Updated Sun, Oct 7, 2012 12:56 pm
In this year’s exhilarating cross-town rival classic, the Parkersburg South Patriots defeated the Parkersburg Big Reds 28-18.
The two teams proved to be evenly matched. South took the ball on offense first, where Jordan Quiocho, ran in a massive touchdown on the ground only to be brought back on an illegal substitution penalty.
This was the first of many big penalty calls on the night.
This gave way to Parkersburg’s touchdown drive in the first quarter, after standout transfer Kwante Johnson ran the ball into the 10-yard line for the Big Reds. After this impressive drive, Parkersburg continued to take advantage of their rowdy crowd by recovering a South fumble nabbing a field goal on the drive. This brought the score 10-0.
South’s offense waited until the second quarter to produce. Quarterback Tyler Bolen kept it for himself and rushed it in for the Patriots first touchdown of the game.
Bolen had a quiet night passing the ball, as he was just 5-for-15 for 56 yards and 1 interception.
Then after halftime, South came out strong and Braxton Johnson’s running touchdown gave the Patriots a 14-10 lead. Just a few plays later, a Logan Cox interception gave South a lead of 21-10.
The Big Reds then answered back when Adam Lindamood had a 65-yard run, adding to his 100-yard game, taking the ball to the Patriot’s 7-yard line. A touchdown and then 2-point conversion brought the score to 21-18 with 1:55 to go in the third quarter. The stadium roared with tension.
Quiocho, then polished off the game with a rush right through the middle of the Big Reds’ defense. The Patriots then led 28-18 and Parkersburg could not come back.
He was the key player in the victory, as his 156 yards lifted the Patriots to the win.
Parkersburg South has now defeated the Big Reds four out of the last five years.