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Strange Has 14 D-1 Offers

By Garrett Cullen in High School Sports, Sports
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A handful of in-state football prospects have made news over the last couple of weeks, receiving D-I scholarship offers.
For the Class of 2019, Huntington lineman Darnell Wright (rated No. 2 nationally by Rivals) and Spring Valley lineman Doug Nester (Ohio State commit) have garnered much of the headlines over the last couple of years.
Standouts like University receiver/defensive back Amir Richardson and Capital quarterback/defensive back Kerry Martin, Jr. have also put together a strong list of D-I offers, including WVU.
But it’s one of the state’s other top prospects who has taken the biggest overall leap this summer in Parkersburg receiver Brenton Strange, being recruited as a tight end at the next level.
Strange, a 6-foot-5, 210 pound rising senior, entered the summer with one D-I offer coming from Rutgers. He had been to camps at Marshall and West Virginia in years past, but was looking for more exposure heading into his senior year.
“My expectations were to get seen,” Strange said. “I went to a Rivals camp and got some exposure. Purdue offered me after the Rivals camp. Since then, I’ve been going to school camps and working out for them individually.”
Strange’s overall size and mobility caught the attention coaching staffs as he picked up a slew of other D-I offers that included Cincinnati, Marshall, Maryland and North Carolina.
His stock rose even more when both Ohio State and Notre Dame extended offers as well, catapulting Strange to Rivals’ third rated in-state 2019 prospect, behind Wright and Nester.
“It’s really awesome to have offers from Ohio State and Notre Dame,” Strange said. “They’re both great places – the schools and their programs. They like my size and I can move really well and jump really well for a tight end recruit.
“I have a really good frame, but I only weigh about 211-212 pounds,” he continued. “I’m going to try and get to 215-220 pounds before the season starts and just try to work my way up.”
Strange is visiting Ohio State again on Saturday.
“I had planned on committing to a school this summer, but my recruiting has taken off a little bit more,” Strange said. “I think I am going to take all of my official visits and probably commit this fall sometime.”
In all, Strange entered the weekend with 14 D-I offers, but said he hasn’t had much contact with West Virginia, specifically.
Regardless, the senior has made a significant impact overall this summer on the recruiting trail, adding another name to the list of D-I prospects from the state.
“It’s been really exciting going on official visits, being able to take my mom and brother with me,” he said. “I’m looking forward to my senior season – we have a really tough schedule, but I think we’re going to come out as one of the best teams in the state.”
Strange last year finished with 56 catches for 938 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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2018 PHS football schedule (all home games 7:30)
Aug. 23 – at Morgantown (7:00)
Aug. 31 – Cabell Midland
Sept. 7 – at Beckley Woodrow Wilson
Sept. 14 – Capital
Sept. 21 – at Marietta
Sept. 28 – Wheeling Park
Oct. 5 – George Washington
Oct. 12 – at Hurricane
Oct. 19 – Open
Oct. 26 – at Huntington
Nov. 2 – Parkersburg South


2017 Lineups

QB – Kam Mace (6-1, 175 sr.)

RB – Tyler Moler (6-0, 185 jr.)

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

SE – Seth Dailey (6-0, 148 sr.)

WR – Jake Johnson (6-1, 170 jr.)

WR – Brenton Strange (6-5, 198 jr.)

TE – Nathaniel Steed (6-2, 213, sr.)

C – Jalen King (5-9, 185, jr.)

OL – Gage Fiore (6-0, 200, So.)

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

OL – A.J. Nolan (6-0, 265 sr.)

OL – Ryan Creech (6-3, 275 jr.)

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

PK – Christian Axman (6-0, 181, sr.)


E – Zion Atkinson (5-10, 204, sr.)

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

E – Gavin Perkins (6-4, 240 sr.)

LB –Wyatt Strobl (6-0, 210 sr.)

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

LB – Gage Fiore (6-0, 200, so.)

