2020 PHS Varsity Football Schedule
Sept. 4 – at Spring Valley (L 7-42)
Sept. 11 – Wheeling Central (W 38-21)
Sept. 18 – at Marietta (W 34-20)
Sept. 25 – Huntington (W 25-14)
Oct. 2- at Hurricane
Oct. 9 – South Charleston
Oct. 16 – Bluefield
Oct. 23 – Riverside
Oct. 30 – at George Washington
Nov. 6 – Parkersburg South
Sept. 7- Spring Valley (cxld)
Sept. 14 – Capital (cxld)
Sept. 21 – Marietta (L 14-18)
Sept. 28 – at Huntington (L 14-33)
Oct. 5 – Hurricane
Oct. 12 – at South Charleston
Oct. 19 – at Park. South
Oct. 26 – at Riverside
Nov. 2 – George Washington
Sept. 3 at Morgantown cxld
Sept. 9 at Park. South (L 20-28)
Sept. 16 – Bridgeport (W 26-14)
Sept. 23 – at John Marshall (w 32-26)
Sept. 30 – Cabell Midland (6:00)
Oct. 8 – at Spring Valley (6:00)
Oct. 14 – at Bridgeport (6:00)
Oct. 21 – Park South (6:00)
Oct. 28 – Wheeling Park (6:00)
Jayvees Fall At Huntington, 33-14
HUNTINGTON – A heavy rain cut down the effectiveness of Parkersburg’s passing attack and the result was a 33-14 loss to Huntington here Monday night in a junior varsity football game.
David Parsons ran for one touchdown while Quayvon Cyrus went 65 yards on a sweep for the other score while J.T. Corbin accounted for the other two points on a safety.
Parsons’ 4 TD Passes Lifts PHS
Over John Marshall Frosh, 32-26
MOUNDSVILLE - David Parsons passed for over 250 yards, four touchdowns and four two-point conversions to lead Parkersburg to a 32-26 victory over host John Marshall Wednesday in a freshman football game.
Parsons threw scoring passes to Anthony Ice and Matthew Stalnaker in the first half and then found Owen Collins and Andrew Stalnaker (Matthew’s twin) with TD tosses in the second half. He completed passes on all four two-point conversion attempts to raise the PHS frosh record to 2-1.
Coach Dirk Leftwich also praised Mason Cyran, Gunner McNemar and the offensive line for their play in the victory while Gabriel Martin was a standout on defense.
Marietta Jayvees Win 18-14
Parkersburg rallied from a 6-0 halftime deficit to take a 14-6 lead going into the fourth quarter but Marietta scored twice in the final period to post an 18-14 junior varsity football win Monday night at Stadium Field.
Logan Hartshorn scored twice in the third period on runs of 30 and 25 yards while rushing for 114 yards and passing for 143 more for the home team.
But Marietta pulled the game out after getting great field position with 4:33 remaining thanks to a fumbled snap in a punting situation that gave the Tigers the ball on the PHS 15 yard line. Gerber scored two plays later.
The Big Reds got the ball back with 33 seconds left on a fumble recovery by Chris Salyers at the Marietta 42 but ran out of time on an overthrown pass from the 13 yard line.
Sept. 21 at Stadium Field
Parkersburg 0 0 14 0 - 14
M – Chad Lamp 1 run (run failed) :04 1st
P – Logan Hartshorn 30 run (Hartshorn run) 5:47 3rd
P – Hartshorn 25 run (pass failed) 2:04 3rd
M – Lamp 17 run (run failed) 9:50 4th
M – Tyler Gerber 15 run (run failed) 3:53 4th
First Downs – Marietta 16, PHS 12. Rushing – Marietta 44-162; PHS 27-134 (Logan Hartshorn 18-124). Passing – Marietta (Tyler Gerber) 7-12-0 for 84 yards; PHS (Logan Hartshorn) 6-21-1 for 143 yards.
Parsons Rallies PHS Frosh To Win Over Bridgeport
After spotting visiting Bridgeport a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter, the PHS freshmen came roaring back behind the arm and legs of David Parsons to defeat the Indians 26-14 Monday night at Stadium Field.
Parsons threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Big Red 9th graders to their first victory. Parsons completed 13 of 23 passes for 237 yards and ran nine times for 68 yards. Casey Stanley caught two touchdowns among his four receptions while Anthony Ice had one TD catch and a two-point conversion.
(Sept. 16 at Stadium Field)
Bridgeport 7 7 0 0 - 14
Parkersburg......0 14 6 6 - 26
B – Zach Rohrig 2 run (Rohrig kick) 7:55 1st
B – Aiden Sparks 1 run (Rohrig kick) 9:17 2nd
P – CaseyStanley 7 pass from David Parsons (run failed) 4:21 2nd
P – Stanley 48 pass from Parsons (Anthony Ice pass from Parsons) 1:17 2nd)
P – Ice 5 pass from Parsons (pass failed) 1:50 3rd)
P – Parsons 31 run (pass failed) 5:54 4th
First Downs – Bridgeport 12, PHS 13
Rushing – Bridgeport 42-204, PHS 21-86
Passing Yards – Bridgeport 0, PHS 237
PC-PC-INT – Bridgeport 0-1-0, PHS 13-23-0
Individual Leaders – Rushing: Bridgeport Zach Rohrig 23-134; PHS: David Parsons 9-68. Passing: PHS: Parsons 13 of 23 for 237 yards. Receiving: PHS: Casey Stanley 4-92, Andrew Stalnaker 2-62, Mason Cyron 4-43, Owen Collins 1-6, Anthony Ice 2-34.
Next Game – Sept. 23 PHS at John Marshall
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Awards were presented at the annual football banquet at the Grand Point Convention center with senior Braeden Mason taking home the Most Valuable Player honor.
Offensive Player of the Year was Bryson Singer while the co-defensive Players of the Year were C.J. Wade and Gage Fiore.
Zach Wofe won the Coaches Award while Jacob and Josh Campbell shared the Trust Loyalty and Commitment award. Special awards went to seniors Anthony Craig and Matt Curry as well as junior Deaven Francis. Sam Potts won Newcomer of the year honors while Justin Waybright and Michael Owen were Utility Players of the Year and Jim Shrewsbury won the Heart Award. Jayvee honors went to Jake Barnette and Kyle Hall.
Record-breakers were honored as C.J. Wade tied the record for sacks in a game with four and Bryson Singer and Braeden Mason set a school record for longest touchdown pass with their 91 yard completion. Sam Potts set a record with four interceptions in a single game and Singer became the first player in history to pass for over 1,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 yards.
2020 All-MSAC football team
Player of the year: J.J. Roberts, Cabell Midland QB-DB
Coach of the year: Luke Salmons, Cabell Midland
QB -- R.T. Alexander, George Washington, Jr.
RB -- Christian Hill, Hurricane, Sr.; Caden Easterling, Riverside, Sr.; Jakob Caudill, Cabell Midland, Jr.
WR -- Braeden Mason, Parkersburg, Sr.; K.J. Taylor, Capital, Jr.; Alex Mazelon, George Washington, Sr.
TE -- Zach McCoy, Cabell Midland, Sr.
C -- Jake Hutchison, Spring Valley, Sr.
G -- Terrance Pankey, Huntington, Sr.; Romello Taylor, South Charleston, Sr.
T -- Wyatt Milum, Spring Valley, Jr.; Jackson Oxley, Cabell Midland, Sr.
U -- Chance Knox, Capital, Sr.
K -- Zane Porter, Spring Valley, Sr.
DL -- Ian Pomeroy, Woodrow Wilson, Sr.; Bomani Brooks, Hurricane, Sr.; Zeiqui Lawton, South Charleston, Jr.; C.J. Wade, Parkersburg, Sr.
LB -- Brocton Blair, Huntington, Sr.; Logan Spurlock, Capital, Sr.; Luke Christopher, Spring Valley, Sr.; Gage Fiore, Parkersburg, Sr.; Christian Gist, Capital, Jr.
DB -- Kerion Martin, Capital, Sr.; Abel Cunningham, Hurricane, Sr.; Devin Jackson, Huntington, Sr.; David Livingston, Spring Valley, Sr.; Romeo Dunham, South Charleston, Sr.
U -- Brody Brumfield, Spring Valley, Jr.
P -- Joseph Wells, Woodrow Wilson, Sr.
QB -- Austin Womack, Hurricane, Sr.
RB -- Tay Calloway, Capital, Sr.; Mondrell Dean, South Charleston, Fr.; Hunter Payne, St. Albans, So.
WR -- Brayden McCallister, George Washington, Sr.; Samahji Simon, South Charleston, Sr.; Rodney Toler, St. Albans, Sr.
TE -- Corbin Page, Spring Valley, So.
C -- Zach Dillon, Cabell Midland, Sr.
G -- David Harris, Capital, Jr.; Nemo Roberts, Cabell Midland, So.; Chase Lauerman, Hurricane, Sr.
T -- Maxwell Wentz, Huntington, So.; Austin Chapman, Riverside, Sr.
U -- Bryant Jones, Woodrow Wilson, Sr.
DL -- Chris Hudson, Capital, Jr.; Andrew Preast, George Washington, Sr.; Zane Brumfield, Spring Valley, Jr.; Malik Johnson, Huntington, Sr.
LB -- Jaxon Holbert, St. Albans, Jr.; Clayton Sharp, Spring Valley, Sr.; Charlie Pierson, Riverside, Sr.; Parker Hardman, Cabell Midland, Sr.; Michael Ray, George Washington, Jr.
DB -- Elijah Williams, George Washington, Sr.; Isaac Isabell, George Washington, Sr.; Sam Potts, Parkersburg, Sr.; Antwon Burnette, Woodrow Wilson, Sr.; Chance Jackson, Huntington, Sr.; Jackson Fetty, Cabell Midland, So.
U -- Tyrone Washington, Hurricane, Jr.
P -- Cameron Grobe, Cabell Midland, Sr.; Michael Hughes, George Washington, Jr.
