South downs Ripley, 47-35

RIPLEY – At least for a week, Parkersburg South’s Brendan Schwendeman is going to be the big man on campus.

All the junior did here Friday night at Memorial Stadium was make sure first-year head coach Mike Eddy won in his debut as the Patriot running back rolled over Ripley during a wild shootout victory, 47-35.

Schwendeman rushed just 18 times, but amassed what is believed to be a Parkersburg South school record of 410 yards. His first six-pointer gave the visitors a quick 6-0 lead just 23 seconds into the contest when he raced untouched from 64 yards out. At halftime, Schwendeman had just six carries for 88 yards and Ripley actually led 18-7 at intermission.

The Vikings of first-year head coach Dave Tennant answered the Patriots’ first score with a pair of short TD runs from Nathan Tucker. Before the half, the clock was stopped after a fumble and a scrum. Although the Patriots, who play host to Linsly next week, thought the half should be over, it wasn’t. Ripley proceeded to score with 0.6 left on the clock when quarterback Trevor Tucker his Kade Harrison on a 1-yard TD strike.

After halftime, the fans witnessed what turned out to be the Schwendeman and Trevor Tucker running show.

PSHS got back into the game with a Schwendeman 43-yard romp and then took the lead 21-18 on his 81-yard gallop. However, a 21-yard field goal by Easton Berry allowed the hosts to knot the score at 21-all with 4:04 left in the third.

Parkersburg South, which had 474 total yards compared to the Vikings’ 424, took the lead for good at 27-21 at the end of the third quarter when Cody Smith hauled in a perfect fade rout from signal-caller Garrett Gilkeson, who added a 1-yard plunge with 1:48 left in the contest to put the game out of reach.

Following, Smith’s TD catch, Schwendeman had TD runs of 65 and 54 yards, respectively. Trevor Tucker’s 4-yard run with 9:10 left in the affair cut the deficit to 33-28, but Schwendeman added his 54-yard romp just 1:41 latter to make it 40-28.

Harrison grabbed his second TD of the game, this time from 31 yards out with 3:13 remaining, but the Vikings never got any closer than 40-35.

Trevor Tucker finished with 127 yards passing and added 249 yards rushing on 25 attempts.

Ripley will look to get its first win of the year when it visits Point Pleasant next week.