QUINCEY -Spurned by its best defensive effort of the season, Parkersburg High gained its third victory here Friday night, downing Riverside, 25-7, in a Mountain State Athletic Conference contest.
The Big Reds broke a 7-7 halftime tie by scoring three times in the final 24 minutes, including a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Aaron Roberts to wide receiver Dan Fox.
Roberts threw three TD passes in the contest. The first came with less than a minute until intermission with the Big Reds trailing 7-0. With the ball resting at the Riverside 21-yard line, Roberts hit Stephen Dailey with a pass. Dailey, after hauling in the ball at the Warrior 15, lateralled it to Chandler Hamilton who scurried into the end zone for Parkersburg's first touchdown. Josh Roney's extra point was good, tying the contest at 7 just 28 seconds before halftime.
The second half was all Parkersburg (3-6). After receiving the kickoff to open the third quarter, Parkersburg gave the ball to Hamilton on the first play from scrimmage and he blasted up the middle for a 63-yard touchdown and a 13-7 Big Reds lead.
Parkersburg dominated the fourth quarter as Riverside, which finished its season at 1-9, couldn't generate any offense. The Big Reds, meanwhile, scored twice, both on passes from Roberts to Fox. The first came on a 16-yard toss with 10:12 to play and the latter on a 14-yard pitch-and-catch with 2:27 left.
It marked the first time Parkersburg held an opponent to a single digit amount of points since the fifth game of the 2011 season when the Big Reds beat St. Albans, 29-7.
Roberts completed eight of 14 passes for 131 yards, fix Fox hauling in four aerials for 53 yards and Josh Trembly catching a pair of tosses for 42 yards.
Corey Burdette was the workhorse for the Big Reds, carrying the ball 22 times for 111 yards while Hamilton accounted for 81 rushing yards on just six attempts.
Riverside was led by Will Jackson, who rushed for 111 yards on 27 carries and scored the Warriors only touchdown on a 1-yard run just 1:10 before intermission.
Warrior quarterback Cole Sigman completed seven of his 16 passes for 91 yards.
The win gives Parkersburg some much-needed momentum heading into next Friday night's season finale against arch-rival Parkersburg South at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.