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2014 PHS Schedule

Aug. 29 - at Warren

Sept. 12 - Cabell Midland

Sept. 19 - at Capital

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


Frosh/JV Beat

South 22-8

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PHS Starting Lineups


QB - Aaron Roberts 6-1, 215 SR.

B - Chandler Hamilton 5-9, 180 SR.

B - Dylan Thomas 5-8, 175 SR.

Alt. B - Chase Shank 5-11, 175 jr.

Alt. B - Josh Trembly 6-0, 190 jr.

FB - Corey Burdette 6-0, 215 jr.

SE - Dan Fox 5-10, 170 jr.

Alt. SE - Stephen Dailey 5-10, 165 jr.

TE - Austin Life 6-3, 180 jr.

LT - Zach Garrison 6-4, 260 SR.

RT - Ben McFarland 6-3, 230 fr.

RG - Charley Conley 5-11, 265 jr.

LG - Dalton Shamblin 6-0, 248 SR.

C - J.D. Barnette 6-1, 233 SR.


E - J.D. Barnette 6-1, 233 SR.

NT - Charley Conley 5-11, 265 jr

E - Max Chefren 6-1, 190 jr.

LB - Melvin Stubbs 5-11, 220 SR.

LB - Chase Shank 5-11, 175 jr.

LB - Austin Life 6-3, 180 jr.

LB - Austin Brown 6-0, 210 jr.

SS - Josh Trembly 6-0, 190 jr.

SC - Dylan Thomas 5-8, 175 SR.

WC - Chandler Hamilton 5-9, 180 SR.

FS - Dan Fox 5-10, 170 jr.



First Team All-State Honors for Punter Kyle Foster

After making second-team all-state as a junior and becoming the second best punter in the history of Parkersburg High School, senior Kyle Foster has been named to the first team of the Class AAA all-state football team selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Foster averaged 39.7 yards per punt this year, fifth best single season mark in school history. Of his 42 kicks, 11 were inside the 20 yard line and three were touchbacks. Six were fair caught and his longest was 59 yards.

During his three year career as punter, Foster kicked the ball 98 times and put 28 of them inside the opponents 20 yard line with a 62 long boot. His career average was 39.7 yards, second all-time to the legendary "Feets" Barnum, who went on to kick in the NFL. In single-season average, Barnum ranks one-two-four with Foster ranking third (41.3 as a junior) and fifth (39.7 as a senior).

Junior Dan Fox, who scored seven touchdowns and led the team in receiving, interceptions and kickoff returns, was named to the honorable mention list.

Foster Makes First Team All-MSAC; Shank 2nd Team

Kyle Foster earned first team honors and Chase Shank second team accolades on the 2014 All-Mt. State Athletic Conference football team selected in voting done by the league coaches.

Dan Fox was special honorable mention and Aaron Roberts honorable mention on the team representing the strongest conference in the state.

Foster averaged 39.7 yards per punt this year, fifth best in school history. Of his 42 kicks, 11 were inside the 20 yard line and three were touchbacks. Six were fair caught and his longest was 59 yards.

During his three year career as punter, Foster kicked the ball 98 times and put 28 of them inside the opponents 20 yard line with a 62 long boot. His career average was 39.7 yards, second all-time to the legendary "Feets" Barnum, who went on to kick in the NFL. In single-season average, Barnum ranks one-two-four with Foster ranking third (41.3 as a junior) and fifth (39.7 as a senior).

Shank, a junior linebacker, was the leading tackler on the Big Reds this year - by a wide margin. He had 105 total stops, 39 more than the second best total. He had 9.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. He was also fifth in all-purpose yards on offense, and scored three touchdowns and was the team's fourth-leading rusher.

Fox, also a junior who missed two and a half games with injuries, led the squad in all-purpose yards with 734 and was the second-leading scorer with seven touchdowns. He caught 17 passes for an average of 19.4 yards per receptions and led the team with three interceptions and a 25 yard average on 14 kickoff returns.

Roberts led the team in passing, scoring and total offense as a two-year quarterback who nearly became only the fourth in PHS history to throw for 1,000 yards two years in a row. Marc Kimes, Eric Ranson and Alex Ash being the others.