QB -- Ta' Blackwell, Huntington; Bryson Singer, Parkersburg; Nate Ellis, Spring Valley
K -- Nathan Young, Huntington
WR -- Noah Waynick, Huntington
TE -- Eli Archer, Huntington
C -- Tristan Stiffler, Woodrow Wilson; Garrett Green, Hurricane
DL -- Cooper Hardman, Cabell Midland; Kam Wells, St. Albans; Anthony Casto, George Washington; Jayson Barnett, South Charleston
DB -- Glen Willis, St. Albans
U -- Tierdin Berry, Cabell Midland; Kristian Hussell, George Washington
P -- Matt Curry, Parkersburg
Cabell Midland -- Hayden Hass, Palmer Riggio; Capital -- Evan Landers, Amari Brown; George Washington -- Luke Grimm, Benji Adkins; Huntington -- Ke'Shawn Williams, Amari Felder; Hurricane -- Brogan Brown, J.T. James; Parkersburg -- Devan Francis, Justin Waybright; Riverside -- Dalton Mullins, Griffin Canterbury; South Charleston -- Xavier Bausley, Trey Dunn; Spring Valley -- Cole Diamond, Garrett Hall; St. Albans -- Andrew Vickers, Jaimelle Claytor; Woodrow Wilson -- Devan Gauldin, Hezekyiah Creasy
2019 PHS Football Schedule
8/30 Morgantown (W 27-21)
9/6 at Cabell Midland (L 13-55)
9/13 Woodrow Wilson (W 35-6)
9/20 at Capital (L 13-35)
9/27 Marietta (W 42-21)
10/11 at George Washington (L 21-34)
10/18 Hurricane (W 42-28)
10/25 Spring Mills (W 27-7)
11/1 Huntington (L 13-44)
11/8 at Parkersburg South (L 14-49)
11/15 at Musselman (L 29-48)
9/2 at Morgantown (L 8-30)
9/9 Cabell Midland (W 16-13)
9/16 at Woodrow Wilson (T 16-16)
9/23 Capital (L 0-38)
9/28 at Marietta (W 16-12)
10/14 George Washington (L 0-20)
10/21 at Hurricane (L 32-50)
10/28 Park. South (W 18-7)
11/4 at Huntington (cxld)
9/4 John Marshall (W 14-12)
9/11 Bridgeport (L 6-35)
9/18 at P. South (W 20-8)
10/2 P. South (W 44-0)
10/10 at Cabell Midland (cxld)
10/16 at Bridgeport (0-42)
10/23 Spring Valley (L 6-42)
10/30 Wheeling Park (L 0-30)
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2018 PHS football schedule
Aug. 23–at Morgantown (35-45)
Aug. 31–Cabell Midland (20-40)
Sept. 7 – at Beckley Woodrow Wilson (28-7)
Sept. 14 – Capital (22-35)
Sept. 21 – at Marietta (41-28)
Sept. 28–Wheeling Park (57-51)
Oct. 5–George Washington (32-7)
Oct. 12–at Hurricane (38-14)
Oct. 19 – Open
Oct. 26 – at Huntington (21-27 OT)
Nov. 2 – Parkersburg South (28-10)
Nov. 9 - at Wheeling Park (7:30) Playoffs (Win 28-21)
Nov. 17 - at Martinsburg (Loss 20-49) Playoffs
2018 All-Mountain State Athletic Conference
Player of the year: Graeson Malashevich, Spring Valley
Coach of the year: Brad Dingess, Spring Valley
Quarterback -- Grant Wells, George Washington, Sr.
Running backs -- Ivan Vaughn, Cabell Midland, Sr.; Ty Wilcoxon, Huntington, Sr.; Christian Hill, Hurricane, Jr.
Wide receivers -- Alex Mazelon, George Washington, Jr.; Chance Knox, Capital, Jr.
Tight end -- Brenton Strange, Parkersburg, Sr.
Center -- Logan Osburn, Cabell Midland, Sr.
Guards -- Doug Nester, Spring Valley, Sr.; Terrance Pankey, Huntington, Jr.
Tackles -- Darnell Wright, Huntington, Sr.; Max Howell, Huntington, Sr.
Kicker -- Timothy McCutchen, Hurricane, Sr.
Utility -- Kerry Martin Jr., Capital, Sr.
Linemen -- Kalai Clark, Capital, Sr.; Cody Stanley, Spring Valley, Sr.; Stephen Perrine, Huntington, Sr.; Zeiqui Lawton, South Charleston, So.
Linebackers -- Drew Joseph, South Charleston, Sr.; Brocton Blair, Huntington, Jr.; J.T. Cooper, Hurricane, Sr.; Hunter Bellomy, Spring Valley, Sr.; Logan Spurlock, Capital, Jr.
Defensive backs -- Johronimo Mitchell, Huntington, Jr.; Breece Hoff, Capital, Sr.; J.J. Roberts, Cabell Midland, Jr.; Romeo Dunham, South Charleston, Jr.; Quisean Gray, Capital, Sr.
Punter -- Matt Curry, Parkersburg, Jr.
Utility -- Hayden Morris, Parkersburg, Sr.
Quarterback -- Jake Johnson, Parkersburg, Sr.
Running backs -- Tyler Moler, Parkersburg, Sr.; Caden Easterling, Riverside, Jr.; Deshaun James, Capital, Sr.; Owen Chafin, Spring Valley, Sr.
Wide receivers -- Braeden Mason, Parkersburg, Jr.; Samahji Simon, South Charleston, Jr.
Tight end -- Bryce Damous, Huntington, Sr.
Center -- Jake Hutchison, Spring Valley, Jr.
Guards -- Cam Kennedy, Capital, Sr.; Levi Kessler, Cabell Midland, Sr.
Tackles -- Zach Williamson, Spring Valley, Sr.; Wyatt Milum, Spring Valley, So.
Kicker -- Isaiah Carpenter, Huntington, Sr.
Utility -- Griffin Adkins, Cabell Midland, Sr.
Linemen -- C.J. Wade, Parkersburg, Jr.; Kalani Hale, Capital, Sr.; Kevin Ferguson, Cabell Midland, Sr.; Ian Pomeroy, Woodrow Wilson, Jr.
Linebackers -- Charlie Pierson, Riverside, Jr.; Diallo Mitchell, Huntington, Jr.; Gage Fiore, Parkersburg, Jr.; Nick Wickline, Woodrow Wilson, Sr.; Garrett Edwards, Cabell Midland, Sr.
Defensive backs -- Parker Elmore, Spring Valley, Sr.; Kionte' Peacock, Parkersburg, Sr.; Isaac Isabell, George Washington, Jr.; David Livingston, Spring Valley, Jr.; Charlie Womack, Hurricane, Sr.
Punter -- Cameron Powell, Riverside, Sr.
Utility -- Jake Lindhardt, George Washington, Sr.
Special honorable mention
Spring Valley -- Isaac Howard, Cody Sharp, Tyson Hall; Woodrow Wilson -- Zach Weaver, Tristan Stiffler, Joseph Wells, Avante Burnett
Riverside -- Kain Ford, Austin Chapman
Parkersburg -- Ryan Creech, Aurelius Edmonds
Hurricane -- Dalton Geter, Cameron Kimble
Cabell Midland -- Carlito Carter
George Washington -- Ben Adkins
Huntington -- Jaylin Summerlin
St. Albans -- Ridge Lester
Cabell Midland -- Zach McCoy, Cameron Grobe
Capital -- K.J. Figures, Jesse Wilcox
George Washington -- Brayden McCallister, Brayden Elswick
Huntington -- Christian Hanna, A.J. Prestera
Hurricane -- Kryzstof Kudlak, Bomani Brooks
Parkersburg -- Dylan Shaver, Jalen King
St. Albans -- Caden McCoy
South Charleston -- Jaydyn Johnson, Donavin Davis
Spring Valley -- Luke Jarrell, Zane Porter
Woodrow Wilson -- Logan Cook, Colton Wright
Big Reds Travel To Hurricane Friday
Parkersburg has won three games in a row and figure to improve on last week’s 13th place ranking when official ratings are released tomorrow.
Hurricane has not played for three straight weeks due to the COVID situation and its last ranking was fourth with a 1-0 record.
The Big Reds will travel to Hurricane Friday night after the Redskins were cleared to play for the first time since Sept. 4 when they defeated Huntington 21-9. Oddly enough the Big Reds are coming off a 25-14 win over that same Huntington team.
Coach Jeremy Taylor’s Redskins were 4-6 a year ago but made the playoffs only to lose to Spring Valley 34-6 after leading at the half. Hurricane lost 15 seniors from that team and return just five letter winners. Gone is the starting quarterback, tailback and three linemen.
One of those lost seniors was Austin Womack, who threw for an incredible 440 yards on 40 completions in 66 attempts a year ago against PHS. The Big Reds scored four times in the first quarter of that game as Bryson Singer threw for four touchdowns and ran for another to build a 35-7 halftime lead only to see the Redskins score three times in the third period to turn the game into a nail-biter.
Womack’s replacement is Ismael Borrero, a dual-threat, mobile junior who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 188 pounds. Borrero completed eight of 15 passes for 98 yards with one touchdown and one interception against Huntington in the opener this year. Despite rushing nine times for minus 11 yards thanks to sacks, Borrero did score two rushing touchdowns against the Highlanders. His touchdown pass came on a fourth-and-7 play from the Huntington 17 yard line and went to JT James, who caught five passes for 80 yards during the game.
Hurricane was repeatedly able to come up with big plays against Huntington including three third down plays that required 10 or more yards to convert. The Redskins also got 105 yards rushing from Tyrone Washington (6-0, 201 sr.) to help them use their ball-control tactics to pull off the win. Against PHS a year ago Hurricane ran an amazing 88 offensive plays.
Meanwhile, Parkersburg also used ball control to defeat the Highlanders last Friday, running 78 plays to just 49 for the visitors. Singer ran 32 times for 157 yards and two scores while Xadrian Snodgrass added 49 on 12 attempts. Singer added another 119 yards and a passing touchdown.
For the year the Big Reds are averaging 26 points per game while allowing 24.2. They have out-rushed opponents 198-139 but have given up 179.5 yards per game passing.
Singer has rushed for 491 yards and seven touchdowns while passing for 288 and four more scores. Snodgrass had added 218 yards on the ground while Carter King is the leading receiver with eight catches for 95 yards and three scores. Freshman Casey Stanley has kicked two field goals and 10 of 11 extra points while putting five of his 20 kickoffs into the end zone.
Defensively, Casey Mahoney leads the team with 33 tackles while Zach Howard has 26 and Keenan Curry 25 including a team-high 24 solo stops. End Justin Waybright has four quarterback sacks and six fumble recoveries. The Big Reds have a 13-8 advantage in takeaways.
Big Reds End Highlander Streak, 25-14
Game Stats/Game Photos
Ten years of frustration for Parkersburg Big Red football fans came to an end Friday night at Stadium Field as PHS defeated Huntington for the first time in the last 11 tries by a 25-14 score.
Bryson Singer scored two touchdowns and passed for another while rushing for 157 yards and passing for 119 more to lead the 13th ranked Big Reds to their third win in four outings.
The Big Reds are scheduled to play at Hurricane next Friday but if Putnam County is not allowed to play because of COVID restrictions there is a chance Cabell Midland may come to Parkersburg for a make-up (if Cabell County is allowed to play).
