2021 Big Red Football Schedule

Aug. 27 – at Huntington
Sept. 3 – Spring Valley
Sept. 10 – Capital
Sept. 17 – Parkersburg South
Sept. 24 – at Cabell Midland
Oct. 1 – Hurricane
Oct. 8 – at South Charleston
Oct. 15 – Open
Oct. 22 – at Riverside
Oct. 29 – George Washington
Nov. 5 – at Musselman

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 (L 36-60)
Oct. 9 – South Charleston (cxld)
Oct. 16 – Bluefield (W 29-8)
Oct. 23 – John Marshall (W 54-14)
Oct. 30 – Jefferson (W 37-20)
Nov. 6 – Parkersburg South (cxld)

Nov. 15 - Spring Mills (cxld, COVID)


Junior Varsity
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 (W 28-0)
Oct. 12 – at South Charleston (cxld)
Oct. 19 – Park. South (L 34-44)
Oct. 26 – Bridgeport (L 14-35)
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 (cxld)
Oct. 8 – at Spring Valley (6:00)
Oct. 14 – at Bridgeport (6:00)
Oct. 21 – Park South (cxld)
Oct. 28 – Wheeling Park (cxld)


Bridgeport Tops PHS Jayvees
Freshman David Parsons had another big passing game but the Parkersburg jayvees dropped a 35-14 decision to Bridgeport Monday night at Stadium field.
Parsons completed 13 of 24 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns but Bridgeport piled up 264 rushing yards to gain the win.
The Indians scored twice in each of the first two quarters and made two big defensive stands to hold off the home team.
While Parsons threw a 16 yard touchdown pass to Anthony Ice in the first quarter and a 79 yard scoring toss to Carter Reynolds in the third period the Big Reds twice had first and goal opportunities in the game from the seven yard line and could not capitalize.
Logan Hartshorn caught five passes for 20 yards in the game for PHS while Reynolds had three for 96, Ice two for 38 and Casey Stanley two for 34.
Bridgeport                   14 14 7 0 - 35
Parkersburg                   6 2 6 0 - 14
B - Hess 41 run (Tomas kick)
B - Lhotsky 26 pass from Tichenor (Thomas kick)
P - Anthony Ice 16 pass from David Parsons (pass failed)
B - Dytzel 30 run (Thomas kick)
P- Safety, Bradley Parker tackle quarterback in end zone
B- Hall 3 run (Thomas kick)
P - Carter Reynolds 79 pass from Parsons (pass failed)
B - Hall 3 run (Thomas kick)
First downs - Bridgeport 13, PHS 13
Rushing - Bridgeport 38-264, PHS 24-42
Passing - Bridgeport 1-3-0 26, PHS 14-25-1 208.


Parkersburg South outlasted Parkersburg 44-34 in a wild and crazy junior varsity football game Oct. 19 at Stadium Field.
South scored the first three touchdowns of the game, which lasted over two and a half hours, while PHS scored the next three only to have South score the next four and PHS the last two for a total of 12 touchdowns in the game.
The teams also combined for 129 offensive plays (78 by South) and 718 total yards. South wound up with 240 yards on the ground and 153 through the air while PHS was limited to 74 yards rushing but Freshman David Parsons came off the bench to throw for four scores and 251 yards by completing 14 of 28 passes.
Robert Shockey had 92 yards rushing and 43 passing for South and scored three times in the second half while Aidyn Cooke took game rushing honors with 107 yards on 22 attempts. Gage Wright had three touchdowns for the winners, two on passes from Turner Garretson and the other when he took the opening kickoff back 91 yards to the end zone. Garretson passed for 110 yards for South.
Logan Hartshorn had 108 yards receiving on four catches and Carter Reynolds came up with two scores while rushing for 77 yards on two carries and catching three passes for 45 yards.
After Wright returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, South got the ball back quickly after forcing a punt and put together a 10-play drive by mixing the run with short passes. Cooke scored from the five with 5:45 left in the first quarter.
The Patriots added another score on the first play of the second quarter when Wright hauled in a 37-yard catch-and-run pass and Ethan Mills ran for the conversion to make it 20-0 and what appeared to be the beginning of a rout.
But PHS answered quickly through the air as Parsons took over at quarterback and had three big completions to Kevin Hancock, Hartshorn and the touchdown toss to Christian West from 12 yards away. The 61-yard drive took just over two minutes.
An interception by Reynolds gave PHS the ball back on their own 38 and six plays later West scored again on a 12 yard reception off a deflection by teammate Hancock. The conversion pass to Anthony Ice made it 20-14 and a short punt gave the home team the ball back on the South 46 just a minute later. After two incompletions, Parsons found Hartshorn on a six yard reception and then hit Reynolds in stride over the middle for the final 35 yards with 2:14 remaining in the half. Stanley caught the two-point conversion and PHS was up 22-20.
But with Garretson and Cooke ripping off two big runs each, South answered with 54 seconds left on a two yard shovel pass to Wright for a 26-22 lead.
The pace slowed in the third quarter but South put together an 81-yard scoring drive that took 13 plays and included two fourth down conversions, the last producing a touchdown from five yards away by Shockey, who took over the signal calling duties in the second half.
Things got hectic again in the fourth quarter as South used the legs of Cooke and Shockey to produce a score on a seven yard run by the quarterback with 8:46 left to play to make the score 38-22 but PHS answered immediately on a 52-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Hartshorn just 17 seconds later.
South fumbled two plays later after a 20-yard run by Shockey but PHS could not capitalize and Stanley had his punt blocked by Shockey with Parker Watson recovering on the one yard line. Shockey then scored on a one yard to make the score 44-28 with 5:56 left in the game.
Again PHS answered in one play as Reynolds caught a backward pass behind the line of scrimmage and took the lateral up the right sidelines for 67 yards to the end zone with 5:23 left to play for what wound up being the final 44-34 margin.

Junior Varsity Football Oct. 19 at Stadium Field
P. South     20  6    6    12  -     44
Parkersburg  0 22  0    12  -     34
PS – Gage Wright 91 kickoff return (run failed) 9:42 1st
PS – Aidyn Cooke 5 run (run failed) 5:45 1st
PS – Wright 37 pass from Turner Garretson (Ethan Mills run) 9:48 2nd
P - Christian West 12 pass from David Parsons (run failed) 7:34 2nd
P – West 9 pass from Parsons (Anthony Ice pass from Parsons) 4”46 2nd
P – Carter Reynolds 35 pass from Parsons (Casey Stanley pass from Parsons) 2:14 2nd
PS – Wright 2 pass from Garretson (run failed) :54 2nd
PS – Robert Shockey 5 run (pass failed) 2:35 3rd
PS – Shockey 7 run (run failed) 8:46 4th
PS – Shockey 1 run (run failed) 5:56 4th
P – Logan Hartshorn 52 pass from Parsons (pass failed) 8:29 4th
P – Reynolds 67 run (pass failed) 5:23 4th
Team Statistics
First Downs – South 19, PHS 13
Rushes-Yardage – South 46-240, PHS 18-74
Passing Yardage – South 153, PHS 251
PA-PC-INT – South 32-16-1, PHS 33-14-0
Total Plays-Yardage – South 78-393, PHS 51-325
Punts-Average – South 3-18.7, PHS 5-34.2 plus one blocked
Penalties – South 5-50, PHS 8-52
Individual Leaders
Rushing – South: Aidyn Cooke 22-107, Robert Shockey 14-92, Turner Garretson 8-62; PHS: Carter Reynolds 2-77, Logan Hartshorn 6-7.
Passing – South: Garretson 12-22-1 110, Shockey 4-10-0 43; PHS: David Parsons 14-28-0 251.
Receiving – South: Gage Wright 6-68, Shockey 4-38; PHS: Hartshorn 4-108, Carter Reynolds 3-45, Kevin Hancock 2-65, Christian West 2-21.-

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Awards Presented

Awards for 2019 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
First-team offense
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.
First-team defense
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.
Second-team offense
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.
Second-team defense
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.
Special mention
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
Honorable mention
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)
10/4 Open
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)


