JVs Close Year With 26-0 Win
The defense pitched its first shutout of the season including a pick-six touchdown return by Xander Snodgrass as the PHS junior varsity beat visiting Huntington’s jayvees 26-0 Monday night at Stadium Field.
Finishing their season with a winning record at 5-4-1, the Big Red jayvees got touchdown passes from Bryson Singer to Jordan Martin and Michael Owen to Bryant Walker in addition to the interception return by Snodgrass. Singer, a freshman, also scored on a 30-yard run.
“Good season,” said coach Murray Mace. “An awesome opportunity to coach a bunch of great kids.”
Huntington JV 0 0 0 0 - 0
Parkersburg JV (5-4-1) 0 6 8 12 - 26
P – Jordan Martin 30 pass from Bryson Singer (EP failed)
P – Bryant Walker 15 pass from Michael Owen (Walker pass from Owen)
P – Xander Snodgrass 25 interception return (EP failed)
P – Singer 30 run (EP failed)
Freshmen Fall To Wheeling Park
WHEELING – Julian Martin and Carter King scored three touchdowns each and Bryson Singer threw for three scores as the Parkersburg freshmen dropped a wild 50-42 decision to Wheeling Park here Thursday night.
Both Martin and King had kickoff returns for touchdowns while Martin had a fumble recovery in the end zone and caught a 40 yard pass from Singer. King scored on 30 and 20 yard receptions from Singer as the PHS frosh ended their season with a 2-2-1 record.
9th Grade Football
Parkersburg 12 22 0 8 -42
Wheeling Park 21 13 8 8 -50
P – Julian Martin 70 kickoff return (pass failed)
P – Carter King 30 pass from Bryson Singer (pass failed)
P – King 70 kickoff return (Singer run)
P – Julian Martin fumble recovery (Cory Casto pass from Singer)
P – King 20 pass from Singer (pass failed)
P – Julian Martin 40 pass from Singer (Julian Martin pass from Singer)
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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 (57-51)
Oct. 5–George Washington (32-7)
Oct. 12–at Hurricane (38-14)
Oct. 19 – Open
Oct. 26 – at Huntington (21-27 OT)
Nov. 2 – Parkersburg South (28-10)
Nov. 9 - at Wheeling Park (7:30) Playoffs (Win 28-21)
Nov. 17 - at Martinsburg (1:30) Playoffs
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 - Brenton Strange (6-5, 212, sr.)
T - Ryan Creech (6-3, 295 sr.)
T - Jace Turner (6-2, 215 sr.)
G - Greyson Cooper (5-11, 275 sr.)
G - Gage Fiore (6-0, 205 jr.)
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 - Justin Waybright (6-2, 205 so.)
ILB - Gage Fiore (6-0, 205 jr.)
ILB - Josh Ankrom (5-10, 185 sr.)
ILB - Brenton Strange (6-5, 212 sr.)
OLB - Jeremy Walls (6-0, 185 sr.)
SS - Brandon Braham (5-6, 155 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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Martinsburg Speed Spells End To Big Reds Season, 49-20
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MARTINSBURG – Martinsburg’s team speed helped produce three first half touchdowns and spelled an end to Parkersburg’s season here Saturday afternoon as the number one ranked Bulldogs won their 40th straight game by defeating the Big Reds 49-20 in a Class AAA quarterfinal playoff contest.
Four first half plays totaled 220 yards and gave the home team a 21-7 lead which blossomed into four second half scores and 607 total yards on just 54 plays. Martinsburg was led by Division I recruit Dewayne Grantham who was returning from an injury to rush for 179 yards on 11 carries and quarterback Grant Harman, who ran for 96 yards on 10 tries and passed for 172 yards on six completion sin nine attempts.
The Big Reds, who finished the year 7-5, became the first West Virginia to score a touchdown against the Bulldogs this year midway through the first quarter and added two second half scores while coming up short on two other opportunities which could have turned the contest into a high-scoring but one touchdown difference of a game.
PHS, playing without 2-year leading rusher Tyler Moler (out with a broken leg), was held to just 50 yards rushing but quarterback Jake Johnson did pass for 320 yards and two scores by hitting 20 of 33 passes. Penn State recruit Brenton Strange ended his record-setting career at PHS by catching eight passes for 112 yards (three of them spectacular receptions) and one touchdown.
