Russ Parsons Defensive Player Award - ............................................Max Chefren
Ross McHenry Scholar Award - Dan Fox
Ed Forshey Big Red Award - ...........................................Chase Shank
Mason Roberts Heart Award - ...........................................Josh Trembly
Tom Brock Special Teams Award - ..............................................Josh Roney
Buddy James Lineman Award - ........................................Charley Conley
Fred Earley Running Back Award - ........................................Corey Burdette
GW Cruises Past PHS
Parkersburg not only lost its season opener but the Big Reds may have lost their starting quarterback as well as visiting George Washington cruised to a 38-7 victory and PHS quarterback Ethan Airhart went down with an injury midway through the first quarter.
With Dah'Keeim "Nu Nu" Miller rushing for over 200 yards and scoring two touchdowns, the Patriots showed ability to move the ball through the air and on the ground. While Miller an for 211 yards on 23 carries and the Patriots piled up 402 yards on the turf, it was a surprising two-pronged passing attack that produced three touchdowns.
Alternating quarterbacks Grant Wells and Kaleb Mackey, GW completed 15 of 26 passes for 167 yards. Three different Patriots caught scoring aerials.
Meanwhile, PHS lost its quarterback with just under five minutes left in the first quarter to a knee injury. After that the Big Reds completed just four of 13 passes and suffered three interceptions.
GW scored on its second possession of the game thanks to a 37 yard run my Miller which set up a 15 yard scoring pass from Mackey to Nathan Toney.
The Big Reds then lost Airhart but still managed to drive to the GW 19 where Christian Axman had a 36 yard field goal try blocked.
The Patriots proceeded to score their second touchdown in just four plays with Mackey hitting Druw Bowen for the final 33 yards to make it 12-0 early in the second quarter.
Back-up signal caller Bradley Craig moved PHS to the GW 26 but suffered an interception with 6:15 left in the half.
That was followed by a GW 98-yard scoring drive (actually 99 yards because of a penalty) which saw Miller score on a 21 yard scamper with 2:25 on the second quarter clock.
An 88-yard drive early in the third quarter gave GW a 25-0 cushion with Miller again doing the honors for the final 18 yards.
Wells then drove the visitors for another touchdown thanks to a pair of penalties against PHS and two passes to Emmett Brooks, the final for a touchdown from eight yards out.
The Big Reds got on the board on the last play from scrimmage in the third quarter on an incredible run by Craig. The junior quarterback sprinted right, got a clearing block from Karson Snyder and then proceeded to cut back and change directions numerous times before reaching the end zone to complete a 46 yard play with just one second remaining on the clock.
Axman's extra point kick made it 32-7.
The game's final score came on a 44 yard run by Colten Rollyson when the GW runner appeared stopped after a gain of about 10 yards when his momentum was stopped by three defenders but there was no whistle and he simply spun away from then and raced on into the end zone.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total George Washington 6 12 14 6 - 38 Parkersburg Big Reds 0 0 7 0 - 7
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 06:16 GW - Nathan Toney 15 yd pass from Kaleb Mackey (Bob Hagehoeck kick failed), 6-49 1:29
2nd 11:02 GW - Druw Bowen 33 yd pass from Kaleb Mackey (Dah'Keeim Miller rush failed), 4-55 1:02
02:25 GW - Dah'Keeim Miller 21 yd run (Kaleb Mackey rush failed), 12-98 3:50
3rd 06:33 GW - Dah'Keeim Miller 18 yd run (Bob Hagehoeck kick), 9-88 3:36
03:38 GW - Emmett Brooks 8 yd pass from Grant Wells (Bob Hagehoeck kick), 8-68 2:19
00:01 PHS - Bradley Craig 46 yd run (Christian Axman kick), 6-67 3:35
4th 10:24 GW - Colten Rollyson 44 yd run (Bob Hagehoeck kick blockd), 5-69 1:37 ......................................................... GW PHS
FIRST DOWNS 27 10
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 42-402 34-134
PASSING YDS (NET) 167 85
Passes Att-Comp-Int 26-15-0 16-5-3
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.. 68-569 50-219
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 1-0
Punt Returns-Yards 2-5 0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards 2-37 7-57
Interception Returns-Yards 3-7 0-0
Punts (Number-Avg) 2-41.0 6-28.7
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 1-0
Penalties-Yards 8-101 5-48
Possession Time 19:40 27:14
Third-Down Conversions 5 of 8 2 of 11
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 1 1 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 4-6 0-2
Sacks By: Number-Yards 1-6 0-0
RUSHING: George Washington-Dah'Keeim Miller 23-211; Colten Rollyson 5-86; Logan Priddy 4-48; Kaleb Mackey 2-22; Grant Wells 2-16; Druw Bowen 1-12; Josh Mallet 4-5; Chidi Okafer 1-2. Big Reds-Nick Johnson 4-48; Bradley Craig 11-41; Noah Weaver 10-20; Easton Martin 3-11; Zach Blosser 2-9; Dakoda
Sims 1-7; Jaden Lacaria 1-2; Ethan Airhart 2-minus 4.
