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 (28-19)
Sept. 24 – at Cabell Midland (6-45)
Oct. 1 – Hurricane (30-42)
Oct. 9 – at South Charleston (21-38)
Oct. 15 – Open
Oct. 22 – at Riverside
Oct. 29 – George Washington
Nov. 5 – at Musselman (7:00)
St. Marys Defeats JVs 48-12
Ryan Kent scored three touchdowns and passed for another to lead St. Marys to a 8-12 win over the PHS Jayvees at Stadium Field.
Cooper Cancade threw two touchdown passes for PHS.
St. Mary's jayvees. 12. 24. 0. 12. - 48
Parkersburg jayvees 6. 0. 6. 0. - 12
SM - Ryan Kent 40 run (pass failed) 8:38 1st
P - Owen Collins 60 pass from Cooper Cancade (pass failed) 4:12 1st
SM - Ashton Boron 27 pass from Kent (run failed) 1:44 1st
SM - Jay Mote 4 run (Kent run) 9:26 2nd
SM - Boron 45 run (Boron run) 3:18 2nd
SM - Kent 10 run (Logan Eddy run) :08 2nd
P - Mason Cyran 11 pass from Cancade (pass failed) 5:55 3rd
SM - Kent 1 run (run failed) 5:18 4th
Sm - Mote 45 interception return (run failed) 4:21 4th
First downs - SM 15, PHS 11
Rushing - SM 41-258, PHS 14-1
Passing Yds - SM 72, PHS 171
PC-PA-Int - SM 4-7-1, PHS 15-35-4
Rushing - SM: Boron 13-136. PHS: Cyrus Backus 10-18. Passing - SM: Kent 4-7-1 72. PHS: Cancade 15-35-4 171. Receiving - SM: Boron 3-50. PHS: Cyran 7-40. Collins 3-75, Josh Wallace 2-36.
PHS defense leading tacklers- Jacob Bauman (plus FBR), Collins (plus INT), Backus, Alex Moore.
Next game - PHS (2-3) hosts Riverside Oct. 25
(all games start 6:00)
Aug. 30 – Huntington (30-20)
Sept. 6 – at Spring Valley (6-52)
Sept. 13 – at Capital (cxld)
Sept. 20 – at Park. South (cxld)
Sept. 27 – Cabell Midland (20-61)
Oct. 4 – at Hurricane (cxld)
Oct. 11 – South Charleston (38-22)
Oct. 18 - St. Marys (12-48)
Oct. 25 – Riverside
Nov. 1 – at George Washington
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)
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)
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
10/11 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)
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
Player of the year: Graeson Malashevich, Spring Valley
Coach of the year: Brad Dingess, Spring Valley
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.
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.
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.
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
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
After Stunning Upset Victory Riverside Hosts PHS Friday
BELLE – Parkersburg figures to have its hands full Friday night when the Big Reds travel to Riverside to meet the Warriors.
Riverside is fresh from probably the biggest upset of the season and possibly in its school history as the Warriors knocked off defending state champion South Charleston by a 22-14 score last Friday for only its second win of the season against five losses.
Meanwhile, the Big Reds are also 2-5 and coming off a bye week after a 38-21 loss to the same South Charleston team.
Riverside coach Alex Daugherty said of the South Charleston game, “This win is huge. We’ll tell the players they can play with anyone. This just shows that we can play with the best, if we allow ourselves. Until somebody dethrones them, they are the defending state champions.”
Coming off a 49-0 loss to George Washington, Riverside rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to score 22 unanswered points to stun the eighth ranked Black Eagles. The Warriors scored the winning touchdown with 4:46 left in the game on Jake Walker’s third touchdown pass of the night to senior Roger Gray, who was playing his first game after missing all season with a broken arm. Gray (6-1, 160 sr.) caught four passes in the game, three of them for touchdowns.
Walker, a 6-1, 170 junior who completed eight of 14 passes for 137 yards in the game, clinched the victory with a defensive interception in the end zone with just over two minutes to play. Andrew Baria (5-11, 185 jr.) rushed for 101 yards on 27 carries for Riverside.
For the season, Walker has completed 65 of 141 passes for 715 yards with five touchdowns and six interceptions. Baria has rushed for 605 yards on 120 carries with four touchdowns while Walker adds 145 yards on 66 attempts with four scores. Brock Jeffries is the leading receiver with 14 catches for 233 yards and two touchdowns.
The Warriors opened the season with four straight losses, falling to Beckley Woodrow Wilson 39-12, Cabell Midland 56-0, Spring Valley 63-26 and Capital 42-22 before taking a bye week and then beating St. Albans 22-7 before losing to GW.
In Parkersburg’s loss to South Charleston, the Big Reds blew several scoring opportunities and fell behind 21-0 in the first 8:35 of the game. Sophomore David Parsons threw for two touchdowns, completing 25 of 38 passes for 246 yards with Logan Hartshorn catching nine passes for 86 yards while Bryson Singer and Xadrian Snodgrass each caught a scoring pass. The other Big Red touchdown came when tackle Jeffery Jones moved into the backfield and bulled over from the one yard line with 9:28 left in the game to make it a two possession contest.
For the year Singer leads the team with 10 touchdowns, 460 yards rushing and 319 yards receiving (on 25 receptions). Snodgrass has gained 211 yards on 41 rushes while Hartshorn has caught 12 passes for 147 yards. Parsons has completed 57.5% of his passes (73 of 127) for 825 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions. Casey Stanley has kicked 15 extra points, one field and scored two touchdowns. Kyle Hall is now the team’s leading tackler with 67 stops, including 11 for loss while Jones and Austin Fleming have four sacks each.
The Big Reds hold a 17-5 edge in the series with the Warriors. The teams last met in 2017 when PHS won 44-30 to extend their winning streak versus Riverside to 12 games.
Road-Weary Big Reds Fall To Eagles
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SOUTH CHARLESTON – Big plays by the opposition continued to haunt the Parkersburg Big Reds here Saturday afternoon in a game rescheduled from Friday night as 8th ranked South Charleston posted a 38-21 victory.
With just a little over 12 hours of turn-around time from a game that was scheduled to be played Friday night but was re-set for 1 p.m. Saturday, the Big Reds found they could not contain the speed of the Black Eagles, who turned in eight plays of over 20 yards and rolled up 553 yards in total offense on just 56 plays (nearly 10 yards per play) to post their fifth win in six games.
The game was re-scheduled late Friday because of lightning delay and the kickoff for such a short span of time was because South Charleston had a homecoming dance scheduled for Saturday night and did not want to play on Monday because the Eagles have a game next Friday (PHS is open next Friday).
The 2-5 Big Reds started slowly, falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter but rallied to make the game close despite two lost fumbles and four dropped passes (one in the end zone).
PHS finished with 334 yards on 63 plays and got touchdowns from Xadrian Snodgrass, Bryson Singer and Jeffery Jones. Sophomore quarterback David Parsons threw for 246 yards (25 of 38) with five different receivers catching between three and nine passes. Logan Hartshorn caught nine passes for 86 yards while Singer and Casey Stanley caught five passes each, Snodgrass four and Andrew Stalnaker three.
