Parkersburg has stern test in Hurricane
Confident Redskins program invades Stadium Field
PARKERSBURG — A confident Hurricane football program of head coach Jeremy Taylor will invade Parkersburg’s Stadium Field for a big Mountain State Athletic Conference showdown on Friday night.
With a chill in the air expected for the 7:30 p.m. kick, the Big Reds of third-year boss Mike Byus got the offense going late last week at George Washington, but fell 34-21 coming off their bye.
PHS, now 3-3 and rated No. 13 in Class AAA, has continued to alternate wins and losses since the start of the season. However, continuing that streak against the No. 15 Redskins (3-4) is going to take a full 48-minute quality team effort.
“We just have to be resilient and go back to work and try to get better,” admitted Byus, who watched his squad make three turnovers last week, go 0 for 10 on third-down conversions and also finish with 10 penalties.
“It’s not back to the drawing board. I think it’s just back to a better focus. I just felt like we were flat and very unfocused.”
The same can’t be said for a Redskins’ bunch, which just two weeks ago lost 28-27 to GWHS when tailback Christian Hill was stuffed on the two-point conversion run as HHS played for the win.
Last week, coach Taylor’s team bounced back from a tough loss and dominated visiting Huntington, 24-7, for a happy homecoming victory. Hill rushed 24 times for 115 yards as the Redskin defense held the Highlanders to 23 rush yards on 17 attempts and just 114 stripes through the air.
Along with Hill, the Big Red defense will have to keep an eye on quarterback Austin Womack’s receiving corps which includes playmakers like Abel Cunningham, Ryan Moses, Chase Hager and Nate Barham.
“They are a balanced offense and they play good defense,” said Byus, who got two sacks from CJ Wade last week, a 93-yard Braeden Mason kickoff return for a score along with 137 yards rushing from quarterback Bryson Singer, who had a 19-yard TD strike to Sam Potts.
“Hurricane is a good team. I felt they were physically better than George Washington. They just didn’t come out of that with a win. We’ll have to play well to have a chance.”
Coach Byus said one of the reasons for the tough passing night from Singer (7 of 19 for 57 yards) was because of “a combination of protection and timing and missed throws and miss reads. All that. All that. We threw on time and scored there in the fourth, but we didn’t throw a whole lot on time.
“The defense did their job. If we could’ve played offense, just even in the first half, we’d been OK in the game. We missed two touchdowns just converting dink passes. It was not clicking.”