by David Fatzinger
It was a beautiful Friday in Charles Erickson Stadium as the 15th ranked Patriots from Parkersburg South played host to the 5th ranked Big Reds from Parkersburg High. The Patriots and Head Coach Jon Bolen were 3-2 going into tonight’s Great American Rivalry Series battle with the 5-1 Big Red with Head Coach Don Reeves.
Over 12,000 fans eagerly awaited kick-off on a beautiful 70 degree evening, with Parkersburg winning the coin toss and starting their drive after kick-off on their own 32. After 3rd and out, a punt return by South sets them to drive on the 23rd yard line only go down after 3. Following another punt, time by South, Parkersburg starts their own drive strong with a 15-yard pass to Logan Sallee, but South stops PHS on a fourth and two.
Gaining possession on their own 29, South lost out with a fumble recovered by the Big Reds. Parkersburg High had a five-play drive before a big sack by Sallee and Whitlatch ended the quarter with the score 0-0.
South took over to start the 2nd quarter and opted to punt on 4th and 6. The Big Reds
started their drive near the 25-yard-line, but another 3 and out saw them punting back to the Patriots. Strong defenses on both sides, including back to back sacks by South, led to another scoreless quarter as the half ended with Parkersburg High’s Codey Roney missing a 42-yard field goal. Score at the half remained 0-0.
PHS kicked off to the Patriots to start the 2nd half, but South fumbled on the 2nd play of the drive and the Big Reds recovered. On the sixth play of the drive, Parkersburg went for it on 4th and five but did not get through.
South took over at the 26-yard-line, and 50-yard run by Braxton put them on the 14. Another big run put the Patriots on the 2 yard line with 1st and goal. A touchdown by Jacob Douglas followed by the extra point gave South a 7-0 lead.
PHS started their drive on the 27 following the kickoff, but South stopped any momentum with two sacks to destroy any chance for a PHS rebuttal.
Taking over near their own 40, South moved up the field with big plays including a fourth down completion and a 15+ yard pass to put them on the 16 yard line. The 3rd quarter ended with South up 7-0 and in great field position on the Big Reds’ 14.
South put three more points on the board in the fourth quarter to lead 10-0 with 10:09 left in the game. South’s Jacob Douglas would later run for 30 yards to put the Patriots near the enemy red zone with 6:18 remaining. Some crucial penalties forced South to go for it on fourth and 13, and Logan Cox not only got past the line of scrimmage but scored the touchdown to give South the 17-0 victory.
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- Parkersburg South – 2011