South Charleston took the opening kickoff and drove 58 yards in eight plays to score on a 10-yard run by Mondrell Dean with 8:44 left in the first quarter. A 20-yard pass from Trey Dunn to Wayne Harris was the big play on the drive. Dunn finished with 20 completions in 27 attempts for 353 yards and two touchdowns with Harris catching eight for 94 yards.
The Big Reds fumbled the ball away on their second offensive play and it took the home team just two plays to find the end zone again. A 39 yard pass to Harris took the ball to the one yard line and from there Dunn took it in for the score to make it 14-0 after the PAT kick with 3:58 gone in the game.
PHS had a three-and-out on its second offensive possession and Stanley punted the ball to the Eagles’ four yard line but that didn’t stop South Charleston from putting together a 96-yard drive to make it 21-0 with 2:59 remaining in the first quarter. Dean scored from 40 yards away when he took the handoff, shook off a tackler at the line of scrimmage, stopped, changed directions and was virtually untouched the rest of the way.
The Big Red offense finally got untracked and put together an 11-play, 61 yard drive which saw Snodgrass take a shovel pass in the middle and went in to score with 10:31 on the second quarter clock. The scoring play came on a fourth-and-two play from the 15 yard line. Stanley’s kick made it 21-7.
A couple of dropped passes cut short Parkersburg’s next possession at the South Charleston 29 and the Eagles quickly turned things around with plays of 36, 13 and 22 yards for a touchdown on a pass from Dunn to Chris McCorkle which ran the score to 28-7.
PHS moved the ball to the South Charleston 24 on its next series but lost a fumble at that point with 2:08 left before halftime.
The Big Reds took the third quarter kickoff and drove 59 yards in 11 plays to make it 28-14 on Parsons’ pass in the right corner of the end zone to Singer for the touchdown with 8:33 on the clock.
A couple of bad breaks enabled South Charleston to halt the PHS momentum. First came a pass interference penalty call where the two plays collided on a ball that was well overthrown but wound up giving the Eagles a 15-yard first down and then a 45 yard touchdown pass to Tylik Tinsley on a badly thrown ball which was tipped by at least two different PHS defenders but landed in the hands of the Eagle receiver who ran into the end zone from 20 yards away.
The Big Reds closed the gap to 35-21 on a 64-yard drive that was highlighted by receptions of 17 and 12 yards to Hartshorn to take the ball to the one yard line. Senior tackle Jeffery Jones moved into the backfield to block but after one play he was handed the ball and scored the touchdown with 9:28 left in the game.
A 68-yard pass to a wide-open Dean in the middle of the field after coming out the backfield set up South Charleston’s final score, a 31 yard field goal with 8:27 left in the game.
PHS got the ball back and drove from its own 20 to the South Charleston eight but three straight incomplete passes ended the threat. The third pass was dropped in the end zone when it appeared the bright sunshine caused the receiver to lose the ball.
The Eagles were able to run out the final 6:03 off the clock with three first downs including a fourth down rush from its own 35 and a 23 yard run by Delviccio Dyess.
#8 Parkersburg vs #18 South Charleston
(Oct 08, 2021 at South Charleston)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 - Total
Parkersburg 0 7 7 7 - 21
South Charleston 21 7 7 3 - 38
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 08:44 SC - Mondrell Dean 10 yd run (Chase Edwards kick), 8-58 3:16
08:02 SC - Trey Dunn 1 yd run (Chase Edwards kick), 2-40 0:23
03:25 SC - Mondrell Dean 40 yd run (Chase Edwards kick), 7-96 2:53
2nd 10:31 PHS - Xadrian Snodgrass 15 yd pass from David Parsons (Casey Stanley kick), 11-61 4:48
04:25 SC - Chris McCorkle 22 yd pass from Trey Dunn (Chase Edwards kick), 4-71 0:44
3rd 08:33 PHS - Bryson Singer 8 yd pass from David Parsons (Casey Stanley kick), 11-59 3:22
05:19 SC - Tylik Tinsley 45 yd pass from Trey Dunn (Chase Edwards kick), 6-68 3:09
4th 09:28 PHS - Jeffery Jones 1 yd run (Casey Stanley kick), 11-64 4:10
08:27 SC - Chase Edwards 31 yd field goal, 5-70 0:59
FIRST DOWNS 18 22
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 22-51 29-200
PASSING YDS (NET) 283 353
Passes Att-Comp-Int 41-27-0 27-20-0
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.... 63-334 56-553
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards 1-9 1-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards 6-58 4-3
Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Punts (Number-Avg) 2-36.0 2-33.5
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 1-0
Penalties-Yards 5-41 12-81
Possession Time 20:56 27:04
Third-Down Conversions 4 of 12 2 of 7
Fourth-Down Conversions 3 of 5 2 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 3-3 3-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards 0-0 2-19
RUSHING: Parkersburg-Xadrian Snodgrass 9-43; Bryson Singer 6-25; Jeffery Jones 1-1; David Parsons 6-minus 18. South Charleston-Mondrell Dean 10-89; Delviccio Dyess 8-69; Trey Dunn 10-40; Zamare Mooney 1-2.
PASSING: Parkersburg-David Parsons 25-38-0-246; Bryson Singer 2-3-0-37. South Charleston-Trey Dunn 20-27-0-353.
RECEIVING: Parkersburg-Logan Hartshorn 9-86; Bryson Singer 5-62; Casey Stanley 5-51; Xadrian Snodgrass 5-40; Andrew Stalnaker 3-44. South Charleston-Wayne Harris 8-94; Chris McCorkle 4-57;
Mondrell Dean 3-105; Jah'den Estep 3-50; Tylik Tinsley 1-45; Ryan Flowers 1-2.
INTERCEPTIONS: Parkersburg-None. South Charleston-None.
FUMBLES: Parkersburg-David Parsons 1-0; Xadrian Snodgrass 1-1; Casey Stanley 1-1. South Charleston-Trey Dunn 1-0.
Kickoff time: 1:00 • End of Game: 3:34 • Total elapsed time: 2:34
SACKS (UA-A): Parkersburg-None. South Charleston-Ja'darin Ernest 1-0; Jayson Barnett 1-0.
UNOFFICIAL TACKLES (UA-A): Parkersburg-Kyle Hall 6-3; Matt Stalnaker 7-0; Jeffery Jones 6-1; Bryson Singer 5-0; Casey Stanley 3-1; Gabe Martin 2-2; Grant Snyder 2-2; Xadrian Snodgrass 1-2; Chris Salyers 0-2; Logan Hartshorn 1-0; Owen Collins 1-0; Andrew Williamson 1-0; Austin Fleming 0-1; A.J. Ellis 0-1.
Big Reds Travel To South Charleston Friday
SOUTH CHARLESTON – Parkersburg’s Big Reds try to get back on the winning track here Friday night against a young but explosive South Charleston Black Eagle squad that is coming off a big 14-13 win over rival George Washington.
Kickoff is set for 7:30.