Junior Varsity

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
Individual awards
Player of the year: Graeson Malashevich, Spring Valley
Coach of the year: Brad Dingess, Spring Valley
First-team offense
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.
First-team defense
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.
Second-team offense
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.
Second-team defense
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
Honorable mention
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 Face Rugged 2021 Football Schedule; South Switch
Another rugged schedule has been revealed for the 2021 Parkersburg Big Red football team.
The addition of a road trip to eastern panhandle power Musselman has completed the 10-game schedule. That plus the moving of arch-rival game with Parkersburg South to mid-season makes for an interesting slate of games as the Big Reds try to pick up where COVID canceled the 2020 season.
The 2020 season featured a 6-2 record, three straight wins to end the regular season (which also including the canceling of the Parkersburg South game) and an eighth place finish in the final Class AAA ratings. That eighth place finish would have given PHS a home playoff game against Spring Mills had the virus not wiped out the Big Reds’ hope of continuing to play.
PHS returns, among others, all-stater Bryson Singer, who has rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons and has passed for two yards shy of 2,000.
The complete 2021 schedule is as follows:
2021 Parkersburg Big Red Football Schedule
Aug. 27 – at Huntington
Sept. 3 – Spring Valley
Sept. 10 – Capital
Sept. 17 – Parkersburg South
Sept. 24 – at Cabell Midland
Oct. 1 – Hurricane
Oct. 8 – at South Charleston
Oct. 15 – Open
Oct. 22 – at Riverside
Oct. 29 – George Washington
Nov. 5 – at Musselman

Waybright Is All-State 1st Team

For the second year in a row a Parkersburg High School football player  has earned first team all-state honors as a defensive end as senior Justin Waybright made the 2020 team selected by the W.Va. Sportswriters Association.
Waybright, a 6-foot-1, 235-pounder, was the lone Big Red chosen to the first team after a phenomenal season where he came up with 13 sacks and six fumble recoveries in just eight games. Following Wade (who had 12 sacks in 11 games a year ago), Waybright came up with 45 tackles, 17 of them for 133 yards in losses and his 13 sacks accounted for 88 yards in the opposite direction. He also caused two fumbles and rushed for 138 yards on offense.
Two PHS players were named to the second team as senior Deaven Francis was named as an offensive lineman and junior Bryson Singer was named utility player.
Francis, a 6-8, 320-pounder, anchored an offense that produced 32.5 points and 343.6 yards per game. The Big Reds scored 22 of 25 times they were in the red zone with 19 being touchdowns and also converted an amazing 69 percent of their fourth down tries (11 of 16).
Singer, a 6-foot-3, 184-pounder, was indeed a versatile utility performer for PHS. When not playing quarterback where he passed for 687 yards and 13 touchdowns, he played running back with 1,235 yards rushing with 14 touchdowns, caught an 85 yard touchdown pass on a play which was shown on highlight reels all over the country. He also returned four punts for 33 yards for a total of 1,353 all purpose yards to go with his 1,922 yards in total offense. He even punted four times for a 28 yard average with one going 50 yards. He was sixth in the WV Metronews Player of the year voting.
Casey Mahoney, a senior linebacker, was named honorable mention after leading the team in tackles with 75 stops.

4 Big Reds Earn All-MSAC Honors

Three seniors and a junior from Parkersburg were named to the 2020 Mountain State Athletic Conference football team that was selected by the league coaches.
The 6-2 Big Reds finished eighth in the final Class AAA ratings but were not allowed to play their final regular season game against Parkersburg South and also saw their home playoff game against Spring Mills cancelled.
Representing PHS was senior offensive tackle Deaven Francis, senior linebacker Casey Mahoney and senior defensive end Justin Waybright as well as junior quarterback Bryson Singer.
Francis was a 6-foot-8, 320 pound key blocker for a PHS offense that produced 32.5 points, 235.9 yards rushing and 107.8 yards passing per game.
Mahoney, who also played offensive line, was the team’s leading tackler with 75 stops in eight games including 6.5 tackles behind the line and had one interception.
Waybright, a part-time running back as well as the most prolific tackler with 13 sacks and six fumble recoveries to go with 45 tacBryson Singerkles, 17 of which were for lost yardage.
Singer, who last year became the first PHS player to ever pass and rushfor 1,000 yards in a single season, was hoping for a repeat but the three missed games hurt his passing totals. The 6-foot-3 Singer ran for 1,235 yards with 14 touchdowns while passing for 687 yards and 13 moretouchdowns. He even caught an 85 yard touchdown pass on a play which ranked as the second most outstanding play of the entire season by West Virginia Metronews.

A pair of unbeaten teams, South Charleston and Cabell Midland, each placed four players on the all-conference team.
South Charleston (6-0), the No. 2 seed that emerged as the state champion when high COVID-19 totals struck down every other remaining challenger in the Class AAA playoff field, had defensive end Zeiqui Lawton, quarterback Trey Dunn, receiver-defensive back Donavin Davis and lineman Xavier Bausley on the squad.
Cabell Midland (5-0), the No. 1 seed in the AAA playoffs, saw Jakob Caudill, Jaydyn Johnson, Nemo Roberts and Isaiah Vaughn on the team.
No player of the year or coach of the year was selected for the abbreviated 2020 season. Likewise, the MSAC did not crown a conference champion this season.

Deaven Francis ..............................Casey Mahoney ............................Justin Waybright

Playoff Game With Spring Mills Cancelled Due To County Orange Color Code


Big Reds Hope To Host Spring Mills Sunday If County COVID Color Rating Comes Down By Saturday

The Parkersburg Big Red football team needs help from all of Wood County if it is to participate in the 2020 Class AAA playoffs.
Given a second chance to participate in the Class AAA football playoffs thanks to a policy change by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission the Parkersburg Big Reds were not only to be allowed to play but play at home – if Wood County can lower its COVID-19percent of positivity rate to below 5.0. It currently stands at 5.10.
The 6-2 Big Reds finished the regular season ranked eighth in the final ratings but Wood County is currently coded orange in the state COVID color map and must drop to the next lower level, gold, by next Saturday’s 5 p.m. official map.
If that happens the Big Reds will play host to Spring Mills at 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Stadium Field. Springs Mills (5-2) finished ninth in the ratings. If the Wood County rating does not come down, PHS will forfeit the game and Spring Mills will advance to the quarterfinals. Berkeley County where Spring Mills is located was orange last week but dropped to gold on Saturday, meaning they can play for sure in the first round.
Spring Mills played the Big Reds last year for the first time in school history and PHS came away a 27-7 winner at Stadium Field. Sam Potts was the standout of that game with four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. Bryson Singer ran for 119 yards and one score but Spring Mills was missing its star player, leading rusher and passer, Keon Padmore-Johnson, who sat out the season with an injury.
This year Padmore-Johnson is back for his senior campaign and has been lighting up the stat sheets with incredible numbers. The 5-foot-10, 165 pounder has completed 94 of 130 passes for 1,732 yards with 23 touchdowns and just one interception to lead the entire eastern panhandle. He is the third-leading rusher in that area with 907 yards on just 80 carries (11.3 average) and 10 touchdowns.
It will mark the third time this year the Big Reds have played a team averaging over 40 points per game as the Cardinals are putting up 44 points per contest despite losing to Frankfort (21-20) and cross-town rival Martinsburg (82-27). Four times they have scored more than 50 points in wins over Washington (55-42), Hampshire (55-7), Jefferson (52-28) and Hedgesville (56-0) while traveling four hours to beat Ripley 43-14 on Oct. 16 in their last game.
Last year’s Spring Mills quarterback, Chase Henson, is now a 5-10, 195 pound senior running back with 308 yards rushing on 73 carries (4.2 average) with seven touchdowns. Henson has also caught 22 passes for 303 yards and eight scores while Jake McCarren (5-9, 165 sr.) has 29 catches for 518 yards and seven touchdowns. Jameer Hunter has been the big play man for the Cardinals, averaging a whopping 34.9 yards per catch on his 16 receptions, six of which have wound up in the end zone.
Defensively for Spring Mills, Henson is the leading tackler from his linebacker spot with 80 stops while 160 pound sophomore Sam Stotler is second with 48 and Koz Jackson has 46. Bernard Newman leads the team with three interceptions.
Singer will be trying for his second win over the Cardinals. The 6-foot-3 junior has rushed for 1,235 yards (despite losing 151 on sacks) for a 7.8 average per carry and 14 touchdowns. He has also caught an 85 yards scoring pass. He has passed for 687 yards and 13 scores with eight of them going to Carter King, who has caught 18 passes for 280 yards. The Martin twins, Jordan and Julian, have each caught two TD passes.
Xadrian Snodgrass and Justin Waybright are both averaging 4.8 yards per carry and Snodgrass has four rushing touchdowns.
Defensively, Waybright has 13 sacks and six fumble recoveries to go with 45 tackles while fellow end Austin Fleming has five sacks and seven passes batted down to go with an identical 45 stops. Casey Mahoney leads the team with 75 tackles while Zach Howard is second with 56 tackles and Carter Mills has 46 stops and four interceptions. Keenan Curry has 42 tackles and has returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
While two of the last three PHS opponents had both been scoring over 40 points per game, the Big Reds held Bluefield to one long scoring pass and John Marshall to one long scoring pass and a defensive touchdown. Two weeks ago against first-time ever opponent Jefferson, PHS gave up three scores.

