Backs To Wall, Big Reds Must Travel To GW This Friday
The Big Reds have their backs to the wall if they are to reach the 2014 West Virginia High School playoffs.
After suffering their fourth loss of the year, the Big Reds travel to George Washington on Friday needing to win their final three games to have a shot at making the “second season.”
PHS will face a team it has lost to seven straight times, not beating the capital city Patriots since 2006. Meanwhile, George Washington is having an untypical season with three losses on the season – including two defeats in a row. The Patriots lost to Hurricane 37-27 two weeks ago and last Friday fell to Cabell Midland by a 49-7 score.
PHS lost to Cabell Midland 42-21 and the other common opponent between the two rivals is South Charleston. The Black Eagles beat GW 56-14 and defeated PHS 45-20.
In between a season-opening loss to South Charleston and the two defeats in their last two games the Patriots beat Ashland Blazer (KY) 27-26, St. Albans 27-14, Riverside 42-0 and Princeton 35-14.
George Washington quarterback Kaleb Mackey (5-11, 170 jr.) has thrown for 601 yards and five touchdowns this season by completing 44 of 94 passes with five interceptions. Last week against Cabell Midland he was sacked seven times and left the game with 10:46 remaining with an injury.
Top receivers for the Patriots are 6-foot-2 junior Druw Bowen (13 receptions, 280 yards, 3 TDs) and 6-3 sophomore Darnell Brooks (12 receptions, 142 yards).
On the ground the Pats have been led by Clayton Anderson (6-foot, 195 senior) with 715 yards on 117 carries with five touchdowns. But Anderson was banged up against Midland and was replaced by Nu Nu Miller (180 pound junior), who ran for 106 yards and a touchdown against the Knights to give him 149 yards rushing on 31 carries with two touchdowns. Fullback Mason Blake (220 pounds) leads the team with eight touchdowns rushing while gaining 248 yards on 51 attempts.
Anderson is also the team’s kicker with 18 extra points this season.
The Big Reds are hoping to regenerate a balanced offense under the direction of quarterback Josh Trembly, who has ran for 254 yards and passed for 602 more (including 11 touchdowns). Corey Burdette leads the team in rushing with 386 yards (4.2 average) and three touchdowns. Austin Life is the leading receiver with 11 catches for 279 yards and five touchdowns.
Dan Fox has contributed 171 yards rushing (1 TD), 51 yards passing (1 TD), 51 yards receiving (1 TD) and 217 yards on kickoff returns (24.1 average) as well leading the team with three interceptions.
Defensively, Max Chefren has turned in an outstanding season with 70 tackles including 25.5 for 126 yards in lost yardage. He has six sacks, 2 fumble recoveries (one for a touchdown) and one blocked kick. He has even returned two kickoffs for 61 yards.
Chase Shank ranks second with 57 tackles, including 6.5 behind the line of scrimmage. He has two sacks and two fumble recoveries (one for a touchdown). Shank has also ran for two scores and caught one TD pass.
HUNTINGTON - Clark Wilson threw two touchdown passes, Stefan Gibbs scored two touchdowns and Cason Kessinger kicked two field goals to lead the Huntington Highlanders to a 41-6 win over the Parkersburg Big Reds here Friday.
While the Huntington offense was rolling up over 400 yards in total offense, 247 rushing and 157 passing, it was the Highlander defense which actually stood out by limiting the visiting Big Reds to just 85 total yards.
PHS managed just five first downs, ran for just 38 yards and completed just five of 20 passes for 47 yards with one interception. The Big Reds punted the ball eight times and had one of those returned for a touchdown.
The home team, which has now beaten PHS five times in row, spreads its offensive heroics with four different players scoring touchdowns, three players rushing for between 49 and 80 yards and five players catching passes.
Dan Fox scored the only Parkersburg touchdown on a 20 yard reception in the third quarter and wound up catching four of the five completions in all while also returning two kickoffs for 60 yards.
Max Chefren continued to be the defensive standout with 11 tackles, including one sack and five tackles for loss. For the season the senior defensive end has an amazing 25.5 tackles for loss and six sacks among his 68 tackles plus a defensive touchdown.
Things got off to a bad start for PHS when Huntington kicked off and Big Red return man Jaden Lacaria appeared to go into the end zone but was allowed to run the ball out and got only to the seven yard line. Five plays later a punt put the home team in possession just 51 yards from the PHS end zone.