The Big Reds gave up one score on a blocked punt return in the third quarter and suffered from two blown scoring opportunities of their own. Trailing 21-7 in the second quarter the Big Reds drove to the Martinsburg six yard line but were stopped on a fourth-and-one situation for no gain and turned the ball over on downs. In the fourth quarter on the Martinsburg 10, the Big Reds turned the ball over via an interception on the one yard line.
Grantham showed his talents on the second play of the game for the Bulldogs as he went up the middle 69 yards for a touchdown with just 1:12 gone in the contest.
However the Big Reds tied the game with 6:14 left in the first period after a Justin Waybright fumble recovery on the Martinsburg 45 yard line. A 27 yard pass to Braeden Mason followed by a 28 yard catch by Strange, who out-leaped the defender and came down with the ball on the one yard line. Shane Miller plowed over left guard on the next played and Issac Withrow’s extra point kick tied the game.
The teams traded punts before Harman hit Jarod Bowie on a slant pass over the middle and the Bulldog receiver out-ran the PHS secondary to the end zone to complete a 35-yard catch and run on the second play of the second quarter.
After picking up a couple of first downs, PHS had to punt again and this time Harman found Naieem Kearney on a screen pass up the left sidelines and the speedster went 74 yards for a touchdown to make it 21-7.
It was then that PHS put together a 74 yard drive to the Martinsburg six only to come up a yard short.
On the next play Elijah Banks fumbled but recovered on the one yard line for Martinsburg and Harman got his team out of that hole by running for five yards and then passing for 18 yards to Bowie. A 42 yard pass to Chelo Teneval put the Bulldogs in field goal range but Chris Catlett missed a 38 yard attempt.
Martinsburg started the second half with a 30 yard run by Grantham and then Harman had a 36 yard completion to set up his three yard touchdown run to make it 28-14.
The Big Reds were able to answer with an 83-yard drive that took 14 plays and finished with a 15 yard pass to Strange in the back corner of the end zone with 6:01 on the clock in the third period. A 24-yard pass to Dylan Shaver was the big play but it was Johnson’s 10-yard scamper on fourth-and-seven at the Martinsburg 28 that kept the drive going.
Trailing by 14, PHS held the Bulldogs on their next series, forcing them to turn the ball over on downs at the PHS 24 when C.J. Wade and Jim Shrewsbury pressured the quarterback into an incomplete pass on fourth down.
But PHS was forced to punt and the kick was blocked and recovered by Adam Brinegar, who took it in for the touchdown that proved to be a momentum-turning event.
The Bulldogs tacked on another score early in the fourth quarter when Harman scrambled and wound up going 21 yards up the sidelines to make it 42-14.
PHS was able to answer on a 72 yard scoring pass play when Kionte Peacock out-leaped a defender and then sped up the sidelines untouched to make it 42-20.
Martinsburg got its seventh TD on a 60-play drive that finished with a 16 yard pass from Banks to Kearney with 5:18 left in the game.
The final PHS threat was halted with 2:39 remaining when Johnson was picked off at the one by Ricky Barrett.
#9 Parkersburg vs #1 Martinsburg (Nov 17, 2018 at Martinsburg)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total
Parkersburg 7 0 7 6 - 20
Martinsburg 7 14 14 14 - 49
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 10:48 MART - Dewayne Grantham 69 yd run (Chris Catlett kick), 2-64 0:15
06:14 PHS - Shane Miller 1 yd run (Issac Withrow kick), 4-45 0:59
2nd 11:15 MART - Jarod Bowie 35 yd pass from Grant Harman (Chris Catlett kick), 6-69 1:53
07:23 MART - Naieem Kearney 74 yd pass from Grant Harman (Chris Catlett kick), 2-71 0:41
3rd 11:08 MART - Grant Harman 3 yd run (Chris Catlett kick), 4-67 0:48
06:01 PHS - Brenton Strange 15 yd pass from Jake Johnson (Issac Withrow kick), 14-83 5:00
03:04 MART - Adam Brinegar 8 yd blocked punt return (Chris Catlett kick)
4th 09:23 MART - Grant Harman 21 yd run (Chris Catlett kick), 7-70 2:47
09:04 PHS - Kionte Peacock 72 yd pass from Jake Johnson (Issac Withrow kick blockd), 1-72 0:14
05:18 MART - Naieem Kearney 16 yd pass from Elijah Banks (Chris Catlett kick), 8-60 3:28
FIRST DOWNS 22 19
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 35-50 32-286
PASSING YDS (NET) 320 321
Passes Att-Comp-Int 33-20-1 22-15-0
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 68-370 54-607
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards 0-0 4-38
Kickoff Returns-Yards 8-69 4-24
Interception Returns-Yards 0-0 1-24
Punts (Number-Avg) 6-24.0 1-31.0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 5-41 16-170
Possession Time 26:47 19:37
Third-Down Conversions 6 of 16 3 of 8
Fourth-Down Conversions 2 of 3 1 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 2-4 2-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards 0-0 5-30
RUSHING: Parkersburg-Shane Miller 14-27; Jake Johnson 20-23; Braeden Mason 1-0. Martinsburg-Dewayne Grantham 11-179; Grant Harman 10-96; Naieem Kearney 7-22; Jarod Bowie 2-minus 4; Elijah Banks 2-minus 7.
