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Rick Marshall Named To Great American Rivalry Hall of Fame

In the biggest game of the season, Rick Marshall played the best game in the long and storied history of Parkersburg Big Red quarterbacks.
A senior who earned all-state honors, Marshall set the all-time school record for single game passing yardage against Parkersburg’s biggest rival every year, Parkersburg South.
In a 48-7 victory he completed 15 of 27 passes for 343 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran the ball seven times for another 71 yards and a touchdown. His total offense total of 414 is also the school single game record.
Marshall, who is now a youth pastor, also directed the Big Reds to a 28-12 win over South as a junior as he ran for one touchdown and a two-point conversion while passing for 60 yards.
He never lost to his team’s top rival, serving as a backup as a sophomore when PHS won 19-0.

He will be recognized at halftime of this year's South game as a member of the Great American Rivalry Series Hall of Fame.

"I had the privilege of playing in two South versus PHS Football Games during my high school career," said Marshall. "For me, the South game was always a little personal because I was playing against all of my friends that I grew up with as a kid and always feeling like I had something to prove""Ironically, what I remember the most was how the games appeared to move in slow motion with no sound. I could see the pads popping, the fans cheering, the sweat dripping onto my hand, the facial expressions as people were hit but I couldn't hear a sound. I was so focused and mentally prepared, it caused the game to slow down for me. When the final whistled sounded on the last game of my High School career my teammates and I walked of the field victorious for the second year in a row."


Jayvees Tie Riverside
Belle – After battling through two overtimes, the PHS jayvees had to settle for a 30-30 tie here Monday night.

In the second quarter Jacob Bock threw a four yard touchdown pass to Jacob Modesitt. Kyle Moore had an 12-yard interception return for a score in the third quarter for PHS while Bock added two touchdowns on runs of 14 and three yards with a successful 2-point conversion.


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2017 Probable

Starting Lineups

QB – Kam Mace (6-1, 175 sr.)

RB – Tyler Moler (6-0, 185 jr.)

FB - Shane Miller (6-1, 205 jr.)

SE – Seth Dailey (6-0, 148 sr.)

WR – Jake Johnson (6-1, 170 jr.)

WR – Brenton Strange (6-5, 198 jr.)

TE – Nathaniel Steed (6-2, 213, sr.)

C – Jalen King (5-9, 185, jr.)

OL – Gage Fiore (6-0, 200, So.)

OL - Greyson Cooper (5-11, 275, jr.)

OL – A.J. Nolan (6-0, 265 sr.)

OL – Ryan Creech (6-3, 275 jr.)

OL - Dylan Richards (6-3, 210 sr.)

PK – Christian Axman (6-0, 181, sr.)


E – Zion Atkinson (5-10, 204, sr.)

NG - C.J. Wade (6-1, 180 so.)

E – Gavin Perkins (6-4, 240 sr.)

LB –Wyatt Strobl (6-0, 210 sr.)

LB - Brenton Strange (6-5, 212, jr.)

LB – Gage Fiore (6-0, 200, so.)

S - Kionte Peacock (6-1, 151, jr.)

B - Caden Florence (5-9, 160, sr.)

B– Jake Johnson (6-1, 170, jr.)

B – Seth Dailey (6-0, 148, sr.) or Brandon Braham (5-7, 145, jr.)

P – Christian Axman (6-0, 181, sr.)

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)

2016 Results

Aug. 26 - at St. Albans (Win 57-14)

Sept. 2 - at Hurricane (Loss 18-31)

Sept. 9 - Capital (Loss 19-41)

Sept. 16 - Huntington (Loss 6-28)

Sept. 23 - at Marietta, O. (Loss 13-49)

Oct. 7 - at Beckley WW (Win 52-15)

Oct. 14 - Cabell Midland (Loss 8-56)

Oct. 21 - Warren Local, O. (Win 55-26)

Oct. 28 - at Riverside (Win 48-35)

Nov. 4 - Park. South (Loss 13-19 2 ot)

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Morgantown, George Washington Added To PHS Football Schedule