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

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

B– Jake Johnson (6-1, 170, jr.)

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

P – Christian Axman (6-0, 181, sr.)

2017 Varsity Schedule

08/25/17 7:30PM H - ST. ALBANS (Win 49-10)
09/01/17 - OPEN
09/08/17 7:30PM A - CAPITAL (Loss 21-40)
09/15/17 7:30PM A - HUNTINGTON (Loss 21-35)
09/22/17 7:30PM H - MARIETTA, OH (Win 45-10) 
09/29/17 7:00PM A - WHEELING PARK (Win 43-36)
10/06/17 7:30PM H - WOODROW WILSON (Win 34-8)
10/13/17 7:00PM A - CABELL MIDLAND (Loss 35-63)
10/20/17 7:30 PM H - HURRICANE (Win 35-7)
10/27/17 7:30PM H - RIVERSIDE (at Ripley) - (Win 44-30)
11/03/17 7:00PM A - PARKERSBURG SOUTH - (Win 27-24)

11/10/17 7:30PM - JOHN MARSHALL (playoffs) - (Loss 35-42)

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Big Reds Impressive In Scrimmage

CHARLESTON - If Saturday’s scrimmage for Parkersburg was a tune-up then the Big Reds appear to be running on all cylinders already as evidenced by a 41-6 advantage on the scoreboard against South Charleston at Laidley Field.
In their only scrimmage in preparation for Thursday’s season opener at Morgantown, the Big Reds of coach Mike Byus produced two varsity touchdowns, two jayvee touchdowns and two more scores from a combination of juniors, sophomores and freshmen.
Senior Tyler Moler ran for 83 yards on 15 carries and scored one touchdown while playing less than a half. He also caught a seven yard touchdown pass.
Meanwhile quarterback Jake Johnson completed seven of 14 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Dylan Shaver caught three passes for 67 yards and a touchdown while Kionte Peacock caught two passes for 37 yards and a score and Brenton Strange had one reception for 38 yards. Backup quarterback Max Anderson was a perfect 2-for-2 for 60 yards and the one TD to Shaver.
The Big Reds had a 27-6 halftime lead against the Black Eagles. There were 74 plays run in the first 24 minutes (43 of them by PHS, which had a 288-172 edge in total yards at the break).
The second half saw lots of substitutions with Brady Howerton scoring twice. His first six-pointer came on a one yard run while the second was a nine-yard pass from Michael Owen. Issac Withrow kicked three of four extra points while Aaron Kupfner had a two-point conversion run.
Aurelius Edmonds, Carter Mills and Zach Howard had interceptions while Justin Waybright was the leading tackler and had a fumble recovery.
Both teams scored on their first possessions as PHS went 70 yards on 10 plays with the 38 yard pass to Strange setting up the pass to Moler.
South Charleston took just six plays to score thanks to three big pass completions but missed the extra point and trailed 7-6.
The Big Reds fumbled on their next possession but held the Eagles and got the ball back on their own 38 with 3:38 left in the first quarter. Six plays later Johnson looked off his primary receiver and threw to a wide open Peacock for a 24 yard touchdown and Withrow’s kick made it 14-6.
Josh Ankrom’s interception got the ball back for PHS and his 20 yard return gave the Big Reds the ball on the South Charleston 21. Five plays, all runs (four of them by Moler), and the senior tailback had his second touchdown with 8:08 left in the first half and a 20-6 lead.
Thanks to a couple of big defensive plays by Jeremy Walls that forced South Charleston to punt, the Big Reds got the ball again with 2:48 remaining and Anderson came in to call the signals. It took him four plays before hitting basketball teammate Shaver for a 44-yard touchdown.
The second half saw the PHS reserves put together an 83 yard drive for a score and then a fumble recovery by Devin Elder gave the Big Reds a short field and six plays later Owen passed to Howerton with 1:06 left in the third quarter that made the score 41-6.
The fourth quarter was played with a running clock.

