Oct 26, 2018 at Huntington: Game
Big Reds Sacked By Huge Highlanders 27-21 In Overtime
HUNTINGTON – Tajan Blackwell’s eight yard touchdown run in overtime lifted sixth-ranked Huntington to a 27-21 victory over ninth-ranked Parkersburg here on a wet Friday night, ending the Big Reds’ four-game winning streak and allowing the Highlanders to win its ninth straight game against PHS.
It was a game that PHS let slip away as 6-foot-6 , 300-pound five-star lineman Darnell Wright led the way with two of Huntington’s seven quarterback sacks and Jahronimo Mitchell came up with three interceptions (two of them in the end zone).
Johnson was harassed all night long by Wright and the other huge Huntington linemen but still managed to set two school records while completing 24 of 35 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns. He now holds the school record for passing yardage in the regular season with 2,074 and touchdown passes in the regular season with 21. He also set the record for regular season total offense with 2,485 yards and had already set the regular season record for completions (now with a total of 163).
Not only did Huntington’s defense make things difficult for Johnson to pass, they shut down the PHS running game by holding Tyler Moler to 40 yards on 18 carries. Johnson managed 54 yards on 15 attempts despite losing 57 yards on sacks.
Brenton Strange had seven receptions for 70 yards while Braeden Mason caught five for 101 yards while Kionte Peacock and Dylan Shaver had TD receptions.
Huntington, now 7-2 after snapping its two-game losing streak, ran the ball well against the Big Reds as Diallo Mitchell picked up 144 yards on 21 carries and scored one touchdown. Blackwell had 60 yards rushing on 12 attempts and scored three times but completed just four of 16 passes with two interceptions (by Peacock and Aurelius Edmonds). The Highlanders also lost two fumbles, including one on the opening kickoff that led to a PHS touchdown.
Jacob Woodyard recovered the fumble on the Huntington 17 yard line on the initial kickoff and four plays later Moler reach the end zone from four yards out and just 53 seconds into the game the Big Reds were on top 7-0.
The Big Reds held Huntington on downs on the next series and proceeded to put together a 54-yard, 11-play drive that was halted on the first of Mitchell’s picks.
Defensive play dominated the rest of the first half until Huntington was able to put together an 86-yard drive that was capped by Blackwell’s five yard TD run.
But the Big Reds quickly answered, taking just 1:23 to cover 69 yards in six plays with Johnson hitting Peacock down the left sideline for the final 42 yards. The extra point kick was blocked and that loomed large when Mitchell stopped a Big Red threat with an end zone interception that Huntington turned into a touchdown in just 1:14 as Mitchell scored from the three with just 24 seconds left before intermission. Isaiah Carpenter’s extra point kick gave the home team a 14-13 lead.
PHS tried to regain the lead with 5:08 left in the third quarter after driving to a first and goal at the six yard line only to have Johnson be sacked on third down by Wright. Issac Withrow’s 28 yard field goal was short and PHS still trailed heading into the fourth quarter.
But the Big Reds put together a 90 yard scoring drive thanks mainly to a 69 yard run on a quarterback sneak by Johnson on a third-and-one play from his own 19. On third and 12 from the 14, Johnson scrambled until he found Shaver in the end zone for the go-ahead score with 9:13 on the clock. Johnson then rolled right but found Peacock to his left for the all-important two-point conversion to give The Big Reds a 21-14 lead.
Huntington got the ball back on its 37 with 5:44 remaining in regulation and proceeded to run right down the field behind Mitchell and Blackwell, scoring in five plays. The extra point kick tied the score.
The final bid to win the game in regulation by PHS started with 1:27 on the clock and 59 yards from the end zone. Passes of 32 yards to Mason and six yards to Shaver helped take the ball to the Huntington 26 but on third down Johnson was sacked for a loss of 10 and on fourth down a bad snap end the possession.
In overtime PHS went on offense and a sack on third and one from the 17 was followed by an interception on fourth down in the Huntington end zone. The Highlanders then covered the 20 yard distance to the end zone on three straight running plays.
Defensive leaders for the Big Reds were Strange with 13 total tackles and Brandon Braham with eight tackles, seven of them solo, a forced fumble and two pass break-ups.
PHS hosts cross-town rival Parkersburg South, a team which has won six games in a row, next Friday as it fights for its playoff life.
#9 Parkersburg vs #6 Huntington (Oct 26, 2018 at Huntington)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 OT - Total
Parkersburg 7 6 0 8 0 - 21
Huntington 0 14 0 7 6 - 27
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 11:07 PHS - Tyler Moler 4 yd run (Issac Withrow kick), 4-17 0:48
2nd 05:45 HUNT - Tajan Blackwell 5 yd run (Isaiah Carpenter kick), 9-86 3:32
04:24 PHS - Kionte Peacock 42 yd pass from Jake Johnson (Issac Withrow kick blockd), 6-69 0:00
00:24 HUNT - Diallo Mitchell 3 yd run (Isaiah Carpenter kick), 9-65 1:07
4th 09:13 PHS - Dylan Shaver 14 yd pass from Jake Johnson (Kionte Peacock pass from Jake Johnson), 6-90 2:
04:41 HUNT - Tajan Blackwell 8 yd run (Isaiah Carpenter kick), 5-63 1:03
OT 12:00 HUNT - Tajan Blackwell 8 yd run, 3-20 0:00
FIRST DOWNS 17 16
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 36-94 44-257
PASSING YDS (NET) 265 101
Passes Att-Comp-Int 36-24-3 16-4-2
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 72-359 60-358
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards 1-0 1-6
Kickoff Returns-Yards 3-25 4-68
Interception Returns-Yards 2-25 3-34
Punts (Number-Avg) 5-42.4 6-34.2
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-2
Penalties-Yards 4-25 8-72
Possession Time 23:33 22:43
Third-Down Conversions 6 of 19 3 of 12
Fourth-Down Conversions 0 of 3 2 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 2-5 4-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards 1-3 7-53
RUSHING: Parkersburg-Jake Johnson 15-54; Tyler Moler 18-40; Brenton Strange 1-2; Braeden Mason 2-minus 2. Huntington-Diallo Mitchell 21-144; Tajan Blackwell 12-60; Malik Johnson 7-42; Jahronimo Mitchell 3-11; Kristopher Brown 1-0.
PASSING: Parkersburg-Jake Johnson 24-35-3-265; Braeden Mason 0-1-0-0. Huntington-Tajan Blackwell 4-16-2-101.
RECEIVING: Parkersburg-Brenton Strange 7-70; Braeden Mason 5-101; Dylan Shaver 4-27; Tyler Moler 4-9; Kionte Peacock 1-42; Shane Miller 1-7; Joel Butcher 1-5; Anthony Craig 1-4. Huntington-Bryce Damous 1-50; Jahronimo Mitchell 1-34; Diallo Mitchell 1-10; Kristopher Brown 1-7.
INTERCEPTIONS: Parkersburg-Kionte Peacock 1-25; Aurelius Edmonds 1-0. Huntington-Jahronimo Mitchell 3-34.
FUMBLES: Parkersburg-Jake Johnson 1-0. Huntington-Diallo Mitchell 1-1; Jahronimo Mitchell 1-1.
Parkersburg (5-4) vs. Huntington (7-2)
Date: Oct 26, 2018 • Site: Huntington • Stadium: Bob Sang Stadium
Kickoff time: 7:30 • End of Game: 10:07 • Total elapsed time: 2:37