An exciting, competitive football season has come to an end for the Parkersburg Big Reds.
A seven win regular season including victories against ranked teams Wheeling Park (on the road) and Hurricane was followed by a seven-point playoff loss to up and coming John Marshall.
Regular season defeats came at the hands of three of the top 10 teams in the state, number one Huntington, number six Capital (both in the state playoff semifinals) and number 10 ranked Cabell Midland.
The good news is many of the key players from that successful PHS season will return to try to build on that in 2018. But on the other side of the coin, they will be going against a beefed up schedule that looms as the toughest schedule a Big Red team has ever faced with seven perennial playoff teams.
St. Albans and Riverside, two teams PHS defeated in 2017, will be replaced by renowned state football powers Morgantown and George Washington next season.
The complete 2018 PHS football schedule is as follows:
Aug. 24 – at Morgantown
Aug. 31 – Cabell Midland
Sept. 7 – at Beckley Woodrow Wilson
Sept. 14 – Capital
Sept. 21 – at Marietta
Sept. 28 – Wheeling Park
Oct. 5 – George Washington
Oct. 12 – at Hurricane
Oct. 19 – Open
Oct. 26 – at Huntington
Nov. 2 – Parkersburg South
While PHS must replace record-setting quarterback Kam Mace and leading tackler Wyatt Strobl, there is an abundance of offensive and defensive standouts returning from a team which scored 35.4 points per game to rank as the eighth highest point per game producing team of all time.
Mace completed 67 percent of his passes for 23 touchdowns and 2,139 yards but there is Jake Johnson returning for his senior season after starting the first two games in 2017 at quarterback where he completed 64 percent of his 47 passes for 337 yards, four touchdowns with one interception.
When Mace returned, Johnson moved to wide-out and wound up catching 43 passes for 747 yards and four touchdowns. The Big Reds lose senior receivers Seth Dailey (26-261-5) and Nathaniel Steed (13-210-2) but return the all-time leading receiver in PHS history in Brenton Strange.
Strange is a 6-foot-5 Division I prospect who caught a record-setting 59 passes for 938 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2017 and already holds the career record for passes caught and yardage and stands just two touchdowns away from tying the career mark in that career category as well. Strange also ran for a touchdown in 2017 while scoring three defensive touchdowns for a total of 16 touchdowns in all. On defense he was second on the team with 95 tackles (9 for loss) and had two interceptions.
Other returning receivers for PHS will be running backs Tyler Moler and Shane Miller, who each caught 11 passes.
Moler and Miller also happened to be the top rushers this past season with Moler rambling for 1,320 yards for a 6.5 average and scoring 17 times on the ground while Miller scored three times and averaged 5.6 yards per carry.
The Big Reds must find a replacement for two-year regular Christian Axman as a place-kicker but return sophomore Matt Curry, who averaged 35.4 yards per punt and put 10 of his 35 kicks inside the 20 yard line.
In addition to Strange returning on defense the Big Reds will have Kionte Peacock back after his four-interception, 57 tackle season. He was the team’s leading punt returner with 106 yards on 15 returns and was second on the team in kick returns.
Other defensive standouts returning include Johnson with his four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) along with Brandon Braham (55 tackles, C.J. Wade and Gage Fiore (45 tackles each).
So even though a daunting schedule lies ahead the Big Reds appear headed in the right direction under Coach Mike Byus who will have an entire off-season to prepare instead of stepping in at the virtual last-minute as he had to do this year.
The 2017 season will officially conclude Sunday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. when the annual banquet is held at the Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna.