Roberts threw for 1,121 yards as a junior and 974 this year. He scored eight touchdowns and a two-point conversion while amassing 1,329 yards in total offense. He threw for 10 touchdowns with eight interceptions.

Banquet Honors Players

The annual Parkersburg Big Red football banquet was held Dec. 15 at Ohio Valley University and special awards were presented.

Head coach Don Reeves said goodbye to 15 seniors but also handed out 13 letters to returning underclassmen.

Special Awards presented included:

Ross McHenry Scholar Award - Josh Trembly

Ed Forshey Big Red of the Year Award - Thomas Martin

Mason Roberts Heart Award - Dylan Thomas

Tom Brock Special Teams Player Award - Kyle Foster

Buddy James Offensive Player of the Year - Aaron Roberts

Russ Parsons Defensive Player of the Year - Chase Shank

Carroll Jett Team Worker of the Year Award - Josh Trembly

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PHS 35, South 26; Roberts Leads Way For Big Reds

Aaron Roberts ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more to Austin Life to lead the Big Reds to a 35-26 victory over a fumble-prone Parkersburg South squad at Erickson Field.

The victory enabled the Big Reds to avoid becoming the first PHS team to ever lose three times in a row to South. It also gave them a 4-6 overall record, ended the season on a two-game winning streak with an underclassman dominated team and was the 799th football victory in the history of Parkersburg High School.

But it was senior captain Roberts who came to the front time and time again with big plays. He ran for 74 yards on 14 carries and completed four passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns on unique plays.

Corey Burdette, bruising junior fullback, had 117 yards rushing on 22 carries and scored the game's first touchdown.

The game was billed as a meeting between two evenly matched squads and it lived up to the billing with both teams swinging for the fences on virtually every play. PHS held a 20-18 edge in first downs, ran for 246 yards and passed for 82 more while South ran for 147 yards and quarterback Garrett Gilkeson completed 12 of 18 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns.

Brandon Schwendeman scored on two long plays, a 49 yard run and a 36 yard pass, while Cody Smith had a TD run and Cody Boggs a 20 yard scoring reception.

Defensively, juniors Austin Brown, Chas Shank and Josh Trembly accounted for 12, nine and eight tackles respectively while senior Melvin Stubbs also had 11. Juniors Life, Max Chefren and Charley Conley along with senior Preston DeBerry had fumble recoveries. Seth Delancey led South with 10 stops.

The fumble recovery by Life on the South 27 yard line led to the first Big Red score, a six yard plunge behind the block of Zach Garrison with 4:52 left in the first period. That run capped a five play drive - all on the ground.

South came right back with a 54 yard kickoff return by Schwendeman that set up a 25 yard field goal try by Micah Boles that was wide with 2:48 remaining in the first period.

The Big Reds then drove 80 yards (actually 85 because they were penalized five yards on the first offensive play) on 11 plays - all the but the last one being on the ground as they rode the plunges of Burdette for 28 tough yards. The scoring play came when junior Josh Trembly (the heir apparent to Roberts), took the snap from center and threw to Roberts, who was lined up near the sideline with three blockers in front of him. He lofted the ball to tight end Life in the end zone for the easy touchdown with 10:18 left in the first half.

Josh Roney's kick made it 14-0.

But South responded in a hurry when Gilkeson hit Boggs with a 34 yard completion and followed that by sending Schwendeman around left end for 49 more yards to the end zone with 8:58 on the clock.

The Big Reds then proceeded to run nearly five minutes off the clock to go 44 yards for a touchdown - all on the ground with four different ball carriers sharing the load. Roberts did the scoring honors on a two yard keeper behind Garrison and Dalton Shamblin with 4:02 remaining in the half. Roney's kick made it 21-7.

Again South answered with Gilkeson throwing a perfect strike over the middle to Schwendeman for a 36 yard touchdown pass with 33 seconds left before intermission. But the extra point kick was wide and the score stood at 21-13 at the break.

The Big Reds took the second half kickoff and needed just over three minutes to reach the end zone again. On third down from the South 34, Roberts rolled right and appeared headed for trouble when he threw the ball back across the field to a wide-open Life who trotted into the end zone untouched but picked up an unsportsmanlike penalty for extended his arms out in celebration before crossing the goal line. Roney's kick made the score 28-13.

