Defense, Parsons-led Passing Attack Carries Big Reds Over Riverside, 47-0
.....QUINCY - Posting their second straight shutout with several outstanding defensive plays the Big Reds of Parkersburg got another big passing night from David Parsons en route to a 47-0 win over Riverside.
Parsons threw four touchdowns, completing 12 of 18 passes for 317 yards and even ran for a score as PHS upped its record to 2-0 while dropping the Warriors to 0-2.
The PHS prevent unit held Riverside to just five yards in total offense and only one first down as Zane Lewis led the way with 14 tackles, including a sack, and an interception. Casey Stanley, who caught one touchdown and kicked two field goals, had an outstanding defensive play to begin the game when he ran down Riverside’s Bryce Green after a long kickoff return and the Big Reds then came up with a goal-line stand from the two yard line.
Offensively, PHS piled up 441 yards on just 44 plays with 335 of it coming through the air. Anthony Ice caught three passes for 134 yards with 86 of that coming on one catch-and-run play early in the third quarter to go with a 28 yard scoring catch late in the first quarter. Andrew Stalnaker caught three passes for 124 yards while brother Matthew Stalnaker had one TD reception. Stanley caught three passes for 48 yards.
Jakel Shelton led the ground game with 75 yards on 15 carries while Ethan Jones joined Parsons with a touchdown on the ground.
The Big Reds scored 17 points in each of the first two quarters and tacked on another in the third period to force a game-shortening clock running situation in the fourth quarter.
PHS got on the board first with a 25 yard field goal by Stanley, set up by a 53 yard pass completion to Andrew Stalnaker. The first touchdown came with 2:36 left on the first quarter clock when Stanley out-leaped a defender in the end zone to complete a 15 yard scoring play which capped a six-play, 45 yard drive.
Riverside elected to go for it on fourth-and-one on the next series and Carter Watts and Matthew Stalnaker combined to stop the Warriors for loss of a yard with PHS taking over just 28 yards from the home team goal line. On the very next play Parsons back-pedaled but still flipped a strike to Ice in the end zone. Stanley’s kick made it 17-0.
The last play of the first quarter saw a tremendous defensive effort by Stanley, who kicked off to Riverside return specialist Bryce Green at the five yard line. Green went right but then cut back left and found a wall of blockers. Stanley was blocked at the Riverside 35 but shook that off to come back and run down Green, pushing him out of bounds at the Parkerburg two yard line after a 93 yard return.
A great goal-line stand was capped by Lewis sacking the Riverside quarterback back to the 14 yard line on fourth down from the four.
Taking over at that spot, PHS took just six plays to cover the 86 yards with a 58-yard completion to Andrew Stalnaker over the middle being the big play. Parsons scored himself from the two as he bulled over the right side for touchdown number three.
The Big Reds tacked another 25 yard field goal from Stanley with 3:18 left in the half and later forced Riverside to punt from its own three yard line, giving PHS great field position at the Riverside 20. Two plays later Parsons hit Matthew Stalnaker with a TD toss from the seven and Stanley’s kick made it 34-0 at the half.
Continuing to play great defense which limited Riverside to just one first down and just five yards in total offense for the game, the Big Reds needed it as they fumbled the second half kickoff away on their own 33 yard line. For the game Riverside was 0-for-11 on third down and 0-for-4 on fourth down tries.
PHS forced a punt but had to start from its own seven yard line. Even that distance didn’t deter the Big Reds as three plays later Parsons found Ice who broke a tackle at his own 40 and out-ran the Warrior defense to complete an 86-yard touchdown play.
The final Big Red score came with 4:13 left to play on a mercy-rule running clock when Ethan Jones ran it in from 11 yards away to cap a nine-play drive. Big Red on that series was an 18-yard pass play to Jones.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Total
Parkersburg 17 17 7 6 - 47
Riverside 0 0 0 0 - 0
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 07:07 PHS - Casey Stanley 25 yd field goal, 5-58 2:31
02:36 PHS - Casey Stanley 15 yd pass from David Parsons (Casey Stanley kick), 6-45 2:55
00:29 PHS - Anthony Ice 28 yd pass from David Parsons (Casey Stanley kick), 1-28 0:05
2nd 06:58 PHS - David Parsons 2 yd run (Casey Stanley kick), 6-86 3:24
03:18 PHS - Casey Stanley 25 yd field goal, 6-42 1:51
00:59 PHS - Matthew Stalnaker 7 yd pass from David Parsons (Casey Stanley kick), 2-20 0:18
3rd 08:43 PHS - Anthony Ice 86 yd pass from David Parsons (Casey Stanley kick), 3-93 1:02
4th 04:13 PHS - Ethan Jones 11 yd run (Cooper Cancade rush failed), 9-40 6:28
FIRST DOWNS 14 1
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 25-106 31-3
PASSING YDS (NET) 335 2
Passes Att-Comp-Int 19-13-0 9-4-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 44-441 40-5
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards 2-22 0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards 1--2 4-174
Interception Returns-Yards 1-0 0-0
Punts (Number-Avg) 0-0.0 6-23.3
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 10-88 7-50
Possession Time 22:49 25:48
Third-Down Conversions 2 of 8 0 of 11
Fourth-Down Conversions 2 of 4 0 of 4
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 6-6 0-1
Sacks By: Number-Yards 2-12 1-3
RUSHING: Parkersburg-Jakel Shelton 15-75; Ethan Jones 4-26; Sylas Cheuvront 2-8; David Parsons 2-4; Cooper Cancade 2-minus 7. Riverside-Caden Ray 14-23; Dasani McCallister 1-5; Bryce Green 9-5; Christian Holcomb 2-0; Bishop Hairston 3-minus 2; Riley Gilmore 1-minus 3; TEAM 1-minus 25. PASSING: Parkersburg-David Parsons 11-17-0-323; Cooper Cancade 1-1-0-18. Riverside-Caden Ray 3-7-1-0; Riley Gilmore 1-2-0-2. RECEIVING: Parkersburg-Anthony Ice 3-134; Andrew Stalnaker 3-124; Casey Stanley 3-48; Ethan Jones 1-18; Jakel Shelton 1-10; Matthew Stalnaker 1-7. Riverside-Malik Brown 2-minus 5; Taevion Woods 1-5; Malique Thomas 1-2. INTERCEPTIONS: Parkersburg-Zane Lewis 1-0. Riverside-None. FUMBLES: Parkersburg-Cooper Cancade 1-0; Sylas Cheuvront 1-1. Riverside-TEAM 1-0. Parkersburg (2-0) vs. Riverside (0-2) Date: Sept.1,2023 • Site: Belle, WV • Stadium: Attendance: 500 Kickoff time: 7:30 • End of Game: 9:52 • Total elapsed time: 2:22 Officials: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather: SACKS (UA-A): Parkersburg-Adam Elder 1-0; Zane Lewis 1-0. Riverside-None. TACKLES (UA-A): Parkersburg-Zane Lewis 3-11; Matthew Stalnaker 1-8; Adam Elder 1-7; Jake Bauman 0-7; Andrew Stalnaker 1-5; Casen Cox 1-4; Sylas Cheuvront 3-0; Casey Stanley 2-1; Jakel Shelton 0-3; Carter Watts 0-3; Eli Bauman 0-3; Allen Bradlee 1-1; Anthony Ice 1-1; Austin Jones 1-0; Cyrus Backus 0-1; Conner Petty 0-1; Rudy Colombo 0-1.