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2016 Starting Lineups

QB – Ethan Airhart (6-0. 175 sr.)

RB – Easton Martin (6-3, 200 sr.)

RB – Rylan Hamilton (5-8, 160 sr.)

WB – Karson Snyder (6-2, 180 sr.)

SE – Brenton Strange (6-5, 198 so.)

TE – Tyler Lawrentz (6-2, 195 sr.)

C – A.J. Nolan (6-0. 260 jr.)

RG – Owen Webb (5-8, 210 sr.)

LG - Davey McNemar (5-10, 200 sr.)

LT – Isaac Edman (5-10, 240 sr.)

RT – Ryan Creech (6-3, 260 so.)

PK – Christian Axman (5-11, 160 jr.)


LE – Shane Miller (6-0, 205 so.)

LT – Max Turner (6-0, 210 sr.)

RT – Isaac Edman (5-10, 240 sr.)

RE – Davey McNemar (5-10, 200 sr.)

LB –Wyatt Strobl (6-0, 200 jr.)

LB – Tyler Lawrentz (6-2, 195 sr.)

LB - Brenton Strange (6-5, 198 so.)

SS – Tyler Moler (6-0, 180 so.)

WC – Bradley Craig ( 5-8, 175 sr.)

FS – Jake Johnson (5-10, 160 so.)

SC – Easton Martin (6-3, 200 sr.)

P – Christian Axman (5-11, 160 jr.)

2016 Schedule

Aug. 26 - at St. Albans (Win 57-14)

Sept. 2 - at Hurricane (Loss 18-31)

Sept. 9 - Capital (Loss 19-41)

Sept. 16 - Huntington (Loss 6-28)

Sept. 23 - at Marietta, O. (Loss 13-49)

Oct. 7 - at Beckley WW (Win 52-15)

Oct. 14 - Cabell Midland (Loss 8-56)

Oct. 21 - Warren Local, O. (Win 55-26)

Oct. 28 - at Riverside (7:00)

Nov. 4 - Park. South (7:00)

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Big Reds Travel To Riverside

After a one-year absence, Riverside returns to the Parkersburg football schedule and the Big Reds hope to continue a winning streak against the Warriors which has stretched to nine games dating back to 2005.

PHS also hopes a win will continue its playoff hopes with 15 points available for a Big Red victory. The last Riverside triumph over PHS came in 2004 by a 14-11 score.  Overall PHS owns a 15-5 advantage against the Warriors including a 4-0 record in playoff meetings one of which was a 31-28 victory in the 1999 state championship game.

But while Riverside fell on hard times this decade the Warriors have finally righted themselves under second year coach Zach Davis (son of former major league baseball pitcher Storm Davis).  After winning just three of 40 games between 2012 and 2015, the Warriors have won four games so far this year and are also in the running for a playoff spot as they are currently ranked 18th in Class AAA.

However, Riverside is also currently on a three-game losing streak with successive defeats at the hands of Spring Valley (0-49), Morgantown (14-32) and George Washington (7-21).  The Warriors opened the season with a 19-14 victory over Beckley Woodrow Wilson but lost to Capital 40-0 before beating Ripley 7-3. Then came a 48-7 defeat to South Charleston before the Warriors won 49-28 over St. Albans and 36-14 over Liberty Raleigh (a Class AA school).

The Warriors are a young team led by junior quarterback Mark Scites (5-10, 205) and freshman Caden Easterling (5-9, 155).

Scites has completed 71 of 127 passes (56%) for 861 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions. He has also rushed for nine touchdowns while gaining 219 yards on 81 attempts. Easterling has rushed for 529 yards on 135 carries with three touchdowns. Top receivers are sophomore Blake Wentz (5-7, 150) and senior Dom Reed (5-11, 160). Wentz has 28 catches for 435 yards and two touchdowns while Reed has 25 receptions for 219 yards and one score. Sophomore Cameron Powell has kicked 14 of 16 extra points and two of four field goals with a long of 33 yards.

Defensively the Warriors are led by junior linebacker Austin Wheelis (6-1, 180) with 67 tackles while freshman halfback Charlie Pierson (5-9, 164) has 59 stops and senior middle linebacker Ryan Rucker (5-10, 160) has 58 tackles.