PASSING: George Washington-Grant Wells 9-15-0-76; Kaleb Mackey 6-11-0-91. Big Reds-Bradley Craig 5-13-2-83; Ethan Airhart 1-3-0-2; Karson Snyder 0-1-1-0.
RECEIVING: George Washington-Emmett Brooks 5-34; Robert Grishaber 4-58; Druw Bowen 2-40; Ryan Thomas 2-18; Nathan Toney 1-15; Dah'Keeim Miller 1-2. Big Reds-Karson Snyder 2-18; Brenton Strange 1-12; Easton Martin 1-39; Brannon Turner 1-2.
INTERCEPTIONS: George Washington-Colten Rollyson 2-0; Ryan Thomas 1-7. Big Reds-None.
FUMBLES: George Washington-Emmett Brooks 1-1; Druw Bowen 1-1; Josh Mallet 1-1. Big Reds-Noah Weaver 1-0.
Kickoff time: 7:30 • End of Game: 9:58 • Total elapsed time: 2:28
SACKS (UA-A): George Washington-Druw Bowen 1-0. Big Reds-None.
TACKLES (UA-A): George Washington-Nathan Toney 6-0; Logan Priddy 4-0; Druw Bowen 4-0; JaQuan Hall 3-1; Cameron Hoston 2-1; Ryan Thomas 2-0; Colten Rollyson 2-0; David Smith 0-2; Spencer Fultineer 1-0; Alex Myers 1-0; Winsor Boggs 1-0; Lawrence Bryson II 1-0. Big Reds-Karson Snyder 7-1; Graham Nesselrode 5-1; Nick Johnson 5-1; Brenton Strange 4-1; Tyler Greathouse 3-0; Davey McNemar 3-0; Issiah Gossett 3-0; Easton Martin 2-1; Noah Weaver 2-1; Brannon Turner 2-0; Dakoda Sims 2-0; Bradley Craig 1-1; Christian Axman 1-0; Ben McFarland 1-0; Tyler Lawrentz 1-0; Ethan Forinash 1-0; Elijah Hern 1-0; Jarrid Winters 0-1.
Connor Louden.............................."Fightin' Joe" Miller
Louden, Miller Are Hall of Fame Selections The first two members of the Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 were inducted Friday prior to the season opener against George Washington as Connor Louden and Joe Miller were honored.
Louden is the first kicker/punter to be inducted into the Hall of Fame although he did play quarterback and became an outstanding receiver as well. Joining his father Barry in the Hall of Fame, the duo becomes the first father-son pair to be enshrined.
The younger Louden began his football career under coach Don Reeves at Jackson Junior High and was the kicker/punter in all three of his high school seasons for special teams coach Mark McCullough and head coach Bernie Buttrey. He also played some quarterback and was a starting receiver and defensive back as a senior.
He is the all-time leading kick scorer in PHS history with 140 points (89 extra points and 17 field goals, both school records). He holds the Stadium Field record for field goal with 47 yards and fell one short of the West Virginia consecutive kickoff touchback record of eight). He is the 11th all-time leading scorer in PHS history with 206 total points. As a senior he caught 39 passes for 807 yards (over 20 yards per catch) and nine touchdowns.
