Cabell Midland game
Unbeaten Showdown Sees Midland Defense Lift Knights Over PHS, 42-16
Cabell Midland came up with four goal-line stands and four take-aways to defeat Parkersburg 42-16 Friday night at Stadium Field in a battle of top five ranked, unbeaten teams.
Two times in each half PHS came up with first-and-goal situations but failed to capitalize and the Big Reds suffered an un-characteristic four turnovers, including the first three interceptions of the entire season.
The win put Midland at 5-0 and should improve their number five ranking while the loss drops PHS, which came into the game ranked second in Class AAA, to 4-1 going into next Friday’s home game with George Washington. George Washington defeated South Charleston 98-7 Friday to raise its record to 2-3.
Midland broke open a tight game with three third quarter scores and finished the contest with 426 yards rushing as former Parkersburg South quarterback Robert Shockey scored three times and Curtis Jones added a pair of short touchdown runs. Shockey ran for 117 yards on 21 carries and passed for 118 yards although suffering three interceptions. Jones ran for 207 yards on 23 carries.
PHS went to the air 42 times with David Parsons completing 27 for 343 yards and two touchdowns but experienced his first, second and third interceptions of the year. His two scoring passes enabled him to tie the all-time school record of 52 career TD passes held by head coach Matt Kimes’ brother Marc.
Midland finished with 544 yards in total offense while PHS had 359 yards as the Big Reds could manage just 16 yards on 18 rushing attempts against a swarming Knight defense.
The Knights took the opening kickoff and drove 54 yards in 16 plays to the PHS 11 yard line but Jason Williams came up with a fourth down sack.
The Big Reds followed that with a 14-play, 81yard drive but could not push the ball into the end zone after getting a first down on the four yard line, turning it over on downs at the one on the first play of the second quarter.
An interception by Zane Lewis set the Big Reds up to take the lead when Casey Stanley kicked a 32-yard field goal with 7:59 left in the half. But Cabell answered with an 80-yard drive that took 10 plays with Shockey putting his team ahead on a one yard run.
The Big Reds almost answered that touchdown themselves, driving 68 yards to the Midland one yard line for a first down after a 27-yard reception by Matthew Stalnaker. Two runs gained nothing and on third down Parsons was picked off in the end zone by Miles Meadors with just 21 seconds left before intermission to preserve a 7-3 lead.
So, instead of being up 17-7, the Big Reds suffered a 3-and-out to start the second half and Midland churned out a 65 yard scoring drive capped by Jones’ two yard run.
Another Parsons interception two plays later put the visitors back in business and Jones ripped off a 22 yard run to set up a 19 yard scoring play when Shockey faked to Jones and kept the ball up the middle to score with 5:33 and the Knights were up 21-3.
The bad luck continued for PHS as a fumble on the ensuing kickoff put Midland on the Big Red 36 yard line. Shockey’s touchdown run of 19 yards came on an option play as he faked the pitch to Jones and kept up the middle to make it 28-3.
The Big Reds finally reached the end zone with 1:26 left in the third quarter as a 36 yard pass to Matthew Stalnaker set up a 28 yard TD toss to Andrew Stalnaker to cut the lead to 28-10.
With less than a minute to play in the third quarter Matthew Stalnaker came up with an interception and 18 yard return to the Knights’ five yard line. But once again PHS was turned away when two runs gained only two yards and two passes fell incomplete.
Midland then went 97 yards to score again thanks mainly to a 58 yard run by Jones, who was being tackled just five yards downfield only to be spun around and stay on his feet before taking the ball to the 10 yard line. Two plays later he scored to make it 35-10.
The Big Reds reached the end zone again on a 45 yard pass to Anthony Ice with 9:18 left in the game, cutting the margin to 35-16.
Midland put the game out of reach thanks mainly to a 31 yard run by Jayden Branch followed by a two yard TD run by Logan Hobbs.
The game ended after PHS drove 80 yards to a first and goal at the four but a pass to Jakel Shelton was stopped at the one yard line.
