Turnovers Costly as PHS Jayvees Fall To Ripley 24-6
RIPLEY – Six turnovers, including two which resulted in touchdowns, proved very costly for Parkersburg in a very wet junior varsity football game with Ripley here Monday night as the home team notched a 24-6 triumph.
The Big Red jayvees lost five fumbles, one of which was returned for a touchdowns, and also suffered a pick-six interception as they saw their record dip to 3-2 on the year.
Ripley led 6-0 after one quarter thanks to a Big Red fumble deep in their own territory. PHS rallied to tied the game at 6-6 on a seven yard touchdown run by Xadrian Snodgrass with the extra point attempt being no good.
Ripley scored on an interception return to make it 12-6 at the half and then added single scores in each of the third and fourth quarters.
PHS travels to Wheeling Island Stadium on Monday for a 6 p.m. game against the Wheeling Park junior varsity.
PHS Frosh Roll Over Marietta 58-0
MARIETTA, Ohio – Parkersburg’s freshman football team scored often here Thursday evening en route to a 58-0 victory over Mariettta.
Bryson Singer had three touchown runs including an interception and also threw for three scores – to Julian Martin, Jordan Martin and Zadrian Snodgrass. Carter King also had two touchdowns for the Big Reds, who improved their record to 2-1-1.
9th Grade Football
Parkersburg (2-1-1) 22 16 8 12 - 58
Marietta 0 0 0 0 - 0
P – Julian Martin 65 pass from Bryson Singer (Singer run)
P – Singer 70 run (no good)
P – Jordan Martin 65 pass from Singer (Jaden Scott run)
P – Carter King 73 punt return (Corey Casto run)
P – King 70 pass from Kevin Hancock (Casto run)
P – Singer 15 run (Snodgrass run)
4th – Xadrian Snodgrass 70 pass from Singer (no good)
P – Singer 60 interception return (no good)
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2018 PHS football schedule (all home games 7:30)
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
Oct. 5 – George Washington
Oct. 12 – at Hurricane
Oct. 19 – Open
Oct. 26 – at Huntington
Nov. 2 – Parkersburg South
QB – Jake Johnson (6-1, 170 sr.)
RB – Tyler Moler (6-0, 190 sr.)
WR - Kionte Peacock (6-1, 151 sr.)
WR - Braeden Mason (5-6, 150 jr.)
SE - Dylan Shaver (6-1, 190, sr.)
SE - Joel Butcher (6-1, 210 sr.)
T - Ryan Creech (6-3, 295 sr.)
T - Jace Turner (6-2, 215 sr.)
G - Greyson Cooper (5-11, 275 sr.)
G - Parker Olson (6-2, 220 sr.)
C - Jalen King (5-9, 205, sr.)
PK - Issac Withrow (5-8, 150 sr.)
E – C.J. Wade (6-1, 215 jr.)
NG - Ryan Creech (6-3, 295, sr.)
E - Shane Miller (6-1, 240 sr.)
ILB - Gage Fiore (6-0, 205 jr.)
ILB - Josh Ankrom (5-10, 185 sr.)
ILB - Jordan Batten (5-9, 175 sr.)/Cole Hanshaw (5-11, 200 sr.)
OLB - Jeremy Walls (6-0, 185 sr.)
SS - Jacob Woodyard (6-3, 170, sr.)
CB - Aurelius Edmonds (5-10, 160 sr.)
CB - Hayden Morris (5-11, 180 sr.)
FS - Kionte Peacock (6-1, 151 sr.)
P - Matt Curry (6-2, 205 jr.)
2017 Varsity Schedule
08/25/17 7:30PM H - ST. ALBANS (Win 49-10)
09/01/17 - OPEN
09/08/17 7:30PM A - CAPITAL (Loss 21-40)
09/15/17 7:30PM A - HUNTINGTON (Loss 21-35)
09/22/17 7:30PM H - MARIETTA, OH (Win 45-10)
09/29/17 7:00PM A - WHEELING PARK (Win 43-36)
10/06/17 7:30PM H - WOODROW WILSON (Win 34-8)
10/13/17 7:00PM A - CABELL MIDLAND (Loss 35-63)
10/20/17 7:30 PM H - HURRICANE (Win 35-7)
10/27/17 7:30PM H - RIVERSIDE (at Ripley) - (Win 44-30)
11/03/17 7:00PM A - PARKERSBURG SOUTH - (Win 27-24)
11/10/17 7:30PM - JOHN MARSHALL (playoffs) - (Loss 35-42)
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Scoreboard Should Get Workout When Park Patriots Meet Big Reds
Justin Forshey figures to be a busy, busy man Friday night at Stadium Field.
He runs the scoreboard for the home team and with Wheeling Park bringing its 50-point per game offense to town to face the wide open, big play Big Reds he may have to put in for extra duty pay before the night is over.
Park will come to town with a 4-0 record, ranked number two in the state and itching to avenge last year’s 43-36 setback to PHS last year on their own turf. The Patriots of coach Christ Daugherty own wins over Brooke (66-12), Taylor Allderdice of Pittsburgh (34-7), University (45-38) and Cambridge (56-29).