Singer was able to make enough big plays to produce four touchdowns and freshman Casey Stanley kicked his second field goal of the season but it was the Big Red defense that came up with the key plays when needed and the offensive line blocked well enough to enable PHS to run 78 plays (53 of them on the ground) to only 49 for Huntington. The Highlanders went to the air 32 times but completed only 15 for 221 yards with one interception. On the ground the visitors had just 58 yards on 17 attempts with one fumble. Carter Mills and Keenan Curry were the leading tacklers for PHS.
Singer ran for 157 yards on 32 attempts including several as the tailback in a full house or reverse-T formation. In the air he was eight of 24 for 119 yards including a 48 yard bomb to Jordan Martin.
The game started with an exchange of punts but on Huntington’s second possession quarterback Gavin Lochow broke loose for a 46 yard run to the PHS seven yard line. Two running plays got the ball to only the five before a penalty pushed the visitors back to the 21 and on fourth down Nathan Young missed a 38 yard field goal.
An interception set up Huntington’s first score, an 11 yard run by Lochow with 11:08 on the second quarter clock.
The Big Reds responded with a seven-minute drive that took 16 plays and covered 85 yards with Singer throwing a 21 yard touchdown to a diving Carter King with 4:08 left in the half. Casey Stanley’s kick tied it at 7-all.
A fumble recovery by Justin Waybright on the Huntington 38 yard line early in the third quarter set up the go-ahead PHS score. The fumble was caused when Singer, now playing defense, knocked the blocker back into the Huntington quarterback. Six straight running attempts with Singer as the tailback and Michael Owen as the quarterback produced the touchdown on a five yard Singer rush with 7:22 on the clock.
Huntington was able to answer with a 10-play, 68-yard drive that was aided by a roughing the passer penalty against PHS on a third down incomplete pass. The touchdown came on a 14-yard pass to Devin Jackson. Young’s kick made it 14-all.
A leaping catch by Martin at the Huntington 13 yard line highlighted the next PHS series and an unsportsmanship conduct penalty against the Highlander head coach moved the ball to the seven. Four plays later Singer, running from the tailback slot, went over left guard from the one to put the Big Reds ahead for good. On the extra point, Owen fielded a bad snap, tossed the ball back to Stanley, who calmly tossed the ball to Waybright for the two-point conversion and a 22-14 lead.
Early in the fourth quarter the Big Reds got a 29 yard field goal from Stanley on a 10-play drive that saw Singer run for 17 yards on a fourth-and-three play. That score with 9:17 left in the game made it 25-14.
Huntington never threatened the rest of the way until the final minute as the Big Red defense made two impressive stands in a row.
Huntington vs #13 Parkersburg (Sep 25, 2020 at Parkersburg)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 - Total
Huntington 0 7 7 0 - 14
Parkersburg 0 7 15 3 - 25
Qtr Time Scoring play
2nd 11:08 HUNT - Gavin Lochow 11 yd run (Nathan Young kick), 2-46 0:32
04:08 PHS - Carter King 21 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Casey Stanley kick), 16-85 6:53
3rd 07:22 PHS - Bryson Singer 5 yd run (Casey Stanley kick), 6-38 1:34
03:41 HUNT - Devin Jackson 14 yd pass from Gavin Lochow (Nathan Young kick), 10-69 3:28
00:59 PHS - Bryson Singer 1 yd run (Justin Waybright pass from Casey Stanley), 7-59 2:34
4th 09:17 PHS - Casey Stanley 29 yd field goal, 10-36 2:51
FIRST DOWNS 13 22
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 17-58 53-240
PASSING YDS (NET) 221 119
Passes Att-Comp-Int 32-15-1 25-8-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 49-279 78-359
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards 1-15 0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards 3-18 3-41
Interception Returns-Yards 1-4 1-0
Punts (Number-Avg) 5-36.6 2-29.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 7-72 9-80
Possession Time 18:39 28:25
Third-Down Conversions 3 of 9 8 of 18
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 0 4 of 6
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 2-3 4-5
Sacks By: Number-Yards 0-0 1-5
RUSHING: Huntington-Gavin Lochow 7-34; Amari Felder 4-10; Devin Jackson 1-8; Scout Arthur 1-3; James Safford 3-2; Montez Tubbs 1-1. Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 32-157; Xadrian Snodgrass 12-49; Justin Waybright 5-16; Michael Owen 3-13; Carter King 1-5.
PASSING: Huntington-Gavin Lochow 14-31-1-186; Amari Felder 1-1-0-35. Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 8-24-1-119; Michael Owen 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING: Huntington-Devin Jackson 5-93; Scout Arthur 3-23; Amari Felder 3-13; Naykin Harrell 2-55; Noah Waynick 1-25; Eli Archer 1-12. Parkersburg-Carter King 3-34; Michael Owen 2-22; Jordan Martin
1-48; Justin Waybright 1-10; Xadrian Snodgrass 1-5.
INTERCEPTIONS: Huntington-Noah Waynick 1-4. Parkersburg-Carter Mills 1-0.
FUMBLES: Huntington-Gavin Lochow 2-1. Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 1-1.
Huntington (0-4) vs. Parkersburg (3-1)
Kickoff time: 7:30 • End of Game: 10:23 • Total elapsed time: 2:57
SACKS (UA-A): Huntington-None. Parkersburg-Jeffrey Jones 0-1; Justin Waybright 0-1.
TACKLES (UA-A): Parkersburg-Carter Mills 7-0; Keenan Curry 6-0; Xadrian Snodgrass 3-1; Zach Howard 3-0; Justin Waybright 1-2; Casey Mahoney 2-0; Jake Barnette 2-0; Jeffrey Jones 1-1; Michael Owen 1-1; Charlie Bauman 1-0; Austin Fleming 1-0; Bryson Singer 1-0; Kennedy Jeter 0-1;
Kevin Hancock 0-1; Dylan Mason 0-1.
Winless Huntington Comes Back On Schedule As PHS Foe Friday Night
That which was lost has been found.
Huntington, the team Parkersburg lost from its original 2020 football schedule due to the season being moved back a week, has rejoined the Big Reds’ schedule.
The Highlanders of coach Billy Seals will be taking Cabell Midland’s place this Friday for a 7:30 p.m. game at Stadium Field.
PHS was scheduled to play the undefeated Midland Knights this week but one of their players tested positive for COVID-19 and the team was put on a 14-day quarantine. That quarantine extends through Sept. 25.
So the Big Reds will get to play Huntington after all and will get a chance to end an embarrassing 10-game losing streak. PHS has not beaten Huntington since 2010 and that includes two losses during the 2011 season (one in the playoffs). The closest to victory came in 2018 when host Huntington won a 27-21 overtime thriller.
Overall, PHS still holds a 13-11 edge in the series.
So far this season Huntington has lost 21-9 to Hurricane, 42-7 to Cabell Midland and 42-21 to Wheeling Park.
Huntington is coming off a 3-touchdown loss to Wheeling Park, a game which saw the Highlanders fall behind 28-0 at the half before putting a couple scores on the board in the third quarter only to have the once-beaten Patriots pull away. The Highlanders have lost to three teams with a combined 5-1 record.
In the Park game, Huntington got 126 yards passing and two touchdown runs by sophomore quarterback Gavin Lochow (6-0, 165) but suffered six bad snaps. Lochow has completed 34 of 70 passes for 370 yards with three interceptions and no touchdowns this season. His leading receiver is Amari Felder (5-10, 165, soph.) while the second-leading rusher behind Lochow is 175 pound senior Clarence Rodgers, who had 54 yards on the ground against Park before leaving the game on a stretcher in the fourth quarter. David Bradshaw (5-0, 180 jr.) is the Highlanders’ leading tackler with 13 stops per game. Noah Waynick (6-2, 8185 jr.) had a 51-yard interception return touchdown in the last game.
Meanwhile the Big Reds are coming off a big ground game against Marietta that saw PHS rush for 332 yards with Bryson Singer and Xadrian Snodgrass accounting for over 300 of that total. Singer’s 205 yards rushing gives him 334 on the year with five touchdowns and a 6.4 yards per carry average. Snodgrass added 117 to raise his season’s total to 169 on 40 carries.
In the air Singer has passed for 169 by completing 16 of 40 attempts for three touchdowns with no interceptions. Carter King and Aaron Kupfner each have five receptions.
Defensively, Casey Mahoney and Zach Howard are the leading tacklers with 27 and 23 respectively while Justin Waybright has five fumble recoveries and four sacks. The team has four interceptions and seven fumble recoveries in three games.
Big Reds Run Past Tigers, 34-20
Game Statistics / Game Photos
Bryson Singer and Xadrian Snodgrass accounted for over 300 yards rushing and Keenan Curry's 84 yard interception return touchdown sparked the Parkersburg Big Reds to a 34-20 win over host Marietta Friday night in the 116th meeting of the two Ohio River rivals.
Singer ran for 205 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns, one a 76 yarder, while Snodgrass added 117 yards on 18 carries and one score as the two juniors combined for 322 of their team’s 332 yards on the ground to help the Big Reds up their season’s record to 2-1 while dropping Marietta to 1-3.
While the backfield duo was running like the Big Red teams of old, Curry broke the game open and gave PHS the lead for good with his 84 yard interception return score with one minute left in the first quarter. It was one of four takeaways by the Big Red defense which led Marietta’s ground game in check with just 64 yards but did surrender 252 yards through the air with big play receiver Tony Munos pacing the losers with seven catches for 118 yards and two scores.
The Big Red defense also had four sacks with Austin Fleming leading the way along with Justin Waybright and Casey Mahoney.
A 53 yard opening kickoff return by Munos put Marietta in scoring position right off the bat at the PHS 38 and eight plays later he scored from the four on a fourth down slant over the middle of the end zone with 9:09 on the clock.
The Big Reds responded with a drive that took 5:16 and used 16 plays with Singer hitting Carter King for the final 14 yards with 3:44 left in the first period. A 29 yard run on a scramble by Singer was the big play.
PHS held Marietta on the ensuing possession but the Tigers got the ball back on a dropped punt by Curry at the PHS 36. But two plays later Curry made amends for the bobble by interception a Reece Gerber pass on the PHS 16 and the senior raced up the sidelines to the end zone. Freshman Casey Stanley booted the first of four extra points to make it 14-7.
Curry had a 28 yard punt return in the middle of the second period to begin Parkersburg’s third touchdown drive from near mid-field. Eight straight running plays culminated with an 18 yard scoring run on a keeper and sprint to the right sideline by Singer with 3:59 left in the first half.
Curry also temporarily saved a touchdown when he chased Munos down from behind after a 60-yard bomb from Gerber that took the ball to the PHS 14. Three plays later Gerber hit Munos for the touchdown to cut the lead to 21-13 at the half.
Marietta threatened on its first possession of the second half, moving to the PHS 12 but the defense stiffened with back-to-back plays by Jake Barnette and then an 11-yard sack by Waybright that helped force the Tigers to turn the ball over on downs at the 24.