PASSING: Parkersburg-Jake Johnson 20-33-1-320. Martinsburg-Elijah Banks 9-13-0-149; Grant Harman 6-9-0-172.
RECEIVING: Parkersburg-Brenton Strange 8-112; Dylan Shaver 6-56; Braeden Mason 4-71; Kionte Peacock 1-72; Shane Miller 1-9. Martinsburg-Jarod Bowie 6-109; Chelo Teneval 3-61; Naieem Kearney 2-90; Michael Boaitey 1-12; Teddy Marshall 1-11; Matt Vanduzer 2-38.
INTERCEPTIONS: Parkersburg-None. Martinsburg-Ricky Barrett 1-24.
FUMBLES: Parkersburg-None. Martinsburg-Elijah Banks 1-0; Jarod Bowie 1-1.
Parkersburg (7-5) vs. Martinsburg (12-0)
Date: Nov 17, 2018 • Site: Martinsburg • Stadium: Coburn Stadium
Kickoff time: 1:30 • End of Game: 4:11 • Total elapsed time: 2:41
Big Reds Face #1 Bulldogs Saturday
...MARTINSBURG – It will be the test to end all tests.
...The opportunity of a lifetime.
...The chance to show how far the rebuilding of the Parkersburg Big Red football program has progressed.
...Number nine-ranked PHS travels to Coburn Field here Saturday at 1:30 p.m. to meet the number one-ranked Martinsburg Bulldogs and their 39-game winning streak.
...It will be the fourth meeting of the two teams. All previous meetings have come in playoff semifinals or finals and PHS has won three of those meetings. The first came in 1976 when PHS traveled to the eastern panhandle and blanked the highly favored Fulton Walker-led Bulldogs 38-0 on a Saturday afternoon. The next meeting was 25 years later in 2001 when the Big Reds won the state championship with a 28-17 triumph at Wheeling Island Stadium. Three years later the teams met on an icy cold night at Martinsburg and the Bulldogs prevailed in the semifinals by a 31-28 score. Two years later it was the Big Reds winning 34-6 in the state title game at Wheeling.
...This year Dave Walker’s Bulldogs have been impressive to say the least in compiling an11-0 record, outscoring opponents 610-86 (55.5 points per game to 7.8 points allowed). They have held seven teams to no touchdowns including the last four opponents. They have had back-to-back 70-0 wins and three other teams scored 62 points or more. They are averaging 248 yards rushing per game and 196 passing while allowing just 43 yards rushing per game and only 89 yards passing. They have suffered just four interceptions amongst their 189 passes and punted just 13 times all year.
...But they have also played six teams with losing records while Parkersburg had played eight playoff teams and four with losing records. The Big Reds have also won six of their last seven games with the only defeat being in overtime at Huntington.
...Statistically the Big Reds are averaging 31.8 points per game while allowing 25.9 but have their improving defense has given up just 10 touchdowns in the last five games. Offensively, PHS is averaging 427.5 yards per game with 202.5 coming on the ground and 225.1 through the air. They are allowing 341.3 total yards with 207.1 being rushing and 134.2 passing. They have come up with 20 interceptions and recovered eight fumbles.
