2021 Big Red Football Schedule

(all games 7:30 unless indicated)

Aug. 27 – at Huntington (7-47)
Sept. 3 – Spring Valley (10-34)
Sept. 10 – Capital (28-20)
Sept. 17 – Parkersburg South
Sept. 24 – at Cabell Midland (7:00)
Oct. 1 – Hurricane
Oct. 8 – at South Charleston
Oct. 15 – Open
Oct. 22 – at Riverside
Oct. 29 – George Washington
Nov. 5 – at Musselman (7:00)

Jayvee Schedule

(all games start 6:30)

Aug. 30 – Huntington (30-20)
Sept. 6 – at Spring Valley (6-52)

Sept. 13 – at Capital (cxld)
Sept. 20 – at Park. South
Sept. 27 – Cabell Midland
Oct. 4 – at Hurricane
Oct. 11 – South Charleston
Oct. 25 – Riverside
Nov. 1 – at George Washington

Spring Valley Swamps PHS Jayvees
HUNTINGTON – Spring Valley struck quickly and often to post a 52-6 win over Parkersburg in a junior varsity football game here Monday afternoon.
The home team scored on the first play of the game, a 70 yard run, and added two more touchdowns in the next four plays to take a 20-0 lead and coast to the win.
PHS suffered three interceptions and lost quarterback Cooper Cancade with an injury in the middle of the game although he is expected to return to action for the next game.
The lone touchdown for the visitors was a six yard run by Cyrus Backus.
Parkersburg will travel to Capital on Oct. 13.

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 - Playoffs: 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)

The greatest hits of all time return to Parkersburg on Monday! That's right, the all new 1450 AM/98.1/107.9FM WVAM will be on the air and playing your favorite music from the 50's, 60's and 70's. Friday nights will also be FOOTBALL NIGHTS as we're proud to be your new home for the Parkersburg High School Big Reds! All the games - all season long - will be on our 3 frequencies and at wvamradio.com! Tune in and tell your friends!
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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 




South, PHS Resume Football Rivalry After Year of Waiting

After a year of waiting because of COVID, Parkersburg High and Parkersburg South will resume their city football rivalry Friday night at 7:30 at Stadium Field.
When last year’s contest was called off because of COVID issues, it meant the two teams would not be meeting on the field for the first time since 1966. The first game was played in 1967. It also meant South head coach Nathan Tanner would have to wait to make his debut in the intra city contest. Tanner took over last year as the Patriots’ head coach.
While PHS holds a commanding 37-16 lead in the series that does not mean the rivalry has not heated up recently. Since the turn of the century each team has won 10 times in the rivalry with South claiming victory in the last meeting on the field in 2019 by a 49-14 score (the second largest margin of victory ever for South). Big Red coach Mike Byus has a 2-1 record in the series.
This year’s meeting figures to be a dogfight despite injuries to several key PHS players. Both teams played Capital on virtually even terms with South winning 29-28 thanks to a missed two-point conversion attempt by the Cougars. Capital had not practiced at all for the week prior to the game due to their school being closed for in-classroom learning. Meanwhile, PHS won 28-20 over Capital last week but had to survive a late scare with a pass breakup in the end zone with under three minutes remaining that would have given the Cougars a chance to tie the game with a successful two-point try. However, PHS also blew two scoring chances with lost fumbles but got four rushing touchdowns and over 200 yards on the ground from Bryson Singer.
South is coming off a 61-13 win over visiting Beckley Woodrow Wilson in which sophomore quarterback Robert Shockey completed 11 of 18 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 110 yards and two more scores.
In between the Capital and Beckley games, South dropped a 62-33 decision at University (which is 3-0 with three blowout victories). Parkersburg’s other games were losses at Huntington (3-0 including big 21-17 win over rival Cabell Midland last week) and Spring Valley (2-1 with only loss to Midland).
While PHS relies heavily on senior Singer and his multitude of varied talents, South is led by two sophomores who also happen to be champion wrestlers, Shockey and Gage Wright, and junior speedster, Cyrus Traugh, who has been putting up incredible numbers.
Singer, who plays quarterback, tailback, wide receiver and defensive back, has rushed for 238 yards on 49 carries including 68 yards in losses (mostly as a quarterback). He has passed for 36 yards and a touchdown while catching eight passes himself from David Parsons for 104 yards. Parsons, a sophomore, has completed 18 of 28 passes for 196 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.
The second-leading rusher and pass receiver for PHS are both out with injuries. Xadrian Snodgrass has 70 yards on the ground in two games while Carter King had three catches for 32 yards and a touchdown in one game. Logan Hartshorn and Austin Fleming proved capable running the ball last week while Casey Stanley and Anthony Ice have become primary receivers.
South’s offense is paced by Shockey, a 6-foot, 180 pounder who has rushed for 298 yards (6.1 average per carry) and four touchdowns. Shockey also happens to be a national champion wrestler who was state runner-up a year ago in West Virginia as a freshman. Shockey has completed 64 percent of his passes (41 of 64) for 588 yards, six touchdowns and been intercepted three times.
The Patriots’ leading scorer and receiver is junior Cyrus Traugh (6-1, 165) with six touchdowns and a whopping 31 receptions for 395 yards and three scores. Traugh has three rushing touchdowns while averaging 9.3 yards per attempt and has two interceptions on defense.
Aiden Cooke (5-11, 190 jr.) is the team’s second-leading rusher with 253 yards on 46 carries with three touchdowns while Wright is the number two receiver with six catches for 84 yards.
Wright (5-10, 160) was a state champion wrestler a year ago as a freshman, and is by far the leading tackler on the South defense with 33 stops. He has 4.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, an interception and two fumble recoveries. Braeden Hamilton (5-10, 165 jr.) is second in tackles with 23 and Turner Garretson (5-11, 185 soph.) is third with 22 stops.
Linebacker Zach Howard leads the PHS defense with 32 tackles and a fumble recovery. He also has two pass breakups. Kyle Hall and Jeffery Jones have 28 and 23 tackles respectively while Austin Fleming has five tackles for loss including four sacks and an interception. A key area PHS is looking to improve on defense is turnovers. The Big Reds have just two takeaways while turning the ball over 11 times themselves.