Forced to kickoff from their own 25, the Big Reds appeared in trouble as South moved to the PHS 17 yard line but on a second down play Chefren broke through to strip the ball from Schwendeman and recovered it to end the threat.

But the Big Reds were forced to punt and this time South put together a six-play, 71 yard scoring drive that was aided by a pass interference penalty when Chandler Hamilton went up for a jump ball with the South receiver but was flagged for his efforts. Two passes to Brandon Moss for 19 and 28 yards set up Smith's plunge over the left side with 2:53 left in the third quarer to make it 28-20.

South put together another drive early in the fourth quarter that was halted when Life pulled the ball away from Smith and Conley recovered on the PHS 25 yard line.

But the Patriots had a chance to tie the game not long after that when Gilkeson threw for 29 yards to Moss and 20 yards to Boggs for a touchdown with 4:59 left in the game. On the two-point conversion attempt to tie the game, Hamilton broke up a pass intended for Boggs.

Clinging to a two point lead with nearly five minutes remaining, PHS had to do something to secure the win and they turned to the running of Roberts and Burdette, who did all the work on an 80 yard drive that resulted in a three yard run behind the blocking of Burdette, Garrison and Shamblin with 25 seconds left in the game. Burdette had an amazing 14 yard run on the drive where he pushed practically the entire South team 10 yards. He later added an 18 yard run while Roberts had a 21 yard scamper.

Roney's kick made it 35-26 and DeBerry's fumble recovery on the ensuing kickoff iced the win.

Box Score (Final)
Parkersburg Big Reds vs Parkersburg South (Nov 06, 2013 at Erickson Field)

Score by Quarters       1     2     3     4     Score
Parkersburg Big Reds    7     14    7     7     35    Record: (4-6)
Parkersburg South.       0     13    7     6     26    Record: (2-8)

Scoring Summary:
1st   04:52 PHS   Corey Burdette 6 yd run (Josh Roney kick), 5-27 1:55, PHS 7 - PS 0
2nd   10:18 PHS   Austin Life 28 yd pass from Aaron Roberts (Josh Roney kick), 11-80 4:30, PHS 14 - PS 0
08:58 PS    Brandon Schwendeman 49 yd run (Micah Boles kick), 4-81 1:20, PHS 14  - PS 7
04:02 PHS   Aaron Roberts 2 yd run (Josh Roney kick), 12-44 4:56, PHS 21 - PS 7
00:33 PS    Brandon Schwendeman 36 yd pass from Garrett Gilkeson (Micah Boles kick failed), 9-59 3:25, PHS 21 - PS 13
3rd   08:55 PHS   Austin Life 34 yd pass from Aaron Roberts (Josh Roney kick), 6-55 2:59, PHS 28 - PS 13
02:53 PS    Cody Smith 1 yd run (Micah Boles kick), 6-71 2:05, PHS 28 - PS 20
4th   04:59 PS    Cody Boggs 20 yd pass from Garrett Gilkeson (Garrett Gilkeson pass intcpt), 6-64 2:25, PHS 28 - PS 26
00:25 PHS   Aaron Roberts 3 yd run (Josh Roney kick), 10-75 4:42, PHS 35 - PS 26

                                    .............PHS         PS
FIRST DOWNS                         20          18
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)            50-246      36-147
PASSING YDS (NET)                 82          236
Passes Att-Comp-Int                 ...10-4-0      18-12-0
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS  60-328      54-383
Fumble Returns-Yards                0-0         0-0
Punt Returns-Yards..                  0-0         1-3
Kickoff Returns-Yards               4-64        6-121
Interception Returns-Yards          0-0         0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)                  4-38.8      1-29.0
Fumbles-Lost.....                        1-0         4-4
Penalties-Yards.....                     8-61        11-65
Possession Time...                     24:42       23:18
Third-Down Conversions            4 of 10     5 of 10
Fourth-Down Conversions...       2 of 2      2 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances ...      3-3         2-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards            0-0         0-0

RUSHING: Parkersburg Big Reds-Corey Burdette 22-117; Aaron Roberts 14-74; Chandler
Hamilton 9-29; Dylan Thomas 4-18; Josh Trembly 1-8. Parkersburg South-Brandon
Schwendeman 7-69; Cody Smith 21-52; Garrett Gilkeson 8-26.