While the 2-4 Big Reds were dropping a wild 42-30 game to visiting Hurricane, the Black Eagles were holding on to defeat GW in a game which saw two touchdowns in the final two minutes and a defensive stand that won the game on a two-point conversion try by the Patriots with just 1:18 remaining in the contest.
South Charleston took the lead 14-7 with 1:55 left in the game when Mondrell Dean, a 6-4, 220 pound junior replacement running back scored on a 22-yard run. Dean finished the game with 112 yards rushing on 16 carries while filling in for regular Amellio Miller (5-10, 180 so.) who was injured after averaging 6.7 yards per carry through the first three games.
George Washington scored just 37 seconds after Dean’s run when the Patriots connected on a 40 yard pass play. Head coach Steve Edwards Jr. decided to go for two to win the game in regulation but his quarterback was sacked by a swarming South Charleston defense and the Black Eagles had their fourth win in five games.
Trey Dunn, South Charleston’s outstanding quarterback, threw for 184 yards and ran for 87 more (on 19 carries) to lead the Black Eagles. The 6-foot, 195 pound junior has now passed for 1,107 yards and 13 touchdowns this season while completing 68 of 144 passes with six interceptions. He has rushed for 358 yards on 53 attempts with five touchdowns.
Leading receivers for South Charleston are freshman Chris McCorkle (6-2, 170) with 12 catches for 293 yards and four touchdowns, sophomore Wayne Harris (5-10, 155) with 20 catches for 305 yards and four scores as well as Dean, a Division one prospect who moved to wide receiver to start the year and has caught 10 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns.
The Black Eagles of coach Donnie Mays opened the season at Morgantown and posted a 37-28 win before beating Capital 42-21 and then St. Albans 55-0 before losing to Spring Valley 53-8 two weeks ago. The 4-1 SC team was ranked 10th last week before beating the fourth-ranked GW squad.
The two teams have not met since 2014 when South Charleston won 45-20 to take a 10-9 lead in the series. They were scheduled to play last year but the game was cancelled because of Covid issues.
Parkersburg is led by senior Bryson Singer, who scored three touchdowns last week against Hurricane while rushing for 146 yards on 23 carries and catching four passes for 44 more yards and completing one pass for 11 yards and returning five kickoffs for 79 more and a total all-purpose night of 269 yards.
For the season Singer has rushed for 435 yards on 94 carries with seven touchdowns. He has caught 20 passes for 257 yards and two more scores while passing for 47 yards and one touchdown. He also has 79 kickoff return yards for a 771 total.
Junior quarterback David Parsons has passed for 579 yards (48 of 89) with four touchdowns and five interceptions while Anthony Ice is second-leading receiver with 10 catches for 108 yards. Xadrian Snodgrass returned to the lineup after missing three games and ran for 103 yards on 22 carries against Hurricane.
Defensively, Zach Howard is the team leader with 60 tackles but was injured in the second quarter on Friday and is not expected to return. Kyle Hall is second with 58 tackles including 11 for loss while Jeffery Jones has 48 with four sacks. Austin Fleming also has four sacks among his 32 tackles.
Casey Stanley has one interception and returned a fumble 84 yards for a touchdown against Hurricane. He has scored 27 points with 12 extra points, one field goal and two touchdowns while averaging 55.2 yards on 20 kickoffs with seven touchbacks and 36.9 yards per punt with four of his 15 kicks inside the 20 yard line.
Hurricane Big Plays Beat PHS 42-30
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In a game of big plays, Hurricane found a way to make the last two big ones and wound up beating Parkersburg 42-30 on Big Reds’ homecoming night at Stadium Field.
After PHS had taken a 30-27 lead with 3:59 left in the third quarter on a great second effort touchdown run by Bryson Singer, the Big Reds got a break with a fumble recovery by Alex Deem on the Hurricane 45 yard line. But two plays later PHS returned the favor with a lost fumble of its own that Hurricane’s Brogan Brown returned 65 yards for a touchdown with 2:17 on the clock.
A nifty two-point conversion pass gave the Redskins a 35-30 lead and after swapping fumbles, PHS was forced to punt and Hurricane started from its own 20 with 9:57 left in the game. Three plays later Ismael Borrero made the game’s biggest play with a scrambling 56 yard touchdown run to put the visitors up 42-30 after the extra point kick.
The next PHS possession ended with an interception at the Hurricane 38 and although the Big Reds got the ball back on a fumble recovery and return of 30 yards to the PHS 32 by Andrew Stalnaker it was too little, too late as PHS was able to pick up just one first down before turning the ball over on downs with 12 seconds left to play.
Singer finished with three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving, while running for 148 yards on 23 carries and making four receptions for another 44 yards. He joined Xadrian Snodgrass to give the Big Reds two 100-yard rushers in the game. Snodgrass, returning after an extended absence due to an injury, ran for 103 yards on 22 carries and caught four passes for 29 yards.
Hurricane, now 3-3 while PHS falls to 2-4, had three rushers with between 65 and 81 yards including Borrero with 72 on six carries and two scores. Borrero, who threw for seven touchdowns last year against PHS, completed 10 of 12 passes for 236 yards and two scores and had three completions to three different receivers that totaled between 43 and 55 yards. In all the Redskins had four plays of over 40 yards and finished with 498 yards on 41 plays.
PHS had 400 yards in total offense and ran 80 plays while controlling the ball for nearly 11 minutes more than Hurricane. The Big Reds lost another standout to injury when Zach Howard left the game early in the second quarter after already racking up four solo and one assisted tackle.
Hurricane scored first on a 43-yard pass to J.T. James with 2:36 left in the first quarter but the Big Reds took the lead early in the second when Singer scored on a two yard run to cap a 10-play, 72-yard drive and Casey Stanley’s extra point put PHS up 7-6.
A 45-yard pass to Heath Montgomery set up Hurricane’s second touchdown, a 19-yard pass to Lucas Rippetoe. The two-point conversion pass to Rippetoe made it 14-7 Hurricane.
The Big Reds then drove to the Redskins five yard line for a first and goal but a six-yard loss forced a 27 yard field goal try that was short.
A 55-yard pass and run play to Brown set up Hurricane’s third TD, a 16 yard run by Borrero. The PAT made it 21-7 with 4:37 left in the half.
The Big Reds were able to answer with a fourth down eight yard touchdown pass from David Parsons to Singer with 44 seconds left before the half. On the extra point try, holder Singer had to toss the ball back to Stanley, who passed to Snodgrass for the two-point conversion and a 21-15 score.
Stanley gave PHS the lead just 21 seconds later when he scooped up a Hurricane fumble and raced 84 yards for a touchdown and then kicked the extra point to make it 22-21 in favor of the Big Reds at the half.
A 45-yard run by Nasjaih Jones of Hurricane put the visitors up 27-22 midway through the third quarter but Singer gave the Big Reds the lead back when he went 17 yards to score by breaking one tackle and diving for the pylon. He set up his TD run with a 45 yard run on the first play from scrimmage following Jones’ touchdown. PHS went for two points after that run and Parsons found Austin Fleming in the back of the end zone for a 30-27 lead with just less than four minutes to play in the quarter.