Season Opener Switched To Thursday; Will Be Live On Pirates TV Channel

By Garrett Cullen in High School Sports, Sports
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Morgantown and Parkersburg’s football season opener from Pony Lewis Field in Morgantown has been selected as the year’s 2018 WVSSAC Kickoff Game.
The contest was moved from Friday, Aug. 24 to Thursday, Aug. 23 to accommodate the broadcast.
“This is a great situation where we can put two of the most historic football programs and academic institutions in the state into a regional context to where they can get the publicity and attention that they deserve,” said Morgantown athletics director John Bowers. “It will be a great event for everyone involved. It’s fantastic.”
MetroNews will produce the game and provide a full-HD video broadcast at the MetroNews Channel of AT&T SportsNet out of Pittsburgh will also carry the MetroNews broadcast live as well with the Pirates having an off day scheduled for August 23rd.

Morgantown and Parkersburg’s football season opener from Pony Lewis Field in Morgantown has been selected as the year’s 2018 WVSSAC Kickoff Game.
“AT&T SportsNet reaches three million-plus homes, so we’re excited to get that extra exposure for our football team,” said Parkersburg athletic director Chris Way. “We had a good season last year and we’re really looking to build upon that and have another successful year.”
Morgantown is coming off of a 4-7 campaign against a grueling schedule. The Mohigans fell in the opening round of the Class AAA playoffs to eventual champion Martinsburg.
This is the third year for the SSAC Kickoff Game, which featured South Charleston vs. George Washington in 2016 and paired Fairmont Senior against Robert C. Byrd in 2017.
“We love our setting here at Pony Lewis Field, it’s a great setting for high school football,” Bowers said. “We’ll be one of the only shows in town. For so many reasons, this Kickoff Game is a very, very good thing for Morgantown High School.”
Parkersburg went 7-4 in the first season under coach Mike Byus, entering the postseason as the No. 7 seed before a first-round loss to John Marshall.
“We had missed the playoffs for a couple of years in a row,” Way said. “But we had a lot of excitement around the community, the football program and the school itself last year. It really gave our team and school momentum for the whole offseason. We have a lot of energy and momentum coming into this game and into the season overall.”
The SSAC Kickoff Game is set for 7 p.m. kickoff.

Byus Says Big Reds Will Be Better But Must Stay Healthy With Tougher Schedule Ahead

By Jay Bennett, Parkersburg News & Sentinel
PARKERSBURG — Mike Byus, now in year two as the head man at Parkersburg High School, definitely has settled in when it comes to being a Big Red.
“I love Parkersburg,” said the coach, who led the red and white back to the Class AAA playoffs last fall and finished with a 7-4 record. “It’s an awesome place to be for me. I love being here by the Ohio River and all the things that Parkersburg has to offer and the people are great. This community is tremendous.
“They love Parkersburg High School. The saying that they have, once a Big Red always a Big Red, these people believe it and I think it’s awesome. That’s one of the reasons that attracted me here.”
The Big Reds started their offseason workouts this week and have scheduled a 7-on-7 at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 28 against St. Albans at Stadium Field.
Senior Jake Johnson, a special honorable mention all-state pick last fall, is expected to have the reigns of the offense.
“He backed up Kam (Mace) last year and learned a lot,” Byus said of Johnson, who started the first two games of 2017 at quarterback before being moved to receiver after Mace returned. “He got a little indoctrination in the fire.
“He’s far enough along that we feel good about it. What we got to develop is somebody behind him. Somebody has to be able to run the show aside from having to just put (Brenton) Strange out there.”
Of course, Strange was a first team all-state honoree as a junior. On Tuesday, he was offered a scholarship by Ohio State to play tight end for head coach Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes. It was his 13th Division I offer.
Strange set single-season school records last year with 59 receptions and 938 yards. He also tied the school mark for receiving touchdowns with a dozen.
“We’ve had several come out,” Byus replied when asked if he was able to coax some players in the school to get on the gridiron. “Dylan Shaver and Hayden Morris and Max Anderson.”
However, the coach added “I think we are missing some eighth graders. I was expecting over 30, but we are in the mid-twenties for freshmen.
“We are just trying to catch everybody up on offense and defense. Right now we’re just trying to put stuff in.”
Having a year under his belt as the head coach, Byus also added “we don’t feel like we have to do as much because they are caught up knowledge-wise. In the weight room, we are light years ahead of where we were.
“I think it’s just trying to get out of June with everybody on the same page so we don’t have so many kids lacking behind in knowledge. If we can get everybody caught up then when we start back again in August, we won’t have so many different levels we are trying to teach them.”
The Big Reds also return a pair of second team all-staters in tailback Tyler Moler and lineman Ryan Creech. Moler eclipsed the 1,300-yard mark last fall and rushed for 17 touchdowns.
“Tyler is a hard working kid and he’s gotten stronger and faster,” noted Byus.
PHS also boasts Shane Miller in the backfield as well as Kionte Peacock, who tied for the team lead in interceptions at four in 2017 with Johnson.
“We’re going to be stronger up front than what we were last year on both sides of the ball,” added the coach. “It doesn’t assure us anything.
“We’ll be better if we stay healthy. Our schedule is also better. If we stay healthy, we’ll be an all-around quicker, stronger, faster football team.”