Meanwhile the Big Reds of coach Mike Byus are 2-3 after beating Marietta last Friday on the Tigers’ home field. They are averaging 29.2 points per game on offense after facing the likes of top-rated and undefeated Capital as well as Cabell Midland and Morgantown.
An important statistic to look at is the fact that Park’s four opponents have won a total of just four games while PHS’ opponents have won 14 games.
Kickoff is set for 7:30.
If last year’s game is any indication, fans should be in for a treat Friday night. The Big Reds rallied from a 36-14 deficit to defeat the Patriots a year ago, going ahead for good on a touchdown reception by Brenton Strange with 1:26 left in the contest. Tyler Moler ran for 194 yards and three touchdowns in that game.
This year Moler is averaging 145 yards per game with 727 total on 110 attempts and five touchdowns. He also had a TD reception.
Strange is back after missing the first two games of the season with an injury and the 6-foot-5 senior has caught 20 passes for 347 yards and two touchdowns. He is getting help in the receiving department from 5-foot-6 Braeden Mason with 25 catches for 334 yards and three scores and Dylan Shaver who is back after missing two games with an injury. Shaver has 12 catches with three going for touchdowns.
Quarterback Jake Johnson is halfway to becoming a 2,000 yard passer (there have only been 10 in the 118-year history of the school’s football program) with 1,035 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has completed 66 percent of his 122 passes while also rushing for four scores and catching a touchdown pass himself from Mason.
Defensively PHS has come up with eight interceptions this year and is being led in tackles by Gage Fiore (45) and C.J. Wade (40). Kionte Peacock, who iced last year’s Wheeling Park game with a late interception, has three picks this year, as does senior newcomer Hayden Morris.
Wheeling Park, like PHS, likes the big play. Last week against Cambridge the Patriots scored on four pass plays, a 90 yard kickoff return and a fumble recovery.
Junior Alex Dunlevy has put together some impressive numbers as a replacement for all-stater Criss Wilkinson. A 6-foot, 170 pounder, Dunlevy has completed 35 of 47 passes for 519 yards and 10 touchdowns while not throwing an interception. He has also rushed 27 times for 171 yards and four touchdowns.
Senior receivers Jack Stakem (5-8, 160) and Devaughn Mcwhorter (5-9, 160) as well as 6-foot-3, 240 pound junior tight end Dustin VanSickle are the primary targets. Stakem (who scored twice against the Big Reds a year ago) has 13 catches for 117 yards and one score this year while Mcwhorter has 10 catches for 219 yards and five touchdowns. VanSickle had four catches including a touchdown last week.
The Patriots have relied on the running of junior Kenya Robinson (5-8, 165) who has rushed for 577 yards on 87 carries with five touchdowns. He had 194 yards on 22 carries against Cambridge. Averaging 325 yards per game on the ground and 130 in the air, Wheeling Park also has Rapheal Bradley (5-7, 190 jr.) and Steven Mitchell (5-6, 160, so.) to carry the ball, Bradley is averaging 10.7 yards per carry (33 attempts) with two touchdowns while Mitchell has gained 151 yards on 34 carries with three scores.
Senior linebacker Jermain Snodgrass (5-9, 215) leads the Park defense with just over 10 tackles per game but the Patriots have come up with just two interceptions thus far this season.
In the overall series between the two schools, PHS has a 9-1 advantage.
.............Chance Litton ........ Frannie Berger ................Ora Hanks Jr.
Litton, Berger, Hanks To Enter PHS Hall
A record-setting quarterback, one of the toughest Big Reds to ever play the game and a player who was so good on defense that he was named all-state captain comprise the latest three inductees into the Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame.
Chance Litton, a great all-around athlete from 2002-2005, who set numerous passing records, Frannie Berger, who was called the toughest player he ever coached by legendary mentor Jimmy Scott, and Ora Hanks, Jr., who was the best defender on one of the best defensive teams in history make up the trio that will be honored prior to Friday’s home football game against Wheeling Park.
One of the top all-around athletes in the history of Parkersburg High School, Chance Litton left a lasting impression in the football record book.
A standout in wrestling and baseball as well as football, Litton led the Big Reds to the semifinals of the 2004 state playoffs as a senior before dropping a 31-28 heart-breaker to Martinsburg. All the talented Litton did was throw a school record 27 touchdown passes that year as well as set records for completions and passing yardage that was not eclipsed until last year. He ranks third in career touchdown passes and fourth in career passing yards and his totals were accomplished in only two seasons as he became the starting quarterback as a junior (taking his team to the playoffs) and then to a 10-win senior season. He also ran for 706 yards and nine touchdowns in 2004 meaning he accounted for an astonishing 36 touchdowns on a team which averaged over 37 points per game.
As outstanding as he was on offense he was even better on defense, where he earned first team all-state honors with 42 solo tackles, seven interceptions, nine passes broken up and three TD saving tackles. He played in the BACF and North-South All-Star games in 2005.
