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Bryson Singer powers Parkersburg past John Marshall

Photo by Duane West Parkersburg’s Justin Waybright (48) runs with the ball as John Marshall’s Brennan Sobutka (1) tries to bring him down during a high school football game Friday night at Stadium Field.

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg grabbed a solid win by beating Class AA Bluefield last week. Mike Byus and company followed it up with another victory Friday evening at PHS Stadium Field.

John Marshall never stood a chance with the Big Reds tallying the first 33 points of the game. By the time the Monarchs scored, it was 54-0 in favor of PHS.

Bryson Singer scoring six of those, including the first two touchdowns on runs of 54 and 74 yards set the tone early. PHS was going to be physical and push its advantage. It was also just the beginning of his night. In total, he produced 220 yards on 10 attempts and passed for 219 more. Catching five of those passes was Carter King, and he also took three of those to the house on receptions of 27, 20 and 59 yards.

The performance from his quarterback left Byus in awe.

“He is one hell of an athlete. He is a generational athlete. The kid can jump, run, he has a linebacker’s mentality at playing quarterback. He is just a tough nut,” Byus said of his signal-caller who went over 1,000 yards rushing for the season.

When asked about his team’s overall performance, he was just as impressed.

“We were good and physical. As long as we stay physical we will do okay. It was good to face a running team that has some physicality to them and be able to hang in there and play tough and it was good to see from us that we can handle that,” Byus said.

But they didn’t just handle it.

They shut it down.

Monarch ball carriers finding any running room on the evening was a tough challenge.

In fact, Jason Willis’ group had just five carries of 10 or more yards on a night they were held to 92 yards on 42 attempts. A pair of Nate Menedez 21-yard runs were the longest rushes.

Willis gave credit to the Big Reds for the performance.

“Parkersburg just dominated us on both sides of the ball. We had some good field position early and we had a couple drives where we just couldn’t put it in. Defensively at times we gave up some big plays. And they are a big physical team and they just outmatched us tonight,” he said.

Their uphill battle was apparant from the Big Red offense’s second snap. Singer running 54 yards around the left end got the point across. His 74-yard run soon after the Monarchs forced a punt on the next possession hammered home the point. King’s 3-yard score shortly afterward than gave PHS all the points they needed and continued the running theme of the evening.

Meanwhile, PHS defenders made life miserable for JM’s large stable of runners. Too often, Big Red defenders breaking into the backfield broke down Monarch plays before they could even develop. It was a frustrating occurence for a team averaging 47 points per game. And it was a performance Byus couldn’t help but praise, but not too much.

“Obviously the last two weeks they have done a great job and so what we have to do is keep doing it and keep getting better. We can’t be satisfied and pat ourselves on the back. We have to get ready for the next opponent who will propose a different type of challenge and just keep moving forward,” Byus said.

JM found the end zone late against many PHS backups. Brennan Soubtka’s 39-yard reception from Derrick Derrow with 11:45 left in the fourth broke up the shutout. Bryce Rayl returning an intercepted pass 40 yards set the final score.

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