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Awards were presented at the annual football banquet at the Grand Point Convention center with senior Braeden Mason taking home the Most Valuable Player honor.
Offensive Player of the Year was Bryson Singer while the co-defensive Players of the Year were C.J. Wade and Gage Fiore.
Zach Wofe won the Coaches Award while Jacob and Josh Campbell shared the Trust Loyalty and Commitment award. Special awards went to seniors Anthony Craig and Matt Curry as well as junior Deaven Francis. Sam Potts won Newcomer of the year honors while Justin Waybright and Michael Owen were Utility Players of the Year and Jim Shrewsbury won the Heart Award. Jayvee honors went to Jake Barnette and Kyle Hall.
Record-breakers were honored as C.J. Wade tied the record for sacks in a game with four and Bryson Singer and Braeden Mason set a school record for longest touchdown pass with their 91 yard completion. Sam Potts set a record with four interceptions in a single game and Singer became the first player in history to pass for over 1,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 yards.
2020 All-MSAC football team
Player of the year: J.J. Roberts, Cabell Midland QB-DB
Coach of the year: Luke Salmons, Cabell Midland
QB -- R.T. Alexander, George Washington, Jr.
RB -- Christian Hill, Hurricane, Sr.; Caden Easterling, Riverside, Sr.; Jakob Caudill, Cabell Midland, Jr.
WR -- Braeden Mason, Parkersburg, Sr.; K.J. Taylor, Capital, Jr.; Alex Mazelon, George Washington, Sr.
TE -- Zach McCoy, Cabell Midland, Sr.
C -- Jake Hutchison, Spring Valley, Sr.
G -- Terrance Pankey, Huntington, Sr.; Romello Taylor, South Charleston, Sr.
T -- Wyatt Milum, Spring Valley, Jr.; Jackson Oxley, Cabell Midland, Sr.
U -- Chance Knox, Capital, Sr.
K -- Zane Porter, Spring Valley, Sr.
DL -- Ian Pomeroy, Woodrow Wilson, Sr.; Bomani Brooks, Hurricane, Sr.; Zeiqui Lawton, South Charleston, Jr.; C.J. Wade, Parkersburg, Sr.
LB -- Brocton Blair, Huntington, Sr.; Logan Spurlock, Capital, Sr.; Luke Christopher, Spring Valley, Sr.; Gage Fiore, Parkersburg, Sr.; Christian Gist, Capital, Jr.
DB -- Kerion Martin, Capital, Sr.; Abel Cunningham, Hurricane, Sr.; Devin Jackson, Huntington, Sr.; David Livingston, Spring Valley, Sr.; Romeo Dunham, South Charleston, Sr.
U -- Brody Brumfield, Spring Valley, Jr.
P -- Joseph Wells, Woodrow Wilson, Sr.
QB -- Austin Womack, Hurricane, Sr.
RB -- Tay Calloway, Capital, Sr.; Mondrell Dean, South Charleston, Fr.; Hunter Payne, St. Albans, So.
WR -- Brayden McCallister, George Washington, Sr.; Samahji Simon, South Charleston, Sr.; Rodney Toler, St. Albans, Sr.
TE -- Corbin Page, Spring Valley, So.
C -- Zach Dillon, Cabell Midland, Sr.
G -- David Harris, Capital, Jr.; Nemo Roberts, Cabell Midland, So.; Chase Lauerman, Hurricane, Sr.
T -- Maxwell Wentz, Huntington, So.; Austin Chapman, Riverside, Sr.
U -- Bryant Jones, Woodrow Wilson, Sr.
DL -- Chris Hudson, Capital, Jr.; Andrew Preast, George Washington, Sr.; Zane Brumfield, Spring Valley, Jr.; Malik Johnson, Huntington, Sr.
LB -- Jaxon Holbert, St. Albans, Jr.; Clayton Sharp, Spring Valley, Sr.; Charlie Pierson, Riverside, Sr.; Parker Hardman, Cabell Midland, Sr.; Michael Ray, George Washington, Jr.
