Magnolia Steamrolls Silver Knights, 68-22
MIDDLEBOURNE – There are holes for a running back to get through and then there are the ones the Magnolia offensive line was making for its backs Friday night.
Averaging more than 14 yards per carry, the Blue Eagles rushed for 534 yards and eight touchdowns on 38 attempts in a 68-22 rout of Tyler Consolidated.
“I told these guys walking off the field I have not been a part of a win like that,” Magnolia coach Josh Sims said. “You have to credit our guys on the offensive line. You don’t get yardage like that without the horses up front doing their job. Also give credit to Chase (Street) and Tyler (Anderson) because they made the right cuts and both showed great speed. Jayvees did pretty well there at the end so it was a full team effort and I am very proud of them.”
The offensive line of Hunter Brill, Joseph Ledergerber, Carter Seckman, Paden McConaughey, Garret Price, and Zach Haught paved the way for Street to finish with 248 yards and four touchdowns on 10 carries and Anderson to have 155 yards and two scores on 10 carries. Drew Lemasters and Jared Kacor also scored on rushing plays for the Blue Eagles (9-0), the top-rated Class A team in West Virginia.
Tyler Consolidated (4-4) jumped out in front first on a Federico Perez 19-yard field goal with 10:25 left in the first quarter. Perez went 2-for-2 also hitting a 27-yarder in the second quarter.
After trailing 3-0, Anderson scored from 14 yards out while Street had two touchdown runs of 21 and 18 yards and suddenly the score was 20-3 with 10:44 left in the first half.
Nick Priem hit Brooks Parsons on a 55-yard touchdown play to extend the lead to 27-3 with 8:45 left in the half. Priem finished 5 of 9 with 71 yards.
“The first half we came out and played hard,” Tyler Consolidated coach Ryan Walton said. “The kids were fighting and playing hard but Magnolia just wore us out and had its way with us. They are a good football team. They have a good offensive line, they have good running backs and they can throw the ball. Hats off to them.”
Street scored from 3 yards out with 2:19 left in the half to take a 34-6 lead into the break. Kacor went in from 19 for the first score of the second half with 6:45 left in the third quarter and then Street took it 83 yards to the house on Magnolia’s next possession to lead 48-6.
After forcing another Tyler Consolidated three-and-out, Anderson scored on a 64-yard run with 1:08 left in the third to put the Blue Eagles on top 55-6. Tyler Consolidated finished with 115 yards rushing on 45 carries.
“The defense did what it has done all year,” Sims said. “It played stout and did a pretty good job of alleviating the big play. There was some things there too in regard to tackling that we would like to sure up. Yeah we did well, but we can always get better and we will address that going into the bye week.”
The Silver Knights scored on a safety when Magnolia quarterback Demarco Smith was sacked in the end zone and they scored a touchdown after the free kick for eight quick points. Griffin Phillips hit Trent Smith in stride for a 42-yard score with 11:30 left in the game to make the score 55-14.
Colby Lash and Phillips both saw time at quarterback after starter Jordan Baker left the game with an injury. Hogan Wells rushed for 63 yards to lead Tyler Consolidated while Tyler Anderson caught five passes totaling 73 yards.
Lemasters’ score came with 7:57 left on an 8-yard run to make the score 61-14 before Smith returned a punt 60 yards for six points with 5:57 left to put Magnolia up 67-14. Troy Boughner’s tacked on one of his eight extra points for a 68-14 lead.
Nathan Lancaster of Tyler Consolidated scored on a 45-yard run with 4:07 left and ran it in for the 2-point conversion to make it 68-22.