Big Reds Make Playoffs With WVSSAC Policy Change

A last-minute change in the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission football playoff policy will enable the Parkersburg Big Red football team to be in the playoff picture regardless of the COVID color of Wood County on Nov. 7.

Basically, the Big Reds are assured a spot in the playoffs but must get their color down from its current orange status to gold or better by Nov. 14 in order to play a game on Nov. 15 at 1:30 p.m. If Wood County is orange on red on Nov. 14 the Big Reds would have to forfeit.

Currently it appears PHS will be seeded eighth in the final Class AAA ratings and that means a home game against the ninth ranked team, which appears to be Spring Mills. The final ratings will be announced Sunday and playoff meetings will be held that day to determine final sites, dates and times.

The WVSSAC has announced that football teams from orange and red counties will be included in the playoff field. The top 16 teams will be entered into the brackets. Previously, it was announced that teams from orange and red counties on the state’s COVID metrics map would be excluded and the brackets would be backfilled with teams starting at No. 17 and so on.

To be clear to play however, counties must enter the green, yellow or gold category before game time. To accommodate teams that may still be in an orange or red county on this week’s Saturday 5 p.m. map release, a Sunday option has been introduced. Sunday games would kickoff at 1:30 p.m. If a team’s home county is still unable to enter a green, yellow or gold category, they will be forfeited and their opponent will receive automatic entry into the next round.

On Friday’s daily COVID map, seven of the top sixteen teams in Class AAA would be ineligible under the previous policy.

For more information on the WVSSAC announcement, cut and paste the link below to your web browser:


South Game Canceled

Friday's game with Parkersburg South has been canceled.
South head coach Nathan Tanner sent a Twitter urgent message to his team about positive COVID test and that the school nurse said the entire team would have to be quarantined 14 days.
The cancelation has been confirmed by Big Red athletic director Chris Way.
PHS will probably not be able to find a replacement on such short notice although Williamstown is available and will have to hope it is able to participate in the post season playoffs depending on county color coding Saturday evening and WVSAAC or Gov. Jim Justice ruling on teams in certain counties being allowed to play.This would affect PHS and Williamstown.

Big Reds, Patriots Hope To Meet Friday

It’s time to throw out the records and let the 54th “Battle of the ‘Burg” take place.

Friday night at 7:30 at Stadium Field the Parkersburg Big Reds will host the South Patriots with all important bragging rights on the line. The game will be played if Wood County does not turn red Friday on the COVID color scheme. A red color that day means the game will not be played.

While the Big Reds are 6-2 and riding a three-game winning streak, the Patriots are 1-7 and looking to end a disappointing season on a high note by pulling off the upset.

It will be the now defensive-minded PHS squad against the aerial antics of South.

The South-PHS series began in 1967, the first year the Patriots opened their doors. The Big Reds won that game 59-0 and shut out South the first three times the city teams met. But in 1971 and 1972 South returned the favor by shutting out the Big Reds 27-0 and 12-0.

The Big Reds then won 11 straight, from 1973 to 1984 when the Patriots pulled out a 22-21 overtime victory.

Recent history (since 2002) has seen the two rivals battle on even footing with South actually having the edge 10-8 including a 49-14 win last year on its own turf to end a two-year win streak by the Big Reds. Only three times in the 53-year history has there been a one-point spread and 23 times the margin has been 20 points or more.

Overall, PHS leads 37-16.

Bryson Singer leads the Big Reds with 1,235 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns. He is averaging 7.8 yards per carry and that includes yardage lost when he was sacked six times. Xadrian Snodgrass is second on the team with 411 yards rushing (4.8 average) and four touchdowns while Justin Waybright has added 139 yards (4.8) on the ground.

In the air Singer has completed 54 of 123 passes (43.9%) with 13 touchdowns and only four interceptions. Carter King has caught 18 passes for 280 yards and eight touchdowns while Aaron Kupfner has caught 14 passes for 95 yards and one score. Twins Jordan and Julian Martin have each caught two touchdown passes and Singer one (on an 85-yard pass from Michael Owen).

Defensively, Waybright has been making the big plays with 13 sacks and six fumble recoveries while linebackers Casey Mahoney and Zach Howard lead the team in tackles with 75 and 56 respectively. Austin Fleming, the end opposite Waybright, has five sacks among his 45 tackles and has batted down seven passes at the line of scrimmage.

Carter Mills has four interceptions while Keenan Curry has two (both of which he returned for touchdowns). The Big Reds as a team have 60 tackles for loss.

Special teams has been handled well by freshman Casey Stanley, who has kicked 27 of 30 extra points (one blocked) and made all three of his field goal tries. He is also averaging 32.3 yards per punt with three kicks inside the 20 and has put six kickoffs into the end zone.

Scoring-wise Singer leads the way with 15 touchdowns for 90 points while King has 10 touchdowns for 60 and Stanley has accounted for 36 points with his leg.

The Big Reds have scored 22 of 25 times they have moved the ball inside the 20 yard line (running out of time once). Opponents are 18 of 29 in the red zone (6 times being stopped on downs).

South has been an air-it-out team from the beginning of the season, averaging 40 pass attempts per game to go with less than 30 rushing attempts per game.

Quarterback Sam Schuler (5-10, 185 sr.) has thrown 306 passes, completing 195 (63.7%) for 2,182 yards and 15 touchdowns but has been intercepted 16 times. Patriot signal callers have been sacked 10 times and been picked off 18 times total.

South has five receivers with 20 or more catches and a sixth (Gage Wright) has only 12 receptions but has scored on three of them. Cyrus Traugh (6-0, 160 soph.) has caught 64 passes for 733 yards and seven scores. Other receivers and their totals are Jake Hogsett (34-482-3), Levi Rice (26-428-2), Landon Francisco (26-294-1) and Devin Gaines (20-186-0).

Gaines (6-0, 195 sr.) has carried the ball on the ground 137 times, or all but 91 of their attempts. He has gained 676 yards (4.9 average) and scored seven touchdowns. The only other rushing TD by South was on a sneak by Schuler.

Gaines is also the team’s leading tackler with 102 stops including 16.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks. Trent Parsons (5-10, 150 jr.) is second on the team with 74 tackles while Wright has 66 despite only being a freshman.

Nick Murphy has kicked 20 of 23 extra points for South but missed his only field goal try (a 47-yarder). Rice is averaging 32.3 yards per punt with one blocked.


