Magnolia Romps to Easy Victory Over River
Tyler Anderson and Chase Street rushed for 285 yards and 5 TDs to lead Magnolia to a 40-12 victory over the River Pilots on Sept. 18 at Bill Stewart Memorial Stadium on Alumni Field in New Martinsville on homecoming night.
The Pilots took the opening kick, and would face a fourth and one. However, the Pilots Lukas Isaly bullied his way to a first down. The Pilots also faced a pair of third down and long situations, but the Pilots would push through with a Joey Flannery quarterback scramble, and a 42-yard long ball to a wide-open Craig Hupp for new set of downs. Isaly, then capped the 14-play 64-yard drive with a five yard touchdown run. The conversion pass was deflected and the Pilots led 6-0 at the 7:35 mark of the first period.
On the Eagles second possession, Anderson went the distance on a 31-yard run, but a holding call brought it back to the 25 yard line. On the next play, Anderson took it to the house for the equalizer. Troy Boughner’s kick was wide left and the score was dead-locked at 6-6 with 3:37 showing on the first period clock.
In the second period, the Eagles Carter Seckman and Zach Haught drilled the Pilots Flannery for a sack on a fourth and two to get the ball back early in the second period.
The Pilots defense sniffed out a Brooks Parsons end-around for a four yard loss, but the Eagles Kyle Ritz hooked up with the Eagles signal caller Nick Priem on a large gainer for a first down. After a Anderson four yard run, he would break the tie on a six-yard touchdown run. Boughner split the uprights to give the Eagles a 13-6 advantage.
Shortly after the touchdown, Anderson would gather in a deflected pass for an interception. Street would make the Pilots pay with a 24-yard touchdown and for good measure. Street would add a four yard touchdown scamper a on their next offensive series with Boughner splitting the uprights on both tallies to give the hosts a 27-6 lead at the break.
After the break, the Pilots defense stopped the Eagles opening drive of the second half on a Anderson fumble.
After a pair of long distance bombs fell out of reach from the Pilots wide receivers, Isaly picked up a first down. After a crushing tackle by the Eagles Kyle Ritz, Flannery hooked up with Braden Whetsell on a nifty 45-yard pitch and catch.
After another crushing tackle by Ritz, Isaly raced four yards for the first points of the second half. Anderson batted away the two point conversion pass.
From this point on, it was the Anderson and Street show as the dynamic duo added three touchdowns. Street scored on a 24 and two yard scamper, while Anderson scored on a 34 yard screen pass.
“I’m very disturbed on our execution in the first half,” said River Head Coach Mike Flannery. “Only we know what we did. You got to give Magnolia credit. The score is no indication of the game.”
Magnolia Head Coach Josh Sims, “We beat a pretty good football team. Our kids played hard an physical, I’m just so happy the way our kids responded when we were down. It just goes to show the character our kids have shown all season, and now must prepare for Wheeling Central.”
Defensively, the Pilots were led by Cody Saska with 10 tackles, one tackle for loss and a quarterback sack. Parker Caretti, Zac Talbott and Dakota Smith each made seven stops, while Tucker Boggs made six tackles, including a QB sack. Luke Matusik dropped five Eagles with two going for loss of yardage and a sack. Drew Dietz made five tackles, one for loss of yardage and forced a fumble, while Aiden Taylor dropped four and forced a fumble.
For the Eagles, Cater Seckman was a man on a mission. He made eight solo tackles, assisted on on and made two tackles that went for negative yardage. Kyle Ritz stuffed the stat sheet with eight solo stops, assisted on two others and made one tackle for loss of yardage and had a quarterback sack.
In addition, Anderson made six solo tackles and picked off a Pilot pass, while Hunter Brill had five solo tackles and assisted on another. Peau Halahingano added seven tackles, Paden McConaughey five, while Branden Mason made five solo tackles and assisted on another. Todd Lemasters added four solo’s and two assists.
The Pilots will entertain Paden City Friday night, while the Eagles will travel to Wheeling Jesuit to take on Wheeling Central with both games getting underway at 7 p.m.