University hands South first loss of the year

Patriots unable to score with Hawks

Parkersburg South’s Devin Gaines (22) tries to avoid a tackle attempt by University’s Evan Parow (25) during Friday’s game at Erickson All-Sports Facility. Photo by Jordan Holland

PARKERSBURG — University quarterback Logan Holgorsen did it with both his arm and his legs Friday night as the visiting Hawks downed Parkersburg South 24-7 at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.

The setback bumped the Patriots down to 1-1 on the early season, while University squared its mark at 1-1 also.

Holgorsen, son of WVU head football coach Dana Holgorsen and a Bowling Green recruit, completed 22 of 27 passes, good for 327 yards and two touchdowns, one from 71 yards out, and also rushed 12 times for 83 yards.

South fell behind 14-0 at the half, but rallied for a third-period to close the gap to 14-7 before University tallied twice in the fourth quarter to lock up the win.

Still, the Patriots had an early opportunity on its second possession of the night, driving from its 19 to the Hawks’ 13 before University pounced on a South fumble just 6 yards from paydirt with 37.9 seconds left in a scoreless first quarter.

It didn’t take much longer though for the Hawks to get on the scoreboard. After a Holgorsen pass to Amir Richardson, who raced all the way down 61 yards to the Patriot 11, Holgorsen scrambled, picking his way 16 yards into the end zone at 11:37 for a 7-0 lead.

And less than three minutes later, Holgorsen got the ball out to Evan Parow at the sideline, and he cut inside and across the field and went in for the TD from 71 yards out at 8:52 for a 14-0 lead.

South had a late first-half try at putting up some points before halftime, however, when Nick Yoho took off for a 46-yard dash to the University 39, but with only 14.6 seconds remaining. A pass was batted away at the Hawks’ 3, though, before Patriot QB Brayden Mooney was sacked as time ran out.

In the third, South reached the University 25, but no closer, only to finally score on its next possession. From its 39, Mooney aired out a 61-yard pitch to paydirt, finding Yoho all alone at the Hawks’ 40 and Yoho sped into the end zone at 6:56 to slice the deficit in half at 14-7.

Then Brandon Penn intercepted for South at the PSHS 28 and Mooney connected with Dylan Day for a 41-yard pickup to University 31. But Devin Gaines had the ball stolen from him at the Hawks’ 3 at 2:12.

In the fourth, Holgorsen notched another TD on a 19-yard pass to Richardson with 11:35 remaining for a 21-7 advantage and Jonah Phares booted a 25-yard field goal to close out the scoring in the game.

“I though our defense was better tonight,” said University head coach John Kelley. “The big thing is we kept them out of the end zone except for once, although I was worried when they scored that touchdown, but we didn’t let them get another one.”

South head coach Mike Eddy said, “We had a ton of opportunities tonight. We had enough opportunities to score more points than they did.

“We had just too many mistakes; we just couldn’t stay out of our own way tonight. But we had a chance to win right up until late in the game.”