Park. South Scores

34    Cabell Midland (4-0)      69

42    Beckley WW (1-6)         6

14    Princeton (4-2)                34

0      John Marshall (5-3)        39

28    Bridgeport (4-1)              56

19    Linsly Military (5-3)       33

21    Morgantown (2-2)          55

20    Wheeling Park (6-1)       50


PHS Scores

7      Spring Valley  (4-1)        42

38    Wheeling Central (4-3)  21

34    Marietta (3-6)                 20

25    Huntington (2-5)             14

36    Hurricane (3-2)               60

29    Bluefield (5-1)                8

54    John Marshall (5-3)        14

37    Jefferson (3-4)                20

South              Comparison PHS
178 Pts Scored 260
22.25 Average Per Game 32.5
342 Pts Allowed 199
42.75 Average Per Game 24.9
833 Rushing Yds 1887
104.1 Rushing Avg Per Game 235.9
2,456 Opp. Rushing Yds 1,019
307 Opp. Rush Avg Per Game 127.4
2,329 Passing Yds 862
291.1 Passing Avg 107.8
201-320-18 PC-PA-INT 65-138-6
1172 Opp. Passing Yards 1.381
146.5 Opp. Passing Yds Per Game 172.6
81-132-3 Opp. PC-PA-INT 114-211-9
3162 Total Offense 2749
395.2 Total Offense Per Game 343.6
3628 Opp. Total Offense 2400
453.5 Opp. Total Offense Per Game 300
31.8 Punting 30.7
24 Turnovers 20
8 Takeaways 20
8 Quarterback Sacks 21
10 Opp. Quarterback Sacks 6

Big Reds Corral Cougars, 37-20

Game Statistics / Game Photos

The ninth ranked Parkersburg Big Reds won their third game in a row Friday night at Stadium Field against the third straight opponent that was not on their original schedule and as they beat Jefferson 37-20.
Bryson Singer not only threw for two touchdown passes to Julian Martin but ran for over 100 yards and scored a touchdown on an incredible pass reception off a deflection that wound up covering 85 yards.
Meanwhile Xadrian Snodgrass ran for two touchdowns and led the team with 129 yards on 14 carries as PHS was able to run for 258 yards and pass for another 147 to up its record to 6-2 against a team it was meeting for the first time ever on the football field.
A fumble recovery by Jake Barnette got the ball rolling for the Big Reds on the Jefferson 34 with 8:34 left in the first quarter. Three straight plays lost yardage but a roughing the kicker penalty gave PHS new life and this time Singer took off for 19 yards to start a new drive which came to an end on an incomplete pass and forced freshman Casey Stanley to come on and kick his third straight field goal of the season, a 22 yarder with 5:07 on the clock.
The teams continued to trade punts before the Big Reds decided to go to a power-I running game and Snodgrass and Singer moved the ball to the 14 yard line before the PHS quarterback faked a handoff and hit a wide open Martin in the end zone for the touchdown with 10:11 on the first half clock. Stanley’s kick made it 10-0.
Jefferson drove to the PHS 20 but the PHS defense held and got the ball back on downs. The Big Reds had to punt to the Jefferson 32 and two plays later Snodgrass recovered a fumble on the Jefferson 26. On the first play Singer hit Martin on a slant pass over the middle for the second touchdown with 3:44 remaining in the half. Stanley’s kick made it 17-0.
But the Cougars didn’t make the five hour trip from the eastern panhandle to roll over as they answered with a 9-play, 65 yard drive that ended with Samuel Roberts hitting Spencer Powell from 13 yards out for the touchdown and passed to Powell for the two-point conversion with 41 seconds left before intermission.
Roberts finished the game with 18 completions in 40 attempts for 228 yards with Powell catching eight for 142 yards and was Roberts’ target at least 10 other tries. On the scoring drive he caught four passes for 47 yards.
The Big Reds stretched their lead to 24-8 on their second possession of the third quarter with Snodgrass breaking loose for a 56-yard scoring sprint but Jefferson answered in a hurry thanks to a 33-yard run by Evan Tewell, who got the touchdown on a one yard carry up the middle with 2:26 left in the period.
Leading 24-14, the PHS offense switched around with Singer playing the role of receiver and Michael Owen taking over at quarterback. Owen tossed a bomb down the sideline and two Jefferson defenders were there to cover. But somehow Singer was able to pick off the ball as it bounced off one of the Cougars who was laying on the ground and the PHS junior took off from the 50 and looked back over his shoulder on the way to his first receiving touchdowns as a Big Red. Stanley’s kick made it 31-14 with 1:24 left in the quarter.
Jefferson pulled to within 11 on a 31 yard scoring pass over the middle to Isaiah Fritz with 5:52 left in the game but a fourth down sack by Justin Waybright on the Jefferson 26 put an end to any comeback hopes by the Cougars.
PHS got a final score when Snodgrass gave a big second effort run to score from the 10 on a fourth down and seven plays with 19 seconds remaining.
Casey Mahoney had 10 tackles while Jeffrey Jones and Zach Howard had eight each to lead the PHS defense. Waybright had two of his team’s three sacks while Barnette had the other sack and two of the team’s three fumble recoveries.

#18 Jefferson vs #9 Parkersburg (Oct 30, 2020 at Parkersburg)
Score by Quarters        1       2       3       4 -     Total
Jefferson                       0       8       6       6 -     20
Parkersburg                  3       14     14     6 -     37

Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 05:07 PHS - Casey Stanley 22 yd field goal, 8-23 1:41
2nd 10:11 PHS - Julian Martin 14 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Casey Stanley kick), 10-75 3:25
03:44 PHS - Julian Martin 26 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Casey Stanley kick), 1-26 0:08
00:41 JEFF - Spencer Powell 13 yd pass from Samuel Roberts (Spencer Powell pass from Samuel Roberts
3rd 05:25 PHS - Xadrian Snodgrass 56 yd run (Casey Stanley kick), 2-65 0:51
02:26 JEFF - Evan Tewell 1 yd run (Samuel Roberts pass failed), 9-60 2:54
01:24 PHS - Bryson Singer 85 yd pass from Michael Owen (Casey Stanley kick), 2-88 0:50
4th 05:52 JEFF - Isaiah Fritz 31 yd pass from Samuel Roberts (Samuel Roberts pass failed), 6-78 1:16
00:19 PHS - Xadrian Snodgrass 10 yd run (Casey Stanley kick blockd), 5-26 2:53
..............................................................JEFF          PHS
FIRST DOWNS                                       17               17
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)                       35-103       42-258
PASSING YDS (NET)                            228             147
Passes Att-Comp-Int                                40-18-0     18-7-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS    75-331       60-405
Fumble Returns-Yards                             0-0             1-0
Punt Returns-Yards                                  1-5             1-10
Kickoff Returns-Yards                            6-100         4-52
Interception Returns-Yards                     1-6             0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)                                4-32.0        6-33.7
Fumbles-Lost                                            3-3             3-1
Penalties-Yards                                         3-25           7-68
Possession Time                                       23:23         22:51
Third-Down Conversions                       9 of 18       3 of 13
Fourth-Down Conversions                     1 of 5         2 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances                      2-3            3-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards                        2-6             3-33
RUSHING: Jefferson-Evan Tewell 27-125; Christian Blowe 3-9; Samuel Roberts 5-minus 31.
Parkersburg-Xadrian Snodgrass 14-129; Bryson Singer 21-110; Justin Waybright 7-19.
PASSING: Jefferson-Samuel Roberts 18-40-0-228. Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 6-17-1-62; Michael Owen 1-1-0-85.
RECEIVING: Jefferson-Spencer Powell 8-142; Jon Gidney 4-20; Caysen Lanza 2-26; Isaiah Fritz 1-31; Evan Tewell 1-5; Nathaniel Muhle 1-2; Samuel Roberts 1-2. Parkersburg-Julian Martin 2-40; Aaron Kupfner 2-18; Bryson Singer 1-85; Justin Waybright 1-6; Carter King 1-minus 2.
INTERCEPTIONS: Jefferson-Karter Schroyer 1-6. Parkersburg-None.
FUMBLES: Jefferson-Samuel Roberts 2-2; Evan Tewell 1-1. Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 2-1; Xadrian Snodgrass 1-0.
Jefferson (3-5) vs. Parkersburg (6-2)
Kickoff time: 7:00 • End of Game: 9:36 • Total elapsed time: 2:36
Temperature: 47 • Wind: 3 mph • Weather: cloudy
SACKS (UA-A): Jefferson-None. Parkersburg-Justin Waybright 2-0; Jake Barnette 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Jefferson-None. Parkersburg-Casey Mahoney 3-7; Zach Howard 4-4; Jeffrey Jones 2-6; Carter Mills 5-1; Xadrian Snodgrass 2-4; Justin Waybright 3-2; Jake Barnette 1-4; Austin Fleming 1-4; Michael Owen 3-0; Keenan Curry 2-0; Chase Figley 2-0; Bryson Singer 2-0; Chris Farson 1-0; Aaron Kupfner 1-0; Carter Reynolds 0-1.