On the very next play Singer faked a handoff and then took off up the left sidelines all the way to the end zone for the touchdown to make it 28-13.
Marietta tried to get back in the game with a nearly eight minute drive late in the third quarter that took 17 plays and moved the ball all the way to the five yard line but Zach Howard tackled Munos for a four yard loss on an end-around and then Howard and Mahoney sacked Gerber for a seven yard loss. A fourth down pass was broken up by Howard.
Pressure by Waybright forced an interception by Mahoney that stopped Marietta’s next offensive try and the Big Reds put the game away two minutes later when Waybright came up with a fumble recovery on a muffed Marietta punt return on the Tigers’ 19 yard line.
Two plays later Snodgrass scored on a 13 yard run to make it 34-13. Stanley actually scored on the extra point attempt when a bobbled snap was picked up by holder Michael Owen, who then lateraled to Stanley and the freshman ran into the end zone for an apparent two points but the official blew the play dead before the lateral.
Marietta tacked on a meaningless score with 1:11 left in the game on a 15 yard pass from Gerber (his third of the game) to Donavon Wheeler for the final 14-point margin.
Parkersburg vs Marietta (Sep 18, 2020 at Marietta, OH)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 - Total
Parkersburg (2-1) 14 7 7 6 - 34
Marietta (1-3) 7 6 0 7 - 20
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 09:09 MARIETTA - Tony Munos 4 yd pass from Reece Gerber (Dillon Meagle kick), 8-38 2:51
03:44 PHS - Carter King 14 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Casey Stanley kick), 7-55 0:00
01:00 PHS - Keenan Curry 84 yd interception return (Casey Stanley kick)
2nd 03:59 PHS - Bryson Singer 18 yd run (Casey Stanley kick), 8-53 3:07
01:25 MARIETTA - Tony Munos 7 yd pass from Reece Gerber (Dillon Meagle kick blockd), 5-76 2:29
3rd 08:42 PHS - Bryson Singer 76 yd run (Casey Stanley kick), 1-76 0:12
4th 02:42 PHS - Xadrian Snodgrass 13 yd run (Michael Owen rush failed), 2-19 0:51
01:11 MARIETTA - Donavon Wheeler 15 yd pass from Reece Gerber (Courtney Schuck kick), 5-42 1:22
FIRST DOWNS 13 ........15
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 43-332 31-64
PASSING YDS (NET) 52 ........252
Passes Att-Comp-Int 12-5-0 35-22-2
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 55-384 .66-316
Fumble Returns-Yards 1-15 ....0-0
Punt Returns-Yards 3-37 ....1-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards 4-81 .....4-119
Interception Returns-Yards 2-84 .....0-0
Punts (Number-Avg) 3-25.0 ..3-30.7
Fumbles-Lost 4-3 ......3-2
Penalties-Yards 14-159 4-20
Possession Time 22:00 ..26:00
Third-Down Conversions 2 of 8 ....5 of 14
Fourth-Down Conversions 1 of 3 ....2 of 5
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 2-2 .........3-5
Sacks By: Number-Yards 4-32 ......0-0
RUSHING: Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 21-205; Xadrian Snodgrass 18-117; Michael Owen 1-5; Aaron Kupfner 1-5; Justin Waybright 1-4; Carter King 1-minus 4. Marietta-Zack Bartlett 13-44; Tony Munos 5-15; Reece Gerber 13-5.
PASSING: Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 5-12-0-52. Marietta-Reece Gerber 22-35-2-252.
RECEIVING: Parkersburg-Aaron Kupfner 3-26; Carter King 2-26. Marietta-Tyson Shaffer 8-79; Tony Munos 7-118; Donavon Wheeler 3-30; Kayden Durham 2-13; Zack Bartlett 1-8; Bryson Chavez 1-4.
INTERCEPTIONS: Parkersburg-Keenan Curry 1-84; Casey Mahoney 1-0. Marietta-None.
FUMBLES: Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 2-1; Xadrian Snodgrass 1-1; Keenan Curry 1-1. Marietta-Tyson Shaffer 1-0; Donavon Wheeler 1-1; Zack Bartlett 1-1.
Parkersburg (2-1) vs. Marietta (1-3)
Kickoff time: 7:00 • End of Game: 9:35 • Total elapsed time: 2:35
SACKS (UA-A): Parkersburg-Justin Waybright 1-1; Casey Mahoney 0-1; Austin Fleming 1-0; Jake Barnette 0-1; Zach Howard 0-1. Marietta-None.
TACKLES (UA-A): Parkersburg-Austin Fleming 6-3; Casey Mahoney 2-7; Keenan Curry 7-0; Zach Howard 3-3; Carter Mills 5-0; Jeffrey Jones 3-2; Jake Barnette 1-4; Michael Owen 3-0; Justin Waybright 1-2; Xadrian Snodgrass 2-0; Kevin Hancock 1-1; Casey Stanley 1-1; Kennedy Jeter 1-0; Chris Farson 1-0.
Ohio River Rivals Meet Friday For 116th Time
Two teams coming off wins will meet for the amazing 116th time Friday night at Don Drumm Stadium when the Parkersburg Big Reds travel to Marietta to face the Tigers for a 7 o’clock kickoff.
A series dating back well over 100 years will resume with two teams that added some confidence with big wins last week. Parkersburg rallied from a 21-7 third quarter deficit with 31 straight points to defeat three-time defending West Virginia Class A state champion Wheeling Central by a 38-21 score while Marietta built a 24-8 lead against Athens and then held on with a big defensive stand to preserve a 24-20 victory.
The win was the first of the year for coach Jason Schob’s Tigers after falling to Warren 28-6 and Williamstown 34-28. The victory for PHS came after a season-opening loss at Spring Valley.
Marietta has not beaten Parkersburg since 2015 when the Tigers won at Don Drumm by a 27-20 margin. Last year the Big Reds beat Marietta 42-21 with Anthony Craig scoring four touchdowns while sophomore Bryson Singer ran for 128 yards and passed for 176.
The two teams first met in 1901 with Marietta winning twice by 20-0 and 10-0 margins with touchdowns only counting five points. But those games could have come against a Marietta town team. Not until 1904 did the teams officially meet on the high school only level with PHS winning 45-0. The next year they played two scoreless ties. There was a 14 year break in the series between 1995 and 2008.
Marietta got a big game from Tony Munos (6-foot, 175) against Athens as the versatile senior scored three touchdowns on runs of five and six yards and a 41 yard pass reception from Reece Gerber. The other Tiger TD came on a long run by Zach Bartlett.
Gerber, a 5-foot-11, 180 pound senior, completed 15 of 29 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 75 yards on 14 carries and a TD against Williamstown. In the season opener the former wide receiver hit eight of 23 passes for 166 yards.
An all-district pick and the team’s top receiver a year ago, Munos caught six passes for 111 yards against Williamstown while Bartlett, a 5-10, 190 junior, had 66 yards rushing on 11 attempts. Tyson Shaffer (5-10, 165 sr.) had a 52 yard touchdown pass reception against Warren.
Meanwhile the Big Reds may have finally gotten their offense untracked in the second half against Central. Singer, who ran for three touchdowns, now has 129 yards rushing and 117 yards passing in two games.
Defensively, PHS is led by linebackers Zach Howard and Casey Mahoney with 15 tackles each while Justin Waybright has 10 stops, a sack and three fumble recoveries.
Big Reds Stage Big Rally To Upend Wheeling Central Knights, 38-21
Game Statistics / Game Photos
Trailing 21-7 in the third quarter, Parkersburg’s Big Reds came roaring back with 31 straight points to post a 38-21 victory over Wheeling Central Friday night at Stadium Field.
In the first ever meeting between the two teams, the Big Reds saw the three-time defending state champion Maroon Knights jump out to an early lead and were up two touchdowns early in the second half before the home team could get untracked behind the arm and legs of junior quarterback Bryson Singer. Singer threw his second touchdown pass of the game with 6:34 left in the third quarter and added three more scoring runs to lift PHS to its first win of the year.
Singer completed just four of 11 passes for 70 yards but had TD tosses of 20 yards to Carter King and 39 yards to Jordan Martin while rushing for 124 yards (despite losing 40 yards on fumbles and sacks) on 19 carries.
Central, despite being only a Class A school, showed great execution and diversity in the first quarter, finally scoring on its third possession thanks to great field position. The Knights recovered a PHS fumble on the 29 yard line and took just three plays for Jordan Waterhouse to score from 13 yards away with 2:17 on the clock. Eli Tucker kicked the first of his three extra points. Central had 106 yards in total offense in the first period to just 34 for PHS.
The Big Reds tied the score at 7-all thanks to a 36 yard interception return by Jadon Scott that put the ball on the Central 26 yard line. Three plays later Singer hit King for the touchdown with 7:38 left in the half.
Central came right back to take the lead as Waterhouse (who rushed for over 1,300 yards as a junior) broke away for a 23 yard run that put the ball on the PHS 15 after a personal foul penalty was tacked on the end of the play. He then carried to the one yard line and scored two plays later to make it 14-7.
The Knights got a break to start the second half when Singer fumbled the ball away 23 yards behind the line of scrimmage at the Big Red four yard line. Two plays later Waterhouse scored again and Central was up 21-7 with just 1:09 elapsed in the third period.
Things began to turn around with 7:26 on the third quarter clock as Central was whistled for pass interference that gave PHS the ball on the Central 38. Three plays later Singer scrambled and threw a bomb to Martin standing in the end zone and the junior receiver came down with the ball for the touchdown.
After forcing a punt, the Big Reds were back at it again after a holding penalty made them have to go 63 yards with Singer sneaking over from the one with 2:30 on the clock. After some confusion on the extra point, freshman Casey Stanley missed his first PAT of the year and PHS trailed 21-20.
A Justin Waybright fumble recovery got the ball back for the Big Reds after a 20-yard loss forced by Austin Fleming. Two runs by Singer produced the go-ahead touchdown on the last play of the third quarter and Singer found a wide open Jordan Martin on the two-point conversion to make it 28-21.
Early in the fourth quarter PHS tacked on an insurance score as Singer carried out a great fake and found himself virtually all alone up the middle for a 45 yard TD scamper with 9:13 left in the game.
Waybright recovered another fumble, this one forced by Jeffrey Jones, on the Central 17 yard line. But PHS had to settle for a 27 yard field goal by Stanley.
In all Central lost four of five fumbles and had an interception, marking the second week in a row with five turnovers. The Big Reds lost two fumbles.
