Down 21-14 with a minute and a half left in the game, the Big Reds did not quit.
Down 24-21 in the third overtime, the Big Reds did not quit.
And thanks to Corey Burdette's one yard touchdown plunge over the right side in that third extra period of play, the Big Reds were able to pull out a dramatic 27-24 victory over host George Washington to keep their playoff hopes alive.
With their backs to wall going into the game, at the end of regulation and in the third overtime, the Big Reds showed some great character with their first win over GW in eight years.
The Big Reds evened their record at 4-4 and GW dropped to 4-4.
Trailing by seven points and pinned down on their own 12 yard line with two minutes left to play in regulation the Big Reds pulled off the biggest play of the season when Josh Trembly dropped back to pass and hurled a bomb down the left sidelines to Dan Fox. Fox caught the ball in stride and out-raced the GW defender to the goal line for the touchdown.
Josh Roney then kicked the crucial extra point to tie the game at 21-all with 1:18 on the clock (even though Fox actually crossed the goal line with 1:30 on the clock).
GW got into Parkersburg territory before regulation time ended.
Parkersburg won the toss for overtime and elected to go on defense first. Starting at the 20 yard line, Patriot quarterback Kaleb Mackey dropped back to pass and tried to throw to the goal line but Easton Martin leaped in front and made a diving interception to end GW's possession.
The Big Reds, who had relied on the hard running of Corey Burdette to eat up minutes and yards the whole game, scored from the eight yard line on the fifth play of the first overtime but the touchdown was negated on a flag for holding that that appeared to be thrown after Burdette had already scored and into an area where there were no Big Red players.
On the next play, PHS fumbled the ball away.
The second overtime saw PHS go on offense first and again the Big Reds fumbled the ball away.
But the Big Red defense held GW on downs when Ethan Airhart broke up a fourth down pass attempt into the end zone.
George Washington had the third and final overtime first possession and thanks to big defensive plays by Max Chefren and Chase Shank, the Patriots had to settle for a 23 yard field goal by Clayton Anderson which put the home team up by three and started celebrations by the GW faithful.
But apparently they forgot that PHS would get a chance to score and this time the Big Reds were not to be denied. Trembly bounced outside and gained 14 yards on the first play from the 20 yard line. Burdette then plowed up the middle for five hard yards before taking another handoff over right guard and tackle and reaching the end zone to win the game for PHS, 27-24.
Except for three mistakes in regulation, the PHS defense performed well while the Big Red offense showed its strategy was to run Burdette and try to control the game.
On the second offensive possession of the night the Big Reds drove from its own 20 to the GW 17, eating four minutes off the clock and using 10 plays before settling for a 34 yard field goal attempt by Roney. Roney's kick hit the crossbar and was no good with 3:52 left in the first quarter.
But two plays later Shank pressured the GW quarterback into a hurried throw and Austin Brown picked it off at the 25 yard line and took it to the end zone to put PHS on the board with 3:02 on the clock.
Not until early in the second period did GW show any offensive life and it took an over-the-should catch by Druw Bowen which was good for 38 yards to achieve that feat. Four plays after Bowen's reception took the ball to the 17 yard line, Nu Nu Miller scored over right guard with 8:54 left in the first half.
PHS followed that with a 10 play drive that reached the GW 23 before running out of downs.
A 54-yard reverse by Bowen set up the second Patriot touchdown which came with just 30.8 seconds left in the half. On third down from the five yard line, tailback Anderson took a pitch and then tossed a pass to a wide-open Darnell Brooks for the touchdown that gave the home team a 14-7 halftime lead.
The first half saw GW amass 90 yards rushing and 58 passing with six first downs. PHS answered with 84 yards rushing, 28 passing and six first downs.
The Big Reds were quick to tie the game in the second half as Chase Shank scooped up a GW fumble and returned it 19 yards to the two yard line on just the second play of the half.
Burdette then rammed the ball over the right side for the touchdown with just 27 seconds gone in the half.
But a 52 yard run by Miller gave the home team the lead back just 68 seconds later on a 52 yard run to make it 21-14.
The defenses took over until the 4:42 mark when PHS went for it on fourth-and-two from its own 24 yard line and lost two yards, giving GW the ball just 22 yards from an insurance touchdown.
But the Big Red defense came up big with stops by Ben McFarland, Burdette, Brown and Chefren which gave PHS the ball back on its own 13 yard line with 2:25 on the clock.
After Trembly lost a yard on the next play he got enough protection to hurl the game-tying pass to Fox.
Burdette finished the game with 74 yards rushing on 26 carries while PHS had 166 yards on the ground and 123 in the air (3-11-1) with 10 first downs and two lost fumbles.
Miller ran the ball 34 times for George Washington for 173 yards but as a team the Patriots managed only a total of 230 yards on 49 attempts while passing for 67 more (6-14-2) with 15 first downs.
Defensively Shank had 12 tackles, two for loss, one fumble recovery and one pass broken up. Burdette had 11 stops including a sack and two for loss while Chefren contributed nine stops, one a sack, two for loss and caused a fumble. McFarland contributed seven tackles with one being a sack and one for loss.
Graham Nesselrode and Zavian Peacock keyed an overwhelming defensive effort and Karson Snyder rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns as Parkersburg’s junior varsity team improved to 5-0 with a 17-6 victory over the Huntington jayvees Saturday afternoon at Stadium Field.