Big Reds Will Host Jefferson Friday
(Updated Oct. 26, Adding Information)
The winds of COVID have changed the Parkersburg Big Red football schedule – again.
The Big Reds were to have traveled to George Washington on Friday night Oct. 30 but Kanawha County moved to gold on the virus map and since Wood County moved to green that game was canceled because only gold county teams can play other gold county teams.
So after some frantic searching by PHS athletic director Chris Way, the Big Reds will now have another home game on Oct. 30 against a team they have never met before on the football field – the Jefferson Cougars. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Jefferson has compiled a 3-4 record so far this season and is coming off a 32-29 win over 16th ranked Washington. The eastern panhandle Cougars have played six teams with winning records and the seventh, University (which they defeated 14-13) is 2-2 on the year.
The Cougars opened with a 49-6 loss to Musselman (6-1) before defeating Greenbrier East (5-2) 42-23. Then came losses to Spring Mills (5-2) by a 52-28 score and double-A power Frankfort (6-1) by a 28-19 margin. After beating University, Jefferson lost a shootout to Keyser (5-2) by a 63-44 score before beating Washington (4-3) last week.
The Cougars of coach Craig Hunter won three games last year and replaced their quarterback with junior Sammy Roberts, a 6-foot, 195 pounder. Roberts had thrown for 1,422 yards before last week’s win over Washington. He has now thrown for 15 touchdowns with seven interceptions. Prior to last week he had completed 124 of 238 passes. Roberts spreads the wealth around among his receivers but Spencer Powell (6-3, 180 soph.) is the primary target with 40 receptions for nearly 700 yards and five touchdowns. Isaiah Fritts (5-9, 141, soph.) has three TD receptions among his 25 catches while Jon Gidney (5-8, 153 sr.) also has 25 catches and Caysen Lanza (6-4, 195 jr.) has 18 catches with three touchdowns.
Jefferson got a big game from sophomore speedster Evan Tewell (5-8, 175) against their rivals on Friday as he totaled 196 yards and had touchdown runs of one, 18 and 33 yards to double his TD total for the year. He leads the team with 573 yards and over a six-yard per carry average. Christian Blowe (5-8, 154 jr.) scored his third rushing touchdown of the year against Washington and has over 200 yards on the ground this year.
Freshman Nolan Meehleib (6-0, 160) is the team’s leading tackler with over 70 stops while linebackers Nathaniel Muhle (6-3, 246 jr.) and Brady Chrisman (6-3, 210 sr.) have 55 and 45 stops respectively.
Meanwhile, the Big Reds got a record-setting game from junior quarterback Bryson Singer, whose total of 436 yards in total offense sent a school record. He ran for 219 yards in the game (222 in the first half before losing three yards in a quarter of playing time in the second half) to push his season’s total over 1,000 for the second year in a row. The 6-foot-3 speedster now has 1,125 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns. His 217 yards passing raised his season’s total to 625 with 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
Carter King, another junior, is second on the team with 10 touchdowns as he has 17 receptions for 282 yards and eight scores while adding a pair of touchdowns on 12 rushing attempts.
The big story of Parkersburg’s 54-14 win over John Marshall was a defense which limited the Monarchs to one offensive touchdown and just 160 total yards. Casey Mahoney led the way with 11 tackles while Jeffrey Jones and Carter Mills had nine stops each and Jake Barnette 7. Austin Fleming had seven tackles, including one sack while Justin Waybright had three sacks and Keenan Curry had an interception return for a touchdown. Mills had his fourth interception of the year.
Waybright has 11 sacks on the year to go with six fumble recoveries while Mahoney leads the way with 61 total tackles. As a team the Big Reds have 18 sacks and nine interceptions to go with eight fumble recoveries. However, PHS has fumbled the ball away 13 times and is averaging being penalized 65 yards per game. The Big Reds also played without the services of senior captain and two-way lineman Charlie Bauman.

Big Red Defense Dominates Again; Singer, King Spark 54 Point Offense

Game Stats / Game Photos

For the second week in a row the Parkersburg Big Red defense came through with another sterling performance in a 54-14 win Friday night over visiting John Marshall.
While Bryson Singer and Carter King provided the offensive fireworks it was again the defense that shone brightest as they held a team that came into the contest averaging 47 points per game and limited them to just one offensive touchdown.
The 10th ranked Monarchs (now 5-3) were rushing for 335 yards per game, had one 1,000 yard rusher who was averaging 10 yards per carry and another with over 800 yards. But when the game was over the visitors from the northern panhandle could show just 92 yards on the ground and running standout Dalton Flowers had been held to 47 yards on 16 carries and his mat Alex Burton to just 16 yards on nine carries.
Carter Mills with nine tackles and an interception along with Jake Barnette and Casey Mahoney with eight tackles each led the way. The gang-tackling Big Reds also limited John Marshall to 68 yards in the air on five completions in 13 attempts with Keenan Curry having the other interception which he returned 60 yards for a touchdown.
Junior standouts Singer and King led the way by accounting for six touchdowns between them. Singer threw for four scores, three of them to King, and ran for the first two on long-range scampers of 54 and 79 yards. The PHS quarterback finished with a whopping 219 yards rushing on just 10 attempts. He had 222 yards on eight carries in the first half alone. In the air the 6-foot-3 standout was 11 of 17 for 217 yards as he found King on passes of 27, 20 and 59 yards and Jordan Martin on a 31 yard scoring toss. King, who caught five passes for 144 yards, also ran for a touchdown from three yards out.

Singer's total of 436 yards in offense broke a 32-year-old record for single game output, bettering the mark of 414 yards set by Rick Marshall in 1988.
The 13th ranked Big Reds, who are certain to move up in the ratings this week although their next opponent is uncertain, upped their record to 5-2 by amassing 559 yards on 57 offensive plays.
It took PHS just two plays to set the tone for the evening as Singer faked a handoff, took off around left end and simply outran the Monarch secondary to cover 54 yards for a touchdown just 32 seconds into the game. Casey Stanley booted the first of six extra points.

Justin Waybright had two sacks on the first three offensive plays by the Monarchs.
After an exchange of punts, John Marshall threatened with a 14-play, 59-yard drive but that moved to the Big Red 21 but ended when Mills intercepted a pass at the four yard line and ran it out to the PHS 21.
On the very next play Singer showed his speed again by keeping up the middle, then broke to the right sideline and went 79 yards for the score to make it 13-0 with 1:45 left in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter PHS reached paydirt again on a three yard run by King that culminated an 8-play, 82-yard drive that was highlighted by Singers’ 21 yard scamper on the very first play.
After a fourth-down sack by Austin Fleming (one of five sacks on the night by PHS) gave PHS the ball on its own 40, it took four plays to score  as Singer ran for 10, passed to Michael Owen for 24 and then found Martin on a slant pass over the middle for the final 31 yards for the touchdown. Stanley’s kick made it 26-0.
A 16-yard punt return by Curry to the John Marshall 39 set up TD number five, which took four plays and finished with the 27 yard pass to King.
The Big Reds had 404 yards in the first half while holding the Monarchs to 69. Singer had 351 yards combined rushing and passing.
After forcing a JM punt to start the second half, PHS took just 2:17 to score on a 57-yard, eight-play drive that ended on the 20 yard scoring strike to King to make it 40-0.
Curry’s pick-six came two minutes later as the speedster stepped in front of a Monarch pass along the right sideline and returned it all the way to make it 47-0.
A sack by Justin Waybright forced another Monarch punt and PHS scored in two plays to make it 54-0 with 2:53 left in the third quarter as King got behind the defenders to haul in a 59 yard scoring pass.
With a mercy-rule running clock in the fourth quarter, John Marshall was able to avoid a shutout thanks to a 38-yard pass and three plays later had another score as PHS freshman quarterback David Parsons was intercepted on a deflection which was returned 40 yards for a touchdown with 10:12 left in the game.
The Big Red second offensive unit was able to run out the final nine minutes of the game with a 16 play drive.