In addition to his two fumble recoveries, Waybright had a sack and eight tackles. Casey Mahoney also had eight tackles for PHS, which travels to Marietta next Friday.Wheeling Central vs Parkersburg (Sep 11, 2020 at Parkersburg)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total
Wheeling Central .....7 7 7 0 - 21
Parkersburg .....0 7 21 10 - 38
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 02:17 CENTRAL - Jordan Waterhouse 13 yd run (Eli Tucker kick), 3-29 1:20
2nd 07:38 PHS - Carter King 20 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Casey Stanley kick), 3-26 0:47
05:14 CENTRAL - Jordan Waterhouse 3 yd run (Eli Tucker kick), 5-57 2:16
3rd 10:51 CENTRAL - Jordan Waterhouse 2 yd run (Eli Tucker kick), 2-4 0:49
06:34 PHS - Jordan Martin 39 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Casey Stanley kick), 3-53 0:52
02:30 PHS - Bryson Singer 1 yd run (Casey Stanley kick failed), 7-46 2:22
00:00 PHS - Bryson Singer 12 yd run (Jordan Martin pass from Bryson Singer), 1-12 0:07
4th 09:13 PHS - Bryson Singer 45 yd run (Casey Stanley kick), 2-46 0:51
06:14 PHS - Casey Stanley 27 yd field goal, 4-6 2:04
FIRST DOWNS 18 14
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 37-143 40-190
PASSING YDS (NET) 85 70
Passes Att-Comp-Int 19-12-1 11-4-0
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 56-228 51-260
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 1-8
Punt Returns-Yards 2-16 2-9
Kickoff Returns-Yards 6-108 4-51
Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 1-36
Punts (Number-Avg) 4-26.0 4-29.0
Fumbles-Lost 5-4 4-2
Penalties-Yards 2-25 6-52
Possession Time 26:27 19:46
Third-Down Conversions 1 of 6 4 of 10
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 0 0 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 3-3 4-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards 0-0 1-3
RUSHING: Wheeling Central-Jordan Waterhouse 21-128; Riley Watkins 6-19; Payton Marlin 2-6; Michael Toepfer 8-minus 10. Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 19-124; Xadrian Snodgrass 17-53; Justin Waybright 2-13; Carter King 2-0.
PASSING: Wheeling Central-Michael Toepfer 12-19-1-85. Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 4-11-0-70.
RECEIVING: Wheeling Central-Payton Marlin 6-48; Caleb Ratcliffe 2-12; Vinnie High 1-16; Jordan Waterhouse 1-8; Mason Smith 1-7; Riley Watkins 1-minus 6. Parkersburg-Carter King 2-34; Jordan Martin 1-39; Xadrian Snodgrass 1-minus 3.
INTERCEPTIONS: Wheeling Central-None. Parkersburg-Jadon Scott 1-36.
FUMBLES: Wheeling Central-Michael Toepfer 3-2; Jordan Waterhouse 2-2. Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 3-1; Carter King 1-1.
Wheeling Central (0-2) vs. Parkersburg (1-1)
Kickoff time: 7:00 • End of Game: 9:34 • Total elapsed time: 2:34
SACKS (UA-A): Wheeling Central-None. Parkersburg-Justin Waybright 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Parkersburg-Casey Mahoney 7-1; Justin Waybright 7-1; Keenan Curry 5-0; Zach Howard 3-1; Jake Barnette 2-2; Carter Mills 3-0; Jadon Scott 3-0; Michael Owen 2-1; Jeffrey Jones 2-1; Kyle Hall 2-0; Austin Fleming 1-1; Xadrian Snodgrass 1-1; Casey Stanley 1-0; David Hamilton 1-0; Chris Farson 1-0; Ryan Halley 1-0; Carter Reynolds 1-0;
Bryson Singer 1-0; Aaron Kupfner 0-1.
Big Reds Find Replacement;
Will Host Wheeling Central
Even though it looked for a while like Parkersburg would have the week off due to the cancellation of the Capital game it now appears that the Big Reds will not only be playing but against a three-time defending state championship team and will not have to travel as the game is set for Stadium Field.
With a 7 o’clock kickoff, the Big Reds will meet the Wheeling Central Maroon Knights, a team which has won the last three Class A state championships.
When Kanawha County was forced to cancel all games because of COVID-19 restrictions, PHS athletic director Chris Way went scrambling for a replacement game. Contacts were made to Brooke, Jefferson, Point Pleasant and Greenbrier East. Several other Class AA schools told him no. Wheeling Central faced the same problem until head coach Mike Young contacted Way and said they would be willing to come to Parkersburg. A contract was signed and now the two teams will hook up for the first time in history.
Central always plays a very, very tough schedule. Last year the Knights won the state title despite four loses. But those losses were to Linsly Military, undefeated Fort Frye, Martins Ferry and St. Clairsville.
The Knights opened the 2020 season against Poca last Friday and the Dots’ 2019 Kennedy Award winner Ethan Payne scored four touchdowns and his team took advantage of four first half Central fumbles (a total of five turnovers in all for the game) to post a 34-6 victory.
Central returns two outstanding players from last year’s state championship team, seniors Jordan Waterhouse (6-1, 190) and Payton Marling (6-0, 185). Waterhouse ran for 1,345 yards a year ago and scored 12 touchdowns while also catching 18 passes for 183 yards and another score. Against Poca he ran six times for 36 yards. Marlin will play quarterback and end this year after catching 24 passes last year for four touchdowns. He shared quarterback duties with Michael Toepfer (6-2, 200 jr.) against Poca and ran for 35 yards on 13 carries while Toepfer threw a touchdown to sophomore Riley Watkins (5-7, 155).
The Big Reds are coming off a 42-7 loss at Spring Valley in which transfer quarterback Jack Roy threw for three touchdowns and ran for another. The Big Red offense was held to 65 total yards in the game by a Timberwolf defense that featured three Division 1 recruits.
Transfer Quarterback Leads Spring Valley to 42-7 Opening Win Over PHS
Game Stats / Game Pictures
HUNTINGTON - Jack Roy, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound transfer quarterback, showed he fit right in with the huge Spring Valley lineman as he led the Timberwolves to a 42-7 win over Parkersburg here Friday night in the 2020 season opener for both teams.
Roy, who came from Fairview High School, completed 13 of 26 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing 11 times for 53 yards and another score as he led the usually heavily ground-laden Wolves to an impressive victory behind their three Division I linemen.
The Wolves rolled up 292 yards on the ground but had their fans wondering when the last time they passed the ball 26 times. Meanwhile, the Spring Valley defense was outstanding in holding what was expected to be an explosive PHS offense to a mere four first downs and only 65 yards in total offense. The home team ran 66 plays to just 35 for the Big Reds.
Brody Brumfield, a returning starter for Spring Valley, ran for two touchdowns while Cole Diamond had 96 yards rushing on just seven carries.
Junior Bryson Singer completed six of 16 passes for 35 yards for PHS while adding just five yards on 12 rushes. Austin Fleming had a 40 yards reception in the third quarter which set up Carter King’s 13 yards run for the Big Reds only score of the night.
Spring Valley scored on the game’s first series with a 72 yard, eight play drive capped by Roy’s one yards sneak on a fourth down play.
With great field position, the Wolves scored with 2:02 left in the first quarter on a 12 yard run by Brumfield but missed a 38 yard field goal early in the second period.
The Wolves continued to show off their new-found passing attack as Roy found Ben Turner and then Hank Hinchman on identical 23-yard scoring tosses to make it 28-0 at the half.
Singer had an interception in the end zone late in first half, a half which saw the Big Reds collect just one first down (on a penalty) and only 13 total yards.
Spring Valley missed a 36 yard field goal on its first possession of the second half but scored on its second try thanks to starting from the PHS 42 yard line as Roy hit Hinchman with a touchdown pass from 11 yards out.
Singer’s 40 yard completion to Fleming and a pass interference penalty set up King’s 13 yard run with 1:37 left in the third quarter but that was the lone highlight for the Big Reds.
After Brumfield’s 15 yard scoring run with 6:55 left in the game, the mercy rule running clock went into effect and the contest ended quickly.
PHS is scheduled to play at Capital next Friday but Kanawha County is expected to be listed as an orange county Saturday night and can only play if all their players are tested and negative results received prior to the game. Capital opted to not take the tests this week and thus did not play their game. If they opt out again PHS must either find a replacement or take a bye.
Parkersburg 0 0 7 0 - 7
Spring Valley 14 14 7 7 - 42
Qtr Time Scoring Play V-H
1st 08:33 SV - Jack Roy 1 yd run (Isaac Workman kick), 8-72 3:27 0 - 7
02:02 SV - Brody Brumfield 12 yd run (Isaac Workman kick), 6-25 2:32 0 - 14
2nd 06:33 SV - Ben Turner 23 yd pass from Jack Roy (Isaac Workman kick), 6-68 2:23 0 - 21
00:30 SV - Hank Hinchman 23 yd pass from Jack Roy (Isaac Workman kick), 4-36 3:20 0 - 28
3rd 02:46 SV - Hank Hinchman 11 yd pass from Jack Roy (Isaac Workman kick), 4-42 1:51 0 - 35
01:37 PHS - Carter King 13 yd run (Casey Stanley kick), 3-72 1:03 7 - 35
4th 06:55 SV - Brody Brumfield 15 yd run (Isaac Workman kick), 8-44 4:02 7 - 42
FIRST DOWNS 4 21
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 19-30 40-292
PASSING YDS (NET) 35 160
Passes Att-Comp-Int 16-6-0 26-13-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YDS 35-65 66-452
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards 0-0 2-31
Kickoff Returns-Yards 5-30 2-53
Interception Returns-Yards 1-0 0-0
Punts (Number-Avg) 10-29.1 2-40.0
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 2-1
Penalties-Yards 3-25 8-104
Possession Time 13:49 33:49
Third-Down Conversions 0 of 10 4 of 11
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 0 2 of 3
Penalties-Yards 3-25 8-104
Possession Time 13:49 33:49
Third-Down Conversions 0 of 10 4 of 11
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 0 2 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 1-1 5-7
Sacks By: Number-Yards 1-4 2-20
RUSHING: Parkersburg-Carter King 1-13; Aaron Kupfner 1-13; Bryson Singer 12-5; Xadrian Snodgrass 5-minus 1. Spring Valley-Cole Diamond 7-96; Jack Roy 11-53; Zane Brumfield 6-44; Brody Brumfield 6-37; Jace Caldwell 5-24; Zeke Burgess 3-19; Ryan Maynard 1-17; Dalton Caldwell 1-2.
PASSING: Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 6-16-0-35. Spring Valley-Jack Roy 13-26-1-160.
RECEIVING: Parkersburg-Aaron Kupfner 2-minus 2; Austin Fleming 1-40; Carter King 1-1; Xadrian Snodgrass 1-minus 1; Michael Owen 1-minus 3. Spring Valley-Ben Turner 4-49; Hank Hinchman 4-45; Corbin Page 3-22; Jace Caldwell 1-36; Brody Brumfield 1-8.
