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2014 PHS Schedule

Aug. 29 - at Warren (41-22)

Sept. 12 - C. Midland (21-42)

Sept. 19 - at Capital (20-56)

Sept. 26 - at Marietta

Oct. 3 - South Charleston

Oct. 10 - Woodrow Wilson

Oct. 17 - at Huntington

Oct. 24 - at G. Washington

Oct. 31 - Riverside

Nov. 7 - Park. South


PHS Probable Starters


QB - Josh Trembly

RB - Corey Burdette/Noah Weaver

WB - Dan Fox

WB - Chase Shank

SE -Stephen Dailey/Jordan Colebank

TE - Austin Life

T - Ben McFarland

T - Chris Carroll

G - Isaac Edman

G - Austin Brown

C - Charley Conley

K - Josh Roney


L - Charley Conley

L - Max Chefren

L - Tyler Greathouse/ Ben McFarland

LB - Austin Brown

LB - Austin Life

LB - Josh Trembly

LB - Chase Shank

CB - Dan Fox

CB - Zach Carroll

S - Jordan Colebank

S - Ethan Airhart



Capital Cougars Score Quick, Often To Hand Big Reds 56-20 Setback

CHARLESTON - Kashuan Haley showed why he is considered one of the best - if not the best - running back in the state of West Virginia by scoring four touchdowns (three of them in the first quarter alone) and rushing for a whopping 284 yards on just 17 carries here Friday night.

And the Capital Cougars showed why they are considered by many to be the best team in the state as they scored quickly, and often, to post a 56-20 victory over the Parkersburg Big Reds. The win was the third impressive victory in a row for the unbeaten Cougars while dropping PHS to 1-2 going into next Friday's game at ancient rival Marietta, Ohio.

The Cougars amassed 548 yards in 61 offensive plays as they raced to 322 yards on just 36 rushing attempts and quarterback Tyrhee Pratt, considered a Division I NCAA prospect, threw for an additional 226 yards by completing 16 of 24 passes with just one interception (his first of the year). Pratt, who also rushed for 41 yards on just seven attempts and scored once himself, found Tyrell Davis five times for 57 yards and a touchdown and hit Silas Nazario six times for 62 yards. Nazario ran for two short touchdowns.

For the Big Reds, Josh Trembly completed just six of 16 passes for 145 yards but two of them went for touchdowns as Chase Shank caught one for 21 yards and Austin Life latched onto a 50 yard scoring toss. Corey Burdette led the team with 65 yards rushing on 19 attempts and scored once on a one yard run.

Haley got the track meet off to a fast start as he raced 70 yards to the end zone on just the second play of the game and after the Cougars held PHS on downs at the Big Reds' 41, it took him just three plays to reach the end zone again - this time from the 24.

Forcing PHS to punt after three plays, Capital got the ball back again with 5:50 left in the first quarter and took all of 38 seconds to score on four plays with Haley going in from the three this time. The extra point kick, one of eight straight for William Rice, made it 21-0.

An interception by junior transfer Terrance Tate stopped Capital on its next possession and set up Parkersburg's first score. The one yard run by Burdette came on the second play of the second quarter and capped an eight play, 44 yard drive.

A 36 yard run by Haley on the first play of a nine-play, 77 yard drive saw the Cougars push the halftime advantage to 28-7 on a two yard run by Nazario.

But PHS got on the board with 1:34 remaining before halftime to close the deficit to 28-13 when Trembly hit Dan Fox with a 32 yard pass completion and then found Shank for the final 21 yards of the six play, 50 yard drive.

Both teams punted on their first possessions of the second half but a fumbled snap set up Capital's fifth touchdown to make it 35-13.

The Big Reds then moved the ball from their 21 to the Capital 42 with Burdette doing most of the work on the ground only to see the drive end on a fourth down incompletion.

Capital then iced the game when Haley, from punt formation, ran 57 yards for another touchdown with 1:11 left in the third period.

With 5:39 left in the game Capital scored on a scramble by Pratt from 35 yards away and then got the ball right back when the kickoff return was fumbled on the PHS 25. Three plays later the Cougars had another score.

