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PHS jayvees beat Morgantown 16-13 as Christian Axman kicked a 17 yard field goal with no time left on clock. Wyatt Strobl scored two touchdowns for the winners.


2015 Starting Lineup


QB-Bradley Craig (5-9, 150 jr.)

FB-Noah Weaver (5-9, 180 sr.) Nick Johnson (5-10, 190, sr.)

HB-Easton Martin (6-2, 200 jr.)

HB-Brenton Strange (6-5, 19- fr.) Dakoda Sims (5-8, 150 sr.)

SE-Brannon Turner (6-4, 185 sr.) Karson Snyder (6-2, 170 jr.)

TE-Tyler Greathouse (6-4, 220 sr.)

RT-Tyler White (6-3, 240 jr.) Stevie Scholl (6-0, 230 sr.)

LT-D'Shawn Curry (6-0, 270 jr.) Henry Hickman (6-0, 212 sr.)

RG-Davey McNemar (5-10, 200 jr.) Ethan Farinash (5-10, 210 jr.)

LG-Isaac Edman (5-9, 220 jr.) Issiah Gossett (6-0, 200 sr.)

C-Tyler Lawrentz (6-2,195 jr.) Michael Osborne (6-0, 260 sr.)

PK-Chase Minnite (5-9, 170 sr.)


E-Tyler Greathouse (6-4, 220 sr.) Davey McNemar (5-10, 200 sr.)

NG-Isaac Edman (5-9, 220 jr.) D'Shawn Curry (6-0, 270 jr.)

E-Issiah Gossett (6-0, 200 sr.) Ethan Farinash (5-10, 210 jr.)

LB-Tyler Lawrentz (6-2, 195 jr.) Andrew Lebo (6-1, 200 sr.)

LB-Graham Nesselrode (5-9, 175 jr.) Dakoda Sims (5-8, 150 sr.)

LB-Noah Weaver (5-9, 180 sr.) Zach Blosser (5-8, 160 sr.)

LB-Jesse McGrew (5-8, 190 sr.)

R-Nick Johnson (5-10, 190 sr.) Jarrid Winters (6-0, 180 sr.)

CB-Easton Martin (6-2, 200 jr.) Joel Carty (6-1, 170 sr.)

CB-Brannon Turner (6-4, 185 sr.) Karson Snyder (6-2, 170 jr.)

S-Brenton Strange (6-5, 19- fr.)

P-Chase Minnite (5-9, 170 sr.)

2015 Schedule

Aug. 28 - G. Washington (7-38)

Sept. 11-at Huntington (13-20)

Sept. 18 - Capital (21-49)

Sept. 25 - Marietta (20-27)

Oct. 2 - Beckley WW (34-6)

Oct. 9 - St. Albans (41-6)

Oct. 16 - at Ripley

Oct. 23 - at Warren

Oct. 29 - at Cabell Midland

Nov. 6 - at Park. South

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Big Reds Build Big Lead, Coast to 41-6 Win Over Dragons

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In military terms it was a first half blitzkrieg as the Big Reds played near perfect football to build a 35-0 halftime lead and then coasted to a 41-6 victory over St. Albans Friday night at Stadium Field.

Easton Martin ran for 129 yards and scored two touchdowns on just six carries while five other players reached the end zone as PHS won its second straight game.

Bradley Craig ran for one TD and threw a pair of touchdown passes, one each to Brenton Strange and Karson Snyder while Nick Johnson returned a punt 78 yards for a score.

Defensively, Noah Weaver led a defense that held the Red Dragons out of the end zone until the middle of the fourth quarter.

PHS produced a touchdown the first time it touched the ball when Johnson raced 78 yards up the middle on a punt return with less than four minutes gone in the game.

Two minutes later Johnson took the ball away from a St. Albans ball carrier at midfield. six plays later Craig threw a fade pass to 6-foot-4 freshman Strange in the end zone for a 10 yard scoring play to make it 14-0 with 4:17 left in the first quarter.