Louden was a first team all-state punter as a junior and senior in 2003 and 2004 and has the seventh best single-season punting average while tying for the most field goals in a single season with nine. He also played in the 2004 North-South All-Star Classic.
Also an outstanding basketball player, Louden is the second-leading all-time scorer in that sport at PHS where he was a two-time all-state selection and Gatorade Player of the Year in West Virginia.
After graduation he went to Princeton University and was the starting kicker there for three years. He kicked 21 field goals for the Tigers and added 50 extra points while coming within two of the all-time school record for consecutive extra points. He kicked two game-winning field goals and hit one three-pointer to force overtime against Colgate (which was coached by another PHS Hall of Famer, Dick Biddle). He was awarded the Caldwell Scholarship at Princeton, presented to the top four athletes going on for advanced degrees after graduation.
Miller was considered the best player on two teams which compiled a 19-1-1 record. A 170 pound offensive and defensive guard on the undefeated 1927 squad he followed that by being the only first team all-stater from the 1928 team which went 9-1-1 and gave up just six touchdowns all year. His junior year he led a defense which gave up just three touchdowns and had seven shutouts. The only loss his senior season was a 6-0 defeat against Huntington. In his final high school game he had two interceptions as a down lineman against Columbus Central.
Coach Maurice Carlson gave him the nickname “Fighting” Joe for his tenacity and never-say-die attitude and said “He was a tower of strength on the line.” He was the 23rd first team all-stater out of the 174 PHS players to earn that accolade. The other all-state guard in 1928 was a 170 pound Huntington High School player named Ben Schwartzwalder who would later coach at PHS and go on to even greater fame as the head man at Syracuse University.
In 1970 the Parkersburg Sentinel selected the all-time Mid-Ohio Valley football team and Miller earned a berth on the third unit.
South Charleston Grid-O-Rama Scrimmage Good Test For PHS
CHARLESTON - Facing one of the top, if not THE top, football team in West Virginia, the Big Reds expected to have their hands full with the high-powered offense of the South Charleston Black Eagles.
And they did.
The Black Eagles, led by quarterback Kentre Grier and speedster Fred Crozier, showed their skill with four touchdowns in the first half but overall the Big Reds gave a good account of themselves in the tip-off of the MSAC Grid-O-Rama before winding up on the short end of a 35-28 score.
South Charleston scored on four of its first five possessions, using the quick-strike ability they became famous for a year ago when they were state runners-up.
A 54 yard bomb down the left sideline from Grier to Crozier on their first offensive play was a hint of things to come. Three plays later they scored on a shovel pass.
The Big Reds stopped the Eagles on their next possession as Brannon Turner tipped a Grier pass and freshman Brenton Strange came up with an interception.
But a one yard punt on Parkersburg's next possession gave the Eagles the ball on the Big Reds' 33 and three plays later Grier hit Derrek Pitts down the left sidelines for another touchdown.
PHS then fumbled the ball away two plays later and the Eagles had the ball on the Big Reds' 24 yard line. Grier did the honors himself three plays later when he faked a dive and kept the ball over the right side for the final six yards to make the score 21-0 after the extra point
The Big Reds' next possession ended on a fourth down pass attempt near midfield and Grier & Co. quickly went to work again. A 29 yard pass to Crozier was followed by an 11 yard toss to Pitts and Chrisjamar Perkins, a 225 pound fullback, covered the final five yards to make it 28-0.
South Charleston had run just 17 plays with four of them being touchdowns.
The Big Reds finally settled down and put together a 70-yard, 11-play drive mostly through the air as Ethan Airhart hit seven of nine passes and also got a pass interference call. Turner caught three passes on the drive while Karson Snyder snared two. The touchdown came on an eight yard toss to Tyler Greathouse.
The first half ended with PHS having nine first downs and 110 total yards on 36 plays (eight of 15 passing for 66). South Charleston had 260 yards in total offense on just 21 plays with Grier hitting nine of 10 passes.
Second half action was full of non-starters for both teams with PHS dominating with 254 total yards to 106 for the Eagles. Joel Carty had two interceptions for PHS (giving him three for the pre-season).