Haught, Holbert to Enter Hall of Fame Friday

Two young men who played side-by-side on the football field for nine years will be inducted side-by-side into the Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame Friday night prior to the Big Reds’ game at Stadium Field against Parkersburg South.
Steve Haught and Brian Holbert were stalwarts on one of the best defenses in the history of PHS in 1998 and were two of five first team all-state selections on a team which shut out nine of 10 regular season opponents (tying an 87-year-old record) and did not have its first team defense scored upon until the playoffs. Nine of 11 defensive starters from that team are now in the Hall of Fame.
The two played tackle and end together since the third grade and by the time they were juniors at PHS they helped lead the Big Reds to an 11-3 record and a 12-1 mark as seniors (falling to eventual champion Nitro 24-15 in the semifinals before 13,000 paid fans, the largest crowd to ever see a game at Stadium Field).
Haught joined Mike Lerch to give PHS both the end positions on the all-state team and it was Haught that put up some incredible numbers like four sacks in one game and 22 sacks for the year. He had 110 tackles that year including the sacks and 16 other tackles for loss. His total of 25 career sacks was a record until last year when Justin Waybright made first team all-state with 13 sacks to go with 15 sacks as a junior. Haught was runner-up in the voting for the Hunt award as the state’s top defensive player.
“I’m very honored and grateful to be included with such an amazing group of talented football players at Parkersburg High School.” said Haught. “I was a product of my environment on our defense. I had a lot of great players alongside me like Brian Holbert, Vic Lombard, Mike Lerch, Al Hammell and the two best safeties in the state in Eric Grimm and Nick Swisher. I was also blessed to have played for the greatest coaching staff a player could ever ask for in coach (Marshall) Burdette, coaches  (Steve) Grimm, (Craig) Farnsworth, (Steve) Parker and (Rick) Phillips. They made me the man I am today.”
Haught played in the BACF game in June of 1999 and had tackles but came down with mononucleosis which sidelined his college career. He attended Marshall University studying business management and sports management. He has been in the Oil & Gas industry as a senior Right-of-way agent for the last 14 years. He and his wife Jodi have been married for 13 years and have three children, Taylor 11, Skylar 7, and Steven II, 4.
“Steve Haught was a star among stars on the 1998 Big Red team,” said coach Burdette. “He was a vital part of a first team defensive unit that did not allow a point in the regular season. He personified a team player. He had more sacks in one season than most teams do and he changed how defensive end was played in West Virginia. ”
Anchoring that stiff Big Red line was the 6-foot-3, 265 pound Holbert who had 61 tackles, including seven for loss to go with two sacks. He even returned a fumble for a touchdown against Parkersburg South and had 10 sacks and 18 tackles for loss during his career.
Holbert did not play college football but chose to enroll into an apprenticeship program with Ironworkers Local Union 787. He moved to Morgantown in 2013 to work as a plant operator at Mylan Pharmaceuticals but moved back to Vienna in 2018 and is now employed as an operator at Zoetis. He has been married to his wife Holly for 16 years and they have a 16 year-old son Camryn who is a sophomore at PHS.
“I feel honored to have been able to play the game I love throughout my high school years with some of the best of the best,” said Holbert. “I am proud to be part of the PHS family. I can’t believe it’s been 22 years since I played on this turf, but like we say Once a Big Red, Always a Big Red.”
Coach Burdette said of Holbert, “Brian goes into the Hall of Fame as one of the best defensive players in the storied history of Parkersburg Big Reds football. He was co-captain and all-stater and his coach Rick Phillips said he played with so much leverage and discipline that he was never out of position. Rick often said that Brian was the best technician he had coached and I remember other teams would double-team him freeing linebackers to make play but usually Brian would make the play anyway.”                                                                                                                        

