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NEW MARTINSVILLE — For the second straight game, Magnolia coach Dave Chapman felt like his squad turned in a solid performance in the first half. However, after the Blue Eagles came out of the locker room for the second, it was a different story.

Being down by only one score, (14-7), Magnolia felt like it had some momentum going into halftime. However, St. Marys had other plans. The Blue Devils scored 27 unanswered points in the second half to secure a 41-7 victory over the Blue Eagles Friday night at Alumni Field inside Bill Stewart Stadium.

It was almost a mirror-image of Magnolia’s game last week against Berkeley Springs. After being up by three going into the fourth, the Blue Eagles gave up 34 points in the fourth.

“We talked about that going out at the (second) half. We got the ball first and had the momentum coming in,” Chapman said.

“It’s frustrating. Two straight weeks, we put together two solid first halves together. But in the second half, it seems like we just need something good to happen early in the quarter. Everything we did wasn’t very good. I wish I could put my finger on it. I told the boys that. I’m not feeling sorry or bad, we just can’t catch a break. I felt there was a couple of things that went against us in the first half. That’s (St. Marys) a good football team over there and they have a lot to do with sometimes the way you look on Fridays. I’m not going to say we played bad, but that’s a good football team. I will say that.”

And the Blue Devils did get off to a semi-quick start scoring on their two of their first three drives. Brennan Boron collected 57 yards on the first play of St. Marys’ second possession to get down to the Blue Eagles’ 1. Cyle West ended the drive on the next play to put the first points on the board. After a Magnolia fumble on the ensuing possession, St. Marys marched down the field again. Trey Moss had a 1-yard score of his own. After a two-point conversion, the score read 14-0 with 5:14 left in the first quarter.

It was the only points that St. Marys could produce as the Magnolia defense stepped up. Dakota Leek and Brendan Mirandy each had interceptions while the Blue Eagles also forced a turnover on downs.

“It’s a four quarter game and you try to make adjustments at halftime and thankfully the guys came out in the second half and in my opinion played better ball,” St. Marys coach Jodi Mote said. “That’s a credit to them and our staff for working with these guys. You just try to get better To be playing Game 7 in this COVID year, it’s amazing. It was definitely special for sure. I have tremendous respect for Coach Chapman and Magnolia for the tradition they have. It’s been a very series dominated by then through the years. We’re just thankful to be able to come out with a win.”

Magnolia responded on the ensuing possession after St. Marys’ second touchdown as Jason Beisel broke free and ran up the sideline from 61 yards out to put the score at 14-7 with 2:17 left in the first quarter.

Unfortunately, that was all the points the Blue Eagles could collect.

St. Marys scored on their first two possessions of the second half to take a comfortable 27-7 lead with 16 seconds to go in the third.

In the fourth, Boron found Logan Rice from eight yards out while Moss had a 55-yard scoring run.

“I tip my hat to St. Marys,” Chapman said. “They’re a good football team. But, they’re not 41-7 better than us. But we have to take care of the ball and do something with it, especially in the red zone. I just felt like we squandered on a couple of opportunities.”

Moss paced the ground attack as he totaled 179 yards and three touchdowns. Boron also cracked the century mark with his elusiveness at quarterback. He finished with 153 yards on the ground.

The Blue Eagles put the ball on the ground six times, losing three of them.

Beisel tallied 106 yards on 21 attempts.

St. Marys 41, Magnolia 7

St. Marys 14 0 13 14 — 41

Magnolia 7 0 0 0 — 7

S — West 1 run (kick failed), 6:48

S — Moss 1 run (Boron pass to Bortey), 5:14

M — Beisel 61 run (Mirandy kick), 2:17

S — Moss 5 run (Morrison kick), 7:52

S — Boron 1 run (kick failed), :16

S — Rice 8 pass from Boron (Morrison kick), 6:34

S — Moss 55 run (Morrison kick), 2:56

Rushing: St. Marys 50-374-5td (Moss 21-179-3td, Long 5-41, Boron 17-153-td, West 4-10-td, Team 2-(-17), Bortey 1-8). Magnolia 35-74-td (Beisel 21-106-td, Johnson 1-(-4), Powell 3-17, Team 3-(-37), Johnson 0-0, Mirandy 2-(-18), Vargo 3-24, Gatian 1-(-14)).

Passing: St. Marys 2-8-15-td-2x (all by Boron). Magnolia 5-21-38 (Mirandy 4-15-17, Beisel 0-1, Vargo 1-5-21).

Receiving: 2-15 (all by Long). Magnolia 5-38 (Powell 1-0, Johnson 1-6, VArgo 1-1, Postlethwait 1-10, Toman 1-21).

First Downs: St. Marys 18, Magnolia 9.

Penalties: St. Marys 5-45, Magnolia 0-0.

Fumbles: St. Marys 4-3, Magnolia 6-3.

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France church attack: Assailant’s family demands answers | NanaimoNewsNOW




A 35-year-old man who had met with Issaoui in Nice was arrested overnight, a judicial official said Saturday. A 47-year-old man who had met with Issaoui the night before the attack was already in custody, bringing the number of detained suspects to three. Their connection to the attack remains unclear.

A previously unknown Tunisian extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack, and Tunisian and French authorities are investigating whether the claim is legitimate.

In Issaoui’s hometown of Sfax, his family expressed shock and appealed for peace. But they also expressed bewilderment that this young man who drank alcohol and showed no outward signs of radicalism would flee to France and attack a church.

“We want the truth about how my son carried out this terrorist attack. I want to see what the surveillance cameras showed. I will not give up my son’s rights outside the country. I want my son, dead or alive,” his mother Gamra told The Associated Press, her words often interrupted by tears.