In wrestling he was a four-time state placer, finishing runner-up as a sophomore and junior and winning it all as a senior with a 47-2 record as the Big Reds won their second straight team championship. Overall he won 157 matches at PHS while being only one of two West Virginians to be a NHSCA senior national champion. He went on to wrestle at West Virginia University on scholarship where he was an NCAA qualifier and earned Academic Honor roll honors all four years.
He was also the Big Reds’ starting shortstop for three years, hitting .333 for his career with 10 home runs.
After earning his Master’s in Business Administration from WVU he began his current career of selling surgical equipment and currently resides in Charlotte, NC. His parents are Mike and Tina Litton along with Becky and Bob Reynolds. He has three siblings who were all outstanding athletes at PHS, Zac, Lindsey and Brooke Litton.
Francis Berger Jr.
Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Scott won 86 football games and two state championships while serving two different stints as head man at Parkersburg High from 1942-1955. During his tenure at PHS he often mentioned a player from one of his early Big Reds team as a model of how tough a football player should be. That example was Frannie Berger and pound for pound he might have been the toughest Parkersburg player ever!
Berger, weighing just 160 lbs., was a rugged player that served as the center on the undefeated 1943 state championship team. He anchored a line that scored 356 points while allowing only 34. The Big Reds went 9-0, posted six shutouts and blanked a Weirton team, 21-0, that had been state champs in 1942 and had not lost a game in West Virginia since 1936.
The 1943 Big Reds, with Berger in the middle of everything, remain the highest scoring team in Parkersburg history, averaging 39.6 points per game!
For his outstanding play, Berger was named first-team all-state along with Harold McKibben. Judy Mason and Johnny Morris earned second-team honors. It was Coach Scott’s first state championship team. His Big Reds would capture another title in 1950.
Berger and Parkersburg teammate Bud Cox enlisted together in the Marines following the 1943 season. Cox would return from World War II and walk-on at West Virginia University. Berger returned to Ohio where he worked as a glass cutter for PPG Industries. He died in Mt. Vernon, Ohio in 1989, survived by his wife Claudia, son Benjamin, daughter Connie, stepdaughter Jane Chafin and stepson Stephen Joris.
Ora Hanks Jr.
How good of a leader was Ora Hanks? Hanks was named captain of the 1940 All-State team despite very modest rushing (235 yards) and receiving (327 yards) totals.
Hanks, however, made his mark across West Virginia as the blocking back for Fred Earley on a Parkersburg team that scored 420 points and a ferocious tackler on a defensive unit that allowed only four touchdowns. His control of both sides of the line of scrimmage produced 12 wins for the Big Reds and their second state championship in three years. For Hanks it resulted in the highest honor bestowed on an individual player – captain of the all-state team.
Hall of Fame Coach Ben Schwartzwalder called Hanks, “an all-around tough boy who loves to block and tackle and does it viciously.”
To be called by his coach the toughest player on that 1940 squad was really saying something. Parkersburg averaged 35 points per game that year while posting eight shutouts. The Big Reds closest margin of victory was a 14-6 win over Clarksburg Washington Irving. During his three-year playing career, Hanks’ Parkersburg teams were 32-1.
True to his tough-guy image, Hanks spent his working life as a steel-worker. He died in Columbus, Ohio in 1991. He was survived by a niece and nephew.
Big Plays Help Power PHS Big Reds Over Marietta 41-28
MARIETTA, Ohio – He may be the littlest guy on the field at 5-foot-6, 150 pounds (and that is stretching it a bit) but Braeden Mason made two of the biggest plays here Friday night in Parkersburg’s 41-28 big play win over long-time Ohio River rival Marietta.
On a night that saw the Big Reds turn in five plays of over 50 yards, Mason made his presence felt with a 66 yard touchdown reception and a 52 yard pass and run play. In all he caught six passes for a whopping 141 yards.
And he got plenty of help from the likes of Tyler Moler, Brenton Strange, Jake Johnson and Jeremy Walls.
Moler ran the ball 22 times for 230 yards and one touchdown while making a spectacular 16 yard reception for another score.
Strange caught six passes for 122 yards including receptions of 28, 29 and 32 yards.
Johnson scored two touchdowns while throwing for two more as he completed 15 of 21 for 295 yards (cracking the top 10 in all-time passing yards in a game) and ran for 50 more yards.
Walls actually turned in the biggest big play of the night when he intercepted a pass and returned it 87 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter. Hayden Morris also had an interception for PHS.
In all the Big Reds piled up 570 yards on 61 plays or nearly 10 yards per attempt but did turn the ball over three times (once at the Marietta five yard line).
Marietta, now 2-3 like Parkersburg, stayed in the game on the arm and legs of Corbin Alkire who ran for 86 yards on 12 carries and passed for 171 yards although completing just 12 of 32 passes with the two interceptions.
Defensively for PHS, C.J. Wade had nine tackles including a sack while Aurelius Edmonds contributed eight stops.
Marietta actually jumped out to a 7-0 lead as PHS turned the ball over on an interception on its first drive and the Tigers capitalized by going 33 yards on six plays to reach the end zone on a six yard pass to Tony Munos.
