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Blue Eagles Run Over Yellowjackets, 45-30

September 6, 2017
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - Sports Writer (bcrawford@wetzelchronicle.com) , Wetzel Chronicle

Senior Hunter Partridge ran for a school-record 360 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead Magnolia to a thrilling 45-30 victory over state-ranked Williamstown, Sept. 1 in Williamstown.

"It felt pretty good just to get the win," said Partridge after the lopsided victory over the third-ranked Yellow Jackets. "I didn't think I was going to have a night like this, but I was expecting to run the ball."

Magnolia quarterback Patrick Mirandy started the Blue Eagles scoring with a dazzling 55-yard quarterback keeper at the 9:37 mark of the first quarter, and knocked the extra point kick to give Magnolia a quick 7-0 lead.

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Magnolia’s Hunter Partridge splits three Williamstown defenders for a large gainer.

Mirandy followed up on the Eagles next possession throwing a dart to Leo Herrick for a 11-yard slant for the score set up by a Partridge 50-yard scamper, and a 15-yard personal foul for a 13-0 lead with 4:37 left in period one.

"I can't thank my linemen enough, those are the guys who make me look good," added Partridge.

Brooks Parsons added a nice 24-yard pitch and catch to set up a seven-yard plunge by Partridge on its third possession inn the first period to increase their advantage to 18-0 heading into the second stanza.

The Big Blue well-oiled offensive line of Cameron Stillwagner, Mikey Hamrick, Austin Klug, Conner Seckman, Jacob and Jared Barrows, along with tight ends Sabastian Stickler and Matthew Gaiser, opened up the front line to help the Blue Eagle offense churn up 195-yards to only 32-yards for Williamstown in the opening period.

After both Williamstown and Magnolia tossed an interception, the Yellow Jackets finally had something going as they cashed in a 67-yard pitch-and-catch Carter Haynes to Eric Brown that would lead to a 15-yard TD strike to Donathan Taylor as well as a two-point conversion pass to get on the board, 18-8, midway through the second stanza.

The Blue Eagles marched right down the field and were about to blow the game wide-open, but the 'Jackets picked off Mirandy for the second time and ran it back 59-yards, setting up a 22-yard TD catch to Taylor with 1:20 left till intermission.

Magnolia once again made its way down the field and was facing a third and 21-yard from its own 26 with 26 seconds remaining in the first half, and used a little trickery with a half-back pass from Dakota Litton to Herrick for a touchdown to give the visiting Eagles a 24-14 halftime lead.

Williamstown fought back and scored on a five-yard TD pass to open its second half to pull to them within 24-22 after the two point conversion pass.

However, the Eagles James Stillwagner return a short pooch kick 36-yards all the way down to the 'Jackets 28-yard line. From their, Partridge and company finished a three-play drive with a 11-yard TD scamper to make it 32-22 with 7:51 left in period three.

Partridge again added an eight-yard tally with 39.4 ticks on the clock. Mirandy would haul in a Haynes pass for an interception, and after a Williamstown personal foul with no time on the clock, Partridge would gallop 45-yards, breaking countless would be tacklers for a tantalizing touchdown run to push the Eagles advantage to 45-22 heading into the fourth period.

Both teams traded fumbles, before the Yellow Jackets ended the scoring with a 63-yard touchdown toss by Haynes to Mayer as well as the two-point conversion for the final points of the game.

Partridge broke Drew Keller's school record of 314 yards with 360 yards and four scores to lead the Blue Eagle offense that accumulated 551-yards on the night. Mirandy had three rushes for 87-yards and passed for 76-yards through the air on six completions, and one TD. Parsons caught four passes for 62 yards, while Herrick grabbed two passes for 52-yards and two TDs.

In addition, James Stillwagner rushed for five-yards, while Litton tossed one for 26-yards and a TD.

However, Magnolia was guilty of 13 penalties for 123 lost yards, while Williamstown was caught five times for 35-yards. The Eagles had 26 first downs, while Williamstown had a dozen.

Each team lost a fumble, a pair of interceptions.

Magnolia will host the undefeated Shadyside Tigers this Friday at 7 p.m. at Bill Stewart Memorial Stadium on Alumni Field.

 
 
 

 

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