DB -- Elijah Williams, George Washington, Sr.; Isaac Isabell, George Washington, Sr.; Sam Potts, Parkersburg, Sr.; Antwon Burnette, Woodrow Wilson, Sr.; Chance Jackson, Huntington, Sr.; Jackson Fetty, Cabell Midland, So.
U -- Tyrone Washington, Hurricane, Jr.
P -- Cameron Grobe, Cabell Midland, Sr.; Michael Hughes, George Washington, Jr.
QB -- Ta' Blackwell, Huntington; Bryson Singer, Parkersburg; Nate Ellis, Spring Valley
K -- Nathan Young, Huntington
WR -- Noah Waynick, Huntington
TE -- Eli Archer, Huntington
C -- Tristan Stiffler, Woodrow Wilson; Garrett Green, Hurricane
DL -- Cooper Hardman, Cabell Midland; Kam Wells, St. Albans; Anthony Casto, George Washington; Jayson Barnett, South Charleston
DB -- Glen Willis, St. Albans
U -- Tierdin Berry, Cabell Midland; Kristian Hussell, George Washington
P -- Matt Curry, Parkersburg
Cabell Midland -- Hayden Hass, Palmer Riggio; Capital -- Evan Landers, Amari Brown; George Washington -- Luke Grimm, Benji Adkins; Huntington -- Ke'Shawn Williams, Amari Felder; Hurricane -- Brogan Brown, J.T. James; Parkersburg -- Devan Francis, Justin Waybright; Riverside -- Dalton Mullins, Griffin Canterbury; South Charleston -- Xavier Bausley, Trey Dunn; Spring Valley -- Cole Diamond, Garrett Hall; St. Albans -- Andrew Vickers, Jaimelle Claytor; Woodrow Wilson -- Devan Gauldin, Hezekyiah Creasy
Hall’s 2 TDs Lift PHS Over South JVs
Kyle Hall ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns to lead Parkersburg to an 18-7 junior varsity football over Parkersburg South Monday evening at Stadium Field.
Hall went 63 yards around the left side to the end zone on the first offensive play of the game to get PHS off to a quick start but it took a defensive effort that came up with three interceptions and a fumble recovery to lock down its third win of the season.
After forcing a punt on South’s first possession, PHS fumbled the ball away on its own 20 yard line and seven plays later Trent Parsons scored from the one and the successful extra point put the visitors up 7-6 with 3:50 left in the first quarter. The scoring drive was aided by a fourth down pass interference penalty that produced a first-and-goal on the eight.
PHS took the lead for good with 8:31 left in the half when quarterback Kevin Hancock went 38 yards up the middle for the touchdown. An interception by Bryant Walker gave PHS the ball back late in the quarter and the home team drove 80 yards on eight running plays to score on Hall’s five-yard carry with 45 seconds on the clock. A 32-yard run by Hall was the big play on that drive.
The second half saw Hancock come up with a fumble recovery while Judd Smith and Jadon Scott followed suit with interceptions. South was a perfect 4-for-4 on fourth down conversions in the second half but still could not score, getting no closer than the PHS 18 yard line.
Junior Varsity Football
Park. South......... 7 0 0 0 - 7
Parkersburg (3-4-1) 6 12 0 0 - 18
P – Kyle Hall 63 run (run failed) 9:45 1st
PS – Trent Parsons 1 run (kick good) 3:50 1st
P – Kevin Hancock 38 run (run failed) 8:31 2nd
P – Hall 5 run (pass failed) 00:45 2nd
First Downs – South 9; PHS 10
Rushing – South 25-39; PHS 31-235
Passing – South 137; PHS 28
PA-PC-INT – South 22-38-3; PHS 4-8-0
Fumbles-Lost – South 2-2; PHS 1-1
Punts – South 2-42.0; PHS 3-18.3
Penalties – South 3-25; PHS 7-65
Individual Leaders – Passing: Trent Parsons (S) 19-34-3 111; Rushing: Kyle Hall (P) 14-137, Kevin Hancock (P) 10-85; Receiving: Cyrus Traugh (PS) 5-20.
