Sept. 2 Riverside Game
Big Reds Hold Off Riverside 35-28;
Stanley Puts On All-Around Show
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Special team plays and some big pass combinations were enough to lift Parkersburg to a 35-28 victory over visiting Riverside Friday night at Stadium Field.
The win was the second of the season for the Big Reds of coach Matt Kimes and was the 14th in a row over the Warriors, who drop to 0-2 with their second narrow defeat after their second big comeback attempt failed.
The Big Reds were out-gained by whopping totals in the statistics but made numerous big plays to build leads of 28-7 and 35-13 but watched the visitors claw back with big plays of their own only to fall short when PHS stiffened defensively in the final minute.
Casey Stanley had an incredible game for the winners as the versatile junior scored the first three touchdowns, returned kickoffs 48 and 37 yards to set up touchdowns, kicked five extra points, put five of six kickoffs into the end zone and iced the victory with 1:04 left to play with an interception at the PHS 41 yard line. He caught three passes for 93 yards in the game – all touchdowns.
Junior quarterback David Parsons threw for four touchdowns in all while completing 10 of 21 passes for 160 yards with the other score going to Austin Fleming, who caught three passes for 33 yards on the night. The Big Reds were held to 35 yards net rushing.
The big play heroics were needed to offense a 441-195 Riverside advantage in total yardage. The Warriors had a 21-8 margin in first downs and ran 72 plays to just 42 for the home team. Riverside ran for 201 yards and passed for 240 with Reed Marsico gaining 131 yards on the ground and quarterback Jake Walker added 60 yards with his scrambles that caused Parkersburg’s defense problems all game.
The game started with Stanley putting back-to-back kickoffs into the end zone thanks to a penalty and he then returned a Riverside punt 48 yards to the Warrior five yard line. Two rushes and a penalty put the ball back on the nine but Parsons calmly found Stanley with a pass over the middle for the touchdown with 8:52 on the clock.
Riverside tied the score with an 80-yard drive that took just seven plays. A 46 yard run by Marisco on a fourth down play from their own 27 was the spark that kept that drive alive. Walker finished it with the first of his three touchdown passes with 5:54 on the first quarter clock.
It took PHS just 51 seconds to go ahead for good as Parsons found Stanley in stride after a 40-yard pass downfield to complete a 70-yard score.
With time winding down in the second quarter, Stanley returned a Walker punt 37 yards to the Riverside 26 with 1:53 remaining in the half. After a pass to Fleming moved the ball to the 14, Parsons hit Stanley with another in stride completion to make it 21-7 after the extra point.
The Big Reds got the ball to start the second half and quickly went 65 yards in eight plays while using 4:15 off the clock to run the score to 28-7. A fourth-down pass near midfield for 18 yards to Aiyden Cooke kept things going until Parsons found Fleming for the final 15 yards with 7:37 remaining in the period.
Riverside answered with an 80 yard drive that took 17 plays and nearly seven minutes. Twice the Warriors converted on fourth down, once making four yards when they needed two on their own 40 and a second time getting 18 yards on a scramble by Walker when he needed 15 for the first down at midfield. The visitors scored on a three yard run to close the gap to 28-13 with just 56 seconds in the period.
It took Anthony Ice just 12 seconds to answer that for the Big Reds with an 80 yard kickoff return in which he had to go back for the kick that was going over his head but once he hauled it in he went virtually untouched up the middle to the end zone to make it 35-13 with 44 seconds left in the quarter.
The fourth quarter was long and hectic with Riverside scoring twice and passing for 141 yards in the final 12 minutes alone. The first score came on an 85-yard pass and run play while the second came on a fourth down pass in the corner that Jaylen Symns caught over the out-stretched hands of a PHS defender. That made it 35-28 with 6:34 still left to play.
After a failed onside kick, Riverside got the ball back on downs at its own 40 but faced with a fourth and 17 from its own 33, the Warriors elected to punt with just over three minutes left to play.
A 26 yard run by Logan Hartshorn gave the Big Reds some breathing room but on fourth down at the Riverside 34 the home team was stopped and gave the Warriors one last possession with 1:14 to play. That end two plays later when Stanley intercepted at the PHS 41 and the Big Reds were able to take two kneel-downs to preserve the win.
Riverside vs Parkersburg (Sept.2, 2022 at Parkersburg)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total
Riverside 7 0 6 15 - 28
Parkersburg 14 7 14 0 - 35
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 08:52 PHS - Casey Stanley 9 yd pass from David Parsons (Casey Stanley kick), 3-5 1:32
05:54 RIV - Adam Wikinson 27 yd pass from Jake Walker (Jase Cook kick), 7-80 2:58
05:03 PHS - Casey Stanley 70 yd pass from David Parsons (Casey Stanley kick), 2-74 0:45
2nd 00:30 PHS - Casey Stanley 14 yd pass from David Parsons (Casey Stanley kick), 4-26 1:23
3rd 07:37 PHS - Austin Fleming 15 yd pass from David Parsons (Casey Stanley kick), 8-65 4:15
00:56 RIV - Bryce Green 3 yd run (Jase Cook kick failed), 17-80 6:41
00:44 PHS - Anthony Ice 80 yd kickoff return (Casey Stanley kick)
4th 11:45 RIV - Michael Terrell 85 yd pass from Jake Walker (Jaylen Symns pass from Jake Walker), 2-85 0:42
06:34 RIV - Jaylen Symns 9 yd pass from Jake Walker (Jase Cook kick), 10-82 4:00