Nesselrode blocked a punt, forced two fumbles, sacked the quarterback and had another tackle for loss while Peacock collected an interception and fumble record as the Little Reds limited the Highlanders to just 97 yards of total offense.
Snyder carried the ball 15 times and also threw for 84 yards by completing seven of 13 passes with one interception. Chase Minnite added two extra point kicks and a 23 yard field goal.
Junior Varsity Football Huntington Jayvees 0 6 0 0 - 6 Parkersburg Jayvees (5-0) 7 0 7 3 - 17
P – Karson Snyder 1 run (Chase Minnite kick) 7:44 1st
H – Leonard Jackson 47 run (pass failed) 5:21 2nd
P – Snyder 2 run (Minnite kick) 3:40 3rd
P – Minnite 23 field goal, 9:54 4th Team Statistics
Rushes-Yardage: Huntington 94, Parkersburg 197
Passing Yardage: Huntington 0, Parkersburg 84 PHS Individual Statistics
Rushing – Karson Snyder 15-105, Zack Blosser 8-33, Zavion Peacock 6-16, Dakoda Sims 4-22, Noah Weaver 4-13, Jarrid Winters 2-5, Jaden Lecario 1-3.
Passing – Snyder 7-13-1 84 yards
Receiving – Blosser 2-16, Sims 2-8, Easton Martin 1-40, Weaver 1-8, Anthony White 1-12.
Defense – Peacock, interception & fumble recovery; Alex Lott, fumble recovery; Graham Nesselrode, 2 forced fumbles, blocked punt, sack, 2 tackles for loss; Chance Rawson, interception; Tyler Lawrentz, 1 TFL; Kendall Leary, 2 TFL.
Next Game – host George Washington, Oct. 27.
2015 Schedule Announced
The 2015 Parkersburg football schedule has been announced and contains more than a few oddities.
PHS will open with home games against George Washington and St. Albans before traveling to Huntington for the second year in a row and then playing three straight home games against Capital, Marietta and Beckley.
After an open week the Big Reds travel to Ripley and then Warren. They wind up the regular season with games at Cabell Midland and Parkersburg South. The Cabell Midland game is scheduled on Thursday and might be the first PHS game played on the night in recent history although the Big Reds used to make an annual event of playing Marietta on Thanksgiving Day.
St. Albans and Ripley replace Riverside and South Charleston from this year's schedule.
2015 PHS Football Schedule
Aug. 28 - George Washington
Sept. 4 - St. Albans
Sept. 11 - at Huntington
Sept. 18 - Capital
Sept. 25 - Marietta
Oct. 2 - Beckley Woodrow Wilson
Oct. 9 - open
Oct. 16 - at Ripley
Oct. 23 - at Warren
Oct. 29 (Thursday) - at Cabell Midland
Nov. 6 - at Parkersburg South
Eddy, Way Enter Hall of Fame Eddy and Way, two names not only familiar to Parkersburg High School football fans but very well-known in other sports as well, are the latest inductees into the PHS Football Hall of Fame.
Danny Eddy, a four-sport letter winner in 1984 for the Big Reds and Clyde Way, a two-sport all-stater in 1972-73, were enshrined Friday prior to the Beckley Woodrow Wilson game at Stadium Field.
Way was an outstanding football and baseball player from his days in the Vienna Recreation Leagues through his Big Red career. He was one of the smallest first team all-state linebackers in history at 145 pounds in 1972 as the Big Reds went 7-2, gave up just 16 touchdowns and barely missed the playoffs. The following spring Way also made first team all-state as an outfielder.
Making up for his lack of size with great quickness and versatility, Way’s motto was “Hit them before they hit you” and he seemed to have an instinct for reading plays before they were called.
Following graduation he earned a degree from WVU at Parkersburg and worked for Keene Corporation in Vienna before relocating to Toronto, Canada, and in 2006 transferred to Iraq after accepting a position with Halliburton. He returned to Parkersburg in 2012 and works for Myers Well Service. He is the father of three children, Arik, Ashley and Jordan, and grandfather of two.
Eddy carried on the proud family name by being a three-year starter for PHS as the Big Reds went 24-9 during that span. He played numerous positions, including quarterback, end and kicker, but earned all-state honors in 1983 and 1984 as a defensive back. As a senior he lettered in basketball, baseball and track as well, accomplishing a feat last achieved in 1958 by a young man named Chuck Eddy. He passed for 652 yards and five touchdowns while catching 68 passes (4th best in PHS history) for 820 yards and nine touchdowns. He also kicked 38 points including three field goals. In the North-South All-Star game he played an amazing seven different positions.
After PHS, Eddy went to Virginia Tech on scholarship and played wingback for Bill Dooley, helping the team go 10-1-1 and winning the first bowl game in the history of the school. Then Frank Beamer became the head coach and Eddy moved to flanker where his finished his career, graduating in 1990.
Eddy currently resides in High Point, NC, with wife Christine (a former PHS Red Wing) and four children, Jacob, Rachel, Camille and Will.
Dailey, Steed Connect To Pace 14-7 Win
Seth Dailey and Nathaniel Steed hooked up on two long touchdown passes to lead the PHS freshmen to a 14-7 win over host Warren.
Pass plays covering 47 and 65 yards from Dailey to Steed and a two-point conversion run led the Little Reds to their third win of the season against one loss and a tie.
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.