South Charleston had a touchdown on a 23 yard pass to complete a long drive while PHS scored on a five-yard run by Nick Johnson that was set up by a 44 yard pass from Bradley Craig to Strange. The Big Reds also scored on a pair of passes from Kam Mace to Kendell Leary that covered 13 and 15 yards respectively. Johnson had a 31 yard reception from Craig that set up the first Leary score and Jaden Lacaria had runs of 20 and 11 yards on the second TD drive.
Overall, PHS had a 22-17 edge in first downs and gained 364 total yards on 66 plays while South Charleston had 366 yards on just 39 plays. PHS was 12 of 22 passing for 169 yards while South Charleston hit 11 of 14 passes with three picked off.
PHS Scrimmages at Winfield
WINFIELD - A slow start was followed by a fast finish for the Big Reds in their scrimmage at Winfield on Aug. 15.
The scrimmage was set up in various stages, taking turns running 10 plays each, then down-and-distance series and finally, first-and-goal from the 10. In between, the jayvee teams played a pair of 10 possession series each.
When the two and half hour workout was finished the Big Reds had scored a total of six touchdowns and had three more called back while holding Winfield to three scores (two in the goal-line situations).
The first PHS possession was nine straight runs and a pass that moved the ball from the 30 to the Winfield 34. The Generals then ran 10 plays and netted just five total yards thanks to sacks by Noah Weaver and Issiah Gossett.
The Big Reds went back on offense and again failed to score although they got inside the Winfield 10 before running out of plays. Ethan Airhart threw a 56 yards TD to Brannon Turner that was called back by penalty but still completed four of six passes for 50 yards with freshman Brenton Strange catching two for 22 and Easton Martin having a 20 yard reception.
Winfield then ran 10 plays and wound up on the PHS 39 despite losing a fumble (which reverted back to them under scrimmage rules). Weaver had another sack on the 10th play of the series.
The teams then went down-and-distance (requiring a first down to keep possession) and the Big Reds needed just five plays to score with Airhart hitting Strange for 39 yards on a play where he pulled the ball in with one hand and raced up the sidelines.
Both teams traded punts before Joel Carty had an interception (which he ran back for a TD) for PHS that was apparently wiped out by a scrimmage turnover rule. Winfield advanced to the PHS 13 but threw three straight incompletions to end the threat with Gossett, Ben McFarland and Dave McNemar applying pressure on the quarterback.
The jayvees took over with PHS having a 60 yard touchdown run by Wyatt Strobl called back before finally reaching the end zone on a 20 yard run by Jaden Lacaria. Winfield's 20 jayvee possessions resulted in a net of minus 11 yards with Kendall Leary, Dakoda Sims and Tanner Andrews leading the way defensively.
The varsity returned to the field and on the second play Airhart broke away for an apparent 69 yard touchdown run only to have it called back by an inadvertent whistle near midfield. PHS eventually scored on the down-and-distance series with a 10 yard pass from Airhart to Easton Martin. Martin caught four passes on that drive.
The Generals scored on their next possession, going 70 yards on nine plays before the teams switched to goal-line situations.
The Big Reds scored on three of four plays from the 10 yard line as Weaver and Lacaria both had 10 yard runs while McFarland caught an 11 yard scoring pass from Airhart. Winfield scored on two of eight plays from the 10.
Overall, the PHS varsity ran for 123 yards and passed for 117 as Airhart hit 15 of 19 passes for three touchdowns (and one called back) with no interceptions. Winfield had 73 yards rushing and 93 passing (11 of 22 with 1 interception). The PHS second unit had 115 yards rushing and 10 passing while holding the home team to minus 11 yards net.
2015 Marks 100th Anniversary of Big Reds' Nickname
The 2015 season will be the 100th anniversary of PHS adopting the Big Reds as their official mascot nickname.
PHS will still open with a home game against George Washington before traveling to Huntington for the second year in a row and then playing four straight home games against Capital, Marietta, Beckley and St. Albans.