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 Text Box: Brenton Strangean 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 Text Box: Kam Maceboth 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 Category Total Old Record
Individual Game Records Broken          
Kam Mace (vs. Midland)   Passes Completed 27   25 Matt Newlon (2008 vs. PS)
Brenton Strange (vs. Midland)   Passes Caught 12   11 Karson Snyder (2016 vs. Midland)
Individual Season Records Broken          
Brenton Strange   Passes Caught 59   54 Karson Snyder (2016)
Brenton Strange   Reception Yards 938   870 Ryan Rader (2001) 
Kam Mace   Passes Completed 146   142 Chance Litton (2004)
Kam Mace   Passing Yards 2,139   2,075 Chance Litton (2004)
Kam Mace   Reg. Season TD Passes 21   20 Chance Litton (2004)
Individual Career Records Broken          
Brenton Strange    Passes Caught 128   94 Brad Johnson
Brenton Strange   Reception Yards 1,739   1,636 Brad Johnson
Individual Career Records Tied          
Brenton Strange   Interception TDs 4   4 Howard Rutter (1926)
Individual Game Records Tied          
Tyler Moler (vs. St. Albans)   Longest TD Run 97   97 Adam Lindamood (2012 vs. St. Albans)
Brenton Strange from Kam Mace   Longest TD Pass 88   88 Dan Fox from Josh Trembly (2014)
Individual Season Records Tied          
Brenton Strange   TD Passes Caught 12   12 Karson Snyder (2016)
Team Season Record Broken   Passing Yards 2,476   2,138 (2004)

Monarch Run Game Halts Big Reds' Title Dreams, 42-35

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John Marshall used a very effective ground game to hold off the big play Big Reds of Parkersburg and post a 42-35 victory Friday night at Stadium Field in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs.
The Monarchs turned loose a seldom-used fullback named Charles McCool for 249 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to end Parkersburg’s hopes of bringing home a state title for first year head coach Mike Byus.
McCool, who had barely been heard of before the playoff contest, ran behind some great blocking inside the tackles to account for over half of John Marshall’s 485 yards rushing. Nick Coulter, who had played second fiddle to the Monarch’s 1,000 yard rusher Dereck Hess, broke loose for 159 yards on 30 carries and scored three times as the visitors ran 91 offensive plays to just 40 for the Big Reds.
The Big Reds, who finish with a 7-4 record, had 380 yards in total offense and scored five touchdowns, four of them on passes from Kam Mace, who accounted for 325 yards through the air (the second highest single game total in school history). Mace completed 19 of 25 passes but suffered one interception.
Jake Johnson scored two touchdowns on pass receptions of 41 and 68 yards (finishing with 130 yards receiving) while Seth Dailey had a 29 yard scoring pass to go with a one yard end around run and Brenton Strange caught nine passes for 127 yards and one acrobatic TD catch in the end zone.
The Big Reds, who enjoyed a 30-13 advantage in takeaways during the regular season, also lost two fumbles while John Marshall had no turnovers.
PHS started the game in style, going 58 yards on seven plays to score in just 1:35 on Dailey’s one yard run around end. Two passes to Strange and one Nathan Steed accounted for 36 of those yards.
John Marshall proceeded to run 5:18 off the clock and cover 54 yards but was stopped on a fourth down play at the PHS 29.
Things still looked good for the Big Reds even though they had to punt on their next possession as Matt Curry boomed a 64 yarder all the way to the JM one yard line.
But then came a crushing drive that was a hint of things to come as the Monarchs went 99 yards on 25 plays and used 9:23 of the clock to score on a three yard run by Coulter. Three times they converted on fourth down, twice by simply running up the middle and the third time on a five yard pass when they needed four yards for a first down.
John Marshall then turned a Big Red fumble into a touchdown as PHS lost the ball on its first offensive play on the Big Red 45 yard line after a 16 yard run by Tyler Moler.
A personal foul penalty helped advance the ball to the 20 yard line and Coulter took it into the end zone from there to give the Monarchs the lead, 14-7.
Three plays later PHS coughed the ball up again but this time PHS held on a tackle by Johnson when JM went for it on fourth-and-six from the 33.
John Marshall took the second half kickoff and went 65 yards in seven plays with Hess going the final 20 yards to make it 21-7.
The Big Reds came back quickly; taking just 1:38 to score on a 41 yard pass which Johnson came back to catch and then sprinted through the defense to the end zone to make it 21-14.
John Marshall answered with a touchdown on an 18-yard run up the middle with 1:59 left in the third quarter to make it 28-14 but once again Johnson was there to come up with the answering TD just 19 seconds later.
Mace’s pass over the middle was first tipped by Johnson, and then tipped by a Monarch defender, with the ever alert Johnson snatching it out of the air and racing straight up the field for a 68 yard touchdown pass with 1:40 left in the third quarter. Christian Axman’s kick made it 28-21.
It looked like PHS was in position to tie the game after a Big Red defensive stop on fourth down got the home team the ball at midfield. But on the first play Mace was intercepted by Coulter, who returned the ball to the PHS 49.
On the very next play there was McCool again, crashing up the middle and going all the way to the end zone to make it 35-21 after the extra point.
Once again the Big Reds were able to answer and answer quickly as Mace completed five passes, the final one going 29 yards to Dailey for the touchdown with 9:02 left in the game to cut the margin to 35-28.
But the Monarchs applied what looked like the back-breaker to PHS as they drove 79 yards in 14 plays and ate 6:35 off the clock to score on a 10 yard run by Coulter with just 2:20 left in the contest. All 14 plays were on the ground and twice there were third down conversions when three and two yards were needed.
Now Trailing 42-28, the Big Reds took just 28 second to score after a 29 yard kickoff return by Dailey and a pass of 10 yards to Strange. Mace then appeared to be intercepted again but the play was nullified by a roughing the passer penalty and on the very next play he found a Strange in the corner of the end zone and the 6-foot-5 junior out-leaped two defenders to pull in the touchdown catch and make it 42-35 with 1:42 left to play.
The onside kick attempt failed and John Marshall was able to pick up one first down and run out the clock to keep the Big Reds from ending 10 years of playoff frustration.
The 8-3 Monarchs will now travel to Martinsburg next week (a 61-0 winner over Morgantown) to play the second-ranked, undefeated the defending state champion Bulldogs.
Wyatt Strobl led the PHS defense with 17 unofficial tackles while Zion Atkinson and Gage Fiore had 11 and 10 stops respectively.