Hurricane vs Parkersburg (Oct. 1, 2021 at Parkersburg)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 - Total
Hurricane 6 15 14 7 - 42
Parkersburg 0 22 8 0 - 30
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 02:36 HURR - J.T. James 43 yd pass from Ismael Borrero (Troy Conley kick failed), 6-64 2:38
2nd 11:27 PHS - Bryson Singer 2 yd run (Casey Stanley kick), 10-72 3:05
10:05 HURR - Lucas Rippetoe 19 yd pass from Ismael Borrero (Lucas Rippetoe pass from Ismael Borrero), 4
04:37 HURR - Ismael Borrero 16 yd run (Troy Conley kick), 4-80 1:28
00:44 PHS - Bryson Singer 8 yd pass from David Parsons (X. Snodgrass pass from Casey Stanley), 9-67 3:4
00:06 PHS - Casey Stanley 84 yd fumble recovery (Casey Stanley kick)
3rd 05:59 HURR - Nasjaih Jones 45 yd run (Troy Conley kick failed), 4-70 1:54
03:59 PHS - Bryson Singer 17 yd run (Austin Fleming pass from David Parsons), 5-76 2:05
02:17 HURR - Brogan Brown 63 yd fumble recovery (Chase Hager pass from Ismael Borrero)
4th 07:46 HURR - Ismael Borrero 56 yd run (Troy Conley kick), 3-80 2:11
FIRST DOWNS 17 23
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 29-251...49-247
PASSING YDS (NET) 236 151
Passes Att-Comp-Int 12-10-0 31-12-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 41-487 80-398
Fumble Returns-Yards 1-63 2-103
Punt Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards 4-160 5-79
Interception Returns-Yards 1-0 0-0
Punts (Number-Avg) 0-0.0 1-42.0
Fumbles-Lost 4-4 2-2
Penalties-Yards 13-146 11-85
Possession Time 18:48 29:12
Third-Down Conversions 3 of 4 5 of 16
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 1 2 of 5
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 2-4 3-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards 2-5 1-5
RUSHING: Hurricane-Ismael Borrero 6-72; Elijah Rivera 12-70; Nasjaih Jones 3-65; H. Montgomery 1-23; Stanton Hill 1-12; Brogan Brown 6-9. Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 23-146; X. Snodgrass 22-103; David Parsons 4-minus 2.
PASSING: Hurricane-Ismael Borrero 10-12-0-236. Parkersburg-David Parsons 11-29-1-140; Bryson Singer 1-2-0-11.
RECEIVING: Hurricane-J.T. James 3-68; Elijah Rivera 2-16; Brogan Brown 1-55; H. Montgomery 1-45; Stanton Hill 1-19; Lucas Rippetoe 1-19; Chase Hager 1-14. Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 4-44; X. Snodgrass 4-29; Logan Hartshorn 2-59; Austin Fleming 1-11; Casey Stanley 1-8.
INTERCEPTIONS: Hurricane-Cameron Carney 1-0. Parkersburg-None.
FUMBLES: Hurricane-J.T. James 1-1; Brogan Brown 1-1; Nasjaih Jones 1-1; Elijah Rivera 1-1. Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 2-2.
Hurricane (3-3) vs. Parkersburg (2-4)
Site: Parkersburg • Stadium: Stadium Field
Kickoff time: 7:30 • End of Game: 1024 • Total elapsed time: 2:54
SACKS (UA-A): Hurricane-None. Parkersburg-Jeffery Jones 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Hurricane-None. Parkersburg-Kyle Hall 5-4; Jeffery Jones 2-4; Mason Cyran 4-1; Zach
Howard 3-2; Casey Stanley 3-1; Logan Hartshorn 2-2; Kennedy Jeter 1-3; Alex Deem 1-2; A. Stalnaker
1-1; Austin Fleming 0-2; Curtis Hayes 1-0; Matt Stalnaker 1-0; X. Snodgrass 1-0; Bryson Singer 1-0.
High-Flying Hurricane Invades Friday Night
The Parkersburg Big Red MASH unit must prepare itself for an aerial bombardment this week as high-flying Hurricane and quarterback Ismael Borrero invade Stadium Field for a 7:30 contest.
Although riddled with injuries that have kept the local medical corps working overtime, the Big Reds must regroup from last week’s 45-6 loss at Cabell Midland and try to shoot down Borrero and his offensive aerial assault. Not an easy task considering what the 6-foot-1, 185 pound senior signal caller did last year against PHS on his home turf.
Borrero threw an incredible seven touchdown passes last year against the Big Reds on a 60-36 slugfest win and in addition to passing scores the Redskins added two interception returns for touchdowns. To make matters worse, two receivers who caught three touchdowns each last year against PHS return for the Redskins. Borrero completed 20 of 26 passes for 276 yards against the Big Reds a year ago and returns several of his key teammates. Chief among the returners is Chase Hager (5-9, 165, sr.) who caught nine passes for three scores a year ago against PHS. Also back is Lucas Rippetoe (6-1, 205 jr.) who caught three touchdown tosses in 2020 and added an interception TD return.
Despite having such a wealth of returners, the Redskins have struggled thanks to a rugged schedule. Coach Jeremy Taylor’s squad opened with a 48-10 win over Winfield but then fell in succession to Huntington (38-0), George Washington (35-14) and Cabell Midland (44-25) before beating St. Albans 54-8 last week to raise their overall record to 2-3.
The Big Reds also enter the game with a 2-3 record with wins over Capital and Parkersburg South and losses to Huntington, Spring Valley and Cabell Midland (who have a combined two losses with Midland beating Spring Valley and Huntington beating Midland).
This season Borrero has completed 67 of 101 passes for 1,004 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions. He has been sacked seven times while rushing for 69 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns.
Hager is the top receiver, having been targeted 38 times with 24 catches for 378 yards and one touchdown. J.T. James, who caught the seventh touchdown a year ago against PHS, has caught 15 passes for 203 yards and one score this year while Rippetoe has caught just four passes for 81 yards but has reached the end zone three times.
Leading rusher for Hurricane is Elijah Rivera (5-7, 150 jr.) with 294 yards on 42 carries with two touchdowns (one of them a 63 yard run). Burly Brogan Brown (6-2, 210 sr.) is the second leading rusher with 88 yards on 13 carries.
Brown leads the Redskin defense from his middle linebacker position with 79 tackles, nine of them behind the line of scrimmage. Rippetoe is second on the team from his free safety position with 55 stops including three sacks.
Bryson Singer continues to lead the PHS offense with 289 rushing yards on 71 carries with five touchdowns while catching 16 passes for 213 yards and another TD. Austin Fleming is second in rushing with 98 yards on 18 carries while Anthony Ice is second in receiving with 10 catches for 108 yards. Sophomore David Parsons has completed 37 of 60 passes for 439 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions.
Defensively, PHS is paced by senior Zach Howard with 55 tackles while Kyle Hall is second with 49 stops including 10 tackles for loss and two sacks. Jeffery Jones has 42 tackles including three sacks while Fleming has four sacks and eight tackles for loss among his 30 stops.
