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Big Reds, Tigers eye win streaks

MARIETTA — Parkersburg High School head coach Mike Byus will be looking for more consistency out of his squad when the Big Reds take on Marietta at 7 p.m. Friday inside Don Drumm Stadium.

The 1-2 Tigers of head man Jason Schob, who are coming off a 24-20 win at Athens where they managed to hold on after leading 18-0, also is hoping for a complete game from his squad.

“It was nice to get that win and sort of get that off your chest,” admitted Schob, who watched Tony Munos score three times and tailback Zach Bartlett rush for 128 yards and a score against the Bulldogs. “The key was not getting complacent. I think we’ve improved from week one into week three and we need to continue making progress each week.

“Athens is a good ball club. We started fast and got up early. The biggest thing we didn’t make mistakes. We drove the ball consistently down the field. We had two 10-play drives the first two possessions we had the ball. The key for us to be successful is to eliminate penalties, be balanced and take what they give us.”

Wheeling Central was giving the host Big Reds (1-1) all they wanted last Friday night at Stadium Field as the Maroon Knights led 21-7 early in the third before the red and white stormed back with the final 31 points of the contest.

“The first thing that stands out is (Bryson) Singer’s ability to extend plays,” Schob said of the Big Reds’ signal-caller, who rushed for three scores and threw for two more against Central.

“I think they are pretty balanced all the way around. You look at them on film and they move well and they are pretty well rounded.”

Byus said the first couple days of practice had been good and the Big Reds are in “the process of getting ready for another one, plugging in Marietta and their schemes and what they have to be ready for.”

The Big Red head coach knows the wideout Munos, who had six rushing attempts against Athens, can score from anywhere on the field. PHS also has to keep Bartlett in check along with Marietta quarterback Reece Gerber and wide receiver Tyson Shaffer.

“I want to know what schemes they are going to run and what coverage they are in and then let’s go,” Byus said of the Tigers’ defense and how he doesn’t spend hours upon hours pouring over film. “The back is not as quick as the past, but he’s strong and the quarterback gets the football out. They got things they can do that can hurt you.

“They always have that one or two good, quick receivers. We’re always trying to get better, trying to correct things and continue to improve as a team. We did watch a little of our game on Monday with the kids to point out some of the things we have to work on then we get out there and go to it. It’s not rocket science. We just have to keep getting better.”

Although both Carter King and Jordan Martin hauled in touchdown passes last week, Byus stressed wideout play has to become better.

“Right now we’ve got some receivers who are still learning the offense,’ Byus added. “Friday night I felt like I was calling a play and explaining a play the whole time. I’m hoping we get better as far as that goes.”

Schob said this week is no different as far as scouting goes as the MHS coaching staff “every week we try to find a couple things we can pick on as far as personnel goes. They really don’t have that.

“The biggest thing we need to do, we need to punch the ball into the end zone when we drive. We had two drives (against Athens) end at the 1. The biggest thing is just playing disciplined and playing hard.”

PHS had eight tackles for loss against Central, which included two apiece from Jeffrey Jones and Justin Waybright, who also had a sack and recovered three fumbles.

“We set out to make a few adjustments,” Byus said of trailing 14-7 at the half last week. “Then it’s pretty much in their hands. If you are not going to get more physical than we were in the first half we were going to get run off our own field. They executed better.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com.

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