The team will then travel to Ripley and Warren. They wind up the regular season with games at Cabell Midland and Parkersburg South. The Cabell Midland game is scheduled on Thursday and is the first time since 2006 for a Thursday game. That year PHS played George Washington in the Kickoff Classic at Charleston's Laidley Field. The Big Reds used to make an annual event of playing Marietta on Thanksgiving Day.
All games start at 7:30 p.m.
2015 PHS Football Schedule
Aug. 28 - George Washington (State Championship Team Night)
Oct. 9 - St. Albans (Senior Night & Military Appreciation Night)
Oct. 16 - at Ripley
Oct. 23 - at Warren
Oct. 29 (Thursday) - at Cabell Midland
Nov. 6 - at Parkersburg South
Junior Varsity Schedule Aug. 31 – at George Washington
Sept. 14 – Huntington
Sept. 21 – at Capital
Sept. 28 – at Marietta
Oct. 5 – at Beckley Woodrow Wilson
Oct. 12 – at St. Albans
Oct. 19 – Ripley
Oct. 26 – Warren
Nov. 2 – Cabell Midland
Nov. 5 – Parkersburg South (date tentative) (all games start at 6 p.m.)
Freshman Schedule Sept. 2 – at John Marshall
Sept. 9 – Ripley
Sept. 17 – Huntington
Sept. 23 – Marietta
Oct. 1 – at Bridgeport
Oct. 7 – at Morgantown
Oct. 14 – Brooke
Oct. 21 – Hurricane
Oct. 28 – at Wheeling Park
(all games start at 6 p.m.)
PHS Returns To 7th Place In All-Time Win Rankings
The Parkersburg High School football team has returned to seventh place in the official national high school all-time win rankings.
The six victories earned by the 2014 team pushed the PHS all-time record to 805 victories and moved the locals back into a seventh place tie on the all-time list with the Canton McKinley (Ohio) Bulldogs, who won just three games last season. The official rankings are published by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
PHS which will be celebrating the 100th year of Big Reds football this year, is 86 victories behind all-time leader Valdosta, which nipped the city of Parkersburg in the ESPN "Titletown" competition a few years ago. In 1915 the Parkersburg High School football team adopted the nickname Big Reds for the first time.
All-Time High School Football Wins
Valdosta Wildcats (GA)
Highlands Bluebirds, Ft. Thomas (KY)
Male Bulldogs, Louisville (KY)
Washington Tigers, Massillon (OH)
Mayfield Cardinals (KY)
Mount Carmel Red Tornadoes, (PA)
Parkersburg Big Reds (WV)
McKinley Bulldogs, Canton (OH)
Easton Red Rovers (PA)
Muskegon Big Reds (MI)
Summerville Green Wave (SC)
Everett Crimson Tide (MA)
Berwick Bulldogs (PA)
Highland Park Scots, Dallas (TX)
Central Tigers, Little Rock (AR)
East St. Louis Flyers (IL)
Brockton Boxers (MA)
Hampton Crabbers (VA)
Ada Cougars (OK)
Lawton Wolverines (OK)
Clinton Red Tornadoes (OK)
Dobyns-Bennett Indians, Kingsport (TN)
Steubenville Big Red (OH)
Pine Bluff Zebras (AR)
Bakersfield Drillers (CA)
Paducah Tilghman Blue Tornado (KY)
New Britain Golden Hurricanes(CT)
Sioux Falls Washington Warriors (SD)
Chefren Makes First Team All-State, All-MSAC
5 Other Big Reds Get Post-Season Honors
Max Chefren, senior defensive end, has been named to the first team defense for the 2014 All-State and All-Mountain State Athletic Conference football teams.
The all-state team, selected by the sportswriters, saw the 6-foot-2, 200 pound PHS senior named to the first unit.
Two other Big Reds were mentioned on the all-state list as senior Corey Burdette was named special honorable mention and senior Dan Fox was named honorable mention.
Chefren was joined on the All-MSAC honor squad by five other players, two second team selections, one special honorable mention and two honorable mention.
While Chefren was the only Big Red to be named to the first All-MSAC team, Burdette was selected as a second team running back and sophomore Ben McFarland was named as a second team offensive lineman. Fox was named to the special mention list while seniors Chase Shank and Charley Conley were named honorable mention.