INTERCEPTIONS: Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 1-0. Spring Valley-None. FUMBLES: Parkersburg-Aaron Kupfner 1-1; Bryant Walker 1-0; Xadrian Snodgrass 1-0. Spring Valley-Dalton Caldwell 1-1; Jack Roy 1-0.
Total elapsed time: 2:26
SACKS (UA-A): Parkersburg-Austin Fleming 1-0. Spring Valley-Zane Brumfield 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Parkersburg-Zach Howard 8-1; Keenan Curry 6-0; Casey Mahoney 4-2; Carter Mills 5-0; Michael Owen 4-0; Kevin Hancock 4-0; Austin Fleming 3-1; Carter Reynolds 3-0; Justin Waybright 1-1; Kyle Hall 1-1; David Hamilton 1-0; Jake Barnette 1-0; Jadon Scott 1-0; Aaron Kupfner 1-0. Spring Valley-Wyatt Milum 1-0; Zane Brumfield 1-0.
Big Reds Open Toughest Schedule Ever With Friday Trip to Spring Valley
Facing probably the toughest schedule in its 120-year football history, Parkersburg High School starts the unusual 2020 season with what may be the toughest test of the year with a game on the road at Spring Valley on Friday, Sept. 4.
Starting his fourth year at the PHS helm, coach Mike Byus knows his team will have its work cut out if the Big Reds are to make the playoffs and some post-season noise after going 5-5 a year ago before losing at Musselman in the first round. They will face a schedule that includes an incredible nine playoff teams. The only non-post season team is long-time river rival Marietta. A schedule change forced by the pandemic included dropping Huntington and picking up Class AA powerhouse Bluefield, which has been in the state finals three years in a row.
The 2020 Big Reds will be led by a quarterback who made a lot of noise in 2019 as a sophomore when he became the first player in school history to rush and pass for over 1,000 yards in both categories. After an off-season spent increasing his speed and strength the 6-foot-3 Singer looks capable of carrying his team a long way with his arm and legs. In the scrimmage against Class AA state champ Bridgeport he threw for two scores and ran for another in addition to getting a penalty for leaping over a would-be tackler at the one-yard line.
A year ago he ran for 1,342 yards and seven touchdowns while throwing for 1,311 yards and 16 scores.
Spring Valley will throw some big obstacles in Singer’s and the Big Reds’ way. Mainly in the form of three Division-I linemen prospects including one who has already committed to West Virginia University.
Wyatt Milum, a 6-foot-7, 265 pound tackle, picked the Mountaineers over several top programs and has two teammates who have been recruited by over a half-dozen D1 schools. A First-team all-conference pick a year ago, Milum teams with 6-foot-6 275 pound tackle Bryce Biggs to give the Timberwolves of coach Brad Dingess the most formidable tackle duo in the state.
Add to that a tight end in Corbin Page who caught 18 passes for 440 yards and 11 touchdowns a year ago. Page is being recruited by five big time schools and has a new quarterback this year who likes to throw more than usual for the ground-based Wolves. Jack Roy at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds will be the Spring Valley quarterback this year and he will have returning running back Brody Brumfield to carry the ball. Brumfield and Page were both all-conference a year ago.
Dingess, who took over the head coaching job at Spring Valley in 2008, is already the school’s all-time winningest mentor and its little wonder after taking them to the post-season 12 straight times. He has had the team in the playoffs every year and will be looking to get to the finals for the fourth time in last five years this season. Martinsburg beat his team in the finals three straight years (2016-2017-2018). Last year the Timberwolves were eliminated in the semifinals by Cabell Midland, 31-0.
While Spring Valley returns five of its six offensive linemen, PHS also figures to have a strong line to go with Singer’s incredible abilities. Coach Byus brags on the likes of 6-8, 320 pound Deaven Francis, 6-3, 274 pound Charles Bauman. 6-foot, 239 pound Will Coffman, 6-foot, 293 pound Curtis Hayes and 6-foot, 208 pound Casey Mahoney.
And Singer will have versatile Justin Waybright (6-1, 235 sr.) to hand the ball off to along with junior Xadrian Snodgrass (5-11, 223). Waybright ran for 111 yards last year and caught five passes while Snodgrass had 170 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns on the ground.
The loss of Sam Potts and Braeden Mason from the receiving corps will hurt but Carter King and Julian Martin appear ready to step in those shoes. King averaged 25 yards per catch a year ago and found the end zone twice while had a 14 yard average and one touchdown. Both were impressive in the Bridgeport scrimmage with the 6-foot-3 Martin making a catch in the end zone reminiscent of all-stater Brenton Strange (now at Penn State).
Defensively, Mahoney returns at linebacker after being the number three tackler a year ago with 73 stops while Waybright was fourth with 72 tackles from his end position. Snodgrass had 70 tackles from his linebacker spot and Michael Owen appears to be ready to lead the defense from the secondary.
Big Reds Scrimmage Brideport
The 2020 high school football season in West Virginia got its first taste Friday night at Stadium Field as the Parkersburg Big Reds scrimmaged defending Class AA state champion Bridgeport before a socially distanced crowd of parents.
The controlled scrimmage saw the two varsity units swap touchdowns on three possessions each while Bridgeport jayvee squad tacked on a pair of scores.
Bryson Singer made several big plays during his three turns at running the PHS offense while Carter King and Julian Martin also turned in notable performances.
On the first play of the scrimmage the junior quarterback ran for 19 yards and later completed passes of 10 and 24 yards to King and Martin respectively. Singer finally scored on a final play nine yard scramble with Casey Stanley adding the first of three extra point kicks.
The Big Red defense stopped Bridgeport on its first two offensive tries, the second on an interception.
On their second offensive effort the Big Reds went 70 yards on the 10-play limit, scoring on the final play with a 20 yard pass to Martin. Singer dropped the snap but rolled left and lobbed a pass into the end zone that Martin was able to go up and catch.
The second and third units then took turns running plays with the visitors scoring twice.
During the down and distance portion of the scrimmage, PHS went 80 yards on 12 plays with Singer breaking loose for runs of 23 and 15 yards while completing a 29 yard pass to King, a six yarder to Martin and a seven yard completion to Justin Waybright. Singer then sneaked into the end zone from the one.
PHS opens the regular season next Friday at Spring Valley.
2020 Hall of Fame Class Inductions Postponed Until 2021 Season
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming high school football season and potential restrictions to in-person attendance it has been decided to postpone the Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020 until the 2021 season.
The Hall of Fame committee felt it was in the best interest of those to be inducted that they be given ample time to prepare for their induction and to be properly recognized before as large a contingent of fans as possible. That plus the possibility of games being cancelled and taking into consideration the safety factor of all involved it was decided to hold off on inducting the newest class of Hall of Famers.
The 2020 PHS Football Hall of Fame Class includes:
Pete Barnum 1920 senior season; Clyde Archer 1935; Donald Mozena 1945; Brad Hackett 1992; Leigh Barbour 1995; John Weber 2010-11; Matt Ward 1997; Brian Holbert 1998; Steve Haught 1998; Dr. Michael Manzo (30 years team optometrist).
Big Reds Add Old Foe Bluefield To Complete 2020 Schedule
The 2020 Parkersburg Big Red football schedule is once again complete with the addition of a 10th game opponent.
The adding of old rival Bluefield for a home game at Stadium Field on Oct. 16 gives PHS a full schedule after the mandatory pushing back of the season opener to Sept. 4 cost the Big Reds their original season-opening game with MSAC foe Huntington.
Athletic director Chris Way made the announcement today.
Bluefield is a team the Big Reds have not met since 1991 when the Beavers dropped from Class AAA to Class AA due to enrollment in the late 1990s. But the Beavers remain one of the perennial football powerhouses in the state of West Virginia and have dominated the double-A ranks. Bluefield has been state runner-up for the last two years and won it all in Class AA in 2017. Last year’s coach Fred Simon’s team went 12-2, losing to Bridgeport 21-14 in the state finals with the only other loss being 20-14 to Lord Botecourt from Daleville, VA.
Between 2009 and 2015 the Beavers made the playoffs every year but one and won the state championship in 2009. Between 2002 and 2007 the Beavers won two state titles and finished second three other times. They were triple-A champions in 1984 and runner-up in 1995.
The Big Reds are familiar with Bluefield’s state title game experience, having lost to the Beavers in 1959 (19-13) and 1962 (40-12). After the 1962 loss the Big Reds beat the Beavers four straight times, including 1984 through 1986. After beating them 29-8 in 1990 the Big Reds lost their last meeting 34-31 in 1991.
C.J. Wade Earns First Team All-State Honors; Matt Curry Makes 2nd Team
Whether it was 10 yards in the backfield or 20 yards downfield, C.J. Wade was usually there to make the tackle and because of that the senior defensive end was named to the W.Va. Sportstwriters Class AAA First All-State Team.
Wade led the team with 123 tackles, 51 of them solo. He had 18 tackles for loss and finished with 12 sacks, including a record-tying four in one game. He also forced four fumbles.
Senior Matt Curry was named the all-state's second team punter after averaging 37.6 yards on 38 kicks with nine landing inside the 20 yards line and eight boots going over 50 yards.
Linebacker Gage Fiore and wide receiver Braeden Mason were special honorable mention. Mason had 1,087 all-purpose yards despite playing just seven games before a kneed injury. He caught a team-high 39 passes for 616 yards and returned a kickoff for one of his five touchdowns. Fiore had 105 tackles and one interception.
Big Red Trio Make All-MSAC
Three Big Reds were named to the first team of the 2019 All-Mountain State Athletic Conference football team as selected by the coaches.
Two defensive standouts, C.J. Wade and Gage Fiore, along with Braeden Mason, a player who missed the last three games of the regular season with an injury but was still so highly regarded that the coaches put him on the first unit.
Mason was the big play guy and leader of the squad as a captain before injuring his leg in the Hurricane game. Despite playing only seven of the 11 games, Mason was second on the team in all-purpose yardage with 1,087 as he caught 39 passes for 616 yards and four touchdowns including a record-setting 91 yard reception. He also had 42 yards rushing, 64 yards in punt returns and returned 13 kickoffs for a 25.7 average including a 93 yard touchdown. Defensively he had one interception.
Wade led the team from his end position with 123 tackles including 18 behind the line of scrimmage. He finished with 12 sacks including a record-tying four in one game and forced four tumbles.
Fiore was a two-way performer for PHS and was second on the team with 105 tackles and one interception.
Named to the second team was Sam Potts as a defensive back.