#10 Monarchs vs #7 Big Reds (Nov 10, 2017 at Parkersburg)

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Scoring play









PHS  -  Seth  Dailey  1  yd  run  (Christian  Axman  kick),  7-58  1:35



JM  -  Nick  Coulter  3  yd  run  (Ethan  Gray  kick),  25-99  9:23



JM  -  Nick  Coulter  20  yd  run  (Ethan  Gray  kick),  4-45  1:15



JM  -  Dereck  Hess  20  yd  run  (Ethan  Gray  kick),  7-65  2:47



PHS  -  Jake  Johnson  41  yd  pass  from  Kam  Mace  (Christian  Axman  kick),  6-74  1:38



JM  -  Charles  McCool  18  yd  run  (Ethan  Gray  kick),  6-54  1:55



PHS  -  Jake  Johnson  68  yd  pass  from  Kam  Mace  (Christian  Axman  kick),  1-68  0:13



JM  -  Charles  McCool  49  yd  run  (Ethan  Gray  kick),  1-49  0:10



PHS  -  Seth  Dailey  29  yd  pass  from  Kam  Mace  (Christian  Axman  kick),  7-65  2:28



JM  -  Nick  Coulter  10  yd  run  (Ethan  Gray  kick),  14-79  6:35



PHS  -  Brenton  Strange  14  yd  pass  from  Kam  Mace  (Christian  Axman  kick),  4-50  0:28













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Possession  Time



Third-Down Conversions

8  of  16

2  of  6

Fourth-Down  Conversions

4  of  7

0  of  0

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Sacks  By:  Number-Yards



RUSHING: Monarchs-Charles McCool 32-249; Nick Coulter 30-159; Dereck Hess 7-40; Bailey Williams 4-19; Jordan Wood 13-13; John Santimarino 1-5. Big Reds-Tyler Moler 10-49; Kam Mace 4-5; Seth Dailey 1-1.

PASSING:  Monarchs-Jordan  Wood  4-4-0-59.  Big  Reds-Kam  Mace  19-25-1-325.