The game's final points came on Trembly's bomb to Life, who got behind the secondary to catch the ball around the10 yard line, who scampered in untouched to the end zone.

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total
Big Reds.............. 0 13 0 7 - 20
Cougars.............. 21 7 14 14 - 56

Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 11:11 CAPITAL - Kashaun Haley 70 yd run (William Rice kick), 2-70 0:49
07:43 CAPITAL - Kashaun Haley 24 yd run (William Rice kick), 3-42 0:31
05:12 CAPITAL - Kashaun Haley 3 yd run (William Rice kick), 4-43 0:21
2nd 11:06 PHS - Corey Burdette 1 yd run (Josh Roney kick), 8-44 4:28
08:41 CAPITAL - Silas Nazario 2 yd run (William Rice kick), 9-77 2:15
01:34 PHS - Chase Shank 21 yd pass from Josh Trembly (Josh Roney kick blockd), 6-47 2:26
3rd 05:55 CAPITAL - Silas Nazario 2 yd run (William Rice kick), 6-45 1:54
01:11 CAPITAL - Kashaun Haley 57 yd run (William Rice kick), 4-58 0:51
4th 05:39 CAPITAL - Tyrhee Pratt 35 yd run (William Rice kick), 3-40 1:25
04:45 CAPITAL - Tyrell Davis 1 yd run (William Rice kick), 3-25 0:40
01:41 PHS - Austin Life 50 yd pass from Josh Trembly (Josh Roney kick), 6-80 2:51
..............................................................PHS CAPITAL
FIRST DOWNS .......................................10 17
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)................... 41-112 36-322
PASSING YDS (NET) ............................145 ...226
Passes Att-Comp-Int ...........................16-6-0 ...25-16-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.. 57-257 ...61-548
Fumble Returns-Yards............................. 0-0 ...0-0
Punt Returns-Yards ..................................0-0 ...3-30
Kickoff Returns-Yards .........................8-130 ...4-38
Interception Returns-Yards ......................1-0 ...0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)........................... 6-38.5 ...2-30.0
Fumbles-Lost ...........................................2-2 ...2-0
Penalties-Yards ......................................3-36 ...7-97
Possession Time................................... 27:02 ...20:58
Third-Down Conversions ...................2 of 13 ...5 of 11
Fourth-Down Conversions................... 3 of 5 ...1 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances ........................1-1 ...4-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards.......................... 2-6 ...1-11
RUSHING: Big Reds-Corey Burdette 19-65; Josh Trembly 13-34; Terrance Tate 4-9; Chase Shank 4-7; Dan
Fox 1-minus 3. Cougars-Kashaun Haley 17-284; Tyrhee Pratt 7-41; Tyrell Davis 7-20; Silas Nazario 3-minus 1; Antoine Davis 1-minus 3; James Knox 1-minus 19.
PASSING: Big Reds-Josh Trembly 6-16-0-145. Cougars-Tyrhee Pratt 16-24-1-226; James Knox 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING: Big Reds-Austin Life 2-81; Dan Fox 2-32; Chase Shank 1-21; Stephen Dailey 1-11. Cougars-Silas Nazario 6-62; Tyrell Davis 5-57; Jordan Kinney 2-63; Kashaun Haley 1-18; Rashad Cunningham 1-15; Bryce Goldsmith 1-11.
INTERCEPTIONS: Big Reds-Terrance Tate 1-0. Cougars-None.
FUMBLES: Big Reds-Dan Fox 1-1; Josh Trembly 1-1. Cougars-Tyrhee Pratt 1-0; James Knox 1-0.
SACKS (UA-A): Big Reds-Tyler Greathouse 0-1; Chase Shank 0-1; Austin Life 0-1; Jordan Colebank 0-1.

TACKLES (UA-A): Big Reds-Nick Johnson 4-2; Max Chefren 4-2; Chase Shank 4-1; Ethan Airhart 3-2; Tyler Greathouse 2-3; Jordan Colebank 3-1; Charley Conley 3-0; Zach Carroll 2-1; Terrance Tate 2-1; Josh Trembly 2-0; Noah Weaver 1-1; Dan Fox 1-1; Austin Life 0-2; Stephen Dailey 1-0; Austin Griffith 1-0; Rylan Hamilton 0-1; Austin Brown 0-1; Tyler Lawrentz 0-1.