PHS drove 65 yards on its next possession but ran out of downs on the Marietta four when a lob to Strange in the corner of the end zone fell incomplete.
After forcing a Marietta punt, the rest of the first half belonged to the Big Reds as they scored on their next three possessions to take a 21-7 halftime lead.
A 32 yard pass to Strange and a run of 18 yards by Moler set up Johnson’s 23 yard TD scramble with no time left on the clock to end the first quarter.
PHS was back in business four plays later on its own 30 and three plays later Moler got open up the middle and was tripped up at the one yard. Johnson scored on the next play.
A missed field goal from 42 yards out by Marietta gave PHS the ball back on its 20 and seven plays later Moler scored from the one. A 28 yard catch by Strange was the big play on that drive.
On the first offensive play of the second half by PHS, Johnson threw a bomb to a wide-open Mason behind the Tiger secondary and he raced into the end zone to complete a 66-yard score and make it 28-7.
Marietta broke the string by scoring on a fourth and goal play from the seven with Alkire hitting a wide open Daniel Long to cut the lead to 28-14.
Walls came up with his pick-six late in the third quarter as Strange hit the Marietta quarterback causing a weak pass that the Big Red defensive back had little trouble snaring and heading up a wide-open field to make it 34-14.
A 31-yard run by Alkire set up a Marietta touchdown on a short run by Kory Science that cut the lead to 34-21 with just 11 seconds gone in the fourth quarter.
Later in the fourth period, Morris got his interception and return to the PHS 27 and that set up Moler to score on a great one-hand, leaping catch that covered 16 yards.
Marietta added a meaningless touchdown with 12 seconds remaining.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 - Total
Parkersburg 7 14 13 7 - 41
Marietta 7 0 7 14 - 28
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 07:01 MAR - Tony Munos 6 yd pass from Corbin Alkire (Sean Fournier kick), 6-33 1:51
00:00 PHS - Jake Johnson 23 yd run (Issac Withrow kick), 4-66 0:38
2nd 09:30 PHS - Jake Johnson 1 yd run (Issac Withrow kick), 4-70 1:37
05:51 PHS - Tyler Moler 1 yd run (Issac Withrow kick), 7-80 2:40
3rd 09:14 PHS - Braeden Mason 66 yd pass from Jake Johnson (Issac Withrow kick), 1-66 0:14
05:06 MAR - Daniel Long 7 yd pass from Corbin Alkire (Sean Fournier kick), 10-61 4:01
01:04 PHS - Jeremy Walls 87 yd interception return (Issac Withrow kick failed)
4th 11:49 MAR - Kory Science 3 yd run (Sean Fournier kick), 5-58 1:07
05:06 PHS - Tyler Moler 16 yd pass from Jake Johnson (Issac Withrow kick), 10-73 3:31
00:12 MAR - Kory Science 37 yd run (Sean Fournier kick), 5-64 1:45
FIRST DOWNS 21 17
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 39-275 41-234
PASSING YDS (NET) 295 171
Passes Att-Comp-Int 22-15-2 32-12-2
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 61-570 73-405
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards 1-5 1--10
Kickoff Returns-Yards 3-59 7-103
Interception Returns-Yards 2-87 2-26
Punts (Number-Avg) 2-31.5 5-28.6
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-0
Penalties-Yards 6-45 6-49
Possession Time 22:54 24:47
Third-Down Conversions 3 of 9 7 of 16
Fourth-Down Conversions 1 of 3 1 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 4-5 3-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards 2-8 1-6
RUSHING: Parkersburg-Tyler Moler 22-230; Jake Johnson 10-50; Max Anderson 1-minus 1; Braeden Mason 1-minus 1; Anthony Craig 2-minus 1; Brenton Strange 3-minus 2. Marietta-Corbin Alkire 12-86; Kory Science 9-84; Chase Taylor 16-60; Sean Fournier 1-5; Tony Munos 3-minus 1.
PASSING: Parkersburg-Jake Johnson 15-21-2-294; Max Anderson 0-1-0-0.
Marietta-Corbin Alkire 12-32-2-171.
RECEIVING: Parkersburg-Braeden Mason 6-141; Brenton Strange 6-122; Kionte Peacock 2-16; Tyler Moler 1-16. Marietta-Tony Munos 6-35; Chase Taylor 2-55; Tanner Stack 2-44; Daniel Long 2-37.
INTERCEPTIONS: Parkersburg-Jeremy Walls 1-87; Hayden Morris 1-0. Marietta-Brady Vincent 1-20; Cyrus Rhodes 1-6.
FUMBLES: Parkersburg-Kionte Peacock 1-1. Marietta-Corbin Alkire 1-0; Tony Munos 1-0.
Parkersburg (1-3) vs. Marietta (2-2)
Big Red greats Greasy Neale & Piggy Barnes prior to 1971 South Game
Strange Makes First Team All-State; Moler, Creech 2nd Team
Junior Brenton Strange of Parkersburg has added first team Class AAA All-State honors to his growing list of accomplishments.
The 6-foot-5, 212-pounder was named to the first all-state team selected by the sportswriters from across the state while teammates Tyler Moler and Ryan Creech, also juniors, were named to the second team.