PASSING: Parkersburg Big Reds-Aaron Roberts 4-10-0-82. Parkersburg South-Garrett
Gilkeson 12-18-0-236.

RECEIVING: Parkersburg Big Reds-Austin Life 2-62; Dan Fox 1-12; Preston Deberry
1-3; Dylan Thomas 0-5. Parkersburg South-Cody Boggs 6-121; Brandon Moss 2-50;
Brandon Schwendeman 2-48; Trevor Boot 2-17.

INTERCEPTIONS: Parkersburg Big Reds-None. Parkersburg South-None.

FUMBLES: Parkersburg Big Reds-Aaron Roberts 1-0. Parkersburg South-Cody Smith
2-2; Garrett Gilkeson 1-1; Brandon Schwendeman 1-1.

Kickoff time:7:30          End of Game: 10:00     Total elapsed time: 2:30

SACKS (UA-A): Parkersburg Big Reds-None. Parkersburg South-None.

TACKLES (UA-A): Parkersburg Big Reds-Melvin Stubbs 1-10; Austin Brown 2-10;
Chase Shank 3-6; Josh Trembly 1-7; Austin Life 4-3; Dylan Thomas 2-4; Stephen
Dailey 2-3; Charley Conley 2-2; Max Chefren 2-2; Dan Fox 3-0; JD Barnette 0-2;
Nick Johnson 1-0; Dalton Shamblin 0-1; Chandler Hamilton 0-1; Preston Deberry 0-1.
Parkersburg South-Seth Delancey 7-3; Trevor Boot 5-1; Gage Stephens 4-1; Levi
Putnam 4-1; Brandon Moss 4-1; Cody Smith 3-2; Dane Mills 3-0; Brandon
Schwendeman 2-0; Ryan Varner 1-1; Tommy Hall 1-1; Matt Peters 1-0; Cody Boggs
1-0; Mason Winans 0-1.


Progress on the Stadium Field Rennovation Project

Parkersburg High School and Stadium Field Committee officials are optimistic Stadium Field will be ready to open for the Big Reds' Sept. 20 football game there against Capital.

Before that happens, there are two major remaining obstacles to overcome. One is to get an occupancy permit from the state fire marshal's office. A representative is scheduled to meet with Ryan Taylor, the project engineer on the Stadium Field renovation project, next Monday to go over what needs to be done for that to happen. Taylor is hoping to have the permit in hand by Thursday, Sept. 19, the day before the game.

As far as the construction project goes, work has progressed at a rapid rate. About the only part of the project that could hold up the opening is the installation of handrails, as not all of the handrails ordered have yet to arrive on site.

Taylor said if necessary, temporary handrails could be installed for the Capital game. While they won't give the stadium the wow factor the new handrails will create, they would at least allow it to be open.

This has been a community project with donations continuing to arrive on a daily basis. In giving her financial report, treasurer Charlotte Potter said $131,786 has been received so far this month. That almost exactly matches the amount of money local businessmen needed to raise to get the project completed. A newspaper ad soliciting donations has drawn a strong response as has the paypal option on the Big Reds football web site (which has contributed nearly $10,000 to the cause)..

The committee also raised $5,395 from its Sunday bingo program and friends of former PHS teacher Larry Hattman, who passed away last week, have donated more than $1,100 in his memory.

One of the firms doing work on the stadium, Avan Precast, has enjoyed the project so much, it donated $2,500 to the cause.

In anticipation of the stadium opening on Sept. 20, committee members are starting to make plans for a celebration that night. They want to honor all of those who have made the renovations possible.

Committee members also want to make right something that took place in the past when Susan Storck Ross made a donation that added a second level onto the Stadium Field press box. Although a plaque honoring the late Robert Storck adorns the press box, committee members would like for his name to appear on the facility, while also maintaining the Steve Daugherty Booth in honor of the former PHS announcer. That matter will be taken to the Wood County Board of Education, which must approve the naming of all school facilities.