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.

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

Honorable Mention
Gage Abrect, Hedgesville; Tre Barnes, Morgantown; Jacob Biller, Jefferson; Tristen Bittner, Wheeling Park; Brocton Blair, Huntington; Sam Buford, St. Albans; Mason Caldwell, Spring Mills; Carliton Carter, South Charleston; JT Cooper, Hurricane; Lucas Duffy, Martinsburg; Ethan Faircloth, Hedgesville; Chris Fox, Musselman; Quisean Gray, Capital; JaQuan Hall, George Washington; Drew Heatherly, Buckhannon-Upshur; Shane Hercules, John Marshall; Dakota Holt, Preston; Fazon Hunter, Spring Mills; Parker Jackson, Washington; Jake Johnson, Parkersburg; Cayden Keeler, Ripley; JT Kemp, Ripley; Tucker Knisell, Preston; Ty Konchesky, Morgantown; Jevon Lang, Jefferson; Ricky Moreland, Hampshire; Tylik Norris, Martinsburg; Sebastian Oldham, Musselman; Logan Osborne, Cabell Midland; Evan Parow, University; Devin Persinger, Greenbrier East; Ian Pomeroy, Woodrow Wilson; J.J. Roberts, Cabell Midland; Alajuan Robinson, Morgantown; Robert Sanders, University; Steven Shine, Hurricane; Davon Sibley, Princeton; Andrew Simonton, John Marshall; Logan Spurlock, Capital; Aaron Stambaugh, Musselman; Michael Turner, Hedgesville; Jonathan Warner, Buckhannon-Upshur; Blake Wentz, Riverside; Zach Williamson, Spring Valley; Dylan Wood, Wheeling Park; Colton Wright, Woodrow Wilson; Nick Yoho, Parkersburg South

