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From My View For Sept. 20

September 20, 2017
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - Staff Writer (bcrawford@wetzelchronicle.com) , Wetzel Chronicle

Last week I talked about all the nice running backs the Magnolia Blue Eagles have had in the past 10 years. This week I want to talk about some of the best quarterbacks. However, I will go back in time a little more since most of the Eagles quarterbacked around three to four years before graduating.

Let's start with a pair of Kennedy Award winners in Justin "Tank" Fox, and Mark Cisar. They both were special quarterbacks that worked their tails off to get all the accolades that came their way. Fox and Cisar were natural-born leaders that showed by example.

Fox rewrote Magnolia passing records at a school which has produced more All-State quarterbacks than any West Virginia team. He broke Eagle career standards posted by two-time Kennedy Award winner Mark Cisar.

Fox was a four-year Magnolia starter at quarterback-defensive back-kicker-punter, and seldom came off the field. He led the 14-0 unbeaten Magnolia squad to its first state crown since 1964. He capped his four-year career with a state runner-up, state semi-finalist and state quarter-finalist.

Fox surpassed all the great Blue Eagle quarterbacks in most completions, (414-342), attempts (785-675), and yards passed (6,645-5,291) as well as the most touchdowns (68-64) in career totals. He will go down in history as the winningest quarterback in the state, prevailing in 45-of-53 games out of a possible 56 games.

Besides Fox and Cisar, other Blue Eagle greats were Todd Morris, Doug Fruner, Josh Sims, Brian Book, Randall Carr, Aaron, Ryan and Derek Cisar, Bob Wilt and John Gilbert who all tossed more than 13 single-season touchdowns for the Blue and Gold.

In the more than 100 years of football at Magnolia, there has been some great quarterbacks, and I only mentioned a few. I'm not say that Patrick Mirandy is one of those right now, but he could be. Mirandy has the football savvy and the work-ethic of all the quarterbacks I have mentioned, and it will be nice to see how his career will unfold.

There has been quite a few receivers as well, with the great Kenny Fisher leading the way, along with former Big Blue greats like John "Fuzzy" Filliez and Stephen Rolgalski.

This year's dynamic duo of Leo Herrick and Brooks Parsons are far from these fine receivers, but has had and will have quality games like these guys that will be mentioned along with Rogalski, Fisher and Filliez.

I'm sure I will miss some names, but other outstanding receivers were Jason Utt, Jake and Jared Blatt, Grant Cain, Jared Kacor, Eric Smith, Anthony Riccardi and Brett Ripley to name just a few has had their days too.

There was one running-back that I forgot to mention last week and that was Stephen Zaddowicz. I know that I forgot quite a few, but as a reporter, he was one guy I would put in the same category as Partridge.

I went to cover the Hundred football game last week in Beallsville and was distraught on how the game was so lopsided. I, along with others, thought that game might have been the one game that Hundred could compete in. I was wrong. I really can't put a finger on it, but it wasn't for the lack of effort they put out.

With a huge front line, there were no holes for the backs to run, as well as protection for their quarterback who was consistently harassed. The team had a good week of practice, but when they lined up across the line from their opponent, something was missing.

The losing streak is now at 41 and the Hornets will host Hannan Saturday at Clay-Battelle High School, as Hundred's football field is not ready to play on yet. I hope the Hornets can get themselves energized to compete and halt the longest losing streak in West Virginia high school history,.

However, I was more than pleased with their cheerleading squad as they was cheering their team non-stop from the opening kick until I left at halftime.

 
 
 

 

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