PHS 9th Beats South Again
Parkersburg defeated Parkersburg South 44-0 in a freshman football game Wednesday night at Stadium Field.
Dylan Stone scored on a long touchdown run for the Big Red 9th graders and also returned a blocked punt for a touchdown. Austin Fleming gave PHS a second defensive touchdown with an interception return for six points while Logan Hartshorn threw a pair of touchdown passes.
The victory upped the PHS record to 3-1 going into the Oct. 10 game at Cabell Midland.
2019 PHS Football Schedule
8/30 Morgantown (W 27-21)
9/6 at Cabell Midland (L 13-55)
9/13 Woodrow Wilson (W 35-6)
9/20 at Capital (L 13-35)
9/27 Marietta (W 42-21)
10/11 at George Washington (L 21-34)
10/18 Hurricane (W 42-28)
10/25 Spring Mills (W 27-7)
11/1 Huntington (L 13-44)
11/8 at Parkersburg South (L 14-49)
11/15 at Musselman (L 29-48)
9/2 at Morgantown (L 8-30)
9/9 Cabell Midland (W 16-13)
9/16 at Woodrow Wilson (T 16-16)
9/23 Capital (L 0-38)
9/28 at Marietta (W 16-12)
10/14 George Washington (L 0-20)
10/21 at Hurricane (L 32-50)
10/28 Park. South (W 18-7)
11/4 at Huntington (cxld)
9/4 John Marshall (W 14-12)
9/11 Bridgeport (L 6-35)
9/18 at P. South (W 20-8)
10/2 P. South (W 44-0)
10/10 at Cabell Midland (cxld)
10/16 at Bridgeport (0-42)
10/23 Spring Valley (L 6-42)
10/30 Wheeling Park (L 0-30)
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2018 PHS football schedule
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 (Loss 20-49) Playoffs
2018 All-Mountain State Athletic Conference
Player of the year: Graeson Malashevich, Spring Valley
Coach of the year: Brad Dingess, Spring Valley
Quarterback -- Grant Wells, George Washington, Sr.
Running backs -- Ivan Vaughn, Cabell Midland, Sr.; Ty Wilcoxon, Huntington, Sr.; Christian Hill, Hurricane, Jr.
Wide receivers -- Alex Mazelon, George Washington, Jr.; Chance Knox, Capital, Jr.
Tight end -- Brenton Strange, Parkersburg, Sr.
Center -- Logan Osburn, Cabell Midland, Sr.
Guards -- Doug Nester, Spring Valley, Sr.; Terrance Pankey, Huntington, Jr.
Tackles -- Darnell Wright, Huntington, Sr.; Max Howell, Huntington, Sr.
Kicker -- Timothy McCutchen, Hurricane, Sr.
Utility -- Kerry Martin Jr., Capital, Sr.
Linemen -- Kalai Clark, Capital, Sr.; Cody Stanley, Spring Valley, Sr.; Stephen Perrine, Huntington, Sr.; Zeiqui Lawton, South Charleston, So.
Linebackers -- Drew Joseph, South Charleston, Sr.; Brocton Blair, Huntington, Jr.; J.T. Cooper, Hurricane, Sr.; Hunter Bellomy, Spring Valley, Sr.; Logan Spurlock, Capital, Jr.
Defensive backs -- Johronimo Mitchell, Huntington, Jr.; Breece Hoff, Capital, Sr.; J.J. Roberts, Cabell Midland, Jr.; Romeo Dunham, South Charleston, Jr.; Quisean Gray, Capital, Sr.
Punter -- Matt Curry, Parkersburg, Jr.
Utility -- Hayden Morris, Parkersburg, Sr.
Quarterback -- Jake Johnson, Parkersburg, Sr.
Running backs -- Tyler Moler, Parkersburg, Sr.; Caden Easterling, Riverside, Jr.; Deshaun James, Capital, Sr.; Owen Chafin, Spring Valley, Sr.
Wide receivers -- Braeden Mason, Parkersburg, Jr.; Samahji Simon, South Charleston, Jr.
Tight end -- Bryce Damous, Huntington, Sr.
Center -- Jake Hutchison, Spring Valley, Jr.