The Big Reds have been hit by the injury bug with captains Ethan Airhart and D’Shawn Curry both out along with big play runner Rylan Hamilton but Easton Martin and Bradley Craig have picked up the slack along with Karson Snyder and Brenton Strange.

Airhart passed for 977 yards and eight touchdowns before missing the last game but Craig stepped back in at quarterback and responded with a 229-yard, three touchdown game. Craig has now completed 29 of 46 passes (63%) for 479 yards with six touchdowns and just two interceptions.

Martin had a career best game last week with 221 yards rushing and three touchdowns, pushing his season total to 619 yards (5.7 average) with five scores.

Snyder now has 43 receptions on the year for 603 yards and nine touchdowns. The regular season record is 49 receptions set by Jeremy Bell in 2011. Bell and Todd Curkendall hold the regular season record for touchdown catches with 10 and the all-time mark is 11 receiving touchdowns (including two in the playoffs) set in 1998 by Mike Lerch. The career record for touchdowns is 20, also held by Bell, and Snyder goes into the final two games of the regular season with 17 TD catches in his career. He is also fifth on the all-time yardage list with 1,064 yards, trailing Greg Fleek (1,098), Stephen Roush (1,253), Bell (1,256) and Brad Johnson (1,636).

Strange has been having an outstanding sophomore season as the 6-foot-5 receiver has caught 33 passes for 402 yards and four scores. He is also the second-leading tackler on defense with 63 stops and has returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
Tyler Lawrentz leads the Big Reds on defense from his linebacker spot with 71 tackles while Davey McNemar and Tyler Moler have 60 and 52 stops respectively.

Seniors Shine on Senior Night As Big Reds Whip Warren 55-26

Game Statistics / Game Photos

Seniors Easton Martin, Bradley Craig, Karson Snyder and Company put up impressive numbers to power Parkersburg to a 55-26 victory over Warren Friday night to highlight Senior Night activities at a wet Stadium Field.

The Big Reds put 55 points on the scoreboard and rolled to 576 yards in total offense in just three quarters of play before coasting to a clock-shortened 55-26 triumph over the Warriors. The win raised Parkersburg’s record to 3-5 and kept playoff hopes alive with two remaining games.

PHS finished with 584 yards in total offense, the fifth-highest total in recorded history and achieved in a game that saw the fourth quarter played with a running clock due to the 35-point mercy rule. The fourth highest total was 585 yards achieved in 2000 against the same Warren opponent.

Martin scored three touchdowns while putting up a career-high 221 yards rushing on just 14 carries. Highlight was a 73 yard sprint early in the third quarter.
Craig, filling in again for injured Ethan Airhart, completed 15 of 21 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed eight times for 58 yards, giving him 287 yards in total offense, just shy of the 291 yard personal best he had in a game a year ago which was the fifth highest total in school history.

Snyder drew to within one of the single-season touchdown receiving record as he caught six passes for 101 yards and two scores – giving him nine on the year – with two games remaining. The all-time regular season record for touchdown receptions is 10 held by Jeremy Bell and Todd Curkendall. Snyder is now tied for second on the all-time single season reception list with 43 (by Curkendall) and is just six behind Bell’s all-time record of 49.

Sophomore Shane Miller played the fourth and part of the third quarter in relief of Martin and scored two touchdowns with 58 yards rushing on eight carries.

For Warren, quarterback Casey Adams threw for four touchdowns while completing 11 of 18 passes for 191 yards and Cole Riffle rushed for 108 yards on 20 carries. Ronnie Hill and Bishop Ford each caught a pair of TD passes.

The Big Reds scored on their first five possessions of the game and nearly made it a perfect 6-for-6 but ran out of time on the Warren four yard line as the first half time expired.
The home team drove 61 yards on seven plays on their first series with Martin going over from 10 yards away. The second score came after a five-play, 52 yard drive with Craig hitting Strange for the final 15 yards.

A 60-yard run by Martin highlighted the third possession, which took eight plays to cover 89 yards with Martin getting the final yard. The fourth series ended with a fade pass to Snyder from three yards out to end a six-play, 40-yard drive that began with Turner’s screen pass interception.

Craig and Snyder hooked up again just minutes later on a scoring drive that took just two plays and featured back-to-back 42 yard pass completions, the first to Strange and the second to Snyder.