Committee members also agreed to reimburse Parkersburg High School for the rent it paid to play its opening football game at Don Drumm Stadium in Parkersburg.

Once the home side of the stadium is completed, committee members will begin discussing how to proceed on the visitors side of the facility.

Big Turnout Yields $167,000 Toward $3 Million Stadium Goal

A large turnout of athletes, fans and community leaders produced some good results as over $167,000 was donated to the Save Stadium Field Project.

All the varsity and freshmen football players along with boys and girls soccer teams, cross country, cheerleaders, Red Wings and Big Red band were on had for the special announcement on Monday. Dr. Joe Weaver stated that $105,000 had been raised in a week and another $62,000 was donated at the field, bringing the needed total to finish the home side stands to within reach and setting the stage to have at least four home football games there this season.

Thanks to donated materials and volunteer work, Ryan Taylor stated that there is a good chance the Sept. 20 scheduled home game with Capital would be played at Stadium Field. While there remains a lot to be done to the home side and the entire visiting stands awaits its turn for renovation, there was a positive atmosphere. Taylor stated that once completed the home stands will be something the community can be very proud of for a long time. New bleachers, handrails and handicap seating will be among the features.

The Big Reds first home football game on Aug. 30 with Warren, has been moved to Saturday, Aug. 31 at Marietta College but it is believed that home soccer matches as well as freshman and jayvee football may be able to use the stadium with movable bleachers already situated on the track.

At Monday's Stadium Committee meeting, representatives of the Mid-Ohio Valley Golf Classic presented Parkersburg High School it's share of the proceeds, which amounted to $4,7500. Around $1,400 was raised during the recent Parkersburg Homecoming and another web site Paypal deposit was made bringing the total from that source to nearly $5,400. The committee plans to present the Wood County Board of Education with a check for $93,000 on Wednesday as part of regular payments toward the final construction total of the Stadium. Meanwhile, Ryan Taylor of Pickering & Associates, said he believes the Stadium will be approved to play its home game on Sept. 20 against Capital.

Also, on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Dils Center (521 Market Street) there will be a Help Save The Stadium Bingo with all proceeds going to the Stadium Fund. Doors will open at noon with 21 games for $25 as well as 50/50 raffles, a silent auction and door prizes. Athletes and cheerleaders will help with the professionally run bingo event.

"Homeless" Big Reds Begin 2013 Practice With Determination, High Hopes

The 2013 Parkersburg Big Red football team began its preparation for the upcoming season with two practices on Monday amid concern over whether or not they would be able to play any games in legendary Stadium Field.

But while the "homeless" Big Reds were practicing, a group of no less than 26 concerned individuals were meeting in the Hall of Fame room to discuss raising the necessary funds by the end of this week to continue construction and possibly save the last four home games on the PHS schedule.

While it appears almost too late to play the Aug. 30 game with cross-river river Warren, which was expected to be the biggest home gate of the season, there is a chance that donations and in-kind donations could see the stadium cleared to be opened to the public for seating by the Sept. 20 game with highly regarded Capital. The Warren game is now tentatively scheduled for Marietta College's Don Drumm Field and has been moved to Saturday night, Aug. 31.

Ryan Taylor of Pickering & Associates said it would cost $250,000 more than the Stadium Committee has raised so far to allow the new concrete stands to be used for seating. There is no money available right now for the brackets which are needed to install the actual bleachers. Another $100,000 would have bleachers on the new home side stands in time for the Sept. 20 game.

Most of the concrete stands on the home side have been installed but the front of the stands and first two rows of bleachers must be finished as well as railings and handicap accessibility.

PHS Coaches, Players Greet Tribe's Swisher

As head coach Don Reeves looks on, Nick Swisher of the Cleveland Indians meets Charlie Conley and nearly 40 members of the 2013 Parkersburg Big Red football team prior to Thursday's game with the Chicago White Sox.

Swish Meets Old High School Football Team

click link above to see story on Indians' web site

Smiling Nick Swisher in center back row, flanked by coaches Dave Manzo and Don Reeves, greeted around 60 players, coaches and parents of the 2013 Parkersburg Big Red football team Thursday afternoon prior to the Cleveland-Chicago White Sox game at Progressive Field.