Ward, Hackett Will Enter PHS Football Hall of Fame Friday
Matt Ward, a one-year Big Red with a Big Red background, and kicking specialist Brad Hackette will be inducted into the PHS Football Hall of Fame Friday night at Stadium Field prior to the Big Reds’ game against Hurricane.
Ward made the most of his one year as a Big Red.
Although he grew up in Parkersburg, Ward moved away with his family in the seventh grade and didn’t return until before his senior year. When he showed up for practice in August of 1997, it was an early Christmas present for coach Marshall Burdette and the entire Parkersburg football community.
The 1997 edition of the Big Reds was loaded with skill athletes, namely a few guys you might have heard of like Eric Grimm, Nick Swisher and Babe Davis. What PHS needed, and what the newcomer Ward provided, was a physical “bring your lunch pail to work every day” mentality.
At 5-10 and 210 lbs., Ward quickly assumed the role of defensive leader on a team which very much focused on offense. That 1997 PHS team outscored opponents 413-146 on its way to an 11-3 record and a spot in the state championship game. The Big Reds lost that title game to North Marion, 16-6, on a frigid Saturday in early December, but the foundation was laid for perhaps the most successful five-year run in Parkersburg history.
From 1997 through 2001, Parkersburg went 61-8, winning titles in 1999 and 2001 and losing in the championship game in 1997 and 2000. The 1998 team, if you’ll remember, went 12-1 with nine shutouts, losing only to a guy named JR House in front of the biggest crowd in Stadium Field history.
Ward was the leading tackler on the 1997 defense that posted shutout wins over Logan, Parkersburg South, South Charleston and Greenbrier East. The ‘97 Big Reds also had the unusual distinction of beating Capital in back-to-back weeks, 21-14 in the last week of the regular season and 19-10 in the first round of the playoffs. For his work, Ward was named first-team all-state linebacker and finished runner-up for defensive player of the year honors in West Virginia.
After a highly successful one-year Parkersburg High career, Ward went on to play football at Glenville State College. He is now in law enforcement in North Carolina.
He is supported tonight by his father Jim Mike Ward (a former assistant coach under Buddy James and longtime pastor in the area), mother Carolyn (a former teacher and cheerleader coach at PHS), as well as daughter Ragan Ward.
Kicking and punting were childhood passions of this week’s Hall of Fame inductee Brad Hackett.
He perfected those kicking skills learned at an early age through the Vienna pee wee football ranks and Jackson Junior High before landing at Parkersburg High. Here Hackett blossomed into a first-team all-state punter before walking-on at West Virginia University where he earned two letters and went to three bowl games as a kicker.
The Parkersburg record book is filled with Hackett’s name. The 6-0, 165-pounder converted an amazing 39 consecutive extra points during the 1991-92 seasons. He is third in school history with 12 career field goals. Hackett’s eight field goals in 1992 place him second in school history for field goals in a season. Equally impressive is the fact he was the Big Reds’ second leading scorer in 1992 with 58 points (fellow Hall of Famer Brad Johnson was the top scorer with 60). That is a lot of points without the benefit of scoring a touchdown.
His single game highlight also came in 1992 when he kicked two field goals and six extra points in a 48-0 thrashing of Parkersburg South.
Hackett was recruited by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point but decided to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a Mountaineer when coach Don Nehlen invited him to walk-on. Early in his college career he backed-up All-American punter Todd Sauerbrun. Later at WVU he earned the nickname “Pooch” for his high aerial hang time on kick-offs. Hackett participated in the Sugar Bowl, Carquest Bowl and Gator Bowl as a member of the Mountaineers.
Hackett is supported by his dad Robert – a member of the 1961 Big Reds football team and mother Kathleen – Brad’s number one fan. Older brother Brian was a member of Parkersburg’s first soccer team in 1988 and a two-year starter.
Methodical Midland Hands PHS 45-6 loss
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......... ONA – Cabell Midland’s methodical ground game produced six touchdowns and 420 yards as the Knights handed injury-riddled Parkersburg a 45-6 setback here Friday night in a Mountain State Athletic Conference contest.
Chandler Schmidt scored four times, including a halfback option pass reception on one of only two passes attempted by the home team. Schmidt scored on runs of 13, nine and five yards and had the 20-yard TD catch from Alex Smith to lead the way as the Knights beat the Big Reds for the ninth straight time.
Jackson Fetty added one TD run and 150 yards rushing on 17 carries for the winners, now 4-1 after a loss two weeks ago to Huntington. Mason Moran added a TD and 87 yards on 11 carries and quarterback Ryan Wolfe rushed for 43 yards on five carries and completed his only pass attempt for eight yards.
The Big Reds, now 2-3 with a home game next week against Hurricane, wound up with minus 24 yards on the ground thanks mainly to a 22-yard sack and a couple of fumbles. In the air, sophomore David Parsons was 11 of 18 for 131 yards and one touchdown with one interception. Bryson Singer had the touchdown on a 10 yard diving catch and wound up with six receptions for 82 yards on the night while Anthony Ice caught four passes for 36 yards.
Midland won the coin toss, elected to receive and Smith made that the correct move with a 58 yard kickoff return. Four running plays later Fetty scored from the three with just 1:36 gone in the game. Olivia Charles kicked the first of her six extra points and the route had begun.
The Knights scored on a 10-play, 73 yard drive on their next possession and got a fumble recovery after that on the Big Red 26 to set up their third score. A 70-yard drive follow for touchdown number four and with no time left on the clock in the second quarter Charles kicked a 20-yard field goal to make it 31-0 at the half.
The Big Reds showed signs of life to start the second half as they drove from their 37 to the Midland 13 for a first down but a 22-yard sack was followed by an interception in the end zone (and 35 yard return) to end the scoring chance.
A 67-yard drive by Midland produced another TD by Schmidt with 2:05 left in the third quarter.
Parsons and Singer hooked up to get PHS on the board on the final play of the third period, a 10-yard pass over the middle that came on a diving reception. Setting up the score was a 39 yard pass-catch-and-run by Singer. The Big Reds had to try for two points after that score because of an injury to outstanding kicker Casey Stanley.
Midland put the game into mercy-rule status by going 63 yards on seven plays after the PHS score. Schmidt’s final touchdown came on a five yard run with 7:40 on the clock.
