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Magnolia Suffers Tough Loss to Frontier

Barnes Rushes for 204 Yards in the Loss

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | Oct 13, 2021

The Blue Eagles traveled down the river to Bowerston, Ohio to battle the now 5-1 Cougars Friday evening October 8, 2021 and dropped another heartbreaker by the score of 28-21. Miscues and turnovers would be the difference for Magnolia in a hard-fought game on a night the Cougars celebrated homecoming.

Frontier won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff of the game. Mirandy’s kick went out of bounds to set the Cougars up at their own 35 yard-line to start the drive. The Eagles defense came up strong and forced a three and out that forced a Frontier punt to the visitors 32 yard-line.

Magnolia wasted little time covering 68 yards in two plays with 10:00 left on the opening quarter clock, Marcus Barnes going in from 9 yards, Brendan Mirandy added the PAT to make it 7-0 the Blue Eagles. Barnes touchdown was setup by Kaden Johnson taking a touch pass from Mirandy 59 yards to the hosts 9-yard line.

The hosts next drive started at their own 15-yard line with quarterback JD Schmitt hitting Tanner Bills for a 54-yard pass to the Eagles 31. The Cougars drive would stall and was forced to punt back to the Eagles that pinned Coach Dave Chapman’s squad back at their own 6-yard line.

Magnolia could only muster 6 yards to the 12-yard line forcing Mirandy to punt. The punt only went 17 yards setting the homestanding Cougars up with good field position at the Eagles 29.

Frontier would take four plays with Bills going in from the 5-yard line, Lucas Cox added the PAT at 4:44 in the first quarter to knot the score at 7-7.

The Eagles started the next drive at their own 42 and in four plays, Barnes raced 48 yards for the touchdown, Mirandy’s kick was good at 2:39 in opening stanza to put the visitors up 14-7.

Frontier’s next series started on their 20 with the Eagles Barnes picking off a Schmitt pass to set the Eagles up at the Cougars 26 at the end of the first quarter leading 14-7 and looking to go up two scores. But on four straight Mirandy passes, connecting on only one completion of 6-yards to Starkey turned the ball back over to the Cougars.

The hosts covered 80 yards aided by a fourth down fake punt run of 23 yards by Cox to place the ball at the visitors 25. Next play Bills raced to the end zone, Cox added the PAT at the 11:15 mark in the second quarter to tie the game 14-14 and switch the momentum back to the Cougars.

Frontier would add another td with 1:57 to go before halftime, going 65 yards in five plays with quarterback Schmitt connecting on an 18-yard td reception to Cox. The kick was no good and the teams went into the locker-room with the Cougars up 20-14.

Magnolia went three and out on the first set of downs after intermission and had to punt.

After the Cougars were forced to punt back to the Eagles, Barnes rumbled 60 yards to paydirt, followed by the Mirandy PAT to put Magnolia back in front at 9:18 in the third quarter 21-20.

Frontier would add another touchdown at 3:19 in the third period after a Mirandy fumble on a bad snap set the Cougars up on the Eagles 18. It took Bills one play to make the visitors pay with an 18-yard score, 2-pt conversion was good making it 28-21 the home team.

The Eagles would have a nice drive to the Cougars 25 but turned ball over on downs in the fourth quarter.

Barnes would recover a fumble by Frontier’s Schmitt at the Eagles own 17 but after putting together a drive to the hosts 40 yard-line, Mirandy threw an interception, and the Cougars ran out the remaining time on the clock for the victory.

Schmidt carried the ball 17 times for 141 yards and completed 9 of 19 pass attempts for 142. Bills rushed the ball 15 times for 106 yards while catching the ball eight time for 119. Frontier improved to 5-1 on the season.

Barnes had an outstanding game for the Blue Eagles (1-4) as he led everyone with 204 yards on 27 carries. Mirandy completed 6-9 passes for 98 yards and one interception. The Blue Eagles will travel to St. Marys Friday evening October 15th to battle the Blue Devils.