...The injury jinx which hit PHS early in the year returned last week when it was discovered that 1,400 yard rusher Tyler Moler had suffered a broken leg against Parkersburg South and his season ended in the first quarter of the first playoff game when he could not continue and x-rays revealed the break. Moler wound up with 1,412 yards this year (10th best single-season total) and 14 touchdowns with a single-game record-setting high of 308 yards. He finished with 2,738 career rushing yards for sixth place all-time and had 31 touchdowns for 19th place in the PHS record books.
...Replacing Moler would appear to be an impossible task but senior fullback Shane Miller has filled in nicely in the last two games, scoring two rushing touchdowns in each.
...Meanwhile, the record-setting duo of quarterback Jake Johnson and Penn State recruit Brenton Strange will be asked to step it up another notch against Martinsburg. Johnson has thrown for a record 2,398 yards and 23 touchdowns by completing 191 of 284 passes (all single-season records) while also rushing for a net 608 yards and eight scores and even catching a touchdown pass. Johnson has now accounted for 3,006 yards in total offense, another school record. Strange has caught 57 passes for 971 yards and seven touchdowns while also running for a score.
...The Big Reds have other weapons in Braeden Mason with 51 receptions for 587 yards and four scores while Dylan Shaver has caught 33 passes in just seven games for 427 yards and six touchdowns. Kionte Peacock, a defensive standout with seven interceptions and a kickoff return touchdown, has two receiving touchdowns as well.
...Defensive standouts for PHS include Gage Fiore with 89 tackles, C.J. Wade with 78 stops and two sacks while Aurelius Edmonds and Jacob Woodyard have 62 and 62 tackles respectively. Strange leads the team with six sacks and has three interceptions to go with 59 tackles. Hayden Morris has 53 tackles, eight break-ups and three interceptions in the secondary while Brandon Braham has become one of the leaders recently and now has 51 tackles to go with 50 stops by Justin Waybright.
...For a team which has scored 88 touchdowns, the Bulldogs do not have super individual statistics, probably because they go so deep at every position, including quarterback, where they split time between senior Grant Harman (6-0, 185) and junior Elijah Banks (6-3, 205). Harman has completed 61 of 85 passes for an amazing 72 percent accuracy with 21 of them going for touchdowns. He has thrown for 1,169 yards with only three interceptions while also ranking second on the team in rushing with 629 yards on 85 attempts with 10 touchdowns. Banks has completed 58 of 104 passes for 991 yards, 13 touchdowns and just one interception.
...On the ground Martinsburg has five players who have rushed for at least 234 yards and scored at least three touchdowns and all have touchdown runs of over 50 yards. Through the air they have four receivers with over 300 yards and at least four touchdowns and have five players who have caught scoring passes on plays of 65 yards or more.
...Jarod Bowie (5-9, 165 jr.) is the leading receiver with 36 catches for 651 yards and 12 scores while Chelo Teneval (6-0, 175 sr.) has 24 receptions for 431 yards and eight touchdowns. Matt Vanduzer (5-8, 170 sr.) and Teddy Marshall (6-1, 180 jr.) have caught 20 and 19 passes respectively for 360 and 309 yards and nine touchdowns.
...Naieem Kearney (5-8, 165 soph.) is Martinsburg’s leading rusher with 1,046 yards on just 102 carries (10.25 average) and 18 touchdowns. Dwayne Grantham (6-0, 185 sr.) has 424 yards on the ground on just 35 attempts (12.11 average) with nine touchdowns. The Bulldogs score once every seven times they run the ball and more than once on every four pass attempts.
...Martinsburg’s defense is led by senior linebackers R.J. Barrett (6-0, 200) and Asa Creamer-Gaskins (5-11, 230) and it should be noted that the Bulldogs have 32 takeaways while turning the ball over just nine times in 11 games. Kicker Chris Catlett has converted 60 of 63 points after and the Bulldogs have been successful eight times on two-point conversions.