Guards -- Cam Kennedy, Capital, Sr.; Levi Kessler, Cabell Midland, Sr.
Tackles -- Zach Williamson, Spring Valley, Sr.; Wyatt Milum, Spring Valley, So.
Kicker -- Isaiah Carpenter, Huntington, Sr.
Utility -- Griffin Adkins, Cabell Midland, Sr.
Linemen -- C.J. Wade, Parkersburg, Jr.; Kalani Hale, Capital, Sr.; Kevin Ferguson, Cabell Midland, Sr.; Ian Pomeroy, Woodrow Wilson, Jr.
Linebackers -- Charlie Pierson, Riverside, Jr.; Diallo Mitchell, Huntington, Jr.; Gage Fiore, Parkersburg, Jr.; Nick Wickline, Woodrow Wilson, Sr.; Garrett Edwards, Cabell Midland, Sr.
Defensive backs -- Parker Elmore, Spring Valley, Sr.; Kionte' Peacock, Parkersburg, Sr.; Isaac Isabell, George Washington, Jr.; David Livingston, Spring Valley, Jr.; Charlie Womack, Hurricane, Sr.
Punter -- Cameron Powell, Riverside, Sr.
Utility -- Jake Lindhardt, George Washington, Sr.
Special honorable mention
Spring Valley -- Isaac Howard, Cody Sharp, Tyson Hall; Woodrow Wilson -- Zach Weaver, Tristan Stiffler, Joseph Wells, Avante Burnett
Riverside -- Kain Ford, Austin Chapman
Parkersburg -- Ryan Creech, Aurelius Edmonds
Hurricane -- Dalton Geter, Cameron Kimble
Cabell Midland -- Carlito Carter
George Washington -- Ben Adkins
Huntington -- Jaylin Summerlin
St. Albans -- Ridge Lester
Cabell Midland -- Zach McCoy, Cameron Grobe
Capital -- K.J. Figures, Jesse Wilcox
George Washington -- Brayden McCallister, Brayden Elswick
Huntington -- Christian Hanna, A.J. Prestera
Hurricane -- Kryzstof Kudlak, Bomani Brooks
Parkersburg -- Dylan Shaver, Jalen King
St. Albans -- Caden McCoy
South Charleston -- Jaydyn Johnson, Donavin Davis
Spring Valley -- Luke Jarrell, Zane Porter
Woodrow Wilson -- Logan Cook, Colton Wright
Change Reversed to Tough 2020 Big Red Football Schedule
The change that was made to the 2020 Big Red football schedule has been reversed so there is no change.
A change was made to accomodate Spring Valley but that was nullified when Spring Valley could not get out of a contract. The Spring Valley game was originally to have been the second game of the season but PHS agreed to move the game to Oct. 16 to help Spring Valley add a 10th game to its schedule. The Spring Valley game now goes back to Sept. 4 and the open date for PHS will be Oct. 16.
It would be very difficult to find any other school in the state of West Virginia with a tougher upcoming high school football schedule than the Parkersburg Big Reds.
The 2020 Big Red football schedule has been revealed and two old familiar faces are gone while the new schedule shows an incredible nine opposing teams that made this year’s Class AAA playoffs.
The schedule for next season has PHS playing nine of the other 15 schools to make the playoffs with the only exception to that being the continuation of one of the oldest rivalries in the country as the Big Reds make the 12-mile trek up the Ohio River to face Marietta for the 116th time.
Gone from the 2018 slate is Beckley Woodrow Wilson and northern rival Morgantown, two teams which won a combined four games this past season. Also gone is one-time contract opponent Spring Mills, who made the playoffs with a 6-4 record and won a first-round game despite a regular season defeat handed them by the Big Reds.
New foes are all Mountain State Athletic Conference opponents, Spring Valley (state’s number three ranked team with a 9-1 record), South Charleston (ranked number 12) and Riverside (ranked number 15). The Spring Valley game will be played at the Timberwolves’ home field while the other two encounters are home games for the Big Reds.
