Greenbrier East cools off South

PARKERSBURG – Mason Yates’ interception for Greenbrier East was the only turnover the visitors got here Friday night at the Erickson All-Sports Facility, but the Spartans turned it into the game-winning touchdown en route to upending Parkersburg South, 27-20.

Dalton Cline zigged and zagged his way to game-highs of 29 carries and 209 yards for the now 5-4 Spartans, who took the lead for good on quarterback Isaiah Kinder’s 1-yard sneak with 6:54 to play.

Parkersburg South, which dropped to 2-6 and plays a 7 p.m. game next Friday at Wheeling Park, lost the total yards battle, 493-290. The Patriots were assessed 10 penalties for 77 yards, but the Spartans managed the victory despite being flagged 18 times for 121 stripes.

Kinder, who rushed for 37 yards and hit 12 of 19 passes for 173 more, connected with Colby Johnson on a 13-yard TD strike for the first score of the game. Sean Myles’ extra point gave the Spartans a 7-0 cushion with 2:35 left in the opening period.

The Patriots answered on the ensuing drive when Cody Smith bulled in from the 2, but the extra point failed. Brendan Schwendeman had the key play on the drive when the Patriots faked a screen out wide and instead pulled off a middle screen for 34 yards.

In the final 3:55 of the first half, the two squads combined for three touchdowns, but it was GEHS holding a 19-13 advantage at intermission.

A James Meade sack on signal-caller Garrett Gilkeson ended a Patriot drive and the Spartans put together an 84-yard scoring march to make it 13-7. Kinder had a key 21-yard third-down scramble and Phillip Dowdy ripped off a 22-yard run to convert another third down. Cline eventually took it in from the 4, but the extra point failed.

Johnson’s second TD catch from Kinder, this one covering 33 yards with 1:42 left before halftime, gave the visitors a 19-6 edge, but the two-point conversion pass was no good.

Parkersburg South used a 40-yard screen pass to Cody Boggs to help get into the end zone as Smith took it in from the 6 with 28.9 ticks left before the break. Franklin Miller’s extra point cut the deficit to six.

Gilkeson’s 45-yard option keeper on the Patriots’ first play from scrimmage in the third quarter and Micah Boles extra point gave the hosts their final lead, 20-19, at the 10:26 mark.

Although Gilkeson recovered a Dowdy fumble on the next GEHS drive, the hosts had to punt.

Myles missed a 32-yard field goal late in the third and the Patriots failed to gain a first down on their next two drives, which led to Kinder’s game-winning score.

Despite moving the ball to the Spartan 37 late in the fourth, a block in the back proved costly for Parkersburg South. Nick Sanders snagged a 7-yard reception on third-and-14 from the Spartan 45, but Gilkeson’s pass on fourth down went incomplete and the visitors, who are off next week before playing at Oak Hill, ran out the clock.

Gilkeson (10-67) and Smith (16-56) paced the Patriot running game. Gilkeson went 6 of 13 for 144 yards with Schwendeman catching half the completions for 79 yards.

Greenbrier East’s Ben Allen had just three totes for 33 yards, but his 25-yard burst to the PSHS 5 made it first-and-goal on the game-winning drive. Johnson (4-62), Matt Beard (2-38), Ty Walker (2-27) and Kamen Reynolds (2-23) led the Spartan wideouts.