RECEIVING: Monarchs-Ronnie Durrah 2-36; Adam Carpenter 1-18; Justin Fronapfel 1-5. Big Reds-Brenton Strange 9-127; Jake Johnson 5-130; Seth Dailey 2-40; Nathaniel Steed 2-16; Tyler Moler 1-12.

INTERCEPTIONS:  Monarchs-Nick  Coulter  1-8.  Big  Reds-None.

FUMBLES:  Monarchs-None.  Big  Reds-Tyler  Moler  1-1;  Brenton  Strange  1-1.

Monarchs  (8-3)  vs.  Big  Reds  (7-4)

Date:  Nov  10,  2017  •  Site:  Parkersburg  •  Stadium:  Stadium  Field

Attendance:  2800
Kickoff  time:  7:30  •  End  of  Game:  10:06  •  Total  elapsed  time:  2:36 Temperature: 35

SACKS  (UA-A):  Monarchs-None.  Big  Reds-Brandon  Braham  1-0;  Nathaniel  Steed  1-0.

Miller, Thomas Brothers Earn Latest Hall of Fame Honors
Captain Curt Miller will join the Thomas brother tag team duo as the final 2017 inductees into the Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame.

They were inducted Friday night prior to the John Marshall playoff game at Stadium Field.
Curt Miller, one of three brothers who were all Big Red football captains, will be enshrined along with the wrestling Thomas brothers, Lou and Andy. While the Thomas brothers won seven state wrestling titles, they also earned all-state honors in football.
Miller, the son of former Big Red gridder Paul “Offie” Miller was captain of one of the best defenses in the history of Parkersburg High School football. He had two brothers Craig Mueller and Pat. All three were football captains as seniors.
A letterman for the Big Reds in 1977 through 1979, Miller helped PHS make the playoffs all three of those years. The team won the state title in 1978 and lost to the eventual state champion the other two seasons. Overall, the team compiled a 29-7 record with Miller being a two-year starter at defensive end and making first team all-state at that position as a senior.
The 1979 team was the number one ranked defense in the state, allowed just 35 points (5 touchdowns) for an average of only 2.9 points per game. Only points allowed in the first half by that team was a field goal and overall the squad posted seven shutouts. They allowed just 934 yards rushing all year and only 323 yards passing (with 2 touchdowns) and came up with 15 interceptions.
A lifelong resident of Parkersburg and owner and operator of Curtis Miller Insurance, the newest Hall of Fame selection is married. He and his wife Ginger have two daughters, Brittany Miller Meadows and Lexi Miller.
The only Parkersburg High School football player to quarterback back-to-back state championship teams, Andy Thomas will join older brother Lou, who was runner-up for the Hunt Award, in the Hall of Fame.
The sons of Parkersburg Catholic all-state tackle Lou Thomas, the Thomas boys were known for their tremendous defensive abilities.
Lou made first-team all-state in 2003 after a senior season that saw him rack up 123 tackles, 78 of them solo, to go with 13 quarterback sacks, nine tackles for loss and 11 hurries for a team that went 7-5 and lost in the playoff second round to Cabell Midland. He lost the Hunt Award, given to the best lineman in West Virginia, by one vote to Doug Legursky, who went on to play on the Pittsburgh Steelers 2009 Super Bowl champions.
While Andy will forever be known as the young man who led the Big Reds to two straight state titles and a 27-1 record as a quarterback, he made all-state as a defensive back and that is not surprising. H was second on the team a senior with 117 tackles and had three interceptions. He was a three-year standout on the prevent unit. As a sophomore he had 82 tackles and four interceptions and as a junior he had 71 stops and one interception. That means he had 270 tackles for his career – believed to be a school record.
Overall, Andy was a starter on teams that went 35-5. A two-year starter at quarterback he was the model of consistency. As a junior he completed 56 percent of  his passes for 570 yards and nine touchdowns while rushing for 618 yards and 11 scores. As a senior he completed 58 percent of his passes for 725 yards and 11TDs while running for 665 yards and nine scores.
As good as they were on the gridiron, the Thomas boys were even better on the wrestling mat.
Lou was a three time state champion and won the Bob Dutton award given annually to the state’s best wrestler. The Big Reds won state titles in 2003 and 2004. He also won the Dave Schultz award as the state’s top wrestler before going on to Pitt on scholarship and then transferring to WVU, where he competed for two years.
Andy was a four-time state wrestling champion (one of only two in school history) and was a high school All American on the mat. Like his brother, he helped PHS win state championships in that sport as a junior and senior, thus making the Big Reds the only school to win back-to-back titles in football and wrestling.
Both work at Thomas Subaru. Lou just recently married Jamie Reed. Their mother is Judy.