The PHS defense held and forced a 30 yard field goal by Kessinger, who was a big weapon for the Highlanders with his strong leg.
An interception gave Huntington the ball back two plays later and it took just two plays for the home team to cover the 34 yards with Wilson hitting Brandon Morrison over the middle for the touchdown and a 10-0 lead.
Huntington scored on its next possession thanks to a 63 yard pass to Dionne Jackson, who out-leaped the Big Red defender and then ran all the way to the PHS 24 yard line. The touchdown came on a six yard run by Gibbs to make it 17-0.
A short punt of only 11 yards set up Huntington's next score, a 17 yard pass from Wilson to Daniel Clark to make it 24-0. Wilson was injures a short time later when he scrambled for 18 yards but hurt his knee when he was run out of bounds.
Three big defensive plays by Chefren kept the Highlanders out of the end zone on their next possession and on the final play of the first half, Kessinger missed a 51 yard field goal attempt.
Kessinger kicked a 32 yard field goal just three and a half minutes into the second half but PHS got on the board on its second possession of the second half when they drove 52 yards in six plays with Trembly hitting Austin Life for 12 yards to set up the pass for the TD to Fox with 2:57 left in the third quarter.
Huntington got into the red zone on its following possession but Jordan Colebank came up with an interception for PHS at his 16 yard line and returned it to the 29.
But as was the case all night, the PHS offense failed to produce and Huntington got the ball back on another three-and-out punt. The Highlanders then took just two plays to score as Clark ran for 24 yards before Gibbs broke off a 38 yard run for the touchdown.
The final score of the night was a 71 yard punt return down the sideline by Jackson with 6:01 left in the game.
#18 Big Reds vs #16 Highlanders (Oct 17, 2014 at Huntington, WV)
Score by Quarters...................... 1 ..2 ..3 ..4 - Total Parkersburg Big Reds............. 0 ..0 ..6 ..0 - 6
Huntington Highlanders........ 10 14 .3 .14 - 41
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 04:45 HUNTINGT - Cason Kessinger 30 yd field goal, 11-38 4:46
03:20 HUNTINGT - Brandon Morrison 32 yd pass from Clark Wilson (Cason Kessinger kick), 2-34 0:40
2nd 11:49 HUNTINGT - Stefan Gibbs 6 yd run (Cason Kessinger kick), 5-82 1:24
09:34 HUNTINGT - Daniel Clark 17 yd pass from Clark Wilson (Cason Kessinger kick), 3-20 0:51
3rd 08:36 HUNTINGT - Cason Kessinger 32 yd field goal, 8-29 3:16
02:57 PHS - Dan Fox 20 yd pass from Josh Trembly (Josh Roney kick blocked), 6-52 2:03
4th 07:48 HUNTINGT - Stefan Gibbs 38 yd run (Cason Kessinger kick), 4-71 1:46
06:01 HUNTINGT - Dionne Jackson 71 yd punt return (Cason Kessinger kick)
Jayvees 5-0 After 17-6 Win Over Huntington
Graham Nesselrode and Zavian Peacock keyed an overwhelming defensive effort and Karson Snyder rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns as Parkersburg’s junior varsity team improved to 5-0 with a 17-6 victory over the Huntington jayvees Saturday afternoon at Stadium Field.
Nesselrode blocked a punt, forced two fumbles, sacked the quarterback and had another tackle for loss while Peacock collected an interception and fumble record as the Little Reds limited the Highlanders to just 97 yards of total offense.
Snyder carried the ball 15 times and also threw for 84 yards by completing seven of 13 passes with one interception. Chase Minnite added two extra point kicks and a 23 yard field goal.
Junior Varsity Football Huntington Jayvees 0 6 0 0 - 6 Parkersburg Jayvees (5-0) 7 0 7 3 - 17
P – Karson Snyder 1 run (Chase Minnite kick) 7:44 1st
H – Leonard Jackson 47 run (pass failed) 5:21 2nd
P – Snyder 2 run (Minnite kick) 3:40 3rd
P – Minnite 23 field goal, 9:54 4th Team Statistics
Rushes-Yardage: Huntington 94, Parkersburg 197
Passing Yardage: Huntington 0, Parkersburg 84 PHS Individual Statistics
Rushing – Karson Snyder 15-105, Zack Blosser 8-33, Zavion Peacock 6-16, Dakoda Sims 4-22, Noah Weaver 4-13, Jarrid Winters 2-5, Jaden Lecario 1-3.