Senior Wyatt Strobl was named special honorable mention and junior Jake Johnson was selected honorable mention.
Although catching more passes for more yards than first team wide receiver selection Amir Richardson of University, Strange was selected as a first team defensive back.
Strange played end, linebacker and halfback on defense for the Big Reds. He was second on the team in tackles with 95 stops while making nine of those behind the line of scrimmage including two sacks. He scored three defensive touchdowns to go with 13 offensive scores for a total of 16 touchdowns. He returned two interceptions for scores and one fumble recovery was picked up and taken all the way. On offense he caught aschool record 59 passes for a record 938 yards and a record-tying 12 touchdowns while also scoring one rushing touchdown.
Moler ran for 1,302 yards with 17 touchdowns (including a record-tying 97 yard TD run and a 6.5 rushing average. He also caught 11 passes.
Creech, 6-foot-3, 275 pounds, was the primary blocker on an offense which averaged 35.4 points and 389 yards per game.
Strobl was the team’s leading tackler and Johnson was a “Jack-of-all-Trades” with 337 yards passing (4 touchdowns), 119 yards rushing, 747 yards receiving and six touchdowns scored. He also had 40 tackles and four interceptions on defense.
FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE
QB – Tyson Bagent, Martinsburg, Sr.
QB – Cross Wilkinson, Wheeling Park, Sr.
RB – Jadon Hayes, Huntington, Sr. (captain)
RB – Ivan Vaughn, Cabell Midland, Jr.
RB – Jacob Northcraft, Musselman, Sr.
RB – Dereck Hess, John Marshall, Sr.
OL – Darnell Wright, Huntington, Jr.
OL – Doug Nester, Spring Valley, Jr.
OL – Trey Henry, Martinsburg, Sr.
OL – Ben Billanti, Riverside, Sr.
OL – Jordan King, Cabell Midland, Sr.
WR – Malakai Brown, Hedgesville, So.
WR – Amir Richardson, University, Jr.
UTIL – Kerry Martin, Capital, Jr.
K – Tim McCutchen, Hurricane, Jr.
DL – Jalen Hesen, Martinsburg, Sr. (captain)
DL – Jacob Cassidy, Spring Valley, Sr.
DL – Breece Hoff, Capital, Jr.
DL – Tavis Lee, Martinsburg, Sr.
LB – Dewayne Grantham, Martinsburg, Jr.
LB – Owen Porter, Spring Valley, Sr.
LB – Shymeik Burger, Huntington, Sr.
LB – Drew Joseph, South Charleston, Jr.
LB – Nick Coulter, John Marshall, Sr.
DB – Brenton Strange, Parkersburg, Jr.
DB – Nate Phillips, Wheeling Park, Sr.
DB – Grant Harman, Martinsburg, Jr.
UTIL – Anthony Pittman, Capital, Sr.
UTIL – Isaiah Duncan, Cabell Midland, Sr.
P – Grant Wells, George Washington, Jr.
QB – Clay Bailey, University, Sr. (captain)
RB – Christian Hill, Hurricane, So.
RB – Tyler Moler, Parkersburg, Jr.
RB – Blake Hartman, Musselman, Fr.
OL – Will Gurtis, University, Sr.
OL – Jackson Zdziera, Spring Mills, Sr.
OL – Will Anderson, St. Albans, Sr.
OL – Ryan Creech, Parkersburg, Jr.
OL – Brier Elswick, Cabell Midland, Sr.
WR – Dakota Williams, Hurricane, Sr.
WR – Jarod Bowie, Martinsburg, So.
UTIL – Donnie Evans, Wheeling Park, Sr.
UTIL – Jason Plotner, Hedgesville, Sr.
UTIL – Derek Johnson, Spring Valley, Sr.
K – Ahmed Ali, Parkersburg South, Sr.
DL – Hayden Starcher, University, Sr.
DL – Hunter Temple, John Marshall, Jr.
DL – Zeiqui Lawton, South Charleston, Fr.
DL – Owen Tillis, George Washington, Sr.
LB – Tanner Williams, George Washington, Sr.
LB – Chase Goldsmith, Capital, Sr. (captain)
LB – Payton Lunsford, Hurricane, Sr.
LB – Spencer Delawder, Washington, Sr.
DB – N’yjere Smith, Hedgesville, Jr.
DB – Malik Grier, Huntington, Sr.
DB – Teddy Marshall, Martinsburg, So.
UTIL – Blake Miller, Preston, Sr.
UTIL – Tyee Gibson, Parkersburg South, Sr.
UTIL – Jayson Barrett, St. Albans, Sr.
P – Finnegan Hall, Hedgesville, Jr.
