GAMEDAY: PHS looks to keep run of success going vs. Beckley

PARKERSBURG — Woodrow Wilson will be out to stop a five-year losing skid against Parkersburg come 7:30 p.m. Friday when the Flying Eagles of head coach Street Sarrett invade Stadium Field to take on the Big Reds.

The last time a Woodrow Wilson squad defeated the red and white was back in 2013. PHS was upended at Van Meter Stadium, 27-26.

With week three of the campaign already here, this will be a key Mountain State Athletic Conference tilt for both programs, which enter the fray with 1-1 records.

The Flying Eagles used a pair of fourth-down conversions in the first half last Friday to help build a 14-0 cushion at intermission en route to knocking off Greenbrier East, 24-7.

PHS third-year head coach Mike Byus’ squad is dealing with some injuries and had no answer for Cabell Midland’s running game last week after opening the season with a victory at home versus Morgantown.

“They are in a double wing a lot of times and run a wedge up the middle. We are going to have to stop that fullback, first and foremost, then we are going to have to worry about the rest,” admitted Byus, who said tailback Anthony Craig is still out, defensive lineman Deaven Francis is on crutches, No. 2 quarterback Michael Owen has a bum elbow and defensive end CJ Wade is “dealing with a broken finger.”

Fans should expect about anything from the Flying Eagles as coach Sarrett opted to go for it on fourth-and-1 from Woodrow Wilson’s own 15.

They not only got it, but Martay Lee then raced 84 yards to paydirt on the next play.

Not only will PHS have to account for Lee, who finished with 99 yards on seven totes versus the Spartans, but Zach Weaver was two stripes shy of the century mark on just nine carries. Quarterback Madex McMillen also hooked up with Antwon Burnett on a fourth-and-7 play for a 21-yard score against GEHS.

“They won’t if you don’t make them,” Byus said of Woodrow Wilson potentially running the ball all night and not throwing many passes.

“I really like their coach and he’s always got them prepared to play and we got in a dog fight last year (in a 28-7 PHS road win).

“With a lack of experience this year, we are going to have to buckle down and focus and do a better job of excecuting on both sides of the ball.”

The Big Reds did hold a 7-6 lead in the first quarter versus CMHS last week thanks to Sam Potts’ 43-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Bryson Singer, who paces PHS with a team-high 143 ground yards.

He’s 12 of 31 through the air for 272 yards with three touchdowns and as many picks.

Braeden Mason leads the PHS wideouts with seven grabs for 163 yards and tight end Matt Curry has four catches for 36 yards, two of which went for TDs.

WWHS enters the game against a PHS defense which is allowing 8.1 yards per carry.

Wade (29), Xadrian Snodgrass (22) and Gage Fiore (20) pace the Big Reds’ stop corps in tackles through the first two games. Wade and Justin Waybright also have a pair of sacks apiece.

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