Freshmen Hang On To Beat Hurricane 22-20

Parkersburg's freshman football team built a 22-0 lead through two and a half quarters but then had to hang on to defeat visiting Hurricane 22-20 Wednesday night at Stadium Field.

The Little Reds did not secure the victory until forcing three straight incomplete Hurricane passes in the final seconds with the ball on their own 31 yard line. The Redskins had scored three times in the fourth quarter, the final with 1:54 remaining on a 54 yard run by the quarterback, to pull within two points. But the would-be tying conversion attempt was thwarted when Nathaniel Steed batted the ball away in the back of the end zone.

Steed, who broke up two other passes on the night, also scored a touchdown on a 48 yard pass reception from Seth Dailey in the middle of the third quarter and caught two other passes during the game for a total of 69 receiving yards.

The PHS 9th graders scored first on the first play of the second quarter when Tyee Gibson reached the end zone from eight yards out to cap a 48 yard drive. Gibson had a 22 yard run and an 11 yard reception on the drive.

Zion Atkinson had the other touchdown on a four yard run with 2:43 left before the half. He also had a 16 yard run on the five play drive which covered 43 yards. The freshman fullback ran for two of the two point conversions.

Elijah Hearn led the defense with 14 tackles from his linebacker position.

9th Grade Football
Hurricane                    0          0          0          20        -           20
Parkersburg (1-0-1)    0          16        6          0          -           22
P – Tyee Gibson 8 run (Zion Atkinson run) 9:51 2nd
P – Atkinson 4 run (Atkinson run) 2:43 2nd
P – Nathaniel Steed 48 pass from Seth Dailey (run failed) 4:57 3rd
H – Jake Fletcher 27 pass from Dylan Hunter (pass failed) 9:52 4th
H – Fletcher 8 pass from Hunter (Fletcher pass from Hunter) 7:01 4th
H – Hunter 54 run (pass failed) 1:54 4th
Team Statistics
First Downs – Hurricane 9, PHS 9
Rushes-Yardage – Hurricane 29-134, PHS 30-74
Passing Yardage – Hurricane 114, PHS 102
PC-PA-INT – Hurricane 8-25-1, PHS 6-11-1
Punts – Hurricane 2-28.5, PHS 3-29.3
Fumbles-Lost – Hurricane 0-0, PHS 5-2
Penalties – Hurricane 6-49, PHS 5-28
PHS Individual Leaders
Rushing: Tyee Gibson 8-30, Zion Atkinson 8-30. Passing: Seth Dailey 6 of 11 (1 int) for 102 yards. Receiving: Nathaniel Steed 3-69. Defense: Elijah Hearn 14 tackles, James Hickel 6 tackles, Gavin Perkins 6 tackles, Steed 3 tackles & 3 passed broken up, Gibson 5 tackles.
Next Game – PHS hosts Wheeling Park on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m.

Cabell Midland Ground Game Sparks 42-21 Win Over Big Reds

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Cabell Midland displayed an explosive three-pronged offense and remained unbeaten in three starts by rolling to a 42-21 win over the Big Reds Friday night at Stadium Field.

The Knights of coach Luke Salmons got four touchdowns from Alex Childers and had three backs rush for over 100 yards while cruising to a three touchdown win over PHS.

Showing their impressive victories and statistics in their first two outings were not flukes, the Knights rolled up 25 first downs and 549 yards in total offense while running 75 plays to just 43 for the home team. The visitors had 454 yards rushing on 66 attempts.

Childers gained 117 yards on 18 carries and caught one pass for 15 yards (and a touchdown). Caperton Humphreys ran for 157 yards on 18 attempts while quarterback Coy Pettit, who came into the game averaging an amazing 30 yards per carry, ran the ball 10 times for 140 yards and the game's first touchdown. He also completed four of nine passes for 95 yards and two scores.

PHS was held to 81 yards rushing and quarterback Josh Trembly completed just four of 12 passes for 84 yards as the Big Reds watched Cabell maintain possession for 29:53, nearly 12 more minutes than PHS.