#1 Martinsburg (11-0)
Opponent (Record) Score
Loudoun Valley VA (1-8) 62-12
Woodson D.C. (8-3) 42-6
Eastern D.C. (2-7) 47-0
Spring Mills (5-6) 56-0
Academy Park PA (9-3) 42-20
Washington (0-10) 67-0
Sherando VA (9-1) 50-45
Hedgesville (7-4) 69-3
Jefferson (2-8) 70-0
Musselman (10-1) 70-0
Hurricane (5-6) 35-0
#9 Parkersburg (7-4)
Morgantown (5-6) 35-45
Cabell Midland (6-5) 20-40
Beckley Woodrow (3-7) 28-7
Capital (10-1) 22-35
Marietta (4-6) 41-28
Wheeling Park 7-4 57-51
George Washington (4-6) 32-7
Hurricane (7-4) 38-14
Huntington (8-3) 21-28 OT
Park. South (7-4) 28-10
Wheeling Park (7-4) 28-21
Big Reds Beat Patriots Again;
Get First Playoff Win Since 2007
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WHEELING – Kionte Peacock’s 87-yard kickoff return touchdown and a 51-yard pooch punt by quarterback Jake Johnson proved to be the key plays here Friday night as Parkersburg advanced to the Class AAA quarterfinals with a 28-21 victory over Wheeling Park.
The win was the first playoff victory for PHS since the state championship season of 2007 and pits the Big Reds against either #1 ranked Martinsburg and its long winning streak or 16th ranked Hurricane. Martinsburg and Hurricane meet Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in a first-round game. Should Hurricane pull the upset, they will travel to Parkersburg next weekend. A Martinsburg victory will mean a trip to the eastern panhandle for the Big Reds. The date and time will be determined at Sunday’s playoff meeting.
It was a game that went down to the wire much as the regular season meeting did when PHS pulled off the 57-51 triumph in the final seconds. This time it was Peacock’s scoring run that came just 13 seconds after Wheeling Park had tied the score on quarterback Alex Dunlevy’s eight-yard touchdown run.
Peacock took the kickoff on his 13 yard line and raced up the right sideline to score what proved to be the game-winner.
After that score the teams traded punts with Park getting the ball back on its 42 with 2:40 left in the game. On fourth and one from the PHS 49, Gage Fiore and Ryan Creech led a charge that stopped the Park running back for no gain and gave the ball back to PHS with 1:19 remaining.
The Big Reds ran two plays, losing two yards, and on third down coach Mike Byus elected to have Johnson pooch punt the ball from the shotgun formation and the play caught Wheeling Park by surprise with the ball rolling dead on the two yard line with 57 seconds left.
Dunlevy ran and passed his team to the 16 before a personal foul penalty on PHS moved the ball to the 30. Dunlevy ran for eight but on third down he was sacked by Justin Waybright. A fourth down pass was ruled incomplete as the receiver tried to catch and lateral but couldn’t pull off the play that had beaten his team in Parkersburg.
The Big Reds out-gained the Patriots 391-264 with Johnson having a hand in 297 of them as he completed 16 of 22 passes for 235 yards and one touchdown while also rushing 17 times for 62 yards.
The touchdown went to Brenton Strange who caught seven passes for a whopping 206 yards. He would have had a second TD to his credit after going 74 yards with a pass only to be ruled out of bounds on the one yard line. That helped set up one of two short Shane Miller touchdown runs. Strange was also outstanding on defense with nine tackles (8 solo), a sack, another tackle for loss and a pass tipped away.
Miller finished with 43 yards rushing on 11 carries as he had to take up the slack when Tyler Moler went out with a re-aggravated injury. Moler carried the ball just five times.
Dunlevy finished with 162 yards passing as he completed just nine of 22 with one interception (by Brandon Braham) and was sacked three times.
The continuing resurgence of the PHS defense was evident on the first series as the Big Reds forced the Patriots to punt and Coach Byus started his offensive game with a double pass from Peacock to Strange for 28 yards to the Wheeling 33.
But PHS came up short on its first series as well when Johnson hit Strange for 10 yards on a fourth-and-11situation.
After forcing another Park punt, PHS was able to reach the end zone on its next try, going 58 yards in 10 plays with all but one of them being on the ground. Miller got the six points on an eight yard run with 2:03 left in the first period.
Park took advantage of the one PHS mistake in the game, a fumble on the Big Reds’ 15 yard line, to push across a one yard touchdown run by Rapheal Bradley with 9:51 left in the half to tie the game at 7-all.
But retaliation came quickly for PHS in the form on a 74 yard pass completion to Strange, who appeared to score only to be ruled out of bounds on the one by an official who was clearly 30 yards behind the play. It didn’t matter as Miller ran it in on the next play and Issac Withrow’s kick made it 14-7 at the half.
