WEIRTON - The Magnolia High School football team scored early and often while rolling to a 51-12 victory over an outmanned Weir High Friday night at Jimmy Carey Stadium.
The Blue Eagles, likely enhanced their 7th place rank in the West Virginia Class A playoff race because they recorded their sixth straight win and were playing up against a Class AA team. The Blue Eagles are 6-1 for the season and looking forward to their bye week.
The loss, Weir High's seventh in a row this season, spoiled the 2012 homecoming.
EYES AHEAD — Weir High’s Kameron Davis returns a kickoff during the first half of Friday’s 51-12 loss to Magnolia.
Magnolia scored on the second play of the game with a 58-yard end around by two-time All-Stater, Stephen Rogalski, and found the end zone on their next four possessions to put the game away early in the second quarter. The Blue Eagles took a 44-6 lead to the locker room at the half.
The Red Riders, who were outgained 381 total yards to 149 got on the board shortly before halftime when senior Eric Piatt, who missed the last four games with a broken hand, burst through a gaping hole up the middle and raced 71 yards to pay dirt. Piatt led the Red Rider offense with 89 rushing yards on 10 carries.
"Piatt had a very nice run and our freshman, Kameron Davis, had a couple of nice runs," said Red Rider coach, Tony Filberto. "We started eight freshmen against a team that possibly could win the Class A championship. We definitely were outmanned, but the kids played hard.
Magnolia 51, Weir 12
Magnolia 28 16 7 0 - 51
Weir 0 6 0 6 - 12
M: Rogalski 58 run (Railtmayar kick)
M: Rogalski 28 run (Railtmayar kick)
M: Rhode 22 run (Railtmayar Kick)
M: Hanna 40 pass to Rokowski (Railtmayar kick)
M: Keller 1 run (Railtmayar kick)
M: Tackle in end zone for safety
M: Rhode 32 run (Railtmayar kick)
W: Piatt 71 run (pass failed)
M: Rhode 24 run (Railtmayar kick)
W: Davis 14 run (run failed)
RUSHING: Magnolia 39-291-6 (Keller 11-84-1, Rhode 7-104-3, Rogalski 2-79-2, Wetzel 6-17, Brill 1-0, Anderson 11-11, Kacor 1-(-4)). Weir 33-144-2 (Piatt 11-90-1, Davis 14-40-1, Wypasek 8-4).
PASSING: Magnolia 4-6-87-1TD-0INT (All by Hanna); Weir 2-11-15-0TD-0INT (All by Wypasek).
RECEIVING: Magnolia (Walton 2-30, Rogalski 1-40-1, Keller 1-17); Weir (Barnes 2-15).
FIRST DOWNS: Magnolai 12; Weir 5.
PENALTIES: Magnolia 7-55; Weir 2-10.
FUMBLES Magnolia 1-0; Weir 2-1.
"In the second half, when they came down to our level, I thought our kids played very, very well. When you have freshmen playing against an experienced football team, those things are going to happen. I tell our kids that you keep battling and good things will happen. You reap benefits if you keep battling and that's all you can ask of them."
Davis, who rushed the ball 14 times for 40 net yards, scored the second Red Rider touchdown on a 19-yard scamper over the right side on the first play of the fourth quarter.
"We talked this week to our kids about playing hard and playing fast and I thought our kids did it, " said victorious and veteran Magnolia coach, Mark Batton. "We executed well and when you get Stephen (Rogalski) on turf it's pretty nice."
Rogalski, who scored on runs of 58 and 21 yards on the end around play - one to the left and one to the right - is one of the fastest high school players in the state based on several state sprint track championships he has accumulated.
Junior Kage Rohde, joined Rogalski in the touchdown parade hitting pay dirt on runs of 22, 32 and 24 yards. Senior quarterback Tanner Hanna found Rogalski wide open down the middle of the field and hit him with a 35-yard touchdown strike late in the first quarter to give the speedy senior three first period touchdowns.
Sophomore kicker, Clemens Raitmayr, was perfect with extra points after each of Magnolia's seven touchdowns.
The Blue Eagles also sacked Weir High freshman quarterback Jacob Wypasek in the end zone for a safety on the first play of the second period.
Wypasek stepped into the starting quarterback role when sophomore William Larch suffered a knee injury in the loss last week to Oak Glen.
"Our young quarterback is in a tough position," Filberto said about Wypasek. "He got in to about 10 plays last week and started tonight against a doggone good defense and played well."
Batton was complimentary toward the Red Riders.
"They have a nice team," he said. "I know they are young. They're getting more experience every game and I know they will buy into Coach Filberto and his system. They'll grow up and do well. He's got a lot of young talent on that team."
Batton said his Blue Eagles will use the upcoming bye week to heal some bumps and bruises and get ready to host Barnesville in two weeks.
Meanwhile, the Red Riders will host Steubenville Catholic Central next week in what will be Senior Night since it is the final home game of the season.