#15 Parkersburg vs #8 Cabell Midland (Sep 24, 2021 at Ona)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total
Parkersburg 0 0 6 0 - 6
Cabell Midland 14 17 7 7 - 45
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 10:24 CM - Jackson Fetty 3 yd run (Olivia Charles kick), 4-32 1:36
04:04 CM - Mason Moran 6 yd run (Olivia Charles kick), 10-73 5:14
2nd 11:09 CM - Chandler Schmidt 13 yd run (Olivia Charles kick), 4-26 1:58
04:59 CM - Schmidt 20 yd pass from Alex Smith (Olivia Charles kick), 9-70 4:46
00:00 CM - Olivia Charles 20 yd field goal, 10-37 3:20
3rd 02:05 CM - Schmidt 9 yd run (Olivia Charles kick), 8-67 5:09
00:00 PHS - Bryson Singer 10 yd pass from David Parsons (David Parsons rush failed), 6-66 1:55
4th 07:40 CM - Schmidt 5 yd run (Olivia Charles kick), 7-63 4:20
FIRST DOWNS 10 21
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 21--24 49-392
PASSING YDS (NET) 131 28
Passes Att-Comp-Int 18-11-1 2-2-0
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS........ 39-107 51-420
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 1-33
Punt Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards 7-39 2-58
Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 1-33
Punts (Number-Avg) 3-36.7 0-0.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 7-50 10-101
Possession Time 20:36 27:24
Third-Down Conversions 2 of 9 4 of 5
Fourth-Down Conversions 2 of 3 1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 1-2 7-7
Sacks By: Number-Yards 0-0 1-22
RUSHING: Parkersburg-Logan Hartshorn 4-21; Austin Fleming 3-minus 1; Kaden Williams 3-minus 4; Bryson Singer 4-minus 10; David Parsons 7-minus 30. Cabell Midland-Jackson Fetty 17-150; Chandler Schmidt 14-90; Mason Moran 11-87; Ryan Wolfe 5-43; Julion Grace 2-22.
PASSING: Parkersburg-David Parsons 11-18-1-131. Cabell Midland-Ryan Wolfe 1-1-0-8; Alex Smith 1-1-0-20.
RECEIVING: Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 6-82; Anthony Ice 4-36; Austin Fleming 1-13. Cabell Midland-C. Schmidt 1-20; Mason Moran 1-8.
INTERCEPTIONS: Parkersburg-None. Cabell Midland-C. Schmidt 1-33.
FUMBLES: Parkersburg-David Parsons 2-1. Cabell Midland-None.
Parkersburg (2-3) vs. Cabell Midland (4-1)
SACKS (UA-A): Parkersburg-None. Cabell Midland-Cannon Lewis 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Parkersburg-Logan Hartshorn 4-4; A. Stalnaker 5-1; Kyle Hall 5-1; Zach Howard 4-2; Gabe Martin 2-4; Jeffery Jones 2-3; Kennedy Jeter 1-3; Chris Salyers 3-0; Austin Fleming 2-1; Mason Cyran 2-0; David Hamilton 1-1; Bryson Singer 1-1; Matt Stalnaker 1-0; Christian West 0-1; Chase Figley 0-1; A.J. Ellis 0-1. Cabell Midland-Cannon Lewis 1-0.
Big Reds Hold On To Win Wild One Over Patriots, 28-19
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There have been some wild games in the 54 history of the Parkersburg South and Parkersburg High football games but the 2021 version must go down as one of the wildest as the Big Reds held on to post a 28-19 victory over the visiting Patriots before a crowd of 4,000 fans.
Each team took turns blowing scoring opportunities from the beginning to the end but not until Austin Fleming grabbed an onside kick attempt with 15 seconds remaining and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown was the game outcome finally settled.
Call it nerves or opportunistic defenses or just plain offensive mistakes but the game had plenty of twists and turns with fans holding their breaths during the fourth quarter and especially over the last two minutes.
Starting the fourth quarter the Big Reds held what appeared to be a comfortable 21-6 lead but a short punt gave South the ball on the PHS 38 and the visitors ran off 11 plays, taking five minutes to cover that short distance, finally scoring on a fourth down pass from Robert Shockey to Cyrus Traugh. The extra point kick made it 21-13 with seven minutes left in the game.
A penalty and three plays later and PHS had to punt with Traugh returning the kick 29 yards to the South 45. Using the short passing game, South moved to a first down at the PHS 11 but a one yard completion followed by two runs put the ball on the three with a fourth down coming up. Shockey tried to keep but the Big Red line held firm and PHS took over on the three with just 2:12 remaining.
Three runs resulted in the unimaginable for PHS as a fumble gave South the ball on the PHS 20 with 35 seconds left.
Two plays later Shockey scrambled left and then cut back to score untouched and give the Patriots a chance to tie the game with 19 seconds remaining. But the center snap on the two-point conversion try rolled back to Shockey, who was pressured by Fleming and tried to lateral to his left but the play was covered by the Big Reds who maintained a 21-19 lead.
The first onside kick attempt was whistled for a penalty for something called a pop-up kick and the second attempt was snatched out of the air by Fleming who took it all the way to the end zone with 12 seconds left and Casey Stanley’s PAT kick made it 28-19.
The kick return was covered at the South nine as the game ended.
South, now 2-2, had a 23-12 margin in first downs and a 386-253 margin in total yards as Shockey threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns while running for 128 yards and another touchdown. Traugh had both scoring receptions while catching 11 passes for 106 yards and rushing nine times for 39 yards.
Fleming, filling in on offense as the running back, was the leading rusher for PHS with 78 yards on nine carries and one of the most incredible second-effort touchdown runs seen in quite a while. Singer picked up 61 yards on 18 tries and had a touchdown. David Parsons threw for 112 yards one touchdown, to Andrew Stalnaker who caught two passes for 45 yards. Anthony Ice had three catches for 41 yards.
South fumbled on its first offensive play of the game and that led to a short punt which gave PHS the ball just 23 yards from the Patriot goal line. But a fourth down play at the two was stopped by South for a seven yard loss and the Patriots got the ball back.
But South had to punt and PHS started from its own 38. A 22-yard pass to Singer and a four-yard penalty gave the Big Reds the ball at the South four for a first and goal. On second down Singer tried to go around left end but was hit and lost the ball which hit the goal line pylon, giving the ball to South and ending the second straight PHS scoring threat inside the five yard line.
The Patriots drove 73 yards in 17 plays, using 5:50 off the clock but came away empty when Shockey’s fourth down pass from the seven was broken up by Logan Hartshorn.
The Big Reds finally broke the scoring drought with a four-play, 47-yard drive that saw Parsons hit a streaking Andrew Stalnaker from 33 yards away with 4:40 left in the first half.
South gave PHS another opportunity two minutes later when the Patriots tried to run the ball on a fourth-and-one from their own 39 and Zach Howard and Kennedy Jeter came up with the stop.
Two plays later Fleming scored from 28 yards away on a run up the middle that saw him break four tackles and refused to be brought down before crossing the goal line. Stanley’s kick made it 14-0 with 2:10 left in the half.
Putting together a pro-like two-minute drill, South answered that touchdown with a nine-play, 80-yard drive that took just 1:50. Shockey hit a wide-open Traugh in the right corner of the end zone for the final 13 yard with just 12 seconds on the clock. The kick attempt failed and the score was 14-6 at the break.
A fumble punt return helped set up Parkersburg’s third score as Chris Salyers recovered on the South 19 yard line and after a four-yard run, Singer went up the middle for the final 15 stripes and a 21-6 lead.
South appeared to be ready to retaliate for that touchdown as the Patriots drove 64 yards in 10 plays but Stanley stepped in front of a Shockey pass intended for Traugh at the Big Red four yard line and returned it to the Big Red 23.
