Patriots seeking first win after 0-2 start

Photo by Jeff Baughan Parkersburg South’s Nick Yoho rumbles for big yardage against Warren last season. The Partiots running back and linebacker along with the rest of the team welcomes Morgantown for the home opener at 7 p.m. Friday at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.

PARKERSBURG — Having an 0-2 record is not a good place to be with a football team like Morgantown coming to town.

That’s the scenario facing a struggling Parkersburg South squad which tackles the equally 0-2 Mohigans at 7 p.m. Friday at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.

After going 0-2 on the road to open the season, the Patriots are finally back at home Friday night. “But it’s not like it gets any easier,” said South head coach Mike Eddy, “because I don’t want anybody to look at Morgantown’s record and think, ‘Well, they’re not very good this year,’ because it’s quite the opposite.

“They played a ranked team out of Pennsylvania in North Allegheny and then Steubenville (Ohio), so scheduled themselves into 0-2. But they’re still a quality football team. They’re going to do a lot things that create issues for us. We’re going to have to play extremely well.

“But fortunately for us, our kids, even though they haven’t always been playing well, they’ve played hard. And I think if we can do that, it gives us an opportunity to be in the game, especially since it’s going to be good to be back home.”

Sizing up Morgantown’s key personnel, Eddy said that “they’re still transitioning a little bit” after losing their quarterback, Logan Holgorsen (son of WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen), who transferred in July to a private school in Maryland. “That was thrown on them at the last minute, so they had to break in a new (starting) QB,” noted Eddy.

“So they’re not going to be a heavy pass team; they’re going to try and make their way by running the football and as per usual, they’ve got kids that can do that.

“They’re big and physical up front, and run primarily inside the tackles, but want to make sure they run enough perimeter to get you out of the box.

“They’ll throw the ball, though, whenever they need to throw the ball. They’re either going to throw a screen pass or throw it deep.”

On defense, “they haven’t changed a lot, are still using a base 4-4,” said Eddy.

So what does Eddy and his staff plan to do Friday night? “We’ve got to come out and play great special teams — which has been our mainstay so far — and be very aggressive on defense, and try to limit their big plays, and then we’re going to have to try to find a way to move the ball.

“I’m not asking our offense to score every time they have it, but we’ve got to be able to move the ball and change field position.”

South’s offense, said Eddy, “still just can’t seem to find a rhythm. And I’m not sure yet what we’re good at. We’ve shown flashes here and there. But right now, we’re just not consistent enough to be able to answer that question.

“We’ve played inconsistently in both our games so far, and therefore you end up where we are right now and that’s at 0-2.

“And because we do play such a difficult schedule, it’s hard to say, ‘Well, we can go 0-3 and win out.’ Well, that’s not always easily done with our schedule.

“So right now, our focus is just to get that first win first and then we’ll worry about the rest of the season.”

Mohigans (0-2)

Aug. 25: lost to N. Allegheny (Pa.), 45-0

Sept, 1: lost to Steubenville, Ohio, 28-6

Sept. 8: at Park. South, 7 p.m.

Sept. 15: Brooke, 7 p.m.

Sept. 22: at Martinsburg, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29: at Musselman, 7 p.m.

Oct. 6: Wheeling Park, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 13: Riverside, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 20: at John Marshall, 7 p.m.

Oct. 27: at University, 7:30 p.m.

Patriots (0-2)

Aug. 25: lost to Ripley, 28-12

Sept. 1: lost to University, 49-24

Sept. 8: Morgantown, 7 p.m.

Sept. 15: at Princeton, 7 p.m.

Sept. 22: John Marshall, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29: Point Pleasant, 7 p.m.

Oct. 6: at Brooke, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 20: Greenbrier East, 7 p.m.

Oct. 27: at Wheeling Park, 7 p.m.

Nov. 3: Parkersburg, 7 p.m.