PHS Can Now Claim 17th State Title

Parkersburg High School has added a 17th state football championship – without playing a game.
While it was well know that the 1911 PHS team went undefeated there was no state championship playoff or even a declaration of a state champion with supporting evidence – until now.
Thanks to supporting evidence from Spalding’s 1911 Official Foot Ball Guide (also titled the Official National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Guide), the PHS team can now lay claim to the West Virginia State Championship Football Title for that season.
On page 251 of the very detailed and complete book, PHS is declared undisputed state champion for that year. The book was found in the University of Michigan library. The book featured scores and rundowns on virtually every college and high school team in the country as well as All-American and All-Conference teams.
The following is the excerpt from page 251 of the book concerning PHS football.
“Parkersburg (W.Va.) High School – The team annexed the undisputed title of state championship during the season of 1911. The eleven completed its schedule of ten games, defeating every opponent by decisive scores. Only once during the season was Parkersburg’s goal line crossed. The strongest contenders for championship honors from each section of the state were defeated by the high school team, as well as two claimants for the Ohio state championship.”
There is even a Parkersburg team picture on page 276 of the book along with a team picture of the high school team from Sistersville.
The football season of 1911 was the last year that touchdowns counted five points and only three downs were allowed to make 10 yards for a first down. It was the same year Jim Thorpe, Pop Warner and the Carlisle Indians upset mighty Harvard on Thorpe’s three field goals. Considered one of the greatest college football upsets of all time.
Parkersburg was coached by B.B. Cooley and led by legendary Earle “Greasy” Neale, who dropkicked three field goals, 16 extra points and caught seven touchdown passes from quarterback Glenn Allen, who went on to play at West Virginia University.
They beat their Alumni 3-0, then traveled to New Martinsville to win 11-0 despite a hidden ball under the jersey trick by the home team. Then came a 24-0 win over Company A of the National Guard, a 17-0 win over Athens followed by successive victories over arch-rival Marietta by scores of 5-0 and then 6-0. The only points allowed during the entire season came in a 12-8 win over northern panhandle power Wheeling. That was followed by a 9-0 triumph over Charleston, a 6-0 victory over Athens and a 45-0 win over Clarksburg WI.
Other key players in 1911 for PHS, which did not officially become the Big Reds until 1915, were Dutch Lehman, Don Berkenstock, Harold Harvey, Chaarles Penwell and Raymond “Dutch” Neale (Greasy’s brother).

Big Red Players Collect Awards At Annual Banquet

No less than 14 awards were presented Sunday night at the Grand Point Convention Center during the 2017 Parkersburg High School annual football banquet.

Kam MaceIn addition to letters for the varsity players and recognition of All-Mountain State Athletic Conference selections, first year head coach Mike Byus handed out a variety of awards including Most Valuable Player honors to junior Brenton Strange and the Coaches’ Award to senior quarterback Kam Mace (seen in photo at left). 

Strange and Mace were also recognized for the records they set this year along with another junior, Tyler Moler. Mace was recently recognized as the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award winner for West Virginia.

Moler earned Offensive Player of the Year Honors while Wyatt Strobl was named Defensive Player of the Year. Most improved player honors went to senior Nathan Steed while the Heart Award was shared by Jake Johnson and Gage Fiore. Newcomer of the Year Awards went to Seth Dailey and Kionte Peacock while Ryan Creech was named Impact Player of the Year and the Unsung Hero Awards went to A.J. Nolan and Shane Miller.

Jayvee honors went to Kyle Moore for Offensive Player of the Year and Jacob Modesitt earned the Defensive Play of the Year award.

Strange, Dailey and Moler recently earned first team All-MSAC honors while Creech and Matt Curry were second team picks while Johnson and Strobl were honorable mention.