PHS had to punt on its next possession despite a play where Craig had a three yard reception of a pass he threw himself which was batted into the air and landed back in the quarterback's hands.

The next series for the Big Reds was short and sweet as they went 62 yards on three plays for their third score. A 36 yard run up the gut by Weaver was followed by a great second effort run for 19 yards by Martin, who took it into the end zone around the right side on the next play with 10:46 remaining in the half.

After a three-and-out defensive stand the next PHS possession was even shorter as Martin broke loose for a 77 yard TD scamper on the first play to make it 28-0 with 8:17 still left on the clock.

The final Big Red points of the half were set up by Brannon Turner's 24 yard interception return to the 11 yard line. A six-yard personal foul penalty on the Dragons meant it took Craig just two tries to get in the end zone from the five.

The second half started poorly for PHS as three plays resulted in minus 16 yards and then a punt, But the punt turned out to be a 66 yarder by Chase Minnite. The visitors then reeled off 11 plays to move from their own nine to the 50 before having to punt again.

The Big Reds then needed just four plays to score. Strange ran 50 yards for a touchdown that was called back by a penalty only to have that followed by a 46 yard TD catch and run by Snyder of a Craig pass.

St. Albans finally got on the board with a one yard run with 7:23 left in the game thanks mainly to a 32 yard quarterback scramble by Jayson Barrett.

The Big Reds actually had almost 200 yards rushing (198) in the game but lost 46 yards on 10 different plays. In the air, Craig was seven of 10 for 115 yards with Strange the only one to catch more than one pass.

Score by Quarters           1     2   3   4 - Total
St Albans (1-5)                  0    0   0  6 - 6
Big Reds (2-4)                  14   21  6  0 - 41
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 08:19 PHS - Nick Johnson 78 yd punt return (Chase Minnite kick)
04:17 PHS - Brenton Strange 10 yd pass from Bradley Craig (Chase Minnite kick), 6-49 1:59
2nd 10:46 PHS - Easton Martin 7 yd run (Chase Minnite kick), 3-57 0:57
08:17 PHS - Easton Martin 77 yd run (Chase Minnite kick), 1-72 0:16
02:21 PHS - Bradley Craig 5 yd run (Chase Minnite kick), 2-11 0:50
3rd 02:45 PHS - Karson Snyder 46 yd pass from Bradley Craig, 4-71 2:38
4th 07:23 SA - Layette Patterson 1 yd run (Jayson Barrett pass failed), 10-65 3:41
                                                  SA               PHS
FIRST DOWNS                      10                12
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)         52-190         29-152
PASSING YDS (NET)            15                128
Passes Att-Comp-Int                  5-1-1           11-8-0
TOTAL OFFENSE –YARDS  57-205         40-280
Fumble Returns-Yards               0-0               0-0
Punt Returns-Yards                   0-0               3-119
Kickoff Returns-Yards              6-42             2-40
Interception Returns-Yards        0-0               1-24
Punts (Number-Avg)                 8-30.0          4-41.8
Fumbles-Lost                             4-1               0-0
Penalties-Yards                          9-68             8-64
Possession Time                        28:04           19:56
Third-Down Conversions          6 of 15         4 of 8
Fourth-Down Conversions        0 of 0           0 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances         1-1               3-5
Sacks By: Number-Yards          2-9               0-0
RUSHING: St Albans-Layette Patterson 28-110; Jayson Barrett 7-59; Reggie Jackson 9-19; Kobe Wright 1-3; Gavin Nida 1-2; Carter Lantz 1-1; John McCoy 1-0; Bo Deleonardis 1-minus 1; Gerardo Deleonardis 1-minus 1; Kayleb Driggs 2-minus 2. Big Reds-Easton Martin 6-129; Noah Weaver 2-37; Nick Johnson 3-4; Brenton Strange 3-3; Karson Snyder 2-minus 2; Dakoda Sims 4-minus 3; Jaden Lacaria 4-minus 6; Bradley Craig 5-minus 10.
PASSING: St Albans-Jayson Barrett 1-4-1-15; Nathan Roy 0-1-0-0. Big Reds-Bradley Craig 7-10-0-115; Karson Snyder 1-1-0-13.
RECEIVING: St Albans-Zach Robrtson 1-15. Big Reds-Brenton Strange 2-25; Karson Snyder 1-46; Brannon Turner 1-19; Dakoda Sims 1-13; Nick Johnson 1-12; Easton Martin 1-10; Bradley Craig 1-3.
INTERCEPTIONS: St Albans-None. Big Reds-Brannon Turner 1-24.
FUMBLES: St Albans-Jayson Barrett 1-0; Bo Deleonardis 1-0; Reggie Jackson 1-0; Gerardo Deleonardis 1-1. Big Reds-None.
TACKLES (UA-A): St Albans-None. Big Reds-Noah Weaver 8-7; Tyler Lawrentz 4-4; Nick Johnson 4-3; Davey McNemar 2-5; Stevie Scholl 3-0; Issiah Gossett 2-1; Brenton Strange 2-1; Isaac Edman 1-2; Ethan Farinash 1-2; Easton Martin 2-0; Karson Snyder 1-1; Jarrid Winters 1-0; Graham Nesselrode 1-0; Joe Robinson 1-0; Dakoda Sims 1-0; Nathaniel Steed 1-0; Bradley Craig 1-0; Jesse McGrew 1-0.

