Quarterback, writer enter PHS Hall of Fame
The final two members of the Parkersburg High School Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013 include a quarterback who went from being an all-state passer at PHS to Most Valuable Player as a receiver at West Virginia University and the man generally regarded as the finest sportswriter in the history of Parkersburg and one of the best in the history of the state.
Rich Duggan, a three-year letterman and two year starter for the Big Reds from 1972-74, and Jim Snyder, long-time sports editor of the Parkersburg News, are the latest in a distinguished line of famous Big Red football personalities.
The two will be inducted tonight prior to the George Washington game.
After being back-up quarterback as a sophomore, Duggan became the team’s leader in 1973 and took the Big Reds to the playoffs where they lost to eventual champion East Bank and finished 9-2 overall. Duggan threw 14 touchdowns that year, including four against Charleston, and passed for over 1,000 yards.
As a senior Duggan took PHS took the state finals where they lost to Stonewall Jackson (the same team that handed the Big Reds their only regular season defeat). Duggan threw for 11 touchdowns and nearly 1,000 yards on a team known for its running game. He finished his career with 27 touchdown passes (fifth all-time in school history) and 1,992 yards passing (sixth all-time). For his efforts he was named first team Triple-A all-state quarterback.
He went on to become a four-year letterman at WVU where he switched to catching passes instead of throwing them and was recipient of the Ira Rodgers MVP Award as a junior and was team captain as a senior. He currently resides in Cranberry Township, Pa.
Born and raised in Baltimore where his father and brother were both newspapermen, Snyder graduated from W.Va. Wesleyan where he was the school’s first sports information director and was named to that school’s Hall of Fame in 1995 for his work there.
He came to Parkersburg and became sports editor in 1957, a position he held until 1973 when he began a 20-year stay as city editor. His incredibly insightful writing pleased every Big Red fan during the 1958 state championship season as well as two runner-up years in 1959 and 1962. He helped promote Jim Bargeloh to the Kennedy Award in 1957 as well as Gary Virden and Barry Louden to the Hunt Award. He has been honored as State Sports Writer of the year in 1971 and earned the Gene Morehouse Award in 1974. He was named to the Mid-Ohio Valley Hall o Fame in 1998.