VIENNA, W.Va. - Parkersburg Catholic dominated play Saturday night in a 42-12 season-opening football win over visiting Buffalo as six different Crusaders scored touchdowns.
PCHS, which next plays at Pocahontas County at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, tallied on its first two possessions in the game played at Jackson Middle School.
Six straight Crusader carries culminated in the initial Catholic TD as Ryan Schriner sweep 5 yards around right end for a 7-0 lead at 9:32 of the first quarter.
Forcing the Bison into three 3-and-outs in a row, PC made the count 14-0 at 3:49 of the first. After quarterback Peyton Sturm scrambled for 24 yards to the Buffalo 3, Kyle Bronski rammed a yard to paydirt and Peter Keiser added another PAT.
Jake Boice's fumble recovery at the Bison 39 set up the third Catholic score at 6:24 of the second stanza, as Boice eventually scored from two yards out before Sturm hit Nick Roedershimer with a two-point conversion pass for a 22-0 bulge.
Buffalo got on the scoreboard to make it 22-6 at the half, on a 28-yard aerial TD strike from QB Ty Smith to Jordan Tucker down the sideline with 2:12 to go before intermission.
At Jackson Middle School. Vienna
Parkersburg Catholic 42, Buffalo 12
Buffaloo (0-1) 0 6 0 6 - 12
Catholic (1-0) 14 8 14 6 - 42
C: Ryan Schriner 5 run (Peter Keiser kick), 9:32, 1st
C: Kyle Bronski 1 run (Keiser kick), 3:59, 1st
C: Jake Boice 2 run (Nick Roedersheimer pass from Payton Sturm), 6:24, 2nd
B: Jordan Tucker 28 pass from Ty Smith (run failed), 2:12, 2nd
C: Neal Schriner 10 run (Keiser kick), 8:21, 3rd
C: Sturm 24 run (Keiser kick), 4 , 3rd
C: Roedersheimer 3 run (run failed), 11:55, 4th
B: Tucker 66 run (run failed), 11:35, 4th
Buffalo: First downs: 12. Rushes-yards: 40-120. Passing yards: 85. Total yards: 205. Passing: 6-17-1. Punts-avg. 4-30.5. Fumbles-lost: 4-1. Penalties-yards: 6-35.
Catholic: First downs: 17. Rushes-yards: 47-282. Passing yards: 23. Total yards: 305. Passing: 2-7-1. Punts-avg: 2-37.5. Fumbles-lost: 2-1. Penalties-yards: 4-25.
Buffalo: Rushing: Jordan Tucker 13-115, TD; Jacob Hanshaw 7-27, Ty Smith 6-10, Caleb Tucker 5-29; Passing: Ty Smith 5-15-1, 60 yards, TD; Brandon Buntura 1-2-0, 25 yards; Receiving: J. Tucker 2-42, TD; C. Tucker 3-18, Isaiah Robinson 1-25
Catholic: Rushing: Payton Sturm 10-86, TD; Ryan Schriner 14-68 TD; Jake Boice 12-67, TD; Kyle Bronski 5-42, TD; Neal Shriner 2-13, TD; Nick Roedersheimer 1-3, TD; Passing: Payton Sturm 2-7-1, 23 yards; Receiving: Nick Roedersheimer 2-23
Next game: Catholic at Pocahontas County 1:30 p.m. Saturday
In the third quarter, the Crusaders upped their advantage to 29-6 after taking over at the Bison 20. Catholic chased down a high snap over the punter's head and covered the kicker, leading to a Neal Schriner's 10-yard TD run at 8:21.
A Roedersheimer interception at the Buffalo 45 led to a Sturm 24-yard scoring scamper with four minutes left in the third for a commanding 36-6 lead.
And in the final 12 minutes of play, the two teams each notched a TD - first Catholic on a 3-yard run by Roedersheimer at 11:55 and then Buffalo to finish out the scoring at 11:35 on a 66-yard burst by Tucker.