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Pilots Humble Blue Eagles 60-27

By Staff | Sep 21, 2016

The River Pilots’ #7 Parker Caretti follows blocker 8 Dakota Smith and #26 Braden Whetsell for a large gainer. Photo by Bruce Crawford

The Pilots’ Lukas Isaly accumulated 139-yards rushing on 15 carries, scored three touchdowns, while passing for 309-yards and four touchdowns to lead the River Pilots to a 60-27 victory over the evading Magnolia Blue Eagles Friday, Sept. 16 at Flannery Field.

Magnolia opened the scoring 11 seconds into the game when Hunter Partridge returned the game’s opening kickoff 70-yards, while Patrick Mirandy split the uprights to give Magnolia a 7-0 lead.

However, Drew Wagnild would return the ensuing kick to the 35-yard, and a personal foul by the Eagles would put the Pilots at midfield to start their first drive of the game. Twelve straight River carries that was capped-off with an Isaly two-yard touchdown run gave the Pilots 1n 8-7 lead after Isaly ran it in for the two-point conversion with 7:12 showing on the first quarter clock.

The Eagles came roaring back two-plays later when Chase Street took a swing pass from Nick Priem, and returning it 55-yards to pay-dirt to give the Eagles the lead back, 13-8 after a Mirandy to Partridge two-point conversion pass fell a little short at the goal line.

River would take over at their own 35-yard line on the ensuing kick-off. After a pair of nice runs by Wagnild and Braden Whetsell, Isaly hit Parker Caretti in stride for a 48-yard catch and run for another score to give the hosts a 14-13 advantage with 5:50 left in period one.

Photo by Bruce Crawford The Pilots’ #5 Lukas Isaly slips by the Eagles # 21 Drew LeMasters and #22 Hunter Partridge.

After a short kick-off, the Eagles would march down the field on nine plays capped off with a Priem 20-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Leo Herrick. Mirandy’s PAT-kick split the uprights to give Magnolia a 20-14 lead with 2:37 left in period one.

After the ensuing kick, and a loss of yardage along with a delay of game, the Pilots went right to work from their own 17-yard line. Isaly galloped 17 yards on a quarterback keeper, while Smith added a 32-yard run to end period one.

Wagnild caught two Isaly passes for 18 yards before Isaly added a 12 yard run before capping off the 83-yard drive when he ran over a pair of Blue Eagle defenders for a seven yard touchdown run. Isaly added the two-point conversion run to give the hosts a 22-20 lead that they would never relinquish.

After scoring on all three of their possessions in the first quarter, the Blue Eagles wouldn’t find the end-zone in the second period, while the Pilots racked up touchdowns at an alarming rate.

Isaly hooked up with Drew Dietz on a 58-yard TD catch and run to extend their lead to 28-20.

After a personal foul on the ensuing kick, Magnolia was in business at midfield. However, Isaly intercepted a Magnolia pass and took over at their own 20 with 9:21 in period two.

Isaly ran twice to move the chains, before hooking up with Caretti for a 38 yard pitch and catch. Isaly added two more positive runs before the Pilots fumbled at the five yard line recovered by DeMarco Smith with 6:13 on the second period clock.

Priem rushed for 10 yards, and hooked up with Partridge, but a motion call by the Eagles brought it back. The Pilots Luke Matusik sacked Priem and then teammate Cody Saska sacked Priem once more for a safety to grab a 30-20 lead with 4:36 left in the second stanza.

River scored twice before the half on a Isaly 14 yarder and a 85-yard Isaly pass to Caretti to extend the Pilots advantage to 46-20.

After the later ensuing kick, the Eagles took over at their-own 42 yard line. Street raced down field for a 20 yard run and Priem hooked up with Brooks Parsons for a first down at the Pilots 15 yard line.

Priem rushed for nine yards, before Saska drilled Priem as he was throwing, and Caretti picked it off. Priem was injured and didn’t return. The Pilots took a knee and went into the locker room up 26 points, at 46-20.

During the brake, River inducted two former players Mike Flannery and Brad Miller to their Wall Of Fame, as well as last years Falls volleyball standout Jensen Caretti, football standout Joey Flannery and the entire 2013 Lady Pilot Volleyball Team before the Magnolia Marching Band put the explanation mark to what was a exciting first half of football.

After the second half kickoff, the Eagles tackled Isaly for a two-yard loss and knocked down a pass, before Isaly went to work. He galloped 35 yards and then hooked up with Caretti on a 32-yard touchdown pass and then tossed a 52 yard touchdown to Dietz, before Smith ran in a two point conversion try to give the Pilots a 60-20 advantage after three periods of play.

The Eagles added a Partridge 72-yard touchdown late in the game, and Mirandy finished the scoring with the conversion kick.

For the Blue Eagles offensively, Priem was 4-13 for 93 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions. Street caught one pass for 55 yards and a TD, while Herrick hauled in one for 20 yards and a TD. Parsons grabbed one for 14 yards, while Partridge grabbed one for four yards. On the ground, Partridge led the way with 72 yards and a touchdown on one carry, while Street added 55yards on nine carriers. Parsons added five yards and Priem one yard.

Defensively, Partridge and Drew LeMasters each made 10 tackles, while Street made eight.

For the undefeated River Pilots, Isaly accumulated 447-yards of offense. He rushed for 139 yards and scored three times, while adding three two point tries. He also connected on 8-12 passes for 308 yards and four more touchdowns.

Smith rushed for 86 yards on eight carries, while Caretti added 52-yards and a touchdown on three totes. Whetsell tallied 18 yards on two touches, while Heath Rosen added five yards on six carries.

The Pilots finished the night threw the air with 8-12 passing for 308 yards and five touchdowns, all by Isaly. Caretti grabbed three for 145 yards and three touchdowns, while Dietz hauled in two passes for 110 yards and a pair of scores. Smith grabbed one for 24 yards, while Wagnild snatched two for 19 yards.

Defensively, Saska only had four solo tackles, two assists, a pair of quarterback sacks, two tackles went for loss of yardage and scored on a safety He also hounded the Magnolia quarterbacks all night, while Matusik brought down two Blue Eagle tackles, but also recorded a pair of quarterback sacks. Smith and Caretti each recorded four tackles, with Caretti and Isaly each picking off an Eagle pass.

The Eagles will host Wheeling Central Friday night at 7:30 p.m., while the Pilots will host the Columbus Crusaders at 7 p.m. on their Homecoming Night.