An interception by Cabell's Josh Ellis on the game's third play gave the Knights the ball on the Parkersburg 46 yard line and three plays later they were in the end zone following a Pettit keeper for 38 yards with just 2:18 gone in the contest. Chris Heiner kicked the first of six straight extra points.

Two 15 yard penalties helped Cabell get its second score on a 62 yard drive that was capped by Childer's six yard run with 5:52 left on the clock in the first period.

Despite the return of Corey Burdette to the lineup, PHS could not generate anything offensively until its defense made a stop early in the second quarter on a fourth down play at the PHS 43. A great 30 yard pass reception by Stephen Dailey put the ball on the Cabell 13 yard line and three plays later Trembly found Burdette for the final nine yards to the end zone. Josh Roney's kick made it 14-7 with 8:37 left in the half.

A 43 yard run by Pettit helped set up the Knight's third TD just five plays later and the back breaker for PHS came when Midland took over at the Big Reds' 45 with just 1:05 left in the half. With just three seconds remaining before intermission Pettit found Childers in the left sideline corner of the end zone for touchdown number four and a 28-7 halftime advantage.

Midland scored on its first possession of the second half, going 78 yards on nine plays with Childers going the final 22.

Trailing by four scores, PHS went for it on fourth down at the Midland 25 and although Austin Life was able to gain five yards, the play was two yards short of a first down and the ball went over on downs. A 56 yard bomb to Seth Vickers ran the margin to 42-7 with 3:33 left in the third quarter.

The Big Reds tacked on two scores in the span of 1:30 early in the fourth quarter as Trembly found Dailey behind the secondary for a 40 yard pass play that was set up by Noah Weaver's tackle on fourth down. With 7:07 left in the game Burdette ran four straight times to score from the Midland 35 after a Tyler Greathouse fumble recovery.

Defensively, Jordan Colebank led the way for PHS with 13 tackles while Weaver added eight.

Score by Quarters              1   2   3  4    Total
Cabell Midland (3-0)           14 14 14  0 - 42
Parkersburg (1-1)                0  7   0 14 - 21
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 09:42 MIDLAND - Coy Pettit 38 yd run (Chris Heiner kick), 3-46 1:03
05:52 MIDLAND - Alex Childers 6 yd run (Chris Heiner kick), 6-62 2:01
2nd 08:37 PHS - Corey Burdette 9 yd pass from Josh Trembly (Josh Roney kick), 4-43 1:49
07:07 MIDLAND - Alex Childers 9 yd run (Chris Heiner kick), 5-65 1:30
00:03 MIDLAND - Alex Childers 15 yd pass from Coy Pettit (Chris Heiner kick), 6-45 1:02
3rd 08:07 MIDLAND - Alex Childers 22 yd run (Chris Heiner kick), 8-78 3:53
03:33 MIDLAND - Seth Vickers 56 yd pass from Coy Pettit (Chris Heiner kick), 6-80 2:52
4th 08:37 PHS - Stephen Dailey 40 yd pass from Josh Trembly (Josh Roney kick), 1-40 0:08
07:07 PHS - Corey Burdette 3 yd run (Josh Roney kick), 4-35 1:20
..........................................................MIDLAND        PHS
FIRST DOWNS                                    25                    6
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)                      66-454          29-81
PASSING YDS (NET)                          95                    84
Passes Att-Comp-Int                             9-4-1               14-4-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS  75-549           43-165
Fumble Returns-Yards                          0-0                   0-0
Punt Returns-Yards                              2-45                 0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards                           2-19                 6-117
Interception Returns-Yards                   1-11                 1-0
Punts (Number-Avg)                             1-27.0              8-32.8
Fumbles-Lost                                        2-1                   0-0
Penalties-Yards                                     10-93               6-74
Possession Time                                   29:53               18:07
Third-Down Conversions                    5 of 13             2 of 12
Fourth-Down Conversions                    2 of 6               0 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances                    4-5                   2-2
Sacks By: Number-Yards                      1-9                   0-0
RUSHING: Knights-Caperton Humphreys 18-157; Coy Pettit 10-140; Alex Childers 18-117; Drew Keeton 7-33; Tre Martin 5-10; Cole Sowards 3-8; JT Saunders 1-0; Jacob Hendricks 4-minus 11. Big Reds-Corey Burdette 15-67; Ethan Airhart 1-5; Josh Trembly 8-4; Dan Fox 3-4; Chase Shank 1-1; Zavian Peacock 1-0.
PASSING: Knights-Coy Pettit 4-9-1-95. Big Reds-Josh Trembly 4-12-1-84; Ethan Airhart 0-1-0-0; Dan Fox 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING: Knights-Seth Vickers 1-56; Tanner Mullins 1-25; Alex Childers 1-15; Jacob Hendricks 1-minus 1. Big Reds-Stephen Dailey 2-70; Corey Burdette 1-9; Austin Life 1-5.
INTERCEPTIONS: Knights-Devin Stapleton 1-11. Big Reds-Ethan Airhart 1-0.
FUMBLES: Knights-Drew Keeton 1-1; Alex Childers 1-0. Big Reds-None.
Attendance: 4500
Kickoff time: 7:30 • End of Game: 10:04 • Total elapsed time: 2:34
TACKLES (UA-A): Big Reds-Jordan Colebank 5-8; Noah Weaver 4-4; Ethan Airhart 8-2; Max Chefren 7-3; Chase Shank 4-4; Nick Johnson 5-0; Tyl Greathouse 1-3; Charley Conley 2-1; Austin Brown 1-5; Zach Carroll 1-2; Austin Griffith 1-1; Josh Trembly 1-2; Austin Life 2-1; Dan Fox 1-0; Terrance Tate 1-0; Austin Mitchell 1-1; Dakoda Sims 1-0; Ben McFarland 0-1; Jarrid Winters 1-0; Stephen Dailey 1-0; Graham Nesselrode 1-0; Brannon Turner 0-1; Corey Burdette 0-1.

