Blue Eagles Pummels Yellowjackets, 55-0
The Magnolia defensive unit flexed its muscle on Saturday, Nov. 5 as they forced eight turnovers by the the Moorefield Yellowjackets enroute to a 55-0 thumping in Moorefield, to finish the regular season at (2-8).
The first quarter featured a lot of Big Blue offense, with some help from a couple turnovers helping the cause. The first score came when senior quarterback Nick Priem found Leo Herrick from 22 yards out and put the Eagles up 6-0. The next score was a Brooks Parsons 59 yard punt return for a score, and the Eagles lead 12-0. t
On the ensuing kickoff, freshman Zach Thorpe jumped on a fumble and set the Blue Eagles up at the Yellowjackets 38 yard line. The drive featured six runs from the Eagles senior running back Chase Street, that included a 13 yard score the Eagles were up 18-0. With just two minutes to go in the first quarter, MHS senior Drew LeMasters intercepted a pass at the ‘Jackets 40 and returned it to their 16 yard line.
However, the drive would stall and the Big Blue turned the ball over on downs. The first quarter ended with Magnolia up 18-0.
In the second quarter, the Eagles first drive, they were forced to punt. The Eagles next drive started at the ‘Jackets 46 and it wouldn’t take long for Street to bring the Big Blue fans to their feet. On the first play from scrimmage, Street busted loose on a 46 yard scamper for a 26-0 lead, after a two point conversion pass from Priem to Parsons.
On the Eagles next drive, the Big Blue started its next drive on their own 25, and eight plays later, MHS senior Peau Halahingano took a sweep around the edge for a 11-yard touchdown run to give the visitors a 33-0 lead after the PAT kick from Patrick Mirandy. Priem ended the first half of play when he recovered a Moorefield fumble as time expired.
The third quarter saw the more of the same as the Eagles scored on a trick play as Halahigano took a sweep and then passed it to Parsons from 24 yards out. After a bad snap on the PAT, Mirandy took the ball and connected with Halahigano for the two point conversion to extend the Blue Eagle lead to 41-0.
After holding Moorefield, and only 30 seconds remaining in the third stanza, Priem hooked up with Hunter Partridge on a two yard TD pass. Mirandy split the upright to push the Magnolia lead to 48-0 after three.
The Eagles finale score came when LeMasters found the end zone from 11 yards out with just over seven minutes to go and Mirandy added the PAT 55-0. The Eagles JV defense added another fumble recovery.
On the day, the Eagles forced eight turnovers some of which included picks from both Dylan Conner and LeMaters. A blocked punt and a fumble recovery from Hunter Partridge to go along with Thorpe and Priem’s fumble recovery.
On the offensive side, Street ended his career with a stellar 219 yards on 20 carries and a pair of touchdown scampers, while collecting two passes for 12 yards. Priem was 9 of 16 for 64 yards and a pair of scores, while Halahingano, caught two passes for 45 yards and a TD. He also tossed a 24-yard TD pass. Partridge added three carries for 14 yards, and caught a two point conversion, while Herrick hauled in three catches for 35 yard and a score.
In addition, LeMasters had four carries for 14 yards and a score, and added one reception for seven yards. Parsons grabbed two passes for 41 yards and a score, while returning a punt 59 yards for a score.
Defensively , Partridge was all over the field. He made five solo and five assisted on five others, while adding a tackle for loss of yardage, one quarterback sack, forced a fumble, made two fumble recoveries and blocked a punt. Priem, added six tackles, that included half of the with yardage lost. He also had a QB sack and recovered a fumble. Herrick made seven tackles, including one for loss of yardage, while Dylan Conner dropped six Moorefield ball carriers, and made an interception. Halahigano made five tackles, while Drew Herrick added a pair of stops, and had an interception.
The Eagles will say goodbye to seniors Street, Priem, Halahigano, LeMasters, Dylan Conner, Tyler Williamson, Justin Rice and Kyell Wilson.
Street ended the season with 93 rushes for 903 yards and six Tds, while grabbing 17 passes for 170 yards and three more touchdowns. He finished his career with 3,041 yards and 28 scores, while Priem finished his career with 245-467 for 3,743 yards and 36 TDs. He ended the season with 93 completions for 1,288 yards and 12 touchdowns. Halahigano will leave Magnolia with 47 catches for 392 yards and three scores.
Bruce Crawford contributed to the story.