Wheeling Park managed to tie the game in the middle of the third quarter thanks to a 53 yard pass to Devaughn McWhorter that put the ball on the PHS 13. A holding penalty stopped that threat momentarily before a 17-yard pass to McWhorter set up Kenya Robinson’s one yard scoring run with 4:22 on the clock.
The Big Reds missed a change to go up by three when Withrow’s 26 yard field goal was wide left. PHS had advanced all the way to the three on a 48 yard pass play to Strange but a bad snap from center lost 16 yards and two incompletions set up the three-point try.
PHS took to the air to start the fourth quarter to take a 28-21 lead as Johnson hit Braeden Mason, Dylan Shaver and Mason again before lobbing the ball over the middle to Strange on a 23-yard pass and run play with 10:16 left in the game.
But again Park came back, going 60 yards on eight plays with the biggest being a 35 yard pass over the middle to Jack Stakem (who had scored two touchdowns in each of his last two games against PHS). But Strange brought down the speedy Patriot at the eight only to have Dunlevy run it into the end zone on the next play. To square things at 21-apiece and set up Peacock’s electrifying kickoff return touchdown and set the stage for exciting finish.
#9 Parkersburg vs #8 Wheeling Park (Nov 09, 2018 at Wheeling)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 - Total
Parkersburg 7 7 0 14 - 28
Wheeling Park 0 7 7 7 - 21
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 02:03 PHS - Shane Miller 8 yd run (Issac Withrow kick), 10-58 4:03
2nd 09:51 WP - Rapheal Bradley 1 yd run (Andrew Glass kick), 4-15 1:49
09:22 PHS - Shane Miller 1 yd run (Issac Withrow kick), 2-75 0:19
3rd 04:22 WP - Kenya Robinson 1 yd run (Andrew Glass kick), 5-66 1:16
4th 10:16 PHS - Brenton Strange 23 yd pass from Jake Johnson (Issac Withrow kick), 7-41 2:04
07:11 WP - Alex Dunlevy 8 yd run (Andrew Glass kick), 8-60 2:55
06:58 PHS - Kionte Peacock 87 yd kickoff return (Issac Withrow kick)
FIRST DOWNS 19 15
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 39-128 39-102
PASSING YDS (NET) 263 162
Passes Att-Comp-Int 23-17-0 22-9-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 62-391 61-264
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 1-5
Punt Returns-Yards 2-23 0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards 3-123 5-63
Interception Returns-Yards 1-0 0-0
Punts (Number-Avg) 5-37.4 6-33.3
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 9-97 5-31
Possession Time 24:56 22:37
Third-Down Conversions 3 of 10 5 of 14
Fourth-Down Conversions 1 of 2 1 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 2-3 3-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards 3-16 1-12
RUSHING: Parkersburg-Jake Johnson 17-62; Shane Miller 11-43; Tyler Moler 5-16; Anthony Craig 3-4; Brenton Strange 1-4; Casey Mahoney 1-1; TM 1-minus 2. Wheeling Park-Rapheal Bradley 13-57; Alex Dunlevy 10-17; Steven Mitchell 7-16; Kenya Robinson 9-12.
PASSING: Parkersburg-Jake Johnson 16-22-0-235; Kionte Peacock 1-1-0-28. Wheeling Park-Alex Dunlevy 9-22-1-162.
RECEIVING: Parkersburg-Brenton Strange 7-206; Braeden Mason 4-12; Dylan Shaver 3-29; Kionte Peacock 3-16. Wheeling Park-Devaughn McWhorter 4-81; Jack Stakem 3-72; Jack Cook 1-11; Kenya Robinson 1-minus 2.
INTERCEPTIONS: Parkersburg-Brandon Braham 1-0. Wheeling Park-None.
FUMBLES: Parkersburg-Shane Miller 2-1. Wheeling Park-None.
Parkersburg (7-4) vs. Wheeling Park (7-4)
Date: Nov 09, 2018 • Site: Wheeling • Stadium: Wheeling Island
Kickoff time: 7:30 • End of Game: 10:11 • Total elapsed time: 2:41
........................Matt Lauer .......................................Ryan Rader
2001 State Title Teammates Lauer, Rader Picked For Football Hall of Fame
Two members of the 2001 State Championship team comprise the final two members of this year’s Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame class.