Local Businessmen Come Forward To Help With Stadium Funding Project

By Dave Poe, Parkersburg News & Sentinel
Football coaches always are looking for heavy hitters.
While Parkersburg High School's football team was conducting its first day of drills Monday on the artificial turf of Stadium Field, some heavy hitters from the local business community were paying a visit to the PHS Stadium Field Committee to offer their collective services with the group's ongoing fundraising effort.
Dr. Joe Weaver, Jason Minnite, Chris Campbell, Curtis Miller and Vince Conley asked committee members how much money it would take to ensure Stadium Field would be ready for Parkersburg's home game on Sept. 20 against Capital. PHS officials already have made arrangements to play their season and home opener against Warren on Aug. 30 at Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta.
Our goal is to have the stadium open by Sept. 20,'' Weaver said. "It will take us all working together. Let's just get it done.''
After going through a thorough review of the stadium committee's finances as well as getting a construction update from project engineer Ryan Taylor of Pickering Associates, it was determined it would take approximately $350,000 for the stadium to be occupied for the Capital game.
That is the amount of money it will take to complete the home or pressbox side bleachers and allow them to pass inspection. That side of the stadium seats between 4,100 and 4,200 fans.
Even if the quintet of businessmen is able to use its connections and raise the necessary money for the home side to be opened, PHS still will have to deal with the visitors side of the stadium. The total cost to repair the home side is approximately $1,852,000. The Wood County Board of Education committed $700,000 to the project and the stadium committee secured a $600,000 loan, leaving more than another $500,000 to be raised.
Taylor said the precast construction on the home side will be completed by Aug. 13 while work on the expansion joints that must be installed is scheduled to begin today. Taylor told the committee it could run out of funds for the project by mid-August.

Community Donates $10,000

A final total over just over $10,000 was given by the Parkersburg/Vienna community at various donation drop off sites around the area on Friday and Saturday to help Save Stadium Field..

The Stadium Committee desperately needs to come up with another $6000,000 just to finish the home side of the stadium in time for the upcoming soccer and football season. Around $2 million is needed to complete the entire project.

Money continues to come in on a daily basis, including a $12,000 donation from 100-year-old former PHS librarian Virginia Neptune with the challenge for others to follow suit and give as much as possible so Big Red athletes can perform at home in 2013.

There were seven donation locations around Parkersburg and Vienna manned by Big Red athletes, cheerleaders, Red Wings and coaches. Raffle tickets were also sold.

Checks can be made out to PHS Stadium Committee and sent to the high school. They are tax deductible. Or online contributions can be made by clicking on the Pay Pal logo found under the Save The Stadium t-shirt picture on the left hand side of this home page.

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.

On July 26 and 27 at various locations throughout Parkersburg and Vienna, PHS athletes will be hosting donation drop-off sites for supporters who would like to contribute to the Stadium Fund. 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 committee has a brochure to explain the the entire project, which include not only new bleachers but hopefully new seats as well.