That set up a fourth quarter which went back and forth and put everyone on the edge of their seats until Fleming’s kickoff return.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 - Total
Parkersburg South 0 6 0 13 - 19
Parkersburg 0 14 7 7 - 28
Qtr Time Scoring play
2nd 04:40 PHS – Andrew Stalnaker 33 yd pass from David Parsons (Casey Stanley kick), 4-47 1:19
02:10 PHS - Austin Fleming 28 yd run (Casey Stanley kick), 2-37 0:16
00:12 SP - Cyrus Traugh 13 yd pass from Robert Shockey (Wade Smith rush fumbld), 9-80 1:50
3rd 06:09 PHS - Bryson Singer 15 yd run (Casey Stanley kick), 2-19 0:26
4th 07:01 SP - Cyrus Traugh 3 yd pass from Robert Shockey (Wade Smith kick), 11-37 4:59
00:19 SP - Robert Shockey 20 yd run (Robert Shockey rush fumbld), 2-20 0:16
00:12 PHS - Austin Fleming 43 yd kickoff return (Casey Stanley kick)
FIRST DOWNS 23 12
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 48-204 33-141
PASSING YDS (NET) 182 112
Passes Att-Comp-Int 30-21-1 14-8-0
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YDS 78-386 47-253
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards 2-28 0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards 3-40 3-46
Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 1-19
Punts (Number-Avg) 4-22.5 4-34.2
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-3
Penalties-Yards 10-92 9-68
Possession Time 28:34 19:23
Third-Down Conversions 5 of 15 0 of 9
Fourth-Down Conversions 3 of 6 1 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 3-6 1-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards 1-15 1-1
RUSHING: Parkersburg South-Robert Shockey 24-128; Cyrus Traugh 9-39; Aiden Cooke 14-36; Eli Bartley 1-1. Parkersburg-Austin Fleming 9-78; Bryson Singer 18-61; Logan Hartshorn 2-6; David Parsons 4-minus 4.
PASSING: Parkersburg South-Robert Shockey 21-30-1-182. Parkersburg-David Parsons 8-14-0-112.
RECEIVING: Parkersburg South-Cyrus Traugh 11-106; Triston Walker 5-41; Gage Wright 3-28; Aiden Cooke 1-8; Braden Whipkey 1-minus 1. Parkersburg-Anthony Ice 3-41; A. Stalnaker 2-45; Bryson Singer 2-27; Casey Stanley 1-minus 1.
INTERCEPTIONS: Parkersburg South-None. Parkersburg-Casey Stanley 1-19.
FUMBLES: Parkersburg South-Tyson Maze 1-1; Robert Shockey 1-0. Parkersburg-Bryson Singer 2-2; Austin Fleming 1-1.
Parkersburg South (2-2) vs. Parkersburg (2-2)
Date: Sep 17, 2021 • Site: Parkersburg • Stadium: Stadium Field
Kickoff time: 7:30 • End of Game: 1019 • Total elapsed time: 2:49
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. South's Nathan Tanner will be coaching only his second rivalry game.
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.
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
Big Reds Fall To Spring Valley
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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
Huntington Plays Take Away/Keep Away In 47-7 Win Over PHS
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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
Playoff Game With Spring Mills Cancelled Due To County Orange Color Code
Big Reds Hope To Host Spring Mills Sunday If County COVID Color Rating Comes Down By Saturday
The Parkersburg Big Red football team needs help from all of Wood County if it is to participate in the 2020 Class AAA playoffs.
Given a second chance to participate in the Class AAA football playoffs thanks to a policy change by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission the Parkersburg Big Reds were not only to be allowed to play but play at home – if Wood County can lower its COVID-19percent of positivity rate to below 5.0. It currently stands at 5.10.
The 6-2 Big Reds finished the regular season ranked eighth in the final ratings but Wood County is currently coded orange in the state COVID color map and must drop to the next lower level, gold, by next Saturday’s 5 p.m. official map.
If that happens the Big Reds will play host to Spring Mills at 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Stadium Field. Springs Mills (5-2) finished ninth in the ratings. If the Wood County rating does not come down, PHS will forfeit the game and Spring Mills will advance to the quarterfinals. Berkeley County where Spring Mills is located was orange last week but dropped to gold on Saturday, meaning they can play for sure in the first round.
Spring Mills played the Big Reds last year for the first time in school history and PHS came away a 27-7 winner at Stadium Field. Sam Potts was the standout of that game with four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. Bryson Singer ran for 119 yards and one score but Spring Mills was missing its star player, leading rusher and passer, Keon Padmore-Johnson, who sat out the season with an injury.
This year Padmore-Johnson is back for his senior campaign and has been lighting up the stat sheets with incredible numbers. The 5-foot-10, 165 pounder has completed 94 of 130 passes for 1,732 yards with 23 touchdowns and just one interception to lead the entire eastern panhandle. He is the third-leading rusher in that area with 907 yards on just 80 carries (11.3 average) and 10 touchdowns.
It will mark the third time this year the Big Reds have played a team averaging over 40 points per game as the Cardinals are putting up 44 points per contest despite losing to Frankfort (21-20) and cross-town rival Martinsburg (82-27). Four times they have scored more than 50 points in wins over Washington (55-42), Hampshire (55-7), Jefferson (52-28) and Hedgesville (56-0) while traveling four hours to beat Ripley 43-14 on Oct. 16 in their last game.
Last year’s Spring Mills quarterback, Chase Henson, is now a 5-10, 195 pound senior running back with 308 yards rushing on 73 carries (4.2 average) with seven touchdowns. Henson has also caught 22 passes for 303 yards and eight scores while Jake McCarren (5-9, 165 sr.) has 29 catches for 518 yards and seven touchdowns. Jameer Hunter has been the big play man for the Cardinals, averaging a whopping 34.9 yards per catch on his 16 receptions, six of which have wound up in the end zone.
Defensively for Spring Mills, Henson is the leading tackler from his linebacker spot with 80 stops while 160 pound sophomore Sam Stotler is second with 48 and Koz Jackson has 46. Bernard Newman leads the team with three interceptions.
Singer will be trying for his second win over the Cardinals. The 6-foot-3 junior has rushed for 1,235 yards (despite losing 151 on sacks) for a 7.8 average per carry and 14 touchdowns. He has also caught an 85 yards scoring pass. He has passed for 687 yards and 13 scores with eight of them going to Carter King, who has caught 18 passes for 280 yards. The Martin twins, Jordan and Julian, have each caught two TD passes.
Xadrian Snodgrass and Justin Waybright are both averaging 4.8 yards per carry and Snodgrass has four rushing touchdowns.
Defensively, Waybright has 13 sacks and six fumble recoveries to go with 45 tackles while fellow end Austin Fleming has five sacks and seven passes batted down to go with an identical 45 stops. Casey Mahoney leads the team with 75 tackles while Zach Howard is second with 56 tackles and Carter Mills has 46 stops and four interceptions. Keenan Curry has 42 tackles and has returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
While two of the last three PHS opponents had both been scoring over 40 points per game, the Big Reds held Bluefield to one long scoring pass and John Marshall to one long scoring pass and a defensive touchdown. Two weeks ago against first-time ever opponent Jefferson, PHS gave up three scores.
