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River Pilots Drown Seminoles, 41-25, in Backyard Brawl

September 13, 2017
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - Staff Writer ( , Wetzel Chronicle

The River Pilots won this years Backyard-Brawl Monroe County style, by the tune of 41-25, on Friday, Sept. 8 on Martin Flannery Field.

However, the annual Backyard Brawl was actually a tough battle after the Pilots put up 21-points to seven for their guests.

The Pilots opened up with with back-to-back touchdowns by Lukas Isaly, and a 30-yard Isaly to Drew Wagnild pitch and catch to give the hometown boys a 14-0 lead after a pair of Grant Williams PATs.

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The Pilots Drew Wagnild takes the hand-off from quarterback Lukas Isaly, as #21 Stone Thompson and #44 Hunter Dennis look to give a block.

The Seminoles finally got into the scoring column on the ensuing kick-off and dented the scoreboard for seven points to cut the deficit in half.

But, Isaly had other plans and scrambled three-yards to build the lead back to 14-points with another Williams kick to give the hosts a 21-7 lead after one period of play.

Monroe scored their second TD, on a nine-yard pass, but their kick missed its mark to trim the Pilots lead down to 21-13 early into the second period.

Isaly would score his third touchdown shortly after on a nifty nine yard scamper to push its lead back to 27-13 after Williams boot missed its mark.

The Seminoles put together a nice drive before the break to close the gap to 27-19 on a 14-yard run. The extra point was blocked.

River scored the only points in the third period on an Isaly seven yard keeper, and after another Williams boot, the Pilots lead increased to 34-19.

However, the Seminoles tallied a touchdown early in the fourth, but the Pilots responded with one of their own on an Isaly four yard scamper for mthe final points of the game.

Isaly was just Isaly, as he scored five times from the ground and tossed another to lead the River Pilots. He amassed 250-yards on 33 rushes, while tossing 5-8 for 110-yards and a TD.

Wagnild caught one pass for 30-yards and a score, while Drew Dietz hauled in four passes for 80-yards.

Wagnild rushed for 76-yards on only eight carry's, while Michael Johnson netted 52-yards on five carries, and Hunter Dennis added a deuce on his only carry of the night.

Defensively, Wagnild hauled down 14 Seminole ball warriors, while adding a forced fumble and an interception. Dietz and Cole Hinerman each made 10 tackles, with Dietz causing a fumble. Kaine McCloud, Hunter and Carter Dennis each recorded five tackles.

The Pilots looks to keep the Big Red Machine moving in the right direction when they tangle with the Blue Eagles Thursday night at 7 p.m.



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