Magnolia Blue Eagles Stun Tyler Consolidated
SISTERSVILLE – The 2017 season hasn’t been what coach Dave Chapman and his Magnolia football team expected it to be, but Friday they showed exactly what they could do on the field.
Hunter Partridge ran for 204 yards and a score, Brooks Parsons garnered six receptions for 159 yards and a pair of scores, while rushing for 74 yards and a touchdown, and Patrick Mirandy threw for 184 yards and three touchdowns to lead Magnolia to a 43-21 victory over host Tyler Consolidated to snap a six-game losing streak.
“You have to give credit to our kids,” Chapman said. “There is no quit in them. They battled through adversity and I have always said that adversity is not what is done to you, but how you handle it. And those kids handled it pretty well. I couldn’t be happier for them.”
Much like the current campaign, the Blue Eagles faced adversity again Friday night. They surrendered 21 unanswered points and fell behind 21-6 in the first quarter.
However, the Eagles came together and reeled off the next 37 points to walk away with their first win since Week 2.
“I always felt that even down 21-6, we were just one score away from being one score down,” Chapman said. “Tyler is a playoff team and those were two good teams out there playing. We knew we had to bring our ‘A’ game and that is what we did.”
Quarterback Griffin Phillips paced the Silver Knights with 94 rushing yards, all coming in the first half.
“Their defensive pressure gave us trouble,” Tyler coach Ryan Walton said. “They gave us opportunities and we took advantage of them but then we gave them opportunities and they took advantage of them. They got the momentum and never gave it back.”
Magnolia struck first with a 48-yard drive as Parsons touched the ball on all five plays and finished with a 5-yard score.
The Silver Knights came storming back with three unanswered scores. The first came on an 80-yard drive with Phillips firing a 43-yard touchdown pass on a screen to Mark Rucker, giving Tyler Consolidated a 7-6 edge.
Hunter Forrester provided the next Knights touchdown as he gathered a bad snap by the Eagles offense in the end zone for six.
Another Magnolia fumble led to an easy 3-yard touchdown pass from Phillips to Rucker to give Tyler Consolidated a 21-6 advantage.
“Their miscues helped put us in business,” Walton said. “That was about all we had in the first half and we just couldn’t get anything going in the second half.”
The Magnolia comeback began in the second quarter as Mirandy led a 69-yard scoring drive, culminating with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Leo Herrick.
Mirandy also made his presence felt on defense as he stepped in front of a Phillips pass for an interception that led to one final scoring opportunity in the first half for his squad.
Mirandy tested his arm strength and fired a pass as far as he could and hit Parsons for a 59-yard touchdown with 20 seconds left in the half, to completely change the momentum of the game, leaving the halftime score at 21-20 in favor of Tyler.
“The score right before the half was huge,” Chapman said. “Pat couldn’t have thrown it any better. Tyler had good coverage but Brooks ran a good route and he made the play.”
The Blue Eagles continued to move the ball in the third quarter as they recovered an onside kick to begin the second half and marched 39 yards for a touchdown. Mirandy scored on a quarterback keeper from 1 yard out to give his Eagles a 28-21 cushion.
After a Tyler punt, Magnolia put together an 83-yard drive and Mirandy delivered a shovel pass to Parsons, who raced 22 yards to paydirt.
The final Magnolia score came when Partridge capped off his impressive night with an 8-yard touchdown to create a 43-21 count.
“We were able to get the ball on the perimeter a little bit,” Chapman said. “We opened up the inside run game, which is what we try to do. We had Brooks out wide and Hunter on the inside and we even went with the wildcat look with Brooks early.”
Parsons also picked off a pass, while Stickler and Conner Seckman collected fumble recoveries for Magnolia. Riley Leasure recorded a fumble recovery for the Silver Knights.
The Blue Eagles have a week off before playing their last game Nov. 3 at Bill Stewart Memorial Stadium on Alumni Field with kick-off scheduled at 7 p.m. on Senior Night.