Jayvees Crush Cabell Midland 53-8

ONA - Big plays, including two interception returns for scores, powered the PHS jayvees to a 53-8 win here Monday night.

Now 2-0, the jayvees got pick six plays from Easton Martin and Rylan Hamilton, who also both caught a touchdown pass from Karson Snyder. Snyder scored two touchdowns himself in just his second game ever as a quarterback. Dakoda Sims and Graham Nesselrode also scored for the Little Reds, who led 27-2 at the half.

Junior Varsity Football
Sept. 14 at Ona, WV
Parkersburg (2-0)                   20        7          0          26        -           53
Cabell Midland.....                       0        2          0          6          -           8         
P – Easton Martin 41 interception return (kick failed) 8:00 1st
P – Karson Snyder 2 run (Chase Minnite kick) 4:05 1st
P – Rylan Hamilton 77 pass from Snyder (Minnite kick) 0:00 1st
CM – Safety, tackled quarterback in end zone, 4:23 2nd
P – Martin 15 pass from Snyder (Minnite kick) 1:39 2nd
P – Snyder 59 run (Minnite kick) 9:06 4th
P – Hamilton 75 interception return (kick blocked) 7:16 4th
P – Dakoda Sims 46 run (Minnite kick) 5:16 4th
CM – Cole Sowards 5 run (run failed) 4:07 4th
P – Graham Nesselrode 77 run (kick failed) 3:26 4th
Team Statistics
Passing Yards – PHS 162 (4-5-1), CM 26
Rushing – PHS 175, CM 256
Individual Statistics
PHS passing: Snyder 4 of 5 for 162 yards (1 interception); PHS rushing: Zavian Peacock 5-7, Snyder 6-55, Nesselrode 1-77, Zach Blosser 2-0, Jaden Lacaria 1-(-11), Jarid Winters 2-(-3), Dakoda Sims 2-50; PHS Receiving: Martin 2-35, Hamilton 1-77, Blosser 1-50. Defense – PHS: Martin 2 interceptions, Hamilton interception, Roger Wright interception, Isaiah Gossett 10 tackles (4 for loss), Davey McNemar, Ethan Farinash. Jesse McGrew FBR, Nesselrode FBR.
Next Game – PHS hosts Marietta on Sept. 22.