4 TD Night By Singer Lifts PHS Over Capital, 28-20

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Bryson Singer scored all four touchdowns and helped thwart Capital’s comeback attempt with a pass breakup in the end zone as the senior standout led Parkersburg to a 28-20 win over the visiting Cougars Friday night at Stadium Field.
The senior captain started the game at quarterback but quickly switched to tailback and raced for 206 yards on 32 carries while scoring all the Big Red touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 46 yards to account for 252 of his team’s 327 total yards.
And with less than three minutes left in the game and Capital trying to come back from the eight-point deficit but facing a fourth and eight situation at the PHS 10 yard line it was Singer who helped break up a pass attempt in the end zone to give the Big Reds the ball back. Singer then iced the victory by running for first downs of 17 and 54 yards in the final 90 seconds of the game.
The win ended a two-game losing streak for PHS and stopped an eight-game losing streak at the hands of the Cougars, who fell to 0-3 on the season including a 29-28 loss to Parkersburg South, a team which will cross the Little Kanawha River next Friday to meet the Big Reds in their annual showdown at Stadium Field.
The Big Red defense, playing without starters Xadrian Snodgrass, Kevin Hancock and Carter King among others, was able to hold the Capital big play offense in check for most of the night, allowing only a 19 yard long run, a 42 yard long reception and a 28 yard kickoff return. Kyle Hall, Zach Howard and Jeffery Jones led the PHS prevent unit.
Capital’s offense was led by quarterback Jacqai Long who completed 14 of 25 passes for 188 yards, two touchdowns and was sacked twice while rushing for 47 yards on 15 attempts with 21 yards in losses. Shawn James, the Cougars’ breakaway standout was limited to 42 yards rushing on nine carries and caught four passes for 34 yards and one touchdown.
James started the game by falling down at the three yard line after receiving the opening kickoff on the goal line. Capital was forced to punt and PHS started its first series just 24 yards from the Cougar goal line. The home team ran three plays to the 14 but Singer had the ball stripped on the 25 and the visitors recovered to end the early threat.
Capital then moved 72 yards to score but had to settle for a field goal after getting a first and goal at the Big Red three yard line. Brayden Scott’s kick was good from 20 yards away to put the Cougars on the board first after a seven minute, 16-play drive.
The Big Reds answered with a 74-yard, 11-play drive that was capped by Singer’s four yard run behind some great blocking, particularly by Curtis Hayes. Casey Stanley’s kick made it 7-3 with 9:44 left in the half.
Capital went on top 10-7 thanks to a 42-yard pass to Elijah McDaniel and then an eight yard toss to James with 4:21 left in the second period.
A 46-yard pass and run play by Singer helped set up the next Parkersburg score, a two-yard run with 51 seconds left before intermission. Stanley’s kick made it 14-10.
Again Capital took the lead on a 13 yard pass to Brayden Slack just 1:44 into the second half. That was set up by a Big Red fumble at the PHS 33 and it took the visitors five plays to reach the end zone and go up 17-14.
It took just 3:08 for PHS to regain the lead 21-17 on a 36 yard TD run by Singer who broke a tackle at the 20 and raced up the sidelines for the six points.
Capital answered but only with a 32 yard field goal by Scott to keep PHS in the lead 21-20 with 2:55 left in the third quarter.
A Stanley punt put the Cougars in the hole on their own 12 yard line and Capital’s answering kick gave PHS the ball on the 40 yard line of the visitors and set up a three-minute drive that was capped by Singer’s fourth TD run over right guard with 6:46 left in the game. The extra point kick made it 28-20 and set up the last ditch effort by the visitors.
Capital started its last drive from the 33 and moved all the way to the Big Red 10 behind the passing of Long but two runs were stopped by Hall and teammates and an incomplete pass in between set up the last attempt in the end zone that Singer was there to get a hand on for the break-up.

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 - Total
Capital........ 3 7 10 0 - 20
Parkersburg 0 14 7 7 - 28

Qtr Time Scoring Play V-H
1st 01:58 CAPITAL - Brayden Scott 20 yd field goal, 16-72 6:55 3 - 0
2nd 09:44 PHS - Bryson Singer 4 yd run (Casey Stanley kick), 11-74 3:56 3 - 7
04:21 CAPITAL - Shawn James 8 yd pass from Jacqai Long (Brayden Scott kick), 4-61 1:40 10 - 7
00:51 PHS - Bryson Singer 2 yd run (Casey Stanley kick), 9-66 3:21 10 - 14
3rd 10:16 CAPITAL - Brayden Slack 13 yd pass from Jacqai Long (Brayden Scott kick), 5-33 1:06 17 - 14
07:10 PHS - Bryson Singer 36 yd run (Casey Stanley kick), 8-67 2:59 17 - 21
02:55 CAPITAL - Brayden Scott 32 yd field goal, 9-43 4:06 20 - 21
4th 06:46 PHS - Bryson Singer 7 yd run (Casey Stanley kick), 6-40 2:50 20 - 28
Kickoff time: 7:30 • End of Game: 10:13 • Total elapsed time: 2:43