Changes Loom For 2013 Big Reds

By Dave Poe, Parkersburg News & Sentinel

Even football programs that are steeped in tradition sometimes need to make changes.
For Parkersburg High School's football program -which has won as many titles as any other state school -this is one of those times.
The Big Reds haven't won a state playoff game since capturing the state title in 2007. They've compiled a 27-26 record over the last five seasons, including a 4-6 campaign last fall.
"Last year was not acceptable,'' said head coach Don Reeves, who will enter his fourth season at the Big Red helm. "It was not up to the level of our expectations.''
Thus, Reeves has made some dramatic changes heading into the 2013 season. In addition to a new weightroom regimen, the Big Reds have made a radical change in its defense. Rather than running a 4-3 alignment, they have gone to a 3-4 to take advantage of their team speed and make up for their lack of size.
Thus, Reeves was seeking the services of someone who is an expert in that setup. His first thought was former Big Red standout Dave Manzo, who has been a highly-successful high school coach in Florida. Before Reeves called Manzo, Manzo called him. He was coming back to the Mid-Ohio Valley and wanted to get involved with Big Red football.
Manzo, who was the quarterback on the 1976 state champion team at PHS, isn't the only new member of Reeves' coaching staff nor he is the only one with a state championship ring. Zach Nolan was a captain of the 2007 team that captured back-to-back state titles while Travis Bunner also started alongside Nolan on both of those squads.
In addition to that trio, Reeves also has added Dan Lott, a former Big Red player who served under coach Jon Bolen at Parkersburg South.
"We've got four former Big Reds who know the expectations here,'' Reeves said. "It's a nice mix. Manzo is an experienced guy. Nolan and Bunner are younger coaches who can relate to the kids.''
Offensively, Parkersburg will attempt to take advantage of its speed and quickness. The Big Reds return the services of last year's starting quarterback, Aaron Roberts, who completed 102 of 203 passes last season, good for 1,121 yards and eight touchdowns. Roberts, who will be a senior this fall, will once again enjoy the services of last year's top receiver, Dan Fox, who had a standout sophomore season, catching 29 passes for 275 yards and three scores. The top returning rusher is senior speedster Chandler Hamilton, who carries 62 times for 471 yards in a backfield dominated by Adam Lindamood, who has graduated. PHS picked up a major talent when Josh Trembly, a quarterback for Wirt County, transferred to Dudley Avenue, where he will play in the backfield, thus giving PHS a multiple talented threat. Should the Big Reds need the tough yard, they've got a pair of fullbacks to call in Melvin Stubbs and Corey Burdette.
Zach Garrison returns to anchor the line with Charley Conley, a part-time starter, also back this fall.
Defensively, returnees include Andy Nichols (end), Chase Shank (outside linebacker), Austin Brown (inside linebacker), Hamilton and Dylan Thomas (corners) and Fox (safety).
The Big Reds will enjoy the luxury of having senior Kyle Foster return at punter. Last year, he not only averaged 41 yards per punt, but he also only had four punts returned. Although placekicker Cody Roney was lost to graduation, his younger brother, Josh Roney, is ready to step into his shoes. Josh has enough athleticism to also help PHS at wide receiver and defensive back. Reeves has assigned assistant coach Paul Sparks to work with the kickers.
The numbers are good -60 varsity players, 40 freshmen from a class many believe is one of the strongest in years.

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.

All-Time High School Football Wins
Rank School 2012 Record Wins Overall Record First Year
1 Valdosta Wildcats (GA) 7-4 876 876-208-34 1913
2 Highlands Bluebirds, Ft. Thomas (KY) 14-1 842 842-213-26 1915
3 Male Bulldogs, Louisville (KY) 6-6 821 821-17-49 1893
4 Washington Tigers, Massillon (OH) 11-2 821 821-249-35 1894
5 Mount Carmel Red Tornadoes, (PA) 8-5 813 813-301-59 1893
6 Mayfield Cardinals (KY) 15-1 805 805-249-32 1919
7 Parkersburg Big Reds (WV) 4-6 795 795-311-39 1900
8 McKinley Bulldogs, Canton (OH) 8-3 793 793-332-42 1894
9 Easton Red Rovers (PA) 10-2 775 775-328-54 1894
11 Muskegon Big Reds (MI) 12-2 773 773-269-43 1895
12 Summerville Green Wave (SC) 7-5 768 768-202-25
12 Everett Crimson Tide (MA) 11-1 768 768-362-79 1893
14 Central Tigers, Little Rock (AR) 4-7 765 765-309-43 1907
14 Clinton Red Tornadoes (OK) 12-2 765 765-261-37
16 Brockton Boxers (MA) 9-4 764 764-358-64 1897
17 East St. Louis Flyers (IL) 9-3 762 762-218-45 1897
18 Hampton Crabbers (VA) 9-3 760 760247-43 1920
19 Ada Cougars (OK) 12-1 759 759-308-24
20 Berwick Bulldogs (PA) 9-2 757 757-319-43 1888
21 Highland Park Scots, Dallas (TX) 9-2 756 756-246-27
22 Lawton Wolverines (OK) 6-4 752 752-336-34 1902
23 Pine Bluff (AR) 13-2 750 750-326-52
24 Dobyns-Bennett, Kingsport (TN) 12-1 749 749-218-28
25 Steubenville Big Red (OH) 9-4 744 744-307-34


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