Magnolia blanks Sherman
Blue Eagles’ Mirandy chucks three TDs in win
NEW MARTINSVILLE — After Magnolia’s season opener against Sherman, Doc Chapman couldn’t praise his Blue Eagles’ defense enough. And rightfully so. Magnolia started 2018 with a bang as the offense capitalized on a handful of Sherman mistakes in a 24-0 victory on Friday night.
“I can’t say enough about our defense, our defense played lights out,” Chapman said. “We pride ourselves on real, hard, agressive defense. Hats off to our guys, I thought our conditioning was good. We showed up in the second half, we had a couple of stops, and they had a couple of turnovers. I think we got the momentum going a little bit. Spread them out to run and we were able to throw.
Pat Mirandy was also stellar under center for the Blue Eagles as he went 7 of 14 for 173 yards and three touchdowns, all of which came at crucial circumstances.
The Blue Eagles took advantage after Sherman’s first fumble. On the Tide’s second possession, they fumbled in Magnolia territory where the Blue Eagles recovered. The rest was history.
On the ensuing play, Mirandy connected with Sebastian Stickler for a 58-yard score to put Magnolia up 7-0 with 32 seconds left in the first quarter.
“What can you say about Pat Mirandy? Pat’s as good as it gets. Offensively, making plays that look like plays that were broken down, and that’s Pat, making bad plays look pretty good. It was a team effort.”
We said going in, we’re going to try and keep the ball in Pat’s hands. And by no means is he just a runner, he’s worked tremendously in the offseason, phyiscally, he’s stronger. We’re asking for him to do a little more in the offense. Again, you saw, a play breaks down, Pat turns into the athlete that he is.”
And one could see his athleticism during Magnolia’s second scoring drive. On the Blue Eagle 32 yard line, Magnolia got some breathing room as Mirandy connected with Matthew Gaiser for 28 yards to the Sherman 13. This came after a trio of Jason Beisel runs that totaled 27 yards.
The drive was capped as Mirandy scrambled around the back field showing his speed and givng his receivers time to get open. Eventually, he found an open Dakota Litton in the end zone for a 16 yard strike that put the score at 14-0.
That drive came after the Magnolia defense forced a turnover on downs.
“Good football teams captialize off of good teams mistakes. i just felt at halftime, we didn’t play well in the first half. I don’t think it was first game jitters. We just had misalignment things we corrected at the half, and we showed what kind of football team we are the second half. Our defense… Wow. We got a lot of guys in the picture, we covered well. That’s a good football team. Sherman will be in the mix at the end. I told coach (Michael) Showalter after the game, sometimes you beat good teams, but that doesn’t mean that you this and they’re down here. They’re a solid team.”
After a three-and-out by the Tide, Magnolia increased the lead on a Mirandy 31-yard field goal.
The Magnolia defense was right back at it on the next Sherman possession as it recovered another fumble, this time deep in Tide territory.
The Blue Eagles made the Tide pay again as Mirandy and Stickler connected again, this time from 32 yards out to put the score at 24-0 with 10:37 left in the fourth quarter.