Passing – Snyder 7-13-1 84 yards
Receiving – Blosser 2-16, Sims 2-8, Easton Martin 1-40, Weaver 1-8, Anthony White 1-12.
Defense – Peacock, interception & fumble recovery; Alex Lott, fumble recovery; Graham Nesselrode, 2 forced fumbles, blocked punt, sack, 2 tackles for loss; Chance Rawson, interception; Tyler Lawrentz, 1 TFL; Kendall Leary, 2 TFL.
Next Game – host George Washington, Oct. 27.
2015 Schedule Announced
The 2015 Parkersburg football schedule has been announced and contains more than a few oddities.
PHS will open with home games against George Washington and St. Albans before traveling to Huntington for the second year in a row and then playing three straight home games against Capital, Marietta and Beckley.
After an open week the Big Reds travel to Ripley before playing their sixth (and final) home game against Warren. They wind up the regular season with games at Cabell Midland and Parkersburg South. The Cabell Midland game is scheduled on Thursday and might be the first PHS game played on the night in recent history although the Big Reds used to make an annual event of playing Marietta on Thanksgiving Day.
St. Albans and Ripley replace Riverside and South Charleston from this year's schedule.
2015 PHS Football Schedule
Aug. 28 - George Washington
Sept. 4 - St. Albans
Sept. 11 - at Huntington
Sept. 18 - Capital
Sept. 25 - Marietta
Oct. 2 - Beckley Woodrow Wilson
Oct. 9 - open
Oct. 16 - at Ripley
Oct. 23 - Warren
Oct. 29 (Thursday) - at Cabell Midland
Nov. 6 - at Parkersburg South
Eddy, Way Enter Hall of Fame Eddy and Way, two names not only familiar to Parkersburg High School football fans but very well-known in other sports as well, are the latest inductees into the PHS Football Hall of Fame.
Danny Eddy, a four-sport letter winner in 1984 for the Big Reds and Clyde Way, a two-sport all-stater in 1972-73, were enshrined Friday prior to the Beckley Woodrow Wilson game at Stadium Field.
Way was an outstanding football and baseball player from his days in the Vienna Recreation Leagues through his Big Red career. He was one of the smallest first team all-state linebackers in history at 145 pounds in 1972 as the Big Reds went 7-2, gave up just 16 touchdowns and barely missed the playoffs. The following spring Way also made first team all-state as an outfielder.
Making up for his lack of size with great quickness and versatility, Way’s motto was “Hit them before they hit you” and he seemed to have an instinct for reading plays before they were called.
Following graduation he earned a degree from WVU at Parkersburg and worked for Keene Corporation in Vienna before relocating to Toronto, Canada, and in 2006 transferred to Iraq after accepting a position with Halliburton. He returned to Parkersburg in 2012 and works for Myers Well Service. He is the father of three children, Arik, Ashley and Jordan, and grandfather of two.
Eddy carried on the proud family name by being a three-year starter for PHS as the Big Reds went 24-9 during that span. He played numerous positions, including quarterback, end and kicker, but earned all-state honors in 1983 and 1984 as a defensive back. As a senior he lettered in basketball, baseball and track as well, accomplishing a feat last achieved in 1958 by a young man named Chuck Eddy. He passed for 652 yards and five touchdowns while catching 68 passes (4th best in PHS history) for 820 yards and nine touchdowns. He also kicked 38 points including three field goals. In the North-South All-Star game he played an amazing seven different positions.
After PHS, Eddy went to Virginia Tech on scholarship and played wingback for Bill Dooley, helping the team go 10-1-1 and winning the first bowl game in the history of the school. Then Frank Beamer became the head coach and Eddy moved to flanker where his finished his career, graduating in 1990.
Eddy currently resides in High Point, NC, with wife Christine (a former PHS Red Wing) and four children, Jacob, Rachel, Camille and Will.
Dailey, Steed Connect To Pace 14-7 Win
Seth Dailey and Nathaniel Steed hooked up on two long touchdown passes to lead the PHS freshmen to a 14-7 win over host Warren.
Pass plays covering 47 and 65 yards from Dailey to Steed and a two-point conversion run led the Little Reds to their third win of the season against one loss and a tie.
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.
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.