Big Reds Make Playoffs With WVSSAC Policy Change
A last-minute change in the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission football playoff policy will enable the Parkersburg Big Red football team to be in the playoff picture regardless of the COVID color of Wood County on Nov. 7.
Basically, the Big Reds are assured a spot in the playoffs but must get their color down from its current orange status to gold or better by Nov. 14 in order to play a game on Nov. 15 at 1:30 p.m. If Wood County is orange on red on Nov. 14 the Big Reds would have to forfeit.
Currently it appears PHS will be seeded eighth in the final Class AAA ratings and that means a home game against the ninth ranked team, which appears to be Spring Mills. The final ratings will be announced Sunday and playoff meetings will be held that day to determine final sites, dates and times.
The WVSSAC has announced that football teams from orange and red counties will be included in the playoff field. The top 16 teams will be entered into the brackets. Previously, it was announced that teams from orange and red counties on the state’s COVID metrics map would be excluded and the brackets would be backfilled with teams starting at No. 17 and so on.
To be clear to play however, counties must enter the green, yellow or gold category before game time. To accommodate teams that may still be in an orange or red county on this week’s Saturday 5 p.m. map release, a Sunday option has been introduced. Sunday games would kickoff at 1:30 p.m. If a team’s home county is still unable to enter a green, yellow or gold category, they will be forfeited and their opponent will receive automatic entry into the next round.
On Friday’s daily COVID map, seven of the top sixteen teams in Class AAA would be ineligible under the previous policy.
For more information on the WVSSAC announcement, cut and paste the link below to your web browser:
South Game Canceled
Friday's game with Parkersburg South has been canceled.
South head coach Nathan Tanner sent a Twitter urgent message to his team about positive COVID test and that the school nurse said the entire team would have to be quarantined 14 days.
The cancelation has been confirmed by Big Red athletic director Chris Way.
PHS will probably not be able to find a replacement on such short notice although Williamstown is available and will have to hope it is able to participate in the post season playoffs depending on county color coding Saturday evening and WVSAAC or Gov. Jim Justice ruling on teams in certain counties being allowed to play.This would affect PHS and Williamstown.
Big 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
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The home side finished product!
History of Stadium Field
In the spring of 1923 a group of men got together to form a stadium committee whose sole intent was to build a stadium for the newly constructed Parkersburg High School.
Those men included John S. Echols, President of the Board of Education, C.M. Martin, Sherman Dils, J.H. Biddle, C.T. Hitshaw, Herbert Smith, John Randolph, and Paul L. Summers. The committee was incorporated on July 14, 1923 and became known as the Parkersburg High School Corporation. The process of forming a corporation was necessary because the bonded indebtedness of the Board of Education was then at the peak permitted by law. Also serving on this committee was Fayette Smoot, H.L. Martin, Edward Doesch, H.R. Debussey and W.O. Holiday. The corporation leased the back campus from the Board of Education. It was impossible, according to the law of the time, for such a corporation to build any structure on land owned by a board of education. Therefore, the board had to turn over the land known as Stadium Field, on a 99-year lease to this corporation. The bonds were then released. The money for the bonds was to be recovered through football games and other activities held at the stadium.
The stadium was the first of its kind (concrete) in West Virginia and must have been the first of its kind to be built for the use of tax-supported institution without the investment of a single tax dollar.
The plans were to build one side of the stadium in 1923 and to build the other side the following year. The end of the U-shaped stadium was to be completed in the third year. When finally, completed it was to seat about 13,000 people. The end or bowl section of the stadium was never completed according to plans. The total cost of construction for the two sides was $104,000.
In just one day after the meeting in which the stadium plan was revealed, a total of $33,000 worth of bonds was sold.
In September of 1923 the first concrete was poured for the West stands of the stadium and on Oct. 4, 1923, the first game in the new stadium was played between the Big Reds of Parkersburg High School and Athens, Ohio. The Big Reds won by a 14-13 score. Ticket prices were 25 cents for student seating, 15 cents for student standing room. For the general public, the price was season ticket was $5 for seats and $4 for standing room.
In 1925 the stadium was officially dedicated. As part of the dedication, a race from Parkersburg to Marietta was held.
The installation of the stadium lights during the fall of 1940 made it possible for football games to be played at night. Until that time, most games were played on Saturday afternoon. The lights were installed by the Parkersburg Junior Chamber of Commerce at a cost of $7,000.75. The electric bill for the use of the lights was $3.25 per hour or about $10 for each game.
The lights were put in for the dual purpose of protecting the health of the players from the intense heat and to increase attendance. Among other reasons cited for the lighting was so that persons who worked Saturday afternoon could see the Big Reds play and so that the Stadium could be used for the purpose of holding other outdoor events such as political rallies or church events. Businessmen also felt that by playing Friday night games, Saturday afternoon business would be bolstered.
The first night game at PHS Stadium was Sept. 6, 1940 with the Big Reds beating Grantsville 50-0.
During the 1984-85 football season part of the stadium stands were closed for safety reasons. On June 13, 1988 it was recommended that both sides of the stands be closed. On June 14 the Board of Education accepted that recommendation.
During the summer of 1988 temporary bleachers were purchased and put up. Remodeling was done with funding help from C.O. Erickson and began in 1992. It was totally completed in 1994 with structural steel and concrete used to repair the stands.
In 1995 PHS qualified for home playoff games. After beating North Marion in the first round, the Big Reds were scheduled to host Wheeling Park. The Patriots protested the playing conditions at Stadium Field (no grass and nothing but mud) and a state inspection committee upheld the protest – moving the game to Tyler Consolidated High School. PHS won that game 28-7 and got to host the semifinal game after much work was done to repair the turf. But Hedgesville won the game 18-0 and the drive to install artificial turf on Stadium Field began in earnest.
The Stadium Renovation committee had its first planning session on Jan. 4, 1996 with more than two dozen members. In almost no time there were plans for an artificial surface to be added to the football field along with an 8-lane Eurotan track surface, new sidewalks, asphalt parking lot and refurbished concession stands.
On Aug. 30, 1996 the first game was played on AstroTurf Xl surface between Parkersburg South and Wheeling Park. On Sept. 6 the Big Reds played host to Hurricane on the new turf.
The cost of the new surface and renovations came to $1.25 million dollars which included $400,000 worth of in-kind services, $400,000 for advertising signs, $250,000 in donations and five bank loans of $400,000.
New light standards were installed in 1998. In 1999 new locker rooms were built in the Mary Lou Hague Memorial Sports and Arts complex at a cost of $536,390. In 2005 the restoration of the concrete stands was done at a cost of $129,356. In 2006 the turf was replaced at a cost of $295,000 with ProGrass artificial surface. In 2009 a new concession stand and restrooms were built on the home side at a cost of $195,000. The track was resurfaced in 2010 at a cost of $75,000 and in 2012 handrails were installed at a cost of $68,090.
In 2013 the home side bleachers were replaced in time for the second home game of the season. New seats were also installed with backs for the reserved seat section. The visiting bleachers still need to be replaced and contributions are still being taken.
Work was to begin in August, 2018, to replace the turf surface on the Stadium with work completed Aug. 26. The running track was also to be replaced but the surface was not to be finished until the fall of 2019.