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October 24, 2018

Another chapter in the cross-county rival between Magnolia and Tyler Consolidated has been written.

And what looked like it was going to be a shootout after the team's opening drives, turned into a sound victory for the Blue Eagles.

Pat Mirandy intercepted a pass in the end zone on the Silver Knights' second drive that turned the momentum. Gage Adams filled the role for injured Jason Beisel racking up more than 200 yards rushing and Magnolia secured at least a winning record this season with a 37-13 victory over Tyler Consolidated on Friday night at Alumni Field inside Bill Stewart Stadium.

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The Blue Eagles’ Matthew Gaiser reaches out and grabs a Patrick Mirandy pass for a touchdown.

"We knew going in they had capabilities of making plays," Magnolia coach Dave Chapman said. "We put together a first drive, they put together a first drive. We come back and score and they were going in for a second score. We weren't in panic mode. I also understood the capabilities they had scoring on us. Credit our defense, we bent but didn't break and that pick that Pat had was big there. It regained some momentum and we got that next score to go up 20-7 and I'm just pleased with our kids' effort. Rucker, Phillips and Forrester, they're top-notch football players. I don't care what class. They're sound football players."

Mirandy kept his great season going as he and Adams led the way down the field for the Blue Eagles first score. Mirandy found the end zone from 5 yards out that capped the eight-play drive.

Tyler Consolidated, which has put up 40 or more points five times this season, went down the field and tied the game 79 seconds later. A 2-yard run by Mark Rucker made it 7-7 with 7:02 left in the first quarter.

The Magnolia offense went right back to work. This time, Adams took a handoff and on the third play of the second drive, pranced into the end zone from 25 yards out. Adams finished the game with 206 yards on 21 attempts and found the end zone twice.

"Gage had a great week of practice and he knows this offense pretty well, too," Chapman said. "It just makes us that much better now when you have a running back like Gage and when Beisel gets healthy. Our offensive line did a great job. I talked to the boys in the locker room that if you're going to give out game balls, Gage Adams would be one and the second one would definitely be the offensive line. Mike Hamrick, Jared Barrows, Cameron Stillwagoner, James Stillwagoner and Issac Keller. It's not just one guy. We got out of here with a win. That was the objective coming into (Friday)."

And within the blink of an eye, Tyler Consolidated was on the brink of scoring on the ensuing possession. However, that's when Mirandy picked off a Griffin Phillips pass in the end zone, that seem to deflate the Silver Knights a bit.

Two Magnolia possessions later, Mirandy hooked up with Matthew Gaiser for a 24-yard connection to make it 20-7 with 7:32 left in the first half.

"We had some opportunities there in the first half that we didn't take advantage of," Tyler Consolidated coach Ryan Walton said. "I think we were inside the red zone and they had their play covered and we tried to squeeze one in there and we just made a mistake. They capitalized on it, got a pick and went right down there and scored.

"Defensively, we were holding up there a little bit toe-to-toe there at times. But its been the M.O. there all year. The kids gave a good effort the first half, but I feel like in the second half we came out a little flat."

Magnolia scored the first 17 points of the second half including a 31-yard field goal by Mirandy, another Adams run and a Hamrick 1-yard score.

Phillips put the last points on the board for the Silver Knights with a 55-yard run to make it 37-13.

Phillips led the way for the Silver Knights with 124 rushing yards. Rucker tallied 104 yards rushing while hauling in six receptions for 53 yards.

The loss does not eliminate Tyler Consolidated from the playoffs. The Silver Knights have two games remaining as they host Valley next week.

"I just got done talking to the guys," Walton said. "Nothing's easy at Tyler Consolidated it seems. We get ahead of .500 and then we back down to .500 again. It's a constant battle for us. We have two more opportunities coming up. We have Valley this week and I told them, everything that they feel right now and all the emotion they got, they got to keep it under wraps and take and bring it out on Friday night and play their hearts out.

"We have to keep clawing and get ourselves above .500 again, get to work, maybe end up 6-4 and get into the playoffs."

For Magnolia Mirandy threw for 142 yards and a touchdown going 8 of 16 in the process. Sebastian Stickler hauled in five receptions for 113 yards.

It is also the Blue Eagles' first winning season under Chapman.

"That was big win for us," Chapman said. "It at least guarantees us a winning record. We're looking for better things down the road. We got an off week and start Monday to prepare for (Wheeling) Central, get some guys healed up. By no means are we going to take it easy next week, but we have to stay focused and keep this ball rolling. I like what I see. I think we're getting better. These kids have earned a right to be where they are at and you can't say enough about them. It's a good team win."

Adams getting more than average touches in the back-field had his best night as a Blue Eagle running-back. He accounted for a career-high 206 yards on 21 carries and two scores, while tacking on four yards on a pair of receptions. Mirandy, followed with 54 yards rushing and a TD, while kicking three PAT kicks and a 32-yard field goal. Silas McKeever added 10 yards on three touches.

In addition, Levi Beegle posted nine yards on two carries, while Marcus Barnes added 22 yards on three carries, while Mikey Hamrick was rewarded with one carry for one yard and a touchdown.

Stckler hauled in five Mirandy passes for 113 yards, while Adams caught two for four yards, and Gaiser compiled 24 yards and a touchdown on his only snag.

Defensively, Gage Adams sat down half of his 12 tackles solo stops, including one for loss of yardage to lead the Blue Eagles defense, while Patrick Mirandy followed with seven tackles, and made an interception. James Stillwagoner and Silas McKeever each recorded six tackles, that included a tackle for loss of yardage. Isaac Keller and Dakota Litton each hauled down five Knight ball carriers, while Sebastian Stickler recorded four.

The Blue Eagles have a week off before hosting the undefeated and #1 seed WVSSAC Class A Wheeling Maroon Knights Nov. 2 with kick-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

(Bruce Crawford added to the story.)



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