Chefren had an incredible season on defense for PHS, leading the team with 107 tackles, 53 of them solo. He had an amazing 35 tackles for loss and 11 quarterback sacks. He also recovered two fumbles (one he returned 22 yards for a touchdown) and forced three more fumbles while even returning three short kickoffs for 68 yards (one for 41 yards).
Burdette led the team in scoring with 13 touchdowns, 11 rushing and two receiving. He paced the Big Reds with 700 yards rushing on 181 carries in 10 games while catching six passes for 66 yards.
McFarland, a two-year regular already on the line, was the key blocker all year as PHS averaged 29 points and 284.5 yards per game on offense. He also played defensive end and had 21 tackles.
Fox led the team in all-purpose yards with 854 and scored six touchdowns while passing for another. He caught 8 passes for a 22.1 average and three TD's while leading the team in interceptions with three and averaging 22.5 yards on 11 kick returns. He had a 9.9 yards per carry rushing average with 417 yards on 42 attempts.
Shank scored six touchdowns, had 360 rushing yards, three fumble recoveries and was second on the team in tackles with 90. Conley anchored the center of both lines, playing center on offense and nose guard on defense.
Dan Fox ...............Chase Shank.........Charley Conley
Capital won the conference championship this season and beat another MSAC team, South Charleston, for the Class AAA state championship. Capital's Jon Carpenter was named Coach of the Year and South Charleston junior quarterback Kentre Grier was named Player of the Year.
Big Reds Come Up 3 Points Shy In Bid to Upset Midland, 45-42
ONA - Were it not for two kickoff return touchdowns by the same player, Parkersburg's Big Reds would have pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in school history and definitely the biggest upset of the Class AAA high school football playoffs.
As it was the 15th ranked Big Reds nearly gained revenge for a regular season lop-sided loss and threw a giant scare into a team that was supposed to reach this year's state finals. The Knights were the second-ranked team in the state going into the first round of the playoffs.
In the end PHS came up three points short and suffered a 45-42 loss. Oddly enough, it was by the margin of a field goal that the Big Reds reached the playoffs (17-14 victory over Parkersburg South last week) and it was by the margin of a field goal that they were eliminated.
Showing incredible resilience and heart, the Big Reds overcame two kickoff return touchdowns by little-known Brady Elkins only to be unable to overcome a field goal with just over two minutes to play against the home-standing Knights, who had beaten PHS 42-21 back in the third week of the regular season.
Elkins returned the opening kickoff 66 yards for a touchdown and ran another back 65 yards in the middle of the second quarter while the Knights were putting on their usual potent running attack with 445 yards on the ground, 268 by Caperton Humphreys and 176 by Alex Childers.
But PHS was able to counter-punch with 300 yards passing and three touchdowns from Josh Trembly, who completed 12 of 19 passes with one interception. Included in that aerial attack was two TDs to jayvee quarterback/backup split end Karson Snyder, who was moved into the lineup due to the loss of two of PHS' regular receivers. Snyder caught only two passes but they were for touchdowns of 31 and 56 yards.
Dan Fox caught the other touchdown and also ran for a score while Austin Life was the leading receiver with 126 yards on four catches.
The Big Red passing game worked because Midland bunched all 11 defenders within a few yards of the line of scrimmage to stop the PHS run game and that worked well as the Big Reds were able to gain just 109 net yards on the ground although that did include minus 19 yards by Trembly.
Overall, Midland had 474 yards on 63 plays while PHS had 409 yards on 52 plays.
After the opening kick return TD by Midland, PHS was able to answer with 5:30 left in the first period when Snyder made a catch at the goal line with a Knight defender all over him.
A 51-yard run by Childers set up his five yard run with 4:12 on the clock to make it 14-7.
The Knights then put PHS in the hole with a punt to the Big Reds' nine yard line which was immediately followed by a five yard penalty. Josh Roney had to kick from his own three and Midland got the ball back just 31 yards from the end zone. In two plays Childers scored again to make it 21-7 with 11 minutes left in the first half.