            Seth Dailey.............                   Brenton Strange...........                Tyler Moler
Big Reds Land Trio on First All-MSAC Football Team
...Three Parkersburg Big Red football players have been named to the 2017 All-Mountain State Athletic Conference first team as selected in voting by the coaches.
...Two other PHS players were named to the second team and two more were selected honorable mention.
...All but two are underclassmen.
...Seth Dailey, Brenton Strange and Tyler Moler were picked on the first team while Ryan Creech and Matt Curry were named second team. Jake Johnson and Wyatt Strobl were honorable mention.
...Dailey was the lone PHS senior selected. The speedy Dailey was picked as a defensive back after coming up with three interceptions and five pass break ups this year to go with 29 tackles. He also scored six touchdowns on offense, catching 26 passes.
...Strange, the record-breaking junior, was selected as the first team all-conference wide receiver. Strange broke five PHS records this year and tied a sixth en route to a season which saw him catch 59 passes for 938 yards and 12 touchdowns.  The first two marks were season records while the touchdown total tied the record. He also ran the ball 11 times for 78 yards and a touchdown while scoring three more times on the defensive side of the ball for a total of 16 touchdowns. 
...A 6-foot-5, 212 pounder, Strange set a single game record with 12 receptions against Cabell Midland and broke the career record for receptions (128) and reception yards (1.,739) while tying the career mark for interception touchdown returns with four. His 88 yard TD catch against Huntington tied the record for longest in school history.
...Moler was one of three running backs picked for the first team. The 6-foot, 185 pound junior ran for 1,302 yards on 203 yards (6.5 average) with 17 touchdowns and tied the school record for long TD run with a 97 scoring jaunt against St. Albans on the first play from scrimmage of the season. His rushing yardage total is the fifth highest total for a junior in school history. The four ahead of him are all Big Red legends – Larry Rhodes (1963) with 1,438, Fred Earley (1940) with 1,564, Matt Lindamood (2006) with 1,551 and Allan Wasonga (2009) with 2,203.
...Creech, a 6-foot-3, 275 pound junior, was named offensive tackle on the second team while sophomore Curry was selected as the second team punter after averaging 35.4 yards per kick with 10 of his 35 punts being downed inside the opponents’ 20 yard line.
...Johnson, another junior, was Mr. Versatility for the Big Reds as he completed 30 of 47 passes for 337 yards with four touchdowns and one interception while also rushing for 119 yards and a touchdown and catching 43 passes for 747 yards and four scores. He had four interceptions on defense, returning one for a touchdown.
...Strobl, a 6-foot-, 210 pound senior, led the team with 122 tackles with 17.5 of them behind the line of scrimmage.
The Big Reds finished 7-4.

2017 All-Mountain State Athletic Conference Football Team
 First 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.
 Second team
 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
 Honorable mention
 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

Morgantown, George Washington Added To PHS Football Schedule

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

Strange, Mace Lead Record-Setting 2017 PHS Football Team
It was a record-setting year for the Parkersburg Big Red football team as Brenton Strange and Kam Mace led the way.
No less than 14 school records were broken or tied during the 7-4 season under new head coach Mike Byus – and the duo of Strange and Mace had a hand in all but two of them.
Although only a junior, Strange put his name in the record book no less than eight times and three of those were career records that he will add to next year. The 6-foot-5 versatile co-captain set a single-game record with 12 passes caught against Cabell Midland to better the mark of 11 set just a year ago by Karson Snyder against the same Midland team.
Strange and Mace tied a game record with Text Box: Brenton Strangean 88 yard touchdown reception, equal lying the mark set in 2014 by Dan Fox (from Josh Trembly).
Strange set season and career records in two categories – passes caught and reception yards. He caught 59 passes for 938 yards to give him 128 receptions for his career for 1,739 yards. The old records were 54 passes caught by Karson Snyder last year and 870 receiving yards by Ryan Rader in 2001. The career records of 94 catches for 1,636 yards were Text Box: Kam Maceboth held by Brad Johnson.
Two more records tied by Strange were for touchdown receptions in a season and interception touchdown returns for a career. He tied the TD record of 12 set last year by Snyder and tied the 91-year-old record of four interception returns in a career set back in 1926 by Howard Rutter.
Meanwhile, Mace made up for not playing the last two years and missing the first two games of the season by setting a single game record with 27 passes completed and broke three season records set by Chance Litton in 2004 to boot. He completed 146 passes to break the record of 142, threw for 2,139 yards to better the mark of 2,075 and threw 21 regular season touchdown passes to top the previous mark of 20 in the 10-game regular season.
Mace teamed with Jake Johnson (who played quarterback the first two games before turning into the team’s second-leading receiver) to help the team set a season team passing yardage record with a total of 2,476 to better the 2004 mark of 2,138.
The only record that did not involve Strange and Mace was Tyler Moler tying the single game record with a 97 yard touchdown run against St. Albans which equaled Adam Lindamood’s 2012 run (also against St. Albans).