One of those players was a three-year mainstay who anchored both lines for the Big Reds while the other made his contribution in a single season as THE big play man.
Matt Lauer was a 6-foot-1, 270 pounder who started as a sophomore in 2000 and became a two-time first team all-stater for his play in 2001 and 2002.
Ryan Rader was a gifted athlete who turned his track prowess into an all-state senior football season in 2001. Rader was a two-time state pole vault champion as well as being the state high jump champ in 2001.
Both will be inducted Friday night, Nov. 2, prior to the Parkersburg South game at Stadium Field.
After earning a starting spot on the line for the state runner-up Big Reds of 2000, Lauer became a two-way force to be reckoned with in 2001 and then again in 2002. His play in 2001 helped PHS win the state title with a 28-17 win over Martinsburg and helped lead the team to a 12-2 overall finished.
A two-time All-Conference selection, Lauer finished second to Nate Howard of Spring Valley for the Hunt Award as the state’s top lineman as a senior and was captain of the BACF and North/South all-star games. He signed a letter of intent to play football at Fairmont State but once he got there he switched to baseball.
Married with three children, Carter (age 16), Natalie (age 10) and Blake (age 5), he works for Chemours Company as an Area Mechanic and he and his wife reside in Rockport.
While Lauer spent three years as a Big Red mainstay, Rader crammed a career of excitement into one season in helping PHS win the 2001 state title.
As outstanding as he was on defense as a cornerback, where he earned his first team all-state honor, Rader was the deep threat for quarterback Marc Kimes as he caught 10 touchdown passes with six of them coming in the playoffs alone. He finished the year with 42 receptions for 870 yards, a 20.7 average, including a three touchdown, 206 yard night versus University in the playoff quarterfinals. His yardage total is the second most in PHS history.
He led a PHS defense which gave up just 152 points in 14 games and came within five points of an undefeated season (losing to Cabell Midland 12-10 and Riverside 17-14, a loss they avenged in the playoff semifinals).
The son of state champion wrestler Greg and Crystal Bradshaw, Rader got a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from WVUP and he and his wife Chantel are the father of two girls, Collins and Spencer.
Strange Selects Penn State
By Brian Dohn, 247sports.com
As Parkersburg High four-star tight end Brenton Strange sat in Beaver Stadium watching 110,000-plus fans at Penn State on Saturday, he imagined himself on the field.
And by then, which was a half-day into his official visit, he already knew it would be his future home.
The No. 16 tight end in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite announced his commitment to Penn State on Monday evening, a few hours after he returned from a weekend official visit.
“I had talked with my coach after my Friday game, and I told him if I liked it, I would probably commit,” the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Strange said. “He said he was on board. After (the Penn State coaches) showed me film, I was on board but I didn’t (commit) until this morning.”
Strange was also considering Ohio State and Notre Dame, but he chose Penn State because of its tight end history and the way the tight end is used in the offense.
In fact, he eyed Penn State for a while, and decided to camp with the Nittany Lions in late July despite already holding offer from the Irish and Buckeyes because he wanted one from Penn State.
How they use their tight ends, how they move them around so much, it really fits my skill set,” he said. “How they used their tight ends, I felt it was the perfect fit for me. The coaches wanted to see me in person. They always treated me nicely and right. They’ve always been straight up with me, that’s why I wanted (the offer) so bad.”
During the game with Ohio State, Strange envisioned being on the field.
“They have a great tight end now in the freshman Pat Freiermuth,” Strange said. “He’s only going to make me work and make me better competing every day. I am excited to get working.”
Strange went into the visit with his mom and brother leaning toward committing, and the academic presentation at the school capped it.
“I didn’t know much about Penn State until this weekend,” said Strange, who may major in business. “Coach (James) Franklin was telling me how they would set me up after football, and that is good for me and my future.
“My mother and my brother already talked to (tight ends) coach (Tyler) Bowen a lot, so they already knew him. They loved it. They loved the atmosphere Saturday night and we were all in.”
Penn State freshman quarterback Will Lewis Strange.
“I got to hang out with the players a little bit after the game Saturday night,” Strange said. “I hung out with them a little on Sunday a little bit. They all treated me well, told me how they use their tight ends, which I already knew.”
Strange said his recruitment is over and he will not make any more visits.
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 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
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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.