Special Honorable Mention
Griffin Adkins, Cabell Midland;
Trevor Barnhart, University;
RJ Barrett, Martinsburg;
Michael Berlo, Martinsburg;
Malik Brown, Huntington;
Kalai Clark, Capital;
Rennie Clark, Wheeling Park;
Curon Cordon, Hurricane;
Dakota Cosby, George Washington;
Ronnie Durrah, John Marshall;
Avery Eddy, Parkersburg South;
Caden Easterling, Riverside;
RJ Evans, Ripley;
Ben Gribble, University;
Isaac Howard, Spring Valley;
John Hicks, Hampshire;
Max Howell, Huntington;
Mikey Jackson, Martinsburg;
Jalen Jones, South Charleston;
Sabri Juma, Morgantown;
Josh Kay, Ripley;
Jovaun Light, Cabell Midland;
Nick Longerbeam, Jefferson;
Graeson Malashevich, Spring Valley;
Chas McCool, John Marshall;
Dalton McDaniels, University;
Colby Piner, Greenbrier East;
David Robertson, Musselman;
Mark Scites, Riverside;
Ethan Secrist, Brooke;
Jack Stakem, Wheeling Park;
Andrew Spears, Huntington;
Cole Streyle, Morgantown;
Wyatt Strobl, Parkersburg;
Tyree Swafford, Woodrow Wilson;
Dustin Swisher, Hampshire
Gage Abrect, Hedgesville;
Tre Barnes, Morgantown;
Jacob Biller, Jefferson;
Tristen Bittner, Wheeling Park;
Brocton Blair, Huntington;
Sam Buford, St. Albans;
Mason Caldwell, Spring Mills;
Carliton Carter, South Charleston;
JT Cooper, Hurricane;
Lucas Duffy, Martinsburg;
Ethan Faircloth, Hedgesville;
Chris Fox, Musselman;
Quisean Gray, Capital;
JaQuan Hall, George Washington;
Drew Heatherly, Buckhannon-Upshur;
Shane Hercules, John Marshall;
Dakota Holt, Preston;
Fazon Hunter, Spring Mills;
Parker Jackson, Washington; Jake Johnson, Parkersburg;
Cayden Keeler, Ripley;
JT Kemp, Ripley;
Tucker Knisell, Preston;
Ty Konchesky, Morgantown;
Jevon Lang, Jefferson;
Ricky Moreland, Hampshire;
Tylik Norris, Martinsburg;
Sebastian Oldham, Musselman;
Logan Osborne, Cabell Midland;
Evan Parow, University;
Devin Persinger, Greenbrier East;
Ian Pomeroy, Woodrow Wilson;
J.J. Roberts, Cabell Midland;
Alajuan Robinson, Morgantown;
Robert Sanders, University;
Steven Shine, Hurricane;
Davon Sibley, Princeton;
Andrew Simonton, John Marshall;
Logan Spurlock, Capital;
Aaron Stambaugh, Musselman;
Michael Turner, Hedgesville;
Jonathan Warner, Buckhannon-Upshur;
Blake Wentz, Riverside;
Zach Williamson, Spring Valley;
Dylan Wood, Wheeling Park;
Colton Wright, Woodrow Wilson;
Nick Yoho, Parkersburg South
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, Chaarles Penwell and Raymond “Dutch” Neale (Greasy’s brother).
Big Red Players Collect Awards At Annual Banquet
No less than 14 awards were presented Sunday night at the Grand Point Convention Center during the 2017 Parkersburg High School annual football banquet.
In addition to letters for the varsity players and recognition of All-Mountain State Athletic Conference selections, first year head coach Mike Byus handed out a variety of awards including Most Valuable Player honors to junior Brenton Strange and the Coaches’ Award to senior quarterback Kam Mace (seen in photo at left).
Strange and Mace were also recognized for the records they set this year along with another junior, Tyler Moler. Mace was recently recognized as the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award winner for West Virginia.
Moler earned Offensive Player of the Year Honors while Wyatt Strobl was named Defensive Player of the Year. Most improved player honors went to senior Nathan Steed while the Heart Award was shared by Jake Johnson and Gage Fiore. Newcomer of the Year Awards went to Seth Dailey and Kionte Peacock while Ryan Creech was named Impact Player of the Year and the Unsung Hero Awards went to A.J. Nolan and Shane Miller.
Jayvee honors went to Kyle Moore for Offensive Player of the Year and Jacob Modesitt earned the Defensive Play of the Year award.
Strange, Dailey and Moler recently earned first team All-MSAC honors while Creech and Matt Curry were second team picks while Johnson and Strobl were honorable mention.
Seth Dailey............. Brenton Strange........... Tyler Moler
Big Reds Land Trio on First All-MSAC Football Team
...Three Parkersburg Big Red football players have been named to the 2017 All-Mountain State Athletic Conference first team as selected in voting by the coaches.
...Two other PHS players were named to the second team and two more were selected honorable mention.
...All but two are underclassmen.
...Seth Dailey, Brenton Strange and Tyler Moler were picked on the first team while Ryan Creech and Matt Curry were named second team. Jake Johnson and Wyatt Strobl were honorable mention.
...Dailey was the lone PHS senior selected. The speedy Dailey was picked as a defensive back after coming up with three interceptions and five pass break ups this year to go with 29 tackles. He also scored six touchdowns on offense, catching 26 passes.