Cougars, Big Reds Collide Friday

Two teams still searching for their first victory of the season will collide Friday night at Stadium Field when the Capital Cougars come to town to face the Parkersburg Big Reds.
While the injury-riddled Big Reds are coming off a 34-10 loss to Spring Valley, Capital is fresh from a 42-14 loss to South Charleston and their standout quarterback Trey Dunn who accounted for five touchdowns in that game.
Capital opened its season with a 29-28 loss at Parkersburg South in a game which saw the Cougars unable to practice for the week prior to the game due to covid issues. In that game the Cougars rallied with two late touchdowns to pull within a point but new head coach Mark Mason elected to try to take advantage of his team’s momentum and that plus having to use a  new kicker caused him to go for the two-point conversion and victory but was unsuccessful.
Last week against South Charleston it was too much Dunn as the talented quarterback threw for three scores and ran for two more as the Black Eagles piled up 526 yards in total offense. Antonio Miller rushed for 167 yards on 20 carries for the winners.
Capital had some flashes during the three hour game with SC as quarterback JacQai Long (6-1, 185 soph.) completed 15of 29 passes for 208 yards and ran for one touchdown while Shawn James (6-1, 205 sr.) rushed for 86 yards and caught four passes for 79 yards but turnovers hurt the Cougars.
For the year Long has completed 33 of 63 passes for 530 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He has ran the ball 21 times for 59 yards and a score while Zion Smith (6-0, 200 sr.) has rushed 14 times for 47 yards and one touchdowns. James has carried 20 times for 89 yards and two scores while also catching eight passes for 228 yards and two more touchdowns.
Top receivers for Capital are James and Trenton Tiggle (6-1, 165 jr.) with eight catches for 129 yards, Brayden Slack (5-10, 160 soph.) with six catches for 84 yards and Shannon Brown (6-1, 195 sr.) with six receptions for 44 yards.
The Big Reds, meanwhile, will have to make adjustments with as many as five two-way starters out with injuries.
Senior Bryson Singer has completed three of 10 passes for 36 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions while rushing 17 times for 36 yards (that includes 43 yards lost trying to pass). Singer is the team’s leading receiver with six catches for 58 yards.
Sophomore David Parsons has passed for 138 yards on the year with one touchdown and three interceptions as he has completed 13 of 20 passes.
Xadrian Snodgrass is the Big Reds leading rusher with 70 yards on 10 carries but PHS has yet to score a touchdown on the ground. Carter King has one touchdown receiving but is out for at least six weeks with an injury. Casey Stanley has caught the other touchdown pass and the sophomore is the team’s leading scorer with 11 points including a field goal and is averaging 40.6 yards per punt.
Defensively, Zach Howard leads the team with 20 tackles and a fumble recovery while Kyle Hall and Austin Fleming have 15 stops each with Fleming also accounting for an interception and two sacks.
It will be the 30th meeting between the two rivals with Capital holding a 16-13 edge in the series. They did not meet last year so the Big Reds will still be trying to end an eight-game losing streak at the hands of the Cougars dating back to 2009 when PHS prevailed 28-14.

Barnum, Barbour Latest Hall of Fame Inductees

A member of a legendary Parkersburg Big Red football family and yet another in a long line of outstanding linebackers will be inducted into the PHS Football Hall of Fame this Friday at Stadium Field prior to the game with the visiting Capital Cougars.
Pete Barnum and Leigh Barbour are the latest inductees into the prestigious Hall of Fame.
Robert “Pete” Barnum (1902-1929)
Robert “Pete” Barnum, eldest of three brothers who played at Parkersburg, was an elite athlete at PHS, West Virginia University and in the National Football League.
In 1920 Barnum scored 37 points against Fairmont West – the most ever by a Big Reds gridder.  In that game he scored five touchdowns, kicked seven extra points and threw a TD pass for good measure.
Barnum was known as a bruising fullback during his three-year stint at Parkersburg.  He earned first-team all-state honors as a junior in 1920 and second-team accolades in 1921.  That 1921 team went 9-0, outscored opponents 317-25, and was named West Virginia state champions.  He scored 137 points in his prep football career and was called the King of Scholastic Football Players upon leaving PHS.
If his football success weren’t enough, Barnum also won the discus, hammer and javelin at the 1921 state track meet.
At WVU, he made the All-Decade Team of the 1920s as a running back when there were only 12 total members of that all-star unit.  Two were from Parkersburg – Barnum and guard Joe Setron.  Barnum played 23 games in his Mountaineer career, scoring 13 touchdowns and kicking 25 extra points.
In 1926, Barnum played for the Columbus Tigers in the NFL.  In the second game of the season, he intercepted a pass and returned it 103 yards for a touchdown.  That remains the longest interception return by a rookie in NFL history.
Barnum’s two younger brothers – Gene and Leonard – also left their marks at Parkersburg as all were great kickers.  Len, nicknamed Feets, is in the PHS Hall of Fame and won an NFL title with the New York Giants in 1938.
Pete Barnum died tragically in a horrific industrial accident in 1929 at the age of 27.
Leigh Barbour (1993-95)
In 1995 Parkersburg High School made its first serious surge toward a state football championship since playing in the title game 10 years earlier.  That 1995 squad was built around defense – just like the two championship teams of the 1970’s had been as well as the 1985 team that lost in the state finals.
The Big Red prevent unit allowed only 76 points in 13 games during that 1995 run and the first-team defense gave up just 38 (or just about three points a game) with five shutouts.  The Big Reds did permit a season-high 18 points in a disappointing semi-final loss at home to Hedgesville - a team Parkersburg had defeated in week two, 14-7.
Two of the reasons Parkersburg’s goal line was nearly impenetrable was because of the linebacking play of Barbour and his running mate Nathan Kirby.  You might have been able to block one on occasion, but certainly not both.  Barbour, at 6-2 and 200 lbs. muscled his way to 105 tackles on the season while Kirby recorded 122 on his way to Gatorade Player of the Year honors.
While defense is where Barbour really left his mark on opponents, it was at tight end that he earned first-team all-state honors.  With his size, he was a crunching blocker for backs Kirk Oliver and Kelly Wilfong who combined for 2,200 yards rushing.  He was also the number one receiver on a team that didn’t throw much but left its fate in the hands of its defense.
Still, Barbour had 14 receptions for 315 yards and five touchdowns.  He made the most of his few offensive opportunities by averaging 23 yards per catch!
Barbour went on to Ohio University where he was a four-year letter winner, an all-Mid-American Conference outside linebacker and a graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Sciences.  He remains 5th in school history with 14 sacks.
He and his wife Maria have three daughters Ericka, Hannah and Emma.  Barbour is the District Facilities Manager for the Navy Exchange, living in the Chicago area.

