Big Reds Bounce Tigers 45-14
The 110th meeting of Parkersburg and Marietta ended the same way the last five games had ended, a Big Red victory, this time by a 45-14 score at Don Drumm Stadium.
In a game of big plays, the Big Reds had more than their share as they rolled up 386 yards rushing and added another 59 through the air for a total of 445 yards on just 51 plays.
Josh Trembly accounted for four touchdowns in the contest, two running, one returning a fumble and one passing. The senior signal caller had scoring runs of 23 and 27 yards, returned a fumble 66 yards and threw a 52 yard TD to Austin Life. He had another long TD pass to Life called back by a penalty.
The Big Reds had four players rush for between 68 and 120 yards with runs measuring between 24 and 62 yards each. Corey Burdette led the way with 120 yards on 18 carries and scored the game's first touchdown on a three yard run while Trembly rushed for 90 yards on 10 tries. Dan Fox added 88 on just seven carries and Chase Shank had 68 on two tries (one a 62 yard touchdown).
In the air Trembly was three of seven for 59 yards.
Marietta had 280 yards in total offense, 181 of it on the ground, but amassed most of those yards on two plays, a 67 yard run by Bernard Johnson (who finished with 120 yards on 16 carries) and the other a 58 yard pass from John Henry to Isaac Danford.
Marietta lost three fumbles and had one interception (another pickoff by PHS sophomore Easton Martin was canceled by a questionable interference penalty). The Tigers were also penalized seven times for 86 yards.
PHS suffered 90 yards on eight penalties but did convert three of five fourth down attempts compared to three of nine third down tries.
Defensively, Chase Shank had 10 tackles while Max Chefren had four tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and a blocked kick.
An interception by Fox less than two minutes into the game gave PHS the ball on its own 24 and it took just nine plays to cover that distance with Burdette reaching the end zone with 6:53 on the clock in the first quarter.
Marietta proceeded to run 13 plays but still had to punt from the PHS 35 after a Chefren tackle of the quarterback for a six yard loss.
The teams traded possesions until Marietta took over on its own 34 with 3:55 left in the half and Johnson proceeded to break away for a touchdown on the first play as he out-raced Big Red defenders with a show of breakaway speed. But Chefren blocked the extra point kick attempt and the Tigers still trailed 7-6.
The score didn't stay like that for long as Trembly and Life hooked up for a long bomb with 1:51 left in the half and Josh Roney converted one of his six extra points.
A sack by Tyler Greathouse caused Henry to fumble on his own 34 yard line just five plays later and Trembly picked the ball up on the run and ran it all the way to the end zone to make it 21-6 after the PAT.
The Big Reds started the second half by driving for a 27 yard field goal by Roney with 9:10 on the clock and got the ball back five plays later on a punt to midfield.
A 26 yard run by Burdette was followed by Trembly's 23 yard TD run to push the score to 31-6.
A Marietta fumble recovery on the PHS 42 set up Marietta's final score, a long pass to Danford, who got behind the secondary and raced in to complete the 58 yard play and make the score 31-14 with four minutes left in the third after the two-point conversion run.
The Big Reds answered that big play with one of their own as Shank shook off a tackle behind the line of scrimmage and wound up going 62 yards for six points just 21 seconds later to make the score 38-14.
The final touchdown of the game came with 7:02 on the clock and was set up by Nick Johnson's fumble recovery on the Parkersburg 45. Five running plays moved the ball to the 27 and that is when Trembly pulled off another "not-to-be-denied" run to the end zone to make it 45-14 and put Ohio's running clock mercy rule into effect.
Big Reds (2-2)...................... 7 .14 17 7 - 45
Tigers (2-3)........................... 0 .6 ...8 0 - 14
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 06:53 PHS - Corey Burdette 3 yd run (Josh Roney kick), 9-76 3:15
2nd 03:43 MARIETTA - Bernard Johnson 67 yd run (Justin Hammonds kick blocked), 1-67 0:12
.......01:51 PHS - Austin Life 52 yd pass from Josh Trembly (Josh Roney kick), 4-66 1:49
.......00:24 PHS - Josh Trembly 66 yd fumble recovery (Josh Roney kick)
3rd 09:10 PHS - Josh Roney 27 yd field goal, 7-36 2:41
......06:38 PHS - Josh Trembly 23 yd run (Josh Roney kick), 2-49 0:38
......04:00 MARIETTA - Isaac Danford 58 yd pass from John Henry (Garrett Davis rush), 1-58 0:10
......03:39 PHS - Chase Shank 62 yd run (Josh Roney kick), 1-62 0:14
4th 07:02 PHS - Josh Trembly 27 yd run (Josh Roney kick), 6-45 3:18
FIRST DOWNS................... 19 .......17
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) .....44-386 39-181
PASSING YDS (NET) .........59 .......99
Passes Att-Comp-Int ............7-3-0 ..18-10-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 51-445 57-280
Fumble Returns-Yards .........2-71 ...0-0
Punt Returns-Yards ..............2-11 ..1--9
Kickoff Returns-Yards .........3-32 ..6--17
Interception Returns-Yards.. 1-0 .....0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)............1-50.0 4-32.2
Fumbles-Lost....................... 3-1 ....4-3
Penalties-Yards.................... 8-90 ..7-86
Possession Time.................. 19:50 .25:28
Third-Down Conversions.... 3 of 9 2 of 11
Fourth-Down Conversions.. 3 of 5 2 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances... 2-2 ....0-0
Sacks By: Number-Yards..... 2-12 ..0-0
.....RUSHING: Big Reds-Corey Burdette 18-120; Josh Trembly 10-90; Dan Fox 7-88; Chase Shank 2-68; Karson
Snyder 2-9; Zavian Peacock 3-8; Rylan Hamilton 1-2; Zach Blosser 1-1. Tigers-Bernard Johnson 16-120;
Garrett Davis 10-54; Austin Jones 4-17; Aaron Elliott 4-10; John Henry 5-minus 20.
.....PASSING: Big Reds-Josh Trembly 3-7-0-59. Tigers-John Henry 8-15-1-95; Trent Dawson 2-3-0-4.
.....RECEIVING: Big Reds-Chase Shank 2-7; Austin Life 1-52. Tigers-Garrett Davis 6-35; Isaac Danford
3-65; Bernard Johnson 1-minus 1.
.....INTERCEPTIONS: Big Reds-Dan Fox 1-0. Tigers-None.
.....FUMBLES: Big Reds-Josh Trembly 1-0; Stephen Dailey 1-0; Corey Burdette 1-1. Tigers-Garrett Davis
1-0; Isaac Danford 1-1; Bernard Johnson 1-1; John Henry 1-1.
..... SACKS (UA-A): Big Reds-Tyler Greathouse 1-0; Noah Weaver 1-0. Tigers-None.
.....TACKLES (UA-A): Big Reds-Chase Shank 7-3; Zach Carroll 6-0; Nick Johnson 5-1; Ethan Airhart 3-3; Max
Chefren 4-0; Austin Griffith 4-0; Noah Weaver 2-2; Jordan Colebank 1-3; Tyler Greathouse 3-0; Zavian
Peacock 2-0; Rylan Hamilton 1-1; Charley Conley 1-1; Tyler Lawrentz 0-2; Dan Fox 0-2; Josh Trembly
0-2; Austin Brown 1-0.