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Defense Swarms in Season-Ending Victory

By Staff | Nov 10, 2015

Swarming. Stifling.

That’s what best describes the Magnolia defense, and the all-out attack was on full display Saturday against The Linsly School in Wheeling.

The Blue Eagle defense limited the Cadets to 41 first-half yards on 29 offensive plays, and held Linsly’s potent running game to -22 yards rushing for the game.

Emotions were high for Linsly, as Saturday served as Senior Day. However, Magnolia had other plans and matched the Cadets intensity play for play. The Blue Eagles were without their cheerleaders as they were cheering in the regionals, but the junior varsity cheerleaders as well as the band members filled in.

The 12th man — the student body — was on hand and was primed and ready to give the Blue Eagles a boost.

During the contest, Magnolia got its second 1,000-yard rusher of the season in Chase Street as he rambled for 152 yards and scored twice to give him 1,098 yards and 13 touchdowns. Tyler Anderson also rushed for 117 yards and scored twice.

That gave Magnolia its first 1,000 yard rushing pair since 2002 when Michael Carroll (1,152) and Ted Talkington (1,140).

Quarterback Nick Priem again ran the Eagles’ offense to near perfection. He completed five passes for 95 yards, had one touchdown and one interception. Priem has passed for 1,135 yards and 11 touchdowns, while only being picked off four times on 101 passing attempts.

The defensive stats had Hunter Brill and Carter Seckman with nine tackles each. Brill had his first sack of the season to go with a tackle for loss. He also forced a fumble and recovered one.

Seckman had two quarterback sacks, while forcing a fumble and recovered two others.

Joe Ledergerber was next with eight tackles and a tackle for loss , while Paden McConaughey had four tackles, one sack and recovered a fumble. Zach Haught got to know the Linsly quarterback very well with three sacks and a forced fumble. Tyler Anderson made seven stops, while Chase Street picked off a Linsly pass in the end-zone.