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Big Reds storm past Riverside for 31-7 victory; South falls

Photo by Duane West Parkersburg’s Xadrian Snodgrass (29) carries the ball during a high school football game against Riverside Friday.

BELLE — In a battle of 2-5 Class AAA Mountain State Athletic Conference foes here Friday night, visiting Parkersburg kept its playoff hopes alive following a 31-7 victory versus Riverside.

Carter King’s 20-yard touchdown catch from Bryson Singer got the Big Reds on the board at 5:22 of the first.

It was 14-0 after Singer broke free on a 66-yard TD burst and Casey Stanley booted the PAT at 11:19 of the second.

PHS, which plays host to George Washington next Friday, led 24-0 at intermission. Xadrian Snodgrass ran for a 43-yard TD and Stanley booted a 39-yard field goal.

Singer, who finished with 17 rushes for 136 yards, added the Big Reds’ final six-pointer via a 43-yard TD run.

Photo by Josh Hughes Parkersburg South’s Robert Shockey (4) gets helped up by teammate Trenton Williams (69) during a high school football game against Cabell Midland Friday at Erickson All-Sports Facility.

Riverside finally got on the board with 1:32 to play in the affair on Jake Walker’s 3-yard TD run.

Cabell Midland 70, Parkersburg South 21

PARKERSBURG –Points aplenty made their way on the scoreboard at the Erickson All-Sports Facility, but visiting Cabell Midland did most of the heavy lifting in a 70-21 win over Parkersburg South. The Patriots had hardly any answers for CMHS’s rushing attack, as the Knights ran for over 400 yards in the affair. Chandler Schmidt picked up where he left off last week, and he got the scoring started from ten yards out with 8:02 left in the first. Jackson Fetty took advantage of another run-heavy drive after Robert Shockey and the South offense went 3-and-out. For Fetty he plowed ahead for the first of his three scores on the night from two yards away.

The duo of Schmidt and Fetty ran all over the field, as they combined for seven touchdowns. Fetty notched 17 carries for 235 yards to go with his four scores, and Schmidt ran the ball nine times for 95 yards to keep the pace going for the Knights. Following Mason Moran’s first touchdown run from 12 yards away, South desperately needed an answer.

It came in the form of playmaker, Cyrus Traugh.

The junior took a jet sweep pass from Shockey and took it to the house. The 60-yard response with 3:15 left in the opening frame didn’t shake Cabell’s confidence, as quarterback Ryan Wolfe scored just 39 seconds into the following quarter on a 19-yard scramble. A two-point conversion further padded the advantage, but South had one more response left to try and make it a game. Jolted by a 23-yard Traugh reception around midfield, the Pats used that momentum to score off a 14-yard Shockey shuffle moments later. Parker Watson’s onside kick recovery set South up in business at Cabell Midland’s 40, and Shockey put together another key drive to punch in a touchdown from the 8 to make it 29-21 with 6:28 left until the break.

Cabell Midland head coach Luke Salmons could be heard telling his players to respond to the adversity, and that’s what they did.

What followed were 41 unanswered points for the visitors, as Fetty, Moran and Schmidt all scored again in order to create the distance needed to ice the game, but they didn’t stop with the daggers once the Schmidt run happened with 8:03 left in the 3rd.

Fetty, Schmidt and Jayen Branch all piled on by playing a part in 20 fourth-quarter points. South falls to 3-4 with its playoff hopes in jeopardy, while CM won its sixth in a row and sit at 8-1.

Wolfe finished with eight carries for 127 yards and a score on the ground. Moran made the most of four carries, notching 108 yards and two touchdowns. For South, Shockey finished with 22 yards on 15 carries and was 22 for 36 for 211 passing yards. He also had one passing score and two interceptions. Traugh belted off another 168 receiving yards and a score of his own.

Contact Josh Hughes at jhughes@newsandsentinel.com

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