Potts set a record with four interceptions in one game and finished with nine picks for the season – the second-highest total in school history while also coming up with four break-ups and 49 tackles. Offensively he was the team’s leading scorer with 74 points on five touchdowns, 29 extra-point kicks and one field goal. He was also the second-leading receiver with 16 catches for a whopping 22.7 average.
Special Mention was sophomore quarterback Bryson Singer, the first player in school history to pass and run for over 1,000 yards in each category, and punter Matt Curry, who averaged 37.6 yards per kick with a long of 62 yards and eight kicks of 50 yards or more as well as nine punts inside the 20 yard line. Singer finished with 1,342 yards rushing and seven touchdowns while passing for 1,311 yards and 16 touchdowns (82-196-14).
Deaven Francis and Justin Waybright were named honorable mention.
Hartman Leads Musselman Over PHS
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INWOOD, WV – Even on a bothersome right ankle, Musselman junior Blake Hartman proved to be the biggest thorn in the side of the Parkersburg Big Reds as he ran, caught and tackled his team to a 48-29 victory here Friday night in the first round of the Class AAA football playoffs.
Hartman, who came into the game with 33 touchdowns, tacked four more onto his total as he ran for an even 300 yards on 26 carries while also catching a couple of passes, returned kicks and punts for another 101 yards for a 415 all-purpose total and was the key defender in the second half with his tackles, passes knocked down and sack.
The win means 9-2 Musselman will make a return trip to Parkersburg for a second-round meeting with Parkersburg South. PHS ends with a 5-6 record.
The Big Reds got a big game from sophomore Bryson Singer who ran for a season-high 283 yards on 24 carries and scored one touchdown while completing eight of 21 passes for 107 yards and three more touchdowns. Two of the TD receptions went to Matt Curry and the other to fellow 10th grader Carter King.
Musselman finished with 506 yards in total offense, 487 of it on the ground, while Parkersburg had 436 yards. Both teams lost three fumbles while PHS senior Sam Potts had two interceptions, giving him nine on the year for the second highest single-season total in Big Red history.
It took Hartman just 19 seconds to make his presence felt as he raced 65 yards on the first play from scrimmage to put the Applemen up 8-0 as he also ran for the two-point conversion.
After a flurry of turnovers, PHS put together a nine-play, 79-yard drive to pull within a point at 8-7. A 40 yard run by Singer was the big play with the drive ending on a 20 yard scoring toss to Curry.
Musselman took just over three minutes to score again on a 65-yard, six play drive that saw Hartman reach the end zone from 24 yards away with 2:31 left in the first quarter.
After Jim Shrewsbury recovered a Musselman fumble on the PHS 21, Singer broke loose on a 79 yard touchdown run as he sprinted around right end and up the sideline. He then passed to Curry for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 15-all just 17 seconds into the second quarter.
The home team went ahead 22-15 on a one yard run by Caleb Hardy that was set up by Hartman’s 39 yard carry. But the Big Reds answered again thanks to a 62 yard run by Singer that set up his 20 yard scoring pass to Curry with 7:30 left in the first half.
Potts ended Musselman’s next threat with an interception of a Hartman halfback pass at the three yard line but the Big Reds were stopped on their attempt to take the lead when a fourth-down pass to the Musselman 24 yard line came up two yards short with 1:01 left in the quarter.
A 21-yard run by Hardman to the PHS 15 yard line set up Luke Barger’s 31 yard field goal with four seconds left in the half.
The second half saw Parkersburg’s bad luck return as Curry’s punt to the Musselman 45 yard line on the first series was booted by Hartman, who accidently kicked the ball 35 yards up the field before it was recovered by the Applemen, who went on to score on a 23 yard run by Hartman to go up 32-22.
A sack by Hartman enabled the Applemen to force another Curry punt and the hosts put together a 49-yard, 11-play drive to score on another 31 yard field goal by Barger with 56 seconds left in the third period to take a 35-22 lead.
The Big Reds were not through as they scored after a 72-yard drive when Singer rolled left and his King in stride at the back of the end zone on a 38 yard play with 9:07 left in the contest to trim the margin to 35-29.
But Musselman scored again on the next series on a 29 yard run by Hartman and get recovered a fumbled to stop PHS on the ensuing set of plays. A 29-yard run by Hartman made it 41-29 with 6:22 left in the game.
C.J. Wade forced his second fumble of the night to give the Big Reds the ball back with 4:34 left to play but an illegal pass penalty hurt PHS in its attempt to close the gap and the Big Reds wound up turning the ball over on downs at midfield with 3:16 left to play. Game film showed Singer was a yard behind the line of scrimmage when he released the ball on the pass which was ruled by the officials as coming beyond the line.
A 30-yard breakaway by Applemen quarterback Caleb Hardy set up his two-yard scoring run with 1:48 left to ice the game.
Casey Mahoney and Wade led the Big Reds defensively with 12 and 11 tackles respectively while Justin Waybright, Gage Fiore and Potts all had nine tackles.
Score by Quarters .........1 ...2 ....3 ....4 - Total
Big Reds .............7 ..15 ..0 ..7 - 29
Musselman......... 15 10 10 13 - 48
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 11:41 APPLEMEN - Blake Hartman 65 yd run (Blake Hartman rush), 1-65 0:19
05:54 PHS - Matt Curry 20 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Sam Potts kick), 9-79 3:14
02:31 APPLEMEN - Blake Hartman 24 yd run (Luke Barger kick), 6-65 3:23
2nd 11:43 PHS - Bryson Singer 79 yd run (Matt Curry pass from Bryson Singer), 1-79 0:13
08:52 APPLEMEN - Caleb Hardy 1 yd run (Luke Barger kick), 6-65 2:51
07:30 PHS - Matt Curry 20 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Sam Potts kick), 4-79 1:15
00:00 APPLEMEN - Luke Barger 31 yd field goal, 5-63 1:01
3rd 09:38 APPLEMEN - Blake Hartman 23 yd run (Luke Barger kick), 2-20 1:12
00:56 APPLEMEN - Luke Barger 31 yd field goal, 11-49 6:08
4th 09:07 PHS - Carter King 38 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Sam Potts kick), 11-72 3:43
06:22 APPLEMEN - Blake Hartman 29 yd run (Caleb Hardy rush failed), 5-49 2:39
01:48 APPLEMEN - Caleb Hardy 2 yd run (Luke Barger kick), 4-48 1:28
FIRST DOWNS.............................. 17 ...20
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)................ 38-329 53-487
PASSING YDS (NET) ...................107 ...29
Passes Att-Comp-Int .......................21-8-0 5-3-2
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 59-436 58-516
Fumble Returns-Yards .....................0-0 1-17
Punt Returns-Yards .........................0-0 1-35
Kickoff Returns-Yards..................... 7-103 3-92
Interception Returns-Yards ..............2-0 0-0
Punts (Number-Avg) .......................3-24.3 0-0.0
Fumbles-Lost ..................................3-3 4-3
Penalties-Yards ...............................4-29 9-98
Possession Time............................. 32:03 25:50
Third-Down Conversions .................6 of 13 2 of 9
Fourth-Down Conversions ...............3 of 5 1 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances ...............2-2 5-7
Sacks By: Number-Yards................. 0-0 1-12
RUSHING: Big Reds-Bryson Singer 24-283; Anthony Craig 9-29; Carter King 4-16; Xadrian Snodgrass 1-1.
Musselman-Blake Hartman 26-300; Nic Zamora 10-116; Caleb Hardy 9-68; Keegan Teets 3-17; Colin Newlin
2-0; TEAM 3-minus 14.
PASSING: Big Reds-Bryson Singer 8-21-0-107. Musselman-Caleb Hardy 3-4-1-29; Blake Hartman 0-1-1-0.
RECEIVING: Big Reds-Matt Curry 4-47; Sam Potts 2-20; Carter King 1-38; Justin Waybright 1-2.
Musselman-Blake Hartman 2-14; Nic Zamora 1-15.
INTERCEPTIONS: Big Reds-Sam Potts 2-0. Musselman-None.
FUMBLES: Big Reds-Carter King 1-1; Xadrian Snodgrass 1-1; Sam Potts 1-1. Musselman-Blake Hartman
2-1; Keegan Teets 1-1; Nic Zamora 1-1.
Big Reds (5-6) vs. Musselman (9-2)
Date: Nov 15, 2019 • Site: Inwood, WV • Stadium:
Kickoff time: 7:30 • End of Game: 10:15 • Total elapsed time: 2:45
Turnover-Plagued Big Reds Visit Applemen Friday In Playoff First Round
INWOOD, WV – What is more appropriate than having a team plagued by turnovers than to face a team called the Applemen?
Apple turnover or not the Parkersburg Big Reds are hoping the number of mistakes they have made in the last two games, enough to fill an entire season, are a thing of the past as the “second” season begins here Friday night at 7:30 in the first round of the Class AAA football playoffs. The fifth-ranked 8-2 Musselman Applemen will host the 5-5 Big Reds.
Although separated by a four hour drive (268 miles) the two teams have played two common opponents and have met before – in the PHS state championship playoff run of 1999 when the Big Reds thrashed the Applemen 54-14 in the semifinals en route to a perfect 14-0 season.
This season both teams have played Morgantown and Spring Mills. The Big Reds beat Morgantown 27-21 back in the season opener while Musselman handed the Mohigans a 35-0 setback back in week six. Musselman opened its season with a 29-14 win over Spring Mills while the Big Reds bopped the Cardinals 27-7 three weeks ago.
Musselman ended its regular season two weeks ago with a 57-14 loss to Martinsburg while PHS is coming off a 49-14 defeat at the hands of cross-town foe Parkersburg South, a game which saw the Big Reds turn the ball over seven times for the second week in a row.
Musselman, coach by Ohio Valley graduate Brian Thomas, a 7-year veteran with a 60-25 record, also owns wins over Hampshire (75-0), Jefferson (49-0), Woodgrove, VA (48-28), Hedgesville (62-6, Wheeling Park (26-24) and Washington (56-15). Their only other loss was a 35-0 shellacking by Tuscarora, VA.
This Friday the Big Reds will have to try to stop probably the premier running back in West Virginia in junior Blake Hartman, a 6-foot-1, 205 pounder who has scored a whopping 33 touchdowns, 25 of them on the ground and six on the receiving end of passes from Caleb Hardy and Caleb Horner. Hartman would have been the state’s leading scorer with 206 points had it not been for a record-setting year by Poca’s Ethan Payne who scored 46 touchdowns and 276 points. Hartman, who is being heavily recruited by major colleges, has 1,805 yards rushing on just 177 carries for a 10.2 average. He has also caught 24 passes for 487 yards and a 20.3 average. He is also averaging seven tackles per game and has six quarterback sacks on defense.
