Big Reds defeat Woodrow Wilson, 34-8

Parkersburg's Brenton Strange stiff-arms Woodrow Wilson defensive back Peyton Thomas to the Stadium Field turf during the Big Reds' 34-8 Friday night homecoming victory versus the Flying Eagles. Photo by Jay W. Bennett.

PARKERSBURG — Host Parkersburg High put up 27 first-half points while limiting Woodrow Wilson to just 64 yards and nothing on the scoreboard en route to a 34-8 win for the No. 10 Class AAA Big Reds Friday night at Stadium Field.

PHS, now 5-2, piled up a total of 482 yards, 350 of which came from quarterback Kam Mace connecting on 26 of 31 passes, seven each to Jake Johnson and Brenton Strange for 124 and 115 yards respectively, and throwing three touchdowns.

Now 4-2, PHS plays again next Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Cabell Midland, while the Flying Eagles fell to 1-6.

On its second possession of the game, the Big Reds went on a methodical 11-play, 72-yard drive to paydirt in five minutes, culminating with a 20-yard TD toss from Mace to Seth Dailey at 3:23 of the first quarter.

Then Nathan Steed pounced on a Woodrow Wilson fumble at 1:17 of the first period at the PHS 38, and eventually the Big Reds tallied again as Tyler Moler bulled his way into the end zone from a yard out for a 14-0 lead at 11:07 of the second stanza.

Amost immediately afterward, Strange picked off the first of three interceptions for PHS at the WW 35 and ran it in for a TD at 10:25 of the second to boost the margin to 20-0.

And with 4:01 to go in the first half, it became a 27-0 game as Mace hit Strange with an aerial and he raced 34 yards to the 9, from where Mace found Braeden Mason with a TD pass to produce the halftime score.

The third quarter saw PHS use a short passing game to move downfield to the WW 9 as the stanza ended.

On the second play of the fourth quarter, Mace let fly with a 9-yard TD strike to Strange, who leaped high to snag the football for six points with 11:26 to play and Christian Axman booted his fourth of five PAT trys on the night.

The Eagles’ lone score came when a PHS punt snap sailed over the kicker’s head. He raced back to get the ball, but was downed at the Big Red 6. WW proceded to score on a 3-yard run and added a two-point pass at 5:12 for the final score of the game.

“We kept shooting ourselves in the foot; we’ve got to get better than that,” said PHS head coach Mike Byus. “And we’ve got to get better at the little things. That will be the attention next week, paying attention to all the little fundamental things that make a big difference in your play, that have to be done correctly because we’re getting a little bit sloppy.”

In all of PHS’ first six games so far, Byus related that he “can not fault our kids’ effort at all. They’re wrapping up tackling and flying around getting to the ball — I love that.”