Lindamood, Davis, Elliott Enter PHS Football Hall of Fame on Friday
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    Matt Lindamood                              Earl “Jubie” Davis Jr.                             George Elliott

The first group of inductees into the 2014 class of the Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame includes three athletes with more honors than could fit in a book about their exploits.
There is the all-time record holder for all-time records at PHS, Matt Lindamood.
There is the first African-American first team all-stater in the history of PHS, Earl “Jubie” Davis.
And there is George Elliott, the captain and defensive leader of the Big Red team with the most impressive championship playoff run in history.
And there is even a link between all three. Lindamood’s uncle Mike was an all-stater and played on the same team with Davis while Matt’s father Mark was the center on the same championship team with Elliott. It should be quite a reunion of families at midfield when these three are honored.
The trio will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 12, prior to the home game with Cabell Midland.
A young man whose name appears in the PHS record book more than any other athlete, Matt Lindamood was a two-time all-state selection and lead his team to state championships in 2006 and 2007. During his three years as a starter, the Big Reds went 35-5 under coach Bernie Buttrey.
Twice the powerful, yet speedy runner scored five touchdowns in a game. He is the second-highest single season scorer with 232 points in 2007 (4 behind the all-time record of Josh Romeo). He is also the fifth all-time high scorer with 264 as a junior.  His totals of 38 and 27 touchdowns as a senior and junior rank him second and fourth all-time. For his career he ranks number one with 412 points (68 TDs and 2 ep), a whopping 80 points ahead of the second highest total.
Lindamood ranks first in single season and career rushing yardage and has the second and third highest single-game rushing performances. He gained 4,211 yards during his career (256 yards ahead of 3-time 1,000 yard rusher John Richards), and had season totals of 2,473 (including 695 in four playoff games in 2007) and 1,551 (6th best mark ever). He gained 297 yards and 287 yards in separate games as a senior with the record being 299 yards by Ryan Holbert.
As a senior he was runner-up in the Kennedy Award voting and went on to become a starting fullback at West Virginia University before an injury in 2012. After two years of mission work in Los Angeles, Israel and Ecuador he turned to strength and conditioning and is currently a sports performance coach at TCBoost in Northbrook, IL.
When Sumner High School closed its doors in 1954, the talented black athletes enrolled at PHS but it was not until 15 years later that one was voted first team all-state in West Virginia and that athlete was Earl “Jubie” Davis Jr., one of eight siblings to walk the Big Red halls.
Davis helped PHS to a 7-2-1 record as a senior under Buddy James, losing to Charleston and Stonewall Jackson but tying Weir 8-8 thanks to eight points scored by Davis. There were other talented black athletes on the Big Reds that year, players like quarterback Mike Allen and speedy halfbacks Mike Carr and Frank Spriggs but it was Davis who caught everyone’s eye by catching seven touchdown passes and six two-point conversions while also returning a punt 48 yards for a score.
An outstanding athlete at an early age, Davis says one of his biggest thrills was being the only six year old to be picked on the Dils Brothers Little League team. Attending Jefferson Elementary and then Washington Junior High, Davis credits his later success with instruction given to him at the Boys Club under Frank Siebel and the coaching of Dike Goff in junior high. He was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award for all sports at WJHS.
The push for perfection at PHS by the Big Red coaching staff helped Davis go on to play football and track for two years at Fairmont State College before joining the Air Force in 1973. His tour of duty lasted 20 years and he served, among other things, as Master Drill Instructor, and was even chosen to retrain the marching unit that had been in Operation Desert Storm that was to march before the president. He is currently working in the U.S. Postal Service and living in Fort Worth, TX, with his wife Arlette and has five children, six grand children and five great-grand children.
Defense was the name of the game for PHS football in the 1970’s and the biggest defensive name was George Elliott.
In 1974 he played on a state runner-up team that went 10-2. As a junior he had 82 tackles on a team which went 8-2, finished sixth in the state and had four shutouts. The 1975 team did not make the playoffs because only the top four teams qualified even though they beat one of those teams, Parkersburg South (14-6).  As a senior captain in 1976 the Big Reds went 10-2, winning the state title with an awesome show of defensive prowess – shutting out the two highest-scoring teams in the state that year, Martinsburg and DuPont. Elliott led the team with 130 tackles, an incredible 17 sacks, and six fumble recoveries. The Big Reds that year shut out eight opponents.
Elliott was not through with his football accomplishments, though. He helped return the Marshall University football program to prominence following the plane crash which wiped out the team. He was a four year starter as middle guard and defensive tackle under Frank Ellwood and Sonny Randle. As a junior he had 69 tackles and in 1978 was second on the team with 114 tackles and a fumble recovery. He was Southern Conference Player of the Week in September, 1978 after making 17 tackles against MAC champion Toledo.
He returned to PHS to coach as an assistant in 1983-86, helping the Big Reds reach the playoffs in 1983 and finish second in the state in 1986 while coaching three all-state linemen in Rick Phillips, Scott Swanson and Scott Adams. He then coached at four high schools in Virginia from 1987 to 1998.