Big Reds Fall To Spring Valley
Game Statistics / Game Photos

Injuries and turnovers made things tough for Parkersburg’s Big Reds tonight as dropped a 34-10 decision to visiting Spring Valley.
While Spring Valley used a balanced attack to grind out 480 yards on 66 plays, PHS lost two two-way starters early in the game, turned the ball over four times (three interceptions and a fumble) and could muster just 203 yards on 38 plays as they dropped their second game in a row.
The Big Reds started the game off with a good drive that resulted in a 35 yard field goal by Casey Stanley with just under four minutes elapsed. A 30-yard run by Xadrian Snodgrass was the big play on the drive as the senior running back was hit at the line but spun out and raced up the left sideline to the Spring Valley 21. Two more Snodgrass carries moved the ball to a first and goal at the six yard line but a false start penalty was followed by a one yard game, an incomplete pass and a sack.
PHS lost Kevin Hancock on that first series with an ankle injury and would lose Snodgrass with an ankle injury in the middle of the second quarter.
The Big Reds forced a punt on the next series but three plays later Ty Bartrum of the Timberwolves intercepted a pass and returned it 34 yards for the go-ahead score with 1:51 left in the first quarter.
PHS could have answered on the ensuing offensive effort but Bryson Singer threw a long pass to a receiver who had no defender within 20 yards but turned the wrong way and could not make the catch on what would have been an easy touchdown. That was followed by two more false start penalties and a punt.
The visitors made it 13-3 on their next possession thanks to a 48 yard pass from Dalton Fouch to Ben Turner and Fouch would follow that up with a 28 yard pass to Bartrum that pushed the score to 19-3.
With just 1:07 left before the half, PHS hit the end zone on a David Parsons 41 yard pass and run play to Stanley, who caught the ball on the sideline, side-stepped a defender and raced untouched for the touchdown to make it 19-10 at the half after he kicked the extra point.
Spring Valley started the second half with a 65-yard, nine play drive that was capped by Bartrum’s three-yard run. A 27 yard pass to Bartrum was the big play.
PHS took the kickoff and drove to the Spring Valley nine yard line in an effort to close the gap but Parsons was intercepted in the end zone by Bartrum. Another Big Red threat in the fourth quarter was also thwarted by an interception in the end zone while the visitors got a break earlier in the final stanza when they recovered a PHS fumble on the Big Red 11 yard line.
Jace Caldwell led the winners with 107 yards on 15 carries while Fouch completed 11 of 17 passes for 193 yards with Bartrum catching four for 85. The Timberwolves had no turnovers and piled up 26 first downs.
Snodgrass had 66 yards rushing on seven carries for PHS despite playing less than half the game while sophomore Parsons was eight of 12 passing for 116 yards and two interceptions. Singer caught five passes for 50 yards.
Zach Howard and Austin Fleming (2 sacks) paced the PHS defense.

Spring Valley vs Parkersburg (Sept 3, 2021 at Parkersburg)
Score by Quarters   1 2 3 4 - Total
Spring Valley         7 12 8 7 - 34
Parkersburg          3  7  0 0 - 10
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 07:59 PHS - Casey Stanley 35 yd field goal, 10-49 4:01
01:51 SV - Ty Bartrum 34 yd interception return (Landon Mosser kick)
2nd 10:35 SV - Ben Turner 48 yd pass from Dalton Fouch (Landon Mosser kick failed), 4-67 1:55
03:17 SV - Ty Bartrum 28 yd pass from Dalton Fouch (Landon Mosser kick failed), 11-77 6:27
01:07 PHS - Casey Stanley 41 yd pass from David Parsons (Casey Stanley kick), 6-59 2:02
3rd 06:51 SV - Ty Bartrum 3 yd run (Ty Bartrum rush), 9-65 4:59
4th 07:17 SV - Jace Caldwell 9 yd run (Crosby Short kick), 2-11 0:54

