NEW MANCHESTER - The Golden Bears couldn't contain the Blue Eagles.
The Magnolia football team scored 20 points in the first quarter en route to a 48-13 victory over Oak Glen Friday night on Senior Night at the Bears Den.
With the win, the Blue Eagles improve to 9-1 on the season. Magnolia is the No. 2 seed in the West Virginia Class A playoffs. The playoffs are scheduled to begin Friday night. The Blue Eagles dropped down from Class AA this season.
Oak Glen’s Zack Staley (48) and Preston Murray (76) combine for a tackle Magnolia on Friday in New Manchester. (Photo by Jimmy Joe Savage)
The Golden Bears end the season at 4-6 following the loss. Oak Glen ended the season on a three-game losing streak. The Golden Bears were outscored 131-32 in those three games.
"We ran into a very-good team," first-year Oak Glen Ian Whittington said. "They are a great football team. They are a very disciplined. They are well-coached. Coach (Mark) Batton does all of the right things."
Drew Keller led the way for the Blue Eagles with 189 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries. Keller also recorded four catches for 50 yards.
Magnolia 48, Oak Glen 13
MA 13-07-14-14 48
OG 00-00-07-06 13
MA: Cage Deem 4 pass from Tanner Hanna (Clemens Raitmayr kick), 7:10
MA: Ryan Walton 12 pass from Hanna (kick fail), 3:04
MA: Drew Keller 1 run (Raitmayr kick), 1:15
MA: Keller 16 run (Raitmayr kick), 5:54
MA: Keller 3 run (Raitmayr kick), 3:15
OG: Chase Hartley 1 run (Josh Weltner kick), :35.6
OG: Zack Staley 2 run (kick fail), 10:15
MA: Kage Rohde 19 run (Raitmayr kick), 7:15
MA: Keller 9 run (Raitmayr kick), 3:54
40-260 Rushes-Yards 34-152
11-17-0 Atts.Comps.Ints. 3-11-0
147 Passing Yards 48
57-407 Total Plays-Yards 45-200
17 First Downs 8
4-43 Penalties-Yards 4-35
1-0 Fumbles-Lost 5-3
3-24 Punts-Avg. 6-24.3
RUSHING: Magnolia: Hanna 3-(-13), Stephen Rogalski 3-30, Keller 22-189 4TDs, Rohde 8-46 TD, Tyler Anderson 3-8, Hunter Brill 1-0; Oak Glen : Bub Haddox 7-(-16), Tyler Steed 9-39, Micah Swiger 1-33, Trey Smith 3-7, Staley 4-17 TD, Clayton Flowers 6-72, Hartley 1-1 TD, David Campbell 2-15, Cody Tropek 3-18, Zach Porter 1-(-4). PASSING: Magnolia: Hanna 11-17-147-2-0; Oak Glen: Haddox 2-9-16-0-0, Hartley 1-2-32-0-0. RECEIVING: Magnolia: Kyle Ritz 1-23, Keller 4-50, Deem 2-6 TD, Rogalski 3-43, Walton 1-12 TD; Oak Glen: Weltner 3-48 .
The Blue Eagles opened the scoring with two touchdowns in the first quarter.
Magnolia opened the scoring when Cage Deem hauled in a 4-yard pass from Tanner Hanna. Clemens Raitmayr recorded the extra point to put the Blue Eagles up 7-0 with 7:10 left to play in the quarter.
The drive was set up by a pair of big plays from running back Drew Keller. Keller hauled in a 29-yard reception to go along with a 28 yard run down to the Oak Glen 7.
The Blue Eagles' second score came on a 12-yard pass from Hannah to Ryan Walton. The PAT sailed wide, but Magnolia led 13-0 with 3:04 showing on the clock.
The touchdown was set up by a 38-yard punt return by standout Stephen Rogalski. Rogalski returned the punt down to the Golden Bears' 23-yard line.
Hanna finished the game 11-of-17 for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Rogalski caught three passes for 43 yards. He also ran three times for 30 yards.
Keller scored three-rushing touchdowns to put the Blue Eagles up 34-0 late in the third quarter.
Keller's first score came on a 1-yard run in the second stanza. Raitmayr's conversion kick put the visitors up 20-0 with 1:15 left to play in the first half.
Keller's 16 score of the game covered 16 yards. Raitmayr's PAT put the Blue Eagles out in front, 27-0 with 5:54 left to play in the third quarter. His third score came on a 3-yard run, and Raitmayr's extra point put Magnolia ahead 34-0 with 3:15 left to play in the third quarter.
The Blue Eagles finished the game with 407 yards of offense on 57 plays. Magnolia ran for 260 yards on 40 carries.
The Golden Bears ended up with 200 yards on 45 plays. Oak Glen rushed for 152 yards on 34 carries. The hosts also threw for 48 yards.
"Our seniors have meant everything to the program with their hard work and dedication," Whittington said. "They provide a lot of leadership. They led the younger guys. They are helping to shape my program."
Oak Glen got on the scoreboard on a 1-yard run by backup quarterback Chase Hartley. Josh Weltner converted the extra point to make the score 34-7 with 35.6 seconds left to play in the stanza.
Hartley also threw for 32 yards in the game, while starting quarterback Bub Haddox threw for 16 yards.
The touchdown was set by a 52-yard run by Clayton Flowers. Flowers ended up being tackled on the run at the Blue Eagles 4.
Flowers finished the game with 72 yards on six carries.
The Golden Bears followed the touchdown with an onside kick, and Hartley recovered the ball at the Magnolia 49.
Zack Staley capped the drive with a 2-yard run making the score 34-13. Weltner's PAT sailed wide, keeping Magnolia up 21 points with 10:15 left to play in the game.
Magnolia tallied two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to account for the final score. Magnolia scored two touchdowns in each of the final three quarters of the game.
The Blue Eagles' first score of the stanza came on a 19-yard run by Kage Rhode. Raitmayr's extra point put Magnolia up 41-13 with 7:15 showing on the clock.
All told, Rhode delivered 46 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.
Then, Keller scored his fourth touchdown of the game on a 9-yard run. Raitmayr's extra point split the uprights making the score 48-13 with 3:54 remaining to be played in the game.
Weltner, who missed a 50-yard field goal in the second quarter, caught three passes for 48 yards.
"There were a lot of mistakes made this year," Whittington said. "We are going to try and learn from those mistakes. There were a lot of good things that happened, and there were a lot of bad things that happened. We are going to learn from those mistakes."