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Contribution Information

Commemorative t-shirts and bracelets are available and donations can now be made online here at the football web site by clicking on the PayPal icon under the t-shirt photograph on the left side of the page. Online contributions will be added to the sponor lists if the amount is sufficient.Contributors are reminded that tax deductible checks will be accepted. They should be made out to PHS Stadium Committee.

Sponsors are being sought with 10 levels of donations - Seat Named $200, Bronze $500, Silver $1,000, Gold $2,000 and Platinum $2,500, Team Captain $5,000, Reserved Seat Row $10,000, White $15,000, Team Spirit $20,000, PHS Big Red $50,000. Sponsors will have three years to honor their pledges. Sponsors meeting any of the pledge levels will be listed on a plaque to displayed prominently in the Stadium.

Donations from fans and alumni who are proud of Stadium Field and its storied 93 year history may also be sent to Parkersburg High School in care of Charlotte Potter, Stadium Field Committee, 2101 Dudley Avenue, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

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History of Stadium Field

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

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

All-Time High School Football Wins
Rank School

2013 Record

Wins Overall Record First Year
1 Valdosta Wildcats (GA) 6-5 882 882-213-34 1913
2 Highlands Bluebirds, Ft. Thomas (KY) 13-2 855 855-215-26 1915
3 Male Bulldogs, Louisville (KY) 12-2 833 834-319-49 1893
4 Washington Tigers, Massillon (OH) 9-3 830 830-252-35 1894
5 Mount Carmel Red Tornadoes, (PA) 7-4 820 820-305-59 1893
6 Mayfield Cardinals (KY) 14-1 819 819-206-32 1919
7 McKinley Bulldogs, Canton (OH) 9-2 802 802-334-42 1894
8 Parkersburg Big Reds (WV) 4-6 799 799-317-40 1900
9 Easton Red Rovers (PA) 11-3 786 786-331-54 1894
10 Muskegon Big Reds (MI) 12-2 785 785-271-43 1895
11 Summerville Green Wave (SC) 11-3 779 779-205-25
12 Everett Crimson Tide (MA) 8-3 776 776-365-79 1893
13 Central Tigers, Little Rock (AR) 7-5 773 773-314-43 1907
13 Clinton Red Tornadoes (OK) 8-4 773 773-265-37
15 East St. Louis Flyers (IL) 9-4 771 771-222-45 1897
15 Berwick Bulldogs (PA) 14-1 771 771-320-43 1888
17 Highland Park Scots, Dallas (TX) 13-2 769 769-248-27
17 Brockton Boxers (MA) 5-6 769 769-364-64 1897
19 Hampton Crabbers (VA) 7-5 767 767-252-43 1920
20 Ada Cougars (OK) 7-4 766 766-312-24
21 Lawton Wolverines (OK) 11-1 763 763-337-34 1902
22 Pine Bluff Zebras (AR) 9-4-1 759 759-330-53
23 Dobyns-Bennett Indians, Kingsport (TN) 6-5 755 755-223-28
24 Steubenville Big Red (OH) 9-5 753 753-312-34

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