Ice, Andrew Stalnaker and Shelton all caught six passes in the game with Matthew Stalnaker catching four for 101 yards. Unofficially, Andrew Stalnaker had 11 tackles while Casey Stanley and Jake Bauman had nine stops each. Lewis had two interceptions while Matthew Stalnaker had one.
#5 Cabell Midland vs #2 Parkersburg (Sep 22, 2023 at Parkersburg)
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 - Total
Cabell Midland 0 7 21 14 - 42
Parkersburg 0 3 7 6 - 16
Qtr Time Scoring play
2nd 07:59 PHS - Casey Stanley 32 yd field goal, 6-22 1:09
04:36 CM - Robert Shockey 1 yd run (Tony Hornbuckle kick), 10-80 3:23
3rd 07:31 CM - Curtis Jones 2 yd run (Tony Hornbuckle kick), 7-65 2:10
05:33 CM - Robert Shockey 6 yd run (Tony Hornbuckle kick), 4-44 1:21
02:46 CM - Robert Shockey 19 yd run (Tony Hornbuckle kick), 6-36 2:40
01:26 PHS - Andrew Stalnaker 28 yd pass from David Parsons (Casey Stanley kick), 3-67 1:18
4th 09:40 CM - Curtis Jones 1 yd run (Tony Hornbuckle kick), 6-97 2:15
09:18 PHS - Anthony Ice 45 yd pass from David Parsons (David Parsons pass failed), 2-55 0:16
05:16 CM - Logan Hobbs 2 yd run (Tony Hornbuckle kick), 8-80 4:02
FIRST DOWNS 27 20
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) 55-426 18-16
PASSING YDS (NET) 118 343
Passes Att-Comp-Int 15-9-3 42-27-3
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 70-544 60-359
Fumble Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards 0-0 0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards 1-26 7-82
Interception Returns-Yards 3-21 3-31
Punts (Number-Avg) 0-0.0 1-33.0
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards 10-87 7-46
Possession Time 27:09 17:20
Third-Down Conversions 6 of 9 4 of 11
Fourth-Down Conversions 2 of 3 2 of 4
Red-Zone Scores-Chances 6-8 1-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards 2-16 2-9
RUSHING: Cabell Midland-Curtis Jones 23-207; Robert Shockey 21-117; Jayden Branch 4-57; Landon Nida 3-20; Logan Hobbs 2-13; Cannon Lewis 2-12. Parkersburg-Jason Williams 5-12; Jakel Shelton 6-12;
David Parsons 7-minus 8.
PASSING: Cabell Midland-Robert Shockey 9-15-3-118. Parkersburg-David Parsons 27-42-3-343.
RECEIVING: Cabell Midland-Miles Meadors 3-50; Curtis Jones 2-21; Michael Lunsford 1-20; Jayden Branch 1-18; Caden Bowen 1-7; Landon Nida 1-2. Parkersburg-Anthony Ice 6-83; Andrew Stalnaker 6-82; Jakel
Shelton 6-48; Matthew Stalnaker 4-101; Casey Stanley 4-23; Jason Williams 1-6.
INTERCEPTIONS: Cabell Midland-Miles Meadors 1-20; Elijah Pratt 1-1; Jayden Branch 1-0. Parkersburg-Zane Lewis 2-13; Matthew Stalnaker 1-18.
FUMBLES: Cabell Midland-None. Parkersburg-Anthony Ice 1-1.
Cabell Midland (5-0) vs. Parkersburg (4-1)
Attendance: 2500 Total elapsed time: 2:54
SACKS (UA-A): Cabell Midland-Logan Hobbs 2-0. Parkersburg-Jason Williams 1-0; Casey Stanley 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Cabell Midland-Logan Hobbs 2-0; Cannon Lewis 1-0. Parkersburg-Andrew Stalnaker 7-4; Casey Stanley 6-3; Jake Bauman 3-6; Zane Lewis 4-3; Adam Elder 3-3; Cyrus Backus 5-0; Jason Williams
3-2; Jakel Shelton 2-3; Anthony Ice 4-0; Allen Bradlee 3-1; Matthew Stalnaker 2-2; Carter Watts 0-2; Ethan Jones 1-0; Eli Bauman 0-1.