NEW MARTINSVILLE - For a school dipped in deep tradition like Magnolia, star players are nothing new.
But in the following weeks, Blue Eagles fans should pay attention to what will be their final glimpses at one of the best players to ever put on a Magnolia uniform in Stephen Rogalski.
Rogalski has been a standout ever since he walked out on Alumni Field his freshman year. Every coach game plans for him and it still hasn't mattered.
Magnolia’s Stephen Rogalski (5) is the school leader in receptions, receiving yardage and touchdown receptions.
The senior wideout can do it all, whether it be catching passes, running with the football, or returning kicks. He has the kind of playmaking skills that keeps fans on the edge of their seats and opposing coaches pulling out their hair.
''Stephen is a great, great person,'' Magnolia coach Mark Batton said. ''He is an excellent football player, but he is also an excellent person. He is an excellent student. To come out here and start four years, and what people don't realize, is that Stephen is a great leader.
''He's a great role model and these young guys look up to him.''
During a game against Monroe Central a few weeks ago, Rogalski cemented his name in school history, becoming the all-time leader in receptions, receiving yardage and receiving touchdowns.
The previous marks were set by Kenny Fisher, who graduated in 1992.
''It's really great and it's honor,'' Rogalski said following Magnolia's 46-6 victory Friday against Barnesville. ''This school has a lot of tradition and there have been a lot of great players to wear this uniform so to be mentioned with them is very special.
''But I really haven't thought too much about it, to be honest. That kind of stuff I can reflect on after the season. I am more focused to getting back to that game on the Island. We are a roll on right now.''
That game is the Class A championship game December 1 at Wheeling Island Stadium. Rogalski was a sophomore - The Intelligencer's Sophomore of the Year, in fact - when the Magnolia defeated Ravenswood in the Class AA title game. He had an interception in that contest.
In their first season in Class A, the Blue Eagles are one of the favorites, having won seven straight since a loss to Linsly in the opener. That run includes victories against Class A powers Wheeling Central and Williamstown.
''We are taking it one game at a time, but we definitely do have that big game in mind,'' Rogalski said. ''We'd love to be on the Island on the 1st.''
This season, he has caught 39 passes for 625 yards and five touchdowns, earning 16 yards per reception and 78.1 yards per game.
He has also rushed for 270 yards (33.7 per game) and scored four touchdowns and returned two kicks returns for 11 total touchdowns.
Even more impressive is that he has been doing it most of the season with an injured shoulder.
''This is the first time I saw any action on defense since I hurt it in Week 3,'' Rogalski said. ''If it's not at 100 percent, it's close. It's coming along and hopefully next week I don't even have to come off the field.''
Added Batton: ''Stephen deserves those records and any time you break a record from Kenny Fisher, that is impressive. It's an honor to coach him.''
Rogalski and Magnolia face a tough task Friday when Steubenville Catholic and its high-powered offense visits New Martinsville.
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