PHS will also play 10th ranked Huntington, sixth ranked Capital (at the Cougars' home field for the second year in a row), second ranked and state runner-up Cabell Midland, 14th ranked Hurricane, seventh-ranked George Washington (at the Patriots’ home field for the second year in a row) and fourth-ranked Parkersburg South.
Suffice it to say Coach Mike Byus and his squad will have no easy games.
2020 PHS Football Schedule
Aug. 28 – Huntington
Sept. 4 – at Spring Valley
Sept. 11 – at Capital
Sept. 18 – at Marietta
Sept. 25 – Cabell Midland
Oct. 2- at Hurricane
Oct. 9 – South Charleston
Oct. 16 – Open
Oct. 23 – Riverside
Oct. 30 – at George Washington
Nov. 6 – Parkersburg South
C.J. Wade Earns First Team All-State Honors; Matt Curry Makes 2nd Team
Whether it was 10 yards in the backfield or 20 yards downfield, C.J. Wade was usually there to make the tackle and because of that the senior defensive end was named to the W.Va. Sportstwriters Class AAA First All-State Team.
Wade led the team with 123 tackles, 51 of them solo. He had 18 tackles for loss and finished with 12 sacks, including a record-tying four in one game. He also forced four fumbles.
Senior Matt Curry was named the all-state's second team punter after averaging 37.6 yards on 38 kicks with nine landing inside the 20 yards line and eight boots going over 50 yards.
Linebacker Gage Fiore and wide receiver Braeden Mason were special honorable mention. Mason had 1,087 all-purpose yards despite playing just seven games before a kneed injury. He caught a team-high 39 passes for 616 yards and returned a kickoff for one of his five touchdowns. Fiore had 105 tackles and one interception.
Big Red Trio Make All-MSAC
Three Big Reds were named to the first team of the 2019 All-Mountain State Athletic Conference football team as selected by the coaches.
Two defensive standouts, C.J. Wade and Gage Fiore, along with Braeden Mason, a player who missed the last three games of the regular season with an injury but was still so highly regarded that the coaches put him on the first unit.
Mason was the big play guy and leader of the squad as a captain before injuring his leg in the Hurricane game. Despite playing only seven of the 11 games, Mason was second on the team in all-purpose yardage with 1,087 as he caught 39 passes for 616 yards and four touchdowns including a record-setting 91 yard reception. He also had 42 yards rushing, 64 yards in punt returns and returned 13 kickoffs for a 25.7 average including a 93 yard touchdown. Defensively he had one interception.
Wade led the team from his end position with 123 tackles including 18 behind the line of scrimmage. He finished with 12 sacks including a record-tying four in one game and forced four tumbles.
Fiore was a two-way performer for PHS and was second on the team with 105 tackles and one interception.
Named to the second team was Sam Potts as a defensive back.
Potts set a record with four interceptions in one game and finished with nine picks for the season – the second-highest total in school history while also coming up with four break-ups and 49 tackles. Offensively he was the team’s leading scorer with 74 points on five touchdowns, 29 extra-point kicks and one field goal. He was also the second-leading receiver with 16 catches for a whopping 22.7 average.
Special Mention was sophomore quarterback Bryson Singer, the first player in school history to pass and run for over 1,000 yards in each category, and punter Matt Curry, who averaged 37.6 yards per kick with a long of 62 yards and eight kicks of 50 yards or more as well as nine punts inside the 20 yard line. Singer finished with 1,342 yards rushing and seven touchdowns while passing for 1,311 yards and 16 touchdowns (82-196-14).
Deaven Francis and Justin Waybright were named honorable mention.
Hartman Leads Musselman Over PHS
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INWOOD, WV – Even on a bothersome right ankle, Musselman junior Blake Hartman proved to be the biggest thorn in the side of the Parkersburg Big Reds as he ran, caught and tackled his team to a 48-29 victory here Friday night in the first round of the Class AAA football playoffs.
Hartman, who came into the game with 33 touchdowns, tacked four more onto his total as he ran for an even 300 yards on 26 carries while also catching a couple of passes, returned kicks and punts for another 101 yards for a 415 all-purpose total and was the key defender in the second half with his tackles, passes knocked down and sack.