A roughing the kicker penalty on the extra point was followed by a successful onside kick attempt. Five plays later the Big Reds ran out of time on the Warrior four yard line but still took a 35-0 halftime lead into the locker room.

The PHS offense was finally stopped on the first series of the third quarter when Warren’s Michael Smith intercepted a Big Red screen pass and ran it back to the PHS five yard line. Two plays later the Warriors scored on a pass to Hill.

The Big Reds quickly retaliated on their next series as Martin broke loose for a 73 yard scoring run on the first play from scrimmage.

Jake Johnson recovered a Warren fumble at the Warrior 37 just 23 seconds later and Miller took over the ball carrying chores by running four times to get the touchdown.

Warren answered with a 60 yard scoring pass to Ford but Craig had a 45 yard kickoff return to set up Miller’s second TD run, this one from 25 yards out. The shortened fourth quarter saw the Warriors tack on two scores, the final one coming with just 22 seconds remaining.

Defensively, Tyler Lawrentz led the way with 12 stops while lineman Max Turner had an interception when he sniffed out a screen pass attempt and came up with the pickoff.
Warren Warriors vs Parkersburg Big Reds
(Oct 21, 2016 at Parkersburg)
Score by Quarters         1        2        3        4        -        Total
Warren Warriors          0        0        13      13      -        26
Parkersburg Big Reds 14      21      20      0        -        55
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 07:43 PHS - Easton Martin 10 yd run (Christian Axman kick), 7-61 2:46
02:38 PHS - Brenton Strange 15 yd pass from Bradley Craig (Christian Axman kick), 5-52 2:54
2nd 05:37 PHS - Easton Martin 1 yd run (Christian Axman kick), 8-89 3:54
02:46 PHS - Karson Snyder 3 yd pass from Bradley Craig (Christian Axman kick), 6-40 1:38
00:45 PHS - Karson Snyder 42 yd pass from Bradley Craig (Christian Axman kick), 2-84 0:23
3rd 08:18 WARR - Ronnie Hill 5 yd pass from Casey Adams (Landon Wigal kick), 2-5 0:46
07:56 PHS - Easton Martin 73 yd run (Christian Axman kick), 1-73 0:13
05:18 PHS - Shane Miller 8 yd run (Christian Axman pass failed), 5-37 2:15
01:49 WARR - Bishop Ford 60 yd pass from Casey Adams (Matt Modesitt kick blockd), 6-77 3:21
00:27 PHS - Shane Miller 25 yd run (Christian Axman kick), 5-45 1:10
4th 08:10 WARR - Ronnie Hill 8 yd pass from Casey Adams (Landon Wigal kick), 6-69 4:00
00:22 WARR - Bishop Ford 5 yd pass from Casey Adams (Casey Adams pass failed), 9-75 5:16
................................................................WARR       PHS
FIRST DOWNS                                         13               23
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)                           30-120        32-355
PASSING YDS (NET)                               191             229
Passes Att-Comp-Int                                  18-11-1       21-15-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS          48-311        53-584
Fumble Returns-Yards                               0-0              1-0
Punt Returns-Yards                                    0-0              1-8
Kickoff Returns-Yards                               9-129          4-61
Interception Returns-Yards                        1-31            1-3
Punts (Number-Avg)                                  4-35.8         1-33.0
Fumbles-Lost                                              3-2              1-0
Penalties-Yards                                          6-51            6-53
Possession Time                                        25:45          22:09
Third-Down Conversions                           6 of 10        3 of 6
Fourth-Down Conversions                         0 of 0          0 of 0
Red-Zone Scores-Chances                          3-3             5-6
Sacks By: Number-Yards                           0-0              0-0
RUSHING: Warren Warriors-Cole Riffle 20-108; Bishop Ford 2-6; Nick Fish 5-4; Casey Adams 3-2. Parkersburg Big Reds-Easton Martin 14-221; Shane Miller 7-64; Bradley Craig 8-58; Tyler Moler 2-7; Karson Snyder 1-5.
PASSING: Warren Warriors-Casey Adams 11-18-1-191. Parkersburg Big Reds-Bradley Craig 15-21-1-229.
RECEIVING: Warren Warriors-Ronnie Hill 5-82; Bishop Ford 2-65; Cole Riffle 2-28; Nick Fish 2-16. Parkersburg Big Reds-Karson Snyder 6-101; Brenton Strange 6-92; Chance Rawson 1-14; Easton Martin 1-12; Tyler Lawrentz 1-10.
INTERCEPTIONS: Warren Warriors-Michael Smith 1-31. Parkersburg Big Reds-Max Turner 1-3.
FUMBLES: Warren Warriors-Casey Adams 1-0; Cole Riffle 1-1; TM 1-1. Parkersburg Big Reds-Bradley Craig 1-0.
Warren Warriors (2-7) vs. Parkersburg Big Reds (3-5)
Date: Oct 21, 2016 • Site: Parkersburg • Stadium: Stadium Field
Attendance: 1000
Kickoff time: 7:00 • End of Game: 9:26 • Total elapsed time: 2:26
Temperature: 60 • Wind: brisk • Weather: rainy
SACKS (UA-A): Warren Warriors-None. Parkersburg Big Reds-None.
TACKLES (UA-A): Parkersburg Big Reds-Tyler Lawrentz 8-4; Jake Johnson 5-3; Davey McNemar 0-7; Tyler Moler 3-2; Wyatt Strobl 2-2; Joel Butcher 2-1; Brenton Strange 0-3; Brandon Braham 2-0; Bradley Craig 2-0; Jacob Woodyard 2-0; Cole Hanshaw 0-2; Max Turner 0-2; Jeremy Walls 1-0; Christian Axman 1-0; Ben Barbarito 1-0; Chance Rawson 0-1; Shane Miller 0-1; Ryan Creech 0-1; Jace Turner 0-1; Isaac Edman 0-1; Colin Kidd 0-1.