Score by Quarters        1   2   3   4 - Total
John Marshall              0   0   0 14 - 14
Parkersburg                  13 20 21 0 - 54

Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 11:28 PHS - Bryson Singer 54 yd run (Casey Stanley kick), 2-63 0:32
01:45 PHS - Bryson Singer 79 yd run (Casey Stanley kick failed), 1-79 0:14
2nd 09:19 PHS - Carter King 3 yd run (Bryson Singer pass failed), 8-82 2:28
06:24 PHS - Jordan Martin 31 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Casey Stanley kick), 3-60 0:59
01:15 PHS - Carter King 27 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Casey Stanley kick), 4-39 1:10
3rd 08:24 PHS - Carter King 20 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Casey Stanley kick), 8-57 2:16
06:00 PHS - Keenan Curry 60 yd interception return (Casey Stanley kick)
02:53 PHS - Carter King 59 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Casey Stanley kick), 2-60 0:39
4th 11:49 JM - Brennan Sobutka 38 yd pass from Derrick Derrow (C. Fitzpatrick kick), 7-65 2:57
10:12 JM - Bryce Rayl 40 yd interception return (C. Fitzpatrick kick)
..................................................................JM              PHS
FIRST DOWNS                                                 12               25
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)                                 43-92         34-311
PASSING YDS (NET)                                      68               248
Passes Att-Comp-Int                                          13-5-2        23-16-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS               56-160       57-559
Fumble Returns-Yards                                       0-0              0-0
Punt Returns-Yards                                           0-0             1-16
Kickoff Returns-Yards                                      7-125         3-49
Interception Returns-Yards                               1-40           2-77
Punts (Number-Avg)                                         5-32.8        1-50.0
Fumbles-Lost                                                     0-0             1-1
Penalties-Yards                                                  5-61           9-82
Possession Time                                                 36:23         23:37
Third-Down Conversions                                 3 of 12       6 of 11
Fourth-Down Conversions                               1 of 3         1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances                                0-2             2-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards                                  0-0             5-34
RUSHING: John Marshall-Dalton Flowers 16-47; Nate Menendez 4-41; Alex Burton 9-16; Reid Wiley 1-3; Bryce Rayl 2-minus 2; Derrick Derrow 11-minus 13. Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 10-219; Justin Waybright 5-33; David Hamilton 6-21; Carter King 3-19; Aaron Kupfner 1-13; Kevin Hancock 1-4; Logan Hartshorn
2-2; Kaden Jewell 4-1; Xadrian Snodgrass 2-minus 1.
PASSING: John Marshall-Derrick Derrow 5-13-2-68. Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 11-17-0-217; David Parsons 5-6-1-31.
RECEIVING: John Marshall-Bryce Rayl 2-6; Brennan Sobutka 1-38; Reid Wiley 1-12; Dalton Flowers 1-12. Parkersburg-Carter King 5-144; Jordan Martin 2-36; Logan Hartshorn 2-12; Michael Owen 1-24; Teddy Turner 1-11; Julian Martin 1-9; Christian West 1-6; Aaron Kupfner 1-4; Bryant Walker 1-2; Xadrian Snodgrass 1-0.
INTERCEPTIONS: John Marshall-Bryce Rayl 1-40. Parkersburg-Keenan Curry 1-60; Carter Mills 1-17.
FUMBLES: John Marshall-None. Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 1-1.
John Marshall (5-3) vs. Parkersburg (5-2)
Kickoff time: 7:30 • End of Game: 9:48 • Total elapsed time: 2:18
Temperature: 76 • Wind: 3 mph • Weather: partly sunny
SACKS (UA-A): John Marshall-None. Parkersburg-Justin Waybright 3-0; Austin Fleming 1-0; Dylan Mason 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): John Marshall-None. Parkersburg-Carter Mills 6-3; Jake Barnette 4-4; Casey Mahoney 3-5; Austin Fleming 4-2; Justin Waybright 4-1; Jeffrey Jones 3-2; Xadrian Snodgrass 1-4; Dylan Mason 2-2; Kennedy Jeter 0-3; Zach Howard 2-0; Michael Owen 2-0; Kyle Hall 0-2; Jadon Scott 1-0; Aaron
Kupfner 1-0; Keenan Curry 1-0; Bryson Singer 1-0.

Big Red Defense Faces Second Big Test In A Row Friday Against JM

For the second week in a row the Parkersburg Big Reds will face an opponent averaging over 40 points per game as the 10th ranked John Marshall Monarchs come to Stadium Field for a 7:30 kickoff against the 13th ranked Big Reds.
John Marshall comes to town with a 5-2 record and fresh from a 61-21 thrashing of panhandle rival Brooke while the 4-2 Big Reds are coming off a 29-8 win over top-ranked Class AA previously unbeaten Bluefield.
The two teams have met 24 previous times with PHS holding a 17-7 advantage but their last meeting came in 2017 when first-year Big Red coach Mike Byus ran into a running Monarch machine in the first round of the playoffs. In that game the Monarchs turned blocking back Charles McCool loose for 249 yards rushing and two scores to post a 42-35 win. John Marshall ran for 485 yards despite using 1,000 yard rusher Dereck Hess as primarily a decoy (7 carries for 40 yards) while McCool and Nick Coulter (30 carries for 159 yards) ran wild. The Monarchs ran 91 offensive plays to 40 for the Big Reds.
This year the Monarchs are again a ground-oriented team with 345 yards per game rushing average and 32 touchdowns. They ran for a whopping 559 yards against Brooke.
Fullback Dalton Flowers (5-2, 210 sr.) is averaging 10 yards per carry with 1,219 yards on 121 attempts and has 16 touchdowns on the ground. He has 11 receptions for 180 yards and five more touchdowns through the air. His backfield mate, Alex Burton (5-11, 160 sr.) has 802 yards rushing on 109 attempts with nine touchdowns to go with two receiving scores.
But the Monarchs can also go to the air with senior quarterback Derrick Derrow, who has thrown for 13 touchdowns including 352 yards and five scores in that 55-46 loss to Oak Glen. Derrow has 836 passing yards by completing 51 of 93 passes with just five interceptions. His leading receiver is Bryce Rayl (5-8, 160 sr.) with 20 catches for 325 yards and four scores while Reid Riley (5-8, 155 sr.) has caught 12 passes for 188 yards.
So the PHS defense that shut out Bluefield with the exception of one long touchdown run, will be tested again. Ends Justin Waybright (8 sacks and six fumble recoveries and Austin Fleming (4 sacks and six passes batted down) will lead the way along with leading tacklers Casey Mahoney (50 tackles) and Zach Howard (45 stops).
Offensively, Bryson Singer has 1,314 yards in total offense and has scored 12 touchdowns. The junior signal caller has rushed for 906 yards while passing for 408 and seven touchdowns. Carter King is the leading receiver with 12 catches for 138 yards and five scores.

John Marshall Now Slated To Play Big Reds At Home Friday Night

Another schedule change has taken place for the Parkersburg Big Red football team thanks to Wood County becoming a “gold” county and only being allowed to play other gold counties.

The Big Reds will now host high-scoring John Marshall Friday night at 7:30 at Stadium Field. The Monarchs replace Beckley, who replaced Riverside on the original PHS schedule.

John Marshall was ranked 14th in last week’s Class AAA rankings and are coming off a 61-21 win over Brooke this past Friday. The Monarchs raised their record to 5-2 with that victory, a game which saw them rush for 559 yards and put two runners over the 200 yard mark on the ground – Dalton Flowers (22-277 4 td) and Alex Burton (17-208 2 td).

Previously John Marshall lost to Princeton 68-33 two weeks ago but beat Buckhannon Upshur 55-7, Parkersburg South 39-0, Preston 46-13 and Weir 48-6 while losing to Oak Glen 55-46 in week three. Overall, the Monarchs are averaging a whopping 46.9 points per game led by their one-two punch ground game. Defensively they are allowing 24.3 points per game.

Defense Sparks Big Reds Over Top-Ranked Beavers, 29-8 

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Number one ranked Bluefield came to town with a 4-0 record and averaging nearly 41 points per game.