...Strange, the record-breaking junior, was selected as the first team all-conference wide receiver. Strange broke five PHS records this year and tied a sixth en route to a season which saw him catch 59 passes for 938 yards and 12 touchdowns. The first two marks were season records while the touchdown total tied the record. He also ran the ball 11 times for 78 yards and a touchdown while scoring three more times on the defensive side of the ball for a total of 16 touchdowns.
...A 6-foot-5, 212 pounder, Strange set a single game record with 12 receptions against Cabell Midland and broke the career record for receptions (128) and reception yards (1.,739) while tying the career mark for interception touchdown returns with four. His 88 yard TD catch against Huntington tied the record for longest in school history.
...Moler was one of three running backs picked for the first team. The 6-foot, 185 pound junior ran for 1,302 yards on 203 yards (6.5 average) with 17 touchdowns and tied the school record for long TD run with a 97 scoring jaunt against St. Albans on the first play from scrimmage of the season. His rushing yardage total is the fifth highest total for a junior in school history. The four ahead of him are all Big Red legends – Larry Rhodes (1963) with 1,438, Fred Earley (1940) with 1,564, Matt Lindamood (2006) with 1,551 and Allan Wasonga (2009) with 2,203.
...Creech, a 6-foot-3, 275 pound junior, was named offensive tackle on the second team while sophomore Curry was selected as the second team punter after averaging 35.4 yards per kick with 10 of his 35 punts being downed inside the opponents’ 20 yard line.
...Johnson, another junior, was Mr. Versatility for the Big Reds as he completed 30 of 47 passes for 337 yards with four touchdowns and one interception while also rushing for 119 yards and a touchdown and catching 43 passes for 747 yards and four scores. He had four interceptions on defense, returning one for a touchdown.
...Strobl, a 6-foot-, 210 pound senior, led the team with 122 tackles with 17.5 of them behind the line of scrimmage.
The Big Reds finished 7-4.
2017 All-Mountain State Athletic Conference Football Team
Quarterback -- Kerry Martin Jr., Capital, Jr.
Running backs -- Ivan Vaughn, Cabell Midland, Jr.; Tyler Moler, Parkersburg, Jr.; Christian Hill, Hurricane, Soph.
Wide receivers -- Anthony Pittman, Capital, Sr.; Jayson Barrett, St. Albans, Sr.; Brenton Strange, Parkersburg, Jr.
Tight end -- Jake Cassidy, Spring Valley, Sr.
Tackles -- Darnell Wright, Huntington, Jr.; Jordan King, Cabell Midland, Sr.
Guards -- Doug Nester, Spring Valley, Jr.; Brice Elswick, Cabell Midland, Sr.
Center -- Ben Billanti, Riverside, Sr.
Utility -- Dakota Cosby, George Washington, Jr.
Kicker -- Sam Burford, St. Albans, Sr.
Linemen -- Kalai Clark, Capital, Jr.; Owens Tillis, George Washington, Sr.; Steven Shine, Hurricane, Sr.; Malik Brown, Huntington, Sr.
Linebackers -- Isaiah Duncan, Cabell Midland, Sr.; Owen Porter, Spring Valley, Sr.; Tanner Williams, George Washington, Sr.; Breece Hoff, Capital, Jr.
Defensive backs -- Seth Dailey, Parkersburg, Sr.; Carlito Carter, South Charleston, Jr.; JaQuan Hall, George Washington, Sr.; Malik Grier, Huntington, Sr.
Utility -- Graeson Malashevich, Spring Valley, Jr.
Punter -- Logan Spurlock, Capital, Soph.
Quarterback -- Grant Wells, George Washington, Jr.
Running backs -- R.J. Evans, Ripley, Sr.; Tyree Swafford, Woodrow Wilson, Sr.; Caden Easterling, Riverside, Soph.; Quisean Gray, Capital, Jr.
Wide receivers -- Blake Wentz, Riverside, Jr.; Mikal Dawson, Huntington, Sr.
Tight end -- Dionte' Patterson, St. Albans, Sr.
Tackles -- Ryan Creech, Parkersburg, Jr.; Will Anderson, St. Albans, Sr.
Guards -- Austin Chapman, Riverside, Soph.; Ian Pomeroy, Woodrow Wilson, Soph.; Cam Kennedy, Capital, Jr.; Andrew Dolin, Ripley, Jr.
C -- Logan Osburn, Cabell Midland, Sr.
Utility -- Derek Johnson, Spring Valley, Sr.
Kicker -- Isaiah Carpenter, Huntington, Jr.
Linemen -- Zeiqui Lawton, South Charleston, Fr.; Phillip Wigfall, St. Albans, Sr.; Colton Wright, Woodrow Wilson, Jr.; Steve Perrine, Huntington, Jr.; Jase Raines, Cabell Midland, Sr.
Linebackers -- Payton Lunsford, Hurricane, Sr.; Drew Joseph, South Charleston, Jr.; Andrew Spears, Huntington, Sr.; Charlie Pierson, Riverside, Soph.
Defensive backs -- Kain Ford, Riverside, Jr.; Gage Lanham, Riverside, Sr.; Uriah Carvens, Capital, Sr.; Curon Cordon, Hurricane, Sr.
