WEEKEND WRAP: Postlethwait, Beisel Deliver Giant Performances
Both seniors score, come up big on defense in victory
NEW MARTINSVILLE — Every football player has different qualities that make them unique.
Whether it’s the lengthy strides of 6-foot-6 wide receiver Gavin Postlethwait or the quick agile moves of 5-foot-6 running back Jason Beisel, every player has a gift and it’s up to them how they use it.
On Friday night, the senior duo at Magnolia used those gifts to their benefit as the Blue Eagles defeated rival Tyler Consolidated 22-14.
Beisel played like a giant on the field, rushing for a team-high 113 yards and two touchdowns, while also collecting a crucial interception on defense, which led to a field goal before halftime.
Postlethwait used his height and speed to haul in a pass as he raced 35 yards down the sideline for a touchdown, while also playing a solid game on defense.
Together, although different in size, the two performed at the highest level to help bring a victory home to Magnolia.
“Beisel has the heart and he plays much bigger,” Chapman said. “He’s so electric with the ball in his hands. He’s a home run waiting to happen and he’s such a team guy. He knows he doesn’t get his yards without the line up front. He is hard to find at his stature and our linemen do a nice job of pulling, trapping and getting out.
“Gavin was matched up with Caleb Strode (Friday) and Strode is a good football player. We challenged Gavin this week, we know he plays basketball where they say ‘I don’t want that guy to score.’ Well we said ‘we have to maintain Strode,’ because he is a big play guy too, and I thought Gavin stepped up big (Friday).”
Postlethwait’s score gave the Eagles the early lead in the first quarter and provided his teammates with confidence and momentum.
“I could see that it was wide open as soon as I caught it,” Postlethwait said. “So, I just took off. My long strides benefit me and help me with my speed so I was excited.
“This is a big win for us. It was a close game and I’m glad everyone got out of it healthy and we’re very happy about the outcome.”
As for Beisel, his 49-yard scamper in the fourth quarter helped solidify the victory.
“There were three people beside me but I just made a few moves and wiggled through and took it to the house.”
After the impressive performance, Beisel gave credit to all of his blockers who made it all possible.
“I like to hide behind my linemen,” Beisel said. “They got out good (Friday). Kudos to them. If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t be scoring or getting my yards so it was a great job up front.”
His interception, however, was all instinct on his behalf.
“I saw the guy lined up at tight end and he didn’t move and the guy on the other side, who was in tight, ran a seam and I thought ‘oh I have a good play on this.’ So, I ran down the field and timed my jump perfectly and knew it was a pick,” Beisel said.
Both Postlethwait and Beisel are total team players, as well as quality athletes. Beisel, in the midst of his outstanding performance, was thrilled to share the workload with his teammate Marcus Barnes, who returned from injury to rush for 96 yards.
“It was nice having Marcus back,” Beisel said. “Having all these guys healthy gets other people a chance to get the ball. The more weapons we have, the better it is for us as a team.”
Offensive Players of the Week
Kobe Mitchell, Harrison Central
It was a career day for the senior standout. The signal caller accounted for eight touchdowns as he threw for 498 yards and seven scores while also rushing for 138 and finding the end zone once.
Hunter Kelley, Linsly
Totaled 500 yards of offense for the Cadets as the QB completed 35 of his 62 pass attempts for 403 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 97 yards and two scores.
Defensive Player of the Week
Marco Aprea, Linsly
Along with 15 total tackles (four solo), the senior had two TFL, two forced fumbles and a 50-yard fumble return for a score.
∫ Wyatt Reiman, Shadyside: Rushed for 179 yards and a score to help lead the Tigers to a playoff victory over Fort Knox.
∫ Garrett Dozier, Toronto: On 30 attempts, the running back ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns in a victory against Union Local.
∫ Rodney James, Steubenville: Tallied 169 yards and two touchdowns on just eight attempts in a victory against Martins Ferry.
∫ Billy Kuhn, Valley: Moved from left guard to running back, the junior rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries as the Lumberjacks defeated Hundred.
∫ Jason Beisel, Marcus Barnes, Magnolia: Beisel continued his impressive senior campaign with a team-high 113 yards and two touchdowns. Barnes returned to the field after missing a few games due to injury compiling 96 yards.
∫ Hunter Trockmorton, Tyler Consolidated: Silver Knights’ back ran for 170 yards and found the end zone once on 13 attempts.
∫ Trey Hoover, Noah Kourim, Buckeye Local: Hoover racked up 288 yards and five touchdowns on 11 carries and also surpassed 1,000 rushing yards on the season while Kourim added 120 and two scores as the Panthers defeated Steubenville Catholic.
∫ Gage Hannahs, Barnesville: Senior running back ran for 127 yards and a score in a playoff win against Lucasville Valley.
∫ Jacob Jordan, St. Clairsville: Rushed for 97 yards and a score as St. Clairsville defeated Warren.
∫ Brody Lollathin, River: The sophomore signalcaller went 16 of 25 for 273 yards and four TDs to help the Pilots cruise past Reedsville Eastern in the playoffs.
∫ Gage Cline, Edison: Went 7 of 16 for 151 yards and two scores to help lead the Wildcats to a comeback victory against Wellsville.
∫ Caleb Leasure, Toronto: Threw for 177 going 5-for-10 in the process and two touchdowns.
∫ Carter Blake, Union Local: The Jets QB completed 11 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
∫ Logan Smith, Martins Ferry: Tallied 147 yards on 10 of 18 completions for the Purple Riders.
∫ Ryan Gorman, Steubenville Catholic: Completed 13 passes for 126 yards.
∫ Tyler Tonkovich, St. Clairsville: Went 13 of 21 for 183 yards and two TDs for the Red Devils.
Good Hands Team
∫ Michael Johnson, River: The senior caught five passes good enough for 135 yards and three scores.
∫ Luca DiLorenzo, Linsly: Hauled in 10 passes for 137 and a score in a loss to Morgantown.
∫ Carter Loase, Union Local: Was Blake’s go-to receiver as he secured nine receptions for 169 yards and three touchdowns.
∫ Andrew Dorsey, Steubenville Catholic: Tallied five receptions for 52 yards for the Crusaders.
∫ Spencer Bliss Hauled in five receptions for 105 yards and three touchdowns for the Shamrocks.
∫ Colin Oberdick, Austin DaRe, St. Clairsville: Oberdick had five catches for 114 yards and a two TDs while DaRe secured four receptions for 88 and a score.
∫ Wyatt Moore, Beallsville: Totaled 132 yards on offense and had a receiving touchdown while also collecting 13 tackles, one sack and recovered a fumble on defense.
∫ Ayden Hannahs, Barnesville: Went 11 of 15 for 170 yards and three touchdowns along with two rushing scores.
∫ Kobe Hill, Linsly Hauled in an eye-popping 204 receptions for 199 yards and a touchdown for the Cadets along with tallying 10 tackles on defense.
∫ Zach Hocutt, River: The Pilots’ placekicker was a perfect 7-for-7 in extra points.
∫ Bryce Rayl, John Marshall: Along with his five tackles, he also returned an interception for a touchdown, forced a fumble and recovered it against Parkersburg.
∫ Dakota Hess, Union Local: Tallied 13.5 tackles for the Jets.
∫ Gioni Ferguson, Steven Felton, Linsly: Ferguson totaled 22 tackles for the Cadets (nine solo) while Felton had 23 (11 solo).