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Tigers Pounce on Eagles

By Staff | Sep 18, 2019

Shadyside’s Wyatt Reiman sees an open field ahead of him as Magnolia’s Kolbee Cecil (54) and Mike Hamrick chase him down during Friday’s game at Alumni Field at Bill Stewart Stadium. Photo by Scott McCloskey

Magnolia played hard on Friday night in a home contest with visiting Shadyside, but the Tigers jumped out quick to a 17-0 first quarter lead and never looked back in defeating the winless Blue Eagles 44-8 on Alumni Field at Bill Stewart Stadium.

The Tiger got an impressive performance from sophomore quarterback Rhys Francis who threw for a career high 261 yards and three touchdowns in the big win. Magnolia’s only score of the game came late in the fourth period as time was expiring when junior Caden Cisar connected with Silas McKeever for a 36 scoring strike to avoid the shutout.

Coach Dave Champman was happy his team never quit, especially after junior Logan Beigle was taken to the hospital in the first quarter with an injury. “Shadyside is a very good and solid football team,”Coach Champan said.”They have a lot of weapons and they utilize all of them. But our kids continued to fight, even after a major first quarter injury that really makes you question things.

“The kids could have mailed it in and gave up, but we can take something positive out of scoring on that last play and it proves we never quit playing. Now we have to quickly put this behind us and get ready for a pretty good River team that is coming in here next week.”

Shadyside went into halftime up 30-0 and added 14 more in the third period to finish their scoring on the night. They finished with 190 yards rushing on 28 carries and three T.D.’s. while adding 272 yards through the air on 12-19 passing and three T.D.’s.

Magnolia gained 72 yards rushing on 25 carries with Jason Beisel picking up 60 yards and James Stillwagoner getting 17. Cisar hit on 6-22 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown, while throwing one interception. Shadyside had 18 first downs to Magnolia’s 9 and were penalized 4-45 yards to the Blue Eagles 1-10. The Tigers fumbled three times but never lost one, while the Blue Eagles fumbled six times losing one.

Defensively the Blue Eagles Beisel led the team with 10 total tackles, including eight solos. James Stillwagoner and Cody Leek each had seven tackles including two for a loss.

Gavin Postelwait caused a fumble

The Blue Eagles will try to pick up a win this Friday as they entertain cross river rival River Pilots, in a 7 p.m. start.