Part 2 Magnolia Quest for Perfection Continues
After winning their first 7-regular season games, and snapping the 32-game regular season Shadyside Tigers winning streak by the score of 40-0, the Big Blue managed to squeak by the #1 ranked Williamstown Yellowjackets, 21-14. The Big Blue followed that win up with a 48-0 shut-out of Greenbrier West in a Saturday afternoon contest, and followed that up by knocking-off an undefeated River Pilots team, 40-12. In a game of state champions, the Eagles ran all over the fumbling undefeated Wheeling Central Maroon Knights, 20-7 on Wheeling Jesuit University football field 20-7 that was followed up by a 23-0 shut-out of Monroe Central Oct. 2 at home. The Blue Eagles would get a scare in their Senior Night Homecoming matchup against the powerful Weir Red Riders, before coming away with a come-from behind 29-28 victory with .33 seconds remaining Oct. 9.
Magnolia continued their run to stay perfect in their search of their third state championship, and first in the Class 1A ranks. They would have to get by the 6-0 and 34-regular season Blue Devils St Marys Oct. 16.
The Eagles Tyler Anderson picked-off the Blue Devils in the fourth period and ran it back 30-yards, while rushing for 165-yards on 26 chances, while Nick Priem was 7-13 for 13 for 190-yrds with Brook Parsons catching 3-passes for 148-yards to help Magnolia beat the St Marys Blue Devils, 35-16.
Magnolia quarterback Nick Priem opened the scoring by tossing a 64-yard bomb to sophomore speedster Brooks Parsons, while teammate Chase Street picked off the first of 3 Blue Devil interceptions to halt their opening drive.
The Blue Devils scored a touchdown to cut their deficit, but Magnolia closed out the first half with a 74-yard and a 4-yard touchdown scamper to take a commanding 21-8 first half lead.
Parsons got the Eagles going in the second half as he pulled in a 46-yard reception and then on a forth and 7 Priem connected with Todd LeMasters on a tipped pass to keep a drive going that was topped off with a Anderson 3-yard touchdown to push the Magnolia lead to 28-8 in the third quarter.
In the fourth period, the Blue Eagles Paden McConaughey made a strip sack that Zach Haught recovered, but would fail to score. One play later St Marys got new life with an 81-yard TD bomb to close the gap to 21-16. The Blue Devils would then recover a Magnolia fumble on the very next play, but the Eagles defense bent, but didn’t break and closed out the game with another Anderson touchdown with 4:51 left for the final points of the game.
The Blue Eagle defense couldn’t hold down the Devils quarterback Wes Billiter who was 14-37 for 265-yards and 2 scores.
Magnolia 68, Tyler Consolidated 22
The Magnolia offensive line of Hunter Brill, Joe Ledergerber, Garrett Price, Carter Seckman, Paden McConaughey, as well as tight end Zach Haught and Kyle Ritz paved the way for the Blue Eagles running game to amass 534-yards and 8-touchdowns on 38-rushing attempts to help Magnolia blast Tyler Consolidated 68-22, Oct. 23.
Magnolia built a 20-3 first quarter lead, with Anderson scoring on a 14-yard TD, while Street went the distance on runs of 21 and 18-yards to help Magnolia run out to a 20-3 lead. The Knights Federico Perez booted field goals of 19 in the first and 27-yards in the second.
Street paced the Big Blue with an incredible 248-yards, 4-TDs on only 10 chances, while Priem connected on 5-9 passes for 71-yards, with Parsons picking up a 55-yard TD bomb.
The Knights offense finished the night with 115-yards on 45-chances with most of the yardage coming late in the game.
Magnolia 34, Linsly 14
The Magnolia defense dominated in the first half limiting the explosive Linsly Cadets to 41-total yards on 29-plays, while their offense vaulted out to a 20-0 first quarter lead and held on for a 34-14 victory Nov. 7 to give them 10 straight wins and a #1 seed in the up-coming West Virginia Class-1A playoffs.
Anderson opened the scoring with a 52-yard touchdown scamper, while Street followed with a 52-yarder to push the Eagles to a 14-0 lead after a pair of Boughner PAT kicks. On those TD runs, both Anderson and Streets went over 1,000 yards rushing for the season.
“The special thing about those two guys are they are willing to put the team above themselves,” said MHS Head Coach Josh Sims. “That’s a special thing about every guy on this team. I think that has probably been the key to our success.”
Linsly fought back scoring on an 8-play, 65-yard drive on its first possession in the second half to close the gap to 20-7. The Cadets picked-off Priem and was setting pretty at the MHS 12-yard line. But, lost yardage on back-to-back bad snaps all the way back to the Eagles 30-yard line. With the Cadets facing a 3-28 yards, they some-way some how got a first down to the 1-yard line. But, the Big Blue’s McConaghey recovered a Cadet fumble at the 4-yard line.
Magnolia would grind-out the final 5:18 of the third period before punting the ball away. However, after holding Linsly to a 4 and out, the Magnolia offense went back to work.
The Linsly defense held the Eagles to force a punt, but the Big Blue managed a fake and Priem hit Todd LeMasters for a 28-yard touchdown pass with 8:17 left till celebrating their undefeated regular season with a 27-7 lead.
However, the Cadets were not ready to let the Eagles celebrate their victory and scored 2-plays later on a 57-yard high-light reel 57-yard TD run to cut the Magnolia lead to 27-14.
But, the Big Bad defense of the Eagles would strike once again after recovering a fumble, with Anderson taking it to the house for a 10-yard touchdown a few plays later with 1:45 to go was the final points in the game.
Street led the way offensively gaining 152-yrds and 2 TD’s on the ground, while Anderson tacked on 117-yards and 2 TDs on the same amount of carries. The defense held the Potent Linsly offense to -2-yards in the game.