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Pilots Root Blue Eagles and Move To 3-1 on Season

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | Sep 23, 2020

Carter Dennis

The Magnolia Blue Eagles made the short trek across the river on Friday September 18, to Martin Flannery Field to battle the 2-1 River Pilots.

Throw out the records when these two rivals play with only the Ohio River separating the teams. Over the years there has been many good games, and not always the team with the better record winning.

For one half this was a competitive game with River holding a 20-14 lead at halftime. But the Pilots would outscore the visiting Eagles 27-0 in the second half and cruise to the easy victory with a 47-14 final to move to (3-1), while the Blue Eagles fell to (0-3).

The Blue Eagles received the opening kickoff starting the game but could not move the ball and had to punt to the Pilots, who were unable to muster much offense in their first three series. Magnolia did not fare any better on their first three possessions punting twice and Brendan Mirandy throwing an interception. Rose picked the pass to set up the Pilots at the visitors 48-yard line.

Carter Dennis picked up 7-yards on first down and two more yards on second down. An incomplete pass from Sophomore QB Brody Lollathin set up fourth and short for the home team. Lollathin tried the QB sneak but the Eagles let by Charlie Powell and Silas McKeever stopped the star quarterback short to turn the ball back over to the Eagles at their own 27-yard line with 4:56 in opening stanza.

The River defense stiffened and held the Eagles to three plays and forced a punt. McKeever punted to the Magnolia 48 where the Pilots started the next series of downs. Two Incomplete passes by Lollathin set up third and 10-yards to go. Coach Mike Flannery’s team went into their bag of tricks and had receiver Avery Creamer head to sidelines but stayed in the field of play. Lollathin then hit a completely wide-open Creamer with the pass for the games first score from 48-yards out with 3:09 remaining in first quarter. Zac Hocutt split the uprights to make the score 7-0 in favor of the Pilots.

On the next series the Pilots defense held the Eagles on a fourth down attempt at its own 46. River took over and in two plays were first and goal from the Magnolia two after a nice pass from Lollathin to Rose. The quarter would end with score remaining 7-0 the home team. It then took the Pilots two plays to score on a Creamer one-yard plunge and the kick after attempt was no good by Hocutt making it 13-0

Both teams turned the ball back over to each other on downs and then Magnolia started from their own 27-yard. McKeever was stopped for a loss of one on the first down attempt. Then Senior speedster Jason Beisel took the handoff and broke many tackles on a nice run of 73 yards but the pilots brought him down just short of the goal line. It then took the Eagles three plays to crack the end zone with Charlie Powell taking it in for the Eagles first score with 5:50 to go in second frame. Mirandy added the point after to cut lead to 13-7 Pilots.

The two rivals would each add another score before the halftime break. River scored on a Dennis run of 16 yards up the middle for the score. Hocutt added the point after to make it 20-7 with 4:01 to go in second quarter. Magnolia drove to the Pilots seven-yard line and Mirandy hooked up with Silas McKeever for a 7-yard touchdown pass with only ten ticks on the clock till half. Mirandy added the point after that would close out the Eagles scoring for the night. The score at the break was River 20 Magnolia 14.

The second half belonged to the Pilots scoring 27 unanswered points for the victory. Carter Dennis would add another scoring run, Michael Johnson with two rushing scores, and Chase Lawrence had a pick six for 38-yards to round out the scoring.

Carter Dennis rushed for 101-yards on 17 carries and two td’s and QB Brody Lollathin was 8-14 for 166 yards and one td pass. Freshman Kabel Isaly was 2-9 for 17-yards passing. The Pilots had 20 first downs and loss on fumble.

Jason Beisel lead the Blue Eagles in rushing with 92-yars on 11 totes. Mirandy was 3-12 in passing for 17 yards, one td, and three interceptions. The Eagles only had five first downs facing a good Pilots defense.

Magnolia will be at Alumni Field Bill Stewart Memorial Stadium against an undefeated (3-0) Frontier Cougars. The road does not get any easier for the Blue with everyone on this year schedule having good years. Coach Doc Chapman will have his Eagles ready to go Friday September 25th against the Cougars.