PHS 10th In All-Time Win Rankings

All-Time High School Football Wins
Official National Federation High School Association Record
Rank Wins School State Overall First Year 2016
1 907 Valdosta GA 907-220-34 1913 14-2
2 879 Fort Thomas Highlands KY 879-231-26 1915 3-8
3 869 Louisville Male KY 869-325-49 1893 10-3
4 861 Massillon Washington OH 861-286-36 1894 8-3
5 851 Mayfield KY 851-258-32 1919 15-1
6 838 Mount Carmel PA 838-321-59 1893 5-6
7 820 Canton McKinley OH 820-349-42 1894 6-5
8 819 Muskegon MI 819-278-43 1895 12-2
9 814 Easton PA 814-343-54 1894 7-6
10 813 Parkersburg WV 813-318-22 1900 4-6
11 803 Everett MA 803-373-79 1893 11-2
12 799 Hampton VA 799-259-43 1920 12-2
13 797 Berwick PA 797-331-43 1888 8-5
14 791 Steubenville OH 791-317-34 1900 13-2
15 790 Lawton OK 790-346-34 1902 8-5
16 788 Clinton OK 788-277-38 1919 10-3
16 788 Brockton MA 788-378-64 1897 5-6
18 784 Little Rock Central AR 784-333-43 1907 3-7
19 783 Pine Bluff AR 783-334-53 1901 8-3
20 778 Bakersfiled CA 778-259-43 1897 11-3
21 774 Sioux Falls Washington  SD 774-324-38 1899 12-0
21 774 Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett TN 774-239-28 1921 6-6
23 773 Haynesville LA 773-175-22 1907 13-1
24 772 Paducah Tilghman KY 772-324-25 1904 6-6
25 766 Danville KY 766-243-34 1924 12-2
26 765 New Britain CT 765-340-51 1892 6-5
27 761 East St. Louis Senior IL 761-199-36 1925 14-0
28 748 Louisville St. Xavier KY 748-294-20 1917 10-4
29 738 Lawrence KA 738-288-38 1891 6-4
30 734 Owensboro KY 734-375-30 1893 10-3
31 731 Steelton Highspire PA 731-432-58 1894 6-8
32 727 New Castle PA 727-343-69 1892 8-5
33 724 Ann Arbor Pioneer MI 724-432-38 1891 3-6
33 724 Temple TX 724-359-51 1907 12-4
35 721 Amarillo TX 721-312-19 1920 7-3
35 721 Jeannett PA 721-314-40 1900 12-2
37 712 Chattanooga Baylor TN 712-306-39 1908 8-5
38 705 Arcola IL 705-334-40 1894 7-3
39 702 Williamsport PA 702-463-55 1892 12-2
39 702 Philadelphia Central PA 702-410-61 1887 9-1
41 700 Thomasville GA 700-335-46 1910 5-5
42 695 Omaha Creighton Prep NE 695-221-23 1893 9-3
43 693 Seminole OK 693-354-34 1912 3-8
44 692 Martins Ferry OH 692-367-36 1907 6-4
45 688 Phil. William Penn Charter PA 688-366-53 1887 6-3
46 686 Greensburg Salem PA 686-369-39 1894 5-5
46 686 Fostoria OH 686-453-42 1896 4-6
48 683 Huntingdon PA 683-365-39 (NA) 6-6
49 682 Dover OH 682-356-44 1896 7-4
50 678 Somerset KY 678-397-43 1907 7-5
51 675 Pottsville PA 675-514-46 (NA) 9-2

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Contribution Information

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

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

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

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History of Stadium Field

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

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

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