Pride was evident in city game

Pride is defined as a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.

Pride was on display on Friday night at the Erickson All-Sports Facility, where the football teams from Parkersburg High and Parkersburg South renewed the state’s biggest rivalry.

Although the two teams entered the game with just five combined wins, city bragging rights were on the line.

For the senior members of the Big Reds and the Patriots, it was a chance to go out as winners and to be able to say that forever.

Despite it being a cold November night better suited for being indoors, both teams gave a great accounting of themselves.

This was a great high school football game. It was entertaining and it went down to the final minutes before the outcome was decided and PHS had earned a hard-fought 35-26 victory.

When PHS Athletics Director Lori Lowers and her counterpart at Parkersburg South, Rick Leach, decided to move the city football game to the final week of the regular season, the reaction to the move was mixed. But this couldn’t have worked out any better.

It made the final game of the season a special one.

Both groups of players and their coaching staffs can take pride in the effort they gave.

Once the city rivalry game was over, it was time for college football to take center stage on Saturday. Anyone who has attended a night game at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown knows how crazy the atmosphere can get for a West Virginia University game played under the lights.

The difference between a night game and a day game there is like, well, night and day.

West Virginia, desperately seeking to beat the University of Texas for the second straight season, did virtually everything but win the game, despite finishing it without its two best quarterbacks being available.

The Longhorns managed to escape with a 47-40 overtime victory that like the South-PHS game was high on entertainment value.

That loss makes it necessary for WVU to win its final two games -at Kansas this Saturday and versus Iowa State on Nov. 30 in Morgantown-in order to finish 6-6 and be eligible to participate in a postseason bowl game.

What’s so big about that, you ask?

It isn’t the bowl money that WVU will get for participating in a postseason game.

It’s possible the Mountaineers could lose money on a trip to a minor bowl, especially one that requires a great deal of travel and wouldn’t attract many WVU fans.

Rather, it is the extra practice West Virginia would get in preparing for the bowl game that is vital for the future of the football program.

If WVU loses either game, it will miss out on that practice and have to wait to until spring drills.

Contact Dave Poe at dpoe@newsandsentinel.com