But PHS responded with a 73 yard drive in just six plays to cut the lead to 21-14. A 36 yard pass to Brannon Turner set up a 23 yard scoring run by Fox with 8:21 on the second quarter clock.
The comeback momentum ended just 15 seconds later when another squib kickoff to gathered by Elkins, who did a rerun of his first score - but from one yard shorter. That touchdown made it 28-14 with 8:08 left before the half.
Again PHS responded, going 56 yards in just five plays with Corey Burdette covering the final five yards with 6:24 to play to again cut the margin to a touchdown at 28-21. The big play was a pass of 42 yards to Life.
With just 47 seconds remaining in the first half, Knight quarterback Coy Pettit scored from 16 yards away on a keeper to push the halftime lead to 35-21.
Midland looked like it was about to put the game on ice early in the second half when Humphreys broke away for a 55 yard touchdown run with just 1:46 gone in the third quarter. That made it 42-21 and Knight fans were starting to breath easier.
But there was no quit in the Big Reds as they answered in just six plays with Trembly hitting Fox from the 25 yard line after having connected on another bomb to Life for 33 yards. With 8:03 left in the quarter it was now 42-28.
Midland proceeded to use up 10 plays to go just 23 yards as they were hit with four penalties. The turned the ball over on downs at the Parkersburg 29 but the Big Reds suffered an interception at the Midland 20 late in the third period.
Again the Knights ate up clock time with 12 plays but again turned the ball over when Noah Weaver and Max Chefren stopped Childers for no gain on a fourth and one play at the 16 yard line.
Four plays later Chase Shank broke away for a 40 yard touchdown run to close the gap to 42-35 with 7:49 to play in what was now becoming a wild, wild west kind of shootout.
Leading by only a single score, Midland drove into the red zone again thanks to a 50 yard run by Childers but again the PHS defense rose up and held them at the three yard line, forcing Chris Heiner to come on and boot a 20 yard field goal with 5:36 still left to play which made it 45-35.
It did not take PHS long to answer that score however as Snyder got behind the Midland secondary again and hauled in a pass for a touchdown on a play that covered 56 yards and made it 45-42 with still 3:58 on the clock.
The Big Reds held the Knights to a three-and-out punt and got the ball back on their 29 with 2:06 remaining.
Three plays later PHS tried some trickery as Fox attempted a halfback pass but it was intercepted and Midland was able to run out the clock to preserve the victory.
#15 Big Reds vs #2 Knights (Nov 15, 2014 at Ona, WV) Score by Quarters.... 1 2 3 4 Total
Parkersburg Big Reds (6-5) 7 14 7 14 - 42
Cabell Midland Knights (10-1) 14 21 7 3 - 45
Qtr Time Scoring play 1st 11:49 MIDLAND - Brady Elkins 66 yd kickoff return (Chris Heiner kick)
05:30 PHS - Karson Snyder 31 yd pass from Josh Trembly (Josh Roney kick), 5-52 2:21
04:12 MIDLAND - Alex Childers 5 yd run (Chris Heiner kick), 5-31 0:11
2nd 11:00 MIDLAND - Alex Childers 3 yd run (Chris Heiner kick), 2-31 0:17
08:21 PHS - Dan Fox 23 yd run (Josh Roney kick), 6-73 2:32
08:08 MIDLAND - Brady Elkins 65 yd kickoff return (Chris Heiner kick)
06:24 PHS - Corey Burdette 5 yd run (Josh Roney kick), 5-56 1:43
00:47 MIDLAND - Coy Pettit 16 yd run (Chris Heiner kick), 6-42 2:00
3rd 10:14 MIDLAND - Caperton Humphreys 55 yd run (Chris Heiner kick), 1-55 0:10
08:03 PHS - Dan Fox 25 yd pass from Josh Trembly (Josh Roney kick), 6-65 2:10
4th 07:49 PHS - Chase Shank 40 yd run (Josh Roney kick), 3-84 1:20
05:36 MIDLAND - Chris Heiner 20 yd field goal, 6-62 2:13
03:58 PHS - Karson Snyder 56 yd pass from Josh Trembly (Josh Roney kick), 4-70 1:35
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.