By TRACY WATSON
For The Intelligencer
SARDIS - Magnolia sophomore golfer Peyton Moore is in the midst of what has been an amazing two-year high school career thus far.
Things only got better Thursday night as the Blue Eagles' standout tied Richey Pefferman's 1998 school record and and set a career best 3-under-par 33 on the back-nine at the Riverside Golf Course.
Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as Magnolia suffered just its second setback of the season to Williamstown (160-163), in a match that also included Tyler Consolidated (180), Shadyside (185) and Barnesville (231).
Blue Eagles coach Dave Tallman's squad did improve to 20-2 with the victory against the Silver Knights, Tigers and Shamrocks and are now 9-1 in Ohio Valley Golf League play.
"We have a very young team, which is nice," Tallman said. "And when you have a couple of golfers the likes of Peyton Moore and our No. 2, Derrick Blain, it makes things a whole lot easier.
"Peyton has been around scratch all year and has been the medalist in all but one of our matches, and he ended up co-medalist with Derrick in the other one.
"With those two we have been able to get out of the gate a little bit in our matches and get a lead, which takes a little bit of pressure off the other kids and helps give them a little bit of confidence.
"Peyton is a kid that is just super dedicated to the game of golf. He is a Caliway Tour player that was also our number one as a freshman. Both his and Derrick's families are members of the Sistersville Country Club, which has a very difficult nine-hole track, and has helped develop their games."
While Moore was once again the Medalist, it was the Yellowjackets' (66-38-4) duo of Mac McCormick and Ty Adkins, who both shot 2-over-par 38s on the day, that helped make the the difference for Williamstown.
Blain finished with a 43 for Magnolia, while Shane Mason finished at 43 and Matthew Durig 44. The 'Jackets' Chandler Weber shot a 41 and teammate Chase Smith carded a 43.
Nathan Kemp led Tyler Consolidated with a 41, Brittnee Edgar paced Shadyside with a 43 and Dave Wells' 49 was a team-best for Barnesville.
While Tallman's crew will have to regroup a little after Thursday's tough loss to Williamstown, there are still plenty of goals ahead for his youthful Blue Eagles.
"We are the defending OVGL champions and at the top of the list is defending that title," Tallman said. "We want to be in the mix at the OVAC Tournament and play well at the Regional, which will be held at the Moundsville Country Club this year.
"I really believe we have a chance to be in the hunt with the leadership we get from Peyton and Derrick, which is sometimes a difficult thing to look for our of a sophomore and junior.
"They have been thrown into those roles and have accepted themm, and they have done great jobs so far."