Weber, Dr. Manzo Lead Off PHS Football Hall of Fame 2021 Class

As football returns for what is hoped to be a full season so does the Parkersburg High School Big Red Football Hall of Fame.
Leading off the Class of 2021 is offensive lineman extraordinaire John Weber. He is joined by 30-year team eye care expert Dr. Michael Manzo.
The two will be inducted Friday, Sept. 3 prior to the Spring Valley football game at Stadium Field.
Weber was a two-time all-state selection as an offensive lineman, quite an accomplishment for young man who was also a member of the record-setting Big Red swim team. That’s right…swim team. At 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds and capable of running an incredible 4.7 in the 40 yard dash it is safe to assume he made a big splash in the pool.
His aggressiveness on the football field made him an outstanding blocker and helped the Big Reds average 31 points per game during his three-year career as a starter and also helped the team make the playoffs all three years. As a senior he played middle linebacker and ranked second on the team in tackles.
A member of the National Honor Society, Weber was recruited to play football for Colgate University by former Big Red Dick Biddle, another PHS Hall of Famer. Weber played four years at Colgate, starting 38 consecutive games on the offensive line. He was second team All Patriot League selection as a junior and first team as a senior when he was named team captain and led Colgate to the league championship and the quarterfinals of the NCAA Football Championship Series playoffs.
After graduating from Colgate in 2016 Weber enrolled in the West Virginia University College of Law and graduated in 2019. He lives in Parkersburg and works as a personal injury attorney for Jan Dils. He is the son of Mary Virginia and Kevin Maskell of North Hills and the late Michael Weber of St. Marys. He is engaged to Sydney Durbin of Charleston.
Dr. Manzo graduated from PHS in 1960 and WVU in 1965 and Southern College of Optometry in 1968. He spent two years as a captain in the U.S. Air Force in Great Falls, MT. In 1970 he returned to Parkersburg to open private practice and retired from the Vienna Eye Clinic in 2013.
An avid Big Reds fan, Dr. Manzo spent 30 years being the Big Reds football team eye doctor, traveling with the team and administering eye care to his favorite team both on and off the field.
Dr. Manzo lives in Vienna with his wife Mary Ellen. They are the proud parents of four daughters and three grand-daughters. He is a member of St. Michael’s church in Vienna, a 32-degree Mason and Jester’s Court 156.

Huntington Plays Take Away/Keep Away In 47-7 Win Over PHS

Game Statistics / Game Photos

HUNTINGTON - Huntington's Highlanders played Take Away/Keep Away from Parkersburg here Friday night at Bob Sang Stadium in posting a 47-7 season-opening win over the Big Reds.

The home team took advantage of five PHS turnovers and ran twice as many plays and had twice the amount of possession time as the visitors en route to their impressive win. Huntington ran 70 plays for 469 yards while PHS managed just 109 yards on 32 plays and were hurt by three interceptions and two lost fumbles.The hosts also had 27:40 time of possession to just 14:37 for PHS in a game which featured the running clock mercy rule in the fourth quarter.

Taking just 33 seconds to score to begin the game, the Big Reds looked like they were on their way to a great first game showing but after that quick score it was all Highlanders as Gavin Lochow scored twice and threw for two more touchdowns while running for 81 yards and passing for 136 more. The home team had 322 yards rushing.

Parkersburg got a 49 yard kickoff returning by Anthony Ice to start the game and two plays later Bryson Singer found Carter King from 24 yards away for a touchdown with just over half a minute elapsed in the game. Casey Stanley added the point after kick.

But Huntington put six touchdowns and two field goals on the board to avenge last year's 25-14 loss at Parkersburg.

The Big Reds finished with just 51 yards rushing as Singer had 37 total on 10 attempts while completing three of six passes for 36 yards with two interceptions and also caught one pass for eight yards. David Parsons was five of eight passing for 22 yards one one score. King caught three passes for 32 yards but was injured in the second quarter and did not play the rest of the game.

Parkersburg vs Huntington (Aug 27, 2021 at Huntington)
Score by Quarters 1  2  3  4 - Total
Parkersburg                 7  0  0  0 - 7
Huntington                  7 14 23 3 - 47
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 11:27 PHS - Carter King 24 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Casey Stanley kick), 2-34 0:33
06:44 HUNT - Naykin Harrell 1 yd pass from Gavin Lochow (Johnny Aya-Ay kick), 9-80 4:43
2nd 08:42 HUNT - Gavin Lochow 3 yd run (Johnny Aya-Ay kick), 10-84 5:01
04:30 HUNT - Gavin Lochow 6 yd run (Johnny Aya-Ay kick), 6-47 2:27
3rd 05:53 HUNT - Johnny Aya-Ay 27 yd field goal, 10-37 0:12
05:07 HUNT - Curtis Jones 7 yd run (Johnny Aya-Ay kick), 3-25 0:36
02:02 HUNT - Amari Felder 4 yd run (Johnny Aya-Ay kick), 6-27 1:58
01:37 HUNT - Amari Felder 5 yd pass from Gavin Lochow (Johnny Aya-Ay kick failed), 1-5 0:16
4th 09:03 HUNT - Johnny Aya-Ay 34 yd field goal, 7-21 3:45

Bryson Singer "Mr. Versatile"

