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Blue Eagles Bomb Devils, 41-7

October 17, 2018
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - STAFF WRITER (BCRAWFORD@WETZELCHRONICLE.COM) , Wetzel Chronicle

The Magnolia Blue Eagles scored 28 first-quarter points and never looked back into squashing the Blue Devils, 41-7 Oct. 12 in Bill Stewart Stadium on Alumni Field.

All four Magnolia touchdowns in the first quarter began close to midfield, starting with their first drive, with the Eagles starting on their own 45 yard line.

After a Jason Beisel's 10 yard pick-up on its opening play, the Eagles' quarterback Patrick Mirandy shook-off a couple Blue Devil defenders and raced 45 yards down the sidelines going untouched on the second play from scrimmage to give the hosts a quick 7-0 advantage after he also split the up-rights on the PAT kick with only 51 ticks come off the clock.

After a quick three and out, the Blue Eagles were back in business when the Devils punt stopped dead at the Eagles 48 yard line. Beisel raced seven yards on his first carry of the series, and would finish their second offensive series running for the house on a 46 yard touchdown scamper to give the Big Blue a 14-0 lead with only a little over two minutes gone in the opening period after another Mirandy PAT kick.

After another three and out series for the St Marys Blue Devils offensive series, Magnolia was set up at its 47 yard line. However, this series took a little longer than the previous two scores, as it took six plays to travel 53-yards, capped off by a nine yard scoring toss from Mirandy to a wide-open Sabastian Stickler to push its advantage to 21-0 after yet another Mirandy PAT kick with 5:41 showing on the clock.

St. Marys started on its 24 yard line after the ensuing kick, but was backed up five yards on an illegal motion call. After a nice 10-yard pitch and catch the Devils picked up their initial first down at the four minute mark. Butafter a second Jared Barrows QB sack of 14 yards, they would half to punt once more.

After a nice punt return by Beisel, the Eagles would have to go back at their own 45 yard line once more. But, it didn't take them too long to add to their total when Mirandy found the end-zone from seven yards out to give them a 28-0 lead with 34.6 seconds left in the opening period.

After their third of four three and outs, the Eagles drove 55 yards on nine plays, capped off by Matthew Gaiser's first varsity touchdown pass to make it 34-0 with 6:38 showing on the second period clock.

After the Devils fourth three and out possessions, Beisel did it again and ran back the punt 29 yards, but once again a block in the back pushed them back to their own 27-yard line to start their final drive of the first half.

On the drive, Eagles 12-play drive showed some offensive creativity when they whipped up a shuttle pass option for a first down. Later in the drive, the Big Blue was knocking at the door at the Devils one-yard line. But, this time the Blue Devils defense made a nice defensive stand to end the opening half without any more points scored.

Magnolia, which had 18 first downs in the game and didn't punt, tacked on its final score the first time it touched the ball in the second half.

Late in their scoring drive, and faced with a third-and-6, Mirandy connected with his favorite receiver for a 14-yard gain, that was followed by a 22-yard burst from Adams, and ended when Stickler hauled in a 24-yard TD pass that forced a running fourth-quarter clock.

The Blue Devils avoided a shutout against the Magnolia reserves when ,following a fumble recovery, Brennan Boron hit Anthony Wince (seven catches, 63 yards) on an eight-yard score.

"Everything up to this point has been down to the last quarter," said Magnolia Head Coach Dave Chapman.

 
 
 

 

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