Hardy (5-11, 150 jr.) has completed a whopping 80 percent of his 64 passes for 817 yards, 10 touchdowns and been intercepted twice. Horner (5-10, 195 sr.) has hit 20 of 35 passes for 378 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. Other top receivers are Nick Zamora (5-8, 160 jr.) with 25 catches for 324 yards and five scores and Kegan Teets (6-1, 175 jr.) with 21 catches for 476 yards (22.7 average) and six touchdowns. Justin Rinehart (5-10, 170 jr.) leads the Applemen on defense with 81 tackles including 10 sacks.
Parkersburg will counter with a more run-oriented attack after losing senior big play producer Braeden Mason to an injury. Quarterback Bryson Singer, who has even played some tailback in recent games, has rushed for 1,059 yards and a 6.3 average while Anthony Craig has returned from an injury to add 359 yards in six games with seven rushing touchdowns. Sophomore Xadrian Snodgrass has shown flashes of running promise with a 5-yard average on 34 carries with two touchdowns.
In the air Singer has thrown for 1,204 yards to become the first Big Reds to ever rush and pass for over 1,000 yards in a season. The lanky sophomore has thrown for 13 touchdowns. Michael Owen has completed 16 of 24 passes for another 223 yards and two scores.
Leading receivers now for PHs are senior Sam Potts with 14 catches for a fancy 24.5 average per reception while scoring five times. Matt Curry has caught 12 passes for three touchdowns. Curry is also averaging 38.7 yards per punt with nine kicks inside the 20 and eight boots of over 50 yards. Potts has a team-high seven interceptions.
Defensively for the Big Reds, senior C.J. Wade now has 12 sacks and 18 tackles for loss among his 112 total stops. Linebacker Gage Fiore is second with 96 tackles while Snodgrass, Justin Waybright and Casey Mahoney have 65, 63 and 61 tackles respectively.
No. 16 Preston at No. 1 Martinsburg — Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
No. 15 Riverside at No. 2 Cabell Midland — Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
No. 14 Hurricane at No. 3 Spring Valley — Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
No. 13 South Charleston at No. 4 Parkersburg South — Friday, 7:30 p.m.
No. 12 Parkersburg at No. 5 Musselman — Friday, 7:30 p.m.
No. 11 Capital at No. 6 Wheeling Park — Friday, 7:30 p.m.
No. 10 Huntington at No. 7 George Washington — Friday, 7:30 p.m.
No. 9 Spring Mills at No. 8 Greenbrier East — Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Big Red greats Greasy Neale & Piggy Barnes prior to 1971 South Game
PHS Can Now Claim 17th State Title
Parkersburg High School has added a 17th state football championship – without playing a game.
While it was well know that the 1911 PHS team went undefeated there was no state championship playoff or even a declaration of a state champion with supporting evidence – until now.
Thanks to supporting evidence from Spalding’s 1911 Official Foot Ball Guide (also titled the Official National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Guide), the PHS team can now lay claim to the West Virginia State Championship Football Title for that season.
On page 251 of the very detailed and complete book, PHS is declared undisputed state champion for that year. The book was found in the University of Michigan library. The book featured scores and rundowns on virtually every college and high school team in the country as well as All-American and All-Conference teams.
The following is the excerpt from page 251 of the book concerning PHS football.
“Parkersburg (W.Va.) High School – The team annexed the undisputed title of state championship during the season of 1911. The eleven completed its schedule of ten games, defeating every opponent by decisive scores. Only once during the season was Parkersburg’s goal line crossed. The strongest contenders for championship honors from each section of the state were defeated by the high school team, as well as two claimants for the Ohio state championship.”
There is even a Parkersburg team picture on page 276 of the book along with a team picture of the high school team from Sistersville.
The football season of 1911 was the last year that touchdowns counted five points and only three downs were allowed to make 10 yards for a first down. It was the same year Jim Thorpe, Pop Warner and the Carlisle Indians upset mighty Harvard on Thorpe’s three field goals. Considered one of the greatest college football upsets of all time.
Parkersburg was coached by B.B. Cooley and led by legendary Earle “Greasy” Neale, who dropkicked three field goals, 16 extra points and caught seven touchdown passes from quarterback Glenn Allen, who went on to play at West Virginia University.
They beat their Alumni 3-0, then traveled to New Martinsville to win 11-0 despite a hidden ball under the jersey trick by the home team. Then came a 24-0 win over Company A of the National Guard, a 17-0 win over Athens followed by successive victories over arch-rival Marietta by scores of 5-0 and then 6-0. The only points allowed during the entire season came in a 12-8 win over northern panhandle power Wheeling. That was followed by a 9-0 triumph over Charleston, a 6-0 victory over Athens and a 45-0 win over Clarksburg WI.
Other key players in 1911 for PHS, which did not officially become the Big Reds until 1915, were Dutch Lehman, Don Berkenstock, Harold Harvey, Chaarles Penwell and Raymond “Dutch” Neale (Greasy’s brother).
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Commemorative t-shirts and bracelets are available and donations can now be made online here at the football web site by clicking on the PayPal icon under the t-shirt photograph on the left side of the page. Online contributions will be added to the sponor lists if the amount is sufficient.Contributors are reminded that tax deductible checks will be accepted. They should be made out to PHS Stadium Committee.
Sponsors are being sought with 10 levels of donations - Seat Named $200, Bronze $500, Silver $1,000, Gold $2,000 and Platinum $2,500, Team Captain $5,000, Reserved Seat Row $10,000, White $15,000, Team Spirit $20,000, PHS Big Red $50,000. Sponsors will have three years to honor their pledges. Sponsors meeting any of the pledge levels will be listed on a plaque to displayed prominently in the Stadium.
Donations from fans and alumni who are proud of Stadium Field and its storied 93 year history may also be sent to Parkersburg High School in care of Charlotte Potter, Stadium Field Committee, 2101 Dudley Avenue, Parkersburg, WV 26101.
The home side finished product!
History of Stadium Field
In the spring of 1923 a group of men got together to form a stadium committee whose sole intent was to build a stadium for the newly constructed Parkersburg High School.
Those men included John S. Echols, President of the Board of Education, C.M. Martin, Sherman Dils, J.H. Biddle, C.T. Hitshaw, Herbert Smith, John Randolph, and Paul L. Summers. The committee was incorporated on July 14, 1923 and became known as the Parkersburg High School Corporation. The process of forming a corporation was necessary because the bonded indebtedness of the Board of Education was then at the peak permitted by law. Also serving on this committee was Fayette Smoot, H.L. Martin, Edward Doesch, H.R. Debussey and W.O. Holiday. The corporation leased the back campus from the Board of Education. It was impossible, according to the law of the time, for such a corporation to build any structure on land owned by a board of education. Therefore, the board had to turn over the land known as Stadium Field, on a 99-year lease to this corporation. The bonds were then released. The money for the bonds was to be recovered through football games and other activities held at the stadium.
The stadium was the first of its kind (concrete) in West Virginia and must have been the first of its kind to be built for the use of tax-supported institution without the investment of a single tax dollar.
The plans were to build one side of the stadium in 1923 and to build the other side the following year. The end of the U-shaped stadium was to be completed in the third year. When finally, completed it was to seat about 13,000 people. The end or bowl section of the stadium was never completed according to plans. The total cost of construction for the two sides was $104,000.
In just one day after the meeting in which the stadium plan was revealed, a total of $33,000 worth of bonds was sold.
In September of 1923 the first concrete was poured for the West stands of the stadium and on Oct. 4, 1923, the first game in the new stadium was played between the Big Reds of Parkersburg High School and Athens, Ohio. The Big Reds won by a 14-13 score. Ticket prices were 25 cents for student seating, 15 cents for student standing room. For the general public, the price was season ticket was $5 for seats and $4 for standing room.
In 1925 the stadium was officially dedicated. As part of the dedication, a race from Parkersburg to Marietta was held.
The installation of the stadium lights during the fall of 1940 made it possible for football games to be played at night. Until that time, most games were played on Saturday afternoon. The lights were installed by the Parkersburg Junior Chamber of Commerce at a cost of $7,000.75. The electric bill for the use of the lights was $3.25 per hour or about $10 for each game.
The lights were put in for the dual purpose of protecting the health of the players from the intense heat and to increase attendance. Among other reasons cited for the lighting was so that persons who worked Saturday afternoon could see the Big Reds play and so that the Stadium could be used for the purpose of holding other outdoor events such as political rallies or church events. Businessmen also felt that by playing Friday night games, Saturday afternoon business would be bolstered.
The first night game at PHS Stadium was Sept. 6, 1940 with the Big Reds beating Grantsville 50-0.
During the 1984-85 football season part of the stadium stands were closed for safety reasons. On June 13, 1988 it was recommended that both sides of the stands be closed. On June 14 the Board of Education accepted that recommendation.
During the summer of 1988 temporary bleachers were purchased and put up. Remodeling was done with funding help from C.O. Erickson and began in 1992. It was totally completed in 1994 with structural steel and concrete used to repair the stands.
In 1995 PHS qualified for home playoff games. After beating North Marion in the first round, the Big Reds were scheduled to host Wheeling Park. The Patriots protested the playing conditions at Stadium Field (no grass and nothing but mud) and a state inspection committee upheld the protest – moving the game to Tyler Consolidated High School. PHS won that game 28-7 and got to host the semifinal game after much work was done to repair the turf. But Hedgesville won the game 18-0 and the drive to install artificial turf on Stadium Field began in earnest.
The Stadium Renovation committee had its first planning session on Jan. 4, 1996 with more than two dozen members. In almost no time there were plans for an artificial surface to be added to the football field along with an 8-lane Eurotan track surface, new sidewalks, asphalt parking lot and refurbished concession stands.
On Aug. 30, 1996 the first game was played on AstroTurf Xl surface between Parkersburg South and Wheeling Park. On Sept. 6 the Big Reds played host to Hurricane on the new turf.
The cost of the new surface and renovations came to $1.25 million dollars which included $400,000 worth of in-kind services, $400,000 for advertising signs, $250,000 in donations and five bank loans of $400,000.
New light standards were installed in 1998. In 1999 new locker rooms were built in the Mary Lou Hague Memorial Sports and Arts complex at a cost of $536,390. In 2005 the restoration of the concrete stands was done at a cost of $129,356. In 2006 the turf was replaced at a cost of $295,000 with ProGrass artificial surface. In 2009 a new concession stand and restrooms were built on the home side at a cost of $195,000. The track was resurfaced in 2010 at a cost of $75,000 and in 2012 handrails were installed at a cost of $68,090.
In 2013 the home side bleachers were replaced in time for the second home game of the season. New seats were also installed with backs for the reserved seat section. The visiting bleachers still need to be replaced and contributions are still being taken.
Work was to begin in August, 2018, to replace the turf surface on the Stadium with work completed Aug. 26. The running track was also to be replaced but the surface was not to be finished until the fall of 2019.