Miller’s 4 TDs Power PHS Frosh To 40-8 Victory
MORGANTOWN –  Shane Miller ran for over 200 yards and four touchdowns while a swarming defense held Morgantown to just one score as Parkersburg defeated the host Mohigans 40-8 here Wednesday night.
Tyler Moler added over 100 yards rushing and scored once while Brandon Braham, Jake Johnson and Cole Hanshaw (who returned a fumble for a touchdown) led the defense that helped the PHS frosh raise their recod to 4-1.
PHS hosts Hurricane on Oct. 21.

Freshman Football
Parkersburg (4-1)          0        20      14      6        -         40
Morgantown (4-2)         0        0        8        0        -         8
P – Shane Miller 4 run (run failed) 9:26 2nd
P – Cole Hanshaw 51 fumble recovery (Jake Johnson run) 9:08 2nd
P – Miller 10 run (run failed) :21 2nd
P –Miller 61 run (Johnson run) 9:30 3rd
M – Colton Mathews 2 run (Mathews run) 4:20 3rd
P – Miller 2 run (run failed) :55 3rd
P – Tyler Moler 36 run (run failed) 6:31 4th
Next Game – PHS hosts Hurricane Oct. 21

Buttrey, Anderson Complete 2015 Hall of Fame Class

The final two inductees for 2015 into the Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame were famous for being two timers, one as a coach, and the other as a player.
Bernie Buttrey, the only coach in PHS history to win back-to-back state championships, and Fred Anderson, a two-time all-stater and state wrestling champion, complete the Hall of Fame Class of 2015.
Both also played football at Marshall and were inducted during pre-game ceremonies on Oct. 9 at Stadium Field prior to the St. Albans game.
Charles “Bernie” Buttrey was a 1970 graduate of St. Marys High School, where he lettered in football, basketball and track. He was at Marshall on the freshman football team when the fatal plan crash wiped out the Thundering Herd football team. He played two years at Marshall before transferring to Glenville State and lettering there for two years. At GSC he was the Most Valuable Lineman and played on the NAIA semifinals.
From 1976-83 he was the head coach at West Preston High School before becoming an assistant and eventual head coach at Williamstown, where he took the Yellowjackets to the state semifinals in 2002. He had a 24-10 record at WHS.
He became the head coach at PHS in 2002 and went on to compile a 66-30 record, the third best in Big Red history. He finished with a 12-5 playoff record (second best in school history) and became the only back-to-back state champion coach in 2006 and 2007. He was the state Coach of the Year in 2006 and won three MSAC championships while earning Conference Coach of the Year honors.
Anderson played four years of Big Red football, earning all-state honors in 1959 and 1960. He was a state champion wrestling in 1960 and finished third on the mat in 1961. He was also a two-year member of the track team.
The burly tackle was heavily recruited his senior football season by eight different schools including one Big Ten team before deciding to attend Marshall. In 1964 he suffered a serious neck injury and was unable to play for a year but came back and finished his collegiate gridiron career with the Thundering Herd. After college he played for the Wheeling Ironmen of the Continental Football League and also played for the independent Wood County Raiders. He attended summer camp with the Dallas Cowboys for a year and a half.
Anderson was an assistant coach with Gene Alkire in 1967 at Parkersburg Catholic High School. He passed away in 1997.