The win means 9-2 Musselman will make a return trip to Parkersburg for a second-round meeting with Parkersburg South. PHS ends with a 5-6 record.
The Big Reds got a big game from sophomore Bryson Singer who ran for a season-high 283 yards on 24 carries and scored one touchdown while completing eight of 21 passes for 107 yards and three more touchdowns. Two of the TD receptions went to Matt Curry and the other to fellow 10th grader Carter King.
Musselman finished with 506 yards in total offense, 487 of it on the ground, while Parkersburg had 436 yards. Both teams lost three fumbles while PHS senior Sam Potts had two interceptions, giving him nine on the year for the second highest single-season total in Big Red history.
It took Hartman just 19 seconds to make his presence felt as he raced 65 yards on the first play from scrimmage to put the Applemen up 8-0 as he also ran for the two-point conversion.
After a flurry of turnovers, PHS put together a nine-play, 79-yard drive to pull within a point at 8-7. A 40 yard run by Singer was the big play with the drive ending on a 20 yard scoring toss to Curry.
Musselman took just over three minutes to score again on a 65-yard, six play drive that saw Hartman reach the end zone from 24 yards away with 2:31 left in the first quarter.
After Jim Shrewsbury recovered a Musselman fumble on the PHS 21, Singer broke loose on a 79 yard touchdown run as he sprinted around right end and up the sideline. He then passed to Curry for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 15-all just 17 seconds into the second quarter.
The home team went ahead 22-15 on a one yard run by Caleb Hardy that was set up by Hartman’s 39 yard carry. But the Big Reds answered again thanks to a 62 yard run by Singer that set up his 20 yard scoring pass to Curry with 7:30 left in the first half.
Potts ended Musselman’s next threat with an interception of a Hartman halfback pass at the three yard line but the Big Reds were stopped on their attempt to take the lead when a fourth-down pass to the Musselman 24 yard line came up two yards short with 1:01 left in the quarter.
A 21-yard run by Hardman to the PHS 15 yard line set up Luke Barger’s 31 yard field goal with four seconds left in the half.
The second half saw Parkersburg’s bad luck return as Curry’s punt to the Musselman 45 yard line on the first series was booted by Hartman, who accidently kicked the ball 35 yards up the field before it was recovered by the Applemen, who went on to score on a 23 yard run by Hartman to go up 32-22.
A sack by Hartman enabled the Applemen to force another Curry punt and the hosts put together a 49-yard, 11-play drive to score on another 31 yard field goal by Barger with 56 seconds left in the third period to take a 35-22 lead.
The Big Reds were not through as they scored after a 72-yard drive when Singer rolled left and his King in stride at the back of the end zone on a 38 yard play with 9:07 left in the contest to trim the margin to 35-29.
But Musselman scored again on the next series on a 29 yard run by Hartman and get recovered a fumbled to stop PHS on the ensuing set of plays. A 29-yard run by Hartman made it 41-29 with 6:22 left in the game.
C.J. Wade forced his second fumble of the night to give the Big Reds the ball back with 4:34 left to play but an illegal pass penalty hurt PHS in its attempt to close the gap and the Big Reds wound up turning the ball over on downs at midfield with 3:16 left to play. Game film showed Singer was a yard behind the line of scrimmage when he released the ball on the pass which was ruled by the officials as coming beyond the line.
A 30-yard breakaway by Applemen quarterback Caleb Hardy set up his two-yard scoring run with 1:48 left to ice the game.
Casey Mahoney and Wade led the Big Reds defensively with 12 and 11 tackles respectively while Justin Waybright, Gage Fiore and Potts all had nine tackles.