By Rick ryan. Charleston Gazette

So, just how versatile is Parkersburg senior Bryson Singer?
Well, consider that he led the Mountain State Athletic Conference in rushing last season with 1,235 yards ... as a quarterback. Oh, and he also caught an 85-yard touchdown pass against Jefferson.
Yes, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior might be one of the most multi-faceted players in West Virginia, and Big Reds coach Mike Byus seems determined to find out just how many positions Singer can play this season.
"He's very versatile,'' Byus said. "We're going to play him everywhere, provided he's healthy. Bryson's going to play defense, Bryson's going to play different positions offensively. You don't actually have to put him at running back because when he's a quarterback, he's basically a running back from the quarterback position.''
Singer averaged better than 154 rushing yards per game as a junior and also threw for 687 yards and 11 touchdowns as Parkersburg went 6-2 and earned the No. 8 seed for the Class AAA playoffs. However, due to Wood County's COVID-19 status that week, the Big Reds weren't able to play their first-round game against Spring Mills and their season ended that way.
It's not like Singer suddenly turned into a Swiss army knife a year ago. Even as a sophomore, he flashed his all-around skills, rushing for 1,342 yards and seven TDs and passing for 1,311 yards and 16 scores. That's 241 yards of total offense per game.
But Byus appears more intent on using Singer all over the field this season, especially since promising sophomore David Parsons figures to get some run at quarterback.
"I've been hearing, 'Put him at running back,' but you know teams set their defenses to running backs,'' Byus said. "They don't necessarily count on the quarterback to run, but now with him they do at this point. Having him there as a dual threat [at quarterback], it's just different than sticking him at running back. And he's a heck of a receiver -- great hands.
"He can play outside linebacker and can play inside linebacker, actually, if we wanted him to. He can play safety -- strong or free. He's just so versatile, and talented in a lot of different areas. We took him to several camps and he played corner some since he's long and rangy. He covered everybody they threw at him just because of his length.''
Big Reds track coach Rod O'Donnell had the same experience with Singer competing on his squad, which won the AAA state title in June -- Singer can do so many things that O'Donnell wasn't sure exactly which events Singer should enter.
"I think that's been part of the recruiting process as well,'' Byus said of college football programs taking a look at Singer. "They're not sure where they want to use him, so I think it's actually slowed down the recruiting a little bit.
"And we haven't been able to train him in about a month now with some nagging injuries, like his hamstring. We're just hoping he gets healthy so we can utilize the 100% Bryson Singer. A healthy Bryson Singer will really help us a bunch, I can tell you that.''
Moving Singer around, and not relying on him to take every snap at quarterback, will allow Byus to employ him more on defense. Typically, Byus doesn't like to use his starting QB on defense, a move followed by many Class AAA coaches. Last year, Singer had 13 total tackles and one interception in eight games.
"We don't normally do that,'' Byus said. "Maybe in spots. This year, we've got a young man [Parsons] who does a great job swinging it around, so that's why we're going to use Bryson some at wideout, and we'll utilize his talents in different ways and see how that progresses.''

Strength Up Front Could Be Key For 2021 Big Red Football Squad Success

By Joe Brocato, WV Metronews
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Parkersburg was one of four Mountain State Athletic Conference teams to earn a top-eight seed in the 2020 Class AAA playoffs. After a 6-2 regular season, the Big Reds were unable to take the field in the postseason after the COVID metrics map became an opponent they couldn’t defeat.

“We all felt bad, especially for the seniors,” said Parkersburg head coach Mike Byus. “You fight your tail off to get a home playoff game and you don’t get to play it. We only played eight games last year but we could have played all ten. We didn’t have any issues until that one week.”

There are many reasons for excitement around Stadium Field this season and Byus says it all starts up front with a group of starting big guys that recently won the MSAC lineman challenge.

“We’re extremely strong up front. It is the strongest bunch we have had collectively on both sides of the ball up front. We are pleased with the progress there.”

The PHS line will go to work in front of their third-year starting quarterback Bryson Singer. In eight games last fall, Singer was the team’s leading passer and rusher. He accounted for 2,007 yards of offense and 28 touchdowns. Quarterback may not be the only position Singer occupies on offense.

“You may see him everywhere. He is very athletic. He is tall. He is lean and he is powerful when he runs the football. He can catch the football like a champ. He throws a good ball, especially the deep ball. But he is a heck of a safety because he is long and rangy and it is hard to get a ball over him.”

Singer welcomes the return of his top receiver. Carter King reeled in 18 passes for 280 yards and 8 touchdowns last fall.

“He is quick and fast and very knowledgeable about what we are doing. We have some guys who have been in our system long enough to know the base stuff. So as we start to expand, we have some young kids who are probably going to end up playing there who are pretty good.”

Parkersburg’s schedule features six playoff teams, including the No. 1 (Cabell Midland), No. 2 (South Charleston), No. 3 (Musselman) and No. 7 (Spring Valley) seeds in last year’s postseason.

“If we were playing any average football teams, I think these kids would win ten games. If we had any average teams on our schedule, we do not. Let’s just talk about the first four — we go to Huntington, Spring Valley comes here, Capital comes here and we go to Cabell Midland. Anybody want to play that schedule?”

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.

