had the opportunity to play one game, as teams they were to play have backed out. Andrew King is the main-guy racking up 275-yards and three scores through the air and on the ground, while Justin Pletcher, Greg Jones and Danny Stewart have all contributed offensively in their only game of the season.
All our games are important, but one must look at the Magnolia/River game as the top game of the week. They both come in undefeated in three games, but the Pilots are coming off a won over county rival Monroe Central a team that haven’t been able to get past for several years are on cloud nine, and their momentum could play a huge role if they start the game the same way they finished it with the ‘Noles. However, the Eagles got to rest their starters during the second half of the Greenbrier West contest and would love to send River back across the river with a loss, especially since it will be on their homecoming night.
You can just throw out the the statistics and all the hoopla when it comes down to a rivalry game.
The experienced Blue Eagle team would like to keep their well-oiled Big Blue Blue Machine in fine working order. They don’t have just one go-to guy like the Pilots, but they have multiple players that can hurt you on offense as well as on defense.
Although the last two Pilot victories were offensively led by Isaly, don’t count out Braden Whetsell and the combination of Joey Flannery to Drew Dietz in the air. Their defense have bent, but they haven’t broke. And the youngsters Luke Matusik and Dietz are as good as they come.
The outcome can come down to special teams. Magnolia has a great kicker in Troy Boughner and awesome returners in Jared Kacor and Brooks Parsons who have already taken it to the house. The Pilots don’t have that kicker, but they do score a lot on their two-point conversions.
Although I’m a River Alumni, I’m going with Magnolia in this one. It’s their homecoming game and they are a senior-laden club with lots of weapons offensively and defensively, as well as a kicker that can split the uprights if needed, lets say Magnolia 28, River 13.
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