The Beavers left town with their first defeat and only one touchdown to show for their night’s effort – that coming on a 65-yard run when two defenders ran into each other which allowed the speedster to put his team’s only six-pointer on the scoreboard.

Coming away with the impressive 29-8 win was a Parkersburg Big Red team which showed a defensive prowess unseen in quite some time as they pressured Bluefield quarterback Carson Deeb all night. Deeb came into the game with over 1,000 yards passing and five touchdowns rushing but was held to just 91 yards passing and minus 33 yards on the ground. Overall PHS held the Beavers to just 179 yards in total offense while coming up with five sacks and six more tackles for loss.

Meanwhile the PHS offense got three touchdown passes and a touchdown run from Bryson Singer while rolling up 317 yards in total offense. The game could have been more lopsided but the Big Reds turned the ball over four times including three lost fumbles.

Singer completed eight of 16 passes for 106 yards while rushing for 136 yards on 23 carries despite being bothered by a nagging injury which did not appear to hamper his effectiveness.

The Big Reds went into the game hoping to play ball control and keep the ball out of the hands of the big play Beavers. It worked well as Justin Waybright added 53 yards on seven carries and Xadrian Snodgrass picked up 32 on nine attempts to help PHS grind out 211 yards and 17 first downs.

Defensive ends Waybright and Austin Fleming led the Big Red defensive charge in its pressure tactics while Jake Barnette anchored the line and Casey Mahoney controlled the center. Carter Mills and Singer keyed the outstanding secondary play that saw Bluefield complete just nine of 20 passes and most of those were of the short sideline variety.

The Big Reds got on the board first when Singer found Carter King with the first of his two touchdown receptions from 28 yards away with 2:08 on the clock in the first period. Singer scrambled and hit King in the back of the end zone to cap a 13-play, 80-yard drive that was sparked by Singer’s five rushes for 23 yards and an 11-yard pass to Julian Martin.

It did not take Bluefield long to retaliate as Hairston showed what the Beavers are feared for their speed when he went up the middle and outran the defense for 65 yards to paydirt. Two defenders had a shot at him just 10 yard downfield but ran into each other. On the two-point conversion attempt the pass was deflected but lineman Bryce Gamble caught the ball in the end zone to give the Beavers an 8-7 lead with 48 seconds left in the quarter.

PHS then showed its quick-strike ability as Singer started the ensuing possession with a 39 yard pass to Jordan Martin and two plays later hit King on a slant over the middle from 15 yards out to take the lead for good. The Big Reds went for two and Singer hit Jordan Martin to go up 15-8.

Bluefield threatened in the second period thanks to a fumble recovery on the PHS 18 yard line. On fourth down Mahoney led the charge to stop Deeb for no gain when the signal caller needed only a yard for a first down at the nine yard line.

The next Bluefield drive ended at the 30 on a fourth down sack by Waybright and Fleming with one second left in the first half.

The third quarter saw Bluefield threaten again after another fumble recovery, this one at the PHS 41. A facemask penalty moved the ball to the 20 and the Beavers advanced to the two only to have Singer tackle the Bluefield ball carrier for a five yard loss before a holding penalty moved the ball back and two Deeb passes fell incomplete.

PHS then put together another 80-yard drive highlighted by a 28 yard scamper by Singer, who carried six times on the drive before rolling left in an apparent run attempt only to throw the ball into the end zone to Aaron Kupfner who caught the ball on his knees to complete the seven yard scoring play. Casey Stanley’s kick made it 22-8 and gave PHS some breathing room.

Bluefield’s next possession was halted with 8:39 left to play in the game thanks to a sack by Chris Farson which forced a punt and gave the Big Reds the ball on the Bluefield 47. Six plays later Singer scored from the four with 5:23 remaining and Stanley’s kick made it 29-8 and end the excitement for the night.

#1 Bluefield vs #13 Parkersburg (Oct 16, 2020 at Parkersburg)
Score by Quarters        1       2       3       4       -        Total
Bluefield                       8       0       0       0       -        8
Parkersburg                15     0       0       14     -        29
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 02:08 PHS - Carter King 28 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Casey Stanley kick), 13-80 4:16
01:50 BLUE - Amir Hairston 65 yd run (Bryce Gamble pass from Carson Deeb), 2-65 0:18
00:48 PHS - Carter King 15 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Jordan Martin pass from Bryson Singer), 3-56 1:00
4th 11:10 PHS - Aaron Kupfner 7 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Casey Stanley kick), 12-80 4:53
05:23 PHS - Bryson Singer 4 yd run (Casey Stanley kick), 6-47 3:16
...............................................................BLUE        PHS
FIRST DOWNS                                       10               17
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)                       33-88         41-211
PASSING YDS (NET)                            91               106
Passes Att-Comp-Int                                20-9-0        16-8-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS    53-179       57-317
Fumble Returns-Yards                             2--1            0-0
Punt Returns-Yards                                  0-0             0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards                            4-69           2-0
Interception Returns-Yards                     1-0             0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)                               6-33.7        1-39.0
Fumbles-Lost                                            0-0             4-3
Penalties-Yards                                         10-67         2-20
Possession Time                                       23:06         23:50
Third-Down Conversions                       3 of 12       4 of 10
Fourth-Down Conversions                     0 of 3         1 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances                      0-2             3-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards                        1-5             5-29
RUSHING: Bluefield-Amir Hairston 6-77; Jaeon Flack 6-19; Brandon Wiley 3-15; Jacob Martin 4-6; Ryker Brown 3-5; Shawn Mitchell 1-0; Juwaun Green 1-minus 1; Carson Deeb 9-minus 33. Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 23-136; Justin Waybright 7-53; Xadrian Snodgrass 9-32; Carter King 2-minus 10.
PASSING: Bluefield-Carson Deeb 8-19-0-79; Ryker Brown 1-1-0-12; Juwaun Green 0-0-0-0. Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 8-16-1-106.
RECEIVING: Bluefield-Brandon Wiley 3-64; Juwaun Green 3-14; Gaige Sisk 1-12; Ryker Brown 1-11; Jaeon Flack 1-minus 10. Parkersburg-Carter King 3-40; Julian Martin 2-15; Jordan Martin 1-39; Aaron Kupfner 1-7; Xadrian Snodgrass 1-5.
INTERCEPTIONS: Bluefield-Jaeon Flack 1-0. Parkersburg-None.
FUMBLES: Bluefield-None. Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 3-3; Xadrian Snodgrass 1-0.
Bluefield (4-1) vs. Parkersburg (4-2)
Date: Oct 16, 2020 • Site: Parkersburg • Stadium: Stadium Field
Attendance: 500
Kickoff time: 7:30 • End of Game: 10:01 • Total elapsed time: 2:31
SACKS (UA-A): Bluefield-Jacob Martin 1-0. Parkersburg-Justin Waybright 1-2; Austin Fleming 0-2; Chris Farson 1-0; Xadrian Snodgrass 0-1; Jake Barnette 0-1.
TACKLES (UA-A): Parkersburg-Jake Barnette 5-1; Casey Mahoney 5-0; Xadrian Snodgrass 3-2; Justin Waybright 3-2; Carter Mills 4-0; Bryson Singer 3-1; Austin Fleming 2-2; Chris Farson 3-0; Zach Howard 3-0; Michael Owen 2-1; Jeffrey Jones 2-0; Julian Martin 1-1; Keenan Curry 1-1; Charlie Bauman 1-0.

