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Magnolia Wins Back Yard Brawl Over Tyler Consolidated

Beisel, Barrnes and Throckmorton Each Eclipse 100-Yards Rushing

By Bruce Crawford - Staff Writer | Oct 28, 2020

Silver Knights Hunter Throckmorton runs for a gain behind the Knights line on Friday in New Martinsville.

The Magnolia Blue Eagles defense held-off a pair of late fourth quarter Silver Knights goal-line stands, and an interception, while the Eagles Jacob Beisel and Marcus Barnes each accumulated over 100-yards in a hard-fought Magnolia 22-14 victory Friday night on Alumni Field in the Back-Yard-Brawl.

“I told the boys after the game, I’ve coached here for a long time and have been around a lot of high school football and that was as good of a defensive stand that you’re going to see at any leval,” said MHS Head Coach Dave Chapman. “We needed a win awfully bad and that stop at the end was just our guys refusing to let them score and refusing to lose.”

Magnolia caught a break in the opening period when the Silver Knights punter went to his knees to grab a bad snap at the 35-yard line. On its second play, Silas McKeever hooked up with Gavin Postlethwait on a 35-yard touchdown pass. On the play, Gavin went high in the air to grab the ball, and shook-off the a Knights defender and ran it in to give the hosts a 6-0 lead after the missed two point conversion try with 4:54 left in the first period.

The Eagles Austin Stillwagner recovered a Tyler Comsolidated fumble to end the first quarter, but the Silver Knights Dustin Bowman picked off McKeever a few plays later to set up the Knights at the 24-yard line. Tyler Consolidated quarterback Trent Huffman then rushed for 6-yards, but the Knights would shoot themselves in the foot with one of 10 first half penalties on a motion infraction.

After both teams traded punts, Tyler Consolidated started its first scoring drive at the 40-yard line. The Knights David Throckmorton grabed a quick pass from Huffman and rambled 27-yards for a first down. Huffman connected withTy Walton for 9-yards and Throckmorton picked up the first down. Huffman got loose on a 10-yard scamper for another first down. Huffman then rushed twice more down to the 1-yard line where Chase Landis took it in for the score. Landis also ran it in for the 2-point conversion to give the visitors an 8-6 lead in the second stanza with 5:24 showing left in the period.

Beisel brought back the ensuing kick to the 40-yard line. From their Marcus Barnes went to work gaining 19-yards before Beisel broke loose for a first down to the 12-yard line. After a modest Barnes run, Beisel took it in on a 9-yard scamper to help the Eagles regain the lead 12-8 after another missed 2-point conversion try with 2:30 left in the opening half.

The Knights again shot themselves in the foot on a personal foul and a chop block before a Beisel interception and a 10-yard return close to mid-field with .45 seconds remaining. After another Postlewait catch and another Knight personal foul, Blue Eagles kicker Brendan Mirandy would split the uprights on a 30-yard PAT boot to give the hosts a 15-8 lead at the break.

Neither team scored in the third period, but Magnolia came knocking at the door on a nice pitch and catch from Silas McKeever to Mirandy for 33-yards that set up the Big Blue at the 4-yard line to end the third period.

It looked like the Eagles were going to push their advantage, but the Knights defense had other ideas and forced a fourth and goal inside the 1-yard line, on the fourth down play they would recover a fumble at the 5-yard line. Throckmoton would gain 2-yards on the Knights very first play, then took a pitch from Huffman and raced untouched for a 92-yard touchdown scamper to close the gap to 15-14 after a missed 2-point conversion run.

Magnolia would again catch a break after the ensuing kick, as there were 3-penalties called with the Knights commiting two, and Magnolia was now was setting pretty at midfield. After a short run by Barnes Beisel took the handoff and was off to the races on a nifty 49-yard scamper to extend its lead to 22-14 after a Mirandy PAT boot with 7:54 remaining in the game.

After the ensuing kick, Throckmorton went to work and gained 17-big yards for a big first down. With runs by Throckmorton and Huffman, the Silver Knights was sitting pretty at the one yard line, but the Big Blue defense held and took it over with 4:10 remaining.

However, the Knights defense rose to the challenge and held Magnolia to three and out with 2:38 left on the clock.

After a fair catch at the Eagles 37-yard line, the Knights went to work, but after a Austin Stillwagner 17-yard sack and a incomplete pass, the Eagles took over on downs with 1:09 left on the clock. They took a pair of knees and the game was over.

Magnolia running backs Beisel and Barnes rushed for 113 and 100-yards respectively, while McKeever passing for 3-7 passes for 80-yards and a touchdown, and an INT. Mirandy completed is only pass for 33-yards. Postlethwait caught a pair of passes for 52-yards and a TD, while Mirandy hauled in one pass for 33-yards and — Vargo one pass for 5-yards.

The Eagles moved the chains 15 times, while the Knights moved them 8-times. Throcklmorton gained a game-high 170-yards on 13 carries and a score, while Huffman accounted for 52-yards on 20 carries. Landis gained 4-yards on 3-carries and scored a touchdown. Huffman was 4-14 for 74-yards and an interception, with Walton catching 3 for 41-yards. Throckmorton caught one pass for 33-yards.

“The effort was there. I’m tickled to death with our guys effort,” said Tyler Consolidated Head Coach Ryan Walton. “They’ve come a long way. We’re playing as a team and hopefully we’ll keep that and things will get better.”