Two to be inducted into Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame tonight

PARKERSBURG — The two newest members of the Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame Harold William “Bill” Bell and Charlie Taylor will be inducted prior to tonight’s Big Reds’ football game against Beckley’s Woodrow Wilson High School at Stadium Field.

Both were key players on undefeated state championship football teams as Bell led the Big Reds to the 1938 title with a 10-0 record and Taylor led PHS to the 2006 state crown and a 14-0 record, the hall of fame committee said.

Bell was an all-state football player at Parkersburg High, an All-American halfback at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, a coach on the 1959 national champion Syracuse University squad and a scout for the Houston Oilers and San Francisco 49ers in the NFL. Bell’s football career spanned 50 years.

Bell, who passed away last year, quarterbacked the Big Reds to the 1938 state championship, throwing for over 800 yards and rushing for 800 more with 14 touchdowns. As a senior in 1939 he was named captain of the all-state football team after passing for more than 1,000 yards and rushing for nearly 800 more and 11 TDs.

Taylor, a 6-1, 230-pound fullback and linebacker, rushed for 1,150 yards and caught passes for another 191 yards while scoring 11 touchdowns in PHS’ undefeated 2006 season. He also had 71 tackles, including 13 for loss, on a team that outscored its 14 opponents by a margin of 412-89.

Taylor finished his PHS career with 1,528 yards rushing. He had a career-best 221 yards against St. Albans during the 2006 season.

Taylor finished his career as a 4.0 student. He graduated from West Virginia University and is a civil engineer with United Construction in Parkersburg.

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