Score by Quarters .........1 ...2 ....3 ....4 - Total
Big Reds .............7 ..15 ..0 ..7 - 29
Musselman......... 15 10 10 13 - 48
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 11:41 APPLEMEN - Blake Hartman 65 yd run (Blake Hartman rush), 1-65 0:19
05:54 PHS - Matt Curry 20 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Sam Potts kick), 9-79 3:14
02:31 APPLEMEN - Blake Hartman 24 yd run (Luke Barger kick), 6-65 3:23
2nd 11:43 PHS - Bryson Singer 79 yd run (Matt Curry pass from Bryson Singer), 1-79 0:13
08:52 APPLEMEN - Caleb Hardy 1 yd run (Luke Barger kick), 6-65 2:51
07:30 PHS - Matt Curry 20 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Sam Potts kick), 4-79 1:15
00:00 APPLEMEN - Luke Barger 31 yd field goal, 5-63 1:01
3rd 09:38 APPLEMEN - Blake Hartman 23 yd run (Luke Barger kick), 2-20 1:12
00:56 APPLEMEN - Luke Barger 31 yd field goal, 11-49 6:08
4th 09:07 PHS - Carter King 38 yd pass from Bryson Singer (Sam Potts kick), 11-72 3:43
06:22 APPLEMEN - Blake Hartman 29 yd run (Caleb Hardy rush failed), 5-49 2:39
01:48 APPLEMEN - Caleb Hardy 2 yd run (Luke Barger kick), 4-48 1:28
FIRST DOWNS.............................. 17 ...20
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)................ 38-329 53-487
PASSING YDS (NET) ...................107 ...29
Passes Att-Comp-Int .......................21-8-0 5-3-2
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 59-436 58-516
Fumble Returns-Yards .....................0-0 1-17
Punt Returns-Yards .........................0-0 1-35
Kickoff Returns-Yards..................... 7-103 3-92
Interception Returns-Yards ..............2-0 0-0
Punts (Number-Avg) .......................3-24.3 0-0.0
Fumbles-Lost ..................................3-3 4-3
Penalties-Yards ...............................4-29 9-98
Possession Time............................. 32:03 25:50
Third-Down Conversions .................6 of 13 2 of 9
Fourth-Down Conversions ...............3 of 5 1 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances ...............2-2 5-7
Sacks By: Number-Yards................. 0-0 1-12
RUSHING: Big Reds-Bryson Singer 24-283; Anthony Craig 9-29; Carter King 4-16; Xadrian Snodgrass 1-1.
Musselman-Blake Hartman 26-300; Nic Zamora 10-116; Caleb Hardy 9-68; Keegan Teets 3-17; Colin Newlin
2-0; TEAM 3-minus 14.
PASSING: Big Reds-Bryson Singer 8-21-0-107. Musselman-Caleb Hardy 3-4-1-29; Blake Hartman 0-1-1-0.
RECEIVING: Big Reds-Matt Curry 4-47; Sam Potts 2-20; Carter King 1-38; Justin Waybright 1-2.
Musselman-Blake Hartman 2-14; Nic Zamora 1-15.
INTERCEPTIONS: Big Reds-Sam Potts 2-0. Musselman-None.
FUMBLES: Big Reds-Carter King 1-1; Xadrian Snodgrass 1-1; Sam Potts 1-1. Musselman-Blake Hartman
2-1; Keegan Teets 1-1; Nic Zamora 1-1.
Big Reds (5-6) vs. Musselman (9-2)
Date: Nov 15, 2019 • Site: Inwood, WV • Stadium:
Kickoff time: 7:30 • End of Game: 10:15 • Total elapsed time: 2:45
Turnover-Plagued Big Reds Visit Applemen Friday In Playoff First Round
INWOOD, WV – What is more appropriate than having a team plagued by turnovers than to face a team called the Applemen?
Apple turnover or not the Parkersburg Big Reds are hoping the number of mistakes they have made in the last two games, enough to fill an entire season, are a thing of the past as the “second” season begins here Friday night at 7:30 in the first round of the Class AAA football playoffs. The fifth-ranked 8-2 Musselman Applemen will host the 5-5 Big Reds.
Although separated by a four hour drive (268 miles) the two teams have played two common opponents and have met before – in the PHS state championship playoff run of 1999 when the Big Reds thrashed the Applemen 54-14 in the semifinals en route to a perfect 14-0 season.