Armstrong, Curkendall Named To Hall of Fame

 Two key members of state championship teams are the latest players to be selected for the Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame.

Jack Armstrong Todd Curkendall

Jack Armstrong, a three-year starter and captain of the 1919 all-state football team, will join Todd Curkendall, a two-way standout on the 1978 Big Red championship squad.

Both were to have been inducted Friday night at Stadium Field at 6:30 p.m. prior to kickoff for the Warren game but a scheduling conflict has come up that will prevent Curkendall from attending so his induction has been rescheduled for Nov. 4.

Armstrong scored 17 touchdowns in 1917 as PHS compiled a 10-2 record.  Included in that total was a 6-touchdown performance in a 120-0 victory over Middlebourne.  Ironically, teammate Claude Crawford also scored six TD’s in that same game!

In 1918 Armstrong missed most of the season with the Spanish Flu – an epidemic which reduced the Big Reds’ schedule to only three games.  That Big Red team was still voted state champion based upon its 2-1 record.

The 1919 team finished 7-1 and won its second state championship thanks to 11 touchdowns by Armstrong.  For that performance the Big Reds quarterback was named Captain of the all-state squad.

Jack and Brother Thomas both went on to play professionally in Pittsburgh.

Armstrong returned to Parkersburg and owned the old windmill building which was a Sunoco gas station at the time.  He then owned and operated the Western Auto store in Vienna. He died in 1984.

Jack’s nephew, Dr. William H. Armstrong, DVM, has the Vienna Small Animal Hospital.

The year 1978 was a break-out season for Curkendall.   From his wide receiver spot he grabbed a Class AAA-best 10 touchdown passes and from his defensive back position he snagged a school record 10 interceptions, including two in the state championship game – a hard-fought 6-0 shutout of Dupont.

The intense, 6-3, 180-pounder was the “go-to” guy on the outside of a run-dominated team.  He caught 43 passes his senior year for 791 yards and two extra points to go along with the 10 touchdowns.  All marks (catches, yardage and touchdowns) were school records at the time, since eclipsed in this pass-happy era.

Defensively Curkendall was a ball-hawk for the Big Reds.  He had 51 tackles to go along with his 10 interceptions on a team that surrendered just 86 points through its 13-game state championship run which included three shutouts in the playoffs.  His interception in the end zone late in the state championship game sealed Parkersburg’s 1978 title.

Curkendall was also honorable mention all-state in basketball and baseball his senior year and went on to play collegiately at Morehead State.  He is a former coach and present school administrator in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Freshman Game Rescheduled

The freshman football game against Bridgeport, scheduled for Oct. 18, has been rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 20, at 5:30 p.m. at Stadium Field.