Utility -- Josh Kay, Ripley, Jr.
Punter -- Matt Curry, Parkersburg, Soph.
Special honorable mention
Capital: Chase Goldsmith; George Washington: Michael Hughes; Huntington: Shymeik Burger, Bryce Damous, Max Howell, Luke Zban; Hurricane: Krystoff Kudlak, Dakota Williams; Ripley: Ty Eshenaur, Cayden Keeler; Riverside: Mark Scites; South Charleston: DQ Watkins; Spring Valley: Logan Caldwell, Tanner Ferguson, Jake Hutchinson, Isaac Howard, Cody Sharp, Zach Williamson; St. Albans: Rodney Toler; Woodrow Wilson: Avante Burnett, Austin Hatfield, Tristan Stiffler, Nick Wickline
Cabell Midland: Levi Kessler, Jovaun Light; Capital: Deishawn Harper, Jesse Wilcox; George Washington: Clark Ellis, Ryan Thomas; Huntington: Tay Blackwell, Dez Bradshaw; Hurricane: J.T. Cooper, Cole Runion; Parkersburg: Jake Johnson, Wyatt Strobl; Ripley: Rocky Ford, Dalton Myers; Riverside: Jacob Clark, Elijah Leftwich; South Charleston: Orange Dyess, Jalen Jones; Spring Valley: Parker Elmore, Mitchell Hall; St. Albans: Jaxson Holbert, Jake Taylor; Woodrow Wilson: Haven Chapman, Zach Weaver
Special award winners
Player of the Year -- Jadon Hayes, Huntington; Coach of the Year -- Billy Seals, Huntington
Strange, Mace Lead Record-Setting 2017 PHS Football Team
It was a record-setting year for the Parkersburg Big Red football team as Brenton Strange and Kam Mace led the way.
No less than 14 school records were broken or tied during the 7-4 season under new head coach Mike Byus – and the duo of Strange and Mace had a hand in all but two of them.
Although only a junior, Strange put his name in the record book no less than eight times and three of those were career records that he will add to next year. The 6-foot-5 versatile co-captain set a single-game record with 12 passes caught against Cabell Midland to better the mark of 11 set just a year ago by Karson Snyder against the same Midland team.
Strange and Mace tied a game record with an 88 yard touchdown reception, equal lying the mark set in 2014 by Dan Fox (from Josh Trembly).
Strange set season and career records in two categories – passes caught and reception yards. He caught 59 passes for 938 yards to give him 128 receptions for his career for 1,739 yards. The old records were 54 passes caught by Karson Snyder last year and 870 receiving yards by Ryan Rader in 2001. The career records of 94 catches for 1,636 yards were both held by Brad Johnson.
Two more records tied by Strange were for touchdown receptions in a season and interception touchdown returns for a career. He tied the TD record of 12 set last year by Snyder and tied the 91-year-old record of four interception returns in a career set back in 1926 by Howard Rutter.
Meanwhile, Mace made up for not playing the last two years and missing the first two games of the season by setting a single game record with 27 passes completed and broke three season records set by Chance Litton in 2004 to boot. He completed 146 passes to break the record of 142, threw for 2,139 yards to better the mark of 2,075 and threw 21 regular season touchdown passes to top the previous mark of 20 in the 10-game regular season.
Mace teamed with Jake Johnson (who played quarterback the first two games before turning into the team’s second-leading receiver) to help the team set a season team passing yardage record with a total of 2,476 to better the 2004 mark of 2,138.
The only record that did not involve Strange and Mace was Tyler Moler tying the single game record with a 97 yard touchdown run against St. Albans which equaled Adam Lindamood’s 2012
run (also against St. Albans).
|PHS Football Records 2017
|Individual Game Records Broken
|Kam Mace (vs. Midland)
||25 Matt Newlon (2008 vs. PS)
|Brenton Strange (vs. Midland)
||11 Karson Snyder (2016 vs. Midland)
|Individual Season Records Broken
||54 Karson Snyder (2016)
||870 Ryan Rader (2001)
||142 Chance Litton (2004)
||2,075 Chance Litton (2004)
||Reg. Season TD Passes
||20 Chance Litton (2004)
|Individual Career Records Broken
||94 Brad Johnson
||1,636 Brad Johnson
|Individual Career Records Tied
||4 Howard Rutter (1926)
|Individual Game Records Tied
|Tyler Moler (vs. St. Albans)
||Longest TD Run
||97 Adam Lindamood (2012 vs. St. Albans)
|Brenton Strange from Kam Mace
||Longest TD Pass
||88 Dan Fox from Josh Trembly (2014)
|Individual Season Records Tied
||TD Passes Caught
||12 Karson Snyder (2016)
|Team Season Record Broken
PHS 10th In All-Time Win Rankings
All-Time High School Football Wins (Through 2017)
|Official National Federation High School Association Record
||Fort Thomas Highlands
||Little Rock Central
||Sioux Falls Washington
||East St. Louis Senior
||Louisville St. Xavier
(Battle of the 'Burg) Documentary Youtube Video
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.
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 late October or in the spring of 2019.