Catholic out to gain some respect now

Team gets Binegar’s first win out of the way

PARKERSBURG — Lance Binegar is a teacher at Ritchie County High School. He is also the second-year head football coach at Parkersburg Catholic High School.

Binegar’s Crusader gridders meet up with Ritchie Rebels, both sporting 1-0 marks, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Parkersburg High’s renovated Stadium Field, so something’s got to give for one of them.

Of course, if you haven’t heard by now, PCHS won its season opener on the road last Friday by plundering Paden City 47-14 to start anew after last season’s 0-8 slate, while Ritchie under new head coach Rick Haught squeezed past host Tyler Consolidated 24-22.

Catholic kept it pretty much on the ground at Paden City, rolling up 281 of its 330 yards infantry style, as both Ty Sturm and Jeb Boice rushed for over 100 yards behind the efficient blocking of PC’s big offensive line.

Still although quarterback Xavier Collie threw only three passes, two went for TDs.

“It’s just one of those things that worked out for us, because we pretty well did what we wanted,” said Binegar.

Now though for Catholic is a test against a team in Ritchie quite a bit better than what Paden City provided the Crusaders.

“What with teaching at Ritchie and having just coached there two years ago, I know most of the kids (on the football team),” said Binegar. “They’re good size, big up front and their backs are pretty good.”

Plus, Binegar has known Haught “since I started teaching at Ritchie; he’s a good guy, a super nice fellow.

“So it’s a nice little competitive rivalry we’ve got going on here.”

And to keep his players on the straight and narrow this week following their big victory to halt last season’s winless slide, which included a 26-0 week 2 shutout of PCHS by Ritchie, Binegar has told them “just because you’ve won one (game), we’re not done.”

But also as Binegar says: “Sure, it was a good win for us after none last year. But basically, we’re still being disrespected throughout the whole state, so now we’ve got to beat somebody that actually has a winning record.”