Midland Rolls Over Big Reds 56-8 Despite Snyder Setting Record

Game Statistics / Game Photos

Cabell Midland was clicking on all cylinders Friday night as they defeated Parkersburg 56-8 despite a record-setting receiving night by Big Red senior Karson Snyder.

Ivan Vaughn ran for four touchdowns as Midland piled up 490 yards in total offense to more than offset a record-setting effort by Snyder, who caught 11 passes for 94 yards to break the old record of 10 receptions in a single game held by Dan Fox and Wes Ankrom.

Vaughn ran for two of his touchdowns in the first quarter as he amassed 182 of his game total of 219 yards in just eight minutes. He added two more touchdowns in the second quarter and the Knights tacked on a pair of TD passes from Gabe Childress to Isaiah Duncan en route to a 42-0 halftime lead.

The second half saw Tyler Berry, Cabell's huge fullback, run for a pair of touchdowns including the game's final TD with 4:06 left in the contest with his team ahead 49-8 but with the first string offense still on the field.

Parkersburg's only score came with 10:58 left when Easton Martin ran in from two yards away to cap a 15-play, 78 yard drive.

While the Knights were running for 381 yards on 41 attempts and adding another 109 passing (4 of 8) for a 490 total, PHS was held to 78 yards rushing and 156 passing.

Snyder gained 94 yards on his record-setting total of 11 receptions and also threw a two-pointer conversion pass to Brenton Strange. Martin had a good night running the ball with 82 yards on 20 attempts. PHS starter Ethan Airhart hit just seven of 18 passes for 72 yards with two interceptions while Bradley Craig took most of the snaps in the second half and completed 10 of 18 for 84 yards.

Defensively, Brenton Strange and Tyler Lawrentz had eight tackles each unofficially.

PHS started the game by holding Midland on a fourth and two situation from the Big Red 32 when Wyatt Strobl stopped Jake Gooderham for a yard gain. But the Big Reds returned the favor by driving to the Midland 33 but threw an incomplete pass on a fourth and four situation.

Two plays later Vaughan broke off a 65 yard touchdown run as he broke several tackles along the way.

The Big Reds had to punt on their next possession and it took the visitors just five plays to cover 63 yards to the end zone and after an interception on the next PHS offensive try it was downhill the rest of the way.

Score by Quarters       1        2        3        4        Total
Cabell Midland          14      28      7        7       56
Parkersburg Big Reds 0        0        0        8        8
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 06:24 MIDLAND - Ivan Vaughn 65 yd run (Matthew Molina kick), 2-67 0:41
02:33 MIDLAND - Ivan Vaughn 1 yd run (Matthew Molina kick), 5-63 1:14
2nd 11:20 MIDLAND - Ivan Vaughn 1 yd run (Matthew Molina kick), 8-70 2:29
09:32 MIDLAND - Isaiah Duncan 52 yd pass from Gabe Childress (Matthew Molina kick), 1-52 0:12
05:00 MIDLAND - Isaiah Duncan 47 yd pass from Gabe Childress (Matthew Molina kick), 8-65 3:09
00:09 MIDLAND - Ivan Vaughn 2 yd run (Matthew Molina kick), 5-75 1:04
3rd 09:31 MIDLAND - Tyler Berry 1 yd run (Matthew Molina kick), 4-12 1:33
4th 10:58 PHS - Easton Martin 2 yd run (Brenton Strange pass from Karson Snyder), 15-78 6:25
04:06 MIDLAND - Tyler Berry 1 yd run (Matthew Molina kick), 7-42 4:04

