PARKERSBURG -Two victories in one.
That's how Parkersburg High School's high school football program is looking at Friday night's 41-22 win at Warren.
Not only was it the 800th victory in the history of the school, but it also got the 2014 season off to a positive start.
Photo by Kevin Pearson
Warren's Michael Smith (84) makes a hit on Parkersburg quarterback Josh Trembly during the first quarter of a football game in Vincent Friday evening. PHS defeated Warren, 41-22, for the school's 800th all-time victory.
It was a happy group of Big Reds who filled the dressing quarters on Monday to listen to head coach Don Reeves discuss the team's performance and hand out individual awards.
Parkersburg has this week off, but there's no resting around this football camp. The Big Reds will use this week to improve the things they need to work on and next week to get ready for Cabell Midland, who will serve as the opponent for Parkersburg's home opener on Sept. 12. The Silver Knights will represent a significant upgrade in the quality of competition.
"It was a privilege for you to get the school's 800th win,'' Reeves told his players. "Respect the guys in the past who put you in that position.''
Reeves, who has played a major role in Parkersburg's football history, called it both victory No. 800 and victory No. 1.
"It was big for us to start out with a W,'' he said. "It was icing on the cake that it was win No. 800. It couldn't have been any sweeter.''
It was especially gratifying to see the Big Reds defense contribute a pair of touchdowns as Max Chefren scored on a 22-yard fumble return and Jordan Colebank returned an interception 69 yards for six points.
That wasn't the only long scoring play in which Colebank was involved as he hauled in a 51-yard pass from wingback Dan Fox. Known for his basketball skills at PHS, Colebank now has given the football team another dangerous weapon in its arsenal.
Fox was named the game's offensive player by the coaching staff, while Charley Conley, who Reeves said may have had his finest game as a Big Red, was named the top defensive performer. Brandon Turner won the award for the biggest hit and sophomore Karson Snyder for being the hardest worker of the week.
Reeves was particularly pleased that Parkersburg kicked off seven times and yet only one was returned. That's a statistic that if PHS can bottle it up will come in handy in Mountain State Athletic Conference games, where several opponents have speedburners returning kicks.
Members of the Big Reds spent Monday evening encouraging the PHS junior varsity, which played Warren at Stadium Field.
There will be no more rest for PHS, which will play nine consecutive Friday games in the regular season and hopes to be playing when the state playoffs get under way.