2015 Marks 100th Anniversary of Big Reds' Nickname

The 2015 season will be the 100th anniversary of PHS adopting the Big Reds as their official mascot nickname.

PHS will still open with a home game against George Washington before traveling to Huntington for the second year in a row and then playing four straight home games against Capital, Marietta, Beckley and St. Albans.

The team will then travel to Ripley and Warren. They wind up the regular season with games at Cabell Midland and Parkersburg South. The Cabell Midland game is scheduled on Thursday and is the first time since 2006 for a Thursday game. That year PHS played George Washington in the Kickoff Classic at Charleston's Laidley Field. The Big Reds used to make an annual event of playing Marietta on Thanksgiving Day.

All games start at 7:30 p.m.

2015 PHS Football Schedule

Aug. 28 - George Washington (State Championship Team Night)

Sept. 4 - open

Sept. 11 - at Huntington

Sept. 18 - Capital (All-State Player Night)

Sept. 25 - Marietta (Homecoming)

Oct. 2 - Beckley Woodrow Wilson (Former Band, Cheer, Redwing Night)

Oct. 9 - St. Albans (Senior Night & Military Appreciation Night)

Oct. 16 - at Ripley

Oct. 23 - at Warren

Oct. 29 (Thursday) - at Cabell Midland

Nov. 6 - at Parkersburg South

PHS Returns To 7th Place In All-Time Win Rankings

The Parkersburg High School football team has returned to seventh place in the official national high school all-time win rankings.

The six victories earned by the 2014 team pushed the PHS all-time record to 805 victories and moved the locals back into a seventh place tie on the all-time list with the Canton McKinley (Ohio) Bulldogs, who won just three games last season. The official rankings are published by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

PHS which will be celebrating the 100th year of Big Reds football this year, is 86 victories behind all-time leader Valdosta, which nipped the city of Parkersburg in the ESPN "Titletown" competition a few years ago. In 1915 the Parkersburg High School football team adopted the nickname Big Reds for the first time.
All-Time High School Football Wins

2014 Record

Overall Record
First Year
1 Valdosta Wildcats (GA)
2 Highlands Bluebirds, Ft. Thomas (KY)
3 Male Bulldogs, Louisville (KY)
4 Washington Tigers, Massillon (OH)
5 Mayfield Cardinals (KY)
6 Mount Carmel Red Tornadoes, (PA)
7 Parkersburg Big Reds (WV)
7 McKinley Bulldogs, Canton (OH)
9 Easton Red Rovers (PA)
9 Muskegon Big Reds (MI)
11 Summerville Green Wave (SC)
not official
12 Everett Crimson Tide (MA)
13 Berwick Bulldogs (PA)
14 Highland Park Scots, Dallas (TX)
not official
15 Central Tigers, Little Rock (AR)
16 East St. Louis Flyers (IL)
17 Brockton Boxers (MA)
18 Hampton Crabbers (VA)
18 Ada Cougars (OK)
not official
18 Lawton Wolverines (OK)
21 Clinton Red Tornadoes (OK)
22 Dobyns-Bennett Indians, Kingsport (TN)
23 Steubenville Big Red (OH)
24 Pine Bluff Zebras (AR)
25 Bakersfield Drillers (CA)
26 Paducah Tilghman Blue Tornado (KY)
27 New Britain Golden Hurricanes(CT)
28 Sioux Falls Washington Warriors (SD)

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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.

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