Sept. 10, 2021 Capital Game
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4 TD Night By Singer Lifts PHS Over Capital, 28-20
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