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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 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, Charles 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    
1 936 Valdosta GA (1913-2020, 936-240-34)    
2 914 Louisville Male KY (1893-2020, 914-332-49)    
3 909 Massillon Washington OH (1894-2020, 909-294-36)    
4 907 Mayfield KY (1919-2020, 907-260-32)    
5 906 Fort Thomas Highlands KY (1915-2020, 906-251-26)    
6 868 Mount Carmel PA (1893-2020, 868-333-59)    
6 868 Muskegon MI (1895-2020, 868-282-43)    
8 858 Easton PA (1894-2020, 858-366-54)    
9 851 Canton McKinley OH (1894-2020, 851-361-42)    
10 838 Parkersburg WV (1900-2020, 838-335-33)    
11 834 Everett MA (1893-2020, 834-377-79)    
12 827 Steubenville OH (1900-2020, 827-325-36)    
13 826 Berwick PA (1888-2020, 826-347-43)    

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History of Stadium Field

In the spring of 1923 a group of men got together to form a stadium committee whose sole intent was to build a stadium for the newly constructed Parkersburg High School.
Those men included John S. Echols, President of the Board of Education, C.M. Martin, Sherman Dils, J.H. Biddle, C.T. Hitshaw, Herbert Smith, John Randolph, and Paul L. Summers. The committee was incorporated on July 14, 1923 and became known as the Parkersburg High School Corporation. The process of forming a corporation was necessary because the bonded indebtedness of the Board of Education was then at the peak permitted by law. Also serving on this committee was Fayette Smoot, H.L. Martin, Edward Doesch, H.R. Debussey and W.O. Holiday. The corporation leased the back campus from the Board of Education. It was impossible, according to the law of the time, for such a corporation to build any structure on land owned by a board of education. Therefore, the board had to turn over the land known as Stadium Field, on a 99-year lease to this corporation. The bonds were then released. The money for the bonds was to be recovered through football games and other activities held at the stadium.
The stadium was the first of its kind (concrete) in West Virginia and must have been the first of its kind to be built for the use of tax-supported institution without the investment of a single tax dollar.
The plans were to build one side of the stadium in 1923 and to build the other side the following year. The end of the U-shaped stadium was to be completed in the third year. When finally, completed it was to seat about 13,000 people. The end or bowl section of the stadium was never completed according to plans. The total cost of construction for the two sides was $104,000.
In just one day after the meeting in which the stadium plan was revealed, a total of $33,000 worth of bonds was sold.
In September of 1923 the first concrete was poured for the West stands of the stadium and on Oct. 4, 1923, the first game in the new stadium was played between the Big Reds of Parkersburg High School and Athens, Ohio. The Big Reds won by a 14-13 score. Ticket prices were 25 cents for student seating, 15 cents for student standing room. For the general public, the price was season ticket was $5 for seats and $4 for standing room.
In 1925 the stadium was officially dedicated. As part of the dedication, a race from Parkersburg to Marietta was held.
The installation of the stadium lights during the fall of 1940 made it possible for football games to be played at night. Until that time, most games were played on Saturday afternoon. The lights were installed by the Parkersburg Junior Chamber of Commerce at a cost of $7,000.75. The electric bill for the use of the lights was $3.25 per hour or about $10 for each game.
The lights were put in for the dual purpose of protecting the health of the players from the intense heat and to increase attendance. Among other reasons cited for the lighting was so that persons who worked Saturday afternoon could see the Big Reds play and so that the Stadium could be used for the purpose of holding other outdoor events such as political rallies or church events. Businessmen also felt that by playing Friday night games, Saturday afternoon business would be bolstered.
The first night game at PHS Stadium was Sept. 6, 1940 with the Big Reds beating Grantsville 50-0.
During the 1984-85 football season part of the stadium stands were closed for safety reasons. On June 13, 1988 it was recommended that both sides of the stands be closed. On June 14 the Board of Education accepted that recommendation.
During the summer of 1988 temporary bleachers were purchased and put up. Remodeling was done with funding help from C.O. Erickson and began in 1992. It was totally completed in 1994 with structural steel and concrete used to repair the stands.
In 1995 PHS qualified for home playoff games. After beating North Marion in the first round, the Big Reds were scheduled to host Wheeling Park. The Patriots protested the playing conditions at Stadium Field (no grass and nothing but mud) and a state inspection committee upheld the protest – moving the game to Tyler Consolidated High School. PHS won that game 28-7 and got to host the semifinal game after much work was done to repair the turf. But Hedgesville won the game 18-0 and the drive to install artificial turf on Stadium Field began in earnest.
The Stadium Renovation committee had its first planning session on Jan. 4, 1996 with more than two dozen members. In almost no time there were plans for an artificial surface to be added to the football field along with an 8-lane Eurotan track surface, new sidewalks, asphalt parking lot and refurbished concession stands.
On Aug. 30, 1996 the first game was played on AstroTurf Xl surface between Parkersburg South and Wheeling Park. On Sept. 6 the Big Reds played host to Hurricane on the new turf.
The cost of the new surface and renovations came to $1.25 million dollars which included $400,000 worth of in-kind services, $400,000 for advertising signs, $250,000 in donations and five bank loans of $400,000.
New light standards were installed in 1998. In 1999 new locker rooms were built in the Mary Lou Hague Memorial Sports and Arts complex at a cost of $536,390. In 2005 the restoration of the concrete stands was done at a cost of $129,356. In 2006 the turf was replaced at a cost of $295,000 with ProGrass artificial surface. In 2009 a new concession stand and restrooms were built on the home side at a cost of $195,000. The track was resurfaced in 2010 at a cost of $75,000 and in 2012 handrails were installed at a cost of $68,090.

In 2013 the home side bleachers were replaced in time for the second home game of the season. New seats were also installed with backs for the reserved seat section. The visiting bleachers still need to be replaced and contributions are still being taken.

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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