This season both teams have played Morgantown and Spring Mills. The Big Reds beat Morgantown 27-21 back in the season opener while Musselman handed the Mohigans a 35-0 setback back in week six. Musselman opened its season with a 29-14 win over Spring Mills while the Big Reds bopped the Cardinals 27-7 three weeks ago.
Musselman ended its regular season two weeks ago with a 57-14 loss to Martinsburg while PHS is coming off a 49-14 defeat at the hands of cross-town foe Parkersburg South, a game which saw the Big Reds turn the ball over seven times for the second week in a row.
Musselman, coach by Ohio Valley graduate Brian Thomas, a 7-year veteran with a 60-25 record, also owns wins over Hampshire (75-0), Jefferson (49-0), Woodgrove, VA (48-28), Hedgesville (62-6, Wheeling Park (26-24) and Washington (56-15). Their only other loss was a 35-0 shellacking by Tuscarora, VA.
This Friday the Big Reds will have to try to stop probably the premier running back in West Virginia in junior Blake Hartman, a 6-foot-1, 205 pounder who has scored a whopping 33 touchdowns, 25 of them on the ground and six on the receiving end of passes from Caleb Hardy and Caleb Horner. Hartman would have been the state’s leading scorer with 206 points had it not been for a record-setting year by Poca’s Ethan Payne who scored 46 touchdowns and 276 points. Hartman, who is being heavily recruited by major colleges, has 1,805 yards rushing on just 177 carries for a 10.2 average. He has also caught 24 passes for 487 yards and a 20.3 average. He is also averaging seven tackles per game and has six quarterback sacks on defense.
Hardy (5-11, 150 jr.) has completed a whopping 80 percent of his 64 passes for 817 yards, 10 touchdowns and been intercepted twice. Horner (5-10, 195 sr.) has hit 20 of 35 passes for 378 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. Other top receivers are Nick Zamora (5-8, 160 jr.) with 25 catches for 324 yards and five scores and Kegan Teets (6-1, 175 jr.) with 21 catches for 476 yards (22.7 average) and six touchdowns. Justin Rinehart (5-10, 170 jr.) leads the Applemen on defense with 81 tackles including 10 sacks.
Parkersburg will counter with a more run-oriented attack after losing senior big play producer Braeden Mason to an injury. Quarterback Bryson Singer, who has even played some tailback in recent games, has rushed for 1,059 yards and a 6.3 average while Anthony Craig has returned from an injury to add 359 yards in six games with seven rushing touchdowns. Sophomore Xadrian Snodgrass has shown flashes of running promise with a 5-yard average on 34 carries with two touchdowns.
In the air Singer has thrown for 1,204 yards to become the first Big Reds to ever rush and pass for over 1,000 yards in a season. The lanky sophomore has thrown for 13 touchdowns. Michael Owen has completed 16 of 24 passes for another 223 yards and two scores.
Leading receivers now for PHs are senior Sam Potts with 14 catches for a fancy 24.5 average per reception while scoring five times. Matt Curry has caught 12 passes for three touchdowns. Curry is also averaging 38.7 yards per punt with nine kicks inside the 20 and eight boots of over 50 yards. Potts has a team-high seven interceptions.
Defensively for the Big Reds, senior C.J. Wade now has 12 sacks and 18 tackles for loss among his 112 total stops. Linebacker Gage Fiore is second with 96 tackles while Snodgrass, Justin Waybright and Casey Mahoney have 65, 63 and 61 tackles respectively.
No. 16 Preston at No. 1 Martinsburg — Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
No. 15 Riverside at No. 2 Cabell Midland — Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
No. 14 Hurricane at No. 3 Spring Valley — Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
No. 13 South Charleston at No. 4 Parkersburg South — Friday, 7:30 p.m.
No. 12 Parkersburg at No. 5 Musselman — Friday, 7:30 p.m.
No. 11 Capital at No. 6 Wheeling Park — Friday, 7:30 p.m.
No. 10 Huntington at No. 7 George Washington — Friday, 7:30 p.m.
No. 9 Spring Mills at No. 8 Greenbrier East — Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Big Red greats Greasy Neale & Piggy Barnes prior to 1971 South Game
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).
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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 the fall of 2019.