PHS Football Records 2017 Category Total Old Record
Individual Game Records Broken          
Kam Mace (vs. Midland)   Passes Completed 27   25 Matt Newlon (2008 vs. PS)
Brenton Strange (vs. Midland)   Passes Caught 12   11 Karson Snyder (2016 vs. Midland)
Individual Season Records Broken          
Brenton Strange   Passes Caught 59   54 Karson Snyder (2016)
Brenton Strange   Reception Yards 938   870 Ryan Rader (2001) 
Kam Mace   Passes Completed 146   142 Chance Litton (2004)
Kam Mace   Passing Yards 2,139   2,075 Chance Litton (2004)
Kam Mace   Reg. Season TD Passes 21   20 Chance Litton (2004)
Individual Career Records Broken          
Brenton Strange    Passes Caught 128   94 Brad Johnson
Brenton Strange   Reception Yards 1,739   1,636 Brad Johnson
Individual Career Records Tied          
Brenton Strange   Interception TDs 4   4 Howard Rutter (1926)
Individual Game Records Tied          
Tyler Moler (vs. St. Albans)   Longest TD Run 97   97 Adam Lindamood (2012 vs. St. Albans)
Brenton Strange from Kam Mace   Longest TD Pass 88   88 Dan Fox from Josh Trembly (2014)
Individual Season Records Tied          
Brenton Strange   TD Passes Caught 12   12 Karson Snyder (2016)
Team Season Record Broken   Passing Yards 2,476   2,138 (2004)

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

Game Statistics / Game Photos

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

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

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Scoring play









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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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













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Punt  Returns-Yards



Kickoff Returns-Yards



Interception  Returns-Yards



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Possession  Time



Third-Down Conversions

8  of  16

2  of  6

Fourth-Down  Conversions

4  of  7

0  of  0

Red-Zone  Scores-Chances



Sacks  By:  Number-Yards



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PHS 10th In All-Time Win Rankings

All-Time High School Football Wins (Through 2017)


Official National Federation High School Association Record
Rank Wins School State Overall First Year
1 911 Valdosta GA 911-227-34 1913
2 885 Fort Thomas Highlands KY 885-237-26 1915
3 878 Louisville Male KY 878-328-49 1893
4 873 Mayfield KY 873-255-32 1919
5 871 Massillon Washington OH 871-290-36 1894
6 846 Mount Carmel PA 846-326-59 1893
7 833 Muskegon MI 833-278-43 1895
8 828 Canton McKinley OH 828-352-42 1894
9 822 Easton PA 822-348-54 1894
10 820 Parkersburg WV 820-322-33 1900
11 814 Everett MA 814-373-79 1893
12 807 Hampton VA 807-263-43 1920


Berwick PA 807-334-43 1888
14 806 Steubenville OH 806-316-36 1900
15 799 Lawton OK 790-346-34 1902
16 794 Pine Bluff AR 783-334-53 1901
17 791 Clinton OK 788-277-38 1919
17 791 Brockton MA 788-378-64 1897
19 786 Little Rock Central AR 784-333-43 1907
20 786 Sioux Falls Washington  SD 774-324-38 1899
21 784 Bakersfiled CA 778-259-43 1897
22 783 Haynesville LA 773-175-22 1907
23 782 Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett TN 774-239-28 1921
24 781 Danville KY 766-243-34 1924
25 776 Paducah Tilghman KY 772-324-25 1904
26 771 East St. Louis Senior IL 761-199-36 1925
27 770 New Britain CT 765-340-51 1892
28 760 Louisville St. Xavier KY 748-294-20 1917
29 743 Lawrence KA 738-288-38 1891
30 742 Steelton Highspire PA 742-435-58 1894

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Contribution Information

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

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

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

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 July to replace the turf surface on the Stadium with expected completion date of late August. The running track was also to be replaced but the surface was not to be finished until late October.

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