.......................................................MIDLAND PHS
FIRST DOWNS                                20               14
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)                 41-381        26-78
PASSING YDS (NET)                      109             156
Passes Att-Comp-Int                        8-4-0            36-17-2
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS  49-490        62-234
Fumble Returns-Yards                      0-0              0-0
Punt Returns-Yards                          2-19            0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards                      1-0              6-67
Interception Returns-Yards              2-18            0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)                         1-45.0         4-37.2
Fumbles-Lost                                    3-1             0-0
Penalties-Yards                                 5-45            3-25
Possession Time                               18:17         25:37
Third-Down Conversions                 2 of 6          7 of 16
Fourth-Down Conversions               2 of 3          1 of 4
Red-Zone Scores-Chances                 5-5              1-1
Sacks By: Number-Yards                 1-10            0-0
RUSHING: Cabell Midland-Ivan Vaughn 18-219; Tyler Berry 13-91; Korah Booker-Hill 2-42; Jake Gooderham 3-12; Isaiah Duncan 1-5; Christian Smith 3-5; Gabe Childress 1-3; Hunter Hicks 0-4. Parkersburg Big Reds-Easton Martin 20-82; Ethan Airhart 3-15; Bradley Craig 3-minus 19.
PASSING: Cabell Midland-Gabe Childress 4-8-0-109. Parkersburg Big Reds-Bradley Craig 10-18-0-84; Ethan Airhart 7-18-2-72.
RECEIVING: Cabell Midland-Isaiah Duncan 2-99; Jake Gooderham 2-10. Parkersburg Big Reds-Karson Snyder 11-94; Bradley Craig 3-24; Brenton Strange 2-33; Rylan Hamilton 1-5.
INTERCEPTIONS: Cabell Midland-Korah Booker-Hill 1-18; Griffin Adkins 1-0. Parkersburg Big Reds-None.
FUMBLES: Cabell Midland-TM 1-1; Christian Smith 1-0; Gabe Childress 1-0. Parkersburg Big Reds-None.

PHS Now In 8th Place In All-Time Win Rankings

The Parkersburg High School football team is now in eighth in the official national high school all-time win rankings.The four victories earned by the 2015 team left the PHS all-time record to 809 victories and moved the locals back to eighth on the all-time list behind the Canton McKinley (Ohio) Bulldogs, who won seven games last season. The official rankings are published by the National Federation of State High School Associations. PHS is 90 victories behind all-time leader Valdosta, which nipped the city of Parkersburg in the ESPN "Titletown" competition a few years ago.

All-Time High School Football Wins
School Total 2015 Overall  1st Yr
  Wins   Record  
1. Valdosta Wildcats (GA) 899 8-4 899-220-34 1913
2. Highlands Bluebirds, Ft Thomas (KY) 876 8-7 876-236-26 1915
3. Male Bulldogs, Louisville (KY 859 15-0 859-321-49 1893
4. Mayfield Cardinals (KY) 848 16-1 848-252-32 1919
5. Washington Tigers, Massillon (OH)  841 4-7 841-263-35 1894
6. Mount Carmel Red Tornadoes (PA) 833 6-6 833-315-59 1893
7. McKinley Bulldogs, Canton (OH) 812 7-4 812-346-42 1894
8. Parkersburg Big Reds (WV) 809 4-6 809-328-40 1900
9. Easton Red Rovers (PA) 807 9-4 807-337-54 1894
9. Muskegon Big Reds (MI) 807 9-3 807-276-43 1895
11. Summerville Green Wave (SC) 791 4-8 791-218-25 not official
12. Everett Crimson Tide (MA) 790 5-5 790-371-79 1893
13. Berwick Bulldogs (PA) 789 9-3 789-326-43 1888
13. Highland Park Scots, Dallas (TX) 789 10-2 789-252-27 not official
15. Hampton Crabbers (VA) 787 13-1 787-257-43 1920
16. Brockton Boxers (MA) 783 7-4 783-372-64 1897
16. Ada Cougars (OK) 783 7-4 783-320-24 not official
18. Lawton Wolverines (OK) 782 8-2 782-341-34 1902
19. Central Tigers, Little Rock (AR) 781 3-7 781-326-43 1907
20. East St. Louis Flyers (IL) 780 3-6 780-233-45 1897
21. Clinton Red Tornadoes (OK) 777 6-6 777-274-38 1919
22. Steubenville Big Red (OH) 776 13-1 776-316-34 1900
23. Pine Bluff Zebras (AR) 775 13-0 775-331-53 1901
24. Dobyns-Bennett Indians, Kingsport (TN)  768 4-7 768-233-28 1921
25. Bakersfield Drillers (CA) 767 5-6 767-256-43 1897
26. Paducah Tilghman Blue Tornado (KY) 766 8-4 766-318-25 1904
27. Sioux Falls Washington Warriors (SD) 762 11-1 762-324-37 1899
28. New Britain Golden Hurricanes (CT) 759 5-5 759-335-51 1892

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Contribution Information

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.

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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.

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