PARKERSBURG - You won't find Parkersburg High School's 1-2 football team in the West Virginia football ratings this week. But should the Big Reds win Friday night's game at Stadium Field against long-time rival Marietta, you might look for PHS in next week's Ohio poll.
A win over the 1-3 Tigers would mark Parkersburg's second win over a Buckeye squad as PHS opened the season with a victory over Warren Local, a game that ironically took place on Marietta's home field due to the construction project at Stadium Field.
Now, Marietta must come to Stadium Field where the Big Reds will be home for the second straight week.
Last Friday, PHS celebrated the re-opening of Stadium Field on a bittersweet night. The community support was tremendous. PHS coach Don Reeves and former PHS AD Mike Hayden were inducted into the school's football Hall of Fame. But visiting Capital simply had two much speed for the Big Reds, and laid a 55-20 whipping on PHS, Parkersburg's second straight loss in the Mountain State Athletic Conference.
"The community support was outstanding," said Reeves, who continues to keep an eye on the construction project. "The stadium looks better this week than it did last week. It's looking better every day."
Reeves was pleased with the way Parkersburg moved the ball, but the Big Reds too often were their own worst enemy.
"We ran about 60 offensive plays and won the time of possession battle, but Capital would score in just two or three plays and we were having to make long drives."
Still, not a single member of the Big Reds graded out higher than a C when the coaching staff scored the film.
"It was hard for us to come up with a player of the game," Reeves said. "Our standards were not meant. We have not made the progress like we should from games 1 through 4. This represents a good opportunity for us to get back on track."
"Marietta is a dangerous team," he said. "They like to control the football. They don't give up the big play."
Nursing injuries are both PHS fullbacks, Melvin Stubbs and Corey Burdette, both of whom have separated shoulders. Noah Weaver got some time there in the fourth quarter and scored his first touchdown as a Big Red.