Parkersburg South looks to bounce back at Athens

THE PLAINS, Ohio — Now 1-1 after last week’s 24-7 loss to visiting University, Parkersburg South will be out Friday night to get back on the winning track in its first road game of the season at 1-1 Athens (Ohio) at 7:30 p.m.

Still, said Patriots’ head coach Mike Eddy, “we had opportunities to win versus University. But we fumbled twice on the six-yard line.

“And we also had over 350 yards offense, but only one touchdown. When you sit back from a coaching standpoint, you just shake your head because that doesn’t make sense. But that’s what happens when you turn the ball over twice where we did. When you get that far and come away with no points, that has to affect any momentum you built up getting there.”

In a game though, “it all comes down to ball security and tackling, and those two things we did not do well enough,” added Eddy.

“We all, players and coaches, walked out of there last Friday very disappointed in the outcome because we felt like it could have been different.”

Of course, Hawks’ QB Logan Holgorsen lived up to his hype, but for Eddy, “he did way more damage to our defense with his legs (12 carries, 83 yards, TD) than with his arm (327 yards passing, 2 TDs). He’s a very good football player.”

But “now though this week,” said Eddy, “we’ll be looking at a different sort of things to correct. Some of them are mental, like being focused on your task, and others are physical, like missing open-field tackles.”

Only two games into the season, Eddy told his team after last Friday night that “neither winning your first game, nor losing your second game define your season already because there’s a lot of football to play yet, at least eight more games.”

The “biggest thing” Eddy sees in playing Athens this Friday “is just the unknown.

“We’ve been trying to get ready for a team we haven’t played before, so we don’t have any history to go off of. And we’ll be playing against a team that we don’t play a common opponent.”

Plus, noted Eddy, Athens “runs a style of offense that we couldn’t simulate with our scout teams. They are a no-huddle offense, but we couldn’t go against that in practice because our scout team didn’t know how to run a no-huddle sprint offense.”

Eddy does knows that the Bulldogs have “got a very big, physical quarterback that can throw and run, but we didn’t have one of those on our scout team. And even if we did, we could put a guy out there that looks like him, but he wouldn’t know how to run a read-style of offense. So it’s been really hard to simulate the things they’re going to do.

“So it’s been especially important for us this week to make sure to give our kids plenty of time to watch Athens on film to see what they do and how they do it.”

PATRIOTS (1-1)

Aug. 24: South 27, Ripley 7

Aug. 31: University 24, South 7

Sept. 7: at Athens (Ohio), 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 14: Princeton, 7 p.m.

Sept. 21: at John Marshall, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 5: Brooke, 7 p.m.

Oct. 12: Morgantown, 7 p.m.

Oct. 19: at Greenbrier East, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 26: Wheeling Park, 7 p.m.

Nov. 2: at Parkersburg, 7:30 p.m.

BULLDOGS (1-1)

Aug. 24: Athens 51, Warren 26

Aug. 31: Proctorville Fairland 35, Athens 31

Sept. 7: Parkersburg South, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 14: at Alexander, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 21: Vinton County, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 28: at Logan (Ohio), 7 p.m.

Oct. 5: at Meigs, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 12: Wellston, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 19: River Valley, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 26: at Nelsonville-York, 7:30 p.m.

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