His father and brother Wissem said that if Issaoui indeed carried out the attack, he should face justice.

“We are Muslims, we are against terrorism, we are poor. Show me that my brother committed the attack and judge him as a terrorist,” Wissem said. “If he was the attacker, he will take his responsibility.”

On the dusty Tina Street in the Nasr neighbourhood of Sfax, his friends and neighbours described Issaoui as a man who sold gasoline for motorcycles. While not starving or homeless, he was poor like many in the area, poverty that is driving more and more young Tunisians to seek jobs and opportunity in Europe.

He had had small-time run-ins with the law as a teen, but nothing that alerted Tunisian authorities to possible extremist leanings. That meant that when he was served an expulsion order from Italy, he was basically free to go where he pleased.

Italy’s interior minister, Luciana Lamorgese, told the AP that Italy’s overburdened repatriation centres had no place for him, despite agreements with Tunisia governing the return of citizens who don’t qualify for asylum in Italy.

“Obviously, we give precedence to people who are signalled by law enforcement or by Tunisian authorities,’’ Lamorgese said. “The number of spots are not infinite, and he could not therefore be placed inside a repatriation centre.’’


Charlton reported from Paris. Trisha Thomas in Rome contributed.

Mehdi El-Arem And Angela Charlton, The Associated Press

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Brenham 41, Pflugerville Connally 0 | Sports News




PFLUGERVILLE — Brenham senior J’Sin Lopez ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries, and Kaden Watts returned a punt 74 yards for another score to lead the Cubs past Pflugerville Connally 41-0 on Friday in District 13-5A Division II play.

Brenham senior Cameron Richardson caught four passes for 105 yards and two TDs as the Cubs improved to 4-2 overall and 4-0 in district.

Brenham will host Leander Rouse next week, while Connally will host Elgin.

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Alberta colleges exploring e-sports opportunities amid pandemic athletics shutdowns




The Lethbridge College Kodiaks were supposed to be be hosting the 2020 ACAC soccer championships this weekend, but with COVID-19 shutting the door on traditional sports, it’s opened the door for a different type of competition.

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The Kodiaks are among many schools exploring e-sports opportunities.

“We’ve actually talked about e-sports for quite some time now,” said Lethbridge College’s manager of athletics, Todd Caughlin.

“It’s always kind of been in the background, but also on the horizon, as something we could look at.”

COVID-19 shutdowns have provided the time for schools like Lethbridge College to try out e-sports, with the a pair of Kodiaks e-athletes taking part in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s first ever Gaming Challenge, competing in the FIFA20 game on both Xbox and Playstation.

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While the CCAA Gaming Challenge is on a national scale, provincially, the Alberta Colleges Athletic Association (ACAC) is also taking steps to welcome e-sports into the collegiate space.

Earlier this month, the ACAC announced a partnership with the Alberta E-Sports Association (AESA), a non-profit looking to grow competitive gaming in the province.

“We have been talking about it for a number of years and we certainly weren’t ignoring the fact that e-sports had been growing in popularity,” said ACAC CEO Mark Kosak.

“We hadn’t really had a chance to sink our teeth into it, but unquestionably, COVID has been the catalyst.”

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Kosak says when word got out that the ACAC was exploring options, it was approached by other schools.

“[We have had] non-ACAC members who have actually knocked on our door, and said, ‘Listen, can we partner with you? We’re not part of your conference, but we understand you’re preparing to deliver e-sports as an activity, and we’re looking for a league,’” he said.

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AESA co-founder Victor Ly says he’s thrilled the ACAC approached his organization and that supporting e-sports in colleges just makes sense.

“E-sports has been around, especially in the college space, for years,” Ly said.

“Kids were playing arcade cabinets within their dorms, and there’s not a college dorm on the planet that you’re going to walk down the hallway and not see someone playing Smash Bros.”

Ly also works as an instructor at Mount Royal University in Calgary, which is now offering an e-sports management certificate.

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Ly and his co-founder Brad Jones created AESA in April of 2020, and Ly says the industry has seen even more growth than it was already experiencing thanks to COVID-19.

“The industry as a whole – in terms of gamership – has grown about 46 per cent, in terms of daily active users, and as a result stock prices for game developers have also gone up about 25 per cent during this time, so that is kind of the silver lining,” he said.

“E-sports at a global level has become a billion-dollar industry, from it’s very humble beginnings in these college dorms, in arcades, in our parents’ basements, and especially in the last five years, e-sports has become a legitimate career opportunity,” he said.

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Ly says the hope from both him and the ACAC is that one day e-sports teams could operate under the traditional collegiate athletics umbrella, with all the resources available to student athletes.

“The goal is to ultimately incorporate and sanction e-sports in line with traditional sports,” he said.

“What these colleges can provide are streamlined opportunities, scholarship opportunities, for these students that have these high aspirations, and to help supplement their growth.”

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At Lethbridge College, Caughlin says discussions have already started about how e-sports could look under the Kodiaks.

“We’ve already talked about how it would be housed under the athletics department, but it would be a true college team,” Caughlin said. “Because you don’t have to be an athlete – per se, as in on the court every day – to participate, but I wouldn’t ever want to run the program without the standards that we work so hard to put in place for all the student athletes.”

Caughlin said he believes the appetite for collegiate e-sports will quickly grow.

“You have to start somewhere, and I think once people start seeing the results of this, and that there is more structure to it, then I think we will see big interest,” he said.

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The CCAA FIFA20 Gaming Challenge is in action from Oct. 27 to Nov. 12. The first tournament put on by the ACAC and AESA — playing Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch — is set for Nov. 21.

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