BLACKSVILLE – In most seasons, the Clay-Battelle soccer staff performs its final common season recreation with huge stakes on the desk – qualifying for the playoffs, or maybe hoping to earn the next seed.
However a heartbreaking mixture of catastrophic accidents and shut losses derailed these loftier plans heading into the Cee-Bees’ closing recreation in opposition to Magnolia Friday evening, leaving solely the constants to play for, as evidenced by their Nationwide Guard Gridiron Sequence camo-inspired uniforms: Satisfaction, staff, and enjoyable.
And whereas there was loads of staff, and every kind of delight, it was Magnolia who had probably the most enjoyable, as they completed their 12 months on a three-game profitable streak with a 40-21 victory.
The Golden Eagles (3-7) took benefit of a superb opening kickoff return to drive into the crimson zone, however a fumble turned it over and stopped the risk.
However the Cee-Bees (3-7) went three-and-out, and that’s when Magnolia’s quick, elusive tailback Hunter Oates took over. One other quick area led to a fast drive and Oates’ 18-yard TD run, then after a CB turnover on downs, Oates’ subsequent contact produced an electrifying 89-yard scoring run as he skirted the left sideline and outraced the CB defensive backs to paydirt. A CB turnover at midfield and a protracted cross gave Oates an opportunity to attain one other TD on his third consecutive carry, this one from the 5, to take a commanding 21-0 lead.
However these Cee-Bees have refused to give up all season lengthy, and senior operating again Zach Corridor wouldn’t let that occur. It took simply 12 seconds for Corridor to imitate Oates’ sideline dash on a 65-yard rating. Then the Clay-Battelle protection stiffened, forcing two punts, and Corridor scored once more late within the half on a affected person, instinctive, sweep to the correct pylon from the 14 to carry his staff to inside a single rating on the half.
Deferring to the second half, the Cee-Bees needed to even the rating, however an interception was shortly adopted by an untouched 27-yard landing run up the intestine by highly effective fullback Mathew Anderson to revive Magnolia’s two-score lead. A possible 48-yard gadget landing cross from Corridor to Braden Ponceroff was sadly known as again on a movement penalty, resulting in a CB punt.
The Golden Eagles then took management of the sport by grinding out a back-breaking 85-yard, 16-play drive that burned the remainder of the third quarter and three minutes of the fourth, capped off by Anderson’s bull rush in from the 4.
Corridor’s lengthy kickoff return gave the never-say-die Cee-Bees an opportunity to get a fast rating, and Corridor shoved in from 1 yard out with 5:45 left to carry the rating to 33-21, however the onside kick failed, and Anderson scored on a six-yard run to shut it out.
After the sport, CB coach Ryan Wilson summed up his staff’s recreation and season efficiency in a single phrase.
“Gritty,” he answered, with a smile. “We have been outsized, however they simply saved sticking their noses in there, refusing to again down or quit. It allowed us to compete and have an opportunity to win nearly each day trip, despite the fact that we have been short-handed many occasions. We have been down 21-0 within the first half, and we may’ve thrown within the towel, however they battled again into it. We quit a turnover early second half, quit a rating, however then we get a landing that will get known as again. They rating, and nonetheless, we reply. They’ve given 100% effort all 12 months, particularly our seniors.
“We by no means give up,” he concluded,” and we at all times had one another’s again. That’s a fairly good approach to end out a difficult season, and I’m proud of all of them.”
BY MARK SCHRAF
Magnolia (3-7) 8 13 6 13 – 40
Clay-Battelle (3-7) 0 14 0 7 – 21
Magazine – Hunter Oates 18 run (attempt good cross Kingsten Christen to Bradon Kocher)
Magazine – Oates 89 run (attempt failed)
Magazine – Oates 5 run (Lucas Penn kick)
CB – Zach Corridor 65 run (Kooper Statler kick)
CB – Corridor 14 run (Statler kick)
Magazine – Mathew Anderson 27 run (attempt failed)
Magazine – Anderson 4 run (attempt failed)
CB – Corridor 1 run (Statler kick)
CB – Anderson 6 run (Penn kick)
Magazine – Christen 3-8-0 50 CB – Spears 10-21-2 117
Magazine – Oates 23-183 3TD, Christen 1-(-12), Anderson 18-177 2TD, Preston Beverlin 1-5, Complete 43-353 5TD. CB- Spears 1-(-20), Zachary Corridor 16-117 3TD, Maverick Gum 3-22 Complete 20-119 3TD.
MHS – Preston Beverlin 1-16, Oates 1-2, Conner Dyer 1-42. CB – Corridor 4-23, Ponceroff 4-78, Maverick Gum 1-4, Maddox Shriver 1-12.