Top-Ranked Bluefield Brings Aerial Circus To Parkersburg Friday Night

Two teams which had unwanted days off last Friday will tangle Friday, Oct. 16 at Stadium Field at 7:30 when the cream of Class AA comes to town.
The Bluefield Beavers, currently 4-0 and ranked atop the double-A ratings with a 13.0 mark which would rank them third in the triple-A ranks, will visit Parkersburg.
The Big Reds were to have played South Charleston last week but the game was canceled because Kanawha County teams could only play other county teams. Bluefield was scheduled to play Mercer County rival PikeView but that that game canceled the day of the game when a PikeView school employee was tested positive for COVID-19.
It has been nearly 30 years since Bluefield and Parkersburg have met on the gridiron. In 1991 Bluefield beat the Big Reds 34-31 in the last meeting of the two teams that faced each other the first two times in the state championship games of 1959 and 1962 – both won by Bluefield (19-13 in 1959 and 40-12 in 1962). Overall the two teams have played eight times with each winning four. There was a stretch between 1983 and 1986 when they met annually with PHS winning three times.
Bluefield has since dropped to Class AA but is currently the top ranked team in that division with a rating so high they would be third in Class AAA. The Beavers of Coach Fred Simon have been in the state championship game each of the last three years, winning it all in 2017 before losing to Fairmont Senior and Bridgeport the last two years.
So far this year the Beavers are averaging over 40 points per game, having beaten Princeton 15-13 back on Sept. 4, then drubbing Beckley 48-2, beating Princeton again on Sept. 25 by a 54-40 score and knocking off  Point Pleasant 46-28 on Oct. 2. The WVSSAC allows teams to play each other twice this year with both games counting due to the pandemic.
Pass-happy Bluefield is led by senior quarterback Carson Deeb, a 5-11, 200-pounder who has thrown for 1,036 yards and 10 touchdowns in four games, including over 300 yards through the air in each of his last two games. He has completed 68 of 106 passes with just two interceptions and has rushed for 115 yards on 18 attempts with five touchdowns.
Deeb has a bevy of speedy receivers, led by brothers Jacorian Green (6-2, 160 jr.) and Juwaun Green (6-0, 160 sr.). Against Point Pleasant the Greens accounted for 129 and 124 yards receiving respectively. Jacorian has four TD receptions and Juwaun a pair of scoring catches as both have over 250 yards receiving. Brandy Wiley and Ryker Brown have two touchdown receptions each with Wiley catching eight passes for 199 yards against Princeton in the high-scoring second meeting. Wiley also has a rushing touchdown. Brown also has ran for two scores and passed for another.
When the Beavers decide to run they have several talented ball carriers led by Jaeon Flack (5-8, 169, jr.) who ran for 114 yards on seven carries and scored on a 54 yard dash against Point Pleasnat. Freshman Amir Hairston (5-10, 168) had 74 yards on seven tries against Point while Shawn Mitchell (5-3, 158, sr.) was the workhorse early by gaining 123 yards on 22 carries in the first Princeton game and 54 yards on 14 tries in the second meeting with the Tigers.
Meanwhile, Parkersburg has had two weeks to shore up a pass defense which gave up seven touchdowns through the air in the 60-36 loss to Hurricane. Through five games the Big Reds have given up nearly 200 yards (198.8) passing per game and 14 touchdowns.
Offensively, PHS is averaging 28 points per game while out-rushing opponents 221.4-147.2.
Bryson Singer leads the team with 770 yards rushing (7.4 average per carry) and 11 touchdowns. Xadrian Snodgrass adds 251 yards (4.2) and two scores. In the air Singer has thrown for 302 yards and four scores with only two interceptions but has completed just 39.7% of his 73 passes. Leading receivers are Aaron Kupfner with 10 catches for 66 yards and Carter King with nine catches for 98 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensively, Casey Mahoney and Zach Howard rank one-two in tackles with 42 and 40 respectively while Carter Mills has three interceptions and Justin Waybright has come up with five sacks and six fumble recoveries.

Hurricane Beats PHS 60-36

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HURRICANE – Seven touchdown passes from junior quarterback Ismael Borrero, two interception returns for scores and a safety enabled unbeaten and third-ranked Hurricane to win a wild 60-36 decision against visiting Parkersburg here Friday night.

The Redskins, who had not played a game in three weeks due to the COVID restrictions, came back from a 29-28 halftime deficit behind the arm of Borrero, who completed 20 of 26 passes for 276 yards while Lucas Rippetoe scored four times, three of them on receptions and one on a late pick-six.

Parkersburg got four first half touchdown runs from quarterback Bryson Singer, who gained 241 yards in the first 24 minutes but ran into a Hurricane second half defense that adjusted to stopping the Big Red junior and held him to just 38 more yards.

Hurricane also got three TD receptions from Chase Hager, who caught nine passes for 119 yards in all, and senior Tyrone Washington ran for 110 yards on 17 carries.

Borrero had his second pass of the game intercepted by Carter King on the PHS four yard line but that turned quickly into a disaster as Singer was tackled in the end zone by J.T. James for a safety with the game just one minute old.

The Redskins then drove 46 yards after the ensuing free kick and Borrero found Hager from 25 yards out to make it 8-0.

The Big Reds retaliated quickly as Singer broke loose for a 57 yard run on the first play from scrimmage and Xadrian Snodgrass followed with a 13 yard gain to the four. Singer went up the middle for the touchdown and then passed to Jordan Martin for the two-point conversion to tie the score with 6:45 left in the first period.

Borrero hit Rippetoe with a 26 yard TD toss with 3:59 on the clock to make it 15-8 after the extra point kick and the home team got the ball back 43 seconds later after a Singer fumble was picked up by the Redskins on the PHS 44. Three plays later Borrero hit Hager from 21 yards out for another score to make it 22-8.

Singer’s 58 yard scamper on the next Big Red possession set up his own one yard run on the first play of the second quarter and Casey Stanley’s PAT made it 22-15.

An intentional grounding penalty forced by Justin Waybright’s pressure forced a Hurricane punt and PHS was able to tie the game with a 22 yard touchdown run and Stanley kick.

Hurricane regained the lead when Borrero passed to Rippetoe on a fourth-and-six play from the 18 yard line. The kick failed but with 1:22 left in the half the home team was up 28-22.

Three plays later Singer gave PHS the lead on a scintillating 77 yard TD run as he went back to pass, took off, cut back and outran two defenders who appeared to have the angle to make a play. That score came with 19 seconds remaining and Stanley’s kick put the visitors up by one at the break, 29-28.

A Hurricane punt that was downed on the PHS one yard line gave the Redskins the break they needed to take the lead for good in the third quarter as Singer tried to throw from his own end zone and was picked off for the touchdown return by Brogan Brown.

James made it 41-29 with his three-yard TD reception with 2:27 on the clock but the Big Reds were able to cut the lead to five with an 11-play, 73-yard drive that culminated with Xadrian Snodgrass’ one yard run with 10:52 left in the game. Singer accounted for 32 yards on the drive, including six on a fourth-and-four play from the Redskin 36. Stanley’s kick made the score 41-36.

Hurricane wasn’t through as the ‘Skins scored on their next two possessions to make it 54-36 with Borrero throwing 18 yards to Rippetoe and 28 yards to Hager with 2:06 remaining. The final score came with Rippetoe intercepted freshman David Parsons’ pass and returned it 22 yards to the end zone with 1:49 left in the game.

The game ended with Parsons completing five straight passes for 59 yards before throwing an incompletion.

Zach Howard was the leading tackler for PHS with 12 stops unofficially.

Big Reds End Highlander Streak, 25-14

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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.

Big Reds Run Past Tigers, 34-20

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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.

 Big Reds Stage Big Rally To Upend Wheeling Central Knights, 38-21

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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)

Transfer Quarterback Leads Spring Valley to 42-7 Opening Win Over PHS

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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.
Big Reds Scrimmage Bridgeport
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

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

Game Statistics / Game Photos

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.

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.

Class AAA:

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).

PHS 10th In All-Time Win Rankings

    All-Time High School Football Wins    
Rank Wins School State Years, Record    
1 929 Valdosta GA (1913-2019, 929-235-34)    
3 906 Louisville Male KY (1893-2019, 906-330-49)    
2 901 Fort Thomas Highlands KY (1915-2019, 901-245-26)    
4 900 Mayfield KY (1919-2019, 900-258-32)    
5 899 Massillon Washington OH (1894-2019, 899-292-36)    
6 866 Mount Carmel PA (1893-2019, 866-332-59)    
7 857 Muskegon MI (1895-2019, 859-280-43)    
8 846 Canton McKinley OH (1894-2019, 846-358-42)    
9 839 Easton PA (1894-2019, 839-357-54)    
10 832 Parkersburg WV (1900-2019, 832-333-33)    
10 832 Everett MA (1893-2019, 832-377-79)    
12 825 Berwick PA (1888-2019, 825-340-43)    
13 822 Steubenville OH (1900-2019, 822-322-36)    

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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.

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.

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