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Eagles Routed By Seminoles

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | Oct 7, 2020

Brendan Mirandy

The Magnolia Blue Eagles on Friday, October 2, traveled to Woodsfield, OH., to battle the Monroe Central Seminoles. The visitors went into game riding momentum after defeating unbeaten Frontier the previous week. But the Eagles also were without the services of two key starters on both sides of the ball, Silas McKeever, and Marcus Barnes.

Monroe Central took the opening kickoff and mounted a 74-yard drive with big runs from Malachi Rose-Burton, and Alex Kilburn to score. Kilburn rambled 23 yards for the touchdown to put the Seminoles up 6-0. The two-point conversion failed at 10:10 on the first quarter clock.

Magnolia’s initial drive started from own 35-yard line and drove to the Seminoles 14-yard line but turned the ball over on a Brendan Mirandy interception. Freshman Kaden Johnson, and senior Jason Beisel had nice runs on the drive.

The home squad would start from their own 15-yard line and drive 85 yards with Kilburn going in from the four-yard line to make the score 12-0 at 10:52 in the second quarter. Two-point conversion attempt failed to keep the score at 12-0 Seminoles.

The Eagles recovered an onside kick attempt at their own 48-yard line and drove 52-yards on the legs of Johnson, Beisel, and Charlie Powell plunged in from three-yards out for the visitors score. Mirandy’s point after was true and it made the score 12-7 with 7:12 in second stanza.

The Seminoles drove 68 yards with Kilburn taking it eight yards for his third touchdown of the night. He also ran the two-point conversion in to make it 20-7 Monroe Central with 5:37 before halftime.

Coach Chapman’s team would turn the ball back over to the Seminoles with Auston Hogue picking off his second interception of the game from Mirandy.

Quarterback Rose-Burton scored on a 39-yard run and Kilburn added the two-point conversion to put the home team up 28-7 at 3:53 before the break.

Magnolia would strike quick on their next possession with a 90-yard touchdown pass from Mirandy to Gavin Postlethwait. Mirandy added the extra point to make it 28-14 Monroe with 2:09 left in quarter.

Things would change quickly for the Eagles, Kilburn returned the kickoff to the Magnolia 35. After a couple runs from Kilburn, QB Rose-Burton threw a pass behind the line to Kilburn who would hit Hogue for the 25-yard score to go up 35-14 after Garet Cramer kick at 18.9 ticks left.

Magnolia had little time to work, but the Seminoles broke through the line and caused a fumble with only six seconds on the clock. Cramer scooped up the fumble for the score and point after was no good, to go into halftime leading 41-14.

Only scoring in the second half was Magnolia, with a Beisel six-yard run and Mirandy extra point to make the final 41-21 in favor of the Noles.

The Eagles drop to 1-4 on the season. They were led by Beisel rushing for 105 stripes and a TD, Mirandy threw for 190 yards, a touchdown and two picks. Postlethwait had six catches for 115 yards and a score. Magnolia finished with 14 first downs.

For the Seminoles, Rose-Burton passed for 118 and rushed for 114 and a TD. Alex Kilburn ran for 122 yards and three scores and throwing a 25-yard pass to Hogue for another score. Monroe had 15 first downs. They head into the Ohio playoffs against Strasburg with a (3-3) record.

Magnolia returns to action at home versus Berkeley Springs on October 9.