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Football: Magnolia Wins Its Sixth Straight

October 6, 2012
By RALPH COX , Steubenville Herald Star

WEIRTON - Magnolia scored early and often while rolling to a 51-12 victory against outmanned Weir on Friday night at Jimmy Carey Stadium.

The Blue Eagles likely enhanced their seventh-place rank in the West Virginia Class A playoff race because they recorded their sixth straight victory and were playing up against a Class AA team. The Blue Eagles are 6-1 and looking forward to their bye week.

The loss, Weir seventh in a row, spoiled the 2012 Homecoming.

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Magnolia’s Kage Rohde returns a kickoff Friday night against Weir.

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 381-149, got on the board shortly before halftime when senior Eric Piatt, who missed the last four games with a broken hand, burst through a hole up the middle and raced 71 yards. 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,'' Red Riders coach Tony Filberto said. ''We started eight freshmen against a team that possibly could win the Class A championship. We definitely were outmanned, but the kids played hard.''

Davis, who rushed 14 times for 40 yards, scored the second Red Riders 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,'' Magnolia coach Mark Batton said. ''